Saturday, January 25, 2014


OI took a few pictures of the backyard. I think it is time to clear away some snow from the door.
The wind keeps making drifts
More snow is on the way with -35 to -40 wind chills

Yes it was snowing again I love watching it come down but my son and husband have to be in it all day and it is difficult

We have had the snowblower out everyday this week 
The wind keeps blowing the snow over the sidewalk 
We have to keep the sidewalk clear or you get a ticket. Everyone walks in the street but that doesn't matter
You may not blow the snow in the street or you may get a ticket
Life on the Prairie in the frozen tundra !!
We spend some winters shoveling snow and more snow and yep.. More snow. This is a snowy cold winter.

Friday, January 24, 2014


Colossians 3:12
Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.

To get us ready to grow stronger in faith, first God sets his plow to dig a little deeper in the soil of our hearts. He turns over the hardened soil packed down from ignorance, disobedience, selfishness, unforgiveness, unconfessed sin, and unbelief. He removes the rocks and weeds so He can plant new seeds that will bring forth new life to bless and nourish us.

Monday, January 20, 2014


It has been a little over a week without the grand kids. I just couldn't keep up and my grandson was having some behavior issues . I asked them to spend the night and go to church with us. So I got the guest room ready.

I am redoing the smaller bedroom. I need to find a new bed and furniture that will be kid friendly.
I found these clothes on clearance at Target. I love watching their faces when they receive a surprise.
All ready for church. We are still having cold temperatures and more snow. The sun was shining and not to cold for us.
The 2 inches was more like 6. I am so glad hubby bought a snowblower last year. I am almost unable to go into the backyard the snow is so deep.
We went sledding with the other grandchildren who live a few blocks away. The snowplow creates big hills of snow that work nicely for little ones who want to slide down them.
Hoping to organize my projects this week and get back to working on them. My daughter was in need for some furniture so we gave her some of ours and I have been replacing what we gave away. The kids room is a play room now. I decided not to turn it into an office until the kids get older. They need the space. I am looking for a table or desk for my room where I can do the office or crafting things. I will take some pictures soon and post just happy to be moving on this year. Too many struggles last year to endure but God is good and things look a little better for 2014. 

Monday, January 13, 2014


2 cups Sugar
1 cup Butter, melted
2 Eggs
1 cup Sour Cream
1/2 teaspoon Vanilla
2 cups Flour
1 teaspoon Baking Powder
1/4 teaspoon Salt

Beat sugar and butter until well combined. Add eggs; beat well . Mix in sour cream and vanilla. Add flour, baking powder and salt to creamed mixture. Stir just until combined.

Grease Bundt pan well. 

Put in half the batter, top with half the streusel mixture, add rest of cake batter, top with streusel 
BAKE at 350 degrees 45-50 minutes.
Cool in pan for at least 15 minutes
Turn out cake onto plate and ENJOY!!
Streusel mixture::
2/3 cup chopped Pecans
2 Tablespoons Brown Sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
Mix together set aside

Wednesday, January 8, 2014


This is my go to COFFEECAKE . I first had it when spending a few days with my sister who lives in Chicago. She was nice enough to give me the recipe. When ever I serve this cake I get requests for the recipe. It holds up well over the week but is best if warmed a little as it contains a cup of butter. I found this dish and mug at the craft store about 3 years ago. There are 4 different scenes but this is the one I chose today . 
The wind has died down so it does not feel as cold. It went to 2 above zero yesterday afternoon. It is around 10 below now but will warm up a bit by the weekend. I don't mind the really cold days because I don't venture out for long. I do feel for my hubby and son because they deliver the mail out here in the frozen tundra which can be quite dangerous if you go out unprepared. I know hubby is looking towards retirement in the next few years. 
Happy New Year!!

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

I went to the door on Saturday morning wondering, who could that be? I had been cleaning and putting away Christmas stuff  so my appearance was not what I would have liked it to be for receiving guests. The mail lady had left a box:) My brother and SIL from Cedar Pond had sent a Christmas package. When I opened it I found a jar of honey made by the bees they keep. It was the best gift I received this year. I know how precious their honey can be if the bees weren't very productive. When cleaning out my dads house they saved a jar he had kept and filled it with their precious honey. A bit of home... Yep I cried. 
The passing of both my parents last year has been a difficult journey. The challenges were unexpected. All the changes more difficult than I could have imaged. Knowing God has helped .He will never leave me or forsake me. God has been teaching me many things through this process but I have been a slow learner.
I hope this next year will bring COMFORT and JOY, that is what I felt that very cold winter day when I opened that package .
Thank you so much Jim and Kathy!!

Monday, January 6, 2014


Hunter and Ellie both started preschool this year so we had two programs to attend and one church program for Hunter and sister Harper

Ellie is in the back row

Hunter is a Shepard
Grandma and Ellie watching Hunters program
Hunter watching Ellie's program
Harper at Ellie's program and Noah below

Friday, January 3, 2014


We want to take the grand kids ice skating but the temperature is to cold . We are going way below zero, almost a record. We went out and bought some roller skates and let them skate around the kitchen.
The house is still in clean up mode but should be back to normal soon. Today was our last day of Grammycare. I just can't keep up. I know it will be difficult financially for my daughter but we pray God will supply. He has supplied a good daycare where Harper and Hunter have 2 of their cousins. She is very reasonable to. I am having some health issues which make it difficult to keep with to very active toddlers. I will have them Friday for a few hours after daycare closes. Looking forward to a new chapter in this Journey called life.