Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Our weekend ♥

Hello from the sick house!  John has been home for the past two days with a fever and bad cough.  I know he's "really sick" when he doesn't want to leave the couch and says no to ice cream. He never sits still for more than five minutes so I knew this was serious.  Two days home from school, a Home Alone marathon, and all the hot chocolate he wants tells me he doesn't exactly hate it.  I tried to get him to drink hot lemon water for his throat but he wanted no part of it.  Ok....more hot chocolate it is ♥ 

The good news is today I can see pink back in his cheeks and he says he's feeling better. I think the worst is behind us : ) 

So while he recovers I thought I would show you some pictures from our past weekend. 

We had a huge snowstorm on Saturday.  It started snowing around 11 am and didn't stop until well past midnight.  This is the first big storm we've had this winter.

I had oatmeal with bananas and honey for breakfast.  There may have been some turkey bacon on the side. So good on a frosty winter morning!

I took a quick video of the snow with my phone.  If you follow me on Instagram I posted it there.  I'm trying to be better about posting more videos.  I'm new at it so bear with me ♥ 

The snow makes everything so pretty! It was freezing though!!!! brrrr.....

I'm so grateful to this guy for digging us out.  John went out to play in it while Rob shoveled and snowplowed the driveway.  I stayed inside where it was warm ♥

On Sunday we had my parent's for dinner and I made a roast chicken.  Here he is...all plumped up  with yummy crispy skin.  I stuffed him with lemons, onions, and garlic and basted him with melted butter.  OMG

On the side we had baked potatoes, roasted broccoli, and these cornmeal muffins. 

It was the perfect comfort meal (my favorite kind! : )

And for dessert, the cheesecake I was telling you about.  While the boys were out freezing in the snow (which is probably why John is sick right now), I was keeping the house warm by baking.

I used this Susan Branch recipe.  It's actually baked in a pie shell (no spring form pan needed) and has a  sour cream topping.  It was crazy/dangerous/delicious!

Everything is now frozen in place.  It looks like frosting ♥ 

Hard to believe that in a few short months this frozen ground will have tulips and daffodils sprouting up from it.  That's the beauty of the seasons ~

Sunset through the kitchen window tells me it's tea time ♥

I baked up a quick batch of blueberry muffins for the week. 

They do make the best medicine, you know ♥

And while the days are cold and frosty the nights are clear and starry.  We count our blessings that our bellies are full and we are warm and cozy.  How lucky we are ♥

And that's about it for now.  Fingers crossed tomorrow everyone is healthy and we get back to normal around here.  And I'm not even gonna mention the fact that I might have a little sniffle.....oh no...am I next? I hope not!

Smile, cause we are one day closer to Friday!!  xx

Friday, January 6, 2017

Hello 2017 ♥

Well, hello 2017! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday and a happy new year! Ours was lovely.  We saw lots of family Christmas eve & Christmas day and John couldn't have been happier with what Santa brought him.  He was up at 6 am on Christmas morning, which made for a long day for all of us. I think we watched A Christmas Story on repeat at least ten times!  We opened presents over cinnamon rolls and eggnog and I remember looking out the window (because it was still dark out) and being so tired but thinking to myself that he's only going to be 9 once so enjoy every minute.  And that's what I did ♥ 

in the wee hours of the morning

breakfast table ♥

My parents came for dinner and my mom brought this delicious rum cake she ordered from our favorite bakery! It was amazing!!!

video games, train tracks, boxes, games....yup, the place was a mess :)

It's hard to believe it's all over.  As always, it went by too fast.  The best thing I did all season is take the week between Christmas and New Year's off.  It's my most favorite week of the year because of how peaceful it is.  After all the rushing around, we had one glorious week of sleeping late and afternoon tea. I think we all needed it, I know I did.  By the end of the week I felt refreshed and ready to face the new year....but did I make to midnight on new years eve? I wish I could say yes.  I tried, really I did ♥ 

I'm a party animal

First meal of 2017,  baked blueberry French toast with bacon. 

So now it's all about getting back into the swing of things and settling into January.  It's been freezing cold here this week and we are expecting a big snowstorm tomorrow! The last news report I saw said we may get up to 14 inches on Saturday!  I'm glad it's hitting us over the weekend so I don't have to worry about driving in it.  We are perfectly fine hibernating all weekend!  I've invited my parents over for dinner on Sunday and I'm making a roast chicken (I've been craving one....that crispy skin...yum!) and a cheesecake for dessert.  The old fashioned kind with a sour cream topping.  I can't wait! 

As you can see I haven't made any radical new years resolutions about healthy eating. I'm not kidding myself : ) I've decided to just try to make better choices and do what makes me feel good. I already know I should eat better and get more exercise. I'll keep trying. Also getting more sleep is something I need to be mindful of.  One thing I have been doing for the past few weeks is substituting one of my morning coffees with hot water and lemon. Have you read about the benefits of this? It's very soothing and I'm enjoying it very much.

