Paul Cezanne


When I judge art, I take my painting and put it next to a God made object like a tree or flower. If it clashes, it is not art.                                                                                                                                                                                    Paul Cezanne                                                            20180901_233908867983162950515007.jpg


Lemon Lime Poke Cake

What a crazy summer we’ve been having. I’ve enjoyed every adventure we’ve had but I do love it when we get to have a moment at home. I’m a baker by choice. I love to bake bread, cakes, cookies, anything really. I forget about the simple, easy things I can make sometimes but when all I have is a day here or there I’ve got to do what I can do.

My mom made poke cakes when I was growing up. We loved them. The cool, refreshing flavors were perfect for our hot summers. So I decided to make one, a lemon lime one.


Lemon Lime Poke Cake

  • yellow cake recipe
  • 1 3-oz pkg lime jello
  • 1 8-oz container Cool Whip
  • 1 3-oz pkg INSTANT pudding
  • 1 1/2 c. cold milk

Make a yellow cake from scratch or box, your choice. Bake in a 9 x 13 pan. Let it cool. Dissolve 3 oz of lime jello in 3/4 c boiling water. Stir in 1/2 c cold water and set aside. Poke lots of holes in the top of the cake, using a fork. Twist the fork slightly when you poke, so that the holes are wide enough to absorb liquid. Slowly and carefully, pour the lime jello mixture over the top of the cake, making sure that most of the liquid ends up in the holes. It’s ok if some of it ends up running off the sides of the cake. Allow to cool completely. Place the cake in the refrigerator to set. Meanwhile, whisk lemon pudding with milk until thickened. Fold in whipped topping and use this mixture to frost the cake.

Enjoy!! Make sure you put any leftover cake in the refrigerator.


My Missionary

A new adventure begins for Hannah tomorrow. She will be boarding a plane for the Dominican Republic in the wee hours of the morning and will not be returning for a year. I’m going to miss this girl but she has a passion for Jesus that needs to be shared. Say a prayer for her whenever you can and say a prayer for her momma too.

I will make you as a light to the nations so that my salvation may reach to the end of the earth.

Isaiah 49:6

Chocolate Chip Pancakes

Last week week was super busy with Kids Crusade and a trip to the Georgia Aquarium. Most of this week was spent at the hospital with my mom. We have ate so much take out and junk food ya’ll! When I mysteriously ended up with a quiet evening to myself I went for comfort food, chocolate chip pancakes. The combination of chocolate and maple are heaven. Seriously!! If you’ve never had chocolate chip pancakes, you’ve got to try them.

Chocolate Chip Pancakes

  • 1 1/2 c all-purpose flour
  • 3 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 Tbsp white vinegar
  • 1 1/4 c milk
  • 1 egg
  • 3 Tbsp butter, melted

Combine the milk and vinegar in a small bowl and set aside.

In a large bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, salt and sugar. Make a well in the center and pour in the milk, egg and melted butter; mix until smooth.

Heat a lightly oiled griddle over medium high heat. Pour the batter onto the griddle, making pancakes the size you desire. Sprinkle chocolate chips onto the batter. Flip pancakes when bubbles start to appear. Remove pancakes when lightly browned.

All I can say is Yummm!!!

Georgia Aquarium

One of the great things about living in a small community is the opportunities. We have a wonderful Cub Scout Pack that is very involved in the lives of the boys and their families. This weekend our Cub Scout Pack went on an adventure to the Georgia Aquarium.

We saw jellies, sea otters, dolphins, sharks, a variety of whales and fish, puffins, penguins and so much more. We got to tour the backstage areas and see how much work actually goes into keeping this place going everyday.

The most exciting part of our day came at bedtime. We got to sleep next to this beautiful tank full of incredible creatures.

What a wonder it was to lay there and watch all of these things that God has created. I’m blown away by such a loving Father which chose to give us so much. Mankind has only started to understand about some of these creatures but God put so much detail into every little, tiny thing; things that will be discovered for years to come. If He put so much thought into the creation of these creatures, can you even imagine how much he thinks about you? How he plans our days and lives, moment by moment?

Family Time


This year has been so busy. This summer, even crazier. Today we decided to have a down day. A day to relax and enjoy our family. Gram came over and we swam half the day away in the pool. We had hot dogs and chips for supper, so easy, followed up with homemade chocolate frosties. After dinner we didn’t want to just sit around the TV so we we decided to play flashlight hide-n-seek in the house. It’s really dark in our house people! The only one with a flashlight is the seeker, and Ripley, the three year old, because he’s scared of the dark. It’s been forever since we played this game but it won’t be long before we play again I’m sure. It has been a good day.

Chocolate Frosties

  • 1/2 gallon chocolate milk
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 8-ounce carton whipped cream

Mix all the ingredients together in an ice cream freezer. If needed, milk may be added up to the fill line. Freeze as usual in your ice cream freezer. Enjoy!



Sour Cream Pound Cake

We celebrated Josh’s birthday and pound cake is his thing so I made a Sour Cream Pound Cake. This cake is to die for ya’ll!! Seriously, it’s the best pound cake ever! This picture does not do it justice. ( I need to work on my picture taking skills.) It’s tall and rich and it has a crunchy surface, that’s my favorite part.

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Sour Cream Pound Cake

  • 2 sticks butter (softened)
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 6 eggs (at room temp)
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla

I put every thing out the night before and it does better.

Cream butter and sugar  for about 4 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beat one minute after each. Add 1 cup of the flour with the baking soda mixed in. Then add 1/2 of the sour cream. Beat well, add another 1 cup of the flour, beat again. Add last half of sour cream and last 1 cup of flour. Add vanilla and beat well. Bake in a tube pan for 2 hours at 275*.

If you put the cake in a cold oven and then turn the oven on it comes out higher and it’s better tasting.

Breakfast for Supper


After a long week, and an extremely long day, what could be better for supper beside breakfast? The simplicity of a quick meal is not to be underrated, plus anything that includes bacon is ok with this girl.

I crave the simple things in life. We get so busy doing “good things” that we fail to move slow enough to enjoy the everyday pleasures. The pleasure of the laughter of your child, the comfort of a good cup of tea with a friend, the contentment of a chocolate chip cookie made by Mom, these are the kind of things that I don’t want to miss out on. You see that laughter means your spending time with a precious child, that cup of tea means you are stealing a moment with a good friend and that cookie means your with your Mom. These are the things that are important,  important enough to slow down and pay attention to.

A Sunday on La Grande Jatte


Under a blazing mid-afternoon summer sky, we see the Seine flooded with sunshine … people are strolling, others are sitting or stretched out lazily on the bluish grass.                                                                                                    Georges Seurat                                                                                                                  

It seems a bit ironic that in 1884 blazing hot summers were a normal part of life but it seems as if they were. I like living where we can enjoy the sunshine most of the year. I could not imagine life any other way.