This is probably one of my most favorite videos ever. I love seeing this girl grow up with a real love for music and singing. If you’re stuck for time, skip the video along to 3:13 when Katie joins me.
Katie singing “When Santa Got Stuck Up The Chimney”.
Here’s Noah singing it back in 2005.
The Vance’s are now permanent residents of the United States! Woohoo!
It’s been quite the journey. At times we were not sure permanent residency was even going to be an option. But here we are, thanks to God. Thankful for everyone’s prayers through this process. Thankful for my company’s support also.
I had fun making this one…
My daughter Katie is 6 years old and loves music. She just started to write songs in her journal and share them with me. With her starting pace being a song a day, I am feeling a little bit of a slacker when it comes to the craft.
I could always steal one of Katie’s and claim it as my own. She’s too small to stop me.
As parents, Liz and I set out to love all our children equally and not show favoritism.
So, when one of our children accuse me of treating their sibling better than I treat them, I have to admit, it really irritates me.
The fact that these accusations normally surface during a grilling session, I’m very quick to dismiss the comment as nonsense but the thoughts keep lingering in my head.
“Am I neglecting this child?”
“Am I being unfair?”
“Do I have a favorite?”
It would hurt me if I came to the realization that any of the answers to these questions were true, and I would truly do my best to rectify the situation.
Banoffee pie is a graham cracker base, with layers of banana and caramel, covered with a layer of whipped fresh cream! It is up there as one of our favorite desserts, ever! The best thing is, it’s sooo easy to make!
It is not necessary to use the fancy Great Value range as displayed below. We just happened to be in Wal-Mart when I took a notion to make some that same evening.
You can’t really go wrong with this. Follow the steps below to make perfect Banoffee pie, every time.
|Remove the paper from the can as best as possible. Boil a pan of water and then place the can into it unopened. Boil for 2.5 hours, adding extra water as necessary. While that is boiling you can get on with the next step.|
|If you’re tough like me, pour the cream into a bowl and whip by hand (using a whisk). Alternatively, whip the cream using an automated mixer. Just make sure it whips up nice and thick. Runny fresh cream is not acceptable. Think Cool Whip consistency, but do not use Cool Whip. Do not use fresh cream from a squirty can either. I don’t care how real it says it is. It ain’t. Put the bowl of fresh cream in the refrigerator until later.|
|Just before removing the can from the water, slice up the first banana and put a layer at the bottom of the graham cracker pie crust.|
|Remove the can carefully from the pan. Use a tin opener to open the can, and be on your guard for any hot caramel flying out. Open the lid fully and give the contents a stir (you may pour into another bowl before stirring). The caramel should be nice and thick. Pour it all over your layer of bananas in the pie crust. Put the pie crust in the refrigerator for about 1 hour (or until the caramel has firmed up a little).|
|Once it has firmed up, add another layer of banana! I got a bit ahead of myself here and forgot to take the photo before I started to slap on the fresh cream.|
|Now you can add the fresh cream. I like a good layer of it, but you can add as much as you’re comfortable with. That’s all there is to it.|
|Stick the kettle on and pour yourself a big mug of tea. Cut out a generous slice of banoffee pie and enjoy!|
It’s heart-breaking when a marriage falls apart. In recent years Liz and I have seen many marriages of people we know under attack, some seemingly beyond repair. The worrying thing is, this seems to be on the increase. Now more than ever, we need to be focused on our marriages to keep them as healthy as we can.
We’ve been married now close to fifteen years. Marriages take work. The pursuit of our spouse must never stop. Every relationship is different, but here are some things that we aim for and I think work well for us. Be sure to let us know what works well for you.