Thursday, May 23, 2013


There is something about tying an apron around my waist that makes me happy!  I'm not sure what it is about aprons.  I certainly didn't give much thought to them when I was younger.  I thought they were something old ladies wore :(  Now I see a purpose.  I have a connection to my past and my present.  Several years ago I lost my mother.  Many of you that have followed me for a long time know what a huge loss that was for me.  However, I now embrace these memories I have of her and realize that why she isn't physically here I feel her presence many times.  Usually in the kitchen...while I'm cooking or baking.  I hear her voice.  I feel like she is with me. I was thinking about her and my aunt yesterday as I was kneading dough.  I cannot think of anything more satisfying than baking a loaf of bread.  It's so therapeutic.  I couldn't for the life of me remember when I was taught me to knead bread.  I'm positive it was my mother.  I know that a lot of what I learned was through trial and error on my own.  As a child I never was interested in cooking, really.  When my mom tried to show me I was very impatient and disinterested...until I became a young bride then her phone was ringing daily!!! LOL  I can relate to this now because my daughter is the exact same way.  :) 

Aprons mean many things to me but homemaking is at the heart.  I feel like I'm putting on my uniform for the day.  I find it a comfortable part of my routine.  Even when I am working I love being about to come home and put on this apron.  At church socials I put one on to help prepare dinner or do up the dishes.  When I bake I always wear my apron.  When we have guests and it's time for me to dress I put on an apron so I don't get dirty.  I love it when my kids come home from school and ask if I have made them something yummy.  I do admit that I don't always wear one when I clean (sometimes I'm afraid ruining my cute aprons) but when I'm at home I usually am in an apron at some point during the day.  

So here's a question for you do you prefer full or half aprons?
I love them all in cheerful colors. :)

Do you wear aprons when you bake/cook or both?  Do you still wear them?

I still love to watch Lucy!  She cracks me up and the kids like it too. 

What do aprons mean to you?  Do you embrace them? 

Shout out to my blogging friend Sandra, go check out her blog I was inspired by her latest post. 

What are you up this summer?  I'm looking forward to lazy summer days by the pool with the kids, lots of grilling and no teaching for me.  Yeah!  I am still teaching fitness though. :) 

Happy Homemaking,

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Back in the Saddle Again...Yummy Tag a Long Bars!

Hello, I betcha thought I disappeared off the face of the earth.  I'm not sure why but blogging has been very difficult for me in the last 6-9 months.  I used to get energy from it and then found myself dreading it :(  I will try but not promise to do a better job of posting more regularly.  I have missed my online blogging buddies!  I've been peeking in on you from time to time.

I made these yummy bars after seeing them on Picky Palate, one of my favorite bloggers!  I will link the recipe below.

These are so tasty.  Not healthy though :( 

Step one- mix up your cake mix, egg and stick o' butter.  Prepare a 9 x 13 pan lined with foil and spray with non-stick spray.  Pat away...

Next throw in some milk chocoate chips or semi-sweet for good measure.  I used what I had :)

Then the magic happens, mix together 1/2 cup peanut butter and one can of sweetened condensed milk...pure heaven I tell ya!
Next take your favorite Girl Scout cookie, I used about 8 of those Tag-a-Long beauties and chop them over the top of this creamy layer. 

Kevin and Amanda's version

Bake at 350 degrees for around 20-25 minutes.  The center will be a little soft but remember you have an ooey gooey middle here.  :0  Enjoy!