(k-sntrk, k-) n.

1. One that deviates markedly from an established norm, especially a person of odd or unconventional behavior.
If no other word describes me, eccentric does. I’ve never felt like I fit the cookie cutter of any one group. I’ve tried to be alot of things that I am not in my lifetime. Growing up in a small private school, nearly everyone was very conservative. I tried to fit in most of the time, but I could never pull off conservative like the others. I’d wear the traditional t-shirt and jeans but I’d pull it off with some really blood read lipstick. I’d wear my black derby hat with something outlandish that I borrowed from a cousin. I’d wear a crochet vest with a really dressy silk skirt. Once I wore a sweater in a pretty orange, with yellow and green trim with the most wild leggings you’ve ever seen in your life. I hate people staring at me in outfits like that.
Maybe in other places its ok to be different. Maybe everyone is different. Here I’m eccentric. I’m a little off from the center. I wear 130 dollar flip flops because they don’t hurt my feet, not because they are attractive. They aren’t that attractive. I use reusable grocery bags when no one else does. At the mention of them, my groceries are double and triple bagged in plastic.
I want a red leather sectional. Two actually. Just because I love anything that’s red and leather. I’m not a pet lover, yet I have a dog, 2 cats, 4 chickens and about a dozen cows right now. Nope I don’t like animals. I’d never addopt an animal, although all of my animals have been adopted except 1 chicken and the cows.
If I think of my animals I want to be a vegetarian. I’ve killed animals before as a sport. I like to shoot guns, and I”m good at it. I can’t hit anything if I think about it.
I’m a Christian, and I would love to be one of those youth leaders with Pink hair. If I had pink hair, I would really be called a phreak here. Yep I spelled that wrong on purpose.
I have champagne taste and a beer budget. Make that water. If I could have what I wanted, I’d have the latest in electronics, and everything would be ran by solar and wind power.
I hate tired veggies. You know the ones you find at the super market. I have a wonderful Farm and could grow most everything right here, but I hate being out in the heat. I’m great when the weather isn’t 90 degrees and up, but then I want to be inside.
I’m deathly afraid of the water, yet I’m most happy when I’m touching it.
I want my house filled with the latest electronics and antiques along with green products.
I find myself wanting to save the world, yet I know in my heart of hearts that God is coming soon so why bother?
I know that I’m going to heaven, although some of my life choices are not to his liking.
I love to give advice, but I rarely take my own to heart. My friends talk to me about things they wouldn’t tell anyone else. I tell them things too about myself. I feel ashamed for dumping on anyone, yet find it impossible not to do.
I love my children more than words can describe, yet sometimes I really want them out of my hair NOW! I’m so proud that they all believe in God. My kids make me proud daily, even if they bug the snot out of me.
There are only a few people in my life that I never want to see or hear from again. The others I still love although I never hear from them.
I have no one in my life that’s not related or Scott, that I feel like I can really let my hair down. The ones that I have in the past really burned me at some point, and will never get that privilege again. I have a few close friends online that are privy to my every thought, yet we’ve never met.
When I think of my life’s accomplishments I don’t see a lot, yet I want my legacy to be filled with love and joy. I’m always looking for approval and acceptance, and sometimes I ask for it on purpose because I need to hear it for me.
I write this because of many different reasons. I know today, that I didn’t fit in any group of people that I talked to, yet I am a part of all of them. I’ve never been the popular one, the one that’s been in trouble, the one that’s been asked to lead their children, nor the mother that everyone envies. I’ve never been the mom with the coolest car, or the one that came up with the coolest game, or the one that dressed appropriately for the task at hand. I’ll never be one of those cookie cutter people that knows just what to say, or what picture to hang where, or even when to keep my mouth shut.
I can only be me. I can have pink hair, and red leather flip flops to wear Christmas Day. I can drive the car that no one wants. I can raise my kids to be different than all of the others. I can wear nothing but skirts for a month. I can never get my hair cut, then all of a sudden cut 8 inches without a word. I can sleep with confidence that there’s a gun in my bathroom, bedroom and two in the laundry room. I will love that I know as much or more about some things than the average person, and that I can talk someone through their problems at the drop of a hat. I can be the mom that one kid’s class loves and the others really don’t care one bit. I can be the only mom that shows up to field day and rolls around in the grass with the kids while playing tug of war. I can even be the one that tells them to tackle the star football player, and the do it…and do it well! I can be the one that calls you out when you are wrong, and tiptoe around the fact that you hurt my feelings for months before I do it. I can be me.
I can be me. Myself. I.
I want this life to be simple. I want it to me my simple life. I want it to be a simple living blog that shows my simple life. My life isn’t always simple. Is anyones? It is my life. This blog is where I show me, like it or not. I”m eccentric. I know that I am. I’m quirky about things. Its ok. It’s only me.

13 things I love about Halloween

I know that I’m a Christian, but I love Halloween anyways. I have to think of things in a different light. I found a story once about the light from a Jack-o-lantern being like the Holy Spirit shining through the darkness, so yeah its not all bad, right?!



These are my favorite things about Halloween

  1. Carving Jack-O-Lanterns
  2. Roasting pumpkin seeds
  3. Dressing up
  4. Theatrical makeup
  5. Fake spider webs
  6. fake blood
  7. all of the spooky food!
  8. Trick-or-treating
  9. Trunk-or-treating
  10. Hay Rides
  12. Decorating Inside and Out
  13. Smiling, glowing, and funny faces of the kids I see 🙂

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Today is the only day…

of the year that you can stand an egg on its end! Happy Fall everyone!

Happy Fall!

Happy Fall!

