Thursday, July 29, 2010


One Bowl Brownies
3/4 cup of softened or melted butter
1 1/2 cups of sugar
1 teaspoon of vanilla
a pinch of salt
2 eggs
1 teaspoon of baking powder
3/4 cup of flour
1/2 cups of coco (I use Hersey)
In a bowl mix wet ingredients, then slowly add dry. Pour into a greased baking pan,
and bake at 350 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes. Should be done in the center. You can
also add fun things to the batter such as nuts, chocolate chips, candy bar chunks.
The sky is the limit.

I found this recipe years ago, and since then I can't eat brownies out of the box. I love brownies!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Off the beaten path

I had every intention of going to Desoto Falls this morning, but somewhere on the way we missed a turn. The children were getting hungry, so my friend Lucy, her father, and I made the decision to check out Copper Creek which was only a couple miles up the road. Located in the Chattahoochee National Park this camp area turned out to be perfect for the children. They had a blast playing in the creek! Andrew was happy in chasing the butterflies and throwing in the occasional rock. Afterwards, we headed into Helen where we stopped at Hofer's Bakery. Sometimes good things happen when you get off the beaten path.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Lake Lanier

It was a good day! We spent the day at Lake Lanier Water Park. The boys had a blast! The boys didn't sit down for the 7 hours we were there. They went on slide after slide. I had to laugh when Harris said to me, "Mom the music they are playing is so cool. I love the song Eye of a Tiger and Living on a Prayer." If he only new those were the songs I listened to when I was in middle school.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Texas Caviar

Texas Caviar
3 chopped large tomatoes
3 chopped avocados
1 can of corn
1 can of black beans
2 stalks of chopped green onion
a dash of pepper
1/2 of a squeezed lemon
1 package of Italian dry salad dressing
3 Tablespoons of water
1/4 cup of white vinegar
2 tablespoons of olive oil
Mix all the vegetable items in a bowl
In a separate bowl mix the water, vinegar, oil, and Italian seasoning,
and pour over vegetable mixture.
Dig in and enjoy!

I had plans to go to the pool today. Honestly, it has just been too hot to do anything else. Today's temperatures were 96 degree, but feel more like a 110 degrees with the humidity. However, about the time I finished making our snack to take with us the clouds rolled in and the sky got very dark. We know these clouds, and they bring with them thunderstorms and lightning. I was right! Bonnie is making her way across Georgia and raining like there is no tomorrow. Didn't stop me from eating my treat. I honestly think that Texas Caviar is not only good on corn chips, but would be just a delicious served on a bed of lettuce, on top of fish tacos, or in a wrap with turkey meat. It is that yummy!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Corner View 'ME"

1) When I go abroad, I like to bring home new food items. On my recent trip to Seattle I fell in love with was Vosges- Mo's Chocolate Bacon Bar. Who would have thought that chocolate and bacon could taste so wonderful?
2) Before each trip I go on I make a bucket list of places I would like to visit and eat at, but I am happy when I find something I did not plan to find.
3) In high school, I swam on the swim team.
4) My husband use to play hockey professionally in Germany.
5) My oldest child on his free time studies how to make things. The other day I found him studying how to make a Tesla Coil.

6) I am trying to learn how to get off auto shoot on my camera, and recently bought Photoshop.
7) I Loves that I have freckles.
8) Feels very blessed.
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Double Dipped!

About a year ago, I found this recipe for Rice Krispy Treats with Caramel and chocolate and I have been dying to taste them. They didn't disappoint! Yummy!!!!

Sunday, July 18, 2010

I can't believe summer is almost over and that the boys will go back to school in a month. The boys have had a ton of fun going to different camps. Harris went to soccer camp, basketball camp, all sports camp, and two weeks at the YMCA's adventure camp. Winston has spent the last 6 week at the YMCA's forest adventure camp, and will go to all sports camp next week. They come home exhausted and happy at the end of the day. We are looking forward to the adventures that the rest of summer will bring. As for Roman, he gets to hang with mommy each day. We go swimming, go walking in the forest, play with Moon Sand, paint, cook, and read lots of books when we are not playing with friends. Other highlights of summer are for me going to see the play Footloose at a local play house, and being asked to teach Sunday School to the 10-11 year old boys at church. Do you have any special plans for the rest of summer?

Friday, July 16, 2010

Oma's Tomato Soup


Nothing taste more like summer than tomato soup. In a medium sauce pan, add two tablespoons of olive oil with two chopped onions. Then add two cloves of diced garlic. Once the onions turn translucent, add 4-6 diced tomatoes. When these begin to break down you can transfer to a blender or a food processor to puree, however, if you like you can leave the mixture in sauce pan until it breaks down further. I like to transfer to blender. Add ingredients back to sauce pan while adding salt and pepper to taste along with a pinch of sugar. Then add 1 1/2 cups of water, and one vegetable bouillon cube. Add a pinch of basil and a pinch of oregano. Then bring to a boil. Serve with a tasty baguette. Bon Appetite!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Roman "Each Day is a Gift"

A few months ago, I submitted a photograph of my son and I to a contest for photos that best depict being a mother. Our photo didn't win the contest, but last month they came back to ask me to write up the story behind the photo. See our third son was born with a Congenital Heart Disease and we didn't know if he would live or not. You can find his story featured on the Power of Moms blog.


Lately, this little boy cracks me up with some of the things he says. Like he told me the other day when I asked him to do something he told me he was too busy. I also love the way he mis-pronounces mine and say,"Is this mines." I can't get enough of this child. He is so delicious!

