Because Life is Good

It's all about the little things…Sharing some of my favorite photos, recipes and memories.

Just call me Corn on the Cob! September 9, 2012

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The month of August is torture for me at work… Hence no time lately for any blog posts or much of the things that I find to be truly fun or relaxing. It’s why I take joy in the little things my family does to make my long days tolerable.

Like peanut butter and jelly for example! My 3 year old son was on his way home with his dad and sister one day recently when he decided to start calling everyone by the names of ingredients of his favorite sandwich- a PB and J of course! Logan was bread, Katelyn was Jelly and Dad was Peanut Butter. Best of all, you could put them all together for a family hug and make a PB and J sandwich! I asked later that night if I could be bread too. Logan sized me up and said “No, you’re corn on the cob!”. Thankfully in his mind, that goes perfect with a sandwich!

I love his creativity, and hearing him call out, “hey Peanut Butter, let’s make a sandwich”. I’ll drop anything to become the corn on the cob to his bread! 🙂

 

I’m truly not Martha August 6, 2012

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So a few of my friends jokingly refer to me as Martha- as in Martha Stewart. This reference probably started because of the number of times that we entertain at our house. We’re of the more-the-merrier variety at our house- and it’s usually merrier!

I’m far from Martha in many areas however, and the top area that I need to improve on (or just hire someone for!) is gardening. I’m not sure what it is, but I can practically kill any plant by just looking at it. Every year I resolve to get better at it. I get a new hanging basket or plant, and I’m all gung-ho for about 2 days. That’s when something inherently takes over in me, and I commence in operation fry-the-plant.

I present for your review Exhibit a:

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This beauty was a Mother’s Day present. I once had visions of the beautiful white and purple flowers cascading over this basket all season long as I admired it from my nearby chaise Lounge.

Instead, it met it’s time of death sometime during the heat wave in the last week of July. Now I could never quite pinpoint it’s actual time of death because that would require me paying attention to it in the slightest, instead of noticing one day that “Man, that plant is really brown, and I honestly can’t recall when was the last time I watered it.

No bother I guess- I’ll add it to my graveyard of plant pots and hangers of years past I guess…

 

Family Shot August 3, 2012

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So we had a blast in Michigan- which reminded me that 5 years is far too long to be away from there.

I had such a good time- between the fishing, horseback riding, kayaking and more. The best part was catching up with family though.

My family had a little cookout in our honor- smoked ribs, turkey, macaroni and potato salads and much more. But the best part for me was seeing so much of my dad’s side of the family in one place. Two of his sisters, one brother, his parents, four of my cousins and four of their kids playing with Katelyn and Logan. It was so nice to hear the laughter and hear the many stories as we passed the night away.

Before anyone could sneak away, I grabbed this group shot. It’s probably the first I have of that size in over 20 years. I love my family!!

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Fun at the Crazy Woman Ranch July 27, 2012

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My cousin, Katie, has a dream homestead for any kid (or kid at heart). I am here with my daughter and nephew in Michigan to visit with her and other family and we’re having a great time. We pulled in late at night, so the kids didn’t get to see where we were, so they had a blast when we woke up and they discovered all of the animals here. Horses, pigs, chickens, bunnies, ducks, kittens, dogs and two litters of puppies- oh my!

Here are a few pictures of our adventure so far.

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Pinterest Gone Wild! July 21, 2012

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So I’m on of those Pinterest users who drool over the pretty DIY projects and recipes, pinning pictures on boards that I am sure I’ll never go back to. Ever. That site is like crack- crazy addicting and a big time suck. Alas, I am determined to make some of the recipes from the pictures I like to refer to as “Food Porn”. We had a dinner at a friends house this weekend, with a group of fellow foodies, so I dug up this recipe from Pinterest and got to work.

The cake was no joke- chocolate cake with homemade caramel, topped with cheesecake with peanut butter cups and caramel, then repeat the decadent combination a second time before topping it with a homemade chocolate ganache frosting? I’m in- albeit with an insulin shot in hand! Take note that the cake cost us almost $40 in ingredients to make. I don’t normally keep track, but I thought the amount of ingredients was quite comical. Here is a picture of some of the ingredients after shopping at Wegman’s.

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It took an entire bag of peanut butter cups, and the finished cake weighed in at around 10 pounds!

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The recipe was spot on. Just as long as you actually add the flour to the chocolate cake! I got a bit chatty with a friend and forgot the flour the first time- what a mess! The end result, however, was a chocolate peanut butter lovers dream. We sliced extra small slivers of this tall, decadent beauty.

Here are the four layers before frosting.

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And here is the final product. Yum!

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Our water slide is super fun! July 20, 2012

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Late night swimming! You can’t see much, but listen a few seconds in for the reaction of our friend going down the slide. Adult swim is fun. Priceless!

Click on the link to see the YouTube video- it’s worth the 25 seconds!

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Case of the Missing Tomatoes July 18, 2012

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So this year we are growing the best darn garden that can be grown on a deck. And by we, I mean Corey. He’s been out there every night, tending to tomato and pepper plants, along with basil, mint, chives, rosemary and other herbs that I wouldn’t recognize- what with the black thumb I was born with…

I’ve been getting excited about our first harvest of tomatoes, and we easily had 20 plus tomatoes on each plant… At least we did until troublemaker Logan got to them. He picked almost an entire plant clean of tomatoes, leaving us one lowly tomato and a pile of small unripe tomatoes.

Who wants fried green tomatoes?

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