Monday, May 23, 2011


Another day of Food Nirvana!!

Raspberry Chocolate Chip Muffins

Ummmmmm.....lets just say not every recipe is a keeper. They didn't rise, and the chocolate was a wee overpowering for me. My personal taste is that chocolate should enhance, not slap you in the face. Two of the kiddos liked them but I most likely won't make them again, I have other winners in my recipe stable.

Strawberry Orange Smoothie made yesterday were a great breakfast, just thawed some and reblended.

Started Homemade Yogurt.....more coming on that later.

Homemade Taco & Ranch Dressing Seasoning

Watermelon Preserves. I'll keep you posted, they are currently soaking in brine.

Always thinking of a way to make something out of nothing!


Sunday, May 22, 2011


I love cooking, in case you hadn't noticed. It's my hobby, my relaxation, my Ohmmmmmmmm........

Saturday was:
Strawberry Banana Freezer Pops

no added sugar and great for my diabetic dad!

Strawberry Orange Smoothie

These taste just like Orange Julius!! AWESOME!!! (just thaw a bit and reblend)

Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream

Also a major nom success (topped with crushed graham cracker)

And another batch of Sloppy Joes!

This is enough for 2 meals! (I can't share the recipe just yet, I'm sworn to secrecy as a test cook for Once A Month Mom)

Recipe coming the first of June!

Sniff.......I'm outta strawberries:(

Cookin in Paradise!


Monday, March 07, 2011

Saturday, March 05, 2011

Spring In Florida

This is 70% of our backyard alone, which is the size of a postage stamp. You can see this baby from space!!

I'd like to know how I wound up dirtier than the kids?

Livin In Paradise!


Monday, January 31, 2011


I live and die by my iPhone. It is my Household Notebook, and a whole lot more. I truly am paperless and have my life at my fingertips. That being said, I'm screwed if the world wide web tanks. When I ask the kids to find my brain, they know EXACTLY what I mean and life comes to a standstill until it is found:-o

There IS an app for about everything and these make my homepage, and my life, a whole lot easier.

This is a snapshot of my Home Page, note the Valentine Day themed wallpaper. So girlie and not me!!!!

1. Phone & email. Duh.
Communication for my job is
done primarily thru email.

2. DAY is my calendar app. Kids,
job, personal are color coded.

3. ACCOUNTS is my checkbook

4. GROCERIES is my shopping
list, divided by store and isle
with a built in calculator and
Price book.

5. I have a Purpose Driven Life
and a task driven life,
WUNDERLIST keeps all my
To-Do's and projects in

I have other apps that log my husbands blood sugars, Bible prayer journal, weather, news, Facebook, cooking, Netflix , games and fart apps for the boys to name a few.

It's how I roll.

A TechnoGeek Wannabe

Sunday, January 30, 2011


What a difference a year has made.

At this time last year, my sweet Grandpa had just passed, my husband was about to be laid off (and was for 7 months) and I needed to re-enter the work force. Uncertainty was abundant, but so was the overwhelming Peace I had, that God had it all laid out before us.

And so He did.

Darrel got some much needed time off to get his Ducks In A Row. Spend time with the boys, set a course.
I joined a nursing agency and worked at a medical daycare(and liked it!) and did health fairs.

1 year later: Darrel is self employed in the construction industry, enjoying being his own boss again and the work keeps coming in!

I am self employed as well, I have the blessing of working from home coding/auditing emergency room charts, and it allows me to be available to my family.

This last year was a gift.



But not Chicken Soup.

This weekend is about cooking it up!! Part of getting my Ducks In A Row this last month, is to start filling the freezer again. My grocery budget has taken a hit with increased food prices and decreased couponing, however I found BS Chicken Breasts at Walmart for $1.78lb and bought 20lbs over the last 2 weeks.

6 lbs went in unprocessed, 2lbs cooked/cubed and 2.5lbs cooked/shredded. Also baked up 7.5lbs of potatoes for Loaded Baked Potato Soup (with bacon) for Sunday, and a batch to take to a sweet gal in my Sunday School class who had a baby recently. The other 7.5 lbs of potatoes will become Twice Baked Potatoes and Hashbrowns for the freezer.

Chicken, Soup for the Soul I suppose. I enjoyed it:)


Friday, January 28, 2011


My Grandpa would of appreciated this!