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Cooking, Birthdays, and Liam :)

The last week has been a major baking week for me, as predicted. I made this yummy sugar-free, grain-free cake for Tiffany’s birthday. It’s the same one she made for my birthday.
Birthday Cake ~ Lifeofjoy.meI hadn’t finished putting the candles on as Sean was taking pictures.

It was three layers. See!

Tiff's Cake sliced ~ Lifeofjoy.meAs you may be able to tell from the mess in the middle, the second layer broke apart, so I glued it together with frosting. :) It ate just as good as if it hadn’t been broken. :D

I also made brownies to take to my parents’ to celebrate with the extended family. Unfortunately, I did not get a picture of those. They were fudgey-ish and had chocolate chips in them. Oh! I found a great way to make chocolate syrup/fudge sauce using Sukrin clear fiber syrup, which we put on top of the brownies and sugar-free ice cream my parents’ served us.

Birthdays ~ Lifeofjoy.meI also made a chocolate chocolate bundt cake for my mother’s birthday celebration. We celebrated a week early because we won’t be getting together again until Father’s Day. (And nope, I didn’t get a picture of that one either. The way it is, I swiped the picture above from my mother.)

I made pancake batter on Saturday, which Tiffany cooked on the griddle. While I made the batter, I put the dry ingredients for a second batch in a baggie for Tiffany’s birthday breakfast! Birthdays are busy cooking days around here, so every little bit of help I can give myself the better.

While Tiffany made the pancakes, I mixed up the cake batter for Momma’s cake and put it in the oven and then made some sausage and eggs to go with breakfast because I cannot just eat something sweet for breakfast . . . I gots to have my meats. ;)

On Tiffany’s birthday I added some blueberries and subbed blueberry extract for the vanilla extract. OMGee! These were delicious!!!

Birthday breakfast leftovers ~ Lifeofjoy.meI don’t usually eat leftover pancakes but these were soooo good, I couldn’t help myself! Oh! what makes it even better is that they are perfectly legitimate keto!!!! Whoo hoo!!!

I’d made “Soul Bread” before the weekend arrived last week, knowing how busy I was going to be and we needed that bread for Tiffany’s birthday. We used that bread and made grilled ham and cheese sandwiches. The side dish took forever but was sooo good – Zucchini fries with a spicy mayo dip. Mmm mmm! (Sorry, no picture again. :( )

For her birthday dinner we had chicken fried caulirice. It was nice and meaty and I added some good coconut oil to it to up the fat, since the chicken is so low in fat and keto diet is high fat. (Yeah, you know the drill, no picture for this one either.)

Saturday night, Tiffany and I made Mexican pizza. Yummo.

I’ve had a couple of recipes I’ve been wanting to try. One is onion rings where you take a ring of onion and wrap it with thin cut bacon! I also got the ingredients to make “everything” bagels a couple of weeks ago; I really should stop loafing around and make them already. LOL


We also got to watch this cutie this week!!! Woo hoo! I just love him!

Liam Highchair ~ Lifeofjoy.meHe loves is spoons. He gets one to hold as you use the other to shovel the food in. We’ve graduated from tying him on a chair to a high chair, thanks to Lauren. :)

Liam and spoons ~ Lifeofjoy.meHe looks so grown up here! He’s such a good baby!!! He really only gets cranky when he is tired or hungry. Of course, both happen frequently. :D

Jesse Bear ~ Lifeofjoy.meHe seemed to like this sensory ball this visit. And of course, Tiffany is reading him Jesse Bear What will You Wear. I promise, we do own more books than that. :D

Liam and Pawpaw ~ Lifeofjoy.meYep, he’s a cutie patootie and we love having him here!!!

Well, I’m going to run for now. I hope you have a great weekend!

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

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Flowers, Liam, and Visiting

It is always so busy at restaurants on Mother’s Day, and we dislike crowds, so we grabbed a quick bite to eat at Whataburger on our way to my parents’ house that day. While we were there, I think there was a group there together from somewhere, although I have no idea where. At any rate, they passed out some pretty carnations to every mother in the place. It was really very sweet of them.
Mother's Day Carnation ~ Lifeofjoy.meMother's Day Carnation ~ Lifeofjoy.meI got some pretty annuals to put in the front circular flower bed.

