May you be blessed with warmth in your home, love in your heart, peace in your soul and joy in your life.

Thursday, April 7, 2016


That subject hits home a little bit today. Yesterday, we lost one of the greatest country music artists that will ever be. Rest in peace, Merle.
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We've lost a lot of people this year already, and we've only finished 3 months of it. And what hurts most about this one is how I associated him. I hear Merle, and I think of Pancho and Lefty. Willie is my dad's favorite, and if my dad's artists are starting to fade away, how much longer will I get with my dad?

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Prayers please

I know, I know. Not something you would normally expect from me. But here's the thing. My best friend from 5th grade all the way through high school has an older sister. And she was friends with my older sister. And even though we all live hundreds of miles apart now - Kansas, Minnesota, South Dakota, Idaho - there are still threads that tie us together. Those can never be cut. So, because of those threads, I'm asking a favor. Whether you pray to God, Allah, Buddha, The Great Spirit, the car gods, Zeus, or the faeries dancing in the trees - would you please remember Liz in your next request? Thanks.

Monday, August 24, 2015

First day of school!

Today is my kiddos' first day of a new school year. They were super excited this morning. So was I, because I had the day off of work. So, we got up, Mom (me) got some coffee, and got ready to roll. Kids in new clothes and shoes, backpacks grabbed, lunches packed, photos taken. We did drive to school instead of taking the bus because we had all the supplies to take. We missed Meet & Greet on Friday so all the stuff had to get toted along with us. Got the kids to their classrooms, teachers met, and off I went. Ran a couple errands - had to get some coffee syrup, something to make for dinner, and some paint samples. We are getting the outside of the house painted in a few weeks, so we were finalizing color choices today. Got home, put a pot roast in the crock pot. Made a loaf of bread that was pretty good. Calling it "tablespoon bread". Yay for no kneading and easy remembering!

6 cups all purpose flour
1 tablespoon yeast
1 tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon kosher salt
3 cups lukewarm water

Mix together flour, salt, sugar, and yeast in large mixing bowl. Add water and stir until well combined. Dough will be soft. Cover bowl with cling wrap and a tea towel. Place in a warm spot and let rise for an hour. After rising, use a plastic scraper to punch down the dough. Turn dough out onto a floured surface and shape into round loaf. Place an heat safe  Dutch oven into the oven and preheat to 425. Once oven is hot, take out the Dutch oven. The dough will have risen again at this point. Turn dough into the hot! pot and cover with the lid. Put back into the oven and bake for 40 minutes. After time is up, remove lid and bake an additional 10 minutes. Remove from oven and turn loaf out onto cooling rack. Cool completely before slicing. 

We had pot roast and gravy, mashed potatoes, roasted Brussels sprouts, and bread. Was pretty darn good dinner. Got lunch stuff prepped for tomorrow, dishes all done up. Watched a little TV and now I'm heading for bed. Goodnight! 

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Hi all -

Yesterday was J and my wedding anniversary, and this weekend is B's birthday. Next week is my sister and brother-in-law's anniversary and my birthday. And the week after is my nephew's birthday and two of our close friends have a birthday that week as well. Funny how much stuff is crammed into this month now. And we are less than 3 weeks away from the first day of school. D is currently attending Huntington Learning Center, getting some one on one time to ensure that she is ready for first grade. She slid through kindergarten but didn't really enjoy it and I think that she was not quite ready for it. She's been going to tutoring for a few weeks now, and she loves it. And she is learning, and listening, and even she can see results from it. She amazed herself the other day reading billboards. "Mom, I can read that!" Tonight, one of her extra credit activities was to read in a funny place. I found her in my bathtub with her blanket, pillow, and three books. I just laughed and went the other direction, so I wouldn't interrupt her. I hope that she learns to love reading as much as I do.

Speaking of which, I recently climbed aboard the Game of Thrones ride. By that I mean reading the books. I haven't watched the HBO series yet, but it may not be far off. Although, due to my Facebook feed, I already know a lot of the "spoilers" just reading the books. I may start on the show later. There are 135 holds on Season 1 discs at the library. Guess I should start searching out other ways to watch it......anyone have HBO Go? :) to bed now. Good night all!

Thursday, July 9, 2015


Well, this morning we zipped out to see Grandpa J for a few minutes and to take care of something very important.....applying for our passports! That's right, we get to go out of the country! We are going to Cabo San Lucas at the end of September, traveling with J's parents and brother & fiancée. We were blessed to get to go with them to Hawaii about 4 years ago, and we had so much fun that we decided we would vacation together again. Looking forward to this!

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Time flies!

That it does, my friends. That it does. So, I'm trying to be better about posting on here. Today I made cranberry bliss bars, ham and bean soup, and pot roast. Yesterday, I baked the ham that I used the ham bone out of for the soup, and made real mac and cheese (as J calls it). And did I get a single picture taken? Oops. 
In regards to the title of this post, it has been over 3 weeks since my last update. But that's not actually the reason. I changed my profile picture today. To one we just had taken last month even. Look how big those girls have gotten! This weekend is actually the anniversary of when I first met J. Lots of things have changed over the years. Houses, cars, hairstyles (I'm blonde now!?!). We've made new friends, and lost some others along the way. We've had good days and bad, but still sticking it out. Love you ten forevers, J. 

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Hey there....

So, my sister and I have been spending quite a bit of time on Pinterest lately. It seems to just suck you in and before you know it, two hours are gone and everyone wants to know where dinner is. Since she lives 16 hours' drive from me now, we log into AIM and send links back and forth and chit chat. Over the weekend, she asked when was the last time I blogged. Because she had to 'fess up to having not looked at this for a long time. And I had to 'fess up to having not posted in forever. So, here's a post. Won't be much to this one. I'm trying to figure out how to do this from my iPad, so hopefully I will get this learned and then will be able to post more often. This week has been laid back. B and D have both had colds, so I took some vacation time to stay home with them. So, I got the last of the Christmas decorations put away, scrubbed the kitchen floor, and got D's clothes switched out for the next size up. She's gotten too tall for the others, which were still too big in the waist. She's built like her older sister is, and her dad was as a kid. Tall and skinny. She got an Android tablet for Christmas, and has discovered selfies. 
Her tablet has over a hundred pictures, all very similar to each other. Crazy kid. 

Yesterday, I baked a few loaves of Amish Cinnamon Bread. J likes it a lot. It's okay, but man, does it like to stick to the pans! The batter almost reminds me of cake batter, so I think that next time I may try both grease and flour for the pans. But we have to eat this first. And the brownies I made. And now D wants to make granola bars and cookies.  We'll see. She has a kindergarten kick-off program this afternoon. She'll be starting kindergarten this fall already, and turns 5 in April. Yes, party plans are in the works. As long as she doesn't change her mind about the theme......again.  And hopefully I will be able to get more party stuff on here.
That's about it for now. Hopefully there will be more stuff here more often!