Thursday, December 18, 2008

#45 - TREE

#45 - TREE, originally uploaded by LauraBelle'.

Can you believe it?! How about the fact that my online friend Pendoodles sent me this prior to I Spy posting, like just the day BEFORE that the challenge is TREE ... and this comes in the mail ~ amazing!

Isn't it just beautiful?! I was so surprised and thrilled and shocked and surprised and HAPPY! Thank you so much Pennie-pooh ~ I hurriedly made some pictures to fill the tree for now ... love you Pen!!

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Brenda's Photo Challenge

I was visiting a site, which led me to another site, which in turn led me to another site and ... I put my name in on a challenge! Well, lo and behold, I got picked to host the next one! I am a day late in posting this challenge of Holiday Decorations challenged by Kim and I truly am sorry for being late and hope in the Christmas spirit, I will be forgiven. Here are my 3 picks of pictures I've taken:

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Given to me from my friend Lori Lowery, who also is my Avon lady.
So cute that it had my name on it!!

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One of three little snowmen I received as a gift from my friend Donna Andre.
It was hard to pick which one I liked the most!

This is my neighbors across the street who always have their lights on thru the night welcoming everyone.

I'd like to take a day or two to think about what I'd like the next challenge to be and also who to pick to do it! Thank you for picking me and thank you for coming to see my site! {{huggz}}

Saturday, December 13, 2008


#44 - FAVORITE, originally uploaded by LauraBelle'.

My favorite lamp ... I use it as a night light in the front/liviing room. It's a little fuzzy but I don't have time to play with it now, so it'll have to do!

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Kody's Poison Oak

Kody worked with his 'uncle' Neil Sat. Nov. 22nd, clearing wild roses and brush from our neighbors (across the street) backyard. There was quite a bit growing up and around their RV's covering and they offered Neil $200 plus whatever it cost to take it to the dump. Neil said he'd give Kody $20 if he'd help him load it all into his trailer. Kody was all for it as he wanted to put that $20 with the $20 he got from his Grandpa Jerry and buy a few things, such as new sneakers and a belt.

On Tues. the 25th, he came home from school early complaining of a 'rash' and itching on his arm ... it wasn't too bad, just several bumps here and there. I figured it must be poison oak and I had him start putting on some calamine lotion. We went up camping to the lake the next day ... by Sunday I took him to the ER at the hospital and got him started on some predsione. These pictures are after 6 days taking the meds. Finally he's got relief, but the predsione is disrupting his sleep pattern and giving him 'bad' dreams. He agreed that he could deal with that to be rid of the poison oak ... poor Kody, it seems he goes thru one thing after another.

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The rash was all on just one side of his body and it went further down onto his hip, his pants covering that part. I'm glad it's all drying up and only 5 more days after today to be on the meds.

Friday, December 5, 2008


I know, it's SQUARE cuz I didn't have 2 ROUND cake pans!
#43 - DELICIOUS!, originally uploaded by LauraBelle'.

Luscious Four-Layer Pumpkin Cake
Prep 20 min. Total 40 min.

Pre-heat oven to 350°F - Grease and flour 2 (9-in) round cake pans.

1 - pkg (2-layer size) yellow cake mix
1 - can, 15oz pumpkin (not pie filling), divided
1/2 cup cold milk
1/3 cup vegetable oil
4 - large eggs
1-1/2 - teaspoons pumpkin pie spice, divided

**** FILLING ****

1 - pkg cream cheese, softened
1 - cup powdered sugar
1 - tub (8oz) Cool Whip whipped topping, thawed
1/4 cup caramel topping
1/2 cup Planters pecans

Beat cake mix, 1 cup of the pumpkin, milk, oil, eggs, and 1 teaspoon of the pumpkin pie spice in a large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until well blended. Pour evenly into prepared pans. BAKE 20-25 min. or until toothpick inserted in centers comes out clean. Cool completely in pans on wire racks.

Beat cream cheese in medium sized bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until creamy. Add powdered sugar, remaining pumpkin, and remaining 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice; mix well. Fold in whipped topping.

Remove cooled cakes from pans brushing any crumbs gently off; cut cakes in half horizontally with serrated knife. Stack the layers on serving plate spreading the cream cheese mixture between layers leaving top layer unfrosted. Drizzle top layer with caramel and top with pecans. Store in refrigerator. Serves 16.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Friday Fill-In

  1. Snow White.
  2. I'm looking forward to going to Pismo for 2 weeks during Christmas and New Years!
  3. My husband is the best husband ever!
  4. One of my favorite old tv shows is Bewitched.
  5. I'm done with trying to get everything done.
  6. The most enjoyable thing around the holidays is how everybody is much friendlier!
  7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to yummy Orange Chicken, tomorrow my plans include hangin out with the family and Sunday, I want to chillax!

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Monday, December 1, 2008


This turkey said 'gobble-gobble' and that's just exactly what we're a gonna do; gobble-gobble!
#42 - GRATITUDE, originally uploaded by LauraBelle'.

I am grateful for the holiday of Thanksgiving. I am grateful for our motorhome. I am grateful for electricity. I am grateful for turkeys. I am grateful for my halogen oven my husband bought me for our motorhome. I am grateful we got to go camping and eat this wonderful bird with all the trimmings!!