Sunday, April 25



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Thursday, April 15

Strawberry Pie Time!

My first Strawberry Pie of the year!!!  

I make Strawberry pies for my family, usually all during the Summer months - but with the weather being so nice -  FINALLY with NO SNOW on the ground - and temperatures above freezing, I decided to make them early this year  . . . .  and NO ONE in my family was complaining about it, either!  

Wednesday, April 14

Fridge Art Friday!

Peter's crazy-art kit allowed him to make some pretty cool pictures! 

Volcano (stenciled) a Long Neck Dinosaur, 
a Pteranodon, a Stream and Dino Foot Prints:

"Daddy" Spider, a "Mommy" Spider (next to the tree), a "Baby Spider"
a "Big Boy" Spider and, of course, a Dinosaur Foot Print:

Saturday, April 10


My 'TSNT' idea was a new recipe from a new cookbook!


White Chocolate Chip, Banana, Coffee Cake Muffins:

They were DELICIOUS! 

Mix the following in a small bowl and set aside:
2 1/2 C flour
1 t baking powder
1/2 t baking soda
1/2 t salt

In another small bowl, mix:
1 T instant coffee granules 
1 T hot water
 . . . stir until dissolved, then add 2-3 mashed bananas

Cream together the following until light and fluffy:
1 C softened butter
1 1/4 C sugar
1 egg

Add banana mixture to sugar/butter mixture.  Add flour mixture and stir well.  Add 1 cup of (I used white) chocolate chips.  Divide evenly among muffin tins and Bake at 400 for 25-30 minutes.

Family Day!

Tim and I received a lovely card from a family at our church, for Easter, with money in it.  It was super generous of them!  Tim and I used about half of it for a date night - at a wonderful SIT DOWN restaurant and had a really nice time together, talking, eating SLOWLY. . without having to feed someone else first!  We took a stroll after dinner and stopped at a bookstore where I bought a baking magazine (one of my favorites!) and then we went into one of my favorite coffee shops - Caribou Coffee!  We sipped on a hot cinnamon latte walking around the outdoor shopping mall, and just enjoyed each other's company.  Later, in the evening, we stumbled by a store and decided to take a quick look to see if they had any nice Easter dresses.  I hadn't bought one yet, and I wasn't planning on it this year, but we thought we would look anyhow.  Not only did they have a huge selection, but I bought my dress and dress jacket together for only $47!  What a steal!!!   Nothing excites me more than a good sale!!!

We also wanted to have a family night with the boys.  So, the following day we had a couple of errands to run  - and the kids acted SO well.  We picked up some food at Wendy's and then headed to a local park.  The kids played for about an hour and really had a blast!  It was perfect weather too!!   After the park, we had one more errand that we had to run (a favorite of the kids . . . Sams Club) and then we topped off our evening with Cold Stone ice cream!!!

Peter, taking a picture of  . . . Peter.

James . . . . trying to copy the mad skills of his brother. 

Each of the boys got a scoop of Cotton Candy Ice Cream, both topped off with lots of sprinkles!  They ate every bite! (which is saying a lot for my boys, who dislike any form of dessert)  

It really was a perfect weekend!!!

Monday, March 29

Showers of Blessings

A  Open House Shower is being held for
Kimberly Cornett
Friday, April 16th
 from 6:30 – 9:30pm
4011 Willowcreek Drive
Dayton, OH 45415
(home of Michelle Shaeffer)

On February 1st, the attic of the Cornett home caught fire and destroyed most of the kitchen and dining room area.  Further damage was done due to water and the freezing temperatures.  We will be hosting a Pampered Chef party for Kimberly, to help replace those things that were lost due to the fire, as well as welcoming any new or gently used books to replace the ones ruined.  Gift cards of any kind are also greatly appreciated!
(The Pampered Chef party will also be open for you to purchase items for yourself)

Below are listed a couple of idea’s of books and other interests:
         ROSS – 7yrs:  
Cowboys, horses, Batman
         DYLAN – 7 yrs
Super heroes, science/nature, animals/rabbits
         LYDIA – 4 yrs
Princess’, Tinker Bell, babies/dolls
    (All – anything Disney or Disney characters)
Ricky & Kimberly:  Devotional or Daily Devotion books

We hope you can join us for this celebration and help us pour
Showers of Blessings on Kimberly, for her and her family!


Refreshments will be provided.
Please RSVP to Stephany Weldon, by email:

Or to Michelle Shaeffer, by phone: 890-3892

Friday, March 26

Funny and Not So Funny

So, we get the kids' Easter pictures taken, and at the photo shop the photographer was talking about how much Peter and James looked alike.  I chimed in with this comment . . .

"Yes, they do - except they have completely different personalities, different hair styles and different fathers"

 . . . no one laughed.  Obviously, that was only funny to me!

I had to quickly announce that I was joking.

It really made me think, however, about how truly blessed I am.  Blessed that the man that I fell in love with 12 years ago is the caring and involved father to my children and a faithful, loyal and loving husband to me.  To see our decision, to live pure before marriage, as a good decision, and to be able to experience all of the many wonderful and amazing blessings that have come from that decision.


Just wow.

Tuesday, March 23

Spring 2010

Happy Easter!

Friday, March 19

Odd Order

For the last couple of weeks, Tim and I have been gradually teaching James how to drink out of a 'big boy' cup - no lid, no straw.  We are also going to be potty-training him soon . . . and at that thought, in the words of James . . "I don't WANT to go potty in the big boy potty!" . . . so, this should be interesting.  The cutest thing that he now does is order.   We have taken him to a couple of restaurants where he will order his entire meal - super cuteness!!!  Here's a one example . . . .

Waitress:  And what would you like for lunch?
James:  Grilled cheese sanmich.
Waitress:  Would you like fries with that?
James:  No. . . . FRENCH fries.
(Mom:  What do you say?)
James:  Please.
Waitress:  Sure!  What would you like to drink with that?
James:  Um . . . . . barooni and cheese (macaroni and cheese).
Mom:  No, James - what do you want to DRINK.
James:  OH . . . . .(thinking, thinking) . . . barooni and cheese.
Mom:  (to the waitress) . . . Chocolate milk, please.

We thought it was pretty funny - but, he now does this every time he orders.  We're hoping it's just a cute stage and that he doesn't actually want to drink mac and cheese!

Thursday, March 18

Jameser . . . The Bruiser

Mommy let James take some pictures with her camera . . . guess who he loves the most?


(but with cheeks like those, who wouldn't?!?!)

~New Fun Thing For James' Mouth~
That's right . . . . . that's potpourri! *yuck*