It’s been a long while since I’ve posted so here I am at the lovely motel 6 of Escondido.

And it is here I find a humorous and some what disturbing sign:


Not that I was thinking about swimming but I have zero desire to now! Also the pool us empty stripped down to  the concrete.

It was a good day at SeaWorld even though we only found 17 of the 20 badges before the app stopped! Sigh….

So the end of December I finally got my back yard cleared out. So today I started prepping the ground to plant a small garden.

So here’s how much I’ve gotten dug up…

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Of course someone in the 54 years since this house was built felt the need to bury slabs of concrete. UGH!


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And here’s the cat thinking “Cool! A toilet for me!!!”

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Tomorrow I’ll hopefully get some more of the back yard that I plan to use dug up.

I just realized I didn’t do a new year’s blog post last year. I know I was up until midnight so I’m not sure what happened. Regardless I’m blogging tonight looking forward to the new year. I’m not going to make new year’s resolutions, but I do like to set goals. Goals are generally better because with goals you should define the steps you are going to take to achieve the goal. I really enjoyed Michael Hyatt’s blog and he talks a lot about goal setting. His blog talks a lot about personal development and leadership. He’s a Christian so his advice is Biblically based.

Yearly goals are good but sometimes a little overwhelming, so I’m going to focus more on monthly goals that support the yearly goals. I’m also still thinking through my goals, I don’t want to be flippant or unrealistic with my goals.

So I’m thinking:

1. Read the Torah and the history books of the Old Testament in The Voice translation.
    I need to breakdown the milestones for the monthly goals.
2. Read and blog through the New Testament in year three of
     This year I’m starting with Psalm 119, once that’s complete the week days will be reading the New Testament and weekends reading the Psalms.
3. Get off of blood pressure medicine.  My blood pressure isn’t horribly high but I’m tired of taking medicine for it.
    To get off the meds means more exercise, reduce the salt intake, and loose the weight. Yes realizing that’s everybody’s new year’s resolution. BUT… I’m saying it anyway…
4. Blog here at least once a month.
5. Read 75 books with one book a month being a nonfiction.
     I just downloaded 4 or 5 Beth Moore’s books for the Nook. I’m sure there will be other good nonfiction to be read.
6. Not sure how to make this measurable, but I want to be a better pianist.
    Practice…practice…. and then practice….
7.  Another one that’s hard to measure is improving my skills as a photographer.
    This is another one that takes practice
     Watch training videos
     Attend a Scott Kelby training
8. Increase readership to Favorite Christian Books
    Consistent blogging of reviews
     Offering give aways

That seems like a lot but they will be spread out through the year. If all goes well next December 31st I’ll be posting how I did with my goals.

For now there is less than 30 minutes until midnight. I’ll make it but then I’m going to sleep. Hopefully I’ll sleep well.

I really don’t have many Christmas traditions, except for one… this video, the unlikely duet between Bing Crosby and David Bowie. Yet as you will here, it works, it works so well.

So enjoy…

It’s been awhile since I’ve found a sign that makes me laugh… but this one does…

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Now the bad part is I have friends on Facebook who will recognize this sign. Hopefully they won’t be too offended that I used their sign! But it did make me smile!


So it’s been awhile since I posted anything here. Since creating my Facebook Recipe Page I’ve not had much to say, since lately it was all about food.

In an effort to be more productive here I will post at least once a month, ideally at the last day of the month. I did start this on November 30th, I just forgot to finish it before going to bed last night… Oops…

Overall, November was a good month. I did end up having a cold because I didn’t take enough layers to the last football game to stay warm. I actually missed two days of work on sick time. It’s been over 2 weeks and I still have a cough, but feel good again.

I went to my first Scott Kelby training, which was really good, though I would enjoy it more if I hadn’t been sick. I have so much to learn!

As I look to December I feel good about the holidays. I’m going to enjoy celebrating Christmas. I’ve been enjoying just playing the piano for the sake of playing the piano. No pressure to be prepared to play, just playing.

Now time to go pick up my Christmas cards from Sam’s Club…


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This recipe is from a website called Devilish Desserts

If this is any indication… oh ya baby!


