Saturday, December 30, 2017

Merry Belated Christmas, A Happy New Year and A Fun Christmas Story

I thought I'd stop by with a note to say I'm sorry we missed wishing you a Merry Christmas, but I'm getting in an early Happy New Year unless you're down under and then I'm just on time! 

I love Christmas Day!  The kids are always so excited and we just love to watch their faces light up.  We spend Christmas morning at home and then go to my mom's for Christmas dinner and presents.  Things were a bit rough, but when you take for granted you always have yeast and flour and those things are somehow missing from the pantry shelves you become inventive to make rolls.  So I sent Hoss to my sister's to procure flour and found some yeast in the back of the cabinet that may been a wee bit past expiration date.  No worries the rolls turned out amazing.  

We made it to my mom's a wee bit late, but all was good.  Things turned a bit interesting when the gifts began to be unwrapped.  I was helping keep the kids stocked with gifts and had not opened a few of mine.  When I finally sat back and began to unwrap I received some nice cookie sheets and a few other gifts, but the one that took my breath away, the one that really made me beam as bright red as Rudolph's nose was this....
And not in a good way.  You see my lovely vanilla mom provided this gift to me and my sister.  Both very vanilla folks.  They had no idea what Hoss would do or think once he saw what would turn out to be more for him than me.  I quickly thanked my mom and shoved it behind me trying desperately to tame my coloring and not show Hoss.  Thankfully no one was worse for the wear until we arrived home.   Hoss was super excited when his eyes feasted on the bounty before him.  

I know your HOH's would drool too!  So which implement do you think drew his eye?  I'll let you all decide and you can comment below.  Also, just so you know some will be in our kitchen, cannot have my mom thinking her gift went to waste.  Hoss can be so generous sometimes, lol!

Have a great New Year's and stay safe!

Hoss and Baker

Thursday, December 14, 2017

A Sweeter Approach to Sunny's Meme

Abby over at Finally Finding Me suggested I might just do this meme.  Seeing I'm exhausted, sick in bed for like the third day in a row and the meds make me alert, but unable to function except to keep me bug eyed, it is an AWESOME time to do a meme.  So I will do the bestest I can under the current circumstances and if things seem wonky, they are most probably are!

1. What was the last thing you put in your mouth?  
This, my friends, looks almost identical to what our oldest son
 brought down to me a short while ago, he claims it's his new specialty.  
Peppermint hot chocolate.  Yummm!

2. Where was your profile picture taken? Our front porch.

3. Worst pain?  Last c-section I had, as I came down with complications afterwords.  No fun at all.

4. Favorite place you've traveled?
Cades Cove in the Smoky Mountains, particular favorite is Abram's Falls.

5. How late did you stay up last night? Um, maybe 9:30?  I was exhausted.

6. If you could, would you move? We would love to move out into the country.  Would love more area for the kids to explore.

7. Favorite toy as a child?
A snoopy dog similar to this one.

8. Favorite TV show as a kid?

Saturday morning cartoons, especially these two!

9. How do you feel right now? Um, no one wants to know that, so I'll say fair to middling, but more like death warmed over.  Thanks for asking.

10. When was the last time you cried?
Watching this movie about a month ago.  Hoss and I were both blubbering at the end.  Highly recommend it if you like a good documentary.
Though there are a few spankings lately that have made me rather teary.

11. Who took your profile picture? One of our sons.

12. Who is the last person you took a picture with? The whole family.

13. What's your favorite season?

14. If you could have any career, what would you pick? Being a mom and I'm doing that!

15. Do you think relationships are worth it? I've learned something from each and everyone, so of course.  The other thing about this one is, you never know what you're going to get: a one chance meet or a life long friend!

16. If you could talk to ANYONE right now who would it be? My Grandma.  She's gone and I really miss her cooking, her wisdom and her comfort.

17. Are you a good influence?  I have no clue.  Maybe?

18. Does pineapple belong on pizza?
Yes, if you have ham and a thin crust.

19. You have the remote, what are you watching right now?
Christmas movies right now, 
but normally I do not watch anything very often.

20. Who do you think will play along? 

Seems everyone else has, maybe Amy needs to give it a go or Ella.  
They both usually know how to make us giggle.

Sunny additionally asks one new question: 

Do you open presents Christmas Day or Christmas Eve.? Kids get to open a gift from a sibling on Christmas Eve and then everything else on Christmas Day.

