Friday, June 16, 2017

Father's Day Weekend Plans

Before we begin our regularly scheduled post, I have a brief message from Peyton. She asked me to be sure to thank you all so very much for the kind comments regarding her high school graduation. She read each and every one, and was very thankful and touched. And I thank you for caring so much about my children. : )

Now, on to the weekend! Friday night we are celebrating my dear friend Heather's birthday! We are having dinner and then Peyton is making Heather's choice for dessert...Strawberry Shortcake Bars. Steve found some beautiful strawberries, so they should be delicious!

Saturday will be a busy day around here...Steve will (hopefully) be mowing outside, and we will be organizing and sorting and packing for our trip on Sunday! More on that later. Then we have late afternoon Mass, followed by a quick and easy dinner...sloppy joes?...and a little Father's Day celebration for Steve with gifts and his choice of dessert...Scotcharoos! Then more packing and an early bedtime. Or a Lifetime movie and a later bedtime!

Sunday we are heading out on our annual family vacation! This year we are going on a cruise, and are very excited to spend some time together making sunny memories, eating too much food, swimming in crystal clear waters, snorkeling in said waters...some...reading books under a beach simply being together. All six of us. Plus our favorite Danish boyfriend, who is meeting us on the ship! Shoutout to my sister and her hubby and my mom who are staying here taking care of my puppies and my house. : )

I will not be around here in Blogland next week, my friends. I will return with memories and photos to share, and will be looking forward to catching up with all of you. Before I go, let's take a look at the past week in our country home...

Me and my girl...
A quick selfie before Mass last weekend...

And some beautiful flowers Marian brought me.
Because she said they made her happy. : )

We are enjoying mornings on the porch with coffee, tea, and puppies...

After my little Flynn enjoys her favorite new breakfast!

Run to your nearest Walmart, folks!

Mornings are my favorite.
And this is why.

My Madison and my Mother...

At our coffee date at the cutest little cafe downtown.
I opted for a raspberry smoothie.
Since it was about 1000 degrees.

And lastly, I took a little Jeep ride all by myself to visit my dad for Father's Day.
These were his favorite snacks, so I took some along for myself while I sat and talked and laughed and cried. I know some people may think this is odd...

But I actually enjoy spending time in cemeteries.
There is something about the peace and serenity and knowledge that these people were just like me at one time. 
They lived and worked and celebrated Christmas and Halloween.
They birthed babies and buried loved ones.
They laughed and cried and took walks on summer days.
And then they passed.
But they should not be forgotten.
Because they lived.
Just like us.

Have a wonderful. cozy, summer week, my friends.
I look forward to visiting with you when I return.
Thanks so much for visiting!
I am always glad you do. : )

Bon Voyage!

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Easy As Chocolate Chip Pie

Peyton made this amazing pie for me on Mother's Day this year. And it was delicious. This is not a "cookie pizza "dessert. It is a "yummy piece of pie to end a good meal" dessert. Plus, it is super easy! The recipe is from She followed the recipe, except used a Pillsbury pie crust, and left out the nuts. Because. Nuts.

Nestle Toll House Chocolate Chip Pie


  • 1  unbaked 9-inch (4-cup volume) deep-dish pie shell *
  • 2 large  eggs
  • 1/2 cup  all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup  granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup  packed brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks)  butter, softened
  • 1 cup (6 oz.)  NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels
  • 1 cup  chopped nuts
  • Sweetened whipped cream or ice cream (optional)


PREHEAT oven to 325° F.

BEAT eggs in large mixer bowl on high speed until foamy. Beat in flour, granulated sugar and brown sugar. Beat in butter. Stir in morsels and nuts. Spoon into pie shell.

BAKE for 55 to 60 minutes or until knife inserted halfway between edge and center comes out clean. Cool on wire rack. Serve warm with whipped cream, if desired.

* If using frozen pie shell, use deep-dish style, thawed completely. Bake on baking sheet; increase baking time slightly.

Enjoy, my friends!

