Fun Idea at Work

Here’s a fun idea to do at work – write a short note that says something like “You’re gorgeous”  or “You’re beautiful”, etc., something very positive and uplifting, and stick it to the mirror in the public restroom.  Don’t tell anyone you’re the person who put the note on the mirror, it’s more fun to see their reactions if they don’t know it’s you.  Then sit back and watch all the smiling faces – you’ll be amazed how people feel so much better about themselves after reading your note!



The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.

by: Eleanor Roosevelt


Cast Iron Pan Apple Pie


1 pkg. ready pie crust in a box (2 crusts included)

½ stick butter

½ cup brown sugar

1 can apple pie filling

2 tbsp. sugar

2 tbsp. cinnamon

8 inch cast iron skillet

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Mix the 2 tbsp. sugar & 2 tbsp. cinnamon together and set aside in a separate small dish.

Melt the butter in bottom of pan. Take out 2 tbsp. of the melted butter and set aside in a separate small dish. Add the brown sugar to the melted butter in the pan. Stir until combined.

Lay one of the pie crusts on top of the butter/brown sugar mixture.

Scoop out the apple pie filling and put on top of the pie crust that’s in the pan.

Sprinkle the apple pie filling with a tablespoon of the sugar and cinnamon mixture.

Place the other pie crust on top of the apple pie filling and fold over the edges. Brush crust with the 2 tbsp. melted butter. Make 2 slits in the top of the crust to vent.

Sprinkle the top with the remaining tablespoon of the sugar and cinnamon mixture.

Bake in 400 degree oven for about 30 minutes until the edges are bubbly and the crust is golden brown.

Serve either warm or room temperature. Great with vanilla ice cream 🙂



Scott Sold 12!

Yesterday, I wrote my husband his daily note, like I do every morning.  He sells Chevy’s for a living. It was the last day of the month and he needed two more sales to reach his required monthly quota of 12.  I wished him luck, told him he would achieve his goal and that I believed in him.  And he did it – he sold his 12!  He is one happy camper and I am so very proud of him.  When my hard working hubby came home last night, he re-read his note and said thank you – your note worked.  This is just one example of how the power of notes encourages your loved ones.



I love inspirational quotes.  It’s amazing to read what others have so eloquently written to inspire us all.

“Just when the caterpillar thought the world was ending, he turned into a butterfly.” —Proverb

“All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.” —Walt Disney

“The whole secret of a successful life is to find out what is one’s destiny to do, and then do it.” —Henry Ford


Scott’s most delicious prime rib dinner

Scott and his delicious prime rib he cooked for us 🙂


My hubby Scott is a wonderful cook, actually, he could be a professional chef, he’s that good!  Here’s a pic of him I took right after he finished making us a super delicious prime rib dinner…grilled to perfection as always!


A Note from Max

I’ll always remember how I found out that I was going to be a grandmother for the very first time! My son just got back from his deployment overseas with the Army and he and his wife Sara came to visit us.  He called me into the kitchen and asked me what this note said because he said he couldn’t read it.   So I read it outloud  and I couldn’t believe my eyes – I was going to be a grandma oh my goodness! I was ecstatic! I cried tears of joy and screamed with delight! My baby boy was going to be a daddy! We are so blessed!


Wedding Notes

One of the most precious example of notes is when my daughter and her hubby wrote each other notes for their wedding day.  It was actually her husband’s idea which I thought was wonderful! They gave each other their note and they read them privately to themselves moments before they walked down the aisle. The look on my daughter’s face was priceless, she was so happy.   I knew then that she had found the love of her life.


Manners At The Dinner Table

When I was growing up, (I’m 59 now), manners were instilled in us at a very early age.  I was taught to say thank you, even if I didn’t like the meal I was served.  I remember this one time when I was about 12 years old,  I was invited to my friends home for dinner and they were serving fried eggplant.  I had never had fried eggplant before, but it didn’t look tasty that’s for sure.  I was raised that I had to at least try it and do my very best to finish, but I didn’t have to have seconds.  I also was told never to say bad things about someone else’s cooking – just thank you was enough. Well I was able to finish my plate, it actually didn’t taste that bad after all and today I love fried eggplant.


Love notes

   Now that I’m married to the love of my life, Scott, I write him notes too.  I started with a cute little note I’d put on his  pillow when I’d leave for work so he’d see it when he got home from work. Just a reminder to him that I loved him and he was the best husband ever.  This is a pic of us on our wedding day, December 18, 2010.  I believe it’s very important to tell people how you feel, especially the people you love.  Notes are great because they are permanent.  You can hold them in your hand and re-read them over and over whenever you want.  Phone calls, texts, and emails are nice, but they don’t compare to the written note. Notes show the recipient that you took the time to write down your thoughts on paper so that your recipient can have forever.