Cooking us some pumpkin rolls….

Me and Stacey just thought we would have us some fun and think we are giving a tutorial. But, well, you’ll see…….

Here is the budding young pastry chef

This is the cast of characters for the cake part. Yummy o. Don’t ya just love the display???? LOL

This is what happens when mommy takes too long setting up a picture of flour and sugar and such. The budding young pastry chef falls asleep… No matter on with the show I say! See that lovely lady in the picture that is Granny, she is always keeping an eye on things. LOL

I almost forgot the most important thing!!!! You must always have a nice cold glass of Pepsi! It helps you work so much better. Keeps you right on task.

You throw all the ingredients in Granny’s kitchenaid. Can I tell you a little secret??? I secretly covet that thing. I really would love one. Hint hint….

Yummy look at that there it goes onto the cookie sheet. I use foil because well, I’m a little on the lazy side and well, there is less clean up.

Stick that bad boy in the oven and wallah….

You get this! Isn’t that just the prettiest thing you ever did saw???

You slap that onto some parchment paper and roll it up.

Like so….then you put that bad boy into the fridge to cool. And now to stop the regularly scheduled program….we have been so blessed these past few days. Our fridge went out and all of our food went kaput. Well, we now have a fridge, and the church delivered two really big boxes of food to us. This was a surprise to us. Then we got the prettiest fruit basket I have ever seen. Granny said I must have blessed someone and God seen it and wanted to bless me back! I think I love that lady. Sometimes she just knows how to make me cry.

Ok, now, back to the program….

this is the ingredients for the filling. Not alot there is NO way that these little ingredients could cause any kind of trouble. Oh, no! Well… think again!

This is when the budding pastry chef decided to wake up and want to pour the powder sugar into the mixer, while it was going. Not a good idea! Not at all!

You see all that powder fly off? Yeah, I had to wash all of that, and because of that, there is no picture of the finished product. I even had wash the fake plant on the back of the sink. Ya wanna see it??? I thought you did! he he

Tune in tomorrow and I’ll give you the recipe. It came from a good friend. She is awesomtatious! And so is her recipe for pumpkin rolls! Tootles peoples!

Well, hello there….

Hey everyone, how’s it been? I know I know, I promised to start blogging again, and well, I haven’t. I just don’t have much to write about. Well, I probably do, by, I think I have writer’s won’t thaw out, need a jack hammer block. I can hardly put two sentences together when it comes to this thing. I’m not sure why. I think some of it has to do with, this was a blog for working through my grief and remembering JT. Then it turned to Tori-Beth. So, I really don’t know what direction I would like for this to go. I am still figuring that one out. I want this blog to be upbeat, quirky, witty, and maybe a little sassy. Kinda like me. LOL You may or may not have noticed that JT’s tab is gone. Someone stole his picture to enter a contest. I was not very happy about that. It made me a little sick actually. Now, if they would have asked me, I am sure that I would have had no problem with it. I don’t know who the person was and one of my friends came across it. Otherwise, I would have never known. But, the thought of someone just taking his picture well, that was way out of line. But, this is the internet, and I guess I was going to have to deal with that sooner or later. The company was very kind and took the picture down immediately and apologized profusely. I am very endeared to them now. They had compassion I didn’t think a big company would have. For that I am grateful.

The kids are doing great. Most of them are doing good in school and Mikayla just got TERRIFIC kids award. For being respectful. And her Teacher wrote some awesome comments on her interim. She said she was a joy to work with and she catches on easily and has a gift for learning. She also said she told her she should be proud of herself and just look at her and smiled that big pretty smile of hers. Yep, that’s my girl. LOL Ashley finally gets it and is doing great in school. All A’s and B’s. Took a lot of work to get her back to that point but, she is doing really well, and I am proud of her. Stacey well, she’s trying. She thinks it’s a socialization club at school. She had some terrible grades, but, she is bringing them up and is excited about it. Well, every test that she does good on she shoves in my face. LOL As a side note, I don’t care what the grade is, as long as they try their hardest and put the work into it. That is the key. You have to try. And she wasn’t. But, she is now. I am proud of her for that.

Ashley is in a big girl relationship, and I still don’t know how I feel about that. They have been going out well, sitting in my house when they are allowed to see each other, although they have been on two “dates” for 6 months now. Her boyfriend is very respectful and follows my rules, and that doesn’t make him run away. Oh well, I tried. Nah, just kidding. I really like him. We have known him for a long time. And well, this is crazy, long before me, Mike (my husband) used to date his mom. Now, how crazy is that??? But, he is a nice boy, so, I guess he can stay.

Tori-Beth, she is just a joy. She does crazy, goofy stuff everyday to make me smile. She doesn’t talk much, because Ashley taught her sign language, and she likes to use that. Although she will let you know what she wants or needs and she doesn’t need to use words. She is good like that. She loves to dance. When ever any kind of music comes on you can see her just a rockin and a rolling to it. Commercials are her thing. She loves them.