Monday, July 12, 2010

Oma's Gruenesauce

Green Sauce with Potatoes
1 cup of sour cream
1 cup of cream
1/2 cup of yogurt
1 teaspoon of vinegar
salt and pepper to taste
a pinch of sugar
1/2 cup of chives
4-6 hard boiled eggs chopped
In a large mixing bowl mix all ingredients and serve over warm boiled potatoes. You can add additional herbs if you like, but this is the recipe my family uses. Enjoy!

Hi! Hope you had a nice weekend. We did! Saturday we hung by the pool, and Sunday after church we watched the final of the World Cup. Anyway, I think my husband misses Germany because he has been asking me to make some of the recipes he grew up eating. I think my oldest son misses Germany too because he asked me if I could only make German recipes. This weekend I made Gruene sauce which I guess is typically made the Thursday before Easter. I did some research on the recipe and I guess it was one of Goethe favorite recipes. No one knows exactly where the recipe originated from, but it is a specialty of Frankfurt/Hesse region. My oldest son and I didn't think we would like the recipe, but we loved it! It is kind of like eating warm potato salad.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Vacation clothes

Have I told you we are going to Italy in September? My husband is going for work. My mother will watch the boys for 2 weeks, so that I can go with him. We will be 6 days in Milan and 7 days in Rome. I can't wait! I have been to both of these locations before, but I don't think one can never get sick of Italy. There is art, architecture, history, fashion, and the food. We are hoping to be able to visit Positano and Pompeii. I am going to need some new clothes since we will be meeting for dinner in the evenings with some of his colleagues. Recently, I found the most wonderful Internet site where you can have clothes custom made to fit you. It is called Eshakti . The dress fit like a glove. I don't get to wear dresses that often because they are hard to find for someone built like me with a large chest. The dress was reasonably priced, and was sent to me within a week. I bought the above dress for my son's baptism in blue. I love it! So if you are looking for something to wear for an upcoming event, you should give them a try. What convinced me to try this company was that if the dress doesn't fit they will take it back.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Corner View "Saturday"

The rhythm in our house does not change much on Saturdays. My husband still works. The children really don't sleep in, and so we usually go off somewhere that we can't go during the work week. However, I do make a real breakfast on Saturdays. This Saturday it was Berry Banana Smoothies and Nutella crepes. The last couple of Saturdays, we have been watching the World Cup and for that I am grateful because I have been able to get my husband to at least stay home for a couple of hours before he heads into work.

p.s. The trick to a really good smoothy is to freeze the fruit. Then you don't need to add ice. It makes it more creamy.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

June movie reviews

I have seen many movies over the last couple of weeks, but the movie that has made the biggest impression on me is a movie that is out on DVD called Remember Me. I was a little skeptical about this movie and didn't think it was going to be good. The movie still lingers in my mind while others could have been skipped such as Iron Man 2. Iron Man 2 may have been liked by my 11 year old son had I let he see it, but it is just not my type of movie. We did go see Karate Kid and my boys loved it; however, I am not sure I would let little ones see this movie. The movie was a lot more violent then the original version. The scenery was worth going for if anything else and the heroine was adorable. I would like to see her in more movies. Toy Story 3 was a big winner with all the family members. What is not to like about this movie? I was pleasantly surprised by Knight and Day. I generally do not like these types of films, but Tom and Cameron make a good match. I love their wit. While the action scenes were somewhat over the top they weren't excessive. Definitely worth seeing. Nana took the boys to see The Last Airbender. She said they movie was made for children. The boys loved it. The digital mastery was fantastic. Last but not least, I have to admit I went to see Eclipse. This movie was my favorite of all three. Finally they got it right! Have you seen any good movies worth seeing? I heard The Killers was worth waiting and seeing on DVD. Doesn't look like there will be any other good films this summer except Love, Eat, Pray which comes out in August. I can't wait.

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Happy 4th of July

Happy 4th of July!
We spent the 4th of July by beginning our day with a Pancake Breakfast at the church. The Boy Scouts raised the flag, the pledge of allegiance was said, and the National Anthem was song. Afterward the children rode their bikes and scooters in a little mini-parade in the parking lot and fire crackers were set off. My friend Lucy and her family, my friend Sandra, and my mom came over for a BBQ. Then it was off to the pool. In the evening we watched the fireworks in a neighboring town.

Friday, July 2, 2010

Pacific Grilled Citrus Salmon with Mixed Green Berry Salad

Pacific Grilled Citrus Salmon
1 1/2 tablespoons freshly-squeezed lemon juice
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon dried basil
2 teaspoons capers
1 teaspoon dried dill
3 pounds of fresh salmon fillets

Place salmon on aluminum foil skin side down. In a sauce pan mix all other ingredients over medium heat until sauce is melted-then pour over the top of salmon. Then fold foil so that it creates a packet. Cook in oven at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes or until salmon is cook through. Should be flaky and light pink in color when cooked. This can also be done on a Barbecue for 10-12 minutes. Recipe serves 6. Recipe adapted from Portland's Palate a Junior League Cook Book.


Use any combination of mixed greens or romaine lettuce then add raspberries, blackberries, walnuts, and pineapple.

Poppy Seed Dressing

1/3 cup white sugar or 1/3 cup honey
1 cup vegetable oil
1 tablespoon poppy seeds
1/2 cup vinegar
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground dry mustard
1 teaspoon grated onion

In a bowl whisk together wet ingredients then add dry ingredients one by one. This can also be made in a blender. Recipe from all recipes.com

Tonight I am in heaven. Nothing says summer more than eating outside on our deck, and watching the fireflies dance amongst the trees. I love the way the sun sparkles off the leaves as they wave in the breeze. Nothing is more refreshing than salmon and salad. I don't think it could have been a more perfect evening! I am blessed!