Wednesday, December 23, 2009

C is For Cookie

Cookie mix -$ 2.50
Royal Icing -$ 7.50
Sprinkles -$ 5.00
Christmas memory- Priceless

My daughter had a blast decorating these cookies. What a wonderful Christmas memory. The royal icing was left over from the Holiday Houses that were made in school.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Duggar Baby

Wow! Baby # 19 came yesterday for the Duggar family. The baby was born via emergency C section. Baby Josie weighs only 1 pound. Keep them in your prayers.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Blue Berry Muffins


· 2-3 tablespoons butter
· ¼ cup of Crisco
· 2 eggs
· 1/3 cup water
· 1 capful of vanilla
· 1 ½ cup of blueberries
· 1 cup of sugar
· 1 cup of Jiffy mix
· 1 cup of flour
· Muffin tins

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Cream together Crisco & butter.

Add the following ingredients to butter mixture & mix well:

· 2 eggs
· 1/3 cup water
· 1 capful of vanilla
· 1 ½ cup of blueberries

Mix all dry ingredients together in a separate bowl.

· 1 cup of sugar
· 1 cup of Jiffy mix
· 1 cup of flour
· ½ tsp Baking powder
· ½ tsp baking soda

Slowly add dry ingredients to egg & butter mixture & beat well.

Pour batter into paper muffin tins about ¾ full.

Bake for 20-25 minutes at 350 degrees until top is brown.


Monday, November 30, 2009

Praying For Approval

We have been looking at homes off & on for the past five years. As of two weeks ago, we decided to build. Now we just sit back, pray & wait for the mortage to be approved.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Wow It's October

Wow it's October, and I realized that I haven't blogged since August. Well I have been very busy. My mom has been in & out of the hospital. Therefore, I have been very busy trying to figure things out about what to do with her & lifestyle. I finally made the decision to place her in assisted living as of Friday. She thinks she is capable of living alone in her home. But when you have fallen 4 times since June I think it is time for the child to become the parent & the parent is now the child.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Thrifty Thursday, Aug. 27, 2009


Nice find at Walmart today. Palmolive dishwashing soap for a small cost of $1.00.

Friday, July 31, 2009

Girls Night Out & Homemade Pizza

A few weeks ago the boys went out of town. My daughter & I had a girls night out. We started our evening with make your own mini pizza. We then we took the dog to Pet Smart for a new leash.

Make your own pizza:
1. Pocketless pitas
2. Pizza sauce of choice
3. Mozzarella & Parmigiano Reggiano cheese
4. Topping of your choice
5. Italian herbs

In a frying pan, brown pocketless pita on both sides. Spread sauce to pita. Sprinkle the cheese on tops of sauce. Add toppings. Cook in pan until cheese melts. You may want to use a lid to cover pan to quicken the melting process.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

From My Garden

I planted lavender years ago & wasn't successful. Last year I tried again & much to my surprise it grew back this spring. In my garden this year I have tomato, cabbage & cucumbers. My garden is like the economy this year. I am not having much luck between the groundhog, deer, perhaps some blight & very cool nights. So far, I have only had one edible tomato. The cucumber are very slow to grow. There are about three decent ones in the garden as of today. These pictures were from about two weeks ago. Hopefully with some extra TLC & some homemade solutions, my garden will make a come back.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Life Is Too Short

I received this as an email & just had to share.

I don't mind if you write your name in the dust at my house; just don't date it!

Remember...a layer of dust protects the wood beneath it.

'A house becomes a home when you can write 'I love you' on the furniture.'

I used to spend at least 8 hours every weekend making sure things were just perfect - 'in case someone came over. Finally I realized one day that no-one came over; they were all out living life and having fun!

NOW, when people visit, I don't have to explain the 'condition' of my home.

They are more interested in hearing about the things I've been doing while I was away living life and having fun.

If you haven't figured this out yet, please heed this advice.

Life is short. Enjoy it!

Dust if you must ....... but wouldn't it be better to paint a picture or write a letter, bake cookies or a cake and lick the spoon or plant a seed, ponder the difference between want and need?

Dust if you must, but there's not much time . . . . with shrimp to eat, rivers to swim and mountains to climb, music, to hear and books to read, friends to cherish and life to lead.

