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sparkle kitchen: pastelitos

In the Libby & Dish story “A Quick Hello”, Libby is grumpy because she and Dish are getting close to solving the mystery of what kind of pet lives downstairs, but her mother seems to be too busy to help them. The two are waiting in frustration when, later that morning, they are surprised by a visit from someone who knows the answer....

sparkle kitchen: johnny cakes

In the states of Nebraska, Kansas, and Missouri, high school and college football is very important to many families. The FIFTY story “Kansas: The Rivalry” introduces us to one such family — the Berrafatos. Football started out as a sport that brought the family together, but when Tony Berrafato joins the Kansas Jayhawks football program and his younger brother, Nicky, joins the Missouri Tigers team, they learn how deep football rivalry can run....

sparkle kitchen: double berry "rock" cakes

In the Dry Gables stories, John Bernard Bauer — a stone mason, sculptor, and now writer — remembers all the stories of his home town: Dry Gables, South Dakota. In “A Single Stack of Stones,” his first story, J.B. tells of how he helped his mother find her way home by carefully building a stack of stones to guide her....

sparkle kitchen: daffodil tarts

In the Junkyard Tales: All Together Now story “Letting Go,” just when it seems like spring has sprung at the Junkyard, the sky darkens and it begins to snow. The snow takes Lil Mamma by surprise — her daffodils have just begun to sprout and she fears for their well-being! She doesn't have long to worry, though, because the mysterious mouse, Mitzie Niegel, quickly appears at her door with some kind help and sage advice....

sparkle kitchen: warm kale salad with maple dressing

In the So Many Fairies story “Luck of the Maple Candy,” Leibli, the sugar maple elf, has been delivering sweet maple sap to the Morrison family for generations. Every year, Mr. and Mrs. Morrison snowshoe down to the "sugarbush" to tap the trees and boil syrup in their sugar shack. One year, however, only Mr. Morrison comes, and Leibli knows that it's a good time to offer him a little extra sweetness....