Swap-bot Time: January 26, 2022 9:37 am


Date Joined: September 22, 2008
Last Online: January 26, 2022
Birthday: December 25, 1969
Country: Canada
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About Me

My name is Cynthia.

I'm 51 and my kids are:
A (girl): 16
J (boy): 13
My husband is 53 in case anyone cared about HIS age.

I love to bake and cook. So I'd happily receive recipes that you love to make. And, I much prefer my recipes on 8.5x11" paper as I keep a recipe binder.

I am a former farm girl who now lives in the city. But, I am still an outdoor/country girl at heart. I love to garden and can as many pickles and vegetables as I'm able. (Summer of 2021 I canned 151 jars so far. 18 different recipes. And I still have a few more to go as some tomatoes are still ripening.) We are an AVID tenting family and are proud of it.

I am not very crafty but that doesn't mean I don't LOVE to get your homemade gifts. As well, I am comPLETELY fine with second-hand stuff (as long as it's in good condition).

I LOVE one on one swaps so if you see anything that piques your interest please message me. Frankly, one one one swaps and larger package swaps are my favourite and I'm often looking for people to do them with.

PLEASE don't send me stickers or random sheets for scrapbooking or ephemara. I've been getting so many in my swaps lately and I have absolutely no use for them. If you want to put in a little extra (and I get that) I'd MUCH rather receive a bookmark or a teabag or a unique playing card.

Favorite Music

I love music. Much of my life is connected with a song. I often think one day I should put together a soundtrack of my life. I lean towards lyric-based folk music.
- Jann Arden
- the waifs
- Sara Groves
- Brandi Carlile
- Josh Ritter
- Jeremy Fisher
- Ryan Adams
- Indigo Girls

Favorite Movies

  • Memento
  • The Princess Bride
  • Fight Club
  • Se7en
  • American Beauty
  • Sliding Doors
  • The Usual Suspects
  • Amelie
  • The Station Agent
  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
  • Before Sunrise
  • Before Sunset
  • Finding Neverland
  • Garden State
  • Jojo Rabbit
  • Parasite

Just a few things I would LOVE

I collect cookbooks with a fervor that is unhealthy.

And also, things that I've loved from other countries that I'd love to receive again:

Kex choklad

Haribo Chamallows

New Energy Cashew and Hazelnut

Lotte Salted Caramels

Milka Choco Break mit Haferflocken

Ice cubes Gum - wintergreen flavour

Boston Baked Beans

Cow Tales Caramel

Toms Guld Barre

Toms Mini Saltkaramel

Anthon Berg Mini Marzipan Bars

Kanjers Original Stroopwafels

Manners wafers

Fazer Kismet chocolate wafer

Milk candy

Manners Winter edition wafers

OLW Smash! bags

But, honestly, I just love candy and chocolate. Salted caramel, marshmallow, lemon, coconut and chocolate, nuts and chocolate, tart candies...

Favorite Crafts

  • Photography
  • Cooking

Random likes

  • Colored Sharpie markers
  • Dip mixes
  • Map or globe items
  • Typography and ampersand art
  • Bath salts
  • Bath bombs
  • Notecards
  • Block notepads
  • Adult sticker books
  • Writing paper
  • Wine
  • Silver jewelry
  • Coconut
  • Shot glasses
  • Wine stoppers
  • Reusable shopping bags / totes
  • Office supplies
  • Indian food
  • Thai food
  • Tea (mostly black. Not that fond of fruity tea.)
  • Wrapping paper
  • Potato chips
  • Bubblegum
  • Herbs
  • Caramel
  • Cooking magazines
  • Cookie cutters
  • Daisies
  • Going to garage sales
  • Food Network
  • Lemon candy
  • Traveling
  • Bright post-it notes
  • Mini glass magnets
  • Musicals
  • Gardening (I would be delighted to get seeds.)
  • Cooking
  • Canning (if you can, I would love a recipe of your favourite thing to can.)
  • Chocolate
  • Marshmallow candy
  • Sarcasm. I loooove me some good sarcasm. You send me an Anne Taintor (or similar) magnet and I will automatically give you a heart.

Random dislikes

  • Goth
  • Kawaii
  • Gold jewelry
  • Jelly bellies
  • White chocolate
  • Black licorice
  • Amaretto flavor
  • Lotions (Not that I don't like them but I'm quite sensitive to smells so I can't use most.)
  • Chocolate and fruit combinations. (ie. I don't like pear, orange or raspberry flavored chocolate.)
  • I don't do much in the way of paper crafting. I've gotten a lot of scrapbooking supplies through swapbot through the years (extras in a swap) and they're kind of wasted on me so PLEASE don't send any. I also have no real need for stickers now that my kids are older and again... I don't do paper crafts.

Favorite Books

I am an AVID reader. Here are some recent reads that I have given a 4 or 5 star rating on Goodreads (in other words, I liked them):
- Dusk, Night Dawn by Anne Lamott
- The Undocumented Americans by Karla Cornejo Villavicencio
- Long Bright River by Liz Moore
- When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
- American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins
- Know My Name by Chanel Miller

If you've read any of the above AND enjoyed them, I would be happy to receive a note of books that you've loved and recommend.

International Family

My family and I have been hosting high school students from around the world for 13 years now. So far we've hosted 20 students from the following countries:
- Hong Kong
- Thailand
- South Korea
- Mexico
- Nigeria
- China
- Colombia
- Brazil
- Vietnam
- Germany
- Spain

Some haven't been good fits for our family but by far the majority have been great kids that we've enjoyed having live with us. Currently (2021) is Ana from Brazil.


