Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Yes, still alive.

Just in case you were wondering. Still well, still alive. I received a job assignment that keeps me working at least 4 days a week, a 5th if I choose. The opportunity has been great, as well as the pay check. I am working as a Intervention Teacher at our elementary school. Teaching EL, which is my speciality. Downside....little time to blog or do some of the fun stuff I use to do, i.e. laundry, dusting, vacuuming.

I am thinking of giving up my personal blog for a while, perhaps posting pictures of the family and activities, but that's pretty much what I do on Facebook now. This blog was intended for family viewing before FB.

I think I will continue my "craft" blog, and maybe just combine the two into one. I'm not sure. Really don't know if anyone else would mind. Not like I am solving the world's problems here. Just me and my little corner of the universe.

So until next time,

Have a great day!

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Happy New Year!

New Year's Day was spent with lots of carbs....eggs, french toast, cinnamon rolls, bacon and sausages. Serious heart attack situation. Thanks to those who came to our Open House Brunch. It was nice to relax with friends and play a little.

Our new game....Bananagrams. Totally fun, even if you are a horrible speller. I love it because we don't keep score and I don't have to worry about someone yelling....Your TURN! Shheesh.

Today I am watching the 1st episode of Biggest Loser....Talk about feeling like a lump. Did I mention we ate homemade caramels all day Saturday? Oh brother! Reality has set in.

Not setting any goals this year. Just trying to be a better person each day! Have a great one!

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas

Sending our wishes for a wonderful Christmas!

The Perfect Children with Santa
a.k.a. Sweet Pea, Drama and The Boy, formerly known as Lazy Boy,
My dad, Papa, starring as Santa Claus.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Halloween Wrap up

Dinner with the missionaries, pumpkin carving shenanigans, Skyping with Sweet Pea and jack-o-lanterns on display.

Halloween on a Sunday this year, so we Trunk or Treat.
Drama in his best "In-N-Out Guy" costume. They loved him there!

Here's the old folks handing out candy.
We brought a laptop and showed "The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown".
Can you believe there were kids who have never seen it...I mean teenagers!
Sorting the haul.

Mindy Gledhill and Facebook

Busy month, but we also had a couple of really amazing days. One was the charity dinner/concert Big Daddy and I crashed. As always, it comes with a story.

Sweet Pea is at college, and thriving, thank you very much. She went to a street concert where she met her idol, singer /songwriter Mindy Gledhill.

So, I became a fan of Mindy's on Facebook. Let me tell you right now,
Facebook is where all the stuff is happening. Good and bad. This was good.
Miss Mindy posted a private concert she was performing at in San Diego, and space was still available. Flash forward a week, Big Daddy and I walked into this event with 100 strangers. It was fantabulous! You can see some of the wonderment here.
Big Daddy and I in the backyard woodland
We sat next to the sweet girl who created this!

And here is Mindy singing her heart out. That's my fuschia sleeve there!

Mindy's music is lovely. She has a beautiful voice and her music sounds as good live as her new cd Anchor. Of course, I had to meet her and tell her about Sweet Pea, and our neighborhood photographer who took the pictures for her album cover, and gushed over her.

I may have even told Mindy, "Pretend like we are best friends. I'm trying to tick off my daughter."

Photo taken in dark on Big Daddy's phone.

I was bummed I didn't bring my camera, but was relieved when I saw a bunch of "docu-moms" photographing the event. I have borrowed their pix.

So, dinner...delicious, concert...terrific, charity auction...AWESOME.
I won the best prize... paper. For those of you who check out my craft blog, you'll know I am a paper freak. So, not only did I win a boatload of gorgeous paper, I got lots of goodies to go with.
Check it out!

All this goodness was donated by Margie Romney-Aslett of The Girls' Paperie fame.
I have had little time, but did create a candle wrap for my Halloween mantle this year. I am dying to dig into all of this gorgeous goodness!

OH, but that's not all.

I was also the winner of a Secondsister treat- A scollar.

Precious! Can hardly wait til the weather chills and I can rock this cool collar.

April really is an artist. She illustrated the delightful pictures in Mindy's video,
as well as being a phenomenal hostess. Check out her jewlry at Etsy.

So, crashed a party, made new friends, front row concert seats, won paper and a coolio scollar.
How is that for Facebook?

Wednesday, September 29, 2010


We have had a very mild summer this year. We enjoyed it and relished in the coolness. Never mind we didn't have that many beach days or our tans never really developed this year. School began and we even had a few sweater weather days, then POW the heat turned on. Monday it was 110 degrees and didn't feel much like Autumn.

In my efforts to attract cooler weather, I present my front door:

I know, wishful thinking.

Banana Bread

Ripe bananas, of course, call for banana bread. Over the years I have made lots and lots of loaves, muffins and pans full of this delicious treat. I used a family recipe for years, then found a recipe in Lion House cookbook, but my favorite is this beauty.
It's from the Simple and Delicious magazine/website called

Here's what makes it so yummy......cream cheese.
It's dense without being heavy, but it is moist and tasty.
The recipe makes 2 loaves, although I prefer to bake it in a 9" x 9" pan because it bake more even. Then, once baked and cooled, drizzled with an orange glaze. Yippee!

I have already dove into the pan. I am thinking about sharing the loaf.
Wonder who the luck recipient will be?

  • 24 Servings
  • Prep: 25 min. Bake: 55 min. + cooling


  • 1 package (8 ounces) reduced-fat cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1-1/2 cups mashed ripe bananas (about 3 medium)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup chopped pecans, divided (I use walnuts )

  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 3 tablespoons orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange peel


  • In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese, butter and sugar until well blended. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in bananas and vanilla. Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture just until moistened. Fold in 1/2 cup pecans.
  • Transfer to two 8-in. x 4-in. loaf pans coated with cooking spray. Sprinkle with remaining pecans. Bake at 350° for 55-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.
  • In a small bowl, whisk the glaze ingredients; drizzle over loaves. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely. Yield: 2 loaves (12 slices each).

Nutrition Facts: 1 slice equals 235 calories, 10 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 34 mg cholesterol, 157 mg sodium, 34 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 4 g protein.

Lightened-Up Special Banana Bread published in Simple & Delicious January/February 2010, p46