Monday, July 13, 2020

The Best Coffee Cake ♥



Happy Monday!  

I hope you all had a nice weekend.  It was HOT here but we were able to spend some time outside with friends on Sunday.  Our good friends Dave & Lisa invited us to sit in their lovely backyard, have pizza, and play corn hole.  Dave treated us to his famous coffee cake.  Before I got there we joked about it being "blog worthy".  He's become quite the baker during quarantine, which his wife is certainly appreciating  :)  Dave has allowed me to share the recipe here on the blog and I know you guys are going to love it.  The secret ingredient is butterscotch pudding mix, although it doesn't taste "butterscotchy", it just tastes yummy!!! 




Today is actually Dave's birthday so it's fitting I'm sharing his recipe today.  
Happy Birthday Dave, I hope you have a great day!

And I hope you all will try and enjoy this recipe.  I'm going to make one this week and all I can think about is dunking it in my morning coffee.  It's the little things that keep me going, really. 

Have a great day everyone!  

Stay cool and be safe! 

Friday, July 10, 2020

Happy Friday!



Good Morning Everyone and Happy Friday! 

I have the day off work today so I am enjoying a leisurely morning, drinking coffee, and blogging right from my comfy bed : )  I like slow mornings.... it's really what I live for.   This picture was taken last week, on the morning of the 4th.  I can't believe a week has gone by since the holiday.  We are in the thick of summer now.  The lazy hazy days we talk about all winter.  It's been hot & humid and my hair is not appreciating it. Luckily there's a/c and Downton Abbey (free on Peacock) to keep a smile on my face.  I've been rewatching the series AGAIN (for the 3rd time).  It doesn't get old and I love more every time I watch it. 






We celebrated a quiet 4th at home with blueberry pie for my mother's birthday.  

The next day we enjoyed a "socially distanced" cookout at my sister in laws.  It was a gorgeous day and felt wonderful to sit outside and enjoy the fresh air.  I brought a trifle!  







My mother likes a pie for her birthday instead of cake.  Since she's diabetic I make it with splenda instead of sugar.  That way she can eat it without worry. You honestly can't tell the difference!  

I can't be responsible for the Haagen-Daz though..... : ) 









As for the rest of the week, we spent most of it indoors.  It was rainy and hot so there wasn't much option to do anything else.  John is marathoning movies, Rob has been working, and I spend most days in from of my computer, working until mid afternoon.  By 2:30 the computer is shut off, candles are lit, and the puttering begins.  




We have another quiet weekend ahead, which is OK by me.  The news is bleak, so I'll be avoiding that at all costs.  More Downton it is!  I also just received an email that our  library is now offering curbside pick up! I already placed 2 holds so hopefully I can get them soon and start reading again.  

I remember as a kid I always loved the feeling of sitting in a cool air conditioned room reading on a hot summer day.   Some things stick with you, you know : ) 

Well, John is asking for breakfast. It could be a french toast morning.  



Have a nice weekend, everyone!  Stay cool and be safe! 


Friday, July 3, 2020

What I needed ♥









I've been a bad blogger this week.  Recently I've been enjoying catching up on blogs! I've been revisiting old posts of some of my favorite bloggers (do you ever do that?) and have been loving it so much I decided to step up my blogging game.  On Saturday I vowed I was going to try to blog every day. Every day! What was I thinking?  The week started and look what happened.  Not one post : (   
I felt in such a funk. A combination of the news, a stressful work situation,  and some other issues weighing on my mind, I couldn't get motivated to post anything.  It was just one of those weeks. 

Last night I got the recharge I so desperately needed.  A friend called and asked if John and I would like to meet her and her son for a sunset picnic at the beach.  She suggested a smaller local beach, not the "big" one we usually go to.  That one is too crowded and the past few times I've driven by I didn't like what I saw.  A lot of congestion and people not taking precautions.  I decided to stay away.  The beach my friend Julie suggested is a small beach that we visited last year.  It's normally quiet and since we were going at 5pm when a lot of people would be leaving...even better.

We spread out our blankets and set up shop.  The boys went for a walk, happy to be outside socializing.  Julie and I ate and talked and had a lovely picnic.  I found all the other beach-goers keeping distance and respecting other peoples space.  I had the feeling everyone felt the same way....they were just grateful to be outdoors and able to enjoy the ocean air.  It was a good vibe and I'm glad we went.

Something I know for sure is that nature never disappoints me.  A gorgeous sunset, the lapping ocean, the smell of salt in the air, and of course the beauty of a full moon.  Those things will never change.  And will always make my heart happy. 

Happy Friday Everyone! I hope you all get that recharge you need (if you need it) today.  Look for something good and chances are you'll find it 



Saturday, June 27, 2020

Early Ordinary Days of Summer



















Up to see the sunrise, sunflowers in the kitchen, and an afternoon drive are all part of these early ordinary days of summer.

A coffee on the porch, a new summer bag (treated myself!), and enjoying the blooming roses after the rain have made me smile this week. 

I take walks when it's not too hot and we enjoy chocolate cake, because you NEVER need a reason for that!

Have a happy weekend friends! 

I hope you are enjoying these early days of summer! Xx


Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Summer Reading



Ever since John was in first grade we've done his summer reading together.  He's never been a lover of books, especially when he's not in charge of what he's reading.  There are ALWAYS complaints and no doubt a google search to see if there's a movie.  

