Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Living Statue of Liberty

This picture was taken in 1918, can you imagine the time and effort involved to get 18,000 men into the correct position. Click on picture to make larger and get a better view.


Base to Shoulder: 150 feet
Right Arm: 340 feet
Widest part of arm holding torch: 12 1/2 feet
Right thumb: 35 feet
Thickest part of body: 29 feet
Left hand length: 30 feet
Face: 60 feet
Nose: 21 feet
Longest spike of head piece: 70 feet
Torch and flame combined: 980 feet
Number of men in flame of torch: 12,000
Number of men in torch: 2,800
Number of men in right arm: 1,200
Number of men in body, head and balance of figure only: 2,000
Total men: 18,000

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Gram Stauffer

Steve's Gram Stauffer passed away this morning at 5:00a.m. We would appreciate prayers for the family - especially for Steve's mom, who had been taking care of Gram for the past several years.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Merry Christmas!

May you have a Christ filled Christmas!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Crunchy Carmel Reeses Cookie Bars

Well, look what I baked today -- along with some mint/grasshopper brownies. For the recipe for the cookie bars above visit picky-palate. They are VERY good.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Cookies Galore

Here is the photo of all of the cookies we did at the cookie bake.....I still want to do some chocolate chip cookies!!!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009


Alyssa makes these wonderful cake truffles and truffle pops (she sells them on etsy.com under the name "Tickle my Tummy" Anyway, the Penn View Bible Institute/Academy is having there Christmas Concert this Friday and Saturday....they will have a Victorian Candy Store set up after the concert - this is to raise money for new items the orchestra and choir need. So she volunteered to make cake truffles....I think she ended up with around 120. Kayla came over to help her dip them (Shalene and Clayton took the pics) My favorite are the oreo cake truffles!! YUM YUM

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Random Photos

As many of you know, Alyssa has been selling puppies on line (www.wetpuppykisses.weebly.com) Here is one of Brees puppies that we had to deliever, we neeeded to do a bit of shopping before taking the puppy.

Our Christmas countdown......the kids are enjoying this!

Cookies and More Cookies

As promised here are some of the cookie bake pictures that I took.... it took us a day and a half but we have our holiday baking done and that is such a wonderful feeling......we also had a wonderful time visiting with each other as we baked. Filling the apricot cookies

Steve taking some of the cookies home -- more to come!

Clayton even got into the spirit of helping!!!!

Courtney working on the thumbprints

We got a little backed up at the stove.

These were all divided amoung 5 families -- we did have help from our daughters and from Susan Lara - she was our teacher for the day and she did a wonderful job. Anywho - each of the 5 familes took home 49.5 dozen cookies. Thats a lot of cookies!

One of my favorite cookies - peach - these have a cream filling and a cherry in the middle......So Good!

Here I am getting ready to fill all of those ladyfingers....well, I did have help! Lyssa loves this job.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Farm Chick Website

For anyone who loves unique things here is something that is really adorable....great cooking ideas and such.

Friday, December 4, 2009


Pictures are to come

Last evening and today from 9:30 am till 10:00 pm I was at a cookie bake....we made approx. 3,018 cookies or 251.5 dozen....meaning I brought home 50.3 dozen or 603.6 cookies....WOW, I love it....We made: nut rolls, apricot rolls, tassies, amish cookies, mint brownines, peaches, ladylocks, skillet cookies, snowballs, peanutbutter cup cookies, hershey kiss cookies and thumbprints.....Did this with my sister-in-laws Vickies and Vicki. My neice Courtney and Kayla along with several other ladies....lots of fun.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!!
Enjoy shopping on Black Friday

Monday, November 23, 2009

Gingerbread Village

I must admit that I am overwhelmed with how fast the holidays have snuck up on us. I am so not ready for this. So today, we turned on the Christmas music and created our Gingerbread Village. In hopes that we would have a good time and that it would help to spur me along and realize that YES, it is the holiday season and I better get a move on it.

Monday, November 16, 2009