“I Just Called To Say I Love You”


“Here  is the number of my calls…it would be nice if someone would  just answer their phone”
“So NOW…”


No New Year’s Day to celebrate
No chocolate covered candy hearts to give away
No first of spring
No song to sing
In fact here’s just another ordinary day
No April rain
No flowers bloom
No wedding Saturday within the month of June
But what it is, is something true
Made up of these three words that I must say to you
I just called to say I love you
I just called to say how much I care
I just called to say I love you
And I mean it from the bottom of my heart
No summer’s high
No warm July
No harvest moon to light one tender August night
No autumn breeze
No falling leaves
Not even time for birds to fly to southern skies
No Libra sun
No Halloween
No giving thanks to all the Christmas joy you bring
But what it is, though old so new
To fill your heart like no three words could ever do
I just called to say I love you
I just called to say how much I care, I do
I just called to say I love you
And I mean it from the bottom of my heart
I just called to say I love you
I just called to say how much I care, I do
I just called to say I love you
And I mean it from the bottom of my heart, of my heart,
Of my heart
I just called to say I love you
I just called to say how much I care, I do
I just called to say I love you
And I mean it from the bottom of my heart, of my heart,
Baby of my heart

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“Happy 59th Wedding Anniversary to Mr. Wonderful and The Saint

When someone will decide to take a quick Photo

of a very Happy Couple…

how often do you ever get a terrific Photo

like this one?

Over “50” years and they still have a very big and happy smile for the camera!

So it just came to me, that  the secret to this happy LIFE is in the song, that I have heard and have here for everyone …  and just so that…  that … they also will  be  as HAPPY  and their  “LIFE will be as that Dream…”  that they always wanted it to be!

“Like they say…Life could be a DREAM… again”


All “DREAMS” start on a good strong foundation… one that requires long hours of working together… as you see  below…

… fork in hand, Tom with help of Rose, will put in long hours planting and planting… until , they have the best of flowers and millions of people that would like … that which they have been able to do… for all of these many years!

img021 Tom  and Rose McClarren – members of the master-gardening program of  Missouri Botanical  Garden – they have the backyard in bloom – and tours of visitors to view  with… ohs’ and ahs’.

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“Lex and the whole Family like to Fly”

WHEN I  SAID…  COME FLY with ME…  that message was heard for all those generations to come… and so NOW… you see the future generation… just in LOVE with Flying!

“This is little Lex, himself!”


“Come – FLY with ME!”


Such a beautiful day…  “How about you coming up and FLYING  with us!”

This is baby ALYSSA and she is almost 10 months old.   Looks like  DADDY is taking  little ALYSSA for a perimeter… check ride around the AIRPORT…  on his bike.

The weather is  so much better as each day comes and goes – – so NOW is the day to take that   FREE AIRPLANE RIDE  with ME today.

When you take the time and go flying…  you will find that you will soon want to take lessons… and be at the AIRPORT…  every good chance   that you can, just   to be  able to FLY up and over all the little homes, below,  and just to be up in those big beautiful  shades of the blue sky…  it makes you feel like you are NOW  …  in the wonderful world, the one you always want to be  in…   because it is all enjoyment!

“TIMES a flying – – COME and FLY with ME!” – – “DADDY  and  ME!”

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“This is Priceless” and “as seen on TV”

Trish Tinsley Ericson
This is Priceless 🤓
Terra Barton III


The Fabulous Fifties
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Checking out at the store, the young cashier suggested to the much older lady that she should bring her own grocery bags, because plastic bags are not good for the environment,.

The woman apologized to the young girl and explained, “We didn’t have this ‘green thing’ back in my earlier days.”

The young clerk responded, “That’s our problem today. Your generation did not care enough to save our environment for future generations.”

The older lady said that she was right our generation didn’t have the “green thing” in its day. The older lady went on to explain: Back then, we returned milk bottles, soda bottles and beer bottles to the store. The store sent them back to the plant to be washed and sterilized and refilled, so it could use the same bottles over and over. So they really were recycled.
But we didn’t have the “green thing” back in our day.
Grocery stores bagged our groceries in brown paper bags that we reused for numerous things. Most memorable besides household garbage bags was the use of brown paper bags as book covers for our school books. This was to ensure that public property (the books provided for our use by the school) was not defaced by our scribblings. Then we were able to personalize our books on the brown paper bags.
But, too bad we didn’t do the “green thing” back then.
We walked up stairs because we didn’t have an escalator in every store and office building. We walked to the grocery store and didn’t climb into a 300-horsepower machine every time we had to go two blocks. But she was right. We didn’t have the “green thing” in our day.

Back then we washed the baby’s diapers because we didn’t have the throw away kind. We dried clothes on a line, not in an energy-gobbling machine burning up 220 volts. Wind and solar power really did dry our clothes back in our early days.
Kids got hand-me-down clothes from their brothers or sisters, not always brand-new clothing. But that young lady is right; we didn’t have the “green thing” back in our day.

Back then we had one TV, or radio, in the house — not a TV in every room. And the TV had a small screen the size of a handkerchief (remember them?), not a screen the size of the state of Montana.
In the kitchen we blended and stirred by hand because we didn’t have electric machines to do everything for us.
When we packaged a fragile item to send in the mail, we used wadded up old newspapers to cushion it, not Styrofoam or plastic bubble wrap.

Back then, we didn’t fire up an engine and burn gasoline just to cut the lawn. We used a push mower that ran on human power.
We exercised by working so we didn’t need to go to a health club to run on treadmills that operate on electricity. But she’s right; we didn’t have the “green thing” back then.

