Apr. 12th, 2013

nverland: (Monthly-April)
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Tattoo
by Carl Dennis

If the body is the house of the soul,
What's wrong with a little home decoration
More permanent than the drapes in the parlor
Or the fabric on the dining-room chairs?

A forearm, say, adorned with a tropical flower
Or with a palm tree under a deep blue sky,
Suggesting the body is glad to recall
Its stay in Eden, whether or not the soul
Regards that episode as relevant now.

Or consider the young waitress
Who served you lunch just an hour ago,
How her sleeveless blouse revealed
A small heart on her shoulder
Inscribed with two names, Dave and Gretchen,
Under a sprig of lilac.

No need to assume she's failed to imagine a time
When a boyfriend more congenial
Wakes up beside her only to be reminded
There was once a Dave who was all she wanted.

Could be she wants to send a reminder
To the Gretchen she may become
Not to forget the girl who believed
That holding on was a project worthy
Of all the attention that she could muster,
As much a challenge as letting go.
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Spring Flower Cupcakes

What You’ll Need:

24 homemade or prepared standard cupcakes or 48 mini cupcakes (or a combination)
1 (16-ounce) can vanilla frosting
Assorted food colors (green, yellow, red, purple, orange)
Assorted jelly beans (suggested flavors include Orange Juice, Bubble Gum, French Vanilla, Island Punch, Sour Lemon, Cantaloupe, and Cotton Candy)
Bunny Corn
Fruit Sours
Jordan Almonds
Licorice Pastels
Mint Cremes

What To Do:
Divide and tint vanilla frosting to desired colors with food colors. Cover frosting with plastic wrap until ready to use.

Choose desired cupcake and frosting color. Spread frosting on top of cupcake. Arrange jelly beans, side by side, along outside edge of cupcake. Continue with another color jelly beans. Insert a few licorice pastels in center.

Have fun mixing and matching the cupcakes and candies to create eye-catching spring flower designs.

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