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I love the Lord and my big crazy family. My husband and I have been together for 39 1/2 years. I am a mother of two grown children and a grandmother to four biological grandchildren and six others. I owe and operate my own home care business primarily for the elderly. I have written online articles for Bubblews, Seekyt, TopicSpotter and Triond. You may still find some of my articles on Ehow/Demand Studio. You can also find my work on Bukisa as they have stolen our content and stopped paying us.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Decorah’s Bald Eagle Nest: Live View

Photo I took at Dewart Lake
On Facebook today, our daughter sent me link to a live feed of a bald eagle setting on the nest. She knows we have bald eagles at our summer cottage at Dewart Lake, therefore, she knew I would be interested. When I logged in approximately 4 p.m. the wind was howling ruffling the eagles feathers and momma eagle was setting on the nest. I thought I saw 2 eggs.


I have watched the feed long enough now the sun is casting shadows blurring the pictures, however, dad had brought a late lunch back to mom that she seemed to be ignoring until daddy came back and at that point I saw one egg and 2 babies.

Here in Indiana it is now 8:23 p.m. and dark; however in Iowa it is 7:23 and sun still shining. Honestly, I find watching this feed, far more interesting than most television programming. It makes me long for summer days and watching the bald eagle at our Dewart Lake cottage.

Bald Eagle Monday 11:15 a.m. EST

Friday, March 27, 2015

Mom’s Cinnamon Sauce Recipe

Basic Crepe Recipe

When mom passed away in December 2009, my family entrusted me with her two recipe boxes. Among the great recipes was the cinnamon sauce recipe. Mom used the cinnamon sauce to pour over angel food cake; however, the cinnamon sauce recipe is good for topping ice cream, angel food cake, pancakes, French toast or crepes. This recipe is so easy to make, try making mom’s cinnamon sauce recipe for your family and see what they want to put it on.

Ingredients for mom’s cinnamon sauce recipe:

  • 2-Cups water
  • 1-Cup Sugar
  • 2 Tbsp cornstarch
  • ¼-Cup butter or margarine
  • 1 ¼ Tsp cinnamon
  • 2 Tsp lemon juice
  • ½ Tsp grated lemon rind (optional)
  • Saucepan

Crepe Covered in Cinnamon Sauce

Instructions to make mom’s cinnamon sauce recipe:

1)    Place all the ingredients in a saucepan. Over medium heat, stir well to blend.
2)    As it starts to get warm stir and continue to stir until the butter melts and cornstarch thickens.
3)    Serve warm or cold, it tastes great either way.

Tips for healthier cinnamon sauce recipe:

  • For the diabetics in your life, when making mom’s cinnamon sauce recipe, replace the sugar with stevia, stevia in the raw or splenda.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Gluten-Free Chex Party Mix the Traditional Party Mix

Gluten-Free Magic Custard Cake
Did you realize that many Chex cereals are gluten-free? They have several flavors to choose from, however, you may not want to incorporate them all in your Gluten-Free Chex Party Mix.

They have Rice, Corn, Honey Nut, Chocolate, Cinnamon, Vanilla and Apple Cinnamon that are all Gluten-Free; therefore, you may want to make a new gluten-free party mix just for your family.

If it has been awhile since you have made chex mix, you can read how to make Gluten-Free Chex Party Mix the Traditional Party Mix on Seekyt. It really is an easy and delicious snack for all members of your family.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Dark Chocolate Mousse Made with Avocado’s

Recently while watching The Doctors Television Show, Dr. Travis Stork lectured and tutored the very overweight 9-year old Honey Boo Boo and her mother on how they could eat healthier yet it would still taste good. 
Dr. Travis tricked Honey Boo Boo into tasting the healthy dark chocolate mousse before telling them the recipe contained the very healthy avocado.
1 cup of avocado contains a mere 240 calories and chucked full of fiber, pantothenic acid, vitamin K, cooper, folate, vitamin B6, vitamin E, vitamin C and potassium. Adding cocoa powder along with the avocado and it will have your taste buds doing a happy dance.

http://seekyt.com/dark-chocolate-mousse-recipe-easy-and-delicious/Try making the avocado chocolate mousse recipe for your family. Even if your family refuses to eat the healthy avocado, I guarantee they will never know and they will enjoy this chocolaty treat. 

Monday, March 16, 2015

Mercy Me: Dear Younger Me

I read a very interesting post on Facebook this morning about Mercy Me and the lead singer Bart Millard. At one time, he was just ready to quit the band, chuck it all in. Personally, I am glad that did not happen as Mercy Me has had some tremendous music since 1994.


You can read the full story of Mercy Me and Bart Millard on NewSound in Christian Rock:

While reading a bit of information that I had never heard before, Bart talked about his rough childhood, I cannot say mine was rough; however, we all make mistakes we wish we could have a do over for. He is a songwriter therefore composed a song for the band to sing.

