Monday, August 29, 2011

Who could pass up this great opportunity???

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Whisk Kid: A Hot Mess - {Chocolate and Caramel Cake}

This looks incredible, and completely not on my diet plan! I'm thinking for our wedding anniversary this is a must have. My hubby and I love chocolate and this fits the bill perfectly.  Head over to one of my favorite blogs and check out this recipe! 

Whisk Kid: A Hot Mess - {Chocolate and Caramel Cake}


Friday, August 19, 2011

I love!

I happened to stumble on a blog to find this site as one of her favorites.  Being on a budget this site is amazingly helpful.  The purpose is to track items that you'd like off the website.  I have been amazed at the prices tracked this far.  I was pleasantly surprised when I opened my email yesterday to find one of my items had dropped to below my desired price.  When can you find a Cuisinart Ice Cream maker below $30???  I bought it immediately knowing that within hours the price may jump back up.  And indeed it did!  Amazon is one of my favorite online shopping sites, and this just made it a whole lot better.  

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

A first after all these years...

Here I am at 31 years of age, and I've never been out with just ladies.  My hubby was amazed that this was not a common thing growing up.  I had to explain that any time I went out there were always boys mixed in the group.  It's strange to look back now and realize how much I missed.  Last night, I went to my first ladies night.  It was part of our community group that we started attending last month so I was excited to get to know them better.  Maybe it would have been different back in school, but one can only guess at this point.  I laughed to the point of tears and loved every minute.  It was nice to see how open everyone was about sharing life's ups and downs.  I haven't found a group of genuine people like that...ever!  No one was trying to be perfect or express how life was just exactly as they had planned all along.  If anything I understood just how much I've missed over these years. 

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Creation Festival 2011

We had an amazing time at the Creation Festival this past week.  The crowd reached an estimate of 115,000 people.  Although our journey started out a little rocky by traveling an hour in the wrong direction, we still made it in time to catch one our favorite worship leaders, Chris Tomlin.  We love the music, the speakers, and especially camping.   Before we even left home we had said this was our last time going to Creation.  By the end of our trip we were getting ready to order our tickets for 2012.  It's a tradition we want to keep in our family.

The speakers talked about what has the power over you.  What funeral did you need to have that night so that you could move closer to Jesus.  What was first in your life?   It could be something good, even your children.  Although God calls us to love our children, HE is to be first.  I know that I've been putting things before God not doing it intentionally.  The children are a big part of that, and its a hard balance when I'm centered around them daily.  I do know that when I do put HIM first everything else falls into place.  We are so blessed to have had this opportunity to share as a family.  

Friday, June 24, 2011

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Monday, June 20, 2011

What's for dinner?

Summer is one of our favorite seasons for fresh veggies from the garden and lots of grill time.  Nothing tastes better than a fresh salad that you know came straight from the garden without any added chemicals.  

Romaine in the garden
 Anyone want burgers? 

Three cheese cheddar burgers
Our next step will be to make homemade ice cream from the fresh strawberries we picked this weekend.  Although the baking almost stops in the summer, we still have plenty of sweet treats to keep our palate happy!

Sunday, June 19, 2011

A treat for Daddy

T-bone steak, roasted herb potatoes, ambrosia, and honey cornbread

After enjoying the Boston Red Sox win over the Brewers today, it was time to fire up the grill.   Of course, I don't touch the grill, so my hubby still had to barbecue today.  The kids were more excited about the dessert waiting in the refrigerator...

Banana Cream Pie (recipe)
Absolutely delicious!
 Time to head outside and grab some shots of all the smiles.  Overall, a great day!  The weather was perfect, and I even "let" him beat me in a game of corn hole. 
Daddy enjoying all his Father's Day gifts

Friday, June 17, 2011

Unit Studies by Amanda Bennett: It's Time for Fantastic Friday Fun!

Unit Studies by Amanda Bennett: It's Time for Fantastic Friday Fun!: "Our Fantastic Friday giveaway this week is FUN. In fact, it's a Parents Fun Pack ! Our winner will get both Mother's Day Download N Go and..."

Father's Day Weekend

We are so excited to be celebrating the best dad this weekend.  My husband truly represents the world's greatest dad.  He takes the time to encourage our children daily, and always wants to be with them.  I've never had the duty of pushing him into a relationship with them; he does it with his arms wide open.  The kids in turn have created a special surprise for him this weekend, and its going to delight his heart.  Although I know he is going to enjoy his Bear Grylls camping gear as well. 

What's on the menu?  Of course it has to be grilled!   Steak, potatoes, salads, homemade cornbread, and his favorite dessert banana cream pie.  I just can't wait to celebrate such an awesome man!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Our school days are numbered...

We are winding down with our studies for the spring semester.  Although, I am going to keep moving ahead with my precious girl this summer.  She started kindergarten materials in February and I want to keep progressing with her over the summer months.  She has caught on so well, and loves to learn.  She keeps me in line, and always reminds me that she is to go first during our school time.  

The boys will be keeping busy with the Summer Reading Program at our local library.  The library plans many events throughout the summer months, and the reading never stops in our home.   

Here is the link for the New York State Program: 

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Under Construction...

The beginning of a blogging journey is questioning whether or not my life is actually worth reading about.  I think that it's a great outreach is many different areas.  I feel like this is the best place to start.  I may not have the best grammar or perfect spelling, but I love to sit and type away whatever enters my mind.  As a woman, we all know that I could be sitting here for the rest of my life since my mind never ceases to stop thinking.   Now I just have to find one idea that may interest more than just myself.