Abby’s question is: 

Do you have a favorite Christmas decoration?
I love the handmade ones from the kids.  

Thanks Sunny for the meme and thanks Abby for suggesting I participate.  I needed a wonderful distraction this afternoon!


Tuesday, December 12, 2017


Blogland seems to be having a bit of a rough go at it this Christmas season.  Between Roz's mom's passing and Lindy's health situation we've had a rough couple of weeks, you all.  So I'm just dropping in to offer some encouragement.  When things are rough, I love to try and find something to giggle about, or use my words to lift someone else up.  So most of you know I love memes, so I've listed some to help cheer the spirit and also to remind you to continue to pray for our dear friends.

 Particularly for our own Scrappy Doo, Roz

And for Lindy from Down Under!

(sneaking Abby in here as well)

And just so you ladies know....

Hugs and prayers!  Thankful to call you friends!

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Great Online Cookie Exchange

Hey, you all, it's time for the Great Online Cookie Exchange.  I have never participated before, but with a name like Baker I thought I'd better live up to the name.  So I have posted below a yummy recipe for lemon bars.  If you have any questions please feel free to either email me or leave it in the comments.  


2 sticks of butter
2 cups flour
1/4 to 1/3 cup lemon juice
1/2 to 2/3 cup powdered sugar

4 eggs
1/2 cup lemon juice
2 cups sugar
4 tbsp flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. vanilla


Melt butter. Add powdered sugar, lemon juice and flour. Mix well. Press into bottom of 9 x 13 pan. Bake for 18-20 minutes at 350 degrees.

Beat eggs slightly, add lemon juice and vanilla. Sift flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Mix with egg mixture and pour on top of hot crust. Bake 25 minutes at 350 degrees. Cool and sprinkle with powdered sugar. 

Lindy at Downunder Dreaming, a gluten free variety trial run for me as well and simply substituted gluten free flour in place of the regular flour I used and a dairy free spread instead of butter.  She attested it was super yummy.  Here is her pic she sent me (without the powdered sugar).

Others participating blogs:

Baker (You are here!)
selkie (recipe here)

Thank you Jz for hosting this fun event!  Thanks Cat for helping me figure out the whole computer techy stuff.

I'm suggesting to Hoss we do this, pretty sure he will veto the ice skating and the snow angels, lol!  He'd probably also recommend I make the cookie dough, but the snuggling, well, I'm certain he would not turn me down for that!

Thanks for stopping by and I'm sure with the time zones the posts will most likely show up at different times, just in case you are wondering.  Hope you find a few to try out for the holidays!  Happy baking!


Monday, November 27, 2017

I Said No, and No Means NO!

Okay, so I know the title could mean a number of things, but I’m pretty sure not what any of you are truly thinking.  See Sunday afternoons around here can be pretty hectic or very relaxing depending on what is going on.  Sometimes we are rushing around trying to get ready for the week.  Sometimes we are just chillaxing (I know that is hard to believe, but every so often it happens) and taking the day slow.  Church, a little football game on tv, a nap.  Those kind of things. Sometimes one of us is grocery shopping, helping kids with last minute school or sports related stuff, making sure everyone has laundry for the next day, etc.
Well, this past Sunday, we had one of those where I was doing stuff around the house and Hoss was watching tv and napping intermittently (it was one of those times when he needed the extra rest as he had worked the night before as well as that morning).  I received a phone call while grocery shopping.  Oops, I forgot to wake him up from his nap at 2:45.  Okay, no worries. Kids woke him up (ugh! That could be good, could be bad, but he seemed in a good mood.)  I said I was on my way, but then I got distracted and took longer than I expected.

I arrive home asked the kids to put the groceries away and went to check on my man.  Let’s just say Hoss was very ready for me to be home and not because of the kids.  So, door was locked and things began to happen.  Very nice things (says Baker blushing).
Knock, knock….

(No, it’s not a knock, knock joke!)

“Yes!” I call through the door in the middle of…..

“Mommy!”  followed by our youngest going on about some very minor insignificant thing.

“Go upstairs, tell so and so, mommy’s busy right now!”

“Daddy!”  (smart kid!)

Hoss laughs, “Listen to Mommy, go tell….”

As soon as we hear his little feet pad back towards the stairs we resume the very nice things.  Whispering softly back and forth to one another, giggling softly.
Knock, Knock…..

(No joking, it had been less than two minutes!)

