"The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those
who are willing to work and give to those who would not."
--Thomas Jefferson

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Calling All Coffee Lovers!

IMG_7274 Those of you who have been to my blog over the years know that I love me some coffee. But when I first started drinking coffee it was all about the sugar and cream and caramel and chocolate sauce and whatever else I could get them to put in it. Well once I figured out that wasn’t the best thing for me (darn it) I resorted to only putting half and half in my coffee. You know what I found? Not all coffees are created equal. Shocker, I know! In fact, some coffees taste down right gnarly. Like, totally grody! Like for sure.

So over the years I’ve tried many many different coffees. I’ve tried those in coffee shops, in the bags, in the cans, you name it. But who I am going to tell you about today beats them all, hands down.

Let me introduce you to Penguin Yell Coffee. We’ll get to the name in a minute. First let me tell you a few reasons why I love it. And allow me to use bullets as to seem smarter and more organized. Cause life is all about perception right? *smile*

  • It’s organic. It’s just better for you. And by better for you I mean if you’re going to drink it this makes it less bad for you. And by bad I mean it’s not bad unless you’re drinking a pot or two a day or if you’re doctor told you not to and you still do. So, yeah. moving on.
  • It’s fresh roasted weekly. That’s right people you get as fresh a coffee as you can get without having to roast it yourself. And yes it does make all the difference in the world.
  • It’s smooth tasting. I haven’t gotten that bitter taste that I get from some coffees.
  • And the best reason of all, they are friends of ours and we love supporting families trying to live a more self sufficient life.


Intrigued? You should be. So what about that name? Penguin Yell. Here’s an excerpt from their website explaining how the name came about.

“The name wasn't solidified until 2013. My children suggested the name Penguin Yell and won me over with the meaning. My son, on an expedition to Patagonia, encountered a colony of Magellanic penguins. As he approached, all scattered except one. This brave penguin let out a cry and stood in defense of his lifelong mate as she lay nesting. My daughter added, "Daddy, penguins don't fly. They stand their ground." This little flightless bird displayed his qualities: faithfulness, courage, and grit. This story convinced me of the Penguin Yell. We hope you're inspired by these high ideals as you enjoy a cup of Penguin Yell Coffee. It is our privilege to offer you premium coffees, roasted on our Ozark Mountain farm.”

So what do you think? You ready to give it a try? You can visit their website at Penguin Yell and stay in touch and up to date with their goings ons on their FB page.

And no I’m not getting anything in return for my opinion I just love em’ and their coffee and so it would just be wrong not to share. :-)



Saturday, January 24, 2015

Soapbox Time- Deflategate!

When my Patriots won the AFC Championship game, I was one of the happiest fans on the planet. Then early the next morning you here about what is now called Deflategate. What the heck?

Deflategate has quickly taken the wind out of my sails. What should have been a fun happy time of planning a super bowl party has now dwindled down to a disturbing mess.

I don’t like cheaters. And if you cheat you should be punished. The end. Pay your debt and move on. I’m not particularly proud of some of the Patriots past moves but I believe they paid their price and continue to pay for it today.

In my opinion you’d be hard pressed to find a team that doesn’t cheat. Seriously, good luck with that.

I love the game of football but I hate what it’s become. Did the Patriots cheat? I don’t know. The fact is, without even being presented all the evidence people are quick to judge and point fingers as to their guiltiness and it’s just irritating. If they are found guilty I will be very upset and sad to hear it. I also believe that they should be punished.

I believe if this was happening to any other team it would have been a non issue but because it’s happening to a team proven to win and be well coached, that it’s come under such scrutiny.

One thing I love about a lot of football teams is their outreach to the community. I’m sure there is some obligation that comes with just being a part of that team but so many players do it with such good intentions and really takes it to heart. Why can’t we talk about that?

Why can’t we talk about all the jackets that were given to the homeless. Or the joy that comes on a terminally ill child’s face when their favorite player shows up to visit with them? What about all the money raised by individual players for different organizations that they are passionate about? Is there good in football? Yes. And that’s one thing I love about it. But this dark side makes it hard to be a fan these days.

