Happy Valentine’s Day Everyone!!


This is one of my favorite holidays…..I love how it provides me an opportunity to tell the special people in my life how much I love and appreciate them! I know I shouldn’t need a day or a reason to do that….but…..I rely on this day for that! 🙂


Many thanks to the people who earned cards from my last post about Valentine’s Cards…..I had 6 winners and each of them got to select a person for me to send a valentine card to in their name…..thanks for playing gang! I love playing games like that online and it helps break up the monotony of winter for me!


A poem for my SPECIAL Valentine:


Our Romance~  


Twas the night before Sunday
When all through the bar
Oregonians were dancing
Some near, some far
 When what to my wandering eyes should appear
A handsome young Oregonian
Buying a beer


Our love story started
Right there, right then
Joy Unexplainable
Least not by pen


If I had your attention
For a lifetime or so
I could tell you about the man
I’ve come to know


He is the best husband
Now the best dad
I am living the life
I wish all could have


Years later
We stroll hand in hand
Thanking the Lord
For His Perfect Plan



Special thanks today to my friend Steve Mitzel for sharing his Pineapple Cake recipe with me 🙂 I made it today for my very own Valentine…Bryan…..I know Bryan will love this cake!!!! Steve *coached* me through the making of this cake by providing me with a few of his tips…..


1) Make SURE the eggs are room temp……check 🙂

2) Do NOT use a hand mixer for this recipe… will add too much air into the batter and could end up a disaster…..check 🙂

3) Make this cake with LOT’S of love!!!! It tastes better that way…….check 🙂

4) Enjoy!!!




2 large eggs @ room temperature

20 ounce can crushed pineapple with juice

2 cups all purpose flour

1 cup granulated sugar

1 cup brown sugar

2 teaspoons baking soda

1 cup chopped walnuts

In a large mixing bowl beat the two eggs until they are light and fluffy. Then add the crushed pineapple with juice and the flour, sugars, and baking soda. Mix these ingredients well with a spoon not an electric mixer, as too much air will get in the cake and it will fall. Then stir in the chopped walnuts when you are sure all the brown sugar is dissolved and blended. Finally pour the batter into an un-greased 13x9x2 inch pan and bake at 350 degrees for 45 or 50 minutes, check with clean toothpick for doneness. Let cool completely then frost with cream cheese ginger frosting and top with some additional chopped walnuts.


3 ounce package softened cream cheese

1/4 cup of unsalted sweet cream butter

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 cups powdered sugar

1/8 teaspoon ground ginger

In a small mixing bowl beat together the cream cheese, the butter, and the vanilla. Then has a nice smooth consistency gradually add the powdered sugar and ground ginger. Continue mixing until the frosting has a nice smooth consistency.

Happily In His Grip~


The holidays are sneeking up on us…..quickly!!!
When I was a little girl….my sisters and brother and I always waited for *The Box* that would come from Michigan where my grandparents lived. My mother grew up in the Upper Pennisula….Sault Ste. Marie Michigan and married my father….the military boy she met on the base near the Soo. He brought her all of the way out to the West Coast….Oregon and they began their family 🙂
Ok…I just had to give you a little back ground on how mom ended up here in Oregon 🙂
Now….back to *The Box*
We lived so far from mom’s family that we didn’t get to see much of them while growing up but when we were able to….we KNEW they were our family and we fell in love with them!!
Ok…ok….The Box……well….as Christmas drew near….the four of us kids knew that Grandma and Grandpa always sent a HUGE box….or two….filled with Christmas gifts from them for each of us! It was part of the magic of the season for us kids…waiting for The Box!!! When it arrived… would open it and hand each of us the gifts with our names on them… was so stinkin exciting for us! We would immediately run to the Christmas tree and place each of our gifts from grandma and grandpa under the tree! WOW! The tree looked pregnant with gifts after our grandparents Box came!!!
As I grew older……I realized there were other things that came in that box……things my grandmother made for us because we couldn’t be there with her during the Christmas holiday. She sent candies….all kinds of homemade candies and cookies……she sent breads……and THIS is one of the most delicious breads she made. While making this bread the other day….I realized that there were two….hmmm….well….sort of special ingredients in the recipe……ingredients that one might leave out if they didn’t have them on hand. Leaving out these special ingredients would not RUIN the recipe…..but including them….launches this recipe over the top in yummy-ness!!!
See if you can tell me what the two ingredients are…..
HINT: I will reveal the special ingredients in a future post…..for now… yourself a favor and don’t leave out ANY of the ingredients in the following recipe if you decide to make it…..:) You’ll thank me later!
3 cups flour                           1 1/2 tsp salt
1  1/2 tsp baking powder        3 eggs
1  1/2 cup milk                       1  1/2 cup oil
2  1/4 cup sugar                      1  1/2 T poppy seed
1  1/2 tsp vanilla                      1  1/2 tsp butter flavoring
1  1/2 tsp almond flavoring
Mix above ingredients together and pour into 2 greased loaf pans.  Bake 350 for 45 min.  Cool 5 minutes and remove from tins.  Cool and frost.
1/4 cup orange juice                1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp butter flavoring             3/4 cup powdered sugar
Drizzle slowly over warmed bread, using all of the icing……I know your family will love this as much as ours does!
In His grip~