I am not a singer songwriter but have often had similar thoughts and had to remind myself that God and is infinite love, mercy and grace will forgive all your past mistakes. All you need to do is simply ask him too. Do you need to ask forgiveness and then move on? What kind of song would you write to and for yourself?

1 John 1:8-9; NIV If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.

I loved Mercy Me's, "Dear Younger Me" and wanted to share with you. If you enjoy it, share my post so others can hear it too.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

How to Dye Easter Eggs with Your Children or Grandchildren

Easter is a wonderful part of springtime. It is not just Easter eggs and Easter bunnies; it is when Jesus Christ rose from the grave for us. Why not take the tradition of dyeing Easter eggs and the story of Jesus’ death on the cross and living again and put them together. My grandson and I enjoyed our time and sharing. I will show you how to dye Easter eggs with your grandchildren.
John 20:1 Now the first day of the week Mary Magdalene went to the tomb early, while it was still dark, and saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb.

 Supplies needed to dye Easter eggs with your Grandchildren:

Food Color and Vinegar
  • Eggs
  • Food color/Egg dye
  • Vinegar
  • Newspaper
  • Paper towels
  • Vinyl gloves
  • Spoon
  • Containers
  • Crayon
  • Lots of Patience

 Instructions to dye Easter eggs with your grandchildren:

My grandson wrote on the eggs with the crayon
1)    First thing to do is to check to make sure you have everything you will need. You will need eggs, crayons, food color/egg dye, vinegar, spoons and something to guard your table from stains.

2)    Place the eggs in hot water and boil for approximately 5 minutes. Boiling to long will not hurt them any.

3)    Remove the eggs from the stove and pour off the hot water. Run cold water over them to cool off so you can handle them.

4)    It is now time for the vinegar and food color/egg dye. I used measuring cups, I used 1 cup of vinegar and just kept adding drops of food color until I got the color I wanted.

5)    It is VERY important when working with your grandchildren to protect the surface of the working station. Take newspaper and lay it down. Place the cups of Easter egg colors on the newspaper. Still even more protection may be desired, so lay down some paper towel for the Easter eggs to drain on.

6)    If you want to add words or design on your Easter Eggs get a crayon. Your grandchildren may not be a real artist, however, that is OK, it is to be a teaching tool while you are having fun; however, it will take some patience.

7)    Have your child/grandchild wear vinyl gloves to protect their hands. You do not want to have a rainbow colored child. Have them put the egg in the color of their choice.
Let the egg set in the food color for a minute or two to get the desired color. When it is time to come out have them take the spoon and guide the egg to the top of the cup and then they can take the egg off the spoon and put on the paper towel.

8)    Keep repeating step 6 until you have dyed all the Easter eggs.

For best success, explain to grandchild what you are doing before you start and prepare for a mess! Explain to your grandchild that Jesus Lives and that is what Easter is all about, dyeing Easter eggs is simply fun.

For Easter Basket Ideas: Cheap Homemade Easter Baskets: Recycle and Save

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Making Newspaper Planting Cups: Recycle and Reuse

Last February as the husband was cleaning and throwing things away, he came across a couple of gardening books and magazines. Some tips in this book were so simple and been around for as many years as I have, if not longer, yet they published as a new idea.

As the hubby was reading, he would laugh out load, and then say this is something a child would be able to do; however, he then came across this idea to make newspaper-planting cups and you would be recycling and reusing. What a great idea, really it is and oh so good not to share with all you gardeners.

Follow the newspaper folding tip; staple and you are good to go. Start using your newspaper planting cups by adding potting soil and the seeds of choice. When the seedlings are ready to transplant into the garden soil, there is no need to remove the newspaper cup, as it will break down in the garden.

Wow, how much easier could it be to get started planting your garden seeds? Make newspaper-planting cups, recycle and reuse.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Tomato-Tobacco Mosaic Virus Disease

garden fresh tomatoes

2 years ago, our daughter was new to planting her own garden. She had helped while living at home with us; however, now that she is a momma with a home of their own the garden duties are a bit different. My husband, her father, was telling her about the Tomato-Tobacco Mosaic Virus Disease; well, I had helped and planted many plants along side of him, however, this was all new to me too. Our grandson has worked as an organic gardener for many years. He worked at a Bed and Breakfast, on an island off the Georgia coast, providing not only their food but for others. He also traveled to South Africa for 6 months; teaching them how to plant and harvest food for themselves.

