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Date Joined: September 22, 2008
Last Online: April 17, 2024
Birthday: December 25, 1969
Country: Canada
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About Me

My name is Cynthia.

I'm 53 and my kids are:
A (girl): 18
J (boy): 15
My husband is 55 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 (preferably black or rooibos or mint. I don't drink fruity tea) 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

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
  • Indian food
  • Thai food
  • Tea (mint, rooibos, Earl Grey, English Breakfast. I do NOT like 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
  • Fruit tea
  • 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.


mspandatrain rated for 2024 Recipe Swap #13 on Apr 15, 2024
Comment: Thanks for the great salad recipe. You're absolutely correct the Caramel Pecan Schmoo Torte is wonderfully decadent. I tried it when I was in Winnipeg last summer.I cannot wait to try making it! Thanks for telling me the name I was telling my sister and didn't know the name LOL. Hugs
Response: Too funny. How lovely that you've had it before!
MichelleKemper rated for 2024 Recipe Swap #14 on Apr 15, 2024
Comment: The recipes look greart. I also love how you decorated envelope!
tea1227 rated for Bookmark Swap on Apr 12, 2024
Comment: i love the bookmark - i always have 2 bks in the works - right now i am reading "Better Living Through Birding" by Christian Cooper i am loving his memoir - also Wish You Were Here by Jodi Picoult --- one can never have too many bookmarks right?
Tr3n1ty rated for 2024 Recipe Swap #12 on Apr 9, 2024
ArtsyAbby rated for Swap bot book club march- INTL on Apr 7, 2024
Comment: Cynthia, thank you so much for joining my swap! I’m so glad this book was a success for you! I absolutely LOVED it. I was dying to know what happened.
annim rated for Swap bot book club march- INTL on Apr 3, 2024
Comment: Thank you, I also enjoyed the book! :)
Catt007 rated for 2024 Recipe Swap #12 on Mar 29, 2024
Comment: Thank you for the recipes, we're both vegetarians but I would never join a swap like this and expect not to receive recipes with meat, I enjoy trying to adapt them to be vegetarian and this one is a recipe I definitely want to try. Thank you 😺
Eulegirl rated for 4 Teabag Swap #18 on Mar 27, 2024
Comment: Thank you for the lovely variety of teas in the cute envies!
fabiana962828 rated for 2024 Recipe Swap #10 on Mar 20, 2024
debbiespoms rated for 2024 Recipe Swap #11 on Mar 18, 2024
Comment: Such great recipes you sent me Cynthia! I love yeast breads and can't wait to try the Raisin buns and also the Rhubarb cobbler (if I can find Rhubarb that is). It's so hard to find here nowadays. Our grocery stores don't sell it, sadly. πŸ™
mejulia rated for 2024 Recipe Swap #11 on Mar 18, 2024
Comment: The recipes sound so good. Rhubarb is hard to find here but I'm going to look for it so I can make the cobbler.
MichelleKemper rated for 2024 Recipe Swap #10 on Mar 16, 2024
Comment: Thank you for the great recipes. They both will be a hit in my home.
mle rated for 2024 Recipe Swap #9 on Mar 16, 2024
Comment: The recipes look so good! I would never think to puree carrots!.
stephanieM rated for 2024 Recipe Swap #9 on Mar 15, 2024
Comment: Thank you for the yummy recipes!
fabiana962828 rated for 2024 Recipe Swap #8 on Mar 8, 2024
Comment: Thank you so much for your FIVE cards! They look very nice and I'm so happy that you enjoyed this swap.
Comment: OMG, these cards are great! I love them - you are so creative!! The chopsticks one is especially awesome, don't know if I will be able to part with it! Thank you so much!
tcornell rated for 2024 Recipe Swap #8 on Feb 28, 2024
Comment: Thank you for all the recipes!
mle rated for 2024 Recipe Swap #7 on Feb 27, 2024
Comment: Thanks for the recipes and the extra postage.
SFTX rated for 2024 Recipe Swap #7 on Feb 26, 2024
Comment: These recipes look amazing, and I'll have to try making them both very soon! Thank you for the note and the extras in the envelope. :)

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Lolle on Dec 15, 2023:

Thank you so much for sending/ adding me to the Tried-and-True Recipe Exchange. What a nice surprise in the mailbox. The Torte sound sooo yum!! I will pass it on, but might be after Christmas. Thank you again & Happy Holidays - Love from NZ, CarolaπŸ’•

Millia on Nov 2, 2023:

Hi Cynthia! I just wanted to let you know that the Washi Tape RAK you sent to me has arrived and I absolutely love the washis, they're all so pretty 🌷 As a thank you I wanted to decorate your profile a bit - here are some photos I thought you might enjoy based on your likes 🐦

Wishing you a beautiful day & happy swapping!

cowboypoodle on Oct 30, 2023:

Thank you so much for the Washi tape RAK! :-)

traceyj on Oct 3, 2023:

thank you pickle

Thank you for the Washi RAK, I love the clever way you packaged them too. Hope you're having a splendid week~~

hazelwitch3 on Oct 1, 2023:

I came back from a week's vacation to discover the envelope full of WONDERFUL washi tape! Thanks so much -- I'm really looking forward to using it in my crafting and envelope decorating. Such a great variety and so many interesting designs. Thank you!

SaraRose08 on Sep 30, 2023:

Ahhhh, I got the 'Washi Tape RAK' today and I'm obsessed! There's so many!! I love them all! Can't wait to use them in my crafts and mail art! Something for every theme/occasion! Thank you SO much!!! You rock! 🩡

user6937 on Sep 26, 2023:

Thanks for the washi tape RAK!

HappyMom on Sep 16, 2023:

Welcome to the Electronic Swaps Group!

Poohtat on May 4, 2023:

Thank you for the lovely colorful butterfly tote. I love it. Because of the way I spell my name, I never see it on anything, so thank you!

lunatenchi on May 1, 2023:

Thank you so much for the handpainted tote of Pikachu; i absolutely love it! :D

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