Thursday, February 26, 2009
Sorry no updates right now - I am so sick. You know the drill - fever, ear infection, sinus infection, cough.... Really I feel like I've been run over by a truck. So this week has been filled with going to work and then coming home and going straight to bed.
And sadly, Keith is right behind me on the sick train, though he hasn't gone to the dr yet and so no antibiotics for him. An example of just how crummy we feel? We were to get Brooklyn all weekend and have had to call and cancel. That makes us both so sad....
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
This week Whitney of What's Left On The Table? chose the Caramel Crunch Bars for our TWD project (click on her blog name to get the recipe). These definitely got a thumbs up from both Keith and I. It's a butter (a LOT of butter!), brown sugar, etc. cookie base with a thin layer of chocolate and toffee bits on the top. Really what's not to like?
I'm rather glad they are as rich as what they are because that keeps our greedy little hands out of them a little more. We were more than satisfied after eating our one square.
And when I was in the kitchen cleaning up after our taste test Keith suggested I keep out two bars for us and take the rest to work with me tomorrow. I do believe he fears we'll eat every last morsel ourselves and we so do not need it!
Really - go up there and click the link to get this recipe. Sooo good.
Friday, February 20, 2009
And a side note to this card - it's one of my absolute favorite Bible verses. I've got it printed out and hanging on my cube wall at work. A good reminder when things don't go as maybe I wish they would.
And I am definitely going to put this one in the mail. :)
Thursday, February 19, 2009
Grandchildren are to grandparents like sunshine to a day - Unknown
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
We recently got word that the wife of the pastor of our church back in OKC had passed away. She was the kind of person that absolutely everybody loved and so this was really hard. A gentle, kind soul that truly loved the Lord, we rejoice that she no longer feels the pain. And yet she will be sorely missed by all.
And this card will be winging its way off to somebody that recently sent something to me. Her kindness is much appreciated.
This is the year that I want to send more cards, both for real reasons like above and for some "just because" type of occasions. I went through an entire year of Stamp Club last year and for the most part kept the cards because they turned out well and I wanted to use them for examples. But in reality they have sat in a box and haven't seen the light of day. That is just silly as they could be bringing joy to somebody's mailbox, so this is the year for that.
Remember the days of getting a letter or card in the mail? I especially loved handwritten notes. I would open the envelope and hurriedly read the letter or card. Then go back and read it slowly and savor every thought that was written. My grandmother was probably my best "pen pal" as she often sent letters and cards for no reason at all other than she loved me.
Reading this blog shows how much I love computers and quick communicating, but a part of me pines for the old-fashioned way too. I had a special wooden box that I saved cards and letters in and even today could go and look through some of those notes. It's kind of hard to do the same thing with email, though I suppose we could print them out.
I challenge everybody to send a note or card out this week to somebody you care for. I guarantee you'll bring a smile to somebody's face.
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
This cake was fun to make for a couple of reasons - one of which was the marshmallow frosting. Can you believe that never in my life have I made marshmallow frosting??? It took some time, especially when you compare it to making a buttercream frosting, but the results are well worth the extra effort. Light and fluffy and a total complement to the fudgy goodness of the cake.
Sunday, February 15, 2009
Saturday, February 14, 2009
They went in a package to the lady that I am a Senior Angel to. I figured everybody can use tea towels and when I see pretty ones like these hanging in my kitchen they make me smile, so surely they will do the same for her.
And this is the Valentine that I sent along with it. I found it online, printed it, cut it out and added the Stickles to make it a little more sparkly. Funny thing is, I think this card is Keith's favorite of the cards I've done and it really was one of the easiest.
Hope that today is "love"ly for everybody! Not sure yet what we'll be doing, but I'm sure we'll enjoy. The important thing is being together. :)
Friday, February 13, 2009
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Author Colleen Coble's thirty novels and novellas have won or finaled in awards ranging from the Romance Writers of America prestigious RITA award, the Holt Medallion, the ACFW Book of the Year, the Daphne du Maurier, National Readers' Choice, and the Booksellers Best awards. She writes romantic mysteries because she loves to see justice prevail and love begin with a happy ending.
