Happy Monday Morning!

And how was your Valentines Day? Ours was nice. I worked all day and Adam studied.

We cleaned the house, got groceries (the grocery store was amazingly busy on a Valentines Day Sat. night) and finally by 11:00 pm we were sitting down to eat our special crab cakes we'd prepared. By 12:00 Adam was crashed on the couch while I watched the movie we were supposed to watch together.

We also made a new recipe. The Five Minute Chocolate Cake! My friend Margie passed this on to me, stating, "It could be a microwave miracle or a real flop." While it wasn't the BESTEST cake in the world, it was pretty darn good.

5 MINUTE CHOCOLATE MUG CAKE
4 tablespoons flour
4 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons cocoa
1 egg
3 tablespoons milk
3 tablespoons oil
3 tablespoons chocolate chips (optional)
A small splash of vanilla extract
1 large coffee mug

Add dry ingredients to mug, and mix well; Add the egg and mix thoroughly. Pour in the milk and oil and mix well. Add the chocolate chips (if using) and vanilla extract, and mix again.
Put your mug in the microwave and cook for 3 minutes at 1000 watts.

The cake will rise over the top of the mug, but don't be alarmed! Allow to cool a little, and tip out onto a plate if desired.

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I had to switch out all the oil for applesauce (Adam used up all the oil making potato chips earlier in the week) so the texture seemed a bit off, but then again it could have been due to the fact that it was baked in a coffee mug. We ate it with ice cream, cherry pie filling and whipped cream - yum!

Feb, 1945 - Somewhere in France

Hello Darling,
I finally have access to my duffel bag and have some of my stationery. I am writing this by candlelight so please excuse any scribbling and missing words.

We have had sleeping bags issued to us. They are really warm and comfortable to sleep in. We are allowed a stul helmet full of coal per day per tent. So you see, we don't waste any fire during the day.

We were told that we might not receive any mail for a month. That is going to be tough going, but guess I can and may have to put up with worse things than that before I see you again. Just keep on writing. When I do get them I'll have a mess of them. I'll write as much and as often as I can. So don't worry if you don't get letters too regularly. I know everything will turn out okay and we will be together again before very long.

The rain is beating down on the tent right now. It has a nice peaceful patter but it promises to be the cause of lots of mud tomorrow. French mud is in a class of its own.

We are eating out of our own mess hall now. Food is getting much better. We had ham, pineapple, rice, salad and tea. Really tasted good. I have a few candy bars left. They will probably disappear fast.

There isn't much more I can tell you except that I love you and always will. You are my inspiration, my life, my everything. I'll love you always and mean to do everything in my power to make you happy. It was a happy and lucky day when I married you. You have been a perfect wife and I have no regrets in marrying you. You have made me divinely happy. So until tomorrow night . . . Devotedly, Harry

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Happy Valentines Day to all!!!!

A Valentines Day Honor



It's REALLY hard to believe that February is almost over. What a busy month. On Valentines Day I was honored by the Community League of Women. These wonderful ladies selected me as the 2008 "Young Careerist of the Year."

I couldn't imagine a better Valentines Day. We enjoyed a nice dinner, I had some nice things said about me and even my husband Adam stood up to say a few words. They sent me home with an official Community League of Women Pin, and 2 dozen roses.

This honor has made me stop and think about Sara Paper and my goals. I've never really constructed a "mission statement" like you are supposed to do when you start a company. Probably I should. Probably I should have one of those "five year plans" too. Ehh, I think I'll just keep plugging away. The best parts of life are the things you don't plan on happening.