Wednesday, December 31

Wednesday, December 24

click here ~> J&J

MMMmmm...

Well we only burnt one crust!
Gram's "Cherry Cheese"

We opted for Blueberry on the left, Strawberry on the right!

This is what they should look like when you are done.

We had to throw one crust out, I was trying to make taco dip and the 20 minutes that the crust was supposed to cook was waaaayyyy too long!
I also made my friend Sarah's Grandmother's Melt-a-way cookies Click here for the recipe, they came out so yummy!

Yes they melt in your mouth...hands too!!!

Grandma's Cherry Cheese

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(this is a copy of the actual paper recipe from her box)
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This is what we will be making today, I will show you yummy pictures later when it is accomplished! Mom, Sarah & I made it for Thanksgiving and if I can upload the ridiculously funny video at some point I will! You can swap the cherries out for really any pie filling you would like.
Grandma made this all the time, we really wanted to carry on that tradition.
It is the little things that keep her spirit around us.
This is our first batch of holidays without her, it goes without saying how much we miss her!
I know that she is smiling down from heavens party, along side our other
nearest and small dearest (Miss Jade).
Wishing you inner peace and harmony, Happy Holidays!

Tuesday, November 11

Now this is the "kitchen sink"

It has everything but... the kitchen sink!
Mmmm my house smells amazzzzing right now!
Here is what's cookin',
  • 4 5oz chicken breasts
  • 1 large onion
  • 3 (halves) chopped 3 color bell peppers
  • 1 (half) head of broccoli (tops only)
  • 1 red APPLE
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 TBS cayenne
  • 1 TBS curry
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp chopped garlic
  • 1 TBS black pepper

YUmmMMmmyYY!!!

Here lean in...I bet you wish you had Smell~A~Blog!!!


Have a great week everybody!!!

Sunday, November 2

Ode to Sunday...

Shortly after the sun comes up we awake without the buzzing of an alarm. This is the earliest we get up all week, Ferg & I just want it to last as long as possible, it is "our" day.
One of us gets something respectable to wear outside and walks down the driveway to pick up the Sunday paper. We only get Sundays because we have time to read it plus I love to clicp oupons, it has become more of an addiction. The best is when I have a coupon for everything that I am buying (it has happened) but that is for another post.
Back to our day...While sitting at our kitchen table this is the view in the morning:I feel very lucky to have this view because I do not have to look at another house or building. Since we do not own our own home yet I have been trying to pick out very positive things about where we are. Sometimes I get caught up in what do I do next, or really trying to hurry through life to get to the next point.
When do we stop and just be happy in our current spots?
This gets to be a muddled thing for me, I tend to dwell on what I don't have instead of what I have, so sad...
I am trying earnestly to turn that around, while I know that everyday is not always sunshine and roses, it is at least rain and carnations...is that so bad?
For example most people complain about geese, not me I am delighted to have them in my picture. I love to watch them interact, the occasional scuffle, the simplicity of flocking to their food, and the marvel that they mate for life.

My sister brought me home a present the other day and it has slipped right in to my morning spot, it is this lovely little tea pot (I did not mean for that to rhyme but it made me giggle).
I always wanted one of these, it comes with a drinking cup under it, and it is just the perfect color and size for 2 cups of morning tea.


This is my favorite part...
my Ferg with 2 days of stubble, bedhead,
dressed in his sweat pants with a white tee shirt on,
there is just something sexy about a white tee shirt,
don't ask I couldn't even explain.
We are not really coffee drinkers (unless we go to Starbucks)...to tell you the truth my moms coffee pot went on the fritz one morning so I brought her mine, I since have not missed it,
it gets much more use over at her house.
On occasion Ferg will drink tea, but most times he is a young at heart hot coco man!

Cheyenne & Jackson are up early as well, usually Jackson likes to go outside for a little walk. Sometimes he is content sitting on one of the chairs next to us.


Or you can find one of them rolling around in a patch of sunshine coming through the window.

Jackson would still rather be outside, what a good boy!

So what is your favorite day and why?
Leave a comment or better yet post it on your blog or if you are in my family post it on our family blog, Buncha Nutz.
Have a great day!

Sunday, September 14

The weather sure matched our mood on Jade's Birthday!


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Saturday, September 13

Our daughter Jade would have been 3 years old today.
Happy Birthday Sweet Baby Jade.
xox

Friday, September 12

Breakfast at Denny's the torture continues...

As if the food wasn't bad enough...
At breakfast this morning,
I hear from the other side of the room...
"Happy Birthday to you...blah blah blah..."
I look and naturally they are singing Happy Birthday to an adorable 3 year old little girl.
How many people have heard some one having a birthday at Denny's, how likely is this???
You just have to be frickin" kidding me!!!
Just LOVELY!!!

