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Road trip

We just returned from a few days visiting with family in Michigan and Ohio. We ended up doing many special things but the two primary events during the week were our grandson Drew's kindergarten graduation and our granddaughter Maddie's baby dedication.

Drew turned six in March and has lost four teeth in the last month! Here he is trying to eat with a big gap in his mouth:


We got Maddie a doll for her birthday and weren't sure how she would like it. Fortunately she seemed to love it!


The kindergarten graduation was held on Thursday evening. Drew and the eleven other children in his class had obviously practiced their lines and songs for the program quite well.


After the first part of the program the children left the stage to change into little white caps and gowns and while they were gone we watched a power point presentation of some of the highlights of the past year. Drew was quite the little ham and seemed to thoroughly enjoy the evening.


Here's a picture of the whole family with the proud graduate:


On Sunday Megan and Jim had Maddie dedicated at their church. Here are Maddie and Megan dressed for church:


The pastor did a very nice job and explained that the purpose of the dedication is to encourage people to pray for Maddie and her parents as they strive to care for her and rear her in a way that pleases the Lord. Pastor Berlin said that he likes to have all the people in the church actively involved so he appointed Maddie to be the secretary of the nursery. 🙂 She is quite the little character:


On Friday we took a trip down to Ohio to visit with Rob's mother and his sister and brother in law. We had a pot luck lunch at the nursing home and had a nice time visiting with all of them. A local pastor who often visits with Rob's mom came by and we were encouraged by his visit. Here are Rob, his mom, and his sister:


On Saturday we drove to downtown Detroit to visit the Eastern Market.


I have always wanted to visit there, so this was a special treat for me. It is huge and although we spent a couple of hours there we barely scratched the surface.


There were some musicians and this clown was making balloon creations for the children:


We ate lunch down there and Rob bought a catnip plant for Buddy and I bought some delicious cookies. We also ran into a family who used to live here in Greenville.

Memorial Day was cold and rainy in Michigan. Jim had to work early in the day but we all were invited for supper at the home of Megan and Jim's good friends, Kevin and Kristen. We had a really nice visit with them. There were several other families there and the children kept things pretty lively. Maddie enjoyed circling the open floor plan. We had to station someone near the stairway to the basement to make sure she didn't leap down them. There were several little boys who thoroughly enjoyed playing together and during the course of the evening a couple of them got locked in a bathroom and a small flood ensued when a commode overflowed. Fortunately no children were harmed during the course of these events. 🙂

Those were the highlights of our week. I hope your week was a good one too.


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Costco and cornbread

We've been keeping busy here with some home improvement projects along with regular household tasks. Rob has been spending lots of time in the yard and garden and has appreciated the cooler temperatures this spring. If the rain holds off we may go strawberry picking tomorrow with Nora and two of the children that she nannies.

I've been wanting to mention two products which I have tried from Costco that we really like. One is the Kirkland plastic wrap. It really clings well and the box has a sliding cutter rather than a serrated edge and it cuts great. It is the best plastic wrap I have ever used. The other product is the Kirkland frozen pineapple chunks. We have eaten some with cottage cheese and used the majority of it to make pineapple smoothies/sorbet. I just put some pineapple, vanilla yogurt and a little orange juice in the food processor and blend it until it is smooth. It makes a cool refreshing treat in a flash.


Many years ago when we lived in Michigan The Detroit News published this recipe for cornbread. They said that it had won a blue ribbon at the state fair. It is attractive and tasty. You might want to try it if you want to dress up your cornbread. I usually bake it in a pie plate and then cut and serve it in wedges. It freezes well when wrapped in plastic wrap and then placed in a ziplock bag. Reheat briefly before serving.


Topper Cornbread

1/4 cup chopped green onion
1 Tbsp. butter
1 cup flour
1/4 cup sugar
4 tsps. baking powder
3/4 tsp. salt
1 cup yellow cornmeal
2 eggs
1 cup milk
1/4 cup oil
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1 tsp. celery seed

Cook onion in butter until tender. Stir together flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and cornmeal. Stir together milk, eggs, and oil and then combine with the flour mixture. Blend just until combined. Pour into a greased and floured 9" round pan. Sprinkle the cheese on top of the batter. Top with the onions and then sprinkle with celery seed. Bake 25-30 minutes or until it tests clean. Bake at 375 degrees.

Have a blessed weekend!


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An eventful weekend


Last weekend our son Mark graduated from Furman University with his master's degree in education. There were only five students receiving master's degrees and 600 some getting undergraduate degrees. He was also inducted into the Kappa Delta Pi honors society. Since the graduation was in the evening we decided to have a small family celebration at a local Mexican restaurant that Mark chose. Here are a few pictures from the event:




It rained nearly all day on Saturday so the graduation was held indoors rather than in the outdoor stadium as it had been planned.The ceremony was very nice albeit long and we are very proud of all of Mark's hard work. This is a very eventful summer for Mark and Katie with his graduation, a new baby daughter coming in July, and a possible new position in the fall.

Another event which is very minor in comparison is that Rob tried a new coffee cake recipe this past Sunday. Last week Stacy, from the blog Stacy Makes Cents had a post entitiled Ten Recipes You Must Try--take 2. The recipe Rob tried was for this Chocolate Chip Coffee Cake. For several years now I have been searching for a chocolate coffee cake recipe and this one is definitely a keeper! It is delicious. Several of the other recipes look like they are worth trying as well.


I hope you had a nice weekend too.


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