2004 More Than Magic winner for Best Inspirational Romance
Without a Trace, Thomas Nelson
2004 American Christian Fiction Writers Mentor of the Year
ABOUT THE BOOK
The highly anticipated novel that delivers what romantic suspense fans have long awaited-the return to Rock Harbor.
Bree Nichols and her search and rescue dog Samson discover a crying infant in the densely forested woods outside of Rock Harbor, Michigan. Against objections from her husband, Kade, who knows she'll become attached, Bree takes the baby in. Quickly she begins a search for the mother-presumably the woman reported missing just days earlier.
While teams scour the forests, Bree ferrets out clues about the missing woman. But she soon discovers something more shocking: Bree's former husband-long presumed dead in a plane crash-resurfaces. Is he really who he says he is? And should she trust him again after all these years?
An engaging, romantic suspense novel from critically-acclaimed author Colleen Coble.
If you would like to read the first chapter of , go HERE
Sometimes I crack myself up reading books because I kind of play "Let's Make A Deal" with myself. I make promises like "just one more chapter and I'll clean the bathroom" or "ok, I'll read until 10:00 and then go to bed." And sometimes a book comes along that makes me throw all those deals out the door.
This book was filled with so many twists and turns that it made you want to keep reading to see if you were right! I love a book that keeps me guessing until the end and this one most definitely did.
And anytime an author crafts characters that are so believable that you think of them long when the book is over is truly talented indeed. I'm still thinking of the people in Rock Harbor!
Seriously, this thriller is very good and well worth your time.
One of our service projects is knitting baby items for a local hospital. I saw this pattern mentioned here and quickly followed her link to the pattern and printed it out.
This is a fast knit since it uses worsted weight yarn. And let me tell you how fast - I started and finished it last Saturday night while we watched movies at mom's house! I just love to think about a baby some day wearing this hat. Hopefully the prayers and thoughts that were knitted into this hat will bring a smile to the wee one's face. Or is it just gas when newborns smile??? ;)
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Irene Hannon is an award-winning author who took the publishing world by storm at the tender age of 10 with a sparkling piece of fiction that received national attention.
Okay…maybe that’s a slight exaggeration. But she was one of the honorees in a complete-the-story contest conducted by a national children’s magazine. And she likes to think of that as her “official” fiction-writing debut.
Since then, she has written more than 25 romance and romantic suspense novels that have sold more than 1.5 million copies. Her books have been honored with the coveted RITA award from Romance Writers of America (the “Oscar” of romantic fiction), the HOLT Medallion and a Reviewer’s Choice award from Romantic Times BOOKreviews magazine.
Irene, who holds a B.A. in psychology and an M.A. in journalism, juggled two careers for many years until she gave up her executive corporate communications position with a Fortune 500 company to write full. She is happy to say she has no regrets! As she points out, leaving behind the rush-hour commute, corporate politics and a relentless BlackBerry that never slept was no sacrifice.
In her spare time, Irene enjoys hamming it up in community musical theater productions. A trained vocalist, she has sung the leading role in numerous musicals, including “South Pacific,” “Brigadoon,” “Oklahoma” “The King and I” and “Anything Goes.” She also regularly performs with a six-person musical review troupe and is a cantor at her church (where she does NOT ham it up!).
When not otherwise occupied, Irene loves to cook and garden. She and her husband also enjoy traveling, Saturday mornings at their favorite coffee shop and spending time with family. They make their home in Missouri.
ABOUT THE BOOK
For FBI Hostage Rescue Team member Evan Cooper and his partner, dignitary protection duty should have been a piece of cake. Unfortunately, Monica Callahan isn’t making it easy. Estranged from her diplomat father, who is involved in a sensitive hostage situation in the Middle East, she refuses to be intimidated by a related terrorist threat back in the States…until a chilling warning convinces her that the danger is very real—and escalating. As Coop and his partner do their best to keep her safe, David Callahan continues his work—triggering an abduction that puts his daughter’s life at risk. And with every second that ticks by, Coop knows that the odds of saving the only woman who has ever managed to breach the walls around his heart are dropping. Because terrorists aren’t known for their patience—or their mercy.
