Earlene's Peanut Butter Candy
Tuesday, November 30, 2010

At Thanksgiving, my grandma brought some candy that Dylan went nutty over. (pun intended)

When we got home, he said, "Call Gigi and ask her how she made that peanut butter candy!  And if she says they only sell the stuff in Oklahoma, I wanna go back to Oklahoma!"  Constantly has me in stitches, that one!

Turns out it's pretty simple.  Dylan and I made a batch tonight.  We plan to eat half, and take half to our new next door neighbors.  Hopefully we can follow through with the second part of that plan before we just go right ahead and eat it all.

Earlene's Peanut Butter Candy:

vanilla flavored almond bark
eagle brand sweetened condensed milk
18 ounce Jif creamy peanut butter
1/2 cup chopped pecans

Melt almond bark per package instructions.  Once melted, work QUICKLY to stir in eagle brand, then peanut butter and chopped pecans.  It will start to set up quickly, so work fast to spread it out evenly onto a parchment paper lined cookie sheet.  Allow a few hours to set before cutting into squares.

(I think this would also work just using chunky peanut butter and omitting the pecans. But I'm not one to tinker with Gigi's recipes.)

If you have a sweet tooth like me and Dylan, you've love this stuff! 

I decided to go ahead and package up the neighbors half.  Increase the chances it'll end up in their hands instead of on my hips. 


Sibling Love
Thursday, November 18, 2010

I had to laugh when Lauryn brought home her "I am thankful for..." project from preschool.  Her baby cousin Elizabeth beat out both her brothers for the third feather.  Burn.

Resolutions for just today
Thursday, November 11, 2010

Today I Will

savor my coffee
make sure I'm not the first one to release hugs
tell the kids to do their chores with a smile on my face
read my Bible
remember that kindness is the best response
pray for my leaders
read a few chapters of Little Women
refuse to pick up offenses
teach my five year old to fold and put away her own PJ's, socks, and underwear
be thankful for the things I do well
take a break from worry over the things I don't do well

I think it's going to be a good day.

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Cookies and Cakes for the Holidays!
Monday, November 8, 2010

A few months ago, I introduced you to my friend Candy Patterson and her business Domesticakes.  Candy is a friend of mine, and I'm so proud of her talent and how she's working to grow her business.  You'll be able to see DomestiCakes at the Lubbock Bridal Show this January!

Now is a great time to give DomestiCakes a call!  They can provide cakes, cookies, and other baked treats for all your holiday parties and events.  Or, gift your favorite person a delicious DomestiCakes Cheesecake! (Or just purchase one for your family, and treat yourself as we enter the busy holiday season.)

Do you have a loved one with a birthday?
Need to say "Thank You" with a cookie bouquet?
And don't forget about class parties!

Domesticakes has grown and expanded their business; new partner Amber Thornbury has been making and decorating cakes for 12 years.  She is a busy wife and homeschooling mother to her five amazing kids.  Amber and Candy both serve faithfully at our church, working on both Sunday mornings and Wednesday nights with the kids at Trinity. 

Recently, they have become sponsors of a cottage at the Lubbock Children's Home - each child living in the cottage will be getting a custom cake for her birthday!  They enjoy visiting the cottage, and pray for the children daily.  I love it!  Using their unique giftings to glorify God. 

Give them a call!

As an aside: Domesticakes is not a Lost in Laundry sponsor or advertiser.  This post is simply because I love and respect Candy and Amber, and want their business to prosper!  I know you'll love them too.

Missing my friend, while wishing her well.
Friday, November 5, 2010

One week ago today, my friends Tina and Dan and their beautiful kids pulled out of Lubbock, bound for their new home on the East Coast.

Tina was one of the first people I really connected with here in Lubbock.  Her friendship was a gift, after a relatively dry season in the friendship department.  We're different in a lot of ways, but the same in the ways that matter in a friendship.  Tina has a genuine love for God, and a contagious faith.  She believes that God ordains her steps; and after spending much time with her, you began to realize afresh all the ways in which He has ordained your steps as well.  Not only that - she's fun and funny and just an all around blast to hang out with.

Watching Tina and her family move so far from Lubbock has been a bittersweet time.  I'm saddened because I know I'll miss her, but also truly excited to see God grant so many desires of her heart.  My heartache at losing one of my "coffee girls" is tempered by seeing God's hand so obviously at work!

(I also take heart in knowing I can keep up with her via her blog.)

Her new location in Virginia is definitely vacation worthy (mountains in one direction and a beach the other?  You gotta be kiddin' me!), so here's hoping we'll see each other again soon!

Lauryn with her buddy Carter.

Update: If my right eye looks a little squinty in that picture up there, it's because I had pink eye.  Which I gave her.  The night before she moved.  Worst parting gift in the history of ever.   

Blogging Today at Prize31.com
Thursday, November 4, 2010

I'm blogging today at Prize31.com about my Oklahoma family at Thanksgiving.  Jump on over and check it out! 

Some people arrive in nice sedans, dressed in slacks and dress shoes.  Some arrive in work trucks, dressed in overalls and work boots. Some arrive bleary-eyed and dressed in camouflage after an early morning spent in a tree stand, because even Thanksgiving can not interrupt deer season.... (read the rest here)


Accessory Storage
Wednesday, November 3, 2010

I have within the last year finally found a system for organizing my jewelry.

There is nothing glamorous about my system...but it works beautifully in terms of functionality, so why not share?

This is inside a cabinet in my bathroom.  I put adhesive hooks along each wall for my necklaces (only one side shown).  I use an ice cube tray for earrings.  Bracelets and my name tag for work sit on the bottom of the cabinet for easy access.  The jewelry boxes in the back hold rarely worn items and sentimental stuff. (Jonathan's class ring...Lauryn's baby bracelet....watches awaiting battery replacement...etc.)  

There you have it! Everything is easy to find; the earrings stay paired together in their cube tray, and the necklaces don't get tangled up on their hooks.

I lived for years before this in a state of jewelry disarray, so here's hoping this post will help free someone from their accessory organization woes.  

Any storage tips to share?



Public Service Announcement: Tangles
Monday, November 1, 2010

Lauryn and I had both started to dread the brushing of her hair.  The tangles had become unmanageable, even following a bath with massive amounts of adult shampoo and conditioner.  (The tear-free kid stuff definitely wasn't cutting it.)

But recently we found a bit of salvation from the tangles.  Here's the BEST thing I've found for reducing the tears at hair brushing time:

A bottle of Infusium, poured into a spray bottle.  Find it at Wal-Mart for around $5 bucks.   It's worked great for us!  It can be used on wet or dry hair, and it doesn't leave her hair looking greasy or flat.  And it's helping establish a new, slightly more pleasant tone at hair-brushing time.  Miraculous.

(We used to have luck with the Suave Detangler spray, but since her hair has gotten thicker it wasn't cutting it anymore.)

This PSA brought to you in hopes of helping other mothers of preschool daughters, who are struggling with similar hair-brushing drama.

NOTE:  This spray also tames the unruly bedhead of elementary school boys. They may protest at the slightly flowery scent.  Just shrug and insist you don't know what they're talking about.

Cutie? Yes.
Capable of much drama?  Yes.

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