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

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!

Wednesday, January 9, 2013


Sorry for the delay on posting. Haven't had anything major going on, just so many little things that seem to take precedence over others. 
Been feeling rather unsettled lately. We've had some changes at work, and my temp position (that I love!) may be ending soon. Makes me want to cry, or beg someone to please make it permanent. Please cross your fingers, and pray if you believe in it, that it works out.
So, to lighten my heart slightly, here is a pic of my biggest cake project to date. A coworker asked me to make the cake for her parents' 40th anniversary in October. This was 8 layers. 3 14" French vanilla cake layers with American buttercream filling, 2 12" chocolate layers filled with ganache, and 3 10" carrot cake layers with orange cream cheese filling. Ombré iced with American buttercream as well. Had rave reviews, and was very pleased with the results.
The sugar paste carnations on the top did not photograph well :(

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

First day of school!

Today was the first day of first grade for B. This year will be a little bit different, as she will be going full days and riding the bus both to and from school. Last year J would take her to the bus stop in the morning (provided they didn't miss the bus!) and then would pick her up on his lunch break to take her to daycare. However, this year I was able to drop an hour off my work schedule and will pick her up from the bus stop in the afternoon. The daycare savings and the loss in income will about average out, so we'll be okay there. And I will get to have a little more time with the girls. Bring on the homework!! Okay, not really. 
Been all over Pinterest the last few weeks. Looking for ideas for lunches. D isn't very picky, but B can be. So we did a "school lunch" shopping trip to the grocery store over the weekend and got to pick out some fun stuff. Tried to get some healthy stuff to mix in too. 
Today's lunch:  PB&J sandwich on whole wheat bread. Black plum, sliced for easier eating. 6 baby carrots with a dipping cup of ranch. Snack bag of Bugles corn snacks, and a KoolAid Jammers drink pouch.  Stuck a note in for first day. And while typing this out, realized that I didn't give her a dessert. Should have put some M&Ms or something special. Drat.  I did remember to put in an ice pack (the pink flower thingy) to keep it cool. 

Baked chocolate chip cookies last night for the bake sale at work today. Saved some though, so we can have an after school snack. So D and I took the ones to work after putting B on the bus. Here's my all time favorite recipe:  browneyedbaker's thick and chewy chocolate chip cookies.   If you like soft chewy cookies, these are AWESOME!  Make some! 

Only a couple more hours to kill until the kid gets done with school. Probably ought to go finish folding my laundry. UGH.