Another Great Lesson

I don’t write this post looking for a pat on the back. I just wanted to share that I am proud my parents taught me well.

Tim and I have a few dear friends of ours that are getting up there in age, and we like to drop in and check on them once in a while.  It is fun for us, and they seem to enjoy the company.  When Fran still lived next door to us, we would often take a plate of leftovers over to share with her or a plate of baked goods. It was a great reason to make sure she was doing ok, and our food didn’t go to waste when we made too much!

I got to thinking last night about this.  I realized that we are doing exactly what Mom and Dad did for years, and to a point Mom still does.  Checking in on neighbors and friends, helping them out and visiting with them.

I was only 3 years old when we moved from Milwaukee to Oconomowoc, so I don’t remember a lot about it. I do remember the stories of Grandma and Grandpa Dorst (not biological grandparents – neighbors in Milwaukee) helping get the house ready for us to move in.  I was quite young when Grandpa Dorst passed.  I do fondly remember visits with them though. Grandpa was a Shriner Clown, and it was always neat to see the different pictures and figurines that they had in their home.  I also loved visiting because Grandma Dorst sewed me clothes (mostly dresses) for my many Barbie dolls!  What a cool present that was!  I love them! I have given most of them away, but I do have a couple to remember her by.   Anyways, we as a family would visit after we moved away.  We always had a bag of garden goodies for them.  After Grandpa passed, I recall going to visit Grandma.  I know Dad would stop with grocery bags full of stuff from the garden for her.  Onions, potatoes, peppers, carrots, raspberries, green beans, beets…you name it.

I know Dad also used to stop in and drop of bags of garden goods to other family friends that I wasn’t so personally and closely connected to.  I do know that it was greatly appreciated though. I was told a lot when I made calls that he had passed about what a great man he was.  You can not imagine what a proud daughter I still am!

The point I am trying to get to, and am probably not getting to it very well is that Mom and Dad taught me to check on others.  While Tim and I don’t have a garden to take bags of produce to people from, we do have treats from farmers markets that we treat friends to as well as baked goods that I love to make and share.  It gives us that chance to connect, check on and visit with them.

I can only hope that when I get older and am retired that someone checks in on me once is a while. 🙂

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Crispy Parmesan Garlic Chicken with Zucchini



Zucchini is definitely in season at the farmers markets, and it is quite cheap! It is so good! 

I don’t think I have ever recommended this before, but I think next time we make this, I will skip the garlic cloves (Wow!) and instead sprinkle the zucchini with garlic powder. That’s just my opinion though since Tim and I both love garlic. 

I did do the prep work of putting the breading ingredients together right away and slicing up the zucchini before starting anything else. I did not peel the zucchini. I honestly don’t know if I was supposed to, but I thought it tasted fine. 🙂

This recipe came from The Recipe Critic at

The rice in the picture is Knorr’s Rice Medley.

Crispy Parmesan Garlic Chicken with Zucchini 

2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, sliced in half or four thin chicken breasts
8 Tablespoons butter, divided
1/2 cup Italian Bread Crumbs
1/2 cup plus 1 Tablespoon grated parmesan, divided (fresh grated is so much better than the stuff in the green can!)
1/4 cup flour
2 medium zucchini, sliced
2 garlic cloves, minced

In a large skillet over medium heat, melt 2 Tablespoons butter. To make the chicken: Melt 4 Tablespoons butter in a shallow dish. In another shallow dish combine bread crumbs, 1/2 cup parmesan cheese, and flour. Dip the chicken in the butter and then coat in the bread crumb mixture. I pushed the chicken into the bread crumb mixture to be sure it was completely coated and stuck. Place in skillet.

Cook on each side for about 4 minutes until the outside is crispy and the chicken is cooked throughout. Set aside on a plate.

Add the remaining 2 Tablespoons of butter to the skillet and saute the minced garlic for a minute. Add the zucchini to the skillet and saute until tender. Salt and pepper to taste and add the additional 1 Tablespoon of grated parmesan. Add the chicken back to the skillet and heat for a minute or so. Serve immediately.


