Wednesday, May 15, 2013

volunteering and a fab new app

Teacher appreciation dinner is this Friday.
I signed up for three things.
I was assigned something entirely different.

Make truffles.

Don't they know I don't like trying new recipes under pressure.
In fact, they did not give me a recipe...the note said 'use your favorite truffle recipe'.
Do they know something I don't?


I thought I would just make Buckeyes.
They are truffle-y enough, right?

And just now I spotted this recipe on my pinterest page.
I had great success with the brisket I made from Smitten Kitchen's cookbook...

cross your fingers folks...
I'm going in.


Yesterday morning I saw the cutest lettering app on Instagram.  I have looked at others and found them uneasy to use and not cute.

This one is easy to use and cute.

It is by #beautifulmess.
It cost  .99¢

Fun with #beautifulmess app

Thank you dear Kim M. I adore my beautiful handmade wash cloth!! Will you teach me? LOVE!! #ABeautifulMess

LOOK at what came in the mail yesterday!
Do you remember when I showed those pretty wash cloths a few weeks ago?
My friend, Kim, made this and sent it to me!
She was familiar with the crochet pattern and told me the most lovely story of making a blanket for her mom with this pattern.  It touched my heart.
And the pink and white is the most beautiful.

I asked and she said she would teach me to crochet.
I can not wait!

Isn't it lovely?

Thank you Kim!!


Emma traveled all night to get to Omaha.  I can not wait to hear her stories and see more pictures.

The robins are singing.
The fan is blowing.

“The robin flew from his swinging spray of ivy on to the top of the wall and he opened his beak and sang a loud, lovely trill, merely to show off. Nothing in the world is quite as adorably lovely as a robin when he shows off - and they are nearly always doing it.”
~Secret Garden

Listen and hear,


My sister Janet has asked me to ask you to pray for their friend Katie W.
Katie is a seventeen year old girl in Arizona who has been fighting a very aggressive cancer.
She has really fought bravely and for a long time...and now the cancer has come back and is in her spine and lungs.  She is a girl of great faith and wants to keep fighting.
Will you pray for her and her family?

Lord in your mercy,
hear our prayer.


  1. Went to school at Miami of Ohio for two years. Learned all about those awesome BUCKEYES. Love your lettering Donna!!

    Crochet is fun and easy compared to knitting. It is a little hard on my wrists though....

    love your dishcloth..

  2. Your buckeye truffles will be spectacular! I can't wait for you to see new pictures of the baby.

    1. Have never tried Buckeyes ... not for lack of wanting to ... just never go around to it ... that picture looks really good so I'll have to check it out!

  3. The "truffles" I like to make are crazy easy. 1 pkg oreos, 1 pkg cream cheese. Put them both in the food processor until they are smooth and icky looking. Roll in balls. Dip in the chocolate coating of your choice. And yes, you can use any kind of oreos.
    I think Buckeye's are a win too! :)

    1. I have made those Oreo truffles and YES! They are fabulous. That would be my "go to" if I ever had to bring "tuffles" .... they are truly addictive and amazing!!

    2. Yes, these are what we call ugly truffles, but they are delicious.

    3. Anonymous11:21 AM

      Jen, we call the oreo truffles crack because we can't stop eating them!!
      Mary Z

  4. Jen, what exactly do you do for the chocolate coating?

    1. Melt chocolate chips in a double boiler or in the microwave. Sometimes I add parafin which makes them shiny and a little easier to cover the truffles.

    2. Yup, chocolate chips or that coating chocolate, I don't know what they call it, but it's in the baking isle or in produce. Why produce, I'll never know, but that's typically near the holiday season. I suppose you could try some fancy place or a craft place or whatever, I just never have that much time to work that hard. you could be super fancy and put sprinkles on them? I'd rather just eat them, lol.

  5. I think almond bark makes a good coating for this type of thing - "white chocolate" - right? It melts nicely and coats well.

    Buckeyes sound awesome!!!

