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Grabbing Life by the Challenges she ventures forth.

Posted by on Jun 19, 2015 |

16 years…

 

16 years ago we awaited your arrival with anticipation and wonder.

We celebrated the little bundle that offered us a new opportunity to laugh, share, grow and ponder the future.

With  Pride and Joy, we watched as you embraced life with the devil may care attitude, unafraid amd confident in the beliefs you hold dear. A social butterfly with an empathy that draws everyone in;  an infectious laughter and song for Life that only you can offer. A voice to be heard…power to be reckoned with.

Today with Pride we celebrate your strengths, acknowledge your weaknesses amd watch you grow into a woman with Dreams, strong beliefs, and a compassion for friends and family alike. Unlimited by your fears you embrace the world, failures and all…holding steadfast to the strength and power that is yours alone.

You are our Ironman…our Joker…our youngest but bravest.

Happy birthday Kat. May you always find the courage and conviction to remain true to your beliefs like you do today. May Prosperity surround you in all facets of the Diamond you are.

You are Loved.

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One week….

Posted by on Dec 17, 2013 |

7 days

168 Hours

10 080 Minutes

In all this time, we will travel… shop… bake… embrace…laugh… share…give… receive…embrace again and create memories that will take us into the next phase of celebration…the New Year.

Over the next 7 days, we will worry about the little things, remind ourselves of the big things and makes lists and schedules to accommodate all that enters into our mind.  & days of saying hello to strangers, offering a greeting (and I am old fashioned and still wish everyone Merry Christmas, my bad). We will wrap, tape, ribbon and rip.  We will over indulge and laugh at jokes that normally aren’t funny but we don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings…and at night we will go to bed exhausted from today, thinking about tomorrow.

Over the next 7 days…I will make a schedule to adhere to in regards to this blog…because LOL…I have been slacking, and some days this is my sanity.

So I would like to take a moment to wish you the best of the Holidays, be your belief be religion based or marketing solidified.  I wish you Joy, Prosperity and a warm embrace from a complete stranger who will make this holiday memorable.

 

Merry Christmas…Seasons Greetings…Feliz Navida….Happy Hannaukah …any way you say it it remains one simple fact…I wish you all the best.

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I wonder How….

Posted by on Sep 23, 2013 |

Cracks in the surface appear …

Lemons get their tang….

Dogs sleep all day…

Cats stay awake all night…

Tomorrow is…

Laughter varies from person to person….

someone decided Monday was going to be the day that life begins a new!

 

 

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Summers End is almost near….

Posted by on Aug 28, 2013 |

Busy time of the year in our home…

Boo turned 5 and is off to Kindergarten in a few short days. Daughter No.4 is off to Gr 9, No. 5 is off to Gr 10, No 3 is still in the planning stages but last we heard January is her planned college start date, No 2 is starting a new life in a new apartment with her partner and No 1 is still teaching and happy with her choices.

The promise of Fall bring with it , bazaars, bake sales, Christmas planning…and new opportunities for growth!

I am excited at the prospects, I am thrilled at the chance to meet new people…and I am in cream cheese and pumpkin heaven!  The combination tempts me, adds calories to my waistline, and brings with it a promise of divinity!  I am including the recipe that I use from www.Food.com…they taste just like the muffins available at Starbucks, and even the kids look forward to waking up to them for breakfast.

 

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins

Ingredients

    • 3 cups all-purpose flour
    • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
    • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
    • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
    • 4 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
    • 1 pinch cardamom (optional)
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 1 teaspoon baking soda
    • 4 eggs
    • 2 cups sugar
    • 2 cups pumpkin
    • 1 1/4 cups vegetable oil
    • 8 ounces cream cheese
    • chopped pumpkin seeds (optional) or walnuts (optional) or pecans (optional)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Put the entire brick of cream cheese on a piece of wax paper or parchment paper and shape it into a long log.
  3. Put it in the freezer while you mix and fill the pans, up to an hour.
  4. Unwrap and cut with a sharp knife so each cream cheese disk equals 1-2 teaspoons. If the cream cheese disks are too big around, cut thick slices and then cut them in half. This allows you to push it down into the batter easier.
  5. Mix all ingredients together (except cream cheese and nuts).
  6. Fill muffin tins (greased or paper cups) half full.
  7. Put cream cheese disc in the middle, pressing down.
  8. Sprinkle with 1 tsp chopped nuts.
  9. Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean from the muffin part ***do not touch the cream cheese!***
    MMMmmmmm Good!

    MMMmmmmm Good!

    Let cool in pans for 5 minutes, then remove to racks to cool completely. ***Do not touch the cream cheese until it cools  You have been warned***

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July is Almost Over….

Posted by on Jul 31, 2013 |

I have come to that point where I am sitting here, coffee ready, screen clear…thoughts running through my mind, and I look to my left and Go WOW…there staring me boldly in the face is the reality that July 2013 is almost over.  Just a few short hours, and we will enter into the last month of summer vacation.  The last four weeks of children proclaiming boredom, schedules filling up with those last day trips to the beach, school shopping…countless reminders of “Mom, I need….”