Monday, June 12, 2017

A New Graduate

Our Peyton Rose graduated from high school this month...and...she did it as a junior! While she opted out of attending our cyberschool's actual graduation ceremony, she did enjoy the celebration we had in her honor this past weekend.We are so very proud of this studious, self-motivated, Fox News-loving young woman, and cannot wait to see what the future holds for her. Peyton is taking a year off before she makes a decision about her future, mainly because her interests lie in so many different areas. She loves to cook and bake...she loves working with children...she has an interest in politics as well as healthcare. For the time being, she is exploring all her options and taking a much deserved break. And this mom could not be happier. We are so proud of you Peyton Rose. Congratulations and may God Bless you as you begin the next chapter in your amazing life.

From this precious little soul on her first day of Kindergarten,

To the lovely young lady she is today...
We love our Peyton Rose.

Here are some photos of the way we celebrated her this past weekend...

Her favors were personalized m&m's...

And the cutest little lady offered to pass them out.

We had two cakes...

A chocolate and peanut butter one celebrating Peyton...

And a white raspberry cream for our friend Fr. Ross who was celebrating the 7th anniversary of his ordination!

And here they are. : )

Best friends...

And more best friends...
(My mom and Blueberry Mary)

 Steve's wonderful family was there too, and somehow I got no pictures with them! 

(This is my favorite cousin, Mike.
He made the very long trip just to celebrate with us.
It made me so happy.
Like having a piece of my Dad with us today.)

And friends who are just like family...
( My dear friend Heather and her hubby Dave)

( My best friend Marian...who loves my children as her own)

Our friendship summed up in three pictures!

My Girls.

And best friends.

The cake was AMAZING!

Home afterward...

Our girl.
All grown up!

Enjoy those school days, my friends.
They pass way too quickly!
But you know what?
When the time comes, you realize your child is ready.
And you are proud.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Weekend Plans

Happy Friday, my friends! I hope you all enjoy this beautiful June weekend whether it be by being busy with parties and other events, or by being laid back and cozy at personal favorite. : ) Our weekend is actually a combination of the two.

Friday is our quiet day. We actually have no plans other than to do nothing. Saturday Marian is coming again! We have it worked out so that she has to come every few weekends or so. Thanks Mar. : ) Saturday evening we have Mass followed by a cookout and a movie night. That is if we can decide on a movie before midnight. The struggle is real, my friends. Ask Marian.

Sunday we are celebrating our sweet graduate, Peyton Rose! We are hosting a special dinner at our favorite Italian restaurant complete with a delicious, specially made, chocolate and peanut butter cake from an awesome bakery nearby. Our friend Father Ross is celebrating the seventh anniversary of his Ordination, so we are having a special cake made for him too. : ) I am so excited to celebrate my sweet girl and all her accomplishments with family and friends.

So that is what we have going on this weekend. But first, here is a quick look back at the past week in our country home...

Peyton made these cupcakes for the parish block party last weekend.
They turned out great, and I especially loved the way she used red for Pentecost. : )

We had several cozy days with awesome storm clouds...

And some with lots of beautiful, bright sun...

Which allowed for some early morning walks with all of my girls. : )

I came across this precious scene one day. And I was reminded how thankful I am to still have a little one in the house after all these years.

She makes my heart so happy.

We had a visitor in the backyard this week...

And we were able to get a quick picture of her before she raced back to her baby.

Peyton made these delicious no bake cookies for our Monday night Bachelorette watching party.
They are sooo good! One change she made was to omit the butter for the drizzle, and we got nowhere near the amount of cookies it said, but that was probably a good thing!

After those, I had a few of these last week.
And they were almost as good. : )

Have a wonderful weekend with your people, my friends!
Thanks for visiting!

Oh! A lot of you asked about the Berry Dish Soap by Dawn I had in my last post.
Funny story! We were at my sister Margie's husband's parent's house, and I was helping in the kitchen. I saw his mom had that dish soap and I got so excited about it, she came over, opened her cupboard, and gave me one! I tried to tell her no...but she insisted!!! So then, Margie's husband Chris brought me a three pack and said he never saw anyone get so excited over dish soap! Anyway...he found it at Sam's Club! : )