Wednesday, June 29

Sepia Scenes

Me, feeding my grandparents' chickens. I was 2 or 3 at the time. I loved my grandparents' country home and have many many fond memories of the days I spent with my grandma. She has taught me many things in life and I often told people she was the smartest person in the world. My grandma, Shirley, is mostly of German decent and called me (still does) "Weitz". I cannot find this word in the German dictionary and may have the spelling wrong. Many times I asked Grandma what this meant as she said it with much love. She would just smile and say you are my Weitzel.

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Monday, June 20

Coconut Cream Pie

I made this yesterday for Father's Day. One of John's favorites. He said it's perfect. I'll gladly take his word for it.


3 cups half n half

2 eggs

3/4 cup white sugar

1/2 cup all purpose flour

1/4 tsp. salt
1 cup flaked coconut, toasted
1 tsp. vanilla extract

1 (9 inch) pie shell, baked

1 cup frozen whipped topping, thawed

In medium saucepan, combine half n half, eggs, sugar, flour and salt. Bring to a boil over low heat, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Stir in 3/4 cup of coconut and vanilla extract. Pour into pie shell and chill 2-4 hours or until firm.

Top with whipped topping and remaining 1/4 cup coconut.

to toast coconut, spread in ungreased pan. Preheat oven to 350. Turn off oven and place coconut on highest rack. Watch carefully and remove when coconut has a light brown tint.


Mondays sure come around fast, don't they?

Sunday, June 19

The Seriously Random Question Meme, Part 2

21. Have you ever had a garage sale? Not my own but have been part of many other's.

22. What color is your cell phone?
Black, but have a pink pearl case. You know, for my girly side.

23. What is the last alcoholic beverage you had?
Captain and coke

24. Are you happy right now?
I can always find something to be happy about, so yes.

25. Who came over to your house last? John's mom

26. Do you drink beer?
Definitely not. It's an acquired taste and I have not acquired it.

27. Have your brothers or sisters ever told you that you were adopted?
Haha, yes.

28. What is your favorite key on your key chain?
Odd question. Never really thought about it.

29. What was the last movie you watched at home?

30. What is in your pocket?
My phone

31. Who introduced you to your bf/gf/husband/wife?
Not a person but a place, the hospital did.

32. Where do you hurt?
In my heart?

33. Has someone ever made you a build a bear?

34. What’s something fun you did today?
Tickled my son

35. What is your favorite aisle at Target? Shoe aisle. Love shoes!

36. When is your birthday?
October 27th

37. Is there anything hanging from your rear view mirror?

38. How many states in the US have you been to?

39. What kind of milk do you drink?
Milk is never on my liquid intake menu

40. What are you going to do after this?
Bake some coconut cream pie

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Happy Sunday! Hope you all have a great day!

Wednesday, June 15

Sepia Scenes

My grandparents, Shirley and Theodore in their wedding photo. So many fond memories of a couple I never saw looking this young. Grandpa taking me for rides behind his riding lawn mower. Me holding up Grandma's pants while she fed the chickens. When I think of them, I think of hugs, playing hide and seek and love, a lot of love.

My Grandfather passed away a few years ago. His always smiling face and tall fishing tales will never leave me.

My grandparents had five children. Four daughters and a son. Out of those children, my mother solely resembles my grandpa as do my siblings and I. I think he's quite a handsome fella.

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Tuesday, June 14

Pocket Change

What do you do with yours?

Mine accumulates at the bottom of my purse until it weighs about 5 lbs. Then it goes into a bowl in the cupboard until I take it to the bank. Exciting, I know...

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Sunday, June 12

Sunday Stealing - The Seriously Random Questions Meme, Pt. 1

1. Your ex's car is on the side of the road, on fire. What do you do? Try to remove the smirk from my face before pulling over to help.

2. Your best friend tells you she is pregnant. What is your reaction? Jump up and down like a 3 year old. I love babies!

3. When is the last time you wanted to punch someone in the face? This is an ongoing thought. I punch like a girl but my friend Mr. Crowbar, well he doesn't.

4. What is the last thing you spent money on? A shirt for John off of ebay.

5. Do you think you gained or lost weight this past month? Lost, but just a little.

6. Crunchy or Puffy Cheetos? Cheesy poofs? Nah, crunchy, always crunchy.

7. The first person on your friends list just called you a bitch. What do you do? Laugh, she knows me well.

8. Congratulations! You just had a son. What’s his name? Dwayne Johnson, II

9. Congratulations! You just had a daughter. What’s her name? Liliana

10. What are you craving right now? My aunt Marlene's cheesy hash browns w/ham

11. What was the last thing you cried about? A dear friend's daily struggle with suicidal thoughts.

12. When you buy something and your change is 2 cents, do you keep it or tell the cashier to keep it? Keep it!

13. What color is your tissue box? Green usually, who doesn't love green?

14. Do you have a ceiling fan in your bedroom, and if so, is there dust on that fan? Yes. No, John just cleaned them. They are spotless!

15. What was the last voicemail you received about? The sweet old lady who calls me every Sunday, by accident, apologizing again. She calls me dear.

16. Have you ever blocked someone on Facebook? Yes.

17. Scariest thing you’ve experienced in the last year? Any moment a spider and I have been in the same hemisphere.

18. Do you wear a name tag at work? No, if people forget my name at work, it's a good day.

19. What kind of car do you want? Knight XV, you know, for when the zombies arrive.

20. What do you order when you go to Burger King? Nothing, BK is disgusting!

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Saturday, June 11

Summer Goals

Summer finally decided to show itself for a few days this week here in Wisconsin. Spencer and I took advantage of the sunshine and spent as much time outside as we could. I set up Spencer's pool Sunday night out on the deck. As soon as I unrolled the pool to blow it up, Spencer was sitting in the middle of it as he does every year, not caring whether or not he had any water to play in. The smile on his face was priceless.

Swimming is one of the few things that keeps Spencer's interest. It pulls him away from the t.v. and boredom of being an only child that does not understand pretend play. He has never once done any pretend play. His idea of playing with toys may be spinning the wheels on a car or seeing how far that dump truck can make it across the room if he stands on his bed. So, my challenge is to find and explore new ideas to keep us busy besides the walks to the park we can't wait to start.

I am open to any ideas! He is very interested in computers and animation. Particularly if music is incorporated. His teachers use a touchscreen at school so I have done the same at home along with headphones to keep out distractions for him. He loves the Starfall website. His attention span while it has grown, is still only minutes at a time. For instance, if we get out the play dough, he may have already lost the great enthusiasm he JUST had by the time I have gotten the top off the first color. He will say "all done" and that is that!

I realize this is one of the most unorganized blog postings I have done. My boy may be sweet but he is complex. I never know quite where to start.

"I'm a cucumber, not a pickle.". Larry ~ Veggie Tales

Saturday, June 4

Special K Bars

My sister, Tanya, over at The Sunday Baker blog is the most amazing cook and baker. This recipe, as do most of my recipes, came from her. I have yet to meet a person who can stop at just one. They really are THAT good.


1 cup light corn syrup
1 cup sugar
4 T. butter
1 1/2 cup peanut butter
6 cups Special K cereal


1 (6 oz.) butterscotch chips
1 (6 oz.) chocolate chips
1 square semi-sweet chocolate

Boil corn syrup, sugar and butter. Remove from heat and immediately add peanut butter. Pour mixture over cereal. Mix well. Press into 9 x 13 inch pan.

Slowly melt chips and chocolate square for topping on stove top, stirring often. Once blended, spread over cereal mixture while still warm.

Cool slightly and cut.