Thursday, September 11

9-11 (sensitive post)

(This is my therape blog to write, vent, talk and remember if you don't like it, don't read it, it is really that simple.)
September 11th 2001 will always be one of the saddest days Americans will remember. Not only the saddest days but also the scariest. Everyone remembers where they were that morning. The could not be a soul that doesn't remember how scared we all were.
We watched in horror, disbelief and utter helplessness as precious lives were lost, hero's were made and lives were changed forever. We don't often question our rights as free citizens to do as we please and feel safe and protected under the guidelines and enforcement of our government, but that day and many days since we question our safety.
Most of us sat glued to our TVs and prayed that they would find survivors after the towers fell. Not to mention the stories of the plane that hit the pentagon and the plane that was bravely taken over that did not kill any other people only the brave that took it over.
We heard tales of last phone calls and stories upon stories of hero's that never came home. We should never forget how lucky we are and embrace our wonderful freedom. Lets not forget to embrace how precious life is, and that in a moment it can all be taken away...On an utmost personal level September 11th 2005 is a day that would forever change me as a person.
It changed the person that I thought I was and question my faith in everything. One would think that over 3 years I would stop feeling so lost. My heart breaks for the people that lost their loved ones on 9-11-2001 especially the mothers and fathers who lost their children. You see we have this little club that we do not want members to join but when they do there is an instant bond.
It is indescribable the pain of loosing your child.
9-11-2005 is the day I went in unsuspecting to give birth to my beautiful daughter Jade.
My entire life changed in a matter of moments when I was told she had passed away. I can no longer recall and maybe I could never remember everything that went on over the course of the next few days, but I know that I will never forget what it felt like to lose her.
I thought that over time it would get better and maybe I am just in this dark place because we recently added yet another angel to heaven with my last miscarriage...but I can't forget.
Everything reminds me of what we have lost.
I honestly try to be happy and go on like I should mostly because I have no choice, and maybe one day it will be not such a forced effort.
So until that days comes pardon me if I am extra sensitive at insensitive comments, events or anything said that hurts me, while it may not hurt others and may not make sense to anyone but me as to why it hurts, I can't always help the way I feel. I didn't get the manual on how to appropriately behave around others and make other people feel comfortable around me...
There is so much that I had hoped and wished for when I was pregnant with Jade that will never come to pass. I can't stop thinking of my pregnancy and her birth and death...you see it is all I have...that's it, I don't get any more memories to look back on. I can't remember the good times.
I can only think of the hurt and the emptiness
I felt the moment I knew she was gone.
Like a tape recorder it plays over and over, the next few days for me are torture even still, I can't even work. I function all the others days of the year but these few days I take in memory of my beautiful angel.
We will be going to the cemetery and doing our balloon release Saturday morning...
3 balloons this year...1 for every year she would have had a birthday...
3...I can't believe it.
(Jade's footprints)

Thursday, August 28

The Sun~L Come Out Tomorrow....

When our daughter Jade died 3 years ago this September 13th I received a plant arrangement from my 2 bosses. There was just green plants in the pot and a few carnations. Over the past 3 years the philodendron piece that was in there has grown like crazy!
There was no flowers planted in the dirt...
but every year around this time one single beautiful Lilly pops up and blooms!
Some of my days are very dark and gloomy especially when my daughters birthday comes around, Tuesday was one of those days...Wednesday I woke up to a beautiful sunny day and stepped out on my porch and my Jade Lilly had bloomed! I will not even accept the fact that it is a coincidence that this lone Lilly blooms every year...just one not two or three...just one beautiful pink Lilly.

That very morning I turned around on my porch and my first hibiscus flower had also bloomed...THE SAME DAY!!!

This plant we bought when I was pregnant with Jade.

I shouldn't have moved the little stick that was by it because its silky soft petal tore a little, not that it takes away from its beauty...such irony...




HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!

Like Sarah said, "Grandma would have been proud of this one!".

Saturday, August 9

I LOVE this picture!!! You can almost hear them laughing!!!

Thursday, August 7

VOTE FOR ME!!!

Click <here> and vote for ~Juliann~ my creation is in a Rock Your Card crafty contest!!!
You can only vote once and ballots close in 6 days!
Thanks for you vote!
~Peace~

Sunday, July 20

Our Family Blog...

If you are a close friend or family member we have set up a new blog that we can all be authors on and stay in touch with one another....visit Buncha Nutz <~~~click there then let me know that you want to be an author and I will sign you on as one. Then you can post and share crazy shtuff like we do...well so far it's just me and Normie sharing but I am sure more will join in!
So go and visit!
And if you haven't checked out my crafty blog lately I gotta brag today I did a favorite card so go check that one out too!

Monday, May 26

Memorial Day...

