So I got this really cool idea for Easter cupcakes! I can’t tell you what is is cause that will ruin the surprise, but I will make sure and post about it when I make them and put them on the other website!

I was have been looking all over for ideas for an April Flavor Of The Month for the cupcake biz and I have seen all kinds of Easter Gift Baskets and cute cupcakes, but nothing really jumped out at me til a few days ago. But when I saw them, I knew I had to make them!!

I’m excited about the project and I hope someone orders them!!  They are going to take a little more work than our average cupcake, but i think they’ll be worth it and they are adorable!! =)

I hope you stay tuned to see what I found!! See you soon!!

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In Sickness And In Health…

My biological dad married his 3rd wife and five short years later they found out she was very ill.  For the next 20+ years he would take care of her day in and day out.  Near the end of her life, my husband and I went to visit them and we walked into my dads condo and saw a cart full (maybe from medical carts at Howard-Medical.com, who knows?!?!?!?!) I mean a CART FULL of meds that she had to take each and every day just to make her body not attack itself.

My dad was faithful to take care of her each and every day for over 20 years.  How many people are wiling to do that today? That is what ‘in sickness and in health’ in your vows means folks.  What a good man.  What a faithful man.  My husband has been very good to me the past 20+ years as well.  We haven’t been married that long, but we’ve known each other since 1989 and we’ve been good friends since then.  We have only been a ‘couple’ since about 1990-1991 and married since 1993.

It’s important who you marry! Make sure you know you pick who God has planned for you! Listen to your parents, especially if they are Christians.  That can be tricky though.  My parents are ‘Christians’ but didn’t like my husband…..but I know Buster is God’s will for me, always has been.  He is perfect for me.  But then again, nothing about my adoptive ‘parents’ is normal or Christian like for that matter.  Other than going to church and putting on a good show for others.  But that’s another story for another time.  I’m hoping and praying they have changed and that isn’t the case anymore. God is still in the miracle business, no?!?!

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Dreamsicle Smoothie?!?!

A dream I’m not sure.  I don’t know if I really liked this smoothie or not. The jury is still out on this one.  I don’t even know if I’ll make this one again.  I did figure out what I didn’t care for about it,though.  It’s the protein whey powder.  I added it to my smoothie again this morning.  It overpowered everything else I had in my smoothie today.  Oh well.  I will use up what I have and probably not buy it again.  That stuff is expensive.  It’s supposed to be good for you, though….

Maybe I will just use less of it? Maybe that will work.  I’ll try that.  Any-who, here is the recipe. Maybe you will like it.  You may want to use half a scoop of the protein powder.  Maybe not.  ‘The Hubs’ thought the smoothie was fine.  So, maybe it’s just me?!?!?!

Dreamsicle Smoothie

Get This:

  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1 small banana
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein why powder
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    1/4 cup
  • 1/4 cup- 1/2 cup splenda (can omit or use agave nectar or stevia to taste)
  • 1/2 cup- 1 cup ice

Do This:

  1. Add all ingredients to blender
  2. Mix on high until ice is crushed and the drink is frothy

I think you could also add coconut and/or pineapple to this to add a more tropical flare to this smoothie.  It might also help mask the the flavor you get form the protein powder if you are like me and don’t particular care for it.

Do me a favor and try this out and let me know what you think folks.  Have a blessed weekend. Happy St. Paddy’s Day from me and mine!!

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Using The Right Tool

It’s been said that if you are going to do something, you should do it right. I have to say that I agree.  It’s also been said, Go big or go home.  I also agree.

If my husband were to need a kitchen gadget I would think he would talk to someone who knows something about kitchen gadgets.  If he were to need welding tools, he could talk to someone head to miller welders and I’m sure they could help him out.  It’s all about knowing where to go.

If either of us were to need spiritual advice, we know our Pastor is the go-to guy! He knows the bible and he is a godly man whom we both respect and love.  It’s important to know what you need and when and to use the correct tools, if you will in each situation.  Wouldn’t you agree?

Til next time,

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Quick Throw Together Meal

So yesterday I am trying to think of how I can make these turkey breast cutlets not taste so bland and boring as I’m getting ready to throw them on the grill when I get a brilliant beyond brilliant idea.  Are you ready for it?

Okay, here it is.  I took some Polaners peach fruit spread (the kind that doesn’t have sugar added), some minced garlic, and a little soy sauce and mixed it all together.  I seasoned my turkey with Nature’s Seasonings and Garlic Salt.  Then just before I threw them on the hot grill I slathered then with my mixture.