We drank from a fountain when we were thirsty instead of using a cup or a plastic bottle every time we had a drink of water. We refilled writing pens with ink instead of buying a new pen, and we replaced the razor blade in a razor instead of throwing away the whole razor just because the blade got dull. But we didn’t have the “green thing” back then.

Back then, people took the streetcar or a bus and kids rode their bikes to school or walked instead of turning their moms into a 24-hour taxi service in the family’s $45,000 SUV or van, which cost what a whole house did before the “green thing.”

We had one electrical outlet in a room, not an entire bank of sockets to power a dozen appliances. And we didn’t need a computerized gadget to receive a signal beamed from satellites 23,000 miles out in space in order to find the nearest burger joint.
But isn’t it sad the current generation laments how wasteful we old folks were just because we didn’t have the “green thing” back then?

Please forward this on to another selfish old person who needs a lesson in conservation from a smart ass young person.
We don’t like being old in the first place, so it doesn’t take much to piss us off… Especially from a tattooed, multiple pierced smartass who can’t make change without the cash register telling them how much.
Virginia Punzalan Bruck
Sandi M. Schaefer
Wish we could get back to some of this – newer isn’t always better.
Mary Ellen Aldrich
“This is something that I can agree on… as I was living back then… and remember doing without lots… just for the WWII effort… we all wanted American to WIN” xoxoxoxo

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“Boozy Holiday Rum Balls Recipe”


Hi Bold Bakers!

My homemade Boozy Holiday Rum Balls have everything you could want in a holiday dessert! First, they’re super delicious. Second, they are so easy to make (you can even make them ahead and freeze them to avoid spreading yourself too thin around the holidays when it comes to cooking and baking!), and third? The third is my favorite part — they’re so warming because they’re a little bit boozy! 

[ Try my other 3 No-Bake Christmas Cookie Balls! ]

Definitely not one for the kids! (Although you can make these non-alcoholic — check out my tips down below!)

My simple rum balls are so soft when you bite into them, and the flavor is just packed with chocolate, walnuts, and dark rum! 

This is a no-bake recipe with just a few steps, so you have no excuse not to give them a go!

What Are Rum Balls?

Rum balls are a pretty popular holiday treat because they’re a crowd-pleaser, so easy to make, and have a pretty great shelf-life for something homemade (up to 2 weeks!).

They’re made using vanilla cookie crumbs, toasted chopped walnuts, cocoa, and spiced rum. All you have to do is throw everything into a bowl, mix it up, and roll it into balls! 

They are boozy, though, so if spiced rum isn’t your thing, you might want to skip it. (Or try bourbon!)

Prep Time 20 mins
Chill 45 mins
What’s no-bake, super simple, and perfect for the season?
My Boozy Holiday Rum Balls recipe!
Plus, they’re even better if you like rum.
Author: Gemma Stafford
Servings: 25 Rum Balls


  • 3 ¼ cups (12 oz/340g) vanilla wafers, crushed
  • 1 ½ cups (7½ oz/213g) walnuts, toasted and finely chopped
  • ¾ cup (3 oz/85g) powdered sugar plus more for rolling
  • ¼ cup (1 oz/28g) cocoa powder plus more for rolling
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup (4f loz/115ml) dark rum
  • 3 tablespoons honey warmed slightly


  • In a large bowl, combine vanilla wafers, walnuts, powdered sugar, cocoa powder, and salt.
  • Stir in the rum and honey until thoroughly combined.
  • Scoop out about 25 heaping tablespoons of dough and roll into balls, then roll in either powdered sugar or cocoa powder.
  • Store in an airtight container either at room temperature or in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.

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” Gemma’s Bold Baking Art Gallery”

Gemma’s Bold Baking Art Gallery

Calling all Bold Baking Kids! Come download a coloring page & upload your artwork here on Bigger Bolder Baking, and it might be featured!
Color this baking picture however you'd like!

Hi Bold Bakers!

If there’s one thing I absolutely adore, it’s when little ones help out in the kitchen. It’s just a matter of time before I get to teach things like making cookies with my son, George, who will be one soon.

I’m always thinking of ways to get kids involved! Just last year I wanted to combine learning and baking, so I did a series of “Bakesheets” for kids to complete — worksheets for baking — where they could tick off what they’ve completed as they went along. It was so popular that I’ve been looking for NEW ways to get the little ones to keep it up!

My brother, George Stafford, is very talented and offered up this coloring sheet as help! You can see it’s a lovely rendition of me in the Bigger Bolder Baking kitchen as you’ve all known for years. I decided that I’d make a space for it here on the website, and encourage my young baking audience to color it however they’d like and to upload it here, my new Bold Baking Art Gallery, to be featured!

Download & Print Now!

If you want to join in the coloring fun, all you need to do is have an adult help you download and print out this image (click it for a PDF)!

Bigger Bolder Baking Coloring Sheet

Share With Me!

After you’ve colored your sheet with cartoon me and Waffles the dog, I want to see it! In the comment section of this page, my Baking Art Gallery, upload your masterpiece so I can check it out — and share it! Each month I’ll be highlighting new art from Bold Bakers around the world both here and on social media with the hashtag #BoldBakingArt for the world to see.

Give it a go, Bold Bakers! I want to see your skills!

Perfect Recipes for Kids

And don’t forget to buy my Bigger Bolder Baking Cookbook! It has plenty of easy recipes parents and kids can work on together.

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