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A Week of UPS and DOWNS!

It’s been a week of ups and downs… which is what life is…k8168921

Sometimes good times/days… and sometimes bad times/days…

Goodness to brighten our days and let us know we should have Faith… and be thankful for the Blessings bestowed on us…

and the bad to let us know …

without the good… we might not survive… and the Faith  k28824132 we have leads us through even the worst of days…

My son’s roommate where he lives passed away this week…

58 years old… a good guy… a good heart… with a Love for God…

Found out he had cancer and was gone in a few months… k13545036

A shock to all of the residents where he lived… including my son…

He had befriended my son… helping him adjust to new surroundings…

I took him instant coffee k6856013 … a pack of cigarettes every now and then…

We talked every time we saw each other…

My son knew his whole life’s history… as he talked of his youth…

They had a Memorial Service k1423420 on Friday to honor him at the Home where he and my son lived…

A beautiful… heartfelt ceremony…

A wonderful photo of Roger on display… remembrances given… songs sung… tears shed…

A delicious lunch was served for all who attended…

The director/manager of the home… went to every one of her residents with a hug… a kiss… and condolences…

I sight to behold…

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Another death… This time a sweet lady younger than Roger… has passed…  12932653_10206181265272222_2634041741646103840_n from my TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) group tops_logo

So unexpected for family and friends…

No information as to cause of death yet… which keeps family/friends in a strange hold in time…

Hopefully a service can come soon for her… for all to grieve and remember her…

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Bobby gets cataract surgery k31027164next week… so glad!…

he has little vision in right eye…

The Doctor says the Chemo brings cataracts on…

and that probably the other eye will get the same way…

These side effects… are so bad…

But..

he does it with a smile most of the time…

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A cake for my guys… I was surprised last year by this mix  OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA …because it looks like it would be chocolate/orange flavored… but, just vanilla…

Still so good!…

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Pretty I think…

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A week for sure…

My Granddaughter has moved into her own apartment with a girlfriend… OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

I was kinda expecting it…

and it was time…

She has lived with me and her Poppy for about 3-1/2 years… going to school (University of Louisville)… working hard at UPS… and part-time work at Cattleman’s Restaurant…

A diligent… hard-working… independent… smart young lady…

and did I mention sweet and pretty … with a loving heart…

Perfect???

well… maybe… in Grandma’s eyes!… k21181232

She has added another roommate too…

a new puppy… named Dexter…OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

The cutest!… an Australian Shepherd…

She has always loved animals… and finally has one she can call her own…

Love it…

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In between things happening…

we have laid some carpet tiles in my computer room…OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

I would highly recommend for a small room…

economical… and easy to lay… just some minor cutting… and makes for a fun floor with the mixed pattern I chose…

 

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Making Christmas Cookies

I bake cookies k4328807 to mail to out-of-town relatives and give to some of my neighbors every Christmas

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I do easy recipes… and ones I feel will keep during the mailing process

Some basics I want to share …

For most of the cookies I made I used cake mixes…

Recipe: k10015436

1- box cake mix (your choice of flavor)

2- eggs

1/2 cup oil or… 1- stick of margarine or… 1- stick of butter…

(they all work well… but, I think I prefer the margarine)

Mix by hand…

Add whatever other ingredients sound good to you…

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Sprinkle with Decorative Colorful Sprinkles k0577487 if you like…

Makes them festive and yours!

DAY 1:

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Orange Supreme…

Added Orange Peel and topped with a piece of Orange Slices Candy

Also added chocolate/orange Candy Morsels to some of the dough…

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Key Lime

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Topped some with the Orange Slice Candy…

some with Green Sugar Sprinkles…

and some with Toasted Coconut…

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Oatmeal Chocolate Chip

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I also added Butterscotch Morsels…

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These 3 batches made 16 dozen cookies…

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DAY 2:

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Just added a few Chocolate Morsels on top…

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a few Peanuts on some with a Decorative Candy Snowflake

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Strawberry…

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Rolled batter in Strawberry Dry Jello (like sugar)

added a Snowflake Candy…

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Butter Pecan

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Added Chopped Pecans and Maple Flavoring…

Sprinkled with a few Colored Candies…

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Rolled some in Powdered Sugar…

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Funfetti (Vanilla Sugar Cookies)…

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Added Red/Green Sugar Sprinkles and

Candied Peppermint on some…

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These 4 batches made about 18 dozen…

Day 3:

Dark Chocolate Fudge…

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Added Choclate Chips and

some were sprinkled with Sugar Crystals

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Ginger Snaps…

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Pressed cookie dough balls down with a glass dipped in sugar…

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Made Candies (Chocolates) in small baking cups of red and green…

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Peppermint White Chocolate

White Chocolate/Pecan/Butterscotch

Dark Chocolate Pecan

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2 batches of cookie dough made 6 dozen cookies…

50 Chocolates…

They are all packaged and in freezer until next week… when I will package them in containers to mail… a variety going to everyone…

I hope they enjoy as much as I loved making them!