The only exception I can think of is the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series which he really enjoyed and read for pure enjoyment!  That was a happy day when I came into the kitchen and saw him sitting at the table reading.  He read all the books on his own, but once he was done, so was his desire to read. 

I've always tried to set a good example for him as Rob and I are both avid readers.  I wish he would only give himself a chance to have that feeling of being lost in a book.  The feeling like you don't want to put it down and once you do...the only thing you can think about is picking it up again.  It's something TV or movies can't do because the world created is in your own imagination.  "Is there a movie?" he asks again... sigh. 

Because of his lack of desire to read, I've always read the books with him.  We read out loud to each other, taking turns. I want to be sure that he's actually reading and not leaving it until the last week of summer vacation. And also because normally they are very good stories that we can talk about. It's always a struggle to get started, but once we do we're off and running!  Some of our favorites over the last few years have been Wonder, Mrs. Bixby's Last Day, and Ghost.  All excellent books that we both enjoyed and had very good discussions about.

This year he has to read 3 books.  We started the first one the other night.  I was surprised John wanted to start so soon into summer vacation but he urged me to get the books so we could get started.  I took the list to the bookstore (which was open!!) to collect what we needed.  We started the first book the other night.  I'm realizing that as John is getting older he's enjoying our reading sessions more and more.  I am too.  And not because of the books.  Don't get me wrong, the books are great, but what's even better is the time we get to spend together reading. We set aside an hour every day (usually after dinner) to read.  In between chapters we recap and discuss what's happened.  It's fun to read with him and get his perspective.  There's no TV or electronics on.  It's just him and me....and a book. 

I hope one day I'll walk in his room to find him nose deep in a book all on his own.  One can only hope.  But until then I'll cherish this special time we have together reading. It's not a chore.  It's a privilege.  

By the way, the book we are reading is called I Will Always Write Back and it's wonderful! 
 

Thursday, June 18, 2020

10 Things I Love Thursday ♥

Hello Friends! 

I read a quote the other day that said "Comparison is the thief of joy" and it really stuck with me.  It's so easy, especially on the internet, to go down a rabbit hole of comparing yourself and your life with others. I'm not going to lie, I've been guilty of it myself.  It's important to remember that what we see online is not always real.  We are seeing what other people want us to see.

Don't let yourself get caught up in other people's perfect homes or perfect lives.  Things aren't always what they seem.  However, do allow yourself to be inspired.  Also remember to be thankful for the little things in life. 

I think Oprah says is best.... 



That being said, here are 10 random things I love.  
I haven't done one of these posts in a while and I've been missing it. 

 It's a reminder for me that it's the little things in life that bring me the most joy.


that first sip of hot coffee in the morning
chocolate dipped frozen bananas (that I have stashed in my freezer : ) 
blooming peonies 
pasta with tomatoes, basil, and grated Parmesan cheese (an easy summer favorite!) 
Hallmark movies (especially the Christmas ones) 
pink tinted lip balm
fruit salad with fresh whip cream on top 
the first nights sleep with fresh sheets on the bed
the Netflix show Fuller House, which I'm currently binging! (don't knock it till you try it : ) 


What is making you happy lately? 

Have a wonderful day, my friends.  Tomorrow is Friday and I'm getting a haircut!!! First one since March!  Now THAT makes me happy!  

Monday, June 15, 2020

Happy Monday! ♥

Hello Friends!  

I hope this Monday morning finds you well and you all had a restful weekend.   We are experiencing some beautiful weather here in Massachusetts.  Today is 70 degrees and sunny! 

 That with my morning coffee is making me smile today. 




There is never enough coffee.....am I right? 




Over the weekend we treated ourselves to jelly donuts and ice coffees.  A habit we need to break but it's sooooo hard! 

#treatyourself has become my daily motto! (or excuse:)





Last week seemed to fly by in a blink.  For me the highlight was getting my new slippers in the mail that I ordered from Kohls.com.  They are Isotoners and so comfortable.  They are on my feet all day!
It's the little things that make me happy : )  





On Tuesday we went to John's school to return books and clean out his locker.  As of Friday he's officially on summer break!  Yahoooo!  The year certainly didn't go as planned but I'm proud of him for doing so well under the circumstances.  It will be interesting to see what next year brings.  He'll be in 8th grade and it will be his last year at this school before moving on to high school.  Just thinking about that makes me want to cry.  

It's going to be an emotional year (for me! : ) 




On Saturday we enjoyed a socially distanced lunch with my in laws in their gorgeous back yard! 
It was lovely to catch up with good food in a beautiful setting.  




Things are getting a little better here these days, so I'm thankful we can start visiting family again! 




Meanwhile back at home.... cookies, cookies, cookies  




And this candle, which I'm obsessed with! 




Finding little moments of peace within my day is essential.  This was one of them. 





And here's something I've been dying to share with you.  A quick dessert with only 2 ingredients.  

Frozen puff pastry and canned pie filling.




Roll out the pastry and add the filling (I used cherry) to the middle.  Then wrap up the sides like you are making a gallet.  Brush with a little water and bake at 350 for 40 minutes! 




 It's like pie when you don't have time to make a pie!  SOOOOO GOOD! 

Have a wonderful Monday Everyone!  

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you have sunshine today! 

XO