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    Perfectly Sweet Healthy Birthday Snack

    A very Happy Birthday to my middle-son today!  7 years old and I feel like he should be turning 3 or 4.  How does time pass so quickly? Every child loves to bring in a sweet treat to school to celebrate their special day.  Before Spring Break I sent in a note to his teacher asking if I could send in cupcakes, a sweet-tooth favorite for the birthday boy.  The note that came home was a bit disappointing.  “We would love a birthday treat, but please send in something healthy.”  Humph…  My thought, ‘Come on! It is a Birthday!’  But I polled Facebook friends for a healthy, yummy treat that would satisfy…

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    Easter Preparations

    The eggs are boiled for dyeing tonight: The potato salad for the big pot-luck get together tomorrow is in the works: New Easter clothes are purchased.  My boys will be dashing: There is something about a holiday that is a bit rejuvenating. What do you do to prepare for Easter? Up from the grave He arose; with a mighty triumph o’er His foes;He arose a victor from the dark domain, and He lives forever, with His saints to reign. He arose! He arose! Hallelujah! Christ arose!– Leanne from MilitaryAvenue.com  Join Us    byLeanne KocsisonSaturday, April 07, 2012Email ThisBlogThis!Share to TwitterShare to FacebookShare to PinterestMilitary Life:Easter,Leanne

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    Easter Sunday Reflections: Promise and Strength

    Easter, a beautiful day of Bonnets, Baskets and yummy chocolate-Bunnies. But first and foremost it is a day of promise.  A promise fulfilled, a promise for today, and a promise to come. “Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow!”Where do you find your strength?  It is easy to lose heart when we don’t remember the promises of God.  Today at church our pastor reminded us of some wonderful verses to hold on tight to. I hope they can help you:Are you… TroubledPsalm 9:9 – The Lord is a refugeIsaiah 43: 1-2 “I have called you by name; you are mine”DiscouragedJoshua 1:9 – He will be with you where ever you goPsalm 27:14 – “Be brave and…

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    Tasty Tuesday Peaches and Cream Pie OH MY!

    Have company….Have desserts ….Have laughter, discussions and seconds. That is just what we did this weekend. Friends over, Easter candy out in dishes, Blackberry Grunt and Peaches and Cream Pie warm from the oven….OH MY! Somehow the clock propelled around it’s face faster than a comet across the sky. Seem great friends come with military families. With friends come some great recipes that were first tasted in Kadena, or Osan; perhaps Ramstein or Queensland. This peaches and cream pie hit my taste buds in Florida. Sunshine state lit up my curiosity and the ‘chef’ handed it over!Now it is yours to share at your table. Enjoy! Peaches and Cream Pie3/4…

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    Plant Your Easter Bulbs

    As I write this the temperature has climbed up into the 50’s. LOVE it. Last week we were into the minus degrees. Change comes and it goes, but the calendar marks the real changes that are coming: Spring and sunshine. Ahhhhhhh! There is a tangible change that you can experience right now. An ugly bag with a hairy bulb looks like it will be anything but beautiful. And change is so hard to see. Because the Easter amaryllis will take about 6 weeks to bloom get it ready to pot now. Placethat bulb in a fresh pot, with soft potting soil, drab as it seems, and as far away from…

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    Spring Break Fun

    I love the change in routine involved with Spring Break!  We have enjoyed alarm clocks off, time outdoors, moments together and later bedtimes.  Time with school-aged friends, time with neighbors, time with cousins, grandparents, aunts and uncles. I had a great Easter weekend at home.  We enjoyed Easter church-service as a family, followed by the annual Easter-Egg hunt at Hub’s Grandma’s house involving A LOT of plastic eggs and A LOT of kids.  We spent a few days enjoying the warmer-then-usual Spring weather in our backyard, planting some flower seeds, friends over to play backyard-baseball and so much more!  We packed up the car mid-week and headed to my folk’s house, about a five hour drive, but well worth the time!…

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    Tasty Tuesday: Lamb Shanks

    Spring comes in like a lion… not much one can do there to portray that visual with a meal suggestion… however, Spring goes out like a lamb. I imagine there are a few people who have never tried lamb. And that is such a shame. Lamb dishes are flavorful, simple to prepare and an almost new meat. There are so many ways to prepare a great Easter treat. Traditionally we have leg of lamb when we have company here. However this year, I am thinking about making Lamb Shanks. This dish takes some preparation time, but is worth the wait! And a new meat is an excellent change for the…

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    A Minute out of the Norm: St Patrick’s Day Shamrocks

    I have to admit it… I have the perfect kitchen door.  It is a sliding glass door that catches the morning sun, brings about afternoon shade and a perfect view of the evening stars.  I am a light-person.  I crave sun-shine.  I LOVE a warm sunbeam.  Winter can be long and hard on me, especially in cloudy, wintry northern-Ohio. But back to that perfect kitchen door.  It is a great spot to hang hand-made seasonal decor.  We’ve hung painted-Easter egg crafts; Valentine Hearts; a cut-out snowflake or two; even some summer home-made flowers.  If there is a decoration that can be made out of paper, made by a preschooler or grade-schooler … we…

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    Loving a Person

    Loving a person just the way they are, it’s no small thing I woke up this morning with a song in my head.  Kind of strange, as I haven’t heard it for awhile.  It takes some time to see things throughBut it has reminded me of how blessed I am. And yet, relationships in my life require work.  Simply because I am me.  They are them.  My husband is head-strong, my dad is a mover & shaker, my mom wants the best for me, my step-son is, well, a teenager, I sometimes threaten to eat my own children (think about spiders eating their young and you get the picture), friends around the world…

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    The Importance of Friendship during Deployment

    “Friendship improves happiness, and abates misery, by doubling our joys, and dividing our grief.”— Joseph Addison This weekend I went to a Beth Moore simulcast and was reminded how I am truly taken care of! It all started when I got an email from a friend last week, Karen. I met Karen this past February when Hubby and I signed up to do a small-group through our church. The small group was intended to do a group-study over Lent. Many of the different groups broke-up after Easter. However, our group kept meeting each week. We were a diverse group but we all got along very well! Over time they learned…