If you would like to read the first chapter of Against All Odds, go HERE
OH.MY.WORD. This book is a fast paced thrilled that kept me on the edge of my seat - seriously. The first part of the book is a great read, characters you care about, a romance that is starting to bud, a woman that can't forgive her father and thus has a hard time with her faith. And then the action starts. I found this to be one of those rare books that I got caught up in and kept reading faster and faster to reach the end! I will say though that the terrorist aspect was rather disturbing to me due to the state of the world, but perhaps that was part of what made me read this book so fast. I cannot wait for the next book in this series!
Finished watching tv last night and was ready to come do a blog post, but then the spring thunderstorms hit. Oh wait...it's February! Well we'd been warned about these storms coming for several days and they were right. The weather guys broke into programming to talk about a possible tornado to the SE of my house and when they tracked it I discovered that in 9 minutes it would be in our area. Ever on top of things I went to notify the husband, who really wasn't that interested. But only minutes later the tornado sirens went off and he came in to see the radar. By this time the only sign of me in the room was my heels as I dove in the closet! I did stop long enough to call the dog, but I was taking no chances once the sirens came on. While in the closet we did call Lynne' since the alleged tornado was much closer to her. Smart girl - she was sitting in her tub because she heard the sirens. We all ended up ok, but I'll admit that my heart was beating a little bit faster. The sirens just seem to turn me afraid and off I go. I've seen too much tornado damage through the years to try and stand up to them.
Anyway, back to the weekend. We had such a nice time! Mom got up Saturday morning and made us scrambled eggs and muffins baked in a heart shaped muffin pan. We packed a lunch and set forth. I love that this photo shows only the word "junk" - kinda tickled me. This word was not true of the show though - it was wonderful. None of us bought a ton, but we do have a couple of nice things.
Afterwards we ran a couple of quick errands and then went to Ann's Chicken Fry for dinner. Nothing like some good old-fashioned comfort food when you've been on your feet all day! Arrived back at mom's, changed to pj's, the three of us grabbed our needlework and we settled in to watch a dvd. Very relaxing evening.
Next morning we got up and mom made us some Fiber One pancakes (try them, they are great!), sausage and we also had leftover chicken fry for breakfast (admit it, you'd have done the same thing!). Then Jeanie and I left mom's and headed out to get flowers and on to the cemetary. The more I think about it the more I think everybody needs a friend that will accompany them on cemetary visits. I know there is a saying about every woman needs a friend who is there for the good times, the bad times, etc. and definitely we need to add this one to the list.
A quick stop at Sonic on the way home for a strawberry limeade (truly fab.u.lous!) and before we knew it we were back home. I think I'm still kind of blinking at how fast this trip was!
Road trips with girlfriends are "da bomb"! :)
Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. - Romans 12:15
Saturday, February 07, 2009
Many years ago when we lived in Tulsa I'd take a van load of girls down to OKC for the day and we'd meet up with mom and her friends. So much fun and so many memories. Keith and I were talking about it one night and I was laughing about a moment where our actions were not the smartest. My friend, we'll just call her "D" and I went down a day early and splurged with a hotel stay. In the middle of the night the fire alarm went off and we sat and discussed at length whether or not it was legitimate! The alarm went off after a few minutes and we finally decided to get up and open the door to see if we saw smoke and when we didn't we went back to sleep. Looking back I am just appalled that we did this and am grateful that we had angels watching over us!
So back to this weekend - I made this little snack bag for Jeanie so that she'd be able to keep her strength up. There's probably as many different combinations of trail mix as there are stars in the sky! The idea for this one came from The Biggest Loser cookbook and contains popcorn (Smart Balance brand), Quaker Oatmeal Squares cereal, dried cranberries and mini chocolate chips. The fiber and sugar should help give us strength during the day!
The little topper was made using stamps from Hanna Stamps - Everyday Sentiments and Getting Physical. I thought since we'd be walking the craft show for probably 9 hours that the water bottle and tennis shoes were the perfect images! And could "Shop Til You Drop" be any more perfect for a day at the craft show?