Dust if you must, but the world's out there with the sun in your eyes, the wind in your hair, a flutter of snow, a shower of rain. This day will not come around again.

Dust if you must , but bear in mind, old age will come and it's not kind. . . And when you go - and go you must - you, yourself will make more dust!

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Disney Vacation Day 3 & 4

Day three of our trip we decided to take a break from the ride parks & hit Typhoon Lagoon. My husband took the kids the day after they arrived. They just loved it & couldn't wait to take me. It was very, very hot & the water felt great. The large wave pool gets 2 thumbs up. And yes, I have completely lost my mind by posting a picture of me in a bathing suit.

Ice cream in a bucket.
Can't leave the park without getting one.
On day 4, we cruised on over to Hollywood Studios. The American Idol Experience was very cool. My daughter is a big fan of American Idol & absolutely loved it.

The Judges

The Contestants

Honey I Shrunk the Kids

Monday, July 13, 2009

Disney 2009: Days 1 & 2

This is my day 1 & 2 of my vacation. This was actually day 3 & 4 for the hubby & kids. I arrived at Port Orleans Riverside around 1:30 pm. I was completely exhausted physically & mentally. I didn't want to let the kids & hubby down, so I pulled myself together & off to Magic Kingdom we went. We stayed for a few hours but the look on my daughter's face when she saw the castle was priceless. It all happend so fast that I didn't get a picture, but I have the image in my mind that will live forever! The next day we were off to Epcot. More pictures to follow.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Disney 2009

These pictures were all taken by my family prior to my arrival. Oh how it broke my heart not being there.

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Happy Birthday USA

Happy Birthday America

"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness"

Have a happy & safe 4th of July. God bless America.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Disney Pictures

I can't describe the look on my daughter's face when she saw the castle for the first time.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

A Childhood Dream Comes True

When I was about my daughter's age, I went to Magic Kingdom for my first time. We spent only spent one day at Magic Kingdom & I do mean a day. I remember asking to stay & watch the parade & fireworks but the answer was "another time". I left some what disappointed. When we went this year, I told my husband "I have only one request on this trip & that is we see the night parade & fireworks." What a nice little surprise to see Tinkerbell come down from the castle.

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Tragic Kingdom Finally Magic Kingdom

My Tragic Kingdom finally turned back to Magic Kingdom. If you read my previous posts, you know about the horrible start to my Disney vacation (if you didn't read the posts, shame on you-just kidding). My vacation actually has a happy ending. The following day, my mother had surgery on that broken hip & all went well. I arranged for a fight the next day & landed at the Orlando Airport round 12 pm Sunday. My mother in law promised my that she would visit my mother frequently & that she did. Mom is currently in a local nursing home for rehab. Things are slowly looking up.

Reunited at last!

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Why Magic Kingdom Became Tragic Kingdom Part 4

So as Maggie darted passed my rescue crew & toward the main road, my heart sank. I thought she will not be coming back. I was convinced that I would find her lifeless body on the main road. I did not give up, no did my rescue crew. We then expanded our search to larger areas. I even searched my own street in hopes that she would find her way back home. No luck. As my rescue crew & I grew tired of combing the streets, we decided to take a break. Off to the hospital I went.

I arrived at the hospital to find out that my mom broke her hip & will require surgery. That's just great. Now what? I have no emotional support with my husband & children in Florida. I wrestled with the thought of calling my sister in Virginia. I prayed to God for strength. I made the decision to call & left a massage explaining in detail the situation. She did return a message responding, I don't know what to tell you. Do you want my to come up? Yeah, I know to others this would be a no brainer, but my family is very dysfunctional. I shouldn't have to tell a 53 year old woman what to do. At this point I just wanted to scream in anger.

I finally spoke to her & she decided that she would leave the next morning to come home. Thank you, Lord. I thought that at least if she is here, I can catch a flight out tomorrow after her surgery.

As far as my mom's condition, she was heavily sedated for the pain & was going to be transferred to a med/surg floor. At this point, I felt helpless & I couldn't do anything else for her. She was stable & in good hands. I made the decision to leave & go look for the dog once again.

