Monday, February 9, 2015

Dear Monday....

Dear Monday, how are you able to sneak up so quickly?  It seems like one day it's Friday and a blink of an eye later you are already here.  But don't fret, we still had a wonderful weekend.

Friday night hubby and I attended a prayer service and renewal of wedding vows at our local parish.  This is something our parish does every year and I find it to be a wonderful celebration and beautiful reminder of our commitment to each other.

Following the prayer service, there is dinner and a dance that follow.  We have a lovely group of friends who attend this event as well and we always end up having a lot of fun.
This year was no exception.

Saturday morning was a nice, lazy morning.  I even slept in.... until 7:15 (darn internal alarm!).

After lunch, another afternoon of watching Sassy play volleyball was upon us.  After last weekends volleyball tournament resulted in a bloody elbow and bruised and swollen knee, I was hoping for an injury free event.  Not the case.  Girly hurt her shoulder somehow during their first of their 3 games.  However, she powered through and played hard all 3 games (her coaches opted to not have her serve in their last game of the day to prevent further injury).  Now she is taking it easy and using lots of ice.
During the course of the games, the girls had about a 2 hour break.  Unfortunately the players can't leave (they have to ref the other games and be there in case one starts early.) But hubby, Smiley, Action and myself, snuck off to BW3's for a little dinner.  Quite tasty!

Sunday was a relaxing, uneventful day.  The day started by going to church.  Once we were home though, the sweatpants came on and a day with no agenda lay ahead.  Smiley and I found some cute valentines on the blog Capturing Joy with Kristen Duke.  And  YAY! for downloadables!  Seriously, check out these cute Ahoy Matey valentines.  I think Smiley's kindergarten classmates will love them!

So you see Monday, you maybe snuck up on me, but this weekend, unlike many others, was beautiful, fun and relaxing.  I'll put up with you today and your 4:40 morning alarm and I will choose to have a wonderful week, no matter what gets thrown my way!

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

No Bake (Cherry) Cheesecake

Yesterday, I reverted back in time.  I pulled out a recipe for a dessert that I started making way back when I was probably about Sassy's age ~ 8th grade.  This use to be my favorite dessert, and I still find it delicious.  No Bake (Cherry) Cheesecake

You start with a graham cracker crust.  You can purchase one, but they are so easy to make that I always make mine.  

Just melt 1/4 cup of unsalted butter

Add in graham cracker crumbs and a little sugar and mix it all together.  

Firmly and evenly press the crumb mixture into a 9" pie plate.  Microwave the crust for 1 1/2 minutes - 2 1/2 minutes.  This depends on your microwave.  I only cook my crust for about 1m 45s. Take it out and let it cool while you make the filling.

Onto the delicious, creamy filling....

Start with 8oz of softened cream cheese

beat it until it is light and fluffy.

Then add in sweetened condensed milk

Lemon Juice 

and Vanilla

Mix again until the filling mixture is smooth and creamy.

Pour the filling into the prepared crust (I dare you to try to refrain from licking the spoon).

Pop it into the refrigerator to chill for at least 3 hours.

Top the cheesecake with 1 can of cherry pie filling.

Serve and ENJOY!

No Bake Cheesecake

1/4 cup unsalted butter (melted)
1 1/4 cup graham cracker crumbs
2 Tablespoons sugar

Mix together.  
In a 9" pie plate, firmly press mixture in evenly. 
Microwave for 1 1/2 - 21/2 minutes

1 8oz package cream cheese, softened
1 14oz can sweetened condensed milk
1/3 cup lemon juice from concentrate
1 tsp vanilla extract

In large bowl, beat cream cheese until fluffy.  Gradually beat in sweetened condensed milk.  Then add in lemon juice and vanilla.  Mix until smooth and creamy.
Pour in to graham cracker crust.
Put in refrigerator to chill for at least 3 hours.

1 can cherry pie filling

Pour and spread evenly over top of cheesecake

Monday, February 2, 2015

Volleyball Weekend

Right now, Smiley is sitting next to me, talking.  As usual.  Action is hangin' on the couch enjoying the last few minutes he has of iPod time.  And, Sassy is chillin' in the recliner with her leg elevated and ice on her knee, watching an episode of "Love it, or List it" on HGTV.  The kids have the day off of school today due to a teacher inservice.  Needless to say, we've had a lazy day.  I did start the day off by making sticky buns ~ they were delicious as always! And, I whipped up a no bake cheese cake, which I can't wait to dig into tonight! Hopefully I'll get the recipe posted for you all tomorrow!

I don't know about you, but our weekend flew by.  Hubby and Action went to a friend's lake cabin to have a boys weekend and do a little ice fishing with friends.  While they were off us girls had our own plans, mostly involving Sassy's volleyball tournament on Saturday and Sunday.

We did go to the movie theatre on Friday night.  We found one theatre in our area that was still showing Annie. The girls have wanted to see that since it was released in December and we just haven't had time.  When we arrived we were pleased to find out we were the only one's in the theater. The movie ended up being very cute and Sassy leaned over about halfway through and said, "We have to buy this!"

Saturday morning was relaxing and uneventful.  At 1pm we hopped in the car and headed to volleyball.  Sassy's team won all 3 of their games and took first in their pool.  We got home around 8:30.

