Red Roses

Red Roses
Once a year, usually in October my boss, gives all of us a dozen roses. This year was no exception.

Serving at the Ronald McDonald House

Serving at the Ronald McDonald House
Monday, Sept 29th our small group Bible study served supper for the guests at the Ronald McDonald House. Here is some of our group!

Deb & I

Deb & I
Deb and I went to the Metrodome and watched the Twins beat the Kansas City Royals 6-0 on Sunday. Don't we look like true Twins fans?

Nathan and Eva at Oxbow Park

Nathan and Eva at Oxbow Park
I took the day off from work on Friday, Sept. 26th and Nate and the girls and I went to Oxbow Park which is a little park north of my place here. Oxbow Park has a few animals whch the girls enjoyed. The weather was gorgeous which made the day even better!

Ashleigh at Oxbow Park

Ashleigh at Oxbow Park
Even though Ashleigh wasn't wearing a "pony tail" the day at Oxbow Park, she still had to check out a different "pony tail"

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Quote of the Week

Life may not be the party we hoped for but while we are here we might as well dance!

Monday, November 3, 2008

Garrett, Haley & Natalie

I made these blankets for Cheryl's children. Garrett is six, Haley is four and Natalie will be two in December. Cheryl said the kids were all laying on the living room floor with their blankets and had to take a picture for me. I'm going to Portland for Thanksgiving so I'm sure you'll be seeing more pictures of them!

Oct. 4, 2008--Mom, Dad and I at the Spam Museum in Austin, MN

Dad and Mom were here over the weekend speaking at the church in Austin so we took a break and went to the Spam Musem
They also got to spend some time with Ashleigh and Eva

Mariam & I

Mariam is a very dear friend of mine and has been serving as a civilian in Iraq. She was home this past week so we got together for lunch on Saturday

Peanut Butter Bars

A -- 2 c. white sugar
3/4 c. brown sugar
1 c. peanut butter
1/4 c. shortening
B -- 1 1/2 tsp. vanilla
4 eggs
1/2 tsp. salt
C -- 2 1/4 c. flour
2 tsp. baking powder
Cream A, add B, beat together. Add C.

Put in 10x15" cookie sheet pan and bake 350 for 12-15 minutes. Do not overbake.

Frosting: 1/4 c. margarine
2/3 c. peanut butter
2 c. powdered sugar
few drops of milk

Mix together and spread on cooled bars.
My mother-in-law, LaVonne, gave me this recipe years ago. In fact it is still in my recipe box in her handwriting on a piece of notebook paper. If I would re-write it and put it on a recipe card, I probably wouldn't know what I was looking for so I just leave it the way it is. I make these bars for church quite often and anyone who likes peanut butter really likes these bars. If you have a craving for peanut butter, try these! Enjoy!

Monday, October 27, 2008

Quote of the Week

Reflect upon your present blessing, of which every man has many; not on your past misfortune, of which all men have some.
--Charles Dickens

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Quote of the Week

There is no better exercise for your heart than reaching down and helping to lift someone up.
-- Bernard Meltzer

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Quote of the Week

"I could enjoy my second childhood more if I was able to peddle my tricycle a little faster."

Monday, September 22, 2008


4 eggs
1 2/3 c. white sugar
1 c. vegetable oil
1 (15-oz) can pumpkin
2 c. flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 tsp. salt

4-oz. cream cheese
1/2 c. butter
1 tsp. vanilla
2 c. powdered sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a medium bowl, mix the eggs, sugar, oil and pumpkin with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Stir into the pumpkin mixture until thoroughly combined.

Spread the batter evenly into an ungreased 10x15" jellyroll pan. Bake for 25-30 minutes. Cool before frosting.

To make frosting: cream together the cream cheese and butter. Stir in vanilla. Add powdered sugar a little at a time, beating until mixture is smooth. Spread evenly on top of the cooled bars. Cut into squares.
I've had a lot of requests for this recipe and since anyone who knows me well knows I like to bake and cook. I make these bars frequently and take them to fellowship time at church and they are always a hit no matter which season. Enjoy!

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Quote of the Week 9/16/2008

"Great opportunites to help others seldom come, but small ones surround us every day"
--Sally Koch

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Quote of the Week

Only a life lived for others is a life worth while.
--Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

Monday, September 1, 2008

My front door

Every season I have tried to update my door. My goal is to make a wall hanging for each season but so far I'm going to have to settle for the store purchased stuff

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Hello everyone! This is a new venture for me! I'll try and post happenings in my life to try and keep everyone up to date.