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Buckeye Pie


A few months ago, we had my good friend Krista and her husband Jake over for dinner. Krista and I met in college, we were both Criminal Justice majors. I was from Iowa, she was a local. Somewhere along the line, we just clicked and have became really great friends. So when she asked what she could bring for the dinner, I told her dessert and as usual she did not disappoint.

For weeks after our dinner, I craved this Buckeye Pie (kinda like a Buckeye Bar, but in pie form). I was so excited when she emailed me the recipe that I had to make it right away for our first cook out with our neighbors.


You’ll need Peanut Butter, Vanilla, Butter, Powdered Sugar, Instant Chocolate Pudding and Milk and Cool Whip.


In a bowl combine peanut butter, vanilla and softened butter. Then mix in powdered sugar until the mixture is crumbly. It is easiest to make it crumbly with a fork.


In a separate bowl, prepare instant chocolate pudding according to the package for the pie filling.


Mix in all but 1/4 cup of the peanut butter crumbles.


Pour into a baked pie crust.  Just don’t do what I did and forget to bake the pie crust before filling it. I had to make a graham cracker crust since I put the filling in the pie shell without baking. Opps! 


Top with Cool Whip and sprinkle remaining peanut butter crumbles on top. Refrigerate before serving.


Doesn’t that look fabulous? Thanks Krista for sharing the recipe with me! I might just have to make this again tomorrow!

Click on the link to view a printable version of this recipe: Buckeye Pie


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Show Us Your Life Friday- What Do You Make?


KellyShowUsToday’s topic at @ Kelly’s Korner  Show Us Your Life Friday, is What do you make & Sell? I make lots of stuff. I’ve always been very crafty thanks to the best grandmother in the world. Most kids get up on Saturday morning to watch cartoons. I always got up early to watch the craft shows, like the family behind the Aleene’s Tacky Glue, who had their own show back in the 90’s.


I had seen tutorials for ribbon/tag blankets all over blog land before I finally started making some of them last fall and I absolutely love them. They make great baby gifts. 


I started making these scarves about a year ago. They are really fun and warm. I made some last year for a Rely for Life Fundraiser and they were a hit.


I love to scrapbook so I created this 12 month scrapbook with already completed pages for the new mom to just add pictures to each month. There is also a calendar for each month to add milestones and other memorable moments too. I have a new project in the works for the weekly belly pictures during pregnancy


Some other things that I have been making are adorable half aprons. They make great gifts for the your friends and family who are cooks to add in a gift basket. I also make mini cookbook scrapbooks. Lately I have been making hair bow holders. These were for a review and a giveaway for Maryanne @ Scrappy Gifts. I love making blankets, so from time to time I will make a baby blanket.


I made this diaper wreath for a co-worker’s baby shower and loved how it turned out.

Anything seen here can be customized to suit your needs. Feel free to check out my Etsy Shop, Luv & Laughter Creations. I currently don’t have a lot listed there, but am willing to make products to order. You can also follow my blog on  Facebook  for the most recent pictures of items I’ve been making and that are for sale.

I can also be contacted at if you’re interested in placing an order for a customized item.


Ashland University


It’s Show Us Your Life Friday @ Kelly’s Korner and all about your alma mater.

When I was looking for a college, I knew that I wanted a school that on the smaller side. I had looked at a few schools in Iowa. When I got denied to the one I really wanted to go to, I decided that I wanted to move out of state. Even as a child, long before I should be thinking about college, I always wanted to go out of state to somewhere like UCLA. Of course I ended up far from there. After searching a website that compares what you’re looking for in a college, I came across Ashland University, in Ohio.

AU I wanted a school with a good Criminal Justice program, with smaller class sizes and thought AU would be the school for me. To my surprise, I was accepted.  Ashland University is about an hour from Cleveland and Columbus in the heart of Amish Country in a small town.

I had to deal with my family being upset that I was going so far away. Even the week before I was to leave for college, I thought about backing out because I had became really close to some of my friends and didn’t want to leave them. But I kept telling myself that “I just need to get there and I will be okay.”


And, okay I was. The hardest part was saying good bye to my mom and grandmother when they left me that first time. The school was small and generally you ran into the same people in passing and my roommate was a social butterfly, so I met a lot of people really quickly.


Within a few days of the start of classes, I met my “big brother” and best friend after we realized in our second class of the day that we had almost the same exact class schedule (and for the next three years).

I also met my other BFF during my freshman year when we lived on the same floor together. 


The next four years went by super fast. Even today, I’m not sure where the last almost 9 years have gone. It’ll be 9 years in August, since I moved to Ohio.

There were times during those four years that I thought about transferring schools because of different political reasons that I wasn’t sure I agreed with, but every time I weighed my options, AU was the place I was meant to be at. The class sizes were small enough that everyone knew everyone and the professors knew you by name and were always available to help as needed. In fact, I still keep in touch with one of my favorite professors and.


I majored in Criminal Justice and had a concentration in Sociology. Some of my best experiences in college came from the internships that I did thanks to the connections the professors have in the area.


By my Junior year, I moved off campus and enjoyed having my friends over for parties and a good time. Yes, I’ve always been this domesticated.   

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I know that God had a plan for me and knew that I needed to step out of my comfort zone and I’m so thankful that he pushed me away from what I was comfortable with and gave me the chance to spread my wings, because had he not, this would be a completely different story.  I have a great group of best friends that will always be my BFF’s no matter where life takes us.

I find it funny to see how we’ve all changed in the last nine years. Nine years ago we were concerned about getting papers done and studying for tests. Then we graduated and were worried about finding a job in our field. We  all got married in the same year. And now we are all trying to start families. It’s amazing how live changes in a short period of time.

If you went to AU please leave a comment, I would love to hear from fellow alumni.