Happy Birthday Linda!


I wanted to wish you the very best birthday ever! Hope you guys are staying cool… too hard to do here with 101-degree days.

Well, I took the plunge and cut my hair! I will post a picture for all to see very soon.

I’m kinda mad about my school loans. I tried to find a way to lock in the lower interest rates and combine the two loans I have, and neither can be done! I know what you’re thinking, because I’ve been thinking it too… why can’t this be done? Well, apparently if you consolodate once, you cannot go to a lower interest rate, so while the rest of the world is enjoying that nice 3.6%, I stick with 8.25%. I’m not a very happy girl. I pay $500 a month to two loans that never seem to go down. I hate it!

Anyway, I’ll take my negativity elsewhere. To end on a happier not, try this recipe… click to read more…

Strawberry Cheesecake Parfaits
From: Erin Culver

1.5 pkgs. 8-oz cream cheese
1.5 cups heavy cream
2 cups powdered sugar
1.5 quarts strawberries
1 cup whipped cream
1 cup orange liqueur (optional)

Bring cream cheese to room temperature and beat in the cream, sugar, whipped cream, and orange liqueur (optional) until smooth. Halve strawberries and fold into cream mixture or layer cream mixture, then strawberries, cream, etc., in a parfait glass. Refrigerate for several hours before serving.

Serving size: 2
Calories: enough to probably kill you, but it’s worth it!

My department at work often orders catored food for our trainings. Well, one of our favorite desserts is just like this. I went searching for a similar recipe and found this one, which is almost the same. In fact I made it (minus the liqueur) and I had everyone taste-test. They said this one was even better. Enjoy!


  1. Erin said:

    I talked to my bank, and they told me that I would be looking at a 14% interest rate, which would not help me at all. Keeping it as a school loan will keep it lower. And I’m already looking at paying these things for the next 20 years, so extending the time doesn’t help either, unless I want my kids to pay them long after I’m gone (j.k.) It just doesn’t ever seem to end.

    August 1, 2002
  2. La said:

    Is there anyway to get a different loan (personal) at a lower rate than 8.25, pay off the student loan and then pay the new loan off…unless there is a difference in years like 30 vs 4!

    July 31, 2002

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