Thanks Scott for calling to remind me of this, I’ve never done it and the kids loved having a science experiement so early in the morning. I will say that 4 out of 5 eggs didn’t work! Is that strange or is it normal?

Music Calms the wild beast, and the sick

As I sit here today, my head is foggy, hurts and I’m starting to get body aches. I’m the last of our family to get the flu. My oldest was diagnosed with swine flu. The kids are better but the adults are not feeling as well.

As I sit here today Scott is playing Cannon in D on the piano. The sound of music is wafting through through my home setting the mood for a much calmer afternoon. I never realized how much I missed the sound of music in my home until last night. I used to play all the time, but eventually grew apart from my piano.

Scott of course isn’t a piano player, but plays guitar. At least that’s what he says anyway. He can’t play very smoothly yet, but with a little practice he is getting better by the day. Its funny to watch him play, because he taught himself. He knows the notes better than I do, but his fingers look so awkward. Music encompasses most of his life. No matter what is going on, there is music around him.

When we met I knew that he played rock music, and wasn’t into country. What I didn’t know however, was that he loves classical music also. To hear classical music in my house on a day like today is like having a wonder drug. It has calmed me more than any medicine. My headache has nearly lifted, and the tightness in my back is easing. His stress level has come down, and this has been a really rough week for him. Last night Kayla went to sleep while he played.

I usually have the television on or the radio, but having a piano or guitar being played, has made my house into a home.

Its 100 Days until Christmas, do you know where your list is?

Yep that’s right, only 100 days until Christmas! Can you believe it? I always thought that Christmas took forever to get here, as a kid. Now its like I blink and its here again. Dragging out that dang tree, putting up lights, wrapping presents and oh my the lists upon lists.

Vintage Tree Print
Vintage Tree Print

This year I’m wanting to implement a few new traditions for my family. I’ll be sharing those as we get a little closer to Christmas. If you have any traditions that are unique to your family, please let me know and I’d love to have you guest post.

I’m loving SpringPad for lists and things, and I’m sure you will too to clip things from the internet for Christmas presents and decorating ideas.

As for decorating, I want a new tree. Maybe more than one tree, because really I have room for them. I want this year to be a great holiday for everyone, and not to reflect back to past years that went to heck in a handbasket.

This year I think I’d like to have a vintage Tree
, a traditional Tree
with handmade ornaments, and maybe a Feather Tree
. I hope to make a lot of things this year for decorations like using this embroidery transfer on some cute towels, and just have fun with everything. I think that if the house is a joyful place, then it will raise my spirits.

One thing that’s for sure, is that I’m in the planning stages already. I’m writing my lists and checking it twice, gonna find out who’s naughty or nice!

Easy Turtle Cheesecake

Recipe: Easy Turtle Cheesecake

Summary: This was adapted from my Caramel Pecan Cheesecake Recipe and has become a staple with our Thanksgiving Feast.


  • 1/2 cup Caramel Sauce
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 premade Oreo pie crust
  • 2 pkgs (8oz) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 c sugar
  • 1/2 t vanilla
  • 2 eggs


  1. Heat approximately 1/2 cup of Caramel Sauce
  2. Mix in pecans.
  3. Pour into pie crust.
  4. Mix cream cheese, sugar and vanilla with electric mixer on medium speed until well blended.
  5. Add eggs, mix well.
  6. Pour over Caramel mixture.
  7. Bake at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes or until center is almost set.
  8. Cool.
  9. Refrigerate for 3 hours or overnight.
  10. Garnish with pecan halves and caramel sauce.

Number of servings (yield): 8

My rating: 5.0 stars

Caramel Pecan Cheesecake

Recipe: Caramel Pecan Cheesecake


  • 20 caramels
  • 3 T milk
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 ready to use graham cracker crumb crust
  • 2 pkg (8 oz) softened cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 t vanilla
  • 2 eggs


  1. Microwave caramels and milk in small bowl on high for 2 minutes or until smooth. (stirring every minute)
  2. Stir in pecans.
  3. Pour into crust.
  4. Refrigerate for 10 minutes.
  5. Mix cream cheese, sugar and vanilla with electric mixer on medium speed until well blended.
  6. Add eggs and mix well.
  7. Pour cream cheese mixture into pie crust over caramel and pecans.
  8. Bake at 350 for 35-40 minutes or until center is almost set.
  9. Cool.
  10. Refrigerate 3 hours or overnight.
  11. Garnish with Pecan halves and caramel sauce.

Number of servings (yield): 8

Meal type: dessert

My rating: 4.5 stars

Soft Snickerdoodle Cookies

Recipe: Soft Snickerdoodle Cookies

Summary: These are so fun to make and YUMMY too! Makes 24 cookies.


  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 2/3 cups flour
  • 2 t. cream of tartar
  • 1 t baking soda
  • 1/4 t salt
  • 3 T sugar
  • 3 t cinnamon


  1. Preheat oven to 350 Mix butter, 1 1/2 cups sugar and eggs thoroughly in a large bowl.
  2. Combine flour, cream of tartar, baking soda and salt in a separate bowl.
  3. Blend dry ingredients into butter mixture.
  4. Chill dough, and chill an ungreased cookie sheet for about 10-15 minutes in the fridge.
  5. Meanwhile, mix 3 T sugar, and 3 t cinnamon in a small bowl.
  6. Scoop 1 inch globs of dough into the sugar/cinnamon mixture.
  7. Coat by gently rolling balls of dough in the sugar mixture.
  8. Place on chilled ungreased cookie sheet, and bake 10 minutes.
  9. Remove from pan immediately.

Cooking time (duration): 20/10 prep

My rating: 5.0 stars