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my first fish fry

fish fry with grandpa

We went to a fish fry on Friday, my very first because I don’t eat fish.  My grandpa really wanted to go and I thought it would be a fun experience for the boys (they LOOOVE seafood, go figure). It was held at the very school my mom attended at a young girl. Not only did I get to hear more of my grandpa’s stories (how much he enjoyed fishing as a boy with his dad, about Grandma as a young woman, and the old house on Ferry Street), I also learned a few new things about my mom – such as where she liked to play as a child AND more about the family dog she swears was evil.

Making the most of this time.  Creating memories for the boys to embrace.

Speaking of the house on Ferry Street (the one my mom grew up in), I learned that the light fixture hanging in one of Grandpa’s spare bedrooms used to hang in their old dining room.  The fixture was “rescued” before the city tore the house down.

ferry street house

A framed photograph of the Ferry Street house also hangs in the front entryway of grandpa’s current home.  How cool is that?  My grandma was such a sentimentalist.

Guess I am, too, which is why I’m enjoying these visits so much.:)

Crystal Satnik - April 3, 2012 - 10:35 am

Sounds like you guys had a wonderful day!

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5 fun things friday

5 Fun Things Friday

1. Love these Easter Bunny Sugar Cookies.

easter bunny sugar cookies

2.  And this Salted Caramel & Dark Chocolate Covered Peeps recipe.

salted caramel & dark chocolate peeps

3.  This Lemon Blueberry Bread recipe – perfect for this time of year.

lemon blueberry bread

4.  This foolproof slow cooker ham recipe is right up my alley.

slow cooker ham

5.  This is not your average bicycle basket.

bicycle basket

Click HERE for details.  Neither is this one:

bamboo bicycle basket

Click HERE for more information.

Happy Friday!!!

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chicken enchilada dip

chicken enchilada dip

Another recipe from the 2012 Spring Weekend Scrapbooking Retreat.  [And bible study, for those of you who sampled it last week.]  It’s one of my new faves!

Chicken Enchilada Dip

Yield: 12 servings


  • 2 - 8oz. pkgs. cream cheese, softened
  • 1-1/2 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 1 tsp. minced garlic
  • 1 Tbsp. chili powder
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1 tsp. ground oregano
  • 1 tsp. paprika
  • cayenne pepper, to taste
  • 3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cooked & chopped
  • 1 bunch cilantro, chopped
  • 4 green onions, chopped
  • 10-oz. can diced tomatoes with green chiles


  1. Mix cheeses together until well blended; add garlic, chili powder, cumin, oregano, paprika and cayenne pepper. Mix well; stir in remaining ingredients. Cover and refrigerate overnight. Serve with corn chips.
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banana caramel coffee cake

banana caramel coffee cake

Just one of the many delicious recipes sampled at the scrapbooking retreat last weekend.  The recipe is below:

Banana Caramel Coffee Cake

Yield: 12 to 16 servings


  • 2-3/4 cups all-purpose flour, divided
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1-1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces and divided
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup mashed banana
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 Tbsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 1 cup pecan pieces
  • 1 (13.4 oz.) can dulce de leche


  1. Combine 2-1/4 cups flour and next 4 ingredients in a large bowl. Cut 3/4 cup butter into flour mixture with a pastry blender until crumbly. Whisk together eggs and next 3 ingredients; add to flour mixture, stirring just until dry ingredients are moistened.
  2. Spread batter into a greased 13"x9" pan.
  3. Combine remaining 1/2 cup flour and brown sugar in a small bowl. Cut remaining 1/4 cup butter into flour mixture with pastry blender. Add pecans, pressing streusel mixture between fingers until large clumps form. Sprinkle streusel over batter in pan.
  4. Microwave dulce de leche in a small glass bowl on HIGH 1 minute or until drizzling consistency, stirring once; drizzle over streusel topping.
  5. Bake at 350 degrees for 35 to 38 minutes or until streusel topping begins to brown and center of cake puffs slightly. Cool slightly.
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stacey D - March 28, 2012 - 10:54 am

YUM! I think I will make it for our Easter brunch!!

Crystal Satnik - March 28, 2012 - 12:00 pm

How did I not know about this?!? I may have to make it now…

Tina - March 28, 2012 - 1:20 pm

We had it Friday morning and it was apparently never pulled out again, Crystal… buried in the fridge under the mountain of food.

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faithbooking crop survey [the results]

Thank you so much for your input and comments! As I suspected, it appears that 90% want a longer crop format. Most of you want to keep cropping on Saturdays and prefer the flexibility of a monthly vs. quarterly crop. It is time to renew our room request for next year and I wanted to be sure where you were all coming from before bringing our needs to the church. As much as I would like to keep the crops at Hosanna!, if they are unable to extend our hours for next year I will be looking for a new location to host them.

So now we wait and pray.  I’ll keep you posted as I know more!

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