They turned out great.  I only wish I would have made a little more.  And I wish I would have taken pictures, they were kinds pretty. I always take picture of my food for my blogs.  I don’t know what I was thinking.    This would be good with pork chops, too!!

So here you go, here is the recipe in full or close anyway, I didn’t really measure anything, LOL

Yummy Peach Turkey Cutlets/Pork Chops

Get This:

  • 4 turkey cutlets/pork chops
  • 1/2 c. peach preserves (I used Polaner’s sugar free)
  • 4  T. minced garlic ( or as much as you like)
  • 2 t. soy sauce (or to taste)

Do This:

  1. Season your pork or turkey the way you want it.
  2. Get your grill or pan warm.
  3. While getting grill hot, mix together your preserves, garlic and soy sauce.
  4. Just before putting turkey/pork on the grill, slather with the peach mixture.
  5.  Grill/cook until meat is no longer pink in the middle.

I served them with some corn, but any vegetable would be good or even a salad.  I was being lazy because we have been busy cleaning up the house and moving furniture around and stuff.  My dad gave us a bunch of furniture he no longer is in need of since he is buying  a new house and wants a ‘fresh start’ with new things.  He is such a generous man.  I am so very thankful for him! I have all new bedroom furniture and a new recliner! I will try and post photos once it’s all where it’s supposed to be and everything is spit shined and fabulous! =)




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Popping The Question

When proposing to your bride to be, it is important that you do it right.  You should know what she likes.  Buster and I recently took a trip to the mall to have our jewelry inspected at the jewelry store.  If we do that every six months they will cover the loss of stones, broken prongs, etc. I like that.

‘The Girl’ was perusing the diamond engagement ring section of the store and commented that she wouldn’t want a ring like mine with so many big diamonds.  She just wants one small one or a few small ones.  She has very simple taste.

For the record.  My ring isn’t that big.  It is just under 1 1/2 carats t.w. and only 1/3 c. for the center diamond.  It’s just that she has tiny hands and it looks big on her hand.  They are good quality diamonds, though.  I am thankful we got such a great deal on my rings when we got them!! We paid less than half of what it would cost to replace them! =)

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What would your perfect ring look like?!?!?!?!


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Winter Time

What is it about this time of year that makes me want to sabotage all the work I have done the rest of the year to lose weight?!?!?! I think it is a ‘nature’ thing.  Like bears and squirrels.  You know how they fatten up for the winter?   Ahahaha.

Deep down inside somewhere I am afraid Ima starve to death during the winter months! Yup, that’s my story and I’m stickin’ to it!!   It really stinks too, because last year from June 1st the ed of October/beginning of November, I lost over 40 pounds!! The it was kinda down hill from there.  If I had stuck to my plan and continued eating well and started exercising like I was going to, I would probably close to goal weight right now! And the worst part of it is I have no one to blame but myself!   GGGRRR!!

Thankfully, I have only gained about 7-8 pounds back of the 40 some I lost.  So all my hard work wasn’t wasted! Starting March 1st I am getting back on track!  HARD CORE!!! No cheating.  Good eating habits, no junk, no wheat, nothing overly processed, lots of fruits and veggies and lean meats, low fat cheeses.   And I will be exercising at least 3 days a week!!

My goal is to lose as much weight as I can between March 1st and June 1st!! That way I won’t be too hot and sweaty and out of breath all summer during camps!! That’s the plan anyway…

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I’m OLD!!

It seems like high school was a hundred years ago to me.  In reality, it’s been almost 20.  Oh my gosh!! I have been married for 18 years.  Well, it will be 19 in October.  See, I told you I was old.  My daughter is a freshman in high school this year.

I was asking her the other day about college and if she knows what she wants to go for.  She still has no idea.  Then we got on the subject of ACT scores and SAT scores and I was confused (it doesn’t usually take much, lol).  I don’t even remember which one I took.  I know I took one of them but I have no idea which one.  I think it was the ACT, but I really don’t know.  Then I got to thinking I don’t even know what the difference is between them, then I was even more confused.

So I figured I would do a lil’ ACT SAT comparison and this is what I came up with…

The SAT questions are generally trickier and harder to figure out.  You lose partial points for incorrect answers on the SAT.  Questions increase in difficulty level as you move through that question type in a section (except reading passage questions, which progress chronologically through the passage) in the SAT.

