A vacation is always exciting. A vacation with friends is one you won’t forget. There were about 40 of us in 4 different houses in the OBX in early July. We all headed south to celebrate my best friend’s 20th wedding anniversary and watch her and her husband renew their vows. It was a great week with lots of memories.

Just a few of the many, many photos I took on the trip.

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Is there anything more relaxing than spending time at the beach?  I think not!

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Off to Camp…For the First Time

That feeling you have when you send your child off to camp for the first time. Does every parent get that feeling? I was so excited for him and so worried about him being gone for an entire week.

Off to church camp with his best friend. I couldn’t really tell whether he was excited or not. I pretty much understood how he felt. He was heading into the unknown. I remember that feeling when I went to camp for the first time. Excited but totally nervous. Oh, he acted like it didn’t bother him. Said that he was looking forward to it. But I could tell by the look on his face that he was apprehensive.

The good news….they will be sleeping in cabins this year. In previous years they have slept in tents. That made me a little nervous. But when I heard that brand new cabins had been built, well, I was pretty happy about that. A full week away from home, enjoying the great outdoors, taking a bath in the creek (yes, we had to send float-able soap), zip lining, repelling and Bible studies in the wilderness that God created. I fully expect him to come home dirty and exhausted. I can’t wait to hear his stories. But for now, I pray for him, his camping buddies and the counselors every chance I get. Only 4 days to go till I pick him up. I sure hope he is having fun.

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Best Garlic Cheese Bread EVER!!!

I’m a huge fan of The Pioneer Woman. I watch her show on the Food Network whenever I have time. I’ve made quite a few of her recipes and they have all been delicious. A few weeks ago there was an episode where she made cheesy garlic bread. It looked so good and so simple to make.

Last night I was making potato soup and wanted something to go with it. The cheese bread episode popped into my head and I thought it would go perfect with the soup. I, however, couldn’t remember the exact ingredients and I didn’t have time to go online to find the recipe. So I made up my own concoction based on The Pioneer Woman recipe. And may I just say…It was AMAZING. Probably the best garlic cheese bread I have ever had. I only made a small batch since there was only 2 of us eating. Here is how I threw it all together:

2 Slices Sourdough Bread

Handful of Sharp Cheddar Cheese

Handful of Mozzarella Cheese

A Few Shakes of Lawrys Garlic Salt (probably about 1-2 tsp, divided in 1/2)

1 tsp Basil

2 T Butter, melted

2 scoops Mayo (about 1/4 cup or enough to bind other ingred. together)

Melt butter and add 1/2 garlic salt then brush over slices of bread. While you are letting the butter soak in, mix together both cheeses, rest of garlic salt, basil and mayo. Spread cheese mixture over both slices of bread. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 10-15 minutes or until cheese is melted. Then move rack close to broiler and broil on HI for 5 minutes or until cheese is golden and bubbly. Remove from oven and cut into slices.  Enjoy!!

By the way…My son absolutely will NOT eat mayo. But he never knew that I put it into this recipe and said it was the best cheese bread ever. You really can’t taste the mayo, it is just to bind the ingred. together.


Garlic Cheese Bread

Garlic Cheese Bread


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Just When You Think Everything Is Going Fine…….

I know I’m not the only one who has ever felt this way. And it really isn’t even the first time I’ve felt this way. Though I sure hope it’s the last, but more than likely probably not. You know when you’re cruzing through life and things are going pretty good. Maybe not perfect but for the first time in a long time you feel like things are starting to look up and maybe just maybe everything is gonna be ok. Then BAM!!! the rug gets pulled out from under you! You’re left angry, mad, betrayed, frustrated, lost, devastated (these are just a few of the feelings that I have going through me right now). I have no control and not even a say in the situation. It’s just, this is how it’s gonna be and you need to deal with it. I do realize this is just a bump in the road, all-be-it a very large pot hole in my road right now, I will  get through it. What really angers me is that it’s not just me who it affects, but also my son. I hate this feeling!

Looking at the big picture I know that there are people in worse situations that mine and there are people who have to deal with worse than what I’m gonna have to deal with. And it could be so much worse.  But in my world, at this very minute, this is devastating! And I’m mad! And I’m left wondering when I will ever feel like things are starting to look up again.

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Peanut Butter Granola

Made my first batch of granola tonight. Thought I would share the recipe. It was delicious! This recipe comes from A Farmer’s Daughter cook book by Dawn Stoltzfus.  She did a book signing a few weeks ago at the book store where I work. After tasting some of the recipes she made and brought with her,  I had to buy the cook book.

3 cups rolled oats

1/2 cup dry roasted peanuts (I substituted pecans and almonds)

1/2 cup flaked coconut

1/4 cup wheat bran or germ

1/4 whole flax-seed

1/2 cup peanut butter

1/2 cup brown sugar, firmly packed

1/4 cup salted butter

2 Tbsp. honey

1/4 tsp. salt


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Toss together oats, peanuts, coconut, wheat bran/germ, and flax-seed.


In a small saucepan, heat peanut butter, brown sugar, butter, honey, and salt for 3 minutes over medium heat. Remove from heat and pour over oat mixture. Toss to coat. Spread mixture evenly on a lightly greased jelly roll pan. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until lightly browned, stirring every 10 minutes. Yields 5 cups.



I doubled this recipe so that I wouldn’t run out so quick. And I enjoyed some right out of the oven in a bowl with Almond Milk. So yummy!!!  Would also be good on yogurt. Enjoy!

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Whoopie Pies


Made these for treats for Cade’s class tomorrow to help him celebrate his birthday. Sure hope they enjoy them!

Warning…..There is not 1 part of this recipe that is healthy.  But they are delicious!

1 1/2 cup oil

3 cups sugar

3 eggs

1 1/2 cup milk

1 1/2 TBSP vinegar

1 TBSP vanilla

1 1/2 cup cocoa

1 TBSP salt

1 1/2 cup hot water

7 1/2 cups flour

1 TBSP soda

Mix together vinegar and milk; let set.  Mix soda in water. Mix everything together, adding flour last. Drop onto cookie sheet.  Bake at 350 for 10 minutes.


2 egg whites

2 TBSP Vanilla

2 TBSP flour

2 TBSP milk

4 cups powdered sugar

1 1/2 cup crisco (I substituted butter instead of crisco, used same amount recipe calls for)

Beat egg whites until stiff. Add rest of ingredients.


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Check Out This Site And Give-Away

Have you ever heard of www.lynda.com? I hadn’t until a friend of mine over at www.themommy-files.com blogged about it and is having a give-away on her site. Lynda.com is an amazing online subscription library. It teaches the latest software tools and skills with over 1,300 online courses. Web design, photography, WordPress, Adobe, Dreamweaver and Photoshop just to name a few of the options available. Head over to http://www.themommy-files.com/2012/08/become-more-savvy-with-lynda-com-giveaway/comment-page-1/#comment-243705  to get more details and find out how to enter the give-away. I’m entering as many times as I can.

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