When I asked Andy Schwartz about the Tomato-Tobacco Mosaic Virus Disease, this is what he said, “Yeah it is very real and I have seen people mishandling plants at nurseries often. Smoking, especially if you roll your own, and gardening do not mix. I do not think about this virus too much because I do not smoke but when volunteers are present I make sure that people are aware. Wearing gloves is good practice. I’d say that buying plants from hardware stores and similar places is the most common way of getting plants infected. People are shopping for plants just after smoking and they handle a couple six packs or pick up something and put it back. I’d say it is not something to be overly concerned about just something to be aware of particularly if you are a smoker.”

diseased tomato leaf
The University of Minnesota Extension website explains it this way, “The most common method of transferring the virus from plant to plant is on contaminated hands and tools. Workers who transplant seedlings should refrain from smoking during transplanting and wash their hands frequently and thoroughly with soap and water. Tools used in transplanting can be placed in boiling water for 5 minutes and then washed with a strong soap or detergent solution. Dipping tools in household bleach is not effective for virus decontamination. Any seedlings that appear to have mosaic symptoms or are stunted and distorted should be removed and destroyed. After removing diseased plants, never handle healthy plants without washing hands and decontaminating tools used to remove diseased plants.”

If you are using your precious time to plant and grow your own tomatoes, doesn’t it make sense to do it properly? Play it safe; follow the rules for a happy harvest of fresh garden tomatoes.

The picture of the diseased tomato leaf caused by the tobacco mosaic virus is provided by University of Minnesota Extension website.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Black Bean and Pumpkin Veggie Burger

Black Bean and Pumpkin Veggie Burger

I am not sure how I found the butternut black bean burger, but as usual, I had to revamp it a little to suit what I had on hand and to suit our taste buds.  After using the homegrown pumpkin puree, I can understand how the butternut squash or even a sweet potato could be used in its place. Making this one very vitamin packed veggie burger recipe.

Now days I also rarely purchase buns as I make wheat or herbbreads to reduce the chemicals and preservatives we are consuming, however, place your black bean and pumpkin veggie burger bread or bun of choice. Build your burger to suit your taste buds as I did ours.
Ingredients to make black bean and pumpkin veggie burger:

  •  1 egg
  • 1 cup mashed black beans
  • 1 cup pureed pumpkin or butternut squash
  • ½ onion; diced
  • ⅓-cup celery; diced
  • 1 red or orange pepper; diced
  • 2 cloves of garlic, smashed and minced
  • Olive oil; for sautéing vegetables
  • ¾ tsp favorite Italian seasoning blend; oregano, basil, rosemary, thyme, garlic
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp dried parsley
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ⅛ tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 ½ cups old-fashioned rolled oats [not instant]
Instructions to make black bean and pumpkin veggie burger:

  1. Using a large bowl mash the black beans and set aside. The original recipe said using refried black beans was acceptable. Add the pumpkin or butternut squash to the beans and set aside.
  2. Sauté the onion, celery, red pepper and garlic in olive oil and cook until the vegetables are tender. Add the minced garlic towards the end to prevent burning.
  3. Add the Italian seasoning blend, salt, cayenne pepper, garlic powder, and parsley and stir to coat.
  4. Combine the freshly sautéed veggies to the beans and pumpkin, stir in the egg and oats and mix.
  5. Pour a tablespoon or two of oil in a skillet and heat to medium-high, add the burgers and cook for a few minutes on each side until you have a golden crust.
  As with a hamburger or turkey burger; top with your black bean and pumpkin veggie burger with your favorite cheese and toppings. I like to use lettuce tomato and onion to all my sandwiches. On occasion I treat myself to a little avocado too.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Gluten-Free Magic Custard Cake

Gluten-free magic custard cake
I love it when a recipe from Facebook actually turns out as good as promised. Many times friends and family will share and share the post, and never even try it. I have gotten frustrated too many times following what I thought was a tried and true recipe, only to find out no one had actually made it.
With that said, I typically follow the recipe the first go round just to see if it will turn out, however, the original this magic custard cake was not Gluten-Free, therefore, I knew that modification needed done right off the bat. The other change I made was I used almond milk and pure vanilla. When you are making things Gluten-Free this is an essential part of baking.



Ingredients to make the Gluten-Free Magic Custard Cake:


·       4 eggs (whites separated from  yolks), room temp

·       1 tsp pure vanilla

·       ¾  cup sugar

·       1 stick butter; melted

·       ¾  cup Gluten-Free all purpose flour; I used Bob Red Mills

·       2 cups Almond milk; lukewarm

·       powdered sugar for dusting cake

·       cinnamon/sugar optional

Instructions to make the Gluten-Free Magic Custard Cake:

1.     Preheat the oven to 325-Fahrenheit degrees. Grease the sides of a spring-loaded pan and line the bottom with parchment paper.

2.     Separate eggs and add the egg whites to a mixer and beat egg whites stiff. Place egg whites in a bowl and set aside.

3.     Beat the egg yolks and sugar until light in texture.

4.     Add the butter and vanilla and beat for two minutes. 

5.     Add the flour and mix it in until fully incorporated.

6.     Slowly start adding the milk and beat until everything mixed.

7.     Add the egg whites a little at a time; gently fold them in using a spatula, repeat until all egg whites are folded in.  

8.     Pour the batter into baking dish and bake for approx 60 minutes or until the top is lightly golden. 

9.     Cool and dust with powdered sugar, cinnamon sugar or both.

10.  Slice the gluten-free magic custard cake and enjoy.