Reading List


What’s on your reading list for 2016?

I don’t have specific books on my reading list for 2016. It is more like specific diversity. I Read a lot of crime and mystery fiction. It is great and all but I am running out of good authors to read. I would like to read more current YA books, increase my non fiction book reading (specifically Biblical/ Christianity), and read more historical fiction. Biographies is another thing I have tried to read more of but this is a hard genre to read personally. I don’t know why. I would love to read a biography about all the presidents.

I hope to become a better book reviewer and look into potentially being a YA and/or children’s book reviewer for publishers. And magazines. We shall see I have a lot of my plate right now so that is not a priority!


rearview mirror 2015 –> windshield 2016

Every Accomplishment Starts with the Decision to Try |

Disclaimer: I never said I wouldn’t blog about resolutions. I just said I don’t want.

December 29 2015. Wow wasn’t yesterday 1988 when life was carefree and I was 7? or maybe we can flash forward a few years and it is 1999 and I am graduating from high school. What about 2004 when Gabe was just a babe and little and NOT SLEEPING? oh those were the days.Or 2007 when Jeremy completed our family. But here I am and here it is the end of 2015. Ready to flip the calendar over and start a new year.

New years are funny. We all make promised we hope are attainable. Or we make promises we know we will never keep so we don’t feel bad when we fail. Or we float along with the crowd and remain so cookie cutter that when we finally try to separate ourselves and standout we don’t know where we begin and were our social circle ends.

We promise to eat healthier and get a better nights sleep but yet we kick off the year partying until after midnight eating all sorts of snacks and junk and drinks.

I have a few resolutions…or goals. Maybe if I think of them as accomplishments now I can psyche myself into actually accomplishing them! Reverse psychology might actually have a purpose here….

Here is what I would like to accomplish in 2016


House and Home

  • create a cleaning schedule do I don’t have a mess come Saturday
  • participate in the 52 weeks to a more Organized home
  • track spending more to see where we can save more

On the Blog

  • more consistent blogging (same story 26th verse!)
  • create a schedule for posting and try to pull in saved articles from Pocket
  • work on photoblog


  • eat healthier – oh yeah had to slip that one in there
  • try to be more active. Use MyFitnessPlan and track daily steps
  • read more…more variety.

What goals or accomplishments do you want to set or celebrate for this new year?

Food for Thought

Other than the Cross, the Ark is the greatest reminder/symbol of the message of the gospel. Noah and his family went through one door to be saved—and we need to go through one door (the Lord Jesus) to be saved. We need to get as many people to the door of the living “Ark” as we can.


–Ken Ham

Mini Marble Cheesecakes

Sometimes you just crave cheesecake. Well at least I do. When I found this recipe I knew it was one to try.

Thank you Dorthy at Crazy For Crust for sharing!

Mini Marble Cheesecakes with a PEEPS marshmallow topper - these easy mini cheesecakes are marbled with chocolate. Top with a PEEP for Christmas!



  • 1 1/4 cups chocolate graham crackers (regular may be substituted), about 7-8 full graham cracker sheets
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted


  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup sour cream, room temperature
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 ounce semi-sweet baking chocolate
  • Chocolate or Marshmallow Whipped Cream (or Cool Whip)


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a 12-cup muffin pan with liners.
  2. Place graham crackers in a large ziploc bag. Seal the bag except for 1” and roll with a rolling pin to crush the graham crackers to a fine crumb. This can also be done in a food processor. Stir graham cracker crumbs with sugar and melted butter. Scoop 1-2 tablespoons of the crust mixture into the bottom of each muffin cup (for a total of 12). Press to compact.
  3. Beat cream cheese until smooth, about 30 seconds, using a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment or a hand mixer. Beat in sour cream, egg, sugar, and vanilla. Beat until no lumps remain. (It’s helpful if all ingredients are room temperature before starting!)
  4. Melt semi-sweet baking chocolate in a small bowl on high power in 30 second increments, stirring between each, until melted and smooth. Place 1/4 cup of the cheesecake batter into the chocolate mixture and stir to combine.
  5. Divide the remaining plain cheesecake batter evenly on top of the crusts (about 1 tablespoon per muffin cup). Scoop about 1 teaspoon of the chocolate cheesecake batter on the top and swirl with a toothpick to create the marbled look.
  6. Bake cheesecakes for about 18-21 minutes until the tops are puffed and slightly cracking. Cool completely, then chill for at least 2 hours or overnight.
  7. To serve: remove the cupcake liner and top with chocolate whipped cream