I will now get off my soapbox and hope that this comes to a conclusion very soon.

Thanks for listening. *smile*

Monday, January 19, 2015

The Super Hero Baby Shower!

I’m not normal. Well maybe typical is a better word. Or maybe not normal does fit. Either way when I knew I was going to be planning my daughter’s baby shower I knew I didn’t have it in me to do things the way most people do things. Because I’m not most people. I’m me……. not being normal.

And then the more I thought about my daughter and son in law I knew it was going to have to do with super heroes. My daughter and son in law are both young and trendy and they totally got ME hooked on the super hero movies, so I couldn’t see doing anything else. And once I got started there was no stopping me.

So this is my version of a Super Hero Baby Shower!

First the food table. It was a 3 o’clock shower so I really only had to come up with some light snacks. Nothing too heavy.

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Super hero baby showerHere’s a closer look at things.

This was my attempt at the Captain America Shield. I used cherries, cheese, raspberries, blueberries and then marshmallows for the star. I thought it turned out cute.

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Super Veggies, for SUPER strength.

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Thor hammers made out of cheese and pretzels, then shaped like the Thor hammer. Not the prettiest thing on the planet but it fit the theme. *smile*

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Delicious super hero cupcakes made by my bestest. We just printed out the toppers and stuck them in the cupcakes. Pretty easy to do.     Super hero baby shower

Muli colored tableware and super hero napkins.

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Super Flowers!!

Super hero baby shower

Here’s my favorite part. You know how in comics they have those times when they have the words “Pow!” “Ka-boom” etc.? Well we thought it would be fun to use words associated with pregnancy and baby. Totally made it fun.

Super hero baby shower

Then what’s a baby shower without games?

I love this one. You simply give everyone some playdough, set the timer for 5 minutes and have everyone make a baby. Then the mom-to-be gets to pick her favorite.

Here are some of the ladies in action.

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And the finished products.

Super hero baby shower We got some serious laughs with these babies.

Here’s my daughter laughing at them and picking out her favorite. She liked the dark blue one best. Which one was your favorite?


The next game we played was the Price is Right game.

To do this you just buy 10 or so baby items and have your guests guess how much each item is and then they total up their prices and the person who comes closest without going over wins a prize. And mom-to-be gets to keep all the goodies.

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Then we played the candy game. You can do a search on Pinterest and find different versions of this game, but it is pretty fun.

Super hero baby shower After games my daughter opened up her wonderful gifts that she was blessed by.

IMG_7270 Then I sent the guests home with a little party favor of nail polish in colors of green, or blue and some blue Hershey’s kisses.



All in all I think it went over quite well.


Have a lovely day my friends.



Saturday, January 3, 2015

A December Recap!

Since I didn’t have time to blog about these things while they were happening, I thought I would just do a “quick” little recap with pictures.

So let’s look back at some of the fun things that happened in December.

My bestest and I did some Christmas shopping together. Always a fun time.

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I made cookies and goodies with these beautiful ladies.


I ate WAY to many sweets.  These peanut butter balls were by far my favorite.


We had our annual Christmas party, which was a blast.


We threw the family in the car and set out on our annual Christmas light scavenger hunt. It was so much fun.

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We took our annual Christmas pictures. Here’s just a few out of WAY too many.



We managed to squeeze in a bonfire on one of the few chilly nights.


We destroyed our gingerbread houses. This year it was using a bow and arrows. We all did pretty good, but my hubby rocks at it. His is the second one.

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I made Christmas dinner for my family and my Aunt and cousin were able to join us too.   table setting

I love this picture I took of our Christmas tree and fireplace. It just looked so cozy. We haven’t had a fire since. It could be because it has been in the mid 80’s here. But who’s complaining. Not me!

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Then Christmas day was upon us and we had a marvelous time. God is good!

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We definitely made out with some Patriots gear this year. Like I said. I totally sucked them into my football world. Hee! Hee!

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A relaxing sunset with friends was definitely in order by the time the end of the month came.

sunsetWell I think that just about sums up December. Now onward to January.



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