It was now about 4 pm on Friday. My husband called for an update after a successful arrival in Florida. We discussed the plan that I would stay until after the surgery & to make another attempt to find the damn dog. If all goes well with the surgery, I would leave for Florida on Sunday. I was so torn about the whole decision but we planned this trip months ago & my sister at this point was coming in.
I returned to my mom's house for one final attempt to find Maggie. I placed all of her blankets, toys & food on the porch in hopes that she would smell them & find her way back to my mom's.

I grabbed a bag of treats & walked the neighborhood about 3 times calling her name & shaking the bag of treats. No luck. As I stopped to talk to a neighbor, another neighbor asked if I found the dog. No I replied. She then said she saw her crossing another main road by the golf course. I then jumped in my car & off I went. I had that sick feeling once again that I would find her body on the road.

I stopped the at the golf course to inquire about the dog. No reports of a dog on the course. The man was very nice & told me that he would send out a few guys to look for the dog. I then searched the areas that would surround the golf course. My optimism at this point was turning very grave. I can't tell you the vast amount of woods that surround the golf coarse. I touched base with my sister & she changed her plans. She is not coming. She forgot that she has 3 doctors appointments next week with specialists & it would take 6 months to get another appointment. Go figure.

My mother in law called & said that she would return to help look for the dog before the sun goes down. I searched & searched. Reality set in. I began to tell myself that there is no way in hell that I will find this dog. How do I tell my daughter that her dog is gone & grandma's condition is fragile. I drove the outlying streets near the golf course & stopped & asked a few gentilemen if they saw the dog. No luck. One of the men suggested I put a sign up in the local store/gas station. At that moment a light bulb went off. I decided to stop at hte store & ask. So off I went.

I spoke to the gas attendant & he said that he saw the little brown dog with the red leash dart down the main road about 45 minutes ago (Maggie is now know as the little brown dog with the red leash). I then called a friend that lived on the main road & asked if she saw her at some point today. She replied no, but offered to come out & help look. I parked the car on a side street & began to walk to main road & look near an open field. I crossed the main road (my house is just behind this main road) & asked the neighbor if she saw the Maggie. Shse replied, no.

I heard barking. I called again & listened. I didn't get my hopes up because the neighgbor that lives near me has the same bread. I called again. I heard a bark. I continued to call & the bark became more familiar. I ran through the yards until I reached my house. I walked up the drive toward the barking. How to my surprise do I find sitting on my back porch, Maggie. Barking at the door waiting to be let in the house. My heart at his point filled with joy.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Why Magic Kingdom Became Tragic Kingdom Part 3

Yes, I kissed my husband & kids good bye with tears in my eyes. I got back in the SUV & headed for the Parkway. It was a lonely trip. So many thoughts swirling around in my mind.

I reached my mom's street & began to put the pieces of the puzzle together. I questioned the neighbors that live around my mom. They told me that she fell & couldn't get up. She called for help, two of the neighbors came running & the ambulance was called. She didn't hit her head so that was a positive outlook.

What about the dog? Has anyone seen the dog? The next door neighbor & his wife replied, we tried to catch her but she wouldn't come, she is so fast. I then started my search for my dog. I walked numerous times around the plan calling her name "Maggie". No luck. My in laws arrived to help. I thought for sure that Maggie would show up with my mother in law calling for her. Maggie absolutely LOVES her. No luck. During this time I called the ER & spoke to the nurse. I was told that they were waiting for the doctor to read the x ray & they would call me back with the results. And the search continued.

After about an hour, I had several volunteers helping me look for Maggie. Finally, I glimmer of hope. I asked a man walking his dog if he saw a little brown dog. He responded, the one with the red leash? YES, YES! that's the one. I just saw her around the bend by the playground. WONDERFUL! Mission accomplished. Now I can go to the hospital, one less worry.

I ran down the street ( in my backless sandals) & yelled (huffing & puffing) to the neighbor that she was spotted around the other side of the neighborhood. She & her girls hopped in her car, went one way & I the other. I saw Maggie running up the street, like a gazelle, toward my car. My thoughts were, she's alive. I was feeling some relief. I threw the car into park, nearly dropping the transmission & got out to get her. I called for her but she ran the other way. Poor thing, so many strange people calling & chasing her. I think she was overwhelmed & scared. Who wouldn't be. She darted past my rescue crew & head toward the main road. My glimmer of hope just began to fade away.

To Be Continued........


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