Once again this year is flying by, progress has been made in so many areas, some mountains still have to be conquered, yet I prefer to see them as little bumps in the road. Realistically they are easier to tackle in that regard.  I get winded thinking of mountains :).  While I wholeheartedly agree that the best view is at the peak of the mountain, my mind immediately wraps itself around the idea that air pressure is decreased, peaks are sharp and anyone who knows me outside of this blog can tell you…I would be the woman who cuts herself, slips and falls or gets a bruise in the most unimaginable spot…such is life!  I will embrace the bump, and move forward to the next one.

July is almost over… I will smile as the presence of double rainbows, mist in my face in the early morning, the sounds of children laughing, the never ending battle of the bands between bedrooms as two musical teenagers increase the volume to win the ultimate prize of me shouting to be heard over the cacophony of beats and bass  “ENOUGH LADIES!”.  I seriously cannot be the only parent who has to listen to Battle of the Beats between the Black Veiled Brides and Bieber right?…Please tell me I’m not alone!

I will laugh at the never ending array of fliers, websites and conversations of  “Oh mom, I saw the cutest shoes today on this girl…”  My reply is always “Did you ask her where she got them?”…their answer is always “No.”…and the search will begin.

BOO turns five years old in two short weeks, and we will gather to celebrate this most “awesome birthday “…I have her order on the calendar for Cupcakes and cake pops, and she has already advised me of what she wants me to buy her for her gift.  She is in for a bigger surprise this year, thanks to a High school friend (I’ll share later I promise!).  i know it was jsut yesterday she was walked into the frist day of school…yet that passed so quickly.

Kiki is off to Grade Nine soon, Shauna is off to Grade 10. I am off on this adventure called parenting…day in and day out…never boring!

 

July is almost over … what bend in the road are we taking today?

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Sometimes you Just have to rely on Pie!

Posted by on Jul 11, 2013 |

im·pos·si·ble

/imˈpäsəbəl/

Adjective
  1. Not able to occur, exist, or be done: “an impossible task”; “impossible to keep up”.
  2. Very difficult to deal with: “an impossible situation”.
Synonyms
unbearable

Definition courtesy of Dictionary.com

 

This past two weeks has seen the start of summer vacation in our house, and with Vacation begins a whirlwind of activity correct? CORRECT!  Our youngest has just graduated from Grade 8 and is working on completing some high school credits online this summer, so her high school years are less stressful, my 15 year old is graciously moving on to Grade 10 thankful not to be a Niner anymore, and firmly ensconced in a new summer romance, my middle child is finding her wings and pushing all the buttons life has to offer (unfortunately some of those buttons are mine ….breath…moving forward), and my 23 year old daughter has just completed her program in photography at the local college and is advancing in her life plan.  Boo is going on to kindergarten with the giggles and wonder that is her.  She will move mountains one day because for the simple fact her little life has begun with commitment, consistency and co operation from almost every one involved.  She has her wings and we will watch her fly high as we did the children before her.  Ah the blessings of being a grandparent…my mom certainly use to sprout it enough, I understand now. (Another lesson learned…listen to your momma!)

Unfortunately as is life, it has not been all positive activity and many a night I have fallen into bed, wondering what could tomorrow possibly bring my way?   I HAVE GOT TO STOP asking that question!  I hate the answers!  Last night I went to bed thinking that sometimes it is impossible to please everyone, and you have to take a stand for yourself.  It isn’t always easy, it can involve extreme heart ache…but as I’ve learned this past few years everyone has a breaking point.  Accepting that is the key…some things are just unacceptable, others become bearable over time.  So as I sit there wide awake, thinking this is an impossible situation…a dear friend posted something on Facebook that immediately drew my attention…based on yet another conversation with my youngest children not three days ago!

Impossible…very difficult to deal with…until now!   My friend posted a picture and recipe for  nothing else other than Impossible Pie!

Seriously…something so simple, something with such a foreboding name…yet so simple!  the simple combination of  Milk, eggs, coconut and a couple other minor ingredients are put into the blender, that my youngest wasn’t aware we had, mixed well and poured into a prepared pie plate. It then goes into the oven and within 45 minutes you have an awesome coconut custard pie.

 

simple ingrediaents

simple ingredients

 

Blender

Blender

 

Pour into pie plate

Pour into pie plate

 

Bake at 350 for 45 minutes

Bake at 350 for 45 minutes

 

Serve

Serve and Enjoy!  (Great with Whip Cream!)

 

Waking up to PIE!!!!

Waking up to PIE!!!!

 

 

 

INGREDIENTS:
2 cups milk
1 cup flaked coconut
4 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
6 tablespoons margarine
3/4 cup white sugar
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
DIRECTIONS:
1. Place milk, coconut, eggs, vanilla, flour, margarine, and sugar in blender. Mix well. Pour into a greased and floured 10 inch pie plate. Sprinkle nutmeg on top.
2. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 45 minutes.

recipe copied from allrecipes.com

 

So after seriously five minutes work, 45 minute wait…things don’t seem so impossible after all.  Today is a new day, tomorrow will be yet another…and somedays all your troubles can simply disappear with an Impossible Pie!

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