Thursday, February 23, 2017

My Life Story


There is so much to celebrate in life, and yet we
remember so little of what happens.  We are admonished
to record in journals what happens in our lives and then
to write our life stories in our church.  

I decided this year would be a great year to get that
published, with my sixtieth birthday.  I can always
write volume two later!  

In 2000, I started writing my life story, and printed it
out.  I used journals, and planning calendars and day timers
that we had kept over the years.  That really helped, as it
gave me specific dates and activities.  Now we keep everything
on our phones, and having had phones and computers crash,
all of that is lost.  I couldn't have produced a lot of what
I was able to write based on memory alone.



I finished the majority of the writing that year,
but continued to add to it.  

Those who follow me regularly know that this past
year and a half I have written and published numerous
life stories of both of my parents, my grandparents,
my aunt, my mother's and father's love letters to
each other, and my mother's short stories.


After doing my parents' books, I realized that the pictures
tell half of the story, so to complete my life story, I had
to dig through all of my pictures, my files, my discs
and add photos to my life story.  That was as much work
as the writing, but I scanned hundreds of pictures into
the computer, and then cropped and edited them so 
they could help tell the story.


I had the good fortune of reading someone's blog
and they recommended using Lulu.com to
publish their blog.  I tried Lulu out before I had
even finished writing my dad's life story.  I wanted
to see how their work was.

Of course, you know I was thrilled.  I could print
one or one hundred, I could edit and add to, I could
receive discount flash sale coupons, I could send others
to their site to order these family history books.

It was as simple as creating a word document and
turning it into a PDF file as you save it on the 
computer.  


The completed book has 520 pages in it.  It started
with 320 before the pictures were added.  Of course, I
would have loved to have made most of the pictures
larger, as they are my favorite part, but it was already
too big.  This book was so large, that I had to
upload it in two parts, but it worked perfectly.

The cost for the book would have been $100, but 
Lulu.com offers one day flash sales throughout the
year - usually 20-30 percent.  On Black Friday, they
offer their best sale, and that was 40 percent, so the
book cost me $60.  I made one for each of my children
and gave them to them as a gift.  As I told my family,
even if you don't read it, look at the pictures - they will
tell a lot of the story.

Start to write your life story now, as people you would
want to talk to and ask questions will be gone.  Your memory
gets overloaded, and you forget.  

As my husband loves to say, "Those who are remembered
are those who are published."  Let generations to come
know who you were and what you believed and did.

What would you give to have written documents
of those who went before you?  Maybe they came
across the plains, or maybe they crossed the ocean.

I hope you get inspired to write your own
life story and publish it.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

S'Mores Tall Cake




There are some desserts that you make and then
just dream about until you make them again,
and this S'Mores Tall Cake is one of those.  


I created this for my son in law's birthday
in January, and since hubby and I were 
both trying to be good (after the Christmas gain)
I sliced the delicious cake, wrapped it up,
and sent it away.  Well, next morning he was
begging for some, and I was wishing I had a
bite or two also.  I can't tell you how many times
he asked, so when we were doing dessert with
friends after going out for Valentine's dinner,
I decided we would make this again.


Dark, moist and delicious chocolate cake
(an easy homemade one) filled with Marshmallow
Frosting (easy again),  chopped Hershey's
Milk Chocolate Bars, and crushed graham crackers,
and then frosted with Chocolate Frosting, and garnished
with more Hershey's bars, more graham crackers,
and finally toasted marshmallows.


I am a frosting girl, so I have been known to eat out
the filling layers with just a little bit of cake
attached!  This cake is so moist, that I loved
the cake, the filling and the frosting!

Chocolate Cake

 




Indulge in this moist, decadent cake anytime, 
but be sure to save a little for the next day!






Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Desserts Only Valentines Table



Sometimes a table is inspired by one thing
and when I saw these gorgeous placemats
I knew they would be so fun for a tablescape.

We were getting together after going
out for Valentine's dinner, and I was providing
dessert, so I set this simple table without a dinner
plate - just in honor of dessert.  


Pink and gold are perfect to decorate
the Valentine's Day table with.  I really had
a hard time covering up the fun heart in the
middle, so the dessert plate stack sat to the upper
left corner.


See, this is just too hard to cover up!


My darling pink and gold polka dot cupcake
pedestals match perfectly placed atop a white
and gold polka dot plate.


 Of course we had to use some gold flatware.


Love these sparkling pink votives.


 The pink goblets came out for this
table.  My niece gifted these to me.
They were my mother's and she had
inherited them.  I always think of both
of them when I use them.


I have had these pink script blossoms
for years and they were a fun addition
to the table, and they don't wilt.



Company is coming over for dessert and
I am going to share that with you soon!

Hope you had a wonderful Valentine's Day!

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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Birthday Break


For those of you who follow me on Instagram,
you know I took a fabulous break from cold,
snow, slush, shoveling, ice, (taking Christmas down),
etc. and took my entire family to Hawaii.  Only one little
18 month old was left behind with her favorite aunt.


We had so much fun in the ocean and pool and


celebrating


my big 60th birthday!  How can that be?  I still feel
30 something inside.  

(To create the cake, I ordered a two tiered
chocolate and chocolate raspberry cake
from the local grocery store, then found
macarons at Whole Foods, added fresh roses
and orchids and fresh raspberries.  The cake
plate came from Wal Mart on Maui and I had
ordered the diamond studded Happy 60th
on Amazon.)


Hubby and I went one day early and stayed
three days after the kids left.  

No, I haven't been gone this whole time,
but it was fun taking a break from blogging.


















What a way to celebrate!
To be surrounded by my favorite people, little and big,
was the best present ever.









The Grand Wailea on Maui is our favorite place.
It is so family friendly and gorgeous.

There are turtles right on the corners of
the beach.



We offered a photo contest for the kids to encourage
them to take lots of photos too.
(A winner above!)








The only thing missing was the Grand Wailea
Pineapple Banana Split, that we looked forward to.
It was still listed on their online menu, but
sadly they had a new chef and he had crossed it
off the menu.  (Why, oh why?)

Our waiter quietly told us that all
of the new desserts were so small that they were
not worth buying - two bites apiece!  Loved him!  Big tip!!

So we promptly had to come home and make them
for Sunday dinner.
(They also told us that they had never served them
poolside - well we have pictures over the years proving
that wrong!  Time and time again!!)

Click here if you need to make this at home too.


We also got to see turtles coming in to rest
at night.  Yes, these aren't rocks - about 63 of them.


And we jumped by waterfalls.  Who knew the
water would be ice - I mean ICE cold!
Honestly, I have always wanted to do this
and I never dreamed it would be so cold
it would stop your breath!  Of course,
I still had to do it.


They also had a new water toy called
The Fish Pipe.  It turns and feels like you are
on a mile long waterslide.  It was fun!






Thanks family for the best birthday.
You made getting older fun!

Goodbye paradise!

Thanks for coming to visit and celebrating
my 60th year with me.  I am willing to celebrate
all year long!

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