As I think of Memorial Day naturally I reflect upon all the men and women we have lost in the awful wars that happen, and how many people put their lives on the line for their countries!


But then I can not help but reflect on how many people have lost loved ones to all kinds of things. Death is one of the hardest parts of our lives to have to deal with, we have no choice, we just carry on and try to cope with the holes in our hearts that our loved ones leave.


I try not to be sad about these things or dwell on it to much, but I do need to take the time to honor a few people in my life that I have recently lost.


Someone once told me that when you lose a child it is not just life changing it is person changing...I believe this to be so.
I used to be so terrified of dying and now it just seems to be just a different level of life, not that I plan on going anywhere soon, nor do I want anyone else's presence to be absent either (we are selfish that way, huh?).
I just feel like there must be a party somewhere that we all here are just missing out on!
That being said, to all the Mom's who have lost their children, we know that no words express what we feel, we belong to a club that we don't want new members to join and we all should have an extra hug today and everyday!
I hope everyone is spending time with their families and good friends today and taking time to honor and reflect on the people in their lives that they have lost.


So if you don't mind I would like to take a few moments and remember the those who are on my mind especially today...


My little angel,
Jade Mary Ferguson
September 2005
Ethel Pastewski
December 2005
My husband Jeff's Grandmother


Telly Salmon
June 2007
My dear friend
David Hirsch
October 2007
The son of my dear friend Diane.

Gert Nicosia (Gram)
March 2008
My Grandmother
Ivano Mazzulla
April 2008
The brother of my dear friend Carmelina.
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I think of you often
and make no outward show,
But what it means to lose you,
no one will ever know
You wished no one farewell,
not even said good-bye,
You were gone before I knew it,
and only God knows why.
You are not forgotten
nor will you ever be,
As long as life and memories last,
I will remember thee.
To some you may be forgotten,
to others a part of the past,
But to me who loved you dearly,
your memories will always last.
Nothing can be more beautiful
than the memories I have of you.
To me, you were someone special,
God must have thought so too!
If tears could build a staircase and memories a lane,
I would walk all the way to Heaven,
and bring you back again.
author
~Anonymous~

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Friday, May 16

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Monday, May 12

That little bluebird...

My Grandmother had a fantastic knack for always knowing when I was in trouble.
I would always ask her "Gramma how did you know that?" you would think her answer would change the older I got but it always remained the same...
"The little bluebird told me"!
Now when I was very little I thought about finding this little bluebird and giving him a piece of my mind for having such a big mouth and spilling all my bad behavior out to my Grams. I think of ways to give him chewing gum so that his little beak would be to busy to ramble on!
Then as I got older I loved that little bluebird for whispering the things I didn't want to admit but needed to talk about. I would walk through Grams backyard beckoning him to deliver secrets so that I wouldn't have to.
He always did.
She always responded.
Now keep in mind the way Grams responded wasn't always the smooth way you would have liked it to be, but there were never any secrets from Grandma.
I believed there wasn't anything she couldn't fix, and believe me I was right.
I never seen that women back down from anything!
She could hold her head high wherever she went, (and she did).
She was the strongest person I have ever known...
Life just doesn't seem quite balanced with her gone.
We are left to pick up the pieces and try to get along without her, and every single one of us are trying in the best ways that we can, all in our own ways.
I will remember that call I received from my father Thursday morning when he said that Uncle Bruce and Mom had taken her to the hospital...I had a terrible feeling in my stomach that she was going to leave us. As soon as I got to the hospital and seen her I knew that my feelings were so horribly right. I was so glad I got to say a few short things to her before surgery.
I am even more grateful that we got 1 night to be with her before she left.
I don't care what anyone says and they will never convince me otherwise but I believe she heard everything we said that night. I am glad for quiet moments alone when I could tell her how jealous I was that she would get to see my baby daughter Jade, and to take good care of her for me. I told her that it was OK to go, I wanted her to stay, but I understood if she wanted to go. Most of all I told her I would miss her and I was sorry for not spending more time with her...it could have never been enough time!
Somewhere between the hours of 2 and 4am Sarah and I were singing and talking to her and begging her to wake up for just one more minute...just one...just to hear her voice, there was a moment and the only time all night that she stirred and moved a bit as if she was going to wake up, although she never did!
I was glad that almost her whole family was around her when she left us, there wasn't a room in that hospital with more love in it. Even through the sadness there was glowing white energy of love surrounding all of us around her bed, as if angels accompanied each one of us to help hold our hearts as they were breaking, and to gently carry Gram away.
Now we all go on...getting better each day...then worse again...
but knowing that she loved each one of us more then anything!
I have never known a more generous, strong, fun, courageous & most of all loving person, I only hope that we make Gram proud in the things that we do.