Turtle Caramel Truffle Brownies! {Gourmet Style!}

 Hope you all had an awesome Turkey day! I had a super, awesome time with the Lange family this Thanksgiving, which would be my husband's dad's side.  Wonderful, wonderful people! They are very special to me. We had great, delicious food, lots of laughs and we even had snow!  Well, two out of three isn't bad.  ...more

No Bake Turtle Cheesecake

Ok, so I was craving turtle cheesecake, it was $4 for 2 slices so I dicided to make my own.I am lazy so I started with a package of plain no bake cheesecake.You will also need:Cocoa powderMilkChopped PecansCarmel SquaresPrepare crust according to box, spread it into your dish and then start on your filling....more

Swim, Charlie! Swim!

Charlie, a fine turtle by all accounts, doesn’t know how much longer he can keep swimming. It’s been two days, and relief is nowhere in sight.Charlie has been left in the care of my mother, who agreed to feed him while the Schmidts are away. In a fit of eager conscientiousness, she filled his tank to the rim. Since then Charlie has been swimming for his life, and for all that he holds dear.Charlie hadn’t wanted to go away with the Schmidts, but an invite would have been nice. Especially in hindsight, knowing the ordeal he would have been spared....more

Turtle Wisdom

My middle school students and I found a turtle today!  Great lessons were learned.http://journeytowildness.blogspot.com/2012/04/and-then-we-found-turtle.html...more

Spiritual Lessons from Elvis

Elvis was a red-eared slider turtle who graced our family with his presence until he died last September. He was almost 30 when he died, which is a long life for a turtle in captivity. He lived with us for not all, but many of those years, and in that time I grew to know Elvis as one of God's most extraordinary creatures. ...more

Loss and a Gift

My 8-year-old daughter is already learning the power of girlfriends: http://saraellington.wordpress.com/...more

Loving a quiet Sunday!

We woke up this morning and started the day like every other morning, Evan (our 2, almost 3 year old ) waking us saying "my bellies hurting!" He wakes up starving every day! Our Sunday morning "thing" is Strawberry Pancakes. I make the pancakes, my oldest son makes the syrup (1 cup of sugar, 1 1/2 cups of water, 1/2 a package of strawberry jello, and 2 Tbls. of cornstarch) which needs to be stirred over low heat for a long, long, long time until it thickens, and everyone else waits patiently! ...more