Comment: Wow, thanks so much! I loved the swap! Really appreciate the gifts!
Response: Oh goodness. FINALLY. Three times a charm. So glad this one made it to you.
Response: You're welcome. Glad it made it. I spent so much time and money on that package.
Comment: Thank you for the recipes! I‘ve already tried one of them!
AmyMCGS rated for Autumn Soup Recipe Swap on Jan 6, 2022
Comment: Great variety of soup recipes, thank you! ❤
Natasa rated for Cosy Autumn Swap 2021 on Dec 16, 2021
Comment: Finally it came today. both of them.
Comment: Thank you so much for this lovely swap!!! I like everything you have chosen! I am so looking forward to try these recipes, especially the Black Bean Burger! Have a lovely December, enjoy the last days of 2021 & Happy Holidays!!✨🎄🙂
Response: So glad this one made it!
Natasa rated for Chocolate (November) on Dec 12, 2021
Comment: thank you
Response: Hi there Natasa. So glad it made it! However, in the box was the Cosy Autumn replacement swap too. Will you be rating for that as well?
kammy rated for International Tea Advent Swap #3 on Dec 7, 2021
Comment: Thank you for this tea pocket.
Response: So glad it made it to you in time to enjoy!
Comment: Thanks so much! I cant wait to try all the teas! <3 Al
Comment: Thank you for the awesome swap. We are exited to try everything!
Response: Oh I'm SO GLAD it made it.
fortannam rated for Holiday Baking Recipes - by mail on Dec 3, 2021
Comment: thank you for the recipes! just in time, my annual cookie decorating event is next week so I'll have to try some of these! thanks for the stickers too!
Comment: Thank you for sharing yummy baking recipes with me. I will try some of them on the weekend with my kids and my mother. Guess it will be the Maple sugar cookies (I love Maple syrup) and one of the cookie bars. Wish you a happy week.
Comment: Thanks so much!! I cant wait to open them up! <3 Al
Foxy rated for Foxy and ccap swap on Nov 26, 2021
Comment: What an amazing swap! I absolutely adore the tote bag you made! It's so lovely and thoughtful and i really really love it, as well as the rest of the package. It's so great to be able to try sweets that are not at all available where i live and i can't wait to try especially the hard candy. It was amazing to swap with you and i'm happy that you swapped with me! :-)
Response: I'm so happy you like the tote bag. And happy the package made its way to you okay.
Pei04 rated for Private swap between Pei04 & ccap on Nov 26, 2021
Comment: I received your package today! So colorful, both on the inside and outside :) It was so fun opening and interesting to read about the items too. None of these were in our previous swap, so all were new to me. Thank you so much for a great swap and I can't wait to try the things you sent. Wishing you all the best and hope that my package will reach you soon <3
Response: Happy it made it and happy you like it!
Comment: Hi Cynthia I got the snacks yesterday. Thank you so much.
Response: Oh that's great to hear! So then it's just the Three Profile Surprises package that has gone missing. I will be popping a new one of those in the mail to you likely tomorrow. Let me know if there are any of the sweets that you try and like and I will include some in the package I'm sending you.
Pupullona rated for Chocolate (October) on Nov 23, 2021
Comment: Thank you so much for chocolates I've never imagined that existed! Coffee Crisp was exactly what I needed this morning :)
Response: So glad they made their way to you! (I've had a few parcels go missing of late so I was a bit nervous.)
Comment: Hi Cynthia, Thank you so much for the recipes! I love the way you set up the documents to include a picture. I feel like I could just print these off and put them in my recipe binder :) I am really looking forward to trying these recipes, they all sound delicious! Merry Christmas!
Response: Merry Christmas to you too! Happy baking.
Comment: I am so pleased! I got an amazing surprise!!
Response: Happy they made their way to you.
heidiblooms rated for International Tea Advent Swap #2 on Nov 21, 2021
Comment: So excited to open these! Thank you!
Response: So glad they made it! I've had some parcels go missing of late.

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jamicam on Dec 31, 2021:

Wishing you peace, creativity, laughter, and good health for the new year!


ManitoulinGirl on Oct 26, 2021:

Thank you so much for being an angel for the Random Acts of Kindness Round 4. I really appreciate it! Hope you are having a wonderful day!

Tverne05 on Sep 4, 2021:

Thank you soooo much for the angel notes for the Random Acts of Happiness! You Rock!

LadySunshine on Aug 25, 2021:

Thank you for the package!

amandat0913 on Apr 14, 2021:

OH. My. GOODNESS your RAK has absolutely made my day - thank you so very much!!!

Poftoffel on Apr 11, 2021:

Thank you so much for the tote!!!!!!!! It’s so cool!!!!! I was having a hard day and your lovely and thoughtful gift cheered me up!! And the washi is gorgeous!!! Thank you!!

DragonflyDreamer on Apr 3, 2021:

57 shades of wow beyond WOW!!!! I received your RAK prize painted tote bag today. Stunning. Beautiful. Amazing...doesn't even begin to describe it!. Thank you so very much! Clearly dragonflies are sort of my thing, but The Secret Garden was my absolute favorite book as a little girl. My mom could probably tell you it by memory alone, she read it to me so many times. I will treasure this forever. Thank you.

anicka22 on Jan 13, 2021:

Thank you soooo much for the beautiful washitapes for my december wishlist

thriftymermaid on Dec 30, 2020:

Thank you so much for the gorgeous rubber stamps for my December wishes in the Wishlist Group. So fun!! Happy New Year!! 💗⛄

Swan on Dec 22, 2020:

Thank you for two perfect wishes from my December Wishlist: two wonderful roles of washi tape: one with lambs, the other one with books!

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