2 (16 ounce) cartons frozen whipped topping, thawed
2 (21 ounce) cans apple pie filling
1 1/2 cups chopped pecans
1 (17 ounce) jars caramel ice cream topping
1/2 teaspoon brown sugar
1 teaspoon apple pie spice
3 (3 1/2 ounce) packages vanilla instant pudding mix
6 cups cold milk
1 (18 1/4 ounce) packages yellow cake mix

Prepare and bake cake according to package directions, using two greased 9 inch round baking pans.

Cool for 10 minutes before removing to wire racks to cool completely.

In a large bowl, whisk milk, pudding mixes, apple pie spice and brown sugar for two minutes.

Let stand until soft set.

Cut one cake layer, if needed, to fit evenly into an 8 quart punch bowl.

Poke holes in cake with a long wooden skewer.

Gradually pour a third of the caramel topping over cake.

Spread with a spatula.

Sprinkle with 1/2 cup pecans.

Spread with half of the pudding mixture.

Spread one can of pie filling over pudding mixture.

Spread one carton of whipped topping on top of pie filling.

Top with remaining cake and repeat the layers.

Drizzle the remaining caramel topping on top and sprinkle with remaining pecans.

Refrigerate until serving.


The author of the Welcome Home website and Facebook page has another WONDERFUL looking recipe. This one is for a Breakfast Cheese Danish.  Doesn’t it look amazing!  GOTTA GOTTA get my oven fixed!

cheese danish

What goes better with that hot cup of coffee than a fresh …warm out of the oven…cheese danish? This recipe comes from Kitchen Girl and they are so easy to make and so delicious!

Breakfast Cheese Danish

2 cans ready to use refrigerated crescent rolls
2 (8-ounce each) packages cream cheese
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 egg
1 egg white

1/2 cup powdered sugar
2 Tablespoons milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350* degrees and grease a 13X9-inch baking pan. Lay a pack of crescent rolls in the pan and pinch the openings together. Beat the cream cheese, sugar, vanilla, and egg together until smooth. Spread the mixture over the crescent rolls evenly and then lay the second pack of crescent rolls on top of the cheese mixture and brush with egg white. Bake for 35-45 minutes until the top is golden brown. Top with glaze after cooling for 20 minutes.

Here’s the link to her Facebook page:


Check out this website and amazing looking recipe.

oreo pudding pie

yield: 12 to 15 servings prep time: 30 minutes total time: 2 hours 30 minutes
An easy no-bake dessert with layers of Oreo crust, cream cheese, chocolate pudding, Cool Whip and more crushed Oreos.
For the Crust:
1 (15.35-ounce) package Double Stuff Oreo Cookies
½ cup butter, melted and slightly cooled

For the Cream Cheese Layer:
8 ounces cream cheese
1 cup powdered sugar
1 (8-ounce) tub Cool Whip

For the Pudding Layer:
1 (5.1-ounce) box instant chocolate pudding
3½ cups milk

For the Topping:
1 (8-ounce) tub Cool Whip

1. Make the Crust: Place the Oreo cookies in a large ziploc bag and crush with a rolling pin. The pieces should be in small crumbs, but still a little chunky, not completely fine crumbs. Set aside ½ cup of the crumbs for the topping, then transfer the remaining crumbs to a 9×13-inch pan and use a fork to mash them up a bit. Pour the melted butter over top and use the fork to combine, making sure that all of the crumbs are moistened. Press into an even layer on the bottom of the pan. Refrigerate while the cream cheese layer is prepared.

2. Make the Cream Cheese Layer: In a mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Reduce the speed to medium-low and gradually add the powdered sugar until it is all incorporated. Increase the speed to medium and beat for 30 seconds. Using a rubber spatula, gently fold in the Cool Whip. Spread in an even layer over the crust. Refrigerate while the pudding layer is prepared.

3. Make the Pudding Layer: In a large bowl, whisk together the pudding mix and milk for 2 minutes. Let sit for 5 minutes to allow it to set. Use an offset spatula to spread the pudding in an even layer over the cream cheese mixture.

4. Spread the remaining 8-ounce tub of Cool Whip on top and sprinkle with the reserved Oreo crumbs. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours before serving.

(Recipe adapted from House 344)

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