Circular Flower Bed ~ Lifeofjoy.meSome geraniums, I think.

Flowers ~ Lifeofjoy.meFlowers ~ Lifeofjoy.meYep, I got that one in two different colors. That pink one is so vibrant and the orange was really nice too. I couldn’t decide between the two, so I bought both. :D

Vincas, which I love because they are drought tolerant and I actually managed not to kill them. I’ve got a lot of these because Michael bought me several different colors of them. :) Hmmm, it seems that I did not get a picture of these yet. I’ll have to remedy that and share next week. :)

Gerber Daisies

Flowers ~ Lifeofjoy.meThose look so nice they look fake. :D

This one is called Lemon Slice something. I don’t remember what the rest of it was but lemon slice was so perfect for these bright beauties. They may be petunias.

Flowers ~ Lifeofjoy.me

The purple flowered one in the middle is a perennial, so I’m looking forward to seeing if they survive. ;) Of course you cannot see the small purple flowers on it though.

Flowers ~ Lifeofjoy.meI tried to crop this in my wp but it didn’t seem to work and I don’t have time to keep messing with it. Hopefully it will do well, and I’ll put up another picture later. ;)

Then there are these.

Flowers ~ Lifeofjoy.meFlowers ~ Lifeofjoy.me


My sister and her girls came over for a bit one day this week. Tiffany made us a mini chocolate cake. It was pretty good but the sweetener was a bit strong. Gotta work out the kinks. ;)

Mini Choc Cake ~ Lifeofjoy.meThen we got to babysit this cutie this week too!

Babysitting the Cutie ~ Lifeofjoy.me

Michael is so good with him.

Michael and Liam ~ Lifeofjoy.me

It happened to be the same night that my parents came for dinner. So it was a joy to have both here at the same time. :)

Mom and Liam ~ Lifeofjoy.meAfter being warned about the chair, Daddy seemed to be comfortable and enjoying conversation with Michael.

Dad and Michael ~ Lifeofjoy.me

Lauren said he gets two pouches of food for dinner. He was definitely enjoying himself. :D

Liam 2 Pouches ~ Lifeofjoy.meAnd this is the new face he is making . . . cracks me up!

Puckering Liam ~ Lifeofjoy.mePuckering Some More ~ Lifeofjoy.meLove the knee pads! :D

It has been a fun but busy week. The weekend is going to be full of baking because Tiffany’s birthday is this weekend and Mom’s is a week later, so we’ll be celebrating both this Sunday and I have three desserts to make before it is all over. (Wow, that was a Heidi worthy sentence! :D )

I hope you have a great weekend!

Until next time God bless,

Michele ºÜº

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Liam Tangled

iamthedivacztI’m so glad I didn’t just skip the challenge this week. It didn’t seem to be something I would really enjoy but I have to admit, this one was soooo fun!!!  When I saw the Diva Challenge was to use a cut-out and Laura had used a model, the first thing I thought of using was a picture of my grandson. I entertained the idea of choosing food from an advertisement or something from a magazine, from which I have plenty to choose. But the idea of using a picture of Liam was the strongest idea, so I went with it.

First I had to pick a picture of him. This smirk of his just cracks me up. Oh and when he opens his mouth in an ‘O’, it just gets me! :DSmirk ~ Lifeofjoy.meThen I had to cut out his image in gimp (a free program for photos and such). Tangled Liam ~ Lifeofjoy.meThen I had to save it and finally print it. After that I cut it out with scissors and affixed it to my tile.

Next came the tangle selection. I thought footlites by Carol Ohl would be good. Since Liam’s hand was on a busy box in the original photo, I decided on Cadent in that section. I wasn’t sure what to use in the final section. I toyed with some grid tangles but didn’t want anything that might look flowery or too dramatic. In the end, I settled on Tipple.

