Monday, January 28, 2013


Just 'cuz it's January.
Just 'cuz it's SNOWY.

Just 'cuz the holidays are over.
And 'cuz I felt like dipping more chocolate last week.

I thought I'd do a GIVEAWAY!

Just 'cuz.

And just 'cuz I've been emailed asking how I dip.

I'll show ya.
(Yes, that is me)
Good quality chocolate doesn't have wax in it.
Yes WAX! That's what makes candy bars shiny!

So the chocolate must be worked to mix the cocoa butter and chocolate together so that you have a shiny product as the chocolate dries.
If it hasn't been worked well
or if there is too much humidity in the air,
or if the room isn't cold enough....
the list goes on and on....
anyway if the conditions aren't perfect you will get white streaks in the candy.

That is bad.

After the chocolate has been "worked" enough and is cool,
then each chocolate needs to have a "sign" put on it so you know what's inside.
Like a caramel or orange cream or cinnamon bears.
Like this:

My mom dips chocolates.
I grew up watching it.
Then I worked for Florence.
I worked 8 years for this amazing lady and she's built an incredible business.
I no longer work there, but the dipping bug still bites me!

So my chocolates aren't all gorgeous like the above photo.
But I use the same chocolate and I think they taste ok.

So leave a comment.
Just 'cuz.

You're entered into the giveaway.

I'll end it on Super Bowl Sunday.
Just 'cuz.

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Monday, January 21, 2013


I started blogging in 2008.
My DIL's had blogs and I enjoyed reading theirs so much.

I use it to write,
express my opinion and show off photos of my family
and other things that interest me.
I've printed my blog into a book each year.

I didn't expect to have so much fun.
I have met so many women who have the same interests,
teach me awesome things,
and make me laugh.

There are those I haven't met but still have such a connection with.

Saturday, one of those women lost her husband.
Very unexpected.
My heart hurts for her.

Tammy, you inspire me and have made me laugh.

You are in my prayers, dear friend.
You are far too young to have to go through this.

Send her some love.
Then hug your own.

Monday, January 14, 2013


And the power went off at 5:30 this morning.
Off for 5 hours.
Thank goodness for a supply of firewood and a woodburning stove to snuggle in front of!

Sunday, January 13, 2013


Baby it's cold outside.

Now it's even colder!!!!

Thursday, January 10, 2013


With the bad flu season this year, it was decided that the missionaries should all be vaccinated.

I was able to spend the day inflicting a little pain.

I think they survived me just fine!
What an awesome bunch of kids!
LOVE this calling.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013


Very sincerely,


( if you are curious why 2013 would write me in such a terse manner,
see the previous post. )