Just Because the Oven Is Hot!

I’ve got to quit cooking and baking!…

or do I…

I got up early as I usually do…

Waffles kept calling my name… and I hoped everyone else was in the same mode… because that is what I made…

Blueberry Waffle Mix with extra blueberries and my homemade blueberry jam…

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Love lots of Blueberries

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I checked in the mirror to see if I had turned blue… but, no I was just fine… but, I did have a smile on my face!…

I then decided to make a Coconut Cake for my husband… No… he doesn’t need it… but, I treat him sometimes… Oh… get real… all of the time!…

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Coconut Creme makes the cake so moist!

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Then… that little pumpkin that I had bought was staring me in the face…

“What are you going to do with me?”, it seemed to ask…

I just decided to take all of the seeds out of it… and toast them in the oven… a little Cooking Spray… a little sprinkle of salt… and let bake until turn a light golden brown and crunchy…

I just love munching on them!…

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Pulled out all of the seeds…

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Rinsed seeds really well…

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Laid seeds on a sprayed baking sheet to dry…

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Baked in hot oven until golden brown and crispy!

My next thought went to dinner… and I love having things done a little ahead of schedule… so, while the oven is hot in go the three stuffed peppers I have…”the last of the last” as my Mom used to say… that my daughter-in-law’s Mother had made for me this summer… She made me 24 of them to put in the freezer… “I love you Pam!”… They were so delicious and we will enjoy the last of them later today!…

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but…

I’m not finished!…

I was on a roll…

The oven was hot and I wasn’t going to waste the heat…

and actually felt good with temperatures being low and flurries in the air…

While the peppers were baking I put together a cabbage casserole recipe a lady at the YMCA told me about…

Remember… I’m a simple person… and this was a simple recipe…

Head of cabbage cut up… I like it in long pieces… and placed in a greased (Spray Pam) baking dish (8″ X 8″) … Pour a can of Cream of Chicken Soup mixed with 1/2 c. of water over the cabbage… top with bread crumbs and pats of butter…

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We will see how it tastes later along with the Peppers… but, how could it be bad!…

I think my stomach is growling… from all of the wonderful smells wafting around in my kitchen… Husband says, “It smells like a delicatessen”, as he peeks into the oven… k8579335

Mug ‘Ems… Sweet Things in a Mug

My Thrift Store Find” Antiqu_C for the day…

Actually I got three items

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and a pretty Cake Plate (brand new) which when turned upside down becomes a dip and chip dish… so unique! )

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I found a nifty little bookpretty coverspiral binding… and in excellent condition

I say… “brand new”…

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Looking it up on the internet I found there are other books like them…

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I’m glad I got this one… will make the cutest gifts

This book contains 21 recipes. There are 6 pages for each recipe–one with the recipe and the directions for making the gift…

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Next page has the list of ingredients that are not included with the gift and the directions for using the gift

The next two pages are gift tags with the printed instruction and a form to print the recipient’s name and a “You’ve Been Mugged” label on the gift tag

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Complete except for the ingredients

For instance…

“YOU” mix together…

Mocha Pudding Mix… k12246388

1/4 c. sugar

1 T. cocoa powder

1-1/2 tsp. cornstarch

3/4 tsp. instant coffee granules

1/8 tsp. salt

Gift Tag Directions: Mocha Pudding

Mocha Pudding Mix ( which you provide in a baggie in a mug)

(the next four ingredients will have to be added by recipient)

1 egg yolk

1 T. Kahlua liqueur, (optional)250PX-~1

1 c. whole milk

and then there are the rest of the directions to make pudding in a mug

There are recipes for cakes, puddings, cobblers , etc. …

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12 YEARS

12 YEARS!…

That’s how long it takes to go from an Elementary student in first grade to being that “Senior”  in High School

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My Granddaughter achieved this small goal in her life yesterday…

along with 265 other students that were in her graduating Class of 2013

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I say… small goal… because it is only one of many she will obtain as the years continue on…

Next will be college… she has been accepted to the University of Louisville Louisville_Cardinals_svg

To say I am proud as a Grandma… Yes, for sure!…

and will celebrate this moment with her…

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Poppy and Grandma… with our love…

Yesterday we met at Broadbent Arena… A part of the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center able to hold all of the students… teachers… administrators… parents…grandparents… friends and relatives …

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Marching in…

All there… because of their love of that special child… that they were honoring

Taylor had a little gathering that came to wish her best wishes

I only captured our little cheering section

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Granddaughter with silly face… why do they do that!

