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Have A Hot And Happy 4th!

HAPPY 4th of JULY!!!!

No matter what our nation may or may not be going through at any given point, I still believe I live in the best county on earth. Our freedoms are many. I’m thankful that the U.S.A. is my home and grateful to all those, past and present, who fight for my freedom. I hope you are able to spend the day with family and friends, have a cookout, eat some watermelon and enjoy some fireworks. It’s gonna be a hot one here in NE Ohio. I hear we are on our 12th day of above 90 degree weather. We are still in a drought so be very careful with those fireworks.

Thoughts and prayers continue to go out to all those affected by the fires out west. Special prayers go out to our men and women in the military who can’t be home for the 4th.



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Thank You!

Remembering those who have lost their lives while serving our country.

Thankful to all military persons, past and present.

 I sit here and try to think of the proper words to express my gratitude but there

are no words.

 So I will simply say THANK YOU! God bless each and every one of you!


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The Day After Christmas

Hey everyone! It’s been so long since I’ve posted. I hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas. Hard to believe we are a week away from 2012. So are you one of those people who take your tree down the day after Christmas or do you leave it up for a while? We usually leave it up till after the first of the year. I don’t necessarily plan a day to take it down. I will just wake up one morning and be sick of it and ready to take it down and clean. In the meantime I enjoy the lights.





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Through My Kitchen Window

Because of recent tragic events that happened to a friend of mine and also because the Easter season is upon us, I find myself taking more time out of my day to count my blessings. This morning as I was washing my dishes….yup, (gasp) I still wash my dishes, no dishwasher in this house…..I was appreciating the view I have out my kitchen window. I think I especially appreciate this view because I can remember back to a time when I lived in an apartment and my view from my kitchen sink was a wall. Can you imagine how depressing that was? So this morning I am thankful for my view out my kitchen window. I thought I would share it with you. Enjoy!!

What does your view look like out your kitchen window?

The spring flowers are here for such a brief time I love to capture them with pictures.

However, the pictures never do them justice.

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Easter Baskets and Coblentz Chocolates

I decided I have waited long enough. I needed to start finding goodies to put in my son’s Easter basket. The last few years I’ve started a tradition of buying the chocolate for his basket at Coblentz Chocolates. Have you ever heard of or been to Coblentz Chocolates? It is the best chocolate that I have ever had, and lucky for me I live within walking distance of the store. Now that I’m typing, I regret not taking pictures of the store while I was over there. I must say it is a treat for the senses. The visual displays, the smells, and the tastes…yes they have free samples.

Coblentz Chocolate Bag

I gathered up some treats for Cade to take to school for his classmates.

Solid Milk Chocolate Easter Bunny Suckers

I found some treats for the Easter Basket.

Assortment of Goodies

I have never been a fan of Peeps. I don’t know why but they have just never appealed to me. However, I found chocolate covered Peeps today at Coblentz’s and thought I needed to try them. They will go in Cade’s Easter basket, but I’m hoping he will share. Don’t these just look yummy?

Chocolate Covered Peeps

These are a few other items I will be putting in his Easter basket this year:

  • Sketch Book & Journal
  • Bath Bombs (you know, they fizz like alka seltzer when you drop them in the bath water, and they smell so yummy)
  • Legos
  • Jelly Beans

Do you make an Easter basket for your kids? What are some of the things you put in it? I would love to hear all about your ideas for unique Easter baskets.

The opinions here are mine. I was not paid for this post. Although if they would like to pay me, I would work for chocolate.

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Happy Valentines Day

Cade and I spent yesterday afternoon making cookies and these cute little heart crayons to put in his treat bags for school.

Crayon Hearts


We soaked our selected crayons for for about 10-15 minutes in warm water. That helped some of the paper come off easier. However, we still had some issues with the paper on certain crayons. Guess who got to deal with those? But once the paper was off, we broke all the crayons and put them in silicone heart molds. Cade chose the colors he wanted to mix together. I put them in the oven for about 10 minutes. Oven temp was set at 320. Once they cooled, they popped right out.

Later I will be sharing a picture of Cade’s Valentines Box that we made. In our mad dash this morning I forgot to take a picture of it.

What fun things did you get to do for Valentines Day this year? I would love to hear how you celebrate with your kids.