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    Gobs: A Tribute to the North

    Most people call them “Whoopie Pies”, but where I’m from, they’re “Gobs.” Gobs of chocolate and gobs of cream, gobs of deliciousness, and gobs of memories. The sight of a Gob does more than make my mouth water. It invokes a flood of sweet childhood memories like the elation of toddling into a kitchen to find Mom baking them, and seeing all those chocolate cookies lying eye level across the table. Or Mom setting aside that last little bit of dough for me to use in my Easy Bake Oven. And tea parties with the people remodeling our house always included Gobs. In fact, I thought Mom made them just…

  • Cleaning,  Life as a Wife,  Operation: Pig Sty

    The Trunk of Self & Sentimentality

    Yesterday I sat down to deal with the trunk of sentimentality. I thought I was going to have to make many hard decisions, but really… I was surprised at how much was in there that had completely lost its sentimental value. Though I added to it regularly, it had been several years since I dug it out to really look through the things that were in it. While I sorted, sifted and pitched, I discovered something shocking in a very real way. I am not the person I was. I am no longer the person that needs loads of cards and notes to remind me that people really care about…

  • DIY,  Miscarriage

    Potpourri Bear: A Miscarried Baby Memorial

    My husband gave me these sweet treasures on Valentine’s Day of this year, only minutes before we both found out that we would be parents. What a blessed joyful experience that was for us. We had waited so long, and then all of the sudden it was happening! While Mark gave the teddy bear and the roses to me before he had any idea I was carrying his child, after we lost the baby at the 6 week mark, both became inextricably linked to that child. In the weeks following the miscarriage I went back to and stared at the roses that had long since dried, and would often rearrange…

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    DIY: Displays for those Special Flowers

    I am a sentimentalist. I save everything that has even the most remote significance, so it should come as no shock that I wanted to save all of the flowers Mark gave me. Still… over the course of time those dried bundles of roses add up, and there are only so many surfaces you can put them. Here are three displays I made with some of the flowers Mark gave me throughout the course of our relationship. First Flower: This yellow rose was so very special to me. It was the first flower I ever received from a man, and it meant so much. It was such a symbol of…

  • Character,  Cleaning,  Operation: Pig Sty

    Someone Stole My Laptop

    You know what I did about it? Nothing. I let them have it. Well… actually I did do something. The laundry. Washed the dishes. Took some time and cleaned some areas that needed attention. By now you have probably figured out that I wasn’t too concerned about retrieving my laptop.     I knew I would get it back eventually.  That’s because I knew who stole it. His name is Mark. I’m married to him. He decided that this afternoon was take-Becky’s-laptop-apart-and-scare-her-to-death-when-she-sees-all-the-pieces day. That was my interpretation. His was more technical and a lot harder to understand. To tell you the truth, I was really lost without my old faithful…

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    Neopolatin Waffles

    Chocolate waffles… fresh strawberries…. whipped cream! Oh my! Oh… and don’t forget the chocolate maple syrup! This is one of the most delightful breakfasts! A real treat for your husband or family on a special occasion! While it is super easy to fix, I would recommend it for a Saturday, or a morning when you will not be any hurry. Why? Because it’s so pretty you need time to enjoy it! Space Space Space Ingredients 2 cups Buttermilk Pancake & Waffle Mix (Just Add Water) We use generic and it works great! 1 1/4 cups water 1/4 cup Pure Canola Oil 1 egg 3/4 cup Chocolate flavored hazelnut spread, divided…

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    Copy Cat Recipe: Cheesecake Factory

    Cheesecake is one of our favorite meals… (uh…I mean… desserts…) in this house. We like it so much that when we got married, we traded the illustrious and elaborate wedding cake for it! We did not hear any complaints from our guests about this either. Who would? Does anybody actually even like wedding cake? Well… Cheesecake Factory is a little bit out of our price league, and they aren’t sharing their recipes anytime soon, but there is no reason someone on frugal budget cannot enjoy their favorite dishes from their most-loved restaurants! Before you go out and spend loads of money on that expensive dinner, I would encourage you to…

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    “All-Terrain Pie”

    And… this is why my husband and I have put on weight. 🙂 Still… there’s nothing wrong with an occasional splurge on a special occasion! This one was for our first party with invited guests to watch the Bill Nye vs. Ken Ham debate on Creation and Evolution with a few of our close friends. I must say I thoroughly enjoyed playing “hostess”! I plan to do it again when I can! I dubbed this the “All-Terrain Pie” because you need an “All-Terrain fork” for this beauty! This wonderful dessert is ALL THINGS INCREDIBLE! Oreo crust, peanut butter pie, chocolate pudding, and sweet goodies on top! You can even add…

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    Maple Bacon Pancake

    Bacon is not something we have frequently because it is astronomically expensive, but, when we do have it, we use it to create divine luxuries such as… The MAPLE BACON PANCAKE! Hello sweet and salty breakfast! This is one of those recipes that never gets old and that is a good thing because it’s quick and easy, you will be tempted to throw it together all the time!   Maple Bacon Pancake Ingredients: 4 oz. bacon (but the more the better! YUM!) 1 cup baking mix 1 1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese 1/2 cup milk 1/4 cup of maple syrup 2 TBSP of white sugar 2 eggs Directions Preheat oven…

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    Sweet & Salty S’more Florets

    These days there are at least two things you can always find in our cupboards. One is butter round crackers, the other is marshmallows. We have an abundance of crackers intentionally because we got through them like crazy. The marshmallows though… well… they accumulated from out of no where. Well, the other day I pulled out some crackers to eat, and saw a bag of Hershey Kisses beside them and thought… YUM! And then I remembered I had mini marshmallows, so, I did what any chocoholic would do: I made what some might consider a “bite-size s’more”… except I like my name for it better…. “S’more Florets”, because they look…