Thursday, May 31, 2012

Cheesecake Lemonbars

Many people asked for this recipe in twitter. My husband makes INCREDIBLE lemon bars but he NEVER uses a recipe. I made him tell me the recipe for this. I am hoping the measurements are accurate. :)

Boxed lemon cake mix
2 Tbsp cooking oil
1/4 C water

16 oz cream cheese
1 egg
3 C powdered sugar
1 tsp lemon extract
1/2 C powdered sugar (sifted)

Blend first 3 ingredients. Press into greased 9x9 pan. Bake at 350 for 15 minutes. Let cool.

Soften cream cheese. In mixer on low speed beat cream cheese and egg together until combined. Add 3 cups powdered sugar gradually. Add lemon extract. Increase speed to medium/high speed for additional 2 minutes. Pour filling over crust. Bake at 300 for 20-25 minutes until filling is firm. Let cool. Sprinkle with sifted powdered sugar.


Friday, May 18, 2012

Rash Like No Other

**I started this post a couple weeks ago and just now finished.
What have we been up to lately?  A lot actually!!  It has been quite a couple of weeks! 
Last Wednesday Lauren came into my room where I was getting ready for work and her thighs were bright red!  They were splotchy and she had a rash.  She was not complaining of anything.....yet....

Clearly I couldn't go to work so I slowed myself down a bit and then when the clock struck 8:00 I started calling the pediatrician's office.  My first thought..."Well, crud!  Our pedi is off on Wednesdays!"  Got her an appointment for 11:30 and took the other girls to school trying my hardest to keep her away from them...not an easy feat! 
So, at the pediatrician's office she was diagnosed with hives.  Strep swab was negative.  Instructions: give Benadryl every 6 hours, as it should give some relief and you should see the spots lessen.  Also, you can give Ibuprofen and Acetaminaphen for pain and discomfort.  We went on our happy way.  As the day progressed she became more whiny and more splotchy.  Her nose was runny and she was drooling like crazy!  She's 3!  Not supposed to have drool!  I gave her Benadryl at 1:30 and again at 7:30. I did not wake her up in the middle of the night to give her more because I figured she was resting and I did not want to disturb that.
Thursday morning the rash was out of control!!!!  It was all over her arms and belly and back and down her legs.  She had patches of purple/dusky looking places and her hands and feet were swelling.  She was a crying mess and she would just scream in pain.  She would not walk and she wanted to be held but then didn't want to be held.  It was miserable (for both of us)!  Needless to say, I freaked out a little.  I called the pediatrician's office and they did nothing.  No, let me back up...they did something..MADE ME MAD!  They said that the reason she wasn't getting better was because I wasn't giving her Benadryl every6 hours. #1) I was! And #2) you never tell a parent that they are the reason their child is sick!!!! My ped was out of town.

Anyway, I took her to my hospital and we were transferred to Cook Children's Hospital. She was diagnosed with erythema multiforme. I had never heard of it!! We don't know what caused it or if it will come back but we are praying hard it doesn't!!!! It was horrible!!! It's not contagious and no one else got it, thankfully

She was a little better on Sunday but her face was still really swollen.

But she was good as new on Tuesday!!!!

Tuesday, May 8, 2012


What is a friend?  Webster defines a friend as: a person whom one knows, likes, and trusts. It goes on to talk about a friend being a supporter. 
I would have the tendency to assume that everyone has at least one friend...maybe not a best friend or perhaps maybe not even a close friend but someone that they can call a friend.  I know that difference personality types lend themselves for more friends than others.  I am a sanguine which means that I have a lot of people that I consider to be my friend.  I have always been the type of person that needs and wants friends...people around me who love me, encourage me, and support me.  On the flip side of this, I have always had a hard time trusting people so I tend to be skeptical of people.  Unfortunately, a friend described me pretty accurately this morning.  She said that I (and she is the same way) have the tendency to dislike people until I have a reason to like them.  No, not proud of it...but I am just skeptical.  I have been hurt by many people in my life and I want to make sure I can trust you first.
I had a best friend in high school.  She is still very much my friend and we talk/text on a daily basis but it's different than it used to be.  I had a best friend during college and we hardly talk at all anymore.  We were maid/matron of honor in each other's weddings.  I still love her very much and still consider her a dear friend but it's different than it used to be.  I had a best friend in grad school.  We never talk anymore.  I know that she has had two little girls...that's about the extent of it.  It's different than it used to be.  I have several close friends since we have moved to Texas (in 2006) but one that I would consider my best friend.  For me, she defines a best friend better than anyone else. 
When Brice and I moved to Texas, we really didn't know anyone.  I had some family here but no friends, really.  We joined a church on Father's Day of that same year and I was about 3 months pregnant with Rachel.  I quickly met our music minister's wife, Krista, who was also pregnant with their first baby girl, Chelsea.  We became friends but became pretty close after our girls were born.  We both stayed home with our girls and grew closer as time went on.

We have both now had 3 children a piece. We were pregnant at the same time...all three times. We have gone to church together, worshipped together, prayed, laughed, and cried together. We have also disagreed and shared difficult times. We have talked about things that I don't talk about to anyone else. She has been my best friend. We have done life in all aspects of the word! She is one of the greatest friends I will ever have!!! Ever!

Krista moved. On Sunday, May 6, I formally told her goodbye and wished her well for her new life, in a new city, at a new church! I was/am sad. I don't like change and I dont like not having my friends close. She is 2 hours away and I'm sad. I will visit but for now...I'm sad!

Friends are friends forever if the Lord's the Lord of them....forever friends...

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