“Mommy!” frantically yelled through the door by our youngest daughter.

“What?”  I yell just as frantically desperately trying to multi-task.

“B ran over my hand with the wagon!”

“Are you hurt?”  We both pause here.  No real crying going on, just a few recovering hiccups (and that was from Hoss--Just teasing, he was fine.)

“There’s a little skin coming off!”

“Okay, go see if R can look it over!”

“Okay!”  She runs (she’s always running) up the stairs.

Ah, where were we?  Oh, yes.  More sweet caresses and oh, so many delightful things and the words, that man knows how to….
Knock, Knock….

(Are you kidding me!)

“What!”  This time the niceness in my voice has totally worn off.

“Can I have something to eat!”

“Yes, and please tell everyone else that Mommy and Daddy are busy!”

Sigh!  That should take care of things as we hear him yell it to his siblings on his way upstairs.  Hoss smiles at me.  I smile back at him.

“I love you!”

“I love you, too!”  Much fun commences and things are heating up nicely.  He strokes my cheek, kisses me gently then more passiona…..


Banging on the door.  (We are going to have one less child by the end of the day!  Just joking, but oh, my, our patience is......)


“NO!” We both holler through the door “Seriously, go upstairs!”

“But I….”

“No!  No, means no!  Now go upstairs!”  Frustration definitely apparent in my voice.  Footsteps sprint to the stairs.

We look at each other and giggle.  We then proceed to finish what we started.  Softly.  Lovingly.  Quietly.

Like I said, not what you expected, but it is what it is….

I love our life.


Sunday, November 26, 2017

Prayers for Roz

Good Morning, Everyone!

I received an email last evening from our sweet Roz, informing us that her mum had passed away this weekend after a massive stroke the weekend before.  Please join Hoss and me in sending hugs, our love and prayers to Roz, Rick and their family as they go through this difficult time.  The funeral is scheduled for this Thursday (New Zealand time).

With our deepest condolences....

Much love--Baker and Hoss

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving!

Just a thought.....

Or two, or four, to amuse you!

Regardless how you spend your Thanksgiving we hope it's a good one!  
For all of those who this is just a normal day for you, have a lovely one too!

Hugs and blessings from Hoss and Baker

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

And We Are Back!

And we are back!

Wait?  Hold on a minute.  You did not miss us?  You did not realize we were even gone! 
Well, that is because we did a good job hiding it.

Actually, it was because of LOL days that you probably did not notice.  While away I was still able to check the comments and do blog hopping during the drive.  Then when we had a few minutes here or there I would try to check in as well.  It worked out well and I was very tickled with all the sweet comments.

A few of you may be wondering what in the world I have been up to.  Well, Hoss and I had a very lovely, much needed weekend away.  Let me share about it…

We left town on Friday and headed towards our destination of a lovely bed and breakfast.  This particular bed and breakfast has a little house that does double duty with one side as a massage area and the other as a romantic suite.  It is away from the main house, so thankfully we had lots of privacy. 

Friday evening, once all settled we met a friend for dinner.  Not just any friend though.  Hoss and I ventured out to meet one of my favorite bloggers, Cat.  I was so nervous and Hoss was so sweet.  He kept a lookout as we arrived first and when she arrived I was almost speechless.  That did not take long to remedy!  We chatted for way too long and even had a brief Facetime with Lindy over from Downunder Dreaming sadly we were all having too hard a time hearing one another to Facetime long, but still was so happy to visit with both ladies. 

Cat was extremely considerate to Hoss, providing him (more than me), two new spanking implements (a lovely plastic cutting board and a spoon that read heat resistant to up to 400 degrees!)  as well as pop rocks.  Apparently, her plan was for Hoss to attempt to match the shade of red.  By the way, 400 degrees is not recommended for a spanking temperature just in case anyone was wondering!  Your loved one may very well be overdone at that point.  Just saying!  Not a fun game if you ask me.
I questioned the idea of pop rocks, but after quite a long pause (I was probably as red as our new implements) I was given the gist of what the pop rocks were for.  If you are interested and as naive as I am, ask Cat the answer to that one.  I’m not sharing.  Turning red again just thinking about it. 

We left only after Hoss informed us the wait staff was getting eager to leave (who closes at 8:30 on a Friday anyway?) and Hoss and I headed back to our bed and breakfast.  Well, after a bit of relaxation in the Jacuzzi we were headed off to bed.  The next morning we kept ourselves quite entertained as breakfast was not served until late (well, late for us early risers).  You would think on vacation we would sleep in.  That was not the case and after some fun with the flogger and a quick shower we were off for breakfast. 

