Thursday, April 17, 2014

Alaina has some news for you...

Alaina has some exciting news to share....

She's going to be a big sister!

The baby is due at the end of October, right around Alaina's 3rd birthday.  The pregnancy is going well, but Laura has been feeling pretty crummy.  Hopefully she's be feeling a little better in a week or two.
We're all excited to welcome this new baby.  :)

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Cooking Thursday

I'm continuing to pass on some of my Moms old recipes to you.  I remember her making these chewy, yummy bars frequently. They're something I make often too, and I'm frequently asked to bring them to work or to church functions because everyone likes them!  Maybe you have this recipe, but I'm always surprised by how many people ask for it, so I thought I would share it with you.


1 cup sugar
1 cup corn syrup
1 cup peanut butter
6 cups Rice Krispies
Stir sugar and corn syrup together in large saucepan.  Heat on stove, stirring frequently just until mixture begins to boil.  (If you let this mix boil, your bars will be hard, not chewy).
Remove from heat and stir in peanut butter, then Rice Krispies.
Pour mix into greased 9x13 pan and press it down.

1 cup chocolate chips
1 cup butterscotch chips
Melt together and spread over bars.  Refrigerate to harden topping, then take out of frig.  Enjoy!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Wednesday Photo

This little flower has been hanging on to our hydrangea tree all winter.  It won't be long till new growth forces it to fall off.

Monday, April 14, 2014

A stop at the park

We had Alaina overnight on Friday. We went out for supper and on the way home when she spotted this playground. Grandpa is a pushover for her, so we stopped to play.

When we walked up, we found this playground mainly consisted of a tall tower and some slides.  There were several older kids playing here, but that didn't stop Miss Alaina.

Look at that smile as she climbed the stairs...

Somehow, I thought she would go to the first slide and come down.  No - she kept going.  See her little arm way up there?   She climbed all the way up, then turned around and came back down.  No need for the slide, I guess it was enough to just climb up.

There were a few toys for smaller kids, so we tested them out.

By this time she was shivering, but she still protested our leaving.  Next time we'll find a park that's a little more geared toward a toddler!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

April Yard

Things are really changing around here. Spring is here, so I walked around our yard on Sunday to show you what April is looking like in our area. I heard that nasty, 4 letter word in the weather report": expect some snow on Monday". Hope they got this one wrong, but even if it does come - it can't be for too long!

The snow is almost gone!  There are just a few small piles hanging around the yard yet.

This is a red twigged dogwood. The red color really shows up this time of year, when there are no leaves.

The red berries have been hanging on the tree all winter, providing a nice splash of red against all the white we saw all winter.  I imagine they won't be there for very much longer!

This little toad has been waiting patiently under a blanket of snow.  The snow is gone, now to get rid of all the dry leaves surrounding him.

Signs of spring!  Our maple tree out back has buds on it!!!

What a difference a week makes...   Last week this ground had a snowy blanket over it, this week we see crocus!

What a cheerful sight!

Thursday, April 10, 2014


I came across this crazy scene outside my town.  The field in front of this house has all these poles (which are almost as tall as telephone poles) lined up in a regular pattern across the whole field.  As you can see, there are lines of some sort running across the top of them.  What in the world is the purpose of this?
I found out that they are growing hops here, to use in making beer.
I feel sorry for the people who built that house, thinking they had a nice farm field next to their house, only to find this being put in.  What a view!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Cooking Thursday

I'm sharing another one of my Mom's recipes today. This one goes with my banana post from Tuesday - it's what I use my frozen bananas for! I've tried several different banana bread recipes, but I always go back to this easy recipe from my mom.

Banana Bread

Cream together:
1/2 cup shortening
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
Add 3 mashed bananas
Mix in:
1 teaspoon baking soda
pinch of salt
2 cups flour
5 tablespoons milk

Pour into a greased large loaf pan.  Bake at 350 degrees for 1 - 1 1/4 hours, until bread tests done.