I forgot to take a scan of it before I shaded it, although it wasn’t really very dramatic, at least to me. Here it is in grayscale-finished.

Gray Tangled Liam ~ Lifeofjoy.meAnd here it is, as I see it in real life. :)

Color Tangled Liam ~ Lifeofjoy.meI’m pleased with it. I could’ve blended the shading on Cadent a bit more but I like it. I will probably end up framing this one and hanging it up. Oh! I have just the thing! I got some glass frames for Christmas; this will be perfect! :)

A quick note about last week, I couldn’t figure out why none of the faithful commenters had commented on my tile last week. So, on Monday, I went to the Linky to check the link. Turns out that I never pushed publish on the post!!! :p Ugh!!! That’s the first time in nearly three years, that I have done that. Oh well, live and learn!

I appreciate this community so much! You’re comments are most appreciated!

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

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Liam, a Birthday, and Zelda

Last weekend I went and got Liam. :)

He’s taken to sucking his lower lip. :D

Liam lip sucking ~ Lifeofjoy.me

I got him a cute snack cup from Dollar Tree that holds the snack pieces inside the cup and has an opening for him to pull a piece out. He didn’t get the hang of it this time around but I’m sure that before long, he’ll be a pro at it.

New Snack Cup ~ Lifeofjoy.meHe was really wanting to move!

AND . . . he had his very first sleepover!!! He was very good!Sleepover! ~ Lifeofjoy.meHis mommy said he gets up between 7 and 8. I couldn’t reach her to ask but was pretty certain that she wanted me to wake him up. I was a bit nervous about doing it but he was a sweetie.  I gave him his morning bottle and we had some nice snuggle time.

Grandkids are a joy! I cannot wait until I have a bunch of them . :)


Sean’s birthday was this past weekend as well! He requested that yummy pound cake I made just days prior for his cake. It was REALLY good!!!

Sean Birthday ~ Lifeofjoy.meBusy and Fun ~ Lifeofjoy.meI wrote about it in more detail last Friday. If you eat low carb and sugar-free, this is delicious!


The only other thing that’s been big this week is that we are still loving the new Zelda game, Breath of the Wild. It is HUGE!!! and lots of fun!

Zelda ~ Lifeofjoy.meWe weren’t sure if we wanted to get it because it was released on the new Wii which we do not have. I’m so glad Sean bought it! :)

He also went ahead and ordered a strategy guide for it and it came yesterday. I haven’t had a chance to peruse it yet but it is gorgeous and has tons of information in it. The print is small but he was forewarned about that so we knew what to expect.

The Guide ~ Lifeofjoy.me

He’s a good bargain hunter and found a coupon and a discount, and sale items, and free shipping. :D

We get to have Liam spend the night again this weekend and get to show him off at church Sunday!

Well, I’m off for now. Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Flowers, Art, Kittens, Birthday, and Liam

When Liam came last time, my sweet daughter-in-love, Lauren, had sent along a bouquet of flowers that Liam picked out for me.

Thoughtful Daughter-in-Love ~ Lifeofjoy.meHow thoughtful of her!!! And now, nearly two weeks later, they are still lovely. I feel so special and loved! :)

We had another freeze the other night and Tiffany has checked on the peach tree and says it is doing well. I’ll try to get some pictures of it next week.

I’m looking forward to  Walmart getting in their trees again this year. I’m going to replace my nectarine that died and my poor Arkansas Black apple tree that seems to be partially dead. Looks like it may have gotten hit by lightening. :o I got the peach tree from Walmart last year.


I received this cute chef guy for Christmas from my little sister and the other day I saw that Tiffany had written on it.

Blackboard Art ~ Lifeofjoy.meI love it!!!

When the Bradford Pear Trees were blooming, I checked on our wild redbud trees and they hadn’t started yet. Of course I didn’t get close to them because they are not readily available, meaning I’d have to walk through the brush to check closely. But when we’ve been out and about lately, I’ve noticed that others are blooming, so I looked out my back window and rising above the barren branches were some pretty bits of pink! :) I asked Tiffany if she’d take a picture while she was out feeding the animals today.