In the ACT questions are more straight forward and easier to figure out.  You do not lose points for incorrect answers and the difficulty level of questions is random.

Buster also said ACT’s are for In-State colleges and SAT’s are for Out-of-State colleges.

So there you have it, more information that you ever thought you needed and way more than you ever wanted about ACT’s and SAT’s!!

You’re Welcome.  Carry on friends, carry on…

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Baby Stuff

I have a few friends that are having babies so I am sort of in baby mode right now.  You know, trying to figure out what to get them for their little bundles of joy.  I think they are all having boys, too.  Ahaha, I just realized that just now as I was typing this.  How funny.

A few years back a bunch of them all had girls.  Must be something in the water?!?!?!

Anywho… I was looking around online and in the store and I came across these really cool baby jogger city gt ‘s. There are a few reasons I like them.  They are a mid-weight stroller so they are easy to push.  You can put a child that weighs up to 65 pounds in it (My daughter could have been in it til she was like 12 LOL).  They have been rated the easiest to fold up of any all-terrain stroller!

They  sound like a pretty sweet stroller to me.  And the look really cool! They have the single wheel in the front for easy steering.  You can click on the link above to see it.  They come in a few different colors, too.  Orange, Green, Yellow, and Black I believe.

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They are a little pricey, but with strollers, generally you get what you pay for and if you buy one that is good quality, you shouldn’t have to buy another one for a good long while.  While I wouldn’t be able spend this much on a gift for someone, I would consider putting money together with a few people as a group gift for someone for sure!!

Just thinking out loud here.  =) Have a great weekend everyone.  I have a camp coming in this evening and will be busy busy busy!!

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Blood Pressure Rising

Do you have people in your life that when you think of them your blood pressure automatically rises like 10 points?  Yeah, I have several.  At the mere thought of these people I can feel my blood pressure rising.

I can feel the rate of my heart increase and the temperature of my blood rise to a low simmer.  Not a boil, just a simmer.  It’s not until I see them that it boils.  A nice hard boil!!

I am trying to keep my composure, but this one in particular person is making it hard lately.  I don’t think he/she is doing it on purpose, but I can’t  be sure.  It might just be the way he/she is, OR he/she might be just trying to get on my nerves.  I have a feeling he/she might just be being  his/herself, which is really sad because well….that’s just sad.

To be that selfish and vain and….well, that’s just sad.

Aaaahhhh, I feel a little better now.  Just had to get that out.  Please be in prayer for me.

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Deep Sigh…

Went to the mall yesterday and got  a new book.  A cupcake book.  YAY!

It has a hundred ‘best’ cupcakes recipes in it!! I am a little excited to say the least.  Can’t wait to make some of these babies.  Some sound a little weird.  Like ‘Go fly a kite cupcakes’.  I don’t know about that one.  But they do have m&ms in them, so how bad can they be, I mean come on.

Woke up this morning feeling poorly.  Don’t know if it’s from doing too much over the weekend, all the germs I was exposed to yesterday at the mall or just me being me.  All I know is I feel icky.  It’s going to be a short week, too.  We have to clean and shop and we have a camp coming in a gain of Friday evening.  Last weekends was Saturday-Monday.  This weekends is Friday-Sunday.  At least we’ll get to go to church Sunday night this week.  If I’m not passed out from exhaustion, that is. We shall see.

Hope you all had a fabulous weekend.  I’ll be back.  Catch ya later…


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I am Ready!!

So I’m still waiting….for what I’m not sure.  But Buster wants me to wait, so wait I will.

I am waiting to go and see about getting my business license to sell my cupcakes.  Michigan law allows to me sell baked goods from my home without one but I am quite limited as to what I can sell and how I can do it.  I am being very patient about it (for me) for now, but I don’t know how long that will last. I don’t really know what I am waiting for.

Buster says He doesn’t want me rushing into things, but I don’t really think I am.  I know where I want to ‘work’.  Here at the camp.  The kitchen is already inspected because we serve kids here all summer long.  So that is all taken care of.  I already have my prices set.  I already have my menu set.  I already have the name of my business and business cards and…..goodness, what more is there?!?!?!  I do have a few more things to get settles

It’s not like I am opening a bakery or anything.  I will still be basically working from home since I live here at the camp.  Even if I was opening a bakery, you can get a small business loans bad credit and all!! Not that I have bad credit or anything.  Actually, I have better than average credit.  Not much better, but better!

I am ready to take the next step!!

But for now, I wait…

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