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Yummy Rice!

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Yummy Rice This recipe came from my Cousin Susan.  It is a simple but very "yummy" side dish! 1 Cup rinsed Rice (not minute rice) 1 Can Chicken Broth 1 Can Beef Broth 1/4 stick of Butter Bring all these items to a boil in a pan.  Spray your pan (I used an 8 x11 baking … [Read more...]

Potty Training


Alright Ladies and Gents, I need your help!  I am opening up another discussion, but this time we are chatting about the dreaded subject of POTTY TRAINING!  I don't know about you but this can be a hair pulling experience for both mother and child! I have two boys that are almost 15 months … [Read more...]


Joy:  Let's have a chat about Miscarriage.  I know that this is a rather deep and dark place to start our coffee chats but I have a pang  in my heart that urges me to talk about this often "whispered" subject.  The other morning I received a call from a friend who was possibly experiencing a … [Read more...]

Favorite Cup GIVEAWAY!!!!!

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Nat and I said that we would share our "finds" or things we just love so today I'd like to introduce you to my absolute FAVORITE cup!  I DO ADORE THIS THING!!!!It's called a Tervis Insulated Tumbler and I found it at Bed Bath and Beyond.  It keeps your cold drink cold or your hot drink hot, for … [Read more...]

A Home-Made Dry Erase Board


A few months ago I saw a friend's post on face book about this amazing way to make your very own dry erase boards.  Loving the idea I clicked on the link only to be taken to the  "Make's & Takes" site.  I read through the post and decided this was definitely easy enough to conquer.  Natalie … [Read more...]

Home-made Mac & Cheese


Home Made Macaroni and Cheese I stole this recipe from Paula Deen and then changed it just a tad bit to fit me! 2 Cups uncooked elbow macaroni 4 Tablespoons butter 2 1/2 cups grated Cheddar Cheese (She used Sharp..but I used both sharp and mild) 3 Eggs beaten 1/2 cup Sour Cream 1 (10 3/4 oz) … [Read more...]

Aunt Louise’s Pecan Pie


This recipe is one of my favorites. I love Pecan Pie, but sometimes they can be a little too sweet. This recipe seems to have the perfect combination...making it deadly! PECAN PIE Courtesy of my late Aunt Louise Cooper 1 cup of pecans 3/4 cup sugar 3/4 cup karo syrup 3 eggs 1 tsp vanilla 1 … [Read more...]

November Dreamin’


As the warmth of summer began to fade and Fall's chilling hand began to tighten its icy grip over the Midwestern landscape, there was only one thing on my mind, the upcoming Illinois rut.    Over the previous years I'd had the good fortune to hunt a piece of property owned by a friend's family in … [Read more...]

100 Days of School Project

100 Days of School CAKE

This year for our 100th day of school project, we decided to make a "fake" cake and put 100 candles around it.  Here's the how to guide: Supplies: 100 Candles Ribbon of choice Small Dowel Rod Round Styrofoam (12", 10", 8". 6") 4 Packages of Model Magic Clay (any color you want) 1 12" round … [Read more...]

Joy’s Testimony


On July 24th 1997 I was in a car wreck, not just any fender bender, but a full blown total the car kind of wreck. You know you have always heard the saying:  slow down or you are going to wrap your car around a tree......yeah, I did that!  I was 18 and speeding...yes speeding (can you imagine an … [Read more...]