so lucky...

So, it's been a while since I've created anything. It's also been a long time since I've opened up mail to find a publication that my creations are in. Today I received a copy of Paper Crafts Card Creations Vol 7 and my So Lucky card is in it! It's my first time in Paper Crafts Magazine so I'm excited. I am so feeling the itch to create and get back to digging into all of these fabulous papers and supplies. Denise brought me some cool new scrapbooking stuff from AZ so I think I may just have to pull out the old Glue Dots this week!


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Yes, Friday was my wedding anniversary but we put off our celebration a few days because my BFF, Denise aka Deuce came to town! It was a lovely, fun, relaxing, perfect weekend! Way too short.





Love you, Deuce. Come back soon!!
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Sweet 16...


Today is our 16th wedding anniversary! Wow, that's a loooong time!
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Here are a few of my favorite quotes about marriage:

Success in marriage does not come merely through finding the right mate, but through being the right mate. ~Barnett R. Brickner

More marriages might survive if the partners realized that sometimes the better comes after the worse. ~Doug Larson

In every marriage more than a week old, there are grounds for divorce. The trick is to find, and continue to find, grounds for marriage. ~Robert Anderson

And my favorite:

Don't marry the person you think you can live with; marry only the individual you think you can't live without. ~James C. Dobson



Life's tiny delights...

Most of us miss out on life's big prizes. The Pulitzer. The Nobel. Oscars. Tonys. Emmys. But we're all eligible for life's small pleasures. A pat on the back. A kiss behind the ear. A four-pound bass. A full moon. An empty parking space. A crackling fire. A great meal. A glorious sunset. Hot soup. Cold beer. Don't fret about copping life's grand awards. Enjoy its tiny delights. There are plenty for all of us.

Author Unknown

But Very Much Appreciated!


Happy Father's Day to Special K!

Here is one of my favorite Dad quotes:

Every father should remember that one day his son will follow his example instead of his advice.
- Unknown (but very much appreciated)


Cherry Season!!

We have a beautiful cherry tree in our back yard and we have been harvesting like crazy lately. I've been "Googling" cherry recipes like crazy!

Here is what I am going to make today to top off Kirk's Father's Day cherry pie:

Cherry Ice Cream with Chocolate Chips Recipe


1 1/2 cups pitted ripe sweet cherries (from about 3/4 lb cherries)
3/4 cup milk
1 3/4 cups cream
1/2 cup sugar
1 pinch salt
1 teaspoon lemon juice

4 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped fine, keep in freezer until used

1 Put cherries, milk, one cup of the cream, sugar, and salt into a medium saucepan. Heat on medium heat until the mixture is steamy, then lower the heat to warm and just let sit for about 15 minutes. Remove from heat. Pour mixture into a blender, or use an immersion blender, and carefully purée. (Careful because you are dealing with a hot liquid. Make sure you hold the cap down on the top of the blender while puréeing.)

2 Put mixture into a large bowl. Stir in the remaining 3/4 cup of cream. Chill for several hours in the refrigerator until completely cold. (Can also place bowl over an ice bath, to speed up the cooling process.)

3 Before putting the mixture into your ice cream maker, stir in the lemon juice, Churn the ice cream in your ice cream maker according to the manufacturer's instructions.

4 Once the ice cream has completed churning, the ice cream should be pretty soft. Gently fold in the finely chopped chocolate. Put in an airtight container and place in the freezer for at least an hour, preferably several hours.

Makes about one quart.

I have a Cuisinart ice cream maker that I am sad to say, I've only used once! Well, I vow to get it out at least once a week this summer!

Life is a bowl of cherries!

Love to you,



You know it's been a while since you've read blogs when your Google Reader tells you you have 427 posts to be read. Um, I just exited and thought I would tackle that another day. Wow! Ok, most are baseball blogs but seriously?


Some pursue happiness...

...others create it.


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My adorable Nate, cooling off yesterday. We have one of those five foot round plastic pools for him but he prefers Kelly's bucket. So cute! Thank goodness our next door neighbor invited us over to go swimming for real. LoL!

Ahhhhh, summer is here. Yes, I realize summer does not officially start on the calendar for three weeks but today is June first, a brand new month, and time to have fun! Joe and Nick have three more days of school. Can't wait to turn off the alarm clock. I'm even planning on getting creative again and taking some time for ME. No, really, I am!

Happy June, my friends. Hope it's a great one for us all!