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My Holiday Memories Scrapbook Brings Christmas Memories to Life!

posted by Karen Hood
Friday, December 13, 2013
This is the fifth scrapbook in Whispering Pine Press‘s Children’s Scrapbook Series and is especially designed for children to help them to remember their unique and joyful adventures through life. Scrapbooking provides an outlet of expression that may not be available in any other form. Families get involved and show their children how much they love them by helping them fill in the pages of this book to preserve family memories. When I was young, I had a baby book.

My Holiday Memories Scrapbook for Kids by author Karen Jean Matsko Hood is a wonderful way to document enjoyable past and present experiences, a storehouse of unique recollections, as family’s journey through their lives. You will share many pleasant memories with your child browsing together through this special scrapbook as they grow and mature through their individual times and accomplishments. Encourage your child to record moments, holidays, and special family events, with written thoughts and their own hand drawn pictures, as well as photographs, along the way. So often, we lose some parts of our child’s events because of no singular place to keep them. Here is the answer to that situation, in this memorable scrapbook. You will want one for each of your children so they can protect their personal holiday memories.

Please visit our websites at,, Featuring a full-color cover in a variety of bindings. Whispering Pine Press International, Inc., Your Northwest Book Publishing Company.

Inside You Will Find a Place For:

  • Adopted Children’s Themes
  • Record Favorite Activities
  • Add Photos, other Memorabilia
  • Add Thoughts, Drawings, Ideas
  • Document Important Events
  • Record Family Events


LCCN: 2014 pending BISAC 1 JNF015000 BISAC 2 CRA043000 BISAC 3 FAM000000 BISAC AUD 02

ISBN: 978-1-59210-620-2 case bound $29.95 plus shipping
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About the Children’s Author and Poet: Karen Jean Matsko Hood is the author of children’s books, fiction and nonfiction, poetry, and more. A woman of wide interests, she, her husband, many of her seventeen children, and foster children make their home in Greenacres, Washington. Ms. Hood is currently working to complete research toward her Ph.D. in Leadership Studies at Gonzaga University.

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Twitter: @KarenJeanHood

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November 23 is National Adoption Day

posted by Karen Hood
Thursday, November 21, 2013

As the mother of 16 children, many of them adopted and foster children that my husband and I have gladly welcomed into our home and our hearts, National Adoption Day is very close to my heart. Over the years, the Hood family has grown not only in size but in richness and joy, and we are proud to be adoptive parents. Please take some time this Saturday to consider what you can do to help the many children who remain without families, whether it is by donating to an organization like The Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute, becoming an advocate in your community, or opening your home to those in need.

Thank you,

A Special Message from The Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute
This Saturday, November 23rd, we will celebrate National Adoption Day and the approximately 4,500 adoptions of children in foster care that will take place in courthouses across the nation. It is a day of celebration as well as a poignant reminder of the nearly 100,000 children in foster care still awaiting their own adoption day.

The Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute exists because we not only believe that every child needs a family, but also that they can find that family – no matter what their age or circumstances. Toward that goal, we continue to raise awareness of the policy barriers that prevent children in the U.S. and around the word from finding their forever families. We will work daily with policymakers to address these barriers until every last one is removed.

We are pleased to announce the release of our report, What Barriers Remain: Areas of Needed Adoption and Foster Care Reform in the 113th Congress. This report highlights several areas where the U.S. Congress might work to reduce the number of children living without families in the U.S. and abroad. It is our hope that all who read this new report, from Members of Congress to adoptive parents, Members of the Administration to foster youth, will work in partnership with us until every child in need of a family finds permanency.

Halloween Delights Delivers No Tricks, Plenty of Treats

posted by Karen Hood
Tuesday, October 8, 2013

It’s that time of year again! The weather is turning crisp and cool, leaves are changing to vibrant autumn colors, and the holidays are just around the corner. First up is Halloween, a favorite for the child in each of us, a magical and spooky night filled with delicious goodies, fun costumes, and frights galore. To help make the most of the holiday, pick up a copy of Halloween Delights by Karen Jean Matsko Hood. More than just a cookbook, Halloween Delights is a treasure trove of creative ideas to make your fright night celebration one to remember! The book is also packed with extras, like information on how to grow your own pumpkins, interesting facts about the history, folklore, and symbolism of Halloween, and a helpful glossary of cooking and baking terms.

I’ve been impressed with each entry in Hood’s Cookbook Delights series that I have seen so far, but this one honestly blew me away. From the clever to the creepy to the downright ghastly, each recipe is a masterpiece of ingenuity that will delight, scare, and gross out your Halloween guests in the best way possible. The variety of recipes is staggering, enabling you to choose just how ghoulish you want your party to be. The Halloween Haunted Forest Platter, for example, is a really creative way of dressing up the ordinary vegetable platter that will entice even kids into nibbling on healthy treats, and it’s a really cute idea. (Imagine a forest of broccoli trees haunted by egg ghosts and other creepy, edible creatures.) If you’d rather horrify your guests, there are recipes like the Boogers and Slugs Halloween Cake and Chocolate Slime, foods that may sound or even look disgusting, but are guaranteed to be delicious. The Bleeding Human Heart, a heart-shaped gelatin that oozes thick grenadine blood when cut into portions, is one of my favorites–there’s no doubt it’ll make an impression!

Halloween Delights is so full of fun and creative ideas that my kids literally could not stop poring over it. They had a blast helping me try out some of the recipes in the kitchen and have been begging to try out more ever since. We made Witch’s Hat Chocolate Cupcakes, Creepy Crawly Spider Cookies, and Jack-O-Lantern Cheeseburger Pie. All of the recipes were easy to follow and turned out fabulous, not just in taste but in visual impact as well, which is at least half the fun with a holiday like this. I was also pleased to find a number of recipes that are designed for feeding large crowds, which will make planning a party all the easier. This is the ultimate Halloween cookbook, crammed with enough ideas to see my family through all the spooky parties we will ever throw. Now the only problem is picking which recipes to use–and how to prevent my kids from wanting to celebrate Halloween all year long!