2020's Word of the Year

2020 word of the year- Release
Release control of what I can't control. Release worry. Release fear. Release...

Monday, December 31

A tribute to Doctor Who

Back in the dark ages when we were a newly married couple we were assigned to our first military assignment. We were sent to England for 3 1/2 years. And that is when we fell in love with the doctor. The first doctor we met was Peter Davidson, he is the blonde fellow in the front wearing the long coat. Here he is pictured with some of the doctors who came before him. If you are not familiar with Doctor Who, it is classic science fiction. The Dr is a time lord who has numerous adventures, travels with companions he picks up here and there and also has a few frightening enemies. I found a few pictures online that I wanted to share today.

I would love to see them come up with a game like this. ;)

The angels are coming. Okay, even if this is cute clip, the angels episodes are scary.



Although I enjoy watching all of the doctors, I think David Tennant is my personal favorite.

Maybe my oldest son would get into Christmas more if he had a tree like this one.


I need to put this on my must try list!

I could foresee a future Tuttle grandchild having a nursery like this.  

Seriously need to find these shoes for my son, maybe the socks to go with them too.


Okay, I really love this! 

Um, yeah
Aw, sweet!
BBCAmerica is showing a Doctor Who marathon today. What a fun way to end the year! I know in the scheme of life this is frivolous, but I think it's okay to just have a bit of fun once in awhile. Don't you? Allonsy and Happy New Year!

Friday, December 14

Raise your hand...

Raise your hand if you were like me and wanted to race to school to pick up  your children after hearing the news of the massacre in Newtown, Connecticut. The rational side of my brain told me that my boys were fine, but this little sliver of fear wedged it's way in my heart and I wanted to go hold my babies.
And then it hit me. There are parents of 20 precious little souls that will never hold their babies again.
Dear God, please help these parents. Please wrap loving arms around them as they grieve for their babies.
I have no more words...just prayers for the families of all involved.

Thursday, December 13


I have had a hard time keeping this blog updated on a regular basis. I do appreciate those of you who stop in to read and I am going to try to find time to write more often. I have a headful of things I've been wanting to write about, but amazingly I have been very busy and just do not have the time. And they say stay at home moms just sit around watching soaps and eating bon bons. Sheesh!

Anyway, it has been a busy week in the Tuttle home. The church cantata was last Sunday, Alex had a school concert on Tuesday and Preston has one tomorrow. The Sunday school program is this coming Sunday and if possible I'm hoping to pop over to the local dance groups version of The Nutcracker immediately after. Sometime in the mix hubby and I are hoping to find a babysitter so we can go to see The Hobbit together. This is busy schedule is a bit trying for us homebodies.

I've been shopping and baking and crafting and decorating. Meanwhile poor Alex has been having a hard time sleeping, waking up from nightmares, behavior problems are increasing at school and he just seem all around agitated, nervous and scared. It's been very hard for us as we try to figure out what's going on and how can we help him.

I do hope you are all enjoying the Christmas season and are finding time to reflect on the reason we even have Christmas. I am reminded of the miracle that God could even love us, not to mention the fact that He loved us enough to send His son to die for us. I am trying to keep that the focus of my thoughts as we go through these busy days.

Friday, November 16

Strawberry Banana Cream Pie

Since the Tidy Mom is allowing us to enter two pies into her Love The Pie contest I wanted to add this one. This is one of my husband's all time favorite pies. It's just a simple twist on a banana cream pie.
So here is how I make it. Take one already baked pie shell and slice two bananas thinly and put into the crust. Next add 6 strawberries sliced in half. Prepare a large package of vanilla pudding,( cook and serve if you don't make it from scratch), and pour on top of the fruit. Let it chill for a few hours, top with meringue or whip cream and serve. Watch out, you don't want to get in the way of the crowd as they rush in for this one.



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Almond Joy Pie

I love a good coconut cream pie but one day as I was eating an Almond Joy candy bar the thought ocurred to me that I could turn this flavor into a pie. So that's what I did. The recipe is very simple. First you need to make one small package of chocolate pudding and one small package of vanilla pudding. I prefer the cook and serve type. (For those of you who know me, yes I usually make the pudding from scratch but I was in a hurry today.)
After your pudding is finished add one cup of flaked coconut and 1/4 cup of slivered almonds into the vanilla pudding.


Mix it in good and put into a baked pie shell.

Slightly toast a 1/4 cup of slivered almonds and reserve for the topping.

Take the finished chocolate pudding and pour on top of your coconut cream base. Take it slow so it doesn't overflow. If you have extra just feed it to you kids.


Allow the pie to cool in the fridge for a couple of hours. When it has cooled you can either make a meringue to top it or add cool whip. Decorate with a few sprinkles of coconut and the almonds that you set aside earlier. Enjoy!

Almond Joy Pie and it doesn't get much easier than that!

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Sunday, November 4


Sandy probably won't be a name that people will be naming their daughters for awhile. Hurricane Sandy has created large scale devastation on the east coast and a week later people are still without power and basic necessities. I agree with my daughter that people who could should have evacuated. But I also realize that many people couldn't evacuate. Many didn't have anywhere to go. And logistically, can you imagine where to put all those people if they did evacuate? Mind boggling.

But I do have pity on those who lost so much. And I am praying that they will soon have services restored and can start putting their lives back together.

Child Dedication

This weekend we got to go spend the weekend with two of our children. Our daughter and her husband are the couple on the left and they are holding two very precious little girls, my granddaughters. This was the day of their child dedication. I consider myself very blessed to not only have a daughter who takes her job as training her children very seriously but also to be able to attend this special day.
We also got to spend some time with our son. It's always just too short.
I miss these grown up kids, but I'm very proud of them also.

Friday, September 14


My daughter has a blog and I encouraged her to share some of the things her three year old daughter has been saying. We call them "Molly-isms". You can check it out here.

Food for Thought

"If the fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, why would we ask those who do not fear the Lord to teach our children?"

Doug Phillips

Tuesday, September 11

The Drought Continues

We live smack dab in the middle of the dark red. I hear fire sirens several times a week, and they have had small fires all over the state. I don't think I've written much about the big ones. That's because some of them were very close to my hometown, and it was frightening and sad to see the pictures of the devastation. I took a few pictures last month, and maybe I'll find some time to share them later.

In the meantime, we have a 30% chance of rain tomorrow. I'm praying that we get it. I'm praying for a long, soaking drizzle so the ground will losen up and absorb it.

Monday, September 10

Note to Self

Next time you run the sprinkler make sure the windows to the house are closed, especially the ones over the bookcase.
Yeah, enough said...

Friday, August 24

Happy 50th Anniversary to my parents.

They beat the odds. They got married in 1962. He was 20 and she was 17. I'm sure there many days they wondered what they heck they had done. But they stuck it out. Now, 50 years later they have three children, 10 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. Here is a sneak peak at what I've been working on. Meanwhile we are all going up home to the ranch to celebrate!
I'm guessing they had been married about 10 years
25th anniversary

40th anniversary

45th anniversary