So as we ease into January, I have high hopes for this new year - a clean slate.  And lots of cake to share with you!

Have a cozy January weekend, my dear friends.  I'll be back soon! xoxo

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Merry Christmas 2016

Wishing you all the happiness and blessings this lovely holiday has to offer...

From my h♥me to yours...
Merry Christmas!
I hope you enjoy your day with the ones you love ♥ 

Monday, December 19, 2016

One week to go...♥

It's the week before Christmas and I don't know about you, but I'm getting excited.  Are you ready? I still have a few finishing touches to get done this week, but overall I'm feeling pretty good. 
This week I still have to squeeze in a haircut and one more trip to the mall.  I think I can do it ♥

In between wrapping and baking, here's a few snaps of what's been going on around here the past week.... 

We had a snow day on Saturday and some of us really enjoyed it!

He's been waiting all summer for this!

While the boys were outside in the snow I was cozy warm inside making French toast and hot chocolate.  Snow days call for comfort food!

Snow day essential!

By Sunday the rain had washed it all away, but we enjoyed the view while it lasted.  I played Johnny Mathis Christmas music all morning in the kitchen and it felt like a winter wonderland : )

This weekend I made a batch of these easy stuffed mushrooms.  If you ever need an idea for a quick appetizer here's my secret.  I sautéed the mushroom caps in oil, butter, and garlic.  And then I topped them with Stove Top stuffing (yup, that's right!) If you want to dress them up a bit you can sprinkle them with shredded mozzarella cheese and heat them in the oven.

Bon appetite!

And speaking of little bites...

I had my work Christmas party on Tuesday night and I totally indulged on appetizers! I think I could live on appetizer food alone if I had to.  So good!

I spent a few quite moments at my parent's house....

Before helping decorate their tree. 

In 42 years I've never missed decorating this tree.  It's my favorite tradition!

Last weekend was absolutely freezing, but the cold weather didn't deter us from our annual Christmas visit to Edaville Railroad to see Thomas the Tank Engine and the all the Christmas lights!

Bundled up like an Eskimo and didn't mind one bit!
You should have seen what I looked like! LOL

So pretty at night.


John and Gordon....
Some things he'll never outgrow ♥

Back home for tea and cranberry cake.  All the goodness of the holidays. 

From my home to yours, I hope you are enjoying these last days of holiday preparations.  Remember to take a moment for yourself and breathe.

Next week, when it's all said and done, we can sleeeeeeep! ♥

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

The most wonderful time of the year....is here ♥

Hello my friends! 

I can't believe (as I type this) today is December 7th and we are one full week into December.  What have you been up to? 

Over the past two weeks I've been busy shopping and wrapping and probably, out of excitement, not getting nearly enough sleep.  Holiday preparations can be fun, but also a bit stressful. Sometimes I have to tell my self to stop....regroup...and relax.  

Rudolph was on the other night, and we did just that.  Everyone on the couch...me in the middle ♥ 

Here is our Christmas tree.  Every time I look at it I'm reminded of all my Christmas's gone by.  

I've had this Minnie ornament since I was in high school.  

I love her ♥ 

This box of my grandmother's glass ornaments is one of my most treasured possession.  My mom gave them to me after Nana passed away.  I have vivid memories of helping decorate her tree with these ornaments.  I always put them high so they won't get broken.  They are worn and faded in some spots and that's just the way I like them ♥ 

I've gotten a bit of help with my wrapping.  This is our elf Zip. Her brother Zoom is around here somewhere.... He's a bit more mischievous than she is.  They watch over John and keep Santa posted on everything that goes on in our house.  They've also been known to follow him to school and hide in the coat closet. I hope they never go away : ) 

We had our first snow this week! It was just a dusting and within a few hours it was gone.  It was around just long enough to put a pretty coating of frosting on the holly bush.  

John was dancing around the yard as if we had 3 feet of snow! Not to worry, I'm sure there will be more to come ♥ 

Is there anything better than coming home after a long day and finding a package on your doorstep? Nope!

A gift from my sweet far away friend has me in the mood for baking! I can't wait to use this cupcake kit!!! ♥

Back out to the stores I go for more shopping.  Gingerbread lattes and chocolate croissants is my fuel! 

The mornings are dark and cold but so much more cozy with glowing Christmas lights around the kitchen window.  It's makes it so hard to leave in the morning. 

Yes, you do....♥

Things are moving quickly these days.  John is preparing for his drama show next week.  The Jr. drama group is doing A Christmas Carol (21st Century style). I'm not exactly sure what that means but I can't wait to find out. And while he's preparing for that, I'm preparing to make my first Christmas Day dinner ever at our house. 

The lists are out of control around here! ♥ 

I hope you all are enjoying these fast paced days of the season.  Remember to stop, regroup, and relax....
Let's make this time last as long as possible. 

Maybe with a blueberry muffin and some cocoa by the Christmas tree ♥

I'll be back soon with a some home baked treats for you! ♥ 

Have a happy day! xoxoxo