Katie’s Wish/Happy Book Birthday!

Katie Shaeffer is too young to use the stove.  She is also an avid collector.  She has just one wish.  One dream. One desire.  Katie wishes to make golden brown, fluffy as a cloud, perfectly round PANCAKES all by herself.


Find out how Katie and her new friend, Baxter make her wish come true.  It takes perseverance, a positive attitude and just a little touch of magic but when it all comes together in this charming story, the results are most satisfying.


Get Katie Shaeffer, Pancake Maker by Cynthia Mackey and Paula Nasmith.

Now Available on Amazon.com  and Barnes and Noble.


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Surprise in My Mailbox

A very pleasant surprise showed up in my mailbox this week!  I received a hard cover copy of Jon Klaassen’s story, THIS IS NOT MY HAT.  And did you know it has won a Caldecott award?  It turns out that this is my prize from Wordy Wanderings’ short story contest from the end of March… Yay! I’m sure my preschool class will love it… can’t wait to read it to them; plus my story, Friendship Soup.  They will go well together.




About this book: Do not turn your head away from the illustrations for a second or you will miss the whole point of the story.  Definitely a great book for young children who are visual learners. I love how the illustrations show the ways that camouflage works for animals who need to hide from prey AND predators who use the camouflage to hide as they wait for their food and then…..look out!

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It’s Saturday Morning… Pancakes For Dinner, Anyone?

Welcome to my Saturday morning pancake feature in honour of my picture book  Katie Shaeffer Pancake Maker which will be released in 2 more days!!!!  If you read this book to your child, they may ask for pancakes for dinner so I thought I better share these recipes just in case.  Visit CBS Minnesota for details. And be sure to check out my book by visiting my author website for more information.  You can purchase a copy of the book through amazon.com or Barnes and Noble.

I declare it’s pancakes for dinner week—and here are my top 5 of your outside-the-box non-traditional pancakes!

via Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl’s Top 5 Pancakes For Dinner — WCCO | CBS Minnesota

Don’t Choose International Economy!

I’m just a little cranky and slightly embarrassed too but here’s my story in case it helps someone else.  I ordered a box of my self-published books from Ingram Spark on March 11, 2017.  It is over a month later and the books have not arrived.  When I phoned Ingram Spark, they were not able to give me any information about where the books might be.

You see, I chose international economy as the shipping method.  Bad mistake! Those packages are not trackable.  So apparently my books may show up someday but that’s about all I know.IMG_2030

What do I do now?  Order another box of books and this time, I chose Canada ground shipping which is slightly more expensive but at least its trackable!

Why did I not do this in the first place?  The rep from Ingram Spark told me “We don’t recommend choosing international economy.” So why the $%^& is that even an option?

And now I’ve got that out… back to the sunny, positive, look on the bright side simply.cindy we all know and love.

My books will eventually show up 🙂  And maybe this post will help someone else not to make my mistake!

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Generativity…The Key to Happiness?

I just read a really interesting blog post about happiness at ideas.ted.com.  It outlines a lifelong study done on a group of 724 men and describes four keys to lifetime happiness. Most of the article seemed quite logical.  The point that most interested me was the one about generativity.

They say that people in the study were happier when they were able to give back to the younger generation.  They mentioned that it could be through raising a child but it could also be done through your work by mentoring someone younger in your chosen field, for example.

This brings me to my own personal example.  I have a milestone birthday coming up.  I won’t say exactly which one but I felt pleased today when I realized that not only have the goals I had ten years ago been reached but the new goals I have now were little more than an inkling ten years ago.  Just imagine where I might be ten years from now!


My goal of becoming a picture book writer relates heavily to generativity.  I think that’s what motivates me to write picture books.  Really, picture book authors do not get rich.  The profits are small. Picture book authors write and rewrite the same story many many times before they ever become books.  I have learned that most books take at least two years to go from start to finish but many books take more than that.  Five years is quite reasonable as a time frame to go from first draft to finished product.

Even though my book’s birthday is not quite here yet, I have had the pleasure of reading and observing children respond to my story.  For me, this is what it’s all about; the generativity that makes writing all worthwhile for me.  When I think of the readers, I know that’s my reason for doing what I do.  And knowing how a picture book can positively impact many children and their teachers, parents and grandparents is all the knowledge I need to motivate me to keep on writing.  Not to mention that the writing itself is a pleasure.

Its a great thing to discover a new passion!  Thank you for reading my posts and leaving comments.  You, the reader, are hugely appreciated!!!