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Your pennies are still welcome

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‘Mam down the road

Growing up my paternal Grandmother lived quite literally down the road from our house so appropriately she was referred to as ‘Mam down the road. Reflecting back on my childhood I remember spending so much time at her house, down the road, while my father was busy being absent. In her basement were two magical … Continue reading »

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Maybe not this time — but it’s going to happen.

Sadly today we came to learn that our attempt to adopt David from El Salvador is statistically and nearly legally impossible. While it breaks our hearts, we must move forward and attempt to pursue other avenues to fulfill our ambition of welcoming a child into our family. If you know of a young child in … Continue reading »

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Cabin Fever – Lancaster Symphony Orchestra

Percussion dynamite, Viennese elegance, and Brahms at his happiest Billed as an opportunity to “Shake off the winter blues with the theatrical thrills and evocative percussion of Peck’s Glory and the Grandeur” with rising violin star Asi Mathatius, it was our third time to the Symphony.  I’m quickly coming to the realization that I’m not … Continue reading »

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I’m turning sour over sourdough bread. . .

So I think after about a dozen or so loafs of bread made in the last few weeks I’m starting to turn sour over the entire experience.  Apparently on Sunday I woke Wesley up by caring on a conversation with a YouTube video about dough needing techniques.   Okay, not so much a conversation as much … Continue reading »

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I Wasn’t Treating My Husband Fairly, And It Wasn’t Fair

My “Aha Moment” happened because of a package of hamburger meat. I asked my husband to stop by the store to pick up a few things for dinner, and when he got home, he plopped the bag on the counter. I started pulling things out of the bag, and realized he’d gotten the 70/30 hamburger … Continue reading »

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Freshly Baked Cinnamon Raisin Twists for dessert

Baking VIEW SLIDE SHOW DOWNLOAD ALL                     From The Sweeter Side of Amy’s Bread by Amy Scherber and Toy Kim Dupree (Wiley, 2008)   Makes 12 twists Cinnamon Raisin Twists: 1 ¼ cups plus 3 tablespoons (326 g) whole milk 4 tablespoons (57 g) unsalted butter, … Continue reading »

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Pennsylvania could tip the scales nationally on same-sex marriage

Jessica Parks, Inquirer Staff Writer In the six months since the Supreme Court struck down a federal ban on same-sex marriage, a flood of lawsuits and legislation has pushed the United States to a tipping point – and Pennsylvania this year could be the state that shifts the balance. In 2013, the number of states … Continue reading »

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There is something about the first snowfall of the winter.

White the outside isn’t done I’m still excited about how it looked for the first snowfall of the season.  I can’t wait to put up the garland around the back door and finish the pine planters. 2013–First Snowfall VIEW SLIDE SHOW DOWNLOAD ALL    

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Rings are purchased

  I guess we got tired of waiting for our second choice ring to come in for viewing at Murphy Jewelry so we decided to order our first choice rings.  Thanks to Wesley we were able to find them online for over $3,000 in savings.  After a phone call to the manufacture to verify they … Continue reading »

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