Monday, January 15, 2018

Happiness is....a three day weekend!

Hello Everyone!  How was your weekend?  Mine was very good! It was a three day weekend and we had no particular plans.  On Saturday John and I ventured out into the cold to the movies, but otherwise it was pretty quiet around here.

And I couldn't have been happier.  Here's a little peek at this past weekend.....

Happiness is a cute apron.

Happiness is chocolate cake with sprinkles, and a cherry on top. 

Happiness is a movie date with your best friend.

Happiness is a charming, heartwarming movie (that I highly recommend : ) 

Happiness is finding a little bit of spring at the grocery store....on a snowy, 19 degree day. 

My weekend.  Nothing special. Nothing fancy.

But finding happiness in the ordinary :) 

Happy new week, my friends!  It's back to work tomorrow and we are expecting more snow on Wednesday! eeek! 

Also, in case you didn't know, you can follow me on Instagram and twitter for daily musings....but it's mostly coffee & pie pictures, let's be real! LOL 


Wednesday, January 10, 2018

What are you eating for breakfast? ♥

Hello Everyone!  If you could only hear my voice, you might mistake me for some alien creature (or maybe Kathleen Turner from Romancing the Stone…:) because…. I’m still sick. Blah.

The good news is that I am feeling a little better, I just have that annoying cough/congestion that won’t go away.  I’m sure you’ve been there!   Around here everyone is sick.   I’m pretty certain we are just passing it back and forth at this point.

 I am daydreaming about the warm days of spring where we can open up the windows and let the fresh air drift in and out of the house.  Won’t that be nice?  My mother has lilies of the valley that grow wild on the side of the house.  I know they are safe and warm under all the snow out there and by May I will be able to smell them through the kitchen window.  

Our day will come….♥

So how is your January so far?  Aside from my sickness, we are very well!  It’s warming up this week so much of the snow is melting.  It’s funny how 30 degrees can feel like a heat wave, but compared to 3 degrees I feel like I’m in Florida! Lol.   We’ve been watching a lot of movies and TV  these days because it’s just too cold to do anything else.  John and I have a date to see Paddington 2 on Saturday and I’m so excited!  We loved the first one.  I hear the sequel is just as adorable! 

We can’t wait!

Today, I wanted to share with you this recipe I’ve been making for granola.  I love to have hot cereal in the winter.  Usually our mornings are pretty rushed, between getting ready for work and school, its a miracle we make it out of the house in one piece.  I would love to have time to make oatmeal or a proper breakfast during the week but it just can’t happen.  So instead I opt for this cereal.  

It’s hearty, healthy, and ready in one minute! Now that’s something I can handle. 

I made a batch of granola for the week on Sunday.  I can never understand why granola is so expensive in the grocery stores.  If you make it yourself it’s half the price and you can add in whatever you like.   

Here’s the recipe I use if you would like to try it: 

2 cups (old fashion) oats
2-3 tablespoons of maple syrup or honey, or a combination of both (I used 2 tbls honey & 1 tbls maple syrup
2 tablespoons vegetable oil (I used canola oil)
½ teaspoon vanilla
a pinch of salt
a large pinch of cinnamon : )
½ cup raisons
½ cup dried cranberries (I used Craisons)

Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl until the oats are completely coated.
Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and spray the paper with non-stick spray.
Spread the granola in a thin layer on the cookie sheet and bake for 10 minutes.
Give it a stir and bake for 10 more minutes.  The granola will become nice and golden brown.
Let completely cool and store in an airtight container. 

To make hot cereal,  just add a little milk and microwave for 1 minute.

I like mine as is, but you can get creative and top with bananas, honey, blueberries…whatever you like! 

It's so yummy! ♥ 

Simply having that warm bowl of goodness in my tummy before I go out into the cold makes a world of difference for me.  That and coffee.  A lot of coffee ♥ 

What are you eating for breakfast these days?  I’m looking for quick healthy options so I won’t reach for John’s Pop Tarts…even though it’s so tempting! 

Happy Wednesday my friends! Stay warm!  

And if you are someplace warm….please send me some of it! ♥


Friday, January 5, 2018

Hello 2018!

Hello Everyone! 
Let me first wish you a very happy new year!
Welcome to 2018!

I hope you all had fun celebrating are off to a great start of the new year.  Since it's been a week since my last post I thought I would catch you up a bit with some random photos....

We celebrated a quiet new year here at home just like I like it.  It was much to cold to even consider leaving the house (at least in my opinion) so we opted for homemade chicken broccoli & ziti with garlic bread, funfetti cake, a few games, and watching the ball drop in Times Square.

I was happy we made it to midnight! For me, that's an accomplishment! ♥

(last picture of 2017) 

We spent New Years Day taking down the Christmas tree and cleaning the house.  I like starting the year feeling organized.  We'll see how long it lasts! #fingerscrossed  ♥

The year also started with this gorgeous super moon! I forgot to look for it before I went to bed but luckily she was still shining when I woke up the next morning.  I took it as sign of good luck and went outside and made wish.  And then I ran back in the house because it was only 3 degrees out! Brrrr!

