Archive for October, 2012

‘Just Being Jana’ Fans – Here is groovy Jana in the spirit of fun in Arkansas.

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Anne, Roberto and Nikko: Spooky in Delaware!

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Just another ordinary day at the Hershey Home in Texas!

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Halloween Birthdays

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October 31 is not just Halloween in our family.


It was Daddy’s birthday .


His second child, beautiful  Audrey, was born on his day.


On her birthday, 30 years later, her  third sweet baby boy, Jim, was born.




Daddy was blessed again when his

only son, Jamie, was born on his birthday.

(I couldn’t wait and was born five days before.)

So you can see why October 31 is more

than just Halloween in our family.

Happy Birthday to Audrey, Jim and

Jamie, with loving memories of Daddy.

Halloween Memories

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With a dazed look in his eyes Timothy  faced the crazy event that we kept telling him was trick or treat night – Halloween!

Bill escorted our little Indian to a few homes on the street while I handed out candy at the house.  

The homemade costume?  It was the top of my high school cheerleader outfit.  Tim didn’t care.  He really didn’t know what was going on.  

Bill and I probably had more fun that night than he had!  Ah, memories of the past. I would never have remembered this getup without the picture!  

Theobroma Cacoa – “Food of the gods.”

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Chocolate Without The Guilt –

Think you’ve been eating chocolate for a while? Surprisingly enough, chocolate dates back more than 2,000 years, when it was first cultivated and utilized by the Mayans and Aztecs as a form of currency as well as sustenance.

In 1492, Columbus brought cacao beans back to Spain. Chocolate quickly was introduced in other European countries as well, including England, which soon boasted as many chocolate houses as coffee houses. In the mid-1700s, the first processing house in the New World opened in Massachusetts. Thus began our love affair with chocolate – or what is scientifically referred to as Theobroma cacao or “food of the gods.”

But can you really love chocolate and still lose weight? At Jenny Craig, the answer is “yes”! The following is a delicious recipe from one of our cookbooks:

Double-Chocolate Cupcakes

1 (18.25-ounce) package light, 94%-fat-free devil’s food cake mix
1 cup water
3 eggs
Vegetable cooking spray
¼ cup semisweet chocolate morsels
¼ cup nonfat milk
3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
2 cups sifted powdered sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 tablespoons powdered sugar

Combine first three ingredients in a bowl; beat at medium speed of an electric mixer for two minutes. Divide batter among 24 muffin cups coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 20 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans on wire racks for 10 minutes; remove from pans, and let cool on wire racks.

Split each cupcake in half horizontally using a serrated knife; set aside.

Combine chocolate morsels, milk and cocoa in the top of a double boiler; bring water to a boil. Reduce heat to low; cook until chocolate morsels melt, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat; stir in 2 cups powdered sugar and vanilla. Spread bottom half of each cupcake with 2 teaspoons chocolate mixture; place top half of cupcake on chocolate mixture. Sift 2 tablespoons powdered sugar over tops of cupcakes.

Yield: 2 dozen cupcakes (155 calories per cupcake)

Prayers From the Heart

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Dear God,

A part of our country is in dire need Lord.  There is much pain and shattered lives. We pray for them now.  Be with those who are suffering and the medical personnel who are working to bring them relief.  

We ask guidance for those in authority to somehow make order out of chaos.  Help us to be united in our support for our leaders during this natural disaster. 

 In the name of your Son Jesus we pray,


Just Horsin’ Around

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Have a Great Season Lakers!

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Labradoodle Winston, A Fine Fellow Indeed

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Labradoodle History

The story goes that in the 1980s many Labs were used as guide dogs. One blind woman in particular from Hawaii needed a dog desperately to help her with her daily activities but her husband was severely allergic to the fur of the Labrador retriever. An organization by the name of the Guide Dogs of Victoria decided to help her. They bred together a standard poodle with a Labrador retriever. The offspring was perfect for this woman’s needs. The litter yielded one pup which was hypoallergenic and also had the correct temperament to be considered as a guide dog. From here on in the Labradoodle was well known.

Labradoodles’ Appearance

The Labradoodle coat can vary from very curly to slightly wavy. The curlier the coat is the more hypoallergenic the dog becomes. This very curly coat is called Wool. The wavy coat is called Fleece, and the straight coat is very similar to that of the Labrador and is called Hair. The color of the Labradoodle can vary as well. Colors include chocolate, chalk, apricot, and cream, cafe, black, silver, and parti-colored. Both the coat coloring and texture can depend on the parents.

The size of the Labradoodle can be standard, medium, or miniature. Standard size measures at 21 to 24 inches and around 45-80lbs. The Medium size measures at 17 to 10 inches, and around 40-55lbs, and the Miniature size measures in at 12 to 16 inches and around 26-55 lbs.

Labradoodle’s Temperament

The temperament of the Labradoodle will vary just like the appearance. The easiest way to determine the temperament or personality of your new Labradoodle puppy is to take a look at the parents. When both parents are calm and even tempered, it is safe to assume that the offspring will carry on those same traits.

The Labradoodle has become a very popular hybrid breed. To date, the Labradoodle is known as a wonderful family dog and a great companion. The mix seems to carry on the lovable and sweet natured personality of the Labrador retriever while giving families the benefit of an allergy free non-shedding dog. It truly has become one of the top dog breeds in America.

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