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Birthday Wishes??? $40,000 Bake-Off Winner

Kathy’s birthday was Saturday so I made a cake to take to our Game Night at Kathy ‘s. And oh yes, Kathy was there too. Just so you know, I’m not talking about the same Kathy … as we all know I have three friends named Kathy. (Yes, it can get confusing.) I pulled out […]

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Lacey - March 27, 2011 - 11:06 PM

I love the homemade strip idea! They have strips you can buy but why pay money for something so easy as that!!! Thank you for posting ! Can’t wait to use my new toys and bake lots of yummy treats!!! Just might have to try this recipe out!

Roberta Johnston - March 28, 2011 - 4:10 AM

Mary,
I never heard of this trick, I’ll have to try it and pass it on to Shari as she is the real baker in our family! I must have missed that class when I took cake decorating about the same time you did! And by the way, yeppers, the cake looked so yummy, how did you get all the calories out of it?? (;

Kathy Grover - March 28, 2011 - 11:56 AM

This is no ordinary cake and no ordinary woman that made it.

Remembering the Good Guys

The location for Ken and Kathy’s post awaked something in me — memories of two special men in my life but more on that in a minute. I suggested several locations for Ken and Kathy’s photo shoot and Kathy seemed drawn to the ones involving architecture … downtown Boise, the Bishop’s House, or the Capital Building were some […]

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Megan - March 15, 2011 - 11:23 PM

Want to know a little secret? This is my FAVORITE post to date. I loved it- everything about it…and sadly, there’s so much I learned in this post!!! I had no idea Grandpa Queen was a cradle-robber! The picture of Grandpa Brown in the kitchen threw me for a loop- I can’t believe how much Matt looks like him there. It was fun to read of lemon-drop and auction childhood memories.
I can only imagine how much you must miss your Dad…even after all these years. I wish I could have met him. Someday. 😉

Kathy Jones - March 19, 2011 - 8:58 AM

Love this post! It made me feel nostalgic and although I never met your dad, I feel connected through your stories because you have such a great way of story-telling! The stories also reminded me of my own father in many ways. Thanks for sharing!

FairlyCandid.wordpress.com - March 19, 2011 - 8:33 PM

My oldest sister wrote me an e-mail with these comments on this post. They are special and I appreciate her!
“My memories are in some ways the very same and others the exact opposite. I do not ever remember Dad saying the actual words – I love you – but I never doubted that he did. My special memories are after Nick. Nicole was less than one because she wasn’t walking and I walked into the kitchen and he was on his stomach on the floor making her laugh. I can very clearly remember thinking to myself – who is this fellow? I have always felt sorry for both of you that you didn’t get to meet Pap Pap on your own level with your kids. I do know that I was given a gift.

I don’t remember not liking you with the exception of having to go to the basement and getting you grape jelly and who knows if that was more than once. I was sad to read that you felt that way so SORRY many years later.

I also have good memories of both sets of grandparents. I remember Grandad as only wearing railroad pants, always with hard candy, which I hated and would never turn down his offer of a piece (and would turn the corner and spit out). I loved riding in his funny old car. I always thought that he took care of Gram. Not that he was perfect because we all know thats not true. I have happy memories of the aution but I know that only went once or maybe twice. I always knew that their house was tiny and so perfect in so many ways. I was always impressed even as a very small kid that we were all invited as a giant family. The garden was so important to her and we were allowed to run the paths, pick the berries, play in the wonderful smelly little room downstairs with the clothes and hats. I loved Easter dinner there. I always felt sorry for Gram when it was rainy or cold. Cousins are a special thing. This year at Christmas at your house my husband was reminded of that same magic watching the ladies, Charlie and MJ. It’s just special, crowed, noisy, estra messy, and special. With four, soon to be five and six.”

Becky Hamilton - March 22, 2011 - 12:59 PM

Mary – you have such a way with words. I can picture Grandpa and Uncle Kenny vividly in your story. My favorite story about your dad is that he used to throw 24 pennies out in the yard and tell you girls not to come in until you found them all. Problem was he would tell you he threw out 25. Always makes me smile.

FairlyCandid.wordpress.com - March 22, 2011 - 1:01 PM

Are you serious? I didn’t know that story. That’s hilarious … can’t wait to play that on my grandkids one day! Thank you for commenting Becky.

"Light the Streets"

About one year ago I made the leap to sponsor a child through Africa New Life Ministries on a monthly basis. Her name is Diane, she is now in 6th grade, loves soccer, English, drawing, and has written me some pretty sweet letters. I say leap because I’ve always been somewhat of a skeptic when it […]

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It's February and Love is in the Air!

It’s February … the month of love,Valentine’s Day, and cupid and while most of us don’t walk around looking ooey-gooey or acting lovey-dovey about the ones we love on a daily basis, we do show it in different ways at different times. Hubs and I have some wonderful people in our lives and so, for the month of […]

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