Wild Redbud Tree ~ Lifeofjoy.meThey are little but a nice bit of color in otherwise dreary or drab branches.

Here’s a picture I took with the telephoto lens so that you could see what I see. :)

Redbud in the distance ~ Lifeofjoy.me


This is Latte.

Latte and Kits ~ Lifeofjoy.meAnd this is a picture of KitKat from last August.

KitKat ~ Lifeofjoy.meNotice that she has no tail.

These are newly born kittens. Both Latte and KitKat were pregnant at the same time. We know when Kit Kat had hers because her water broke on our front porch while Tiffany was out with her. We aren’t so sure about Latte.

There are four kittens.

Spring 2017 Kittens ~ Lifeofjoy.meTiffany says that she thinks three of them don’t have a tail, which would make them Kit Kat’s. We’re pretty sure at least one is Latte’s. They are both nursing all four of them.

This is Shiloh. She just had a hair cut and it is chillier out this morning, so she’s wearing her coat.

Shiloh loves Kittens ~ Lifeofjoy.meShe loves kittens! She has always stuck her head in whatever house they were in and just looked at them fondly . . . no matter to whom they belonged. Kit Kat is okay with Shiloh checking in on them but Latte is another story. She hisses at Shiloh every time. Thus, Tiffany only lets her peek in when Kit Kat is with them. As you can see in the picture above, Latte is a bit protective of her kits.

Michael found a mangled dead kit at the bottom of the steps one morning, so this is probably why she is being this way. Not sure how it got that way but . . . it could be why she’s being so protective now.


We finally got to celebrate Lauren’s February birthday last night! They’ve been awfully busy.

Celebrating Lauren's Bday ~ Lifeofjoy.me Yep, he’s a loon!!! :D

I made one of her favorite meals: San Francisco Chicken with noodles and then Strawberry No-Bake Cheesecake for dessert. I made a keto version for us. It was good, except for the crust; I gotta buy some other oat fiber! The brand I got, Anthony’s, is STRONG! It makes food taste like play-doh! :p

I did promise a picture of Liam.

Liam with Aunt Tiffany ~ LIfeofjoy.meWe played Small World board game together and Lauren won!

Small World Winner, Lauren ~ Lifeofjoy.meWe had fun and I got lots of Liam cuddles. We get to watch him some next week too.


We have a church dinner/fun night tonight. I’m not hostessing it this time but have agreed to bring a pot of stew and help decorate this morning. I hope I remember to get some pictures to share with you next week. ;)

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

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Peach Tree, Flowers, and Liam

It appears that our peach tree and its blossoms made it through the frost that hit a couple of weekends ago. There are some new blossoms and the old ones seem to be progressing along. Of course, I’ve never seen the stages of how a peach is formed but it seems like it is moving as it should be.

Peach Tree, Flowers, and Liam ~ Lifeofjoy.mePeach Tree, Flowers, and Liam ~ Lifeofjoy.meOh! the peaches we’ll have! But now Michael tells me it is supposed to dip down below freezing again this weekend. Oh God! PLEASE protect my peaches, peach blossoms, and my peach tree overall.


The narcissus all bloomed out this week too. They are now standing tall and looking lovely.

Peach Tree, Flowers, and Liam ~ Lifeofjoy.meYes, I know, my flower bed is a disgrace. One day I’ll have beautiful flower beds but until then, I’ll just keep learning and growing. I think these may have actually increased from last year, like they’re supposed to do. :) Cool!

Peach Tree, Flowers, and Liam ~ Lifeofjoy.meIt looks like I have mostly the short trumpet ones. Oh well! At least they are the ones with the darker yellow centers. That’s some nice contrast.


Liam and new blocks ~ Lifeofjoy.meLook who was here last weekend! I bought him some sensory blocks and balls. I think he liked them.

Here is how we handled not having a highchair when we ate dinner. :)

Make-shift Highchair ~ Lifeofjoy.meI think he liked it.