Friday, February 06, 2009
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Lisa Wingate lives in central Texas where she is a popular inspirational speaker, magazine columnist, and national bestselling author of several books. Her novel, Tending Roses, received dozens of five-star reviews, sold out ten printings for New York publisher, Penguin Putnam, and went on to become a national bestselling book. Tending Roses was a selection of the Readers Club of America, and is currently in its tenth printing.
The Tending Roses series continued with Good Hope Road, The Language of Sycamores, Drenched In Light, and A Thousand Voices. In 2003, Lisa’s Texas Hill Country series began with Texas Cooking, and continued with Lone Star Café, which was awarded a gold medal by RT BOOKCLUB magazine and was hailed by Publisher’s Weekly as “A charmingly nostalgic treat.” The series concluded with Over the Moon at the Big Lizard Diner.
Lisa is now working on a new set of small-town Texas novels for Bethany House Publishers. The series debuted with Talk of The Town and continued with Word Gets Around. A new series is also underway for Penguin Group NAL, beginning with A Month of Summer (July 2008), and continuing with The Summer Kitchen in July, 2009. Lisa’s works have been featured by the National Reader’s Club of America, AOL Book Picks, Doubleday Book Club, The Literary Guild, American Profiles, and have been chosen for the LORIES best Published Fiction Award.
ABOUT THE BOOK
When Romance Is In the Air, Word Gets Around
Lauren Eldridge thought she'd wiped the dust of Daily, Texas, off her boots forever. Screenwriter Nate Heath thought he was out of second chances. Life's never that predictable, though. Cajoled by her father, Lauren is back in town helping train a skittish race horse set to star in a Hollywood film. But the handsome screenwriter gives her more trouble than the horse. And Nate is realizing there's a spark of magic in the project--and in the eyes of the girl who is so good with horses. Daily, Texas, has a way of offering hope, healing, and a little romance just when folks need it most.
If you would like to read the first chapter of Word Gets Around, go HERE
What people are saying:
"Lisa Wingate writes engaging stories that strike the heart. God has gifted her with a marvelous talent and I, for one, am most grateful."
—Debbie Macomber, New York Times #1 bestselling author
MY REVIEWThis was SUCH a fun book to read! The author writes in first person, alternating between Nate and Lauren. Some of the characters just cracked me up and anybody that has a larger than life,
Really there is something about cheering for underdogs and the project that only a handful of people believe in that can make a story very satisfying. And Lisa Wingate is an author that does this very well.
Actually this is the second book in the series and I have not read the first one. So if you see this book don't let that factor stop you from picking it up. Or better yet, get both books and read them in order. :)
Time has softened the gut-wrenching grief over losing him, but I don't miss him any less. I remember a few months after his death I headed to the internet to see if I could find out if the pain I felt was "normal" and really didn't find much. I have since learned that there really isn't a "normal" when it comes to grief as everybody responds differently.
It does make me wonder how a person without faith could ever get through something so difficult. I know that he is without pain now and that is comforting. But I still miss him.
Matthew 5:4 Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
So as you go about your day, remember to hug your loved ones extra tight. For our family and friends are so very important.
Nahum 1:7 The LORD is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in him.
Thursday, February 05, 2009
This baby girl just loves music and moving to music. It doesn't matter if it's Barney, the radio, symphony or simply grandma making noises she'll get up and start moving.
She's missing pants here because we learned that grandma has a little trouble with those fancy newfangled diapers. I had changed her earlier and we noticed that there was a wet spot on her jeans. Got her cleaned and the diaper changed and she wanted to get up a stretch a bit. And she's just so darling that of course I wanted her up. :) Really Miss B is a cutie patootie and I just adore being around - she makes me laugh!
"A house needs a grandma in it." - Louisa May Alcott
Tuesday, February 03, 2009
Monday, February 02, 2009
Jesus said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these." Matthew 19:14It's always a conundrum trying to decide how much to share on a blog. But I did want to mention how my cup is overflowing right now. My daughter has a found a church that she absolutely loves. They have an active group of people her age and she's just enjoying it and craving more.
On the phone last night we were discussing how God answers prayer on His time and how sometimes we get impatient waiting. And when His time is right, things just open up and are absolutely perfect.
Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete. John 16:24Truly there is nothing that can make a mother happier than to see her child happy in the Lord.