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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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Across the internet…

Posted by on Jul 4, 2013 |

I would like to start this blog by offering the most heartfelt  “I’m going to miss you ” to the Wonderful owner of Nuts & Bolts Media,  Andrea.

As many of you now I was lucky around this time last year and won a total Blog Makeover through a contest on Facebook, and had the pleasure of  ‘meeting’ Andrea through texts, emails and the web.  We worked together patiently as she answered my myriad of dumb questions, as I was new to blogging, assuring me each time that no my question wasn’t dumb (trust me I know a dumb question when its asked!  I have worked in Marketing a large portion of my adult life), I waited patiently while she herself was taken down by a flu that took over her home…and joyously we celebrated with the chat and exchange of colours, fonts and decals.  Sadly, after putting a year of hard work, dedication and commitment to her clients, and friends…someone decided it would be funny and she was struck down by a virus or DDos attack (yupp, I copied that from an email because I have no idea what that is!).  Sadly over a week I watched my email as she graciously attempted to keep us all aware of what was going on, apologizing for the inconvenience, the loss of revenue for some, and working diligently at restoring our sites and trust in her and her company.  While I am aware, she was attacked professionally as well as emotionally…I took the time to remind her that HER level of professionalism was unwavering.She herself remained calm in the time of duress and struggle, I was encouraged by her willpower, her loss of revenue, which has resulted in the breakdown of her company….her baby which she dedicated so much time and Energy to over the past years.

SHE herself never failed to encourage us, when we were down, or at a loss…and yet we stood by not able to help her save for following her instructions on backing up our data (Note to self…ask Jesse what that is!). Sadly, she was forced to admit defeat, and with a heavy heart she made sure we were still protected from the wolf at the door and we were transitioned without much fuss to another reliable host.  (That poor boy has no idea how dumb the questions can be 😉 )

Sadly, the door was forced shut on Andrea, yet I am positive she will rise above this challenge and find herself in a brighter environment with stained glass windows…letting the sun shine in and offering her a rainbow on her future.  She taught me many things this past year…she taught me strength, character, fonts, publishing rights, laughing at the little things and embracing the possibilities. She was and will remain a valuable resource in my conquest of the blogging world.

 

Many times throughout my life, I have heard the statement made “When one door closes, another one Opens…” , and I must admit there have been times when I silently shake my head, and think “Sure…sure it does…”, and in my own self pitying state I sludge forward, make a plan…and then suddenly remember that another door did open. I was reminded of this this past week, as I watched in silence from the sidelines, while I embraced the challenges before me.  This is a new beginning for us…Andrea and I both…and we will do amazing things each on our own, but with the memory of the lives we have touched!

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