Friday, June 22, 2012


Guess what showed up yesterday????? Angel totes, purses and coin purses from Coynes!!! I was like a child opening gifts on Christmas morning! They turned out fantastic! 

On the down side.....these were sent to me to get my approval. They will be available to stores in January 2013. I know....patience, patience, patience.....but I just had to show you so you could get fired up too!! If for any reason they start selling them sooner, I will let you know. I have to pack them up and send them back now :'(

To see more products they sent me for approval, just click here and check them out on my facebook page....if you don't have a facebook should start one will LOVE it!

Have a blessed weekend!

a treat for you

artichoke dip

(recipe from the Longaberger cookbook)

8 oz cream cheese, softened
1 cup mayonnaise
1 cup sour cream
1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 (14 oz) can artichoke hearts, chopped
1 garlic clove, pressed (or use minced garlic)
1 teaspoon dill
1/8 teaspoon salt

Combine the cream cheese, mayonnaise, sour cream, Parmesan cheese, artichoke hearts, garlic, dill, and salt in a food processor (I just hand mix it in a bowl)....process for 1 to 2 minutes or until blended. Spoon into a greased baking dish. Bake at 375 degrees for 45 to 60 minutes or until the top is golden brown. For best results, use regular, not reduced-fat, mayonnaise and sour cream. Serve warm with pita chips.


Tuesday, June 19, 2012

fathers day weekend

Dad & Me

Hope everyone enjoyed their weekend with their Fathers! I sure did....we started our weekend with a rummage sale Friday & Saturday at my folks house. Then over there again for Father's Day on Sunday! Enjoyed every minute of it! Also, Briahnna's birthday was Sunday, so we got to spend the afternoon with her and her boyfriend :)

The only bummer was that Kyle had to work all day so we missed having him with us. It's hard when the kids grow up and can't necessarily spend every holiday with the family.....but, on the bright side....he has a job!!

Happy Birthday Briahnna!

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

st francis

I had never heard this quote before today and just had to share it! Of course, being an artist, it really spoke to me because from my experience my paintings turn out best when I paint "from the heart". By that I mean, I am not painting for a particular licensee, project or deadline. I feel so free when I can paint in that way....and the time...where does it go?? When I am really "into" a painting it seems as though an hour passes but it only feels like a minute...that's when I know I am having fun! I know many of you can relate to that euphoria experienced when creating.

The wisdom and stories of the Saints are something to be studied and cherished. It just so happens our son, Ryan, chose Francis of Assisi for his confirmation name. I'd say he chose wisely ;)

Here's to creating from the heart!!

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

last day at holy rosary

 2012 Holy Rosary Graduates

Kevin, Dad, Me, Kyle, Mom and Ryan

What a great celebration last night! We started with mass, then awards, a delicious dinner,  and ended with a slide show showcasing the lives of the nine graduates. During Mass, Father George's advice to them was to choose your friends wisely and keep God in your life.....although there was more, that was  the best advice of all. He was on the A-B honor roll all four semesters and has a bright future ahead of him. We are very proud of Ryan and what he has accomplished so far and confident he will continue to grow in his education and faith.

Feelin' Blessed!

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

drumroll please....

Buster wanted to help draw the name this time but those darn paws are useless with the little slips of paper so I let him pose with the winning name instead!

Congratulations Robin Maggin!

You have won the May give away! (pictured below)  Please send me your address so I can send your print right out to you :)

Since this print got folks so excited, I am offering up another one for the June give away! Just comment here or on my facebook page to be entered. Like my facebook fan page to enter twice...follow my blog to enter three times! Good luck!

8x10 print
©Teresa Kogut

Monday, June 4, 2012

last field trip

Day trip to Greenfield Village and Henry Ford Museum, Dearborn Michigan
June 1, 2012

Joshua and Ryan

Sorry about the blur on Joshua's face but I had a rain drop on my lens.

If anyone knows what kind of tree this is...please let me know. I love it and would love it in our yard!

Loved all the old buildings made out of brick, stone, painted wood, copper beautiful! Some of the building were moved there from England!

The Mill

The kids (and adults) learned many interesting facts about Thomas Edison. His goal was to invent a minor invention every two weeks and a major invention every 6 months. He has 1,093 patents!! No one has beat his record to date.

 The most interesting part of the village for me was the craftsman buildings. There were craftsman making pottery, tinsmiths making lanterns, and glass blowers making the most beautiful and delicate glass bowls and goblets. This was Ryan's favorite, too.

After lunch we headed for the Henry Ford all the old cars!

So much history at this museum...they had the car that Kennedy was shot in, the chair that Lincoln was shot in.....and 

Rosa Parks bus. We really needed a whole day at the village and a whole day at the museum. I felt rushed through the museum and didn't get to read and absorb as much as I would've liked to. Oh well, another day.......

This was the last field trip...marking another step in Ryan's life. He is moving onto a public school next year as a freshman.....bittersweet.