Sunday, April 11, 2010

Words to Live By

mom holding child 2

All children need a laptop.  Not a computer, but a human laptop. Moms, dads, grannies and grandpas, aunts, uncles - someone to hold them, read to them, teach them.  Loved ones who will embrace them and pass on the experience, rituals and knowledge of a hundred generations.  Loved ones who will pass to the next generation their expectations of them, their hopes, and their dreams.

                                                                         --  General Colin Powell

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Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Strawberry Cream Crepes

Strawberry Cream Crepes

Back in high school, I took a gourmet cooking class -- funnest class ever! I still  make some of the recipes from that class; here's one of them...

Perfect for Spring. Perfect for strawberry season. Perfect for breakfast or a fancy dessert! This is an easy recipe that gets me lots of 'yums!'



Strawberry Cream Crepes

12 crepes

2 pints sliced strawberries

1/4 cup granulated sugar

1   3 oz. package of cream cheese

1 cup whipping cream

sugar to taste

Prepare crepes using your favorite recipe. Toss the strawberries with the 1/4 cup of sugar and set aside. With a hand mixer, beat cream cheese until smooth. Slowly beat in whipping cream until smooth and thick, but not stiff. Add sugar to desired sweetness.

Place a some cream in each crepe and roll up. Chill. Serve strawberries over the crepes.


♦  I double this recipe, especially if company's coming over.

♦ Use a *hand* mixer, not a stand mixer for this recipe.

♦  Sometimes we like strawberries inside the crepes, too.

♦  I've seen this recipe done with chocolate crepes. Oo-la-la! Try it!

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Sunday, April 4, 2010

Words to Live By

resurrection morning

He is Risen!

Mr. H's favorite picture of the Savior...
thinking of our friend Jason today...
feeling very blessed...
Happy Easter.

Friday, April 2, 2010

A New House

Its a Wonderful  Life Housewarming gift basket

No, not for me! For my sweet brother and his wife. These two have been through hell for the last few years, and today they move into their own home and get a little heaven! I am so happy for them!! These two are my heroes. I hope I can be like them when I grow up.

Here's a little housewarming gift basket I put together for them: it's based on the house blessing from "It's a Wonderful Life".  (you know I *love* that movie!) Do you remember that scene where George and Mary Bailey welcome Mr. Martini and family to their new home?

Mary: Bread... that this house may never know hunger.
[Mary hands a loaf of bread to Mrs. Martini]
Mary: Salt... that life may always have flavor.
[Mary hands a box of salt to Mrs. Martini]
George Bailey: And wine... that joy and prosperity may reign forever. Enter the Martini Castle.
[George hands Mr. Martini a bottle of wine]

Bread Salt and Wine

Here's what's in the basket:

  • ♥  salt, yummy specialty bread, and wine Sparkling Grape Juice (no one in my family drinks alcohol)
  • ♥  tags with Mary's house blessing attached to each item
  • ♥  a housewarming card

A housewarming gift basket -- simple and inexpensive -- but full of love and happiness for these two wonderful people! I love it when good things happen to good people. Bliss!