Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Pumpkin-White Chocolate Chip Dough Balls

I have been seeing a lot about these dough balls around the bloggies world, so I decided to make this recipe tonight! I really like this recipe, because they are not really sweet and sometimes that is the way to go, plus they are pretty healthy!

Some for Santa!

Do you like my hand model?....hubby just loves that part....ha! You know the part he likes best......yep!...the tasting!

I hope you give these a try! The recipe is from Tina!

Pumpkin-Chocolate Chip Dough Balls

Makes 1 dozen


  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1/4 cup smooth peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tbsp canola oil (I used olive oil)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips (I used the white choc. here)


  1. Preheat oven to 325*F.
  2. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl; mix well. (Batter will seem dry at first, but just keep mixing.)
  3. Coat a baking tray with non-stick cooking spray.
  4. Roll batter into 1-inch balls.
  5. Bake for 18-20 minutes.
  6. Allow to cool before serving.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Some Winter Fun

Cliff and I were driving into town the other day and this is what we seen in one of our neighbors yards.....a Snow Horse!.....It was so cute, we had to run back home and get the camera!

It was snowing also!

This is a snowflake that landed on the dash of our pretty, don't you think?

In this photo, we were driving to Columbus and there was a haze around the sun, so I snapped a picture of it through the windshield...very different!

Hey, how did you guy's get in here?! Their waiting on their mama to feed them....look at little copy cat Lily (our black and white kitten)..ha ha!

What winter time fun have you been seeing?

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Coconut Date Cookies

These were very tasty and quick to make! Sorry that mine look like something from outer space....ha ha! Next time, I'm going to bake them a little longer. A keeper for sure!

Coconut Date Cookies

Makes 12 cookies

1 cup pitted dates (approximately 15-20 whole dates)
1/4 cup old-fashioned oats
1/2 cup shredded coconut
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tbsp canola oil (I used olive oil)
1/4 cup soy milk (I used almond milk)

  • Preheat oven to 350*F.
  • Put all ingredients in a blender/food processor and blend well until there are no large date pieces.
  • Portion mixture into 1 inch balls, place on greased cookie sheet, and flatten with the back of a spoon/spatula.
  • Bake for 10-12 minutes on 350 degrees.
  • Remove from oven and cool on cookie rack.
  • Store cookies in the refrigerator.

Option: Melt 1/4 cup of chocolate chips in the microwave. Using a fork dipped into the melted chocolate, drizzle on top of cookies. (Cookies should be cool).

Recipe came from Tina @

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

A GIGGLE with the GOATS Jingle Bells Holiday Performance

OMG!....this is the cutest video and if you go to the link here there are more to watch! Hubby found it last evening on enjoy and laugh a lot! Hugs!

Monday, December 13, 2010

Our Tiger

Our Tiger! He's keeper of this castle...ha ha!

Enjoying the Christmas scene!

And this summer!

Have You Ever?

I debated about making this post, but then again I wanted to be honest with myself, since this is a blog about life and my amazing journey. Since last week I have been lacking in my creativity zone, in other words, not doing anything to express my creative side and when this happens this energy can go in many other directions and not always the right direction. So this morning when I was choosing to overeat or emotionally overeat I wrote this letter to myself. Now maybe some of you can relate and others may not, which is fine. I just needed to put this out there for others and myself, just so that you know you are not alone!

The Letter:

"I get so discussed with myself for overeating, it brings me to tears to be treating my body like this and betraying my soul this way and I can't seem to stop it! I read books about the topic and sometimes I think I have the answers, but then it happens again. I wish I was a writer (published). It is so pathetic how I can't seem to even stop it, but at times I can. (I know this doesn't make sense) I feel like I should know better......which I should. I wonder will anything be easy or I should/could say come easy in my life (as a creative side of me) as I really want to write. Why should I have to take a don' books and incorporate the information in. I'm what they call a binge eater and an emotional eater. It seems easier to just give in than to find the courage to beat it. OMG, you know what you just wrote....get it together NOW!"

So I go to our book case and pull out this book:

and this one:

Both are excellent! I will pull myself up and start reading and healing again! Forgetting to feel sorry for! and find my courage to move onward and upward. Thank you for reading and I hope this helps other and me too! xoxo to all!

Sunday, December 12, 2010

In Ohio Right Now

It is snowing like crazy right now! The picture doesn't really show you how hard it is snowing or how big the flakes pretty and we are loving it!

I took both of these looking out our front door!

Hope you are all safe and warm where ever you live! Hugs!

Friday, December 10, 2010

Snowball Cake

Snowball Cake

The recipe is here. You can add maraschino cherries if you like!

Happy Baking!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Upper Sandusky's Winter Fantasy of Lights

It's just the best when there is a dusting of snow on the ground (or more...he he!) and you go see a drive-thru Christmas display of lights....Well, that's just what the Hubby and I did last was perfection! Here is a sampling of what we seen:

Merry Christmas!

This is a picnic pavilion made into a carousel....very cool!

Happy Holidays!

Log Cabin!

Santa's Stable.....made from the covered bridge! Enjoy and have a wonderful day!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

The How-To's Of A Stove Top Espresso Maker

I have finally experienced a Stove Top Espresso Coffee maker! I love trying new things out and especially when they do turn out. Hubby and I went to Goodwill yesterday and found this little gem for $3.00 and it was hardly used. You can usually pick up some very nice things at those stores, heck my sister is a Goodwill Queen I think.....I will always ask her "where did you get that" and her! The brand was Laroma here is a pictorial of what I did to make a great cup of espresso.

This is the finished product I am enjoying in my favorite goat mug! I added a 1/4 cup eggnog and a packet of stevia.

Add your cold water just to the steam vent. (Chefs say that cold water heats up faster than hot water....weird, but true) Place your filter funnel into the water basin.

Here's the good stuff now.....whatever kind of finely ground espresso you would like place it in the filter, but don't press it in.

Now put your two pieces back together...the water basin and coffee pot and place on the stove. We have an electric stove, so I turned the burner onto 4.5.

And within a couple of mins....fresh espresso! Pour and Enjoy!

Monday, December 6, 2010

Sunday, December 5, 2010

This Ain't No Charlie Brown Tree!

Bugger, wanted to get the whole tree in facing the other direction to see both Christmas stockings.....drats it was too big....ha! Merry Christmas!