Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Friday, March 27, 2009
In a saucepan over medium/high heat, bring to boil 1 cup of sugar and 1 cup of corn syrup. Then stir in 1 cup of creamy peanut butter. Stir until combined and then pour over 6 cups of krispy rice cereal. Mix well and spread into a greased 9x13 pan. (You can melt chocolate chips in the microwave and spread over the top of these to make them even worse, I mean, better for you! Finally, try not to eat the whole pan in one sitting!
Bella is home from school for the second day due to fever and achiness. She's sad to not be helping in the kitchen, but I told her we'd make something yummy when she starts feeling better. I even went hunting for a new recipe. The picture you see above is what I found (I take no credit for it, just love it!). Bella loves Samoas Girl Scout cookies, and I googled and found a recipe for Samoas cookie bars here! This recipe looks easy, tasty and indulgant too. I won't be making these right away. Swimsuit season is just around the corner; I'm fully aware of that!
The last sweet thing I'm sharing with you today is a link to Polly's blog. Polly won the drawing here for a Starbuck's minibook and she is offering a giveaway in return! So stop by her blog and leave her a comment and her kitchen items giveaway could be yours! Happy gooey, yummy Friday!
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Thanks for all your fun comments. I enjoyed reading about all the ways you relax and spend free time. Sounds like Barnes & Noble and the tub are among two of the best spots to relax! =) You all speak my same language when it comes to downtime. How I wish that cleaning bathrooms or organizing closets were really forms of downtime for me. My house could use some loving that way, but unfortunately, I'd rather surf the web or scrap or anything but clean closets.
I guess if we had fun all the time it wouldn't feel like fun after awhile.
Or would it? =)
Insert my daily reading today titled "Faithfulness in Everything" from Our Daily Bread. The message is a good reminder, or an important thought to chew on as we go about our work- whatever that may be. It also hit close to home for me, as some of you may remember our family connection to the I-35 bridge collaspe in MN and also because we lived in Gaylord, MI for several years and traveled across the Mackinac Bridge many times- it was just an hour to the north of our home. I just was touched by the reading and scriptures tied in with the post today, so I wanted to share it with the rest of you. I'll be back soon to post a winner for a Starbuck's mini-book later this evening.
Here's the reading for today: Faithfulness in Everything
In August 2007, a major bridge in Minneapolis collapsed into the Mississippi River, killing 13 people. In the weeks that followed, it was difficult for me not to think about that tragedy whenever crossing a bridge over a body of water.
Some time later, I was watching an episode of Dirty Jobs on the Discovery Channel. Host Mike Rowe was talking to an industrial painter whose work he was trying to duplicate. “There’s really no glory in what you do,” he said. “No,” the painter agreed, “but it’s a job that needs to be done.”
You see, that man paints the inside of the Mackinac Bridge towers in Northern Michigan. His unnoticed job is done to ensure that the steel of the magnificent suspended structure won’t rust from the inside out, compromising the integrity of the bridge. Most of the 12,000 people who cross the Straits of Mackinac each day aren’t even aware that they are depending on workers like this painter to faithfully do their jobs well.
God also sees our faithfulness in the things we do. Though we may think our deeds—big and small—sometimes go un-noticed, they are being observed by the One who matters most. Whatever our task today, let’s “do all in the name of the Lord Jesus” (Col. 3:17). — Cindy Hess Kasper.
Whatever task you find to do,
Regardless if it’s big or small,
Perform it well, with all your might,
Because there’s One who sees it all. —Sper
"Daily work takes on eternal value when it is done for God."
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Saturday, March 21, 2009
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
There was laughter and fun in our home and out for dinner tonight. We were graced with beautiful bouquets of flowers from some thoughtful friends. Teagan was remembered and recalled with smiles and joy. She had a charm all her own that seems to still have a way of touching others.
I am always humbled to think that God sent her into our lives to live out her days- even as much as He knew it would be short. I find it amazing that in His mercy, He gave her to us and allowed her to change our hearts and lives forever. He is a good God and even in Teagan's absence and through the pain of losing her, I can and always will say that His ways can be trusted. He never fails.
I thank God for His comfort and strength to see us through these years without Teagan. I thank Him for the ways He has blessed us with so many good things as the days go on. If you don't know for sure that you are going to spend your eternity in Heaven... if you don't know God personally, I would invite you to seek Him and know the peace and assurance that I experience everyday. There is nothing like it. He gives peace that passes all understanding.
I can't even imagine what it is that Teagan experiences in Heaven each and everyday. One day I will find out though and we will make up for missed birthdays and praise God for all eternity. I hope you'll be there with us too. Thank you for your care for us until we get there.
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
I have to admit, that for whatever reason, the sting of marking yet another year without her hurts more deeply than I ever imagined it would- eight years later. A big part of me still recognizes how unfair and tragic it was that her life, and so much of our happiness because of who Teagan was, was cut short.
So here we go again...digging deep, looking to the hope of Heaven, and leaning on the strength and sovereignty of God to see us through the bittersweet days. I think my thoughts from her birthday 2 years ago sum it up well. I still think and feel every word I shared then- now.
I'm still glad she was and always will be one of the greatest joys I have in my life. I will never stop loving my little girl. I will never stop holding on to her memory. I will never stop looking forward to the day when we meet in Heaven. It will be perfect.
Saturday, March 14, 2009
Thursday, March 12, 2009
This is six minutes of life at the Ferlaak home. Unscripted and unedited. In addition, Ava is just two days away from a birthday. She is excited about anything and everything right now. Brock is just learning to play guitar. The rest of us just made our usual-self appearances. After watching this, you may understand why it is that I don't "Twitter". I really have nothing 'twitter-worthy' as my updates would always be something like: Emptying dishwasher or changing diapers or making dinner or folding clothes. Really truly. My real life may look fun and interesting on a blog, but in real life it's mostly boring and wild- all at the same time. =)
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Also, speaking of SIStv, the second season of webisodes kicked off this week! You can watch the Season 2 premiere here. I think you will find it, not only entertaining, but there are also some fun craft ideas too. I hope to get bitten by the "make stuff" bug soon. I feel ready to take on a new project soon.
Have you made anything fun or interesting lately? If so, leave me a note or a link here in the comments. I'm always up for crafty, or food-related inspiration. Happy Wednesday!
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
I'm ready for some sunshine and fresh air as this winter/cold/rainy weather drags on here in Michigan. We never take spring break vacations, as the golf course is usually just kicking off the season, so I am anxious as ever for a warm spring. I can tell my mood has suffered some the past few months, and it is topped off this month as we approach another one of Teagan's birthdays without her. It's always a bittersweet time of rembrance and celebration. I look forward to seeing some new life and bursts of growth on the trees and from the ground as a reminder that there is beauty all around and life goes on.