He likes it! ~ Lifeofjoy.meHe moves his feet a lot . . . caught him mid-circle. :D

Changed into pj’s and chasing that rubber ducky.

RollAway Ducky ~ Lifeofjoy.me

Now on to the book.

Catching up on his reading ~ Lifeofjoy.meThen Aunt Tiffany read him Jesse Bear What Will You Wear.

Tiff and Liam & book ~ Lifeofjoy.meHe loves books! We’re all so happy about that. :)

Then Uncle Sean played with him. Here he was laughing at Grandpa. (He’s so unloved, right? NOT!)

Uncle Sean Time ~ Lifeofjoy.meThen Uncle Sean read him Jesse Bear What Will You Wear. Yep, the same book. :D We do have other books AND they are readily available. Oh well, he seemed to like it.

Uncle Sean's Turn ~ Lifeofjoy.meIt was a fun visit!


I got this really wonderful cookbook this week. I’m loving it. I made some bread from it this week and even though it didn’t turn out exactly right, it still tasted good. :)

I gave some sticky flags to Sean, Tiffany, and Michael to flag the things they would like me to make.

New cookbook fun ~ Lifeofjoy.meThere are very few unmarked recipes and some of those I want to try myself. :D They used up all of those flags I had. I guess I have lots of cooking to do over the next little while. Yum Yum!

Well, I hope you have a good and warm weekend.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

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New Traditions and Yummy Food

So  yeah, Liam was here last weekend! Isn’t he a cutie?

Liam ~ Lifeofjoy.meMichael picked him up on his way home from work and then Lauren came and got him several hours later. (I hope this will be a new tradition.)

He’s enjoying tummy time now; he went through a spell where he did not like it at all though. He crawls/scoots around in a circle and rolls over with ease now. I need to get him a few more toys to play with here though. I cannot wait for yard sales this year. You can find baby things so inexpensively!

Laim Scoots ~ Lifeofjoy.meThis is the first time Michael has picked up Liam; Lauren and I learned somethings from this. The biggest is that she either needs to text me or leave me notes in the diaper bag or I’m probably not going to get the message. ;) When she arrived to take him home,  he was not in his pajamas because Michael forgot to tell me to go ahead and put them on him after dinner. :o

We also realized, beyond all doubt, that I, grandma, need to get a highchair! Michael, grandpa, does not make a good one. ;)

Grandpa is not a good highchair ~ Lifeofjoy.meThis child really likes applesauce!

I was getting some snuggles in while Tiffany made dinner. She caught a picture of him watching her.

What's Auntie Tiff Doin? ~ Lifeofjoy.meHe was really drooling a lot too. Cutting teeth is slobbery hard work.


In other news, I took some process pictures for the Chicken Lasagna Florentine this week and should have that recipe updated before the day is out. It was really good and we found we could serve it on some more spinach, if desired, and with broccoli as a side dish; it really goes well with it.

Single serving Chicken Lasagna Florentine ~ Lifeofjoy.me


And finally, we’ve started a new tradition with my parents this week. See, we used to go to their house every Sunday; I liked it that way. It was actually Michael that started it the year we got married. At any rate, over the last four years or so, it has dwindled down to once or twice a month, unless it is birthday season. ;) So, in an effort to stay connected with them, we decided to have them over for dinner once a month.

We did that for the first time this week. I had purchased a ham when it was on sale last month, so I decided to fix it. (I’ll be sharing that recipe eventually; didn’t take but one picture. :( ) Tiffany made the scalloped potatoes for me, while I made an attempt at scalloped cauliflower. I also made some green beans.

Ham ~ Lifeofjoy.meAfter dinner I fixed some blueberry cobbler. Everyone said they enjoyed it. I know I did. :)

Of course, I’m still bad at pictures. I got a couple of my parents walking out to the car to leave. That tickled Mom but the one of her looking at me laughing wasn’t a good picture, so this is all I got. :(Parents came to visit ~ Lifeofjoy.me

Well, that’s my week! (Well, except for the part where we rearranged Tiffany’s room after running errands, which made for two tired gals.) I hope you have a good weekend. We shall!

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº