Wednesday, October 31, 2012


This is a Halloween I'll always remember! Our family dressed up as the old poem There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Fly.

Sunny was the fly.
Pepper was the spider...a black widow.
Piper was the bird...a pink cockatoo.
Bubbles was the cat.
Snapper was the dog...a pink poodle.
I was the horse...except that I ran out of time to get my fall clothes down from the attic, and the clothes I needed for the horse costume were in the tote. So I wore a ponytail.
Matt was the old lady.

It could not have been any cuter or more fun! I wish I could post photos of all the kids here, but I can't. I can post Matt, Snapper and Pepper, though!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012


Tomorrow I get the privilege of taking my little Piper on her first airplane trip! We're going to California to spend some time with my family--specifically with my Granny, who is turning 95 in December. I have a million little details to take care of today for our early morning flight tomorrow. I can hardly wait!!!!!

Monday, October 15, 2012

A Purpose

Last night Matt found a frog in our garage. He brought it into the back patio for Pepper to see. Pepper loves frogs. He loves to hold them, loves to talk to them, just loves them. Here's a photo of Pepper holding a frog when he was two years old.

Pepper is now 6 and he was delighted with the frog Daddy found for him the other night. He carefully held it for about two minutes. Then he came into the house--frogless--and yelling, "THAT FROG HAD A PURPOSE ON ME!!!" I said, "A purpose?" Without missing a beat he replied, "Yes, he peed in my hands and it wasn't a accident!"

He's right...and the frog's "purpose" accomplished his purpose: it made Pepper drop the frog!


Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Fall Is Coming!!!

I live in Florida. It gets hot here, and the hot tends to last through what is fall in almost all of the rest of the United States. My Facebook feed is liberally sprinkled with posts from my friends who have broken out their  boots and sweaters, and are turning on their heaters and fireplaces. Not here, my friends! It is still so warm and humid here that the fall leaves wreath I hung on my front door a few weeks ago has started to grow mildew. Ugh!

However, Fall is in the air! It is 7:00 p.m. right now, and we just got back from a walk around the lake in our neighborhood. It is a pleasant 76 degrees outside, and I came back from the walk without a drop of perspiration on me! For a Floridian, this is a sure sign that fall is coming!!!

That said, here's a nice fall recipe for you. I made it for dinner tonight, and my crew joyfully devoured it and declared it their new favorite meal!

Angel Chicken

Melt one stick of butter.
1 package of Italian dressing mix
1 Tbsp. onion powder
1/2 cup chicken broth
1 can golden mushroom soup
4 ounces cream cheese
Mix until melted and smooth

Place 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts (or 8 tenderloins) in the bottom of the crock pot. Pour the sauce over the chicken. Cook on low for 5-6 hours.

Serve over mashed potatoes (our favorite) or pasta.

I forgot to put the chicken in the crock pot, so I had to improvise. I boiled the chicken until no pink was showing. Then I added it to the sauce that I had prepared in a skillet. I covered the skillet and let the chicken cook on low for about 30 minutes. It was fabulous, and we can't wait to have it again!