Simply Said Thank You


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Simply Said is one of my favorite stamp sets. I often make the card I am sharing with you here. I am sure I have posted this card done in other colors. 

The Stampin’ Up! In Colors from 2013 – 2015 were my favorites. I love them! They work so well together, and they are so pretty! They are used on this card.

Stampin’ Up! Items:
Stamp Set: Simply Said
Card Stock: Crisp Cantaloupe, Pistachio Pudding, Strawberry Slush
Ink/Markers: Crisp Cantaloupe, Pistachio Pudding, Strawberry Slush, Memento Tuxedo Black
Other: Crisp Cantaloupe Thick Baker’s Twine

Non SU!:
Neenah 110lb white card stock

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Labor Day


Well this was supposed to post on Monday, but I obviously didn’t set that up correctly.  Oops!

Wikipedia tells us that Labor Day honors the American Labor Movement and the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, laws and well-being of our country. 

Labor Day is also known as the unofficial end of summer. Summer sure did go fast again this year! I hope you had time to enjoy it! Tim and I did. 

I hope you have had a great hiday weekend and enjoy any get together or cookout you may be attending!

Happy Labor Day!

Mexican Spiced Chicken Thighs


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I found this recipe online.  I cut it all in half, so please feel free to double the recipe for your family.  For just Tim and I, we usually prepare four chicken thighs for a meal.

I pulled the skin up (but not completely off) on the thighs and put lime juice and seasoning on the meat. Then I put the skin back down and put lime juice and seasoning on top along with the butter.

I use a fresh cut lime for the juice, and we only use butter in our house. No margarine.  EVER. Both of my parents grew up on a farm.  We have always been a butter family.

These turned out really well. The lime flavor was just right, and the seasonings were great!  I have really been on a Mexican food kick lately, and I try so hard to not use seasoning packets.  They usually have way too much sodium for my taste.

The skin got nice and crispy.

I served this with a nice garden salad.  It was great!

Mexican Spiced Chicken Thighs

4 chicken thighs
1 lime to juice
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
pinch ground gloves (1/16 teaspoon – I just guessed)
1/4 teaspoon salt (I did not put this in.)
1 1/2 Tablespoons butter

Heat oven to 425 degrees. Spray a 9×13 banking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
Lay out chicken thighs in prepared pan, skin side up. Squeeze the lime juice all over the meat.
Combine all of the spices in a small bowl. Sprinkle generously over the meat. Divide up the butter into four little clumps. Place one clump on top of each chicken thigh.
Bake at 425 degrees for about 45 minutes.



Frosty Friends Christmas Card


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I am sharing another Christmas Card that I have made to send out for this Christmas. I have been wanting to make this card since I saw something similar on Pinterest.  Then, with Sale-a-Bration we had the option to get a Glimmer Paper packet. As soon as I saw that blue glimmer paper, I thought snow flakes.  I LOVE snow flake and snowman cards for Christmas. I always have!  Bermuda Bay may not be a traditional Christmas color, but I like it, so I used it anyways!

I thought about putting Crystal Stickles on the snowballs, but I didn’t want to overdo the glitter – if that is possible on a snowy card! 🙂


Aren’t these snowmen fun?  I think they are a hoot!
I used a border punch on the inside piece. More snowflakes! 

Stampin’ Up! Products:
Stamp Sets: Frosty Friends, Teeny Tiny Words, Wacky Words (inside)
Card Stock: Bermuda Bay
Ink: Bermuda Bay (marker and ink pad), Pumpkin Pie marker,Real Red marker, Tuxedo Black Memento Ink Pad
Other: Glimmer Paper assortment pack, Bermuda Bay Stitched ribbon, Word Window Punch, Northern Frost decorative strip (die for snowflakes), sponge

Non SU!
Martha Stewart Snow Flurry punch (border punch inside card), Cuttlebug Snowflakes embossing folder

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Tornado Sirens


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Hi there!  I know I post frequently about weather stuff, but I feel it is important to talk about and to share about.

