Friday, January 31, 2014

The most amazing cake!

A friend of mine sells baked good from her home to help support her family while staying home with 2 little ones and another on the way.  She bakes some scrumptious breads, but this cake she made to sell for Valentine's Day is AMAZING!  I was lucky enough to try a slice of it today and umm...WOW!

Here is her description: Chocolate Covered Strawberry cake. Made- from- scratch strawberry cake filled with strawberry preserves and creamy whipped chocolate ganache. Covered with more whipped ganache and finished with a silky poured chocolate. ($40, whole cake only)

I admit I'm not overly fond of strawberry cakes, or fruit flavored cakes in general, but this one was just like taking a bite of a chocolate covered strawberry!  Except I didn't have to deal with the cold of the strawberry, the chocolate breaking away and falling off, or the seeds that seem to always get stuck in my teeth.  I HIGHLY recommend if you are local to contact her to place an order soon because she will only be able to make a set number of them in order to guarantee the quality.  Yes, $40 does seem like a lot, but remember this is a homemade cake, no preservatives like what you might find in cakes from the grocery store.

You can reach Laura C. at her Facebook Page here: Thebreadlady Bakedgoods

* I was not compensated in any way for this review and post. I was not even asked to write a review by Thebreadlady Bakedgoods.

Saturday, October 12, 2013


Baby #2 is due in December 2013

We have moved and are adding to our family!  Baby BOY Straub will hopefully arrive by mid-December.  Evalyn is quite excited, however still asks for a little sister. ;-)

Saturday, January 26, 2013


This is the telescope I gave +Jason Straub  for Christmas.

Celestron Powerseeker 114AZ Reflector Telescope

I ordered it through a Black Friday deal (on Thanksgiving Day) from Kohl's.  Yes, I too was amazed that Kohl's had telescopes!  I think we got a wonderful deal on it for his first telescope as an adult.

It didn't seem that large in the picture, so I wasn't sure what to expect.  But as you can see from the photo of him using it, it's a decent sized telescope and does a great job.


Tuesday, January 22, 2013

I love you...

to the moon and back!

I was going to blog about the joy of slicing an avocado in half and sprinkling just a bit is Season Salt on it, but before I got my first bite Jason called me outside to come see the moon through his new telescope.

WOW! Even with his lowest magnification lens, 25 mm, it was an amazingly crisp image! I was able to snap a picture with my phone and then later, as we chased it across the sky, the tablet.  (Just FYI, we call the tablet Tabby.)
Moon with Jupiter on bottom right.- Basic "naked eye" photo w/Tabby

Moon with 25 mm lens on telescope. Photo taken with Tabby.

Jupiter with moons. This was the best photo I could get with how fast they moved across the sky.
The moon is glowing at the bottom.

I see many future date nights with my star gazer. :-) 
This post would not have been possible without my husband's interest in astronomy. Thank you +Jason Straub!

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

MOPS "My Story" Fundraiser

Many of you know that I am a part of a group of moms that meets a couple times a month.  It's called MOPS, Mothers of Preschoolers, and it's an international organization.  It is a group that I was involved with when single and in college helping with the children's program, MOPPETS, and now I currently coordinator our local group, Brownsville MOPS.

This group is near and dear to me because they have been there for me.  These women are all moms that "get" where I'm coming from when I'm having a bad day, and they are there to celebrate with me when Evalyn reaches milestones.  They were also there with me as I experienced the grief of losing a child.  These women are important not just to me, but to the world as a whole.  When a mom has a place she can go to be encouraged and receive support she becomes a better mom.  The ripple effect of her being better passes on to her child(ren) and family making the world better one generation at a time.  I am privileged to know these women and their stories.  I also truly believe that no mom should be alone.

Would you consider helping support our group by purchasing one or more of these wonderful books to tell your story to future generations?  This book was created by another MOPS group in Dripping Springs, TX, and I am so grateful that they have allowed us to use it as a fundraiser so our group will not be limited by funds in growing and making a positive influence in our community and the world.

Please feel free to share this with friends and family.  One book is only $20 and if you order 2 or more, the price goes down to $15 per book.  Shipping is covered to me, so if I need to ship to you we can find out that cost for either First Class or Media Mail, depending upon the time needed to reach you if you want it before Christmas.

Don't let your story get lost in this technological age.  And just think, by the time you finish filling out the questions in this book, you would have written a book!  You can cross that off your bucket list!

Don't forget friends/family that are single or married with no children, they too have a story to tell.