January has been absolutely freezing so far.  It only bothers me when I have to leave the house.  Otherwise, I'm happy under my blanket watching TV or reading.  I just started this book the other night and it's very good!  One of my resolutions is to make more time for the things I enjoy, like reading!. 

I'm wasting no time : )

Yesterday were all home because we had a blizzard! Our first snow of 2018!

 It was so windy and freezing! It snowed all day and left us with over a foot of snow!  

The cozy spot! 

 I made us grilled cheese sandwiches for lunch and we had hot chocolate  ♥

 (both a must on snow days!) 

Two snow days in a row and livin' in a robe! Life is good! 

Also, he got a haircut....yay! 

I'm grateful for husbands who go out in the freezing cold to snowblow and shovel! 

Temperatures have now dropped to single digits with wind chills below zero.  

I'm not surprised that this happened....

My annual post Christmas cold. Ugh....

But as long as I have hot tea, tissues tucked in my sleeve, and a warm blanket I'll survive. 

I sound a little bit like Darth Vader when I talk..  Honey in my tea is really helping that situation, although I'm kind of getting used to it  #welcometothedarkside  

And that's how I started 2018!  Aside from the cold, it's been pretty good so far! 

Hopefully after a weekend of  rest I'll be good as new!

Have a great weekend, my friends! I hope you all had a great first week of January!

Stay warm! xo  

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Our Christmas and finishing the 12 Days of Christmas series ♥

Hello Everyone! 

I hope you all had a very Merry Christmas! Can you believe it's over? It seems like, as much as I tried to avoid it, the holiday slipped by so fast.  

We truly enjoyed ourselves this year, and for that I am truly grateful! 

Always, the best part of the holidays is John being able to have fun with his cousins!  
We don't see them as much as we would like to, so this makes me so happy! 

Our festivities started on Saturday with a Christmas brunch at my mother in laws. Then Christmas Eve at my brother in laws, and then Christmas day at home with my parents.  It was all so lovely and fun.  And I, naturally, indulged in way too much hot chocolate! 

 Not even sorry... :) 


Oh dear.... 

This is me on Christmas eve ♥ 
(Instagramming of course....: ) 

Waiting for Santa... 

And he finally came! 

John was up at 5:30 am!  

Luckily we were home on Christmas day so we all got to take a morning nap after opening presents! 

Aaaand, it snowed! 

I continued our tradition of sticky cinnamon rolls! ♥ 

Santa (and his grandparents) were very good to John this year!  He was thrilled to get a PlayStation! 

He spent a good part of the day doing this....: ) 

Our Christmas day was filled with family, fun, games, laughs, good food, and traditions ♥
I'm sad it's over, but I also feel a great relief that everyone was together and happy.  Now we can all relax and enjoy the last week of the year! 

Which brings me to this....

When I last blogged, I was in the middle of counting down the 12 Days of Christmas.  I thought, to round out my series nicely, for the last three days I will show you three of my favorite things to enjoy this week.  

The week between Christmas and New Years has always been one of my favorite times of the year.  For one thing, John is on school break.  Which means he is home relaxing, in his new bathrobe, playing his video games, watching movies and just being as happy as can be.  

We ALL need that time to recharge our batteries.  And there are certain creature comforts that really help.... 

Day 10: New Pajamas ♥

New pj's for Christmas is a given in my family!  We all get them! This year my mom got me these cozy ones from Croft & Barrow.  I loooove them!  Is there anything better than new freshly washed jammies on a cold night with a cup of tea and a good book? Not really....

Unless you pair them with these....

Day 11: New Slippers ♥ 

My sweet friend Rosinda gifted me with these adorable fox slippers! Could you just.....: )  

I saw hers online and commented how much I liked them.  Much to my surprise she sent them to me!  I'm over the moon for them!  They are so cozy and cute! 

Thank you so much Rosinda! ♥♥♥

And finally Day 12: A new date book ♥

This week I begin to think ahead to the new year.  One of my favorite things of all is starting a new date book!  Santa left me this one in my stocking.  I love the quote on the cover! I've decided to make it my mantra of  2018 ♥  

 I've started filling in special days and birthdays.  I like it because it has a big note section for every week so I can jot down my to-do lists.  Thank you Santa ♥ 

(clearly it doesn't take much to make me happy : ) 

And with that, I will wrap up my 12 Days of Christmas series, but fear not, the holidays are not over yet.  I'll be enjoying this week leading up to New Years and looking forward to a few more family gatherings before the month is over!  

I hope you all had a wonderful time celebrating your holidays! I am so thankful for all of you and look forward to our friendship in 2018~ 

Now....what are we doing for New Years? xo