2012 Bark for Life

On April 21,2012 our family participated in the 1st annual ACS Bark for Life Relay. A group of dog lovers who wanted to support cancer research did some fundraising and did a walk around “The Draw” Park in Ramsey. It was a chilly chilly day! Mary Beth and the kids stayed for about half an hour before heading to the warmth of home. Perry, Bones, Gracie and I completed the walk and I’m happy to say we came in fourth place for fundraising! Enjoy a few of the photos from the event:

Major kudos to Emily Theisen Photography. What an amazing job she did!!

New Traditions

Its been awhile since our family has had any type of Easter Tradition. We’ve always gone to church, to my aunt’s house for a delicious dinner…but nothing our immediate family has done.2012 brings about changes.

We started out with the traditional coloring of the eggs on Saturday morning.

“Hurry up, Mom!”

“One, two, three….”

While waiting as the eggs soaked in the dye Cailin and Mary played Easter Egg Concentration.

Cailin liked playing the matching game more than coloring the eggs!

Joey and Papa hung out in the living room disappointed there was no eating involved.

Later in the evening Papa decided to surprise everyone with their Easter present a little early. A new swig set!

Everyone wants to help with the construction project.

“What do you mean what did I do with the screw driver…again?!?”

Easter Sunday dawned bright and chilly. After a breakfast of French Toast Bake it was time for the Easter egg hunt!

Once the eggs were found it was time to finish the swing set and have some fun!

Our family hopes your family has a blessed Easter!

16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. John 3:16-17 NIV

New Traditions

Its been awhile since our family has had any type of Easter Tradition. We’ve always gone to church, to my aunt’s house for a delicious dinner…but nothing our immediate family has done.

2012 brings about changes.

We started out with the traditional coloring of the eggs on Saturday morning.

“Hurry up, Mom!”

“One, two, three….”

While waiting as the eggs soaked in the dye Cailin and Mary played Easter Egg Concentration.

Cailin liked playing the matching game more than coloring the eggs!

Joey and Papa hung out in the living room disappointed there was no eating involved.

Later in the evening Papa decided to surprise everyone with their Easter present a little early. A new swig set!

Everyone wants to help with the construction project.

“What do you mean what did I do with the screw driver…again?!?”

Easter Sunday dawned bright and chilly. After a breakfast of French Toast Bake it was time for the Easter egg hunt!

Once the eggs were found it was time to finish the swing set and have some fun!

Our family hopes your family has a blessed Easter!

16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. John 3:16-17 NIV

Praline French Toast Bake


Baked French Toast Casserole with Maple Syrup


Prep Time:
20 min
Inactive Prep Time:
8 hr 0 min
Cook Time:
40 min
Level:
Easy
Serves:
6 to 8 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 loaf French bread (13 to 16 ounces)
  • 8 large eggs
  • 2 cups half-and-half
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • Dash salt
  • Praline Topping, recipe follows
  • Maple syrup

Directions

Slice French bread into 20 slices, 1-inch each. (Use any extra bread for garlic toast or bread crumbs). Arrange slices in a generously buttered 9 by 13-inch flat baking dish in 2 rows, overlapping the slices. In a large bowl, combine the eggs, half-and-half, milk, sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt and beat with a rotary beateror whisk until blended but not too bubbly. Pour mixture over the bread slices, making sure all are covered evenly with the milk-egg mixture. Spoon some of the mixture in between the slices. Cover with foil and refrigerate overnight.
The next day, preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Spread Praline Topping evenly over the bread and bake for 40 minutes, until puffed and lightly golden. Serve with maple syrup.

Praline Topping:

  • 1/2 pound (2 sticks) butter
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 2 tablespoons light corn syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl and blend well. Makes enough for Baked French Toast Casserole.

Catching up

Its been awhile since I last posted. Mostly for good reasons! Its been busy busy busy here “At Wits’ End!”

Health wise I am doing very well! Just had an epidural steroid injection into the lumbar region of my back. Although I was a bit freaked out by the thought of them sticking a needle into my spine it ended up being a breeze! It typically takes up to 2 weeks for the full effect of reducing the herniated disc’s inflammation and pain relief, but I was surprised to have a great deal of relief the next day!

The grandbabies are doing wonderfully! Cailin loves her little brother Joey! No doubt about that!

Of course the hounds are thriving and, in fact, retain control of the house. We don’t let them know that…but we humans know the truth. Here Bones and Gracie cuddle for a mid morning nap. If you want to keep with with the hounds make sure to check out MnHoundage…Tails of Bones & Gracie.

Anna and hubby JT came home for a visit in February. After living in Savannah, GA, they both really missed the snow. As luck would have it the snow came just in time for their arrival! Here they are building a snow fort with Cailin.

More to come…Soon!