Homemade Cherry Pie

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Jenny is cherry freak of the group, but after cherry picking a couple of weeks on our vacation I thought “why should she get to have all the fun?”  Yep, I tried my hand at a homemade cherry pie.  Since I”m not a pie maker, I’m happy to report that it actually turned out pretty well!

I do have to admit.  Since I was planning on posting this I was going to do it from scratch – start to finish.  To that end I sent Belle to the start to by some Crisco for the pie crust.  This is what she came back with.

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ALS Ice Bucket Challenge–What Exactly Is It About?


As you all know, right now the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge is all the rage, but what exactly is it? I wasn’t even sure when I stepped up to do the challenge myself last Sunday, so I decided to find out more.

I googled it and here is what I found out per the official ALS site :

“What is ALS?

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), often referred to as “Lou Gehrig’s Disease,” is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. Motor neurons reach from the brain to the spinal cord and from the spinal cord to the muscles throughout the body. The progressive degeneration of the motor neurons in ALS eventually leads to their death. When the motor neurons die, the ability of the brain to initiate and control muscle movement is lost. With voluntary muscle action progressively affected, patients in the later stages of the disease may become totally paralyzed.”

So how does this tie into the ice bucket challenge? Per the ALS site:

“The challenge involves people getting doused with buckets of ice water on video, posting that video to social media, then nominating others to do the same, all in an effort to raise ALS awareness. People can either accept the challenge or make a donation to an ALS Charity of their choice, or do both. [Read more...]

Master Cleanse – Detox Cleanse


Yes, my summer fun has caught up with me…about 7 pounds of fun!    With my daughter leading the way, she brought the “master detox cleanse” into the house.  For my new husband, this is definitely not new.   He has done several of these cleanses and fasted for some prolonged timeframes (by my standards)!   Crazy…that is just crazy to not eat for days on end.   [Read more...]

Vertex Garden Rocker Rolling Seat

Vertex Garden Seat

The other day I was doing some weeding in a flower bed and my daughter, Livi, was hanging out with me while I was doing it.  I was using my handy dandy garden seat while I was weeding and I was telling Livi how much I LOVE that seat.  Ding Dong…that’s when it hit me to do a blog post to share this wonderful product with all of you. [Read more...]

Weekly Menu


This summer is starting to wind down, so let’s enjoy time outdoors with your grill and enjoying those summer-time salads and drinks.   Try some of these options for your meals this week: [Read more...]

Peach Upside Down Cake

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Well peach season is over – boo hoo hoo!  Here is yet another tasty treat for fresh peaches – what I did was take my pineapple upside down recipe and decided to make it with peaches and see how it turned out.  Well, it was pretty great!  The peaches were very juicy so you need to eat it in a day or so.

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The Gift of Sight

Twilight Zone

I’ve needed glasses since middle school, well over 30 years.  Most of those years I’ve worn contacts.  However, the last few years contacts have been getting more and more uncomfortable resulting in more time in my glasses.  My husband has been nagging me for years to get Lasik done but I kept putting him off.

While the thought of spending all the money on myself made me shudder, a big portion of my putting of Lasik was the fact that I had been told that usually you needed reading glasses afterwards as well as the thought of what happened during the procedure.

Do you remember the Twilight Zone episode where the cantankerous book lover was griping about people wishing they would all disappear so he could be left in peace with his beloved books?  Some kind of disaster happens leaving him to be the only one left.  In his glee over the thought of all those books with no one to bother him he someone loses his glasses and steps on them leaving him completely blind and in despair because he was unable to read his book.

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American Ninja Warrior–Backyard Style


I wanted to write my post this week on cool wedding things that I experienced from my daughter’s wedding, but none of the pictures are ready and since I only took five pictures during the entire wedding event, I have no pictures of my own to select from other than the ones I already shared from Facebook. You are probably all happy about this as you are likely sick of hearing about “the wedding.” Well, you get a break this week, but no promises on what may surface next week, my friends!

Okay, I think my husband and I had some bottled up creativity this last weekend as we were both looking for outlets on things to do that didn’t involve wedding plans. What are we to do? What did we do before? Hmmm. No sense in doing the lengthy to do list of things that really need to get done, right? Instead, I started about five new projects as I couldn’t commit to just one. My A.D.D. was running on high, but since I wasn’t at work, I let it out and it was reflected in random purchases. Wow, sidetracked [Read more...]

Sweet Garlic Chicken


This recipe was found on my sisters timeline. It looked so very yummy in the pictures that I just had to make it. Plus, it was another easy 30 minute recipe for me to try. Even though I was cooking for myself this specific night, it was very good meal (if I say so myself). This recipe is one of those “must try” recipes which can be adjusted slight for your individual taste.
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Stuffed Zucchini

Stuffed Zucchini at CCTNT

Dan and I grow zucchinis in our garden every year….and every year, I end up having zucchinis that “get away from me” and grow into these monstrous creatures.  I mean, really.  One day you go out to the garden to check on the zucchini and you might have one or two that are too small to pick.  So, you leave them.  When you go back out a few days later, they have grown to be 5x what they were when you last checked.  I’ve often thought it would be fun to video tape zucchini growing….I don’t even think you’d need to “time lapse” it.  It seems to grow SO fast.

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