No problem, right?  While enjoying our breakfast the owner asked if we needed anything.  I asked for our towels to be refreshed.  Nothing more.  Thinking they would bring some by when we returned from breakfast.  What did we stumble on as we returned to our room?  The owner cleaning up our room.  He was making our bed.  Hoss, being the sweet man he is, jumped in to help him.  I stood silently watching them both chatter away when my eyes wandered to the chair next to the bed.  Guess what lay there, folks?

The flogger. 

NOT, where we left it!  Yes, it had been on the bed.  I left the room for the en suite.  Um, fresh towels, check.  Bertha, Loopy and Cheese (Bea) visible on the top of our suitcase, check again!  I flushed a shade of red even my bum could not achieve even after a bad spanking and returned to see Hoss thanking the owner for the help.  The owner left and I turned to Hoss and said, “Can you believe it?” 

Hoss looked confused.

“Did you notice anything wrong?”

Hoss shook his head.

“Did you notice where the flogger is?”  The light dawned in his eyes and that man….that man of mine…..

He began to laugh! 

“No, you don’t understand!” I informed him, “We left the flogger on the bed!”

His laugh continued. 

“Do you want to know what’s worse?”  He shook his head.  “Bertha and the others are out in plain sight!” 

He really roared with laughter then.  Hoss just did not get it.  He was not embarrassed, but I was 50 shades of red at that point.
I shook my head thinking my man had lost it.  This was embarrassing, not funny.  I sent off a text to Cat hoping for a bit of understanding, perhaps, maybe a bit of sympathy.  Can you believe it!  She just laughed right along with Hoss! 
You are all laughing along too...well, maybe it is a teensy weensy bit funny.  Now, that I step away and think about it, I can enjoy a giggle too.  Just at the time, embarrassment had too firm a grasp on my thoughts.

The rest of our day was fairly uneventful and very restful.  We ate well, enjoyed one another’s company, had a bit of adult fun and I actually fell asleep early for once!  The next morning I was relieved to see the owners were not serving breakfast even though I had been careful to pack the toys away before leaving our room.  We then headed out for another visit with Cat. 
We were caught up with lunch, talking and the football game on tv.   We did talk ttwd/dd and I will inform you that it is not wise to let Cat explain what a barn burner is to an unknowing husband.  No, need to share why that is, but I can let you know it is totally an unnecessary conversation to have! 

It was a lovely weekend and I am so thankful we were able to have some downtime away.  I do want to thank those who took a few moments to stop by and wish us a happy LOL day.  I hope I was able to get around to everyone else’s place and say hello.  Thanks again to Hermione at Hermione’s Heart ( ) for hosting LOL Day #12. 

If, by chance, you did wanted to leave a comment and have not, I’m always here.  Well, not always, but I do check in regularly and I’m happy to meet an un-lurker anytime! 

Have a lovely day!


Friday, November 17, 2017

Loving On Our Lurkers Day!

Today's the day!  
It's finally here.  
Calling all lurkers far and near!  

I've looked high,
I've looked low,
and there are lurkers wherever I go!

Do you know what day it is?

You guessed it!  Love Our Lurkers Days have finally arrived.  Two whole days of encouraging each one of you lurkers to stop in and say, "Hello!"  For those of you who are brand new here, I'm Baker and my sweet hubby, Hoss, and I are raising a crew of kids and having a blast growing closer through DD.  I guess I'd describe myself as....

I have been blogging right at a year. I've learned so much from those who have taken the time to comment.   I'd really suggest taking that first tentative step and commenting.  Or maybe sending out an email.  That's how I began and it lead to blogging with lots of encouragement. 

So come out and make friends today.  This is totally all about you guys!  I'd love to hear from whoever feels so inclined to drop me a kind word, a silly comment or an all out email.  I'm learning along with the rest of you and just so you know and Hoss will most definitely agree...

I do enjoy hanging out and learning from others.  So, don't be shy.  Say, "How do you do?"  Blog hop around and make some new friends.  Hopefully, one of them will be me!  And just so you know....
Shh!  Don't tell Hoss, but seriously, let's do this!


P. S. Thanks so much to Hermione at Hermione's Heart for hosting this year!