Life At Korthuis Manor

Life At Korthuis Manor
Captain Randy and his First Mate!

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Very interesting..............

It's been a crazy week - busy working lots to get ready to go away with my man for a week!!  Cannot. Wait. Been. Too. Long!!!!!

For those of you who don't know - I'm adopted and for the first time ever this past week I've had contact with both my birth brothers from my birth father and they sent me a pic of my Birth Father - very surreal!!  Hoping to meet them soon!  Am sooooo excited!

Here are a couple of the pics.............This one is of my Birth Father and my two brothers.

 This one is of my Birth Father in 1990 - he passed away 10 years later.

Packing for a trip with all these new restrictions for bags, checked and carryons...........oh my!  It's almost more stressful then getting my work caught up enough to go!

I  promise to share pics of warm and sunny places..............TBA!

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

A German Christmas

My BFF Marla grew up in Germany.  Her precious mom passed away the beginning of December and she was feeling homesick for Germany - so we went to "A German Christmas" up in Vancouver, BC.

It was POURING down rain, but we had a blast - that's just what you do with BFF's - no matter what the circumstances right?
We bought our admission through Groupon which included a carousel ride!

Me and Captain Randy standing in front of Captain Randy's Seafood - how fitting!

A mug of hot wine and a BFF-ahhhhhhhhhhhhh!
Cold and wet - but smiling!

In case you are wondering -" hmmmmmmmmmmmmm I wonder if Janice made a Daily December album"  - I'm sure you don't have better things to wonder about :)  I am NOT - surprise, surprise.  I actually decided after 3 years of the Daily December that I am going to to a mini album and title it a "During December" album.  These will definitely be in there! 

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Sure - why not!

It's a beautiful sunny day and now that I'm working almost full time (and then some!) I have a list a mile long of things to do..............................but I'm finally sitting down with my latte and I thought - why not shock them all and do a random blog post?

I have such mixed feelings about this ol' blog.  It's seen me through some really fun times, some really rough times and some really boring times.  I don't want to delete - but I just don't have time to be a faithful blogger.  As I type I am comfortable and loving the feeling of posting a blog - just like the old days, and I do miss it.

So today - a couple pics and we'll call it good.
Our family - LOVE! (that's Nathan's girlfriend Miranda)

My mom - an amazing lady - especially for being 82!!

Spent New years eve at the cabin with the BFF's  - it was FREEZING loading up to go home!!

2012 was full of fun and memories. As we enter a new year, I have learned, that no matter what God brings our way it is to make us better - NOT our lives better.  He is faithful - ALWAYS - and in that I will rest.

2013 Blessings to you all - and maybe, just maybe I will blog again soon - if anyone is still out there!  I do have some awesome new recipes I've found! :)

Soooooooooooooooo - how about twice a week?!? 

Monday, October 15, 2012

Wait for it.........................

Yes, my consistent blogging is consistently inconsistent!!  Here is the recipe for the Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins I found through Pinterest. I printed off the recipe and now I can't find the original blog that I found it on.

You do have to start these a little ahead as you need to freeze the cream cheese filling - a super cool technique (no pun intended!)

This recipe makes 24 so I made them for one of our craft nights at GRANDIFLORA.

Here is the recipe with some pics to get your mouth watering.............................

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins/ Yield: 24 muffins


Monday, September 24, 2012

Ptarmigan Ridge

It's a love - hate relationship + Hiking!

I love spending time with my man - and my man loves spending time in the hills. We got our daughter to go along so it was a bonus trip!

I do love experiencing God's creation up close and personal.

But, frankly, I am L.A.Z.Y. - and mountains require effort......I will go again and again because I am married to a mountain man, and I do love it once I'm up there......................

Stay tuned.............Making Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins tonight.  There is a little different twist with this recipe.  I've made them once before and they were AWESOME. I will post soon........

Happy Monday!

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Why Blog!

This has been what I have been asking myself............for months obviously!!

I ran into a friend/fellow blogger and she said "Janice, you need to blog", so I asked the obvious question........."WHY"?  She simply explained that my kids will love to read this stuff some day, and that it's the only way that some friends can feel like they are up to date on my life.

Still not convinced.......I've held off...............until now......................

I'm thinking I will try to be a faithful blogger to the end of the year............and if it fulfills all my wildest dreams seems to be a good thing..............I will continue.

All that said, I'm not sure if there needs to be a consistent theme for my blogging.  You really don't need to see me and my friends eating and playing all the time, you really don't need to hear me whine and you really don't need any political I will work on my blogging posts content.

I don't like posts without pics - so I will post a pic of hubby and I as he celebrated the big 5-0! I know - he is a foxy 5-0 and he looks like a silver fox who robbed the cradle right? :)
Any suggestions (if anyone ever happens to check this blog again), please let me know. 

Monday, July 2, 2012

A Weekend away...................

Friday afternoon the Captain and I packed up the boat - left the children (and the dog) and headed out on the high seas!
First stop, Anacortes. I've never spent any time here  - only driving through to head to the Ferry.  It is an adorable town with lots of "junkin" stores, fun retail shops, great restaurants, and the best part of all...........THEY HAVE A SCRAPBOOKING STORE!!  A "for real" scrapbooking store. Not a big chain store..........a cute, privately owned classy scrapbooking store!! The owners are Teresa and Linda and the store is "Forget Me Not". Click HERE to go to their Facebook page.  And if you're craving a genuine scrapbooking store - go visit them!!

My Captain patiently waited on benches whilst I whittled away time in this fabulous store.  When I got back - this is how I found him - I couldn't resist!
We ate at the Rockfish Grill  Friday night- which was wonderful, and rode our bikes around town on Saturday.

 Saturday about one we packed up and headed to Friday Harbor.  We went to our favorite restaurant for dinner there - "Downriggers".  I was craving my ALL TIME FAVORITE salad there.  I was so bummed I forgot my camera.  I actually got the recipe for this salad from a friend who use to live there.  So I will be trying this recipe soon and will let you know - "Chicken Gorgonzola Salad w/Barbeque-Balsamic Dressing".

Sunday the sun was out and it was hard to head home...............but having the friends over for an Appie evening made it OK. :)