Oh yeah, Mikayla started AWANA last week and loves it and can’t wait to go back. I also started Bible Study last week and can’t wait to go back. LOL I have been looking for a Bible study for a long time. And am so happy that I have found one. We are starting from the beginning. I like that too. Mikayla’s first verse to learn. John 3:16 of course. Although she says Jack 3:16 but, I am hoping she gets it soon. I know she will.

Hubby man, is laid off. Not really happy about that, but, that’s ok, the Lord provides and everything is paid up, so, we have all of our needs met. Our van broke down and we are back to using the Jimmy again. The scary Jimmy. It scares me badly, but, we do have transportation, so, that is a blessing. If you all could see that thing you would know what I mean by scary.

Well, I guess that is it. You all have a great day, week, and month, because, who knows when I will pop up again. LOL

It’s Sunday…

I thought I would give you all some listening pleasure. Just a little God lift today. And remember everyday is the Lord’s day, not just Sunday!

See the blessings….

I am one of those crazy positive people. Well, to everyone else I usually am. I am like that to a point with myself, but, I am hard on myself. Which I think everyone is. I tend to see the blessings in the worst possible situations. Plans can get broken, things don’t go right. I am right there saying well, this isn’t going right, because well, maybe God doesn’t want it to. I mean hey, there has to be a reason. I can always see the positive for everyone else when they are going through a hard situation. I try my best to help people find solutions to their problems. I can listen with the best of them and keep my opinion to myself. Even when it isn’t something that I would choose to do for myself. I understand that everyone is different and that what is right for me, even though I want it to be right for them, is not right for them or their situation. Saying all that. I know it’s all about me. LOL

I really think, no, I know that God blesses us in the good and bad times. A flat tire, might mean leaving later, and missing a car accident. A phone call might stop you from getting somewhere a few minutes early and not having to deal with the long wait and the irritating person that you sat next to that you really couldn’t deal with that day. Losing someone close to you, even though it broke you into a million pieces might bring you closer to God, your family, and you may start a new foundation, or resource that maybe your community never had before.

I really miss the child like innocence that I had when my Christianity was new to me. I am getting that back. I marvel in the littlest things. I have my down days, and I let myself feel sorry for myself for a minute, but, then I start to think of all the blessings that I have each and every day. A husband who loves me, 5 beautiful girls who I would give my life for, being able to worship my God anytime, anywhere. Being blessed with a son, who is alive and healed in heaven. Having food and shelter. Great friends, in real life and in the internet world, that at the drop of a dime, would be there to support me, and I them. Just being able to wake up each morning and saying Thank you God for giving me everything you have. Another day to live, laugh, love, cry, break down barriers and obstacles, another day to be. Another day to see the joy on my children’s faces as they tell me about their day, another day to cook them dinner and yes, another day to clean this house.

And if someone wants to bless you with something. Never turn it away. Even if you don’t need it, at the moment. Never take that away from someone. Because if they are thinking about you, and bring you groceries, a flower, a card, or even just themselves, God thinks that you need it and He put that on their heart to give that to you.

Blessing come in many different shapes and sizes. No blessing is too small. Remember that. So, when you are sitting at a stop sign and God blesses you with the sun in your face and you sit an marvel at it for a few seconds to long and the driver behind you starts going a little cooky nuts, just smile, and thank God.

Ok, Seriously…

The whole, thinking I am going to be blogging everyday idea, well, that went out the door. I can’t figure out things to write about. I mean, I could write about the kids, but, they haven’t done anything funny. Life is just moving on as usual. Nothing exciting or crazy happening. I am starting a new bible study. I am not sure how I am going to like it. It is an online one. I really wish i could go to a group bible study. But, I don’t really have that opportunity. I wish I could start my own group bible study, but, I don’t have that opportunity either. So, I guess, doing it alone is better than not doing it at all. I need to find something in my life that I am passionate about. I would really love to work with grieving parents. But, I don’t know how to go about finding out how to do that. I am just full of can’ts these days. I don’t know much of how to motivate myself.

Good thing that is happening in my life, I am really getting into my healthy lifestyle. I have lost weight and while it has been hard and I still have a long way to go, I figured out, I can do it. I never really tried to hard before. I mean I tried but, my heart wasn’t in it. Well, my heart is in it now and I am trying. woo hoo!

I guess I leave you with this boring post. I really don’t like to write fluff, unless it is a birthday or special occasion, but, this will have to do for today. Tune in tomorrow, when I may have a breakthrough and figure out something of more substance to write. LOL Tootleloo my peeps!

Gonna start blogging again….

Not sure what I am going to talk about, but, I need this outlet. And I haven’t been using it much. Life has been busy with Tori-Beth, but, not so busy that I can’t blog. Which leads me to….that girl is crazy. She is so smart and giggly and I love having her around and I am so glad that God blessed me with her. Life is so much more enjoyable and she gives me another reason to want to live. But, just a little note to let you know I am going to be blogging, and I am going to try to do it for a month straight. So, wish me luck!!!!

Wow….

It’s been a while my blog friend. I might have something to write later. But, not today. Just wanted to tell you hi and that I have missed you. You have been a great friend and I am afraid I have neglected you. We’ve been on a lot of bunny trails together. So many topics. So many laughs and tears. I hope to be back soon. But, know that in my absence you are missed.