Wisconsin has had tornado warnings issued in every month with the exception of February.

The focus of today’s post is the sounding of the tornado sirens.  I am sick of hearing that the sirens didn’t go off or went off at the last minute. I also have heard and read that people are upset that the sirens are not loud enough to hear wherever they are.

People need to understand that tornado sirens are to warn people that are outside only.  Several communities do not even sound or maintain their sirens at all anymore.

People need to have some situational awareness.  Know and understand that there is the possibility of severe weather.  Have a plan.  It boggles my mind how people can be so constantly attached to the internet or their phones and not have a clue what is going on.  Another thought – look at the sky.

Sirens warn people that are outside.  Weather radios and phone apps and radio and TV alert those that are inside or out of the range of tornado sirens.

It’s not an exact science.  Sometimes tornadoes pop up unexpectedly.  This is not the National Weather Service’s fault, nor is it the local meteorologist’s fault.  The atmosphere changes a lot and sometimes very quickly.  Sometimes radar doesn’t pick things up at certain distances from the actual radar location.

I wish people would take the time to take a storm spotter class and learn about the weather. It does impact everyone’s life daily.  Whether it is sunny, snowing or raining and storming, it is a part of how you go about your day.

Please get  yourself a weather radio if you don’t have one.  Have a plan for when a tornado warning is issued.

If we go out of town, our weather radio goes with us. If we are going to be out and about on a day there is a chance of severe weather,  we take our weather radio along.

Be prepared, not scared.

This is a link to a weather radio similar to what we have.

Crack Dip


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Hello everyone! Sorry I am late today. There was a lot of eclipse frenzy going on, so I didn’t want to post during that, and well, I had one heck of a migraine this morning.

In keeping with my treats to take to a family picnic, I want to share with you a dip that my sister-in-law made and brought to our family reunion a few weeks ago. It was SO good, and everyone enjoyed it.  Now I looked around on Pinterest and found a few variations, and one recipe even called for baking it.  This worked out well though, and we had it with pretzels. It sure was good. I had to walk away so I didn’t make a pig of myself with it!

Laura’s Crack Dip
Medium container Sour Cream (Pintrest calls for 16oz container)
Block of cream cheese (I would go with 8 oz.)
2 packets of ranch seasoning
bacon pieces (Pinterst calls for 3 ounces – Laura just guesses and tosses a bunch in)
Cheddar cheese (Pinterest calls for 1 cup – Laura guesses and tosses a bunch in)
6 ounces beer

Blend all ingredients together. Serve with chips, pretzels or crackers.

Noble Deer Birthday Card


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Hello everyone! Late post today.  Darn work deadlines get in the way sometimes!

I was making a set of cards for a dear friend’s birthday gift, and this is one of the cards I included in the packet I gave her.  It is a nice masculine card.  Most of my masculine stamps are wildlife related.

20170708_143259 The stamp set is called Noble Deer, but I believe this is actually an elk.  Such a beautiful animal! I could have used markers to color the stamp so the trees and grass would be more accurate, but I like the monochromatic look on this card.

Stampin’ Up! Product:
Stamp Sets: Noble Deer and Remembering Your Birthday
Card Stock: Soft Suede
Ink: Soft Suede
Other: Print Pack II (Sahara Sand paper)

Non Stampin’ Up!:
Papertrey Ink Vintage Cream card stock
Notched Corner punch

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Stampin’ Up! Carols of Christmas Bundle



Hello everyone!  Another great Stampin’ Up! promo to share with you all!

Stampin’ Up! has an early release for us here in August! For those of us that are trying to get ahead or stay ahead on getting Christmas cards ready, this is a neat deal!  You can use your Bonus Day coupons you earned in July to purchase this bundle!

Carols of Christmas has some neat greetings as well as images.  Save 10% when you bundle!  I love a good deal!  The bundle will be available in wood mount or clear mount sets.


If you need a demonstrator to order from, please feel free to contact me so I can hook you up!

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