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Aug 31, 2015

Salted Caramel and Apples a neat gift idea...



Homemade Salted Caramel Sauce
Yield: 1 cup
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes, plus cooling
Follow these easy instructions to create sweet salted caramel sauce at home. Perfect for cakes, cupcakes, cookies, ice cream, cheesecake, sweet breads and more!
Ingredients:
•1 cup (200g) granulated sugar
•6 Tablespoons (90g) salted butter, cut up into 6 pieces*
•1/2 cup (120ml) heavy cream*
•1 teaspoon salt
Directions:
1.Heat granulated sugar in a medium saucepan over medium heat, stirring constantly with a high heat resistant rubber spatula or wooden spoon.
2.Sugar will form clumps and eventually melt into a thick brown, amber-colored liquid as you continue to stir. Be careful not to burn.
3.Once sugar is completely melted, immediately add the butter. Be careful in this step because the caramel will bubble rapidly when the butter is added.
4.Stir the butter into the caramel until it is completely melted, about 2-3 minutes.
5.Very slowly, drizzle in 1/2 cup of heavy cream while stirring. Since the heavy cream is colder than the caramel, the mixture will rapidly bubble and/or splatter when added.
6.Allow the mixture to boil for 1 minute. It will rise in the pan as it boils.
7.Remove from heat and stir in 1 teaspoon of salt. Allow to cool down before using.
8.Cover the caramel tightly and store for up to 2 weeks in the refrigerator. Warm the caramel up for a few seconds before using in a recipe.



 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart;and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him,and he will direct thy paths. ~Proverbs 3:5-6

Aug 29, 2015

How Blaze Sees and Hears...


Last month, I took Blaze to see a new pediatric developmental eye doctor at Emory, as requested by his opthamologist. This time they were able to get a more accurate eye exam. As suspected, Blaze has moderate vision with nystagmus, hyperopia, asigmatism, strabismus and amblyopia. Blaze's vision and hearing problems, just like most of his other medical diagnoses, was most likely caused by the congenital CMV infection that he was born with. Congenital CMV is a terrible infection. More info on CMV can be found HERE

Deaf-Blind Defined...
With this latest vision diagnoses and his hearing loss he is now registered in our state as a deaf-blind child. However, to often people misunderstand what it means to be deaf-blind. It doesn't always mean your child is completely blind and deaf. Here is a better explanation from the GSAP website...

"When we hear the term deaf-blind, we often imagine a person who is unable to hear or see anything. This is typically not the case. A range of vision and hearing loss can occur in combination. Functional levels may vary from hard-of-hearing and partially sighted to profoundly deaf and totally blind. Many children who are deaf-blind also have additional physical and intellectual disabilities and complex health needs."

AND

"From the Code of Federal Regulations:   Deaf-blindness means concomitant hearing and visual impairments, the combination of which causes such severe communication and other developmental and educational needs that they cannot be accommodated in special education programs solely for children with deafness or children with blindness. 34 CFR 300.8 (c) (2)"

No Blaze can not hear (even with hearing aids). He is considered profoundly deaf and he is NOT a candidate for CIs. He will mostly likely spend his entire life not hearing, unless they come out with something new in the future for kids like Blaze. However, Blaze can see. Even without his glasses on (he hates wearing them) he can see. No he doesn't see good, but he can see. Our goal is to continue to work with these developmental vision specialists in hopes of maintaining the vision he has. 

For more information visit the GSAP Website


 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart;and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him,and he will direct thy paths. ~Proverbs 3:5-6

Aug 26, 2015

Beautiful South Carolina...


Last week, we took a few days and drove over to South Carolina to visit friends. We LOVE that place. It is so beautiful there.


Our son Jon went with us this time.




My boys...



We went walking on the beach and Blaze jumped in...lol


Jacob


Walking with Abby






Pictures with Shae


This kid LOVES the ocean.


Our little Princess



















Trust in the LORD with all thine heart;and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him,and he will direct thy paths. ~Proverbs 3:5-6

Aug 13, 2015

His BIG day!...


(No face pics allowed yet)
Today was Z's Big day!
His very first day of school!
August 13, 2015
Today he is...
 41 inches tall and weighs 38 pounds.
He barely made the deadline to start school this year.
He will turn 5 the day before! 
He was one very excited kid!
Last Night, I asked him some questions
and here are his answers.

1.What is your favorite toy?  My spiderman
2.What is your favorite fruit? Strawberries
3.What is your favorite color? Red 
4.What is your favorite drink? Plain milk
5.What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast? Fruity pebbles
6.What is your favorite thin to eat for lunch? Lunchables
7.What is your favorite thing to eat for dinner? Chicken
8.What is your favorite show? Teen Titans
9.What do you take to bed with you? My blanket and panda
10.What is your favorite song?  Little Drummer Boy
11.What is your favorite book? My space book
12.Who is your best friend? Bailey
13.What do you want to be when you grow up?  A toy store man
14. What is your favorite holiday? Halloween
15.What is your favorite thing to do outside? Dig in the dirt
16. Where is your favorite place to go? Walmart


 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart;and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him,and he will direct thy paths. ~Proverbs 3:5-6

Aug 12, 2015

To much cuteness for just one post...


Addy Bug & Waylan



Z, Blaze, Tiny, and Little Jay


My boy


Miss Brookelyn Shae


Waylan 


Miss Kaylan




To much fun will make you sleepy :)



We had to start back patching his eye and 
he is not happy about it.
His left eye has gotten worse.
We have to patch the right one
to make him use the left one more.


Our Tiny one






A peep at our new girl.
Her nickname is Dimples because
she has the most beautiful dimples.



Therapy wore him out.




She might be little but this kid can climb.


Playing with her big bubba


Am I blessed or what?!?!?


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