    I will pray for Katie in Arizona. It is a privilege. Lord, have mercy and be very near to this family. amen.

  6. P.S. Kinda nervy of them to ask you to make Truffles. But that shows the awesome respect they have for you, Miz Boo! You are a stand-up kinda gal :-)

  7. Praying for Katie W. in Arizona.

  8. Nothing to say today but prayers for that courageous young Katie W in Arizona. God bless and keep her.

  9. Prayers are going out for Katie.

  10. Anonymous11:23 AM

    Prayers for Katie W and all who love her. Prayers also for wisdom for the doctors treating her.

    Mary Z

  11. Anonymous11:25 AM

    I've never heard of Buckeyes. They look good! I looked for the #beautifulmess app and couldn't find it on my phone. I wonder if it's an iphone app? I think I'll do some more looking. The wash cloth is so pretty and dainty looking. Homemade gifts are the best.

    Prayers for Katie W. and her family. God bless them indeed.

    Sarah P. from Iowa

    1. Buckeyes are like peanut butter cups!!!

    2. Oh my lanta, that sounds good.

  12. Anonymous11:44 AM

    We will keep Katie W. and her family in our prayers.

    I found my easy to make truffles recipe:
    1 12 oz pack. of semisweet chocolate chips, 3/4 C. sweetened condensed milk, 1 tsp. vanilla, 1/8 tsp salt, 1/2 cup cocoa or 1 cup shredded coconut. Over low heat or in the microwave melt the chips. Stir in all other ingredients. Refrigerate mixture for 45 mins. With buttered hands shape mixture into 1-inch balls. Roll balls in cocoa or coconut. Makes 36 truffles.

    The Oreo recipe sounds easier, but I don't have a food behind the times. ;-)
    Good job Kim on the washcloth. Have fun in Omaha Emma. I really like the lettering app.
    love and prayers, jep

    1. Anonymous11:46 AM

      Almost forgot, refrigerate truffles until you take them to the teachers luncheon. I know from experience that the teachers will appreciate everything. jep

  13. Honored to pray for Katie this morning.

    I had never heard of Beautiful Mess before and then yesterday it showed up about a half dozen times in my instagram feed, everyone trying it out and raving about it. Funny how that works!

    Love the sweet little towel. it would make a lovely baby blanket!!

  14. Anonymous1:05 PM

    Praying for Katie W. God is still a God of miracles, and if it is his will for this brave young girl to live, she will. May he give her strength and total peace, whatever the outcome.
    Debbie Z.

  15. Anonymous2:23 PM

    Prayers for Katie and her family.

    Love the lettering app too!

    Kim L

  16. Anonymous3:22 PM

    My sister used to make buckeyes at Christmas -- delicious! I will pray for Katie in Arizona, and her family.

    Krista W. in Missouri

  17. Praying for Katie as I type. Young ones with cancer...Lord have mercy!

    I have a truffle recipe...not as simple as those oreo ones above (I am going to state here in the QLCS: I WILL NOT MAKE THOSE. There. I have accountability.) The recipe I use is here:

    Love the font on your lettering. Claire and I agree that the only reason we would ever want a smart phone is for instagram (-:

    Sweet Emma...I remember jumping in the car and driving to Sacramento on a whim to see my new nephew. It's hard to be far away!

    Love to all,

  18. Prayers will be said for this brave young girl. It is an honor.

    Love the app. Thanks for the heads up !

  19. Smitten is great. Now I want a Buckeye. Yum.
    Adding my prayers for Katie.

  20. Anonymous5:15 PM


    Bridget in Minnesota

  21. Joining in prayer for Katie......

    Tammy ~@~

  22. Praying for Katie. Saw it on Fb and read her story. Courage personified.

  23. Thank you dear friends for your prayers. I can always count on the amazing QLCS. <3 Katie is going to FIGHT. She's ready. Sooo young and so willing to accept the will of God. (obviously, not easy) They get to go on a Make-A-Wish cruise next week and when they return she starts treatment. Love you all. Thank you.


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