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Taylor with little sister, Kennedy…

Dad, Melanie (step-mom) , little sister, two cousins from Pittsburg and a friend that came with them and Bobby and myself…

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Dad, Kennedy and Melanie…

(little brother at home)…

much too long for him!

but, many others had come to wish her congratulations…

Of course her Mom( Brian’s first wife) with Taylor’s other Grandma… a cousin who is like a best friend… one of her other “best friends” and her parents… and of course her boyfriend

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Best Friend…

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Even big girls make silly faces!… with boyfriend…

Of course there were friends and their parents that Taylor had grown up with… and had known all of those 12 years… graduating themselves…

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She always smiles… but, I caught that twinkle of “achievement”u14931924  in her eyes today…

An accomplishment!…

There’s the usual speeches… musick5432485 … and calling of each graduates name as they came forward for their diplomas

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Taylor just received her diploma… Yes, there was a little cheering!

Cheers from the parents and friends as they crossed the front of the auditorium

Hats were flung into the air… A true celebration… and a traditional show that it was over!…

A bittersweet feeling for sure!…

Melanie’s Mom had us all over for dinner…

Her BIG PARTY is TODAY!…

Plenty of good food… and conversation… Taylor invited a few close friends… Actually the ones mentioned… her cousin, her “Best Friend” and her boyfriend… Content as apple pie

We had Boneless chicken breast off of the grillk4888068 , broccoli casserole, hashbrown casserole, salad and good french bread

Yummy!… to say the least… after sitting for 2 hours and getting there an hour early for seats…

I took dessertStrawberry Lemonade Cake

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I hadn’t put the strawberries on yet… but, looked like photo…

and Chocolate Cupcakes… Always a bit of chocolate for my babies…

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The cake was a hit… and will be making it again…

Recipe follows…

“Strawberry Lemonade Cake”

Ingredients:

Strawberry Cake Mix… prepared by box instructions… cooled and laters cut in half…

1-8ox. cream cheese

1- packet Lemonade Kool-Aid

2 cups- Marshmallow Cream

1-8oz. container Cool Whip Topping

Fresh Stawberries for garnish…

Directions:

Make cake as described above…

Mix cream cheese/ lemonade packet together…

Add marsmallow cream/ coolwhip… Mix (Beat with Mixer)

Can add yellow food coloring if want… I decided not to…

Frost cake …refrigerate…

I added strawberries right before serving… placing them on top…

ENJOY!… great summertime dessert…

Bird’s Nest for Breakfast?

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and my Mom passed on this “Egg In A Nest” Recipe to me… and I just loved it when she made it… I thought she was magic!

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Melt about a tablespoon of butter in a non-stick skillet…

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Take a piece of bread of your choice… whole wheat, white, french… and cut a hole out of the middle… save the circle of bread … (I used the top of my spray oil)… it was handy!

Now place in melted butter in skillet…

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Break an egg into the center… Are you seeing the idea of an egg in the nest???

You can leave the egg yellow whole… which is probably preferred by many… but, I must have my eggs DONE!… so I break mine…

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Salt/Pepper to taste… I like pepper!… let brown a little…

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Turn and let cook as long as you prefer…

I eat mine with Grape Jelly k6014419… Just flavors I like together…

ENJOY!…

May be fun for Easter Breakfast

Thanks for “The Sweetest Award”…

“Gift”…

I was nominated for the SUPER SWEET BLOGGING AWARD

by a fellow blogger… Her name is Kim and lives in Montreal Canada

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Tranquil Dreams is her POST name and comes from the translation of her Chinese name. She says, “Life is about dreams and reaching for things that make you happy“… sounds like a great idea to me!…

Her passions are… Photography, Baking & Cooking, Writing, Movies… All things I like… so no wonder we became connected…

I’m to answer these few questions and then pass on the “Sweet” Award…

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Cookies or cake?… I’m pretty picky with my cookies and cake… Has to be just the right one before I’ll eat them…

Fruity… nutty… chewy cookies are my fave…

Moist plain cake… no frosting… It also can have nuts/fruit in it…

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Chocolate or vanilla?… Here we go again… I like both depending on what the sweet is… Chocolate or vanilla fudge has me… Chocolate ice cream

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What is your favorite sweet treat, cheesecake or frozen yogurt?… Like both again… but, would find the frozen yogurt more refreshing in the summertime and cheesecake more tantalizing to my taste buds in the winter…

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When do you crave sweet things the most?… After eating something salty… After finishing a meal…just a bite will do… at night with a hot drink k6581443

If you had a sweet nickname, what would it be?…

My husband calls me “Rosebud” k3206611… “Sweetheart” k6223166… “Sweet Thing”… “Sugar Plum”k7800067

Do you want to gag now or later… But, it’s the truth!…

Another truth is that I think all of the people who read my blog must be some of the Sweetest

and they all deserve this Award…

So go ahead… and just acceptYOU DESERVE IT!