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cedar point trip: part 3: saving the best for last

(ok. still dealing with uploading photo problems….)  part 3 of CP pix.  last post about CP.  won’t bore you much longer. 


it made my day.  lousy, expensive, amusement park food, but ahhh there was starbucks.

totally surprised!  not even listed on their website or there map…..(?@?!?@ why do they not list it!?!?  are they crazy?)

a caramel macchiato in the morning and another one in the evening!  yum!  (in fact it was the main source of my nutrition for the day.) ha

ONLY bad part, they didn’t have frappuccinos, (sorry hubby), and the employees WERE MEAN!  not just rude.  not just a bad moment.  MEAN.  continually.  to everyone, including each other.

hope your weekend went well.

rained most of the afternoon/evening during our pool party, but it was still a good time visiting with family….splurging on yummy food, watching adults play Wii, and little ones try to race on Burnout Paradise.  some managed to swim before the rain set in…..and hubby grilled delicious chicken before the storms. 

good weekend?  leave a comment!


oh yaaaa–that’s my favorite!

just a quick note.  (can’t post my other pix of CPoint yet, camera still isn’t uploading…maybe tomorrow)….  these are delicious! i LOOOOOVE peanut butter and chocolate. 

unfortunately, my son has a severe peanut allergy….so, rarely do i eat PB…….he can’t touch it or eat it, so we usually don’t keep anything with peanuts in the house.

i don’t mind giving up my PB for him.  it’s a way of life for us.  has been, since we found out, when he was around 12 months old.

we have discovered this yummy alternative.   I.M.Healthy Soy Nut Butter. even comes in chunky!  

if i’m at home, i eat it everyday for lunch.  my family knows it as “my favorite bagel meal”.  which consists of a bagel with SNButter and locally made blueberry jam….and a cup of coffee….438 calories….for the whole meal…..  ooohh yyaaaa.  it’s fantastic!

go ahead. admit it.  what is your favorite thing to eat for lunch when you’re enjoying the comforts of home??


homemade iced skinny mochas

absolutely LOVE iced skinny mochas from starbucks… when i saw these 2 items at starbucks, i couldn’t resist.  iced skinny mochas at home!!!!  (for a fraction of the price–even better!!)  yippee! the mocha powder has the recipe/instructions listed on it, for making mochas. 

decided to try it out!  yum!!!!  really good!


hope you are enjoying your summer break so far.  nick & i spent the afternoon, (wednesday), in our pool and cleaning out the pool toy storage containers.  the weather was in the 80’s.  perfect. 

good day.  hoping today will be the same.

whisper a prayer

Dear Lord,

I am Your creation, and You created me for a reason.  Give me the wisdom to follow Your direction for my life’s journey.  Let me do Your work here on earth by seeking Your will and living it, knowing that when I trust in You, Father, I am eternally blessed.


Romans 12:2

“Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.  Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will.”

1Peter 5:6

“Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time.”

(taken from “Prayers of a Godly Woman: Second Edition”)

what’s on your pod?

what’s on your pod?   what music lifts you up and encourages you?

what music is “a must” when you want to be loud?

here’s a few of my all-time favs:

if you are searching for music with a message and don’t know where to begin, try

cmspin is a great site to find info on your favorite Christian bands, recent Christian Music News, CD reviews and more!  (not to mention, it’s my hubby’s site!!!!)

Philippians 4:8:

“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”


no pudge {cure for pms cravings}

OH MY GOODNESS!     have you had these brownies?   

they are amazing!   and FAT FREE   (and peanut-free) 

here’s the site: 

i bought them at our local meijer.  

you simply add yogurt or applesauce,  (i did half of each),  and mix them with the dry mix.  that’s it!  absolutely fabulous!!! 

(hate to say, but i made a sundae! yum! brownie, icecream, and chocolate-covered coffee beans!!  yum!!……now i have to go hit the treadmill……well worth the delicious treat!!!) 

warm cookies–yum!

i needed to bake something for my husband to take to a carry-in at work, so i tried these!

found the recipe on  since i love caramel macchiatos from starbucks, i figured the cookies would be tasty too!

Caramel Macchiato Cookies


  • 1 1/2 cups plus 2 tbsp. all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/3 cup unsalted butter, softened (i used real, unsalted butter)
  • 1/3 cup vegetable shortening, (i used butter flavored crisco sticks)
  • 1 tbsp. espresso powder (couldn’t find this at our local groceries, so i bought milk-chocolate covered coffee beans and ground them in my food processor.  approx. 1/2 cup prior to chopping.)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (i used mini milk chocolate chips)
  • 1/3 cup Kraft caramel bits (didn’t have these on hand, so i cut up approx. 8 individually wrapped caramels)


  1. Preheat oven to 350′.  Line a couple of cookie sheets with parchment paper.  (i used my pampered chef stones, so parchment paper is not necessary.)
  2. Stir together flour, baking soda and salt; set aside.
  3. Using high speed of an electric mixer, beat both sugars, butter and shortening until creamy.  beat in espresso powder (or chopped, chocolate-covered coffee beans).
  4. Reduce speed to low and mix in egg, egg yolk and vanilla–do not overbeat after adding egg.
  5. Add flour mixture to butter mixture and stir until flour is incorporated.
  6. Add chocolate chips and caramel bits.
  7. Drop cookies by teaspoonfuls onto baking sheets.  (i used the medium scoop from pampered chef.  it keeps all of the cookies the same size.)
  8. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until golden around the edges and set. (when using a stone, it may take a few extra minutes.  i left them in for approx. 15 minutes.  then i allow them to set on the stone for approx. 10 minutes before transferring them onto a cooling rack.)

Makes approx. 26 cookies.

(the ingredients i used were all peanut-free.)



Enjoy your long Memorial Day weekend!!!!!