Sunday morning arrived early....too early.  Sassy had to be walking through the gym doors when they opened at 7:30 am as per her coaches.  Us girls loaded in the car, grabbed some coffee for the 35 minute drive to the high school they were playing at and prepared for a long day of volleyball (as you'll see in the pic ~ some little girl just couldn't stay awake for the final game).  5 games later.  The girls took 2nd in their bracket and 6th overall out of 40+ teams.  Not to shabby for 16 1/2 hours of volleyball in a weekend.

We headed home to see the boys and watch a little football.  We made it back just in time to see the halftime show with Katy Perry.  I'm not a huge fan of Perry, but I thought she put on a good show.

I didn't see a ton of commercials (missed the first half and dozed off a little bit in the second half ~ oops!), but I did like this one (I actually started a blog about this one last year on June 30, but never finished writing about it):

Note:  This is maybe a longer (or a little different) version of what was shown last night that I already had saved

and this one:

Like I said though, I didn't see many commercials so, help me out ~ what commercials did you like?

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

One Simple Word

I started writing this post about 3 weeks ago, at the beginning of January.  But, as we all know, life happens and a big 'ol cup of coffee was spilt on my laptop.  Just like that, the keyboard was out of commission.  Unfortunately, I didn't have anyone to blame but myself.  My cup of coffee, my arm knocking it over onto my laptop.  My fault.  My frustration.  Anyway, luckily the hard drive wasn't affected, a trip to the Apple Store, more dollars than I wanted to fork over and computer is back in business.

Anyway, New Years Resolutions.
I know, I know, I'm over due....too bad :)

I've never really been one to make new years resolutions (here and here are some of my resolutions ~ sort of ).  But I do like to have goals and I always want to strive for something.  The last few years I've noticed the "word of the year" trend amongst many.  I like the idea of it.  Check these blogs out and read about the words they chose for this year:

Oh my Handmade Goodness (Organize)
Holy Craft (Intent)
Kimbo from a Girl and a Glue Gun (Balance)

Organize, intent, balance or how about simplify, breathe, joyful, loving, whole, and vibrant, etc.

Those are all good ones, but I was wanting more.  And I decided MORE was going to be my word of the year.  I mean, I want more patience, more energy, more focus, more understanding, more love, etc.


But, I don't want or need more stuff. I don't want more physical items in my life.  However, I do want more of the things that are intangible.  More of myself ~ everyday.  So I kept thinking, MORE just didn't feel right.

And then it hit me.

I want to BE more loving
I want to BE more patient
I want to BE more optimistic
I want to BE more forgiving
I want to BE more considerate
I want to BE a better wife
I want to BE a better mom
I want to BE a better friend
I want to BE more determined
I want to BE more prayerful

And the list can go on and on and on.  So you see, I don't want to change myself, I just want to BE more of who I already am.

So my word of the year:

Do you make resolutions or have a word of the year?  What are they?

Friday, January 23, 2015

Friday Funny Football edition

Are you football fans?  

We are at our house, unfortunately our favorite team, the Steelers, are done for the season.

This edition of Friday Funny is football based, however it has nothing to do with deflategate ~ although, I could come up with many funny jabs on that subject (as have so many others!) but I will refrain.

This may be silly, but I have always been a fan of the Bad Lip Reading videos. I've previously posted a couple of them on my blog (here and here).  This week the newest NFL version came out.  Maybe you've seen it already.  It's been popping up on my Facebook news feed consistently for the last two days.  However, if you haven't and you need a laugh or if you have and you want to laugh again, I bring you the 2015 NFL Bad Lip Reading Video:

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Today's post is brought to you by the number 11

Sorry, I was channeling my inner Sesame Street with the title!

I have a few blog posts started, that I've been meaning to finish and post.  The bad news is about 2 weeks ago, I spilt a cup of coffee all over the keyboard of my laptop.  The trackpad started responding erratically and the keys wouldn't respond at all.  More bad news, it cost money to get it fixed.  But the good news ~ I took it in, paid for a new keyboard and trackpad and finally have it back in fully functioning order!

However, I can't post the blogs I have ready for you because this guy:

is turning 11 today!

Happy Happy Birthday Action!

He is funny, sentimental, caring, easily frustrated yet pretty laid back.  

A few things he is currently loving: 

- minecraft on the playstation, iPod and in lego form
- his iPod in general
-baseball (too cold to play outside, but dome ball still works!)
-volleyball (he just started playing for fun, with a group of friends once a week ~ for now.  
It keeps him busy and active and he gets to hang out with his friends!)
- DC's, he really wants a pair of new high tops 

So happy 11th birthday to this guy

His hair can go (he won't let us cut because he tells us, he's "growing" it out for the winter and it drives me CRAZY!) but his smile and those dimples and his contagious laugh get me every time!

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Smiling's my Favorite!

There are so many great Christmas movies out there ~
Chevy Chase Christmas Vacation
The Polar Express
How the Grinch stole Christmas
and who can forget A Christmas Story?  How may of you watched this movie as a child and still got their tongue stuck to a piece of metal in the cold wintery outdoors?  I didn't, but my older brother did!

My favorite Christmas movie, at the moment, must be Elf.  It's one of those dumb, funny movies.  You don't have to think too hard to watch this one!

And this scene:

is my absolute favorite!  I laugh every.single.time.  My family laughs when this part comes on as well, but I think they may just be laughing at me ~ oh well, I like to see people smile and if I have any part of their happiness, I'll take it!

What are your favorite Christmas movies?