Monday, April 6, 2020

For all you coffee lovers out there...♥

Hello Friends!  

I hope this new week finds you well and you are adjusting to life as we know it.  I think it's so important right now to cling to the little things that bring us the most comfort. For me is soft pajamas, cozy slippers, and a nice HOT cup of coffee.  

Yesterday morning I recorded a quick video to share a little tip for all you coffee lovers out there.  I debated posting it because I was in my pajamas ( I don't know what I was thinking?).  I have quarantine brain : )  But this is life right now, so I'm going for it.  


Now that I've gotten adjusted (somewhat) to life in quarantine I'm hoping to be making more videos and posting on here more regularly.  

If you haven't already please visit my youtube channel (here). 

Thank you for stopping by and keeping in touch! 

It's a beautiful day today and Spring is happening.  There is still good in the world.  

Let's be safe and stay positive 

Friday, April 3, 2020

Staying Strong.

Hello Friends.  I hope you all are well.  Not much going one here this week.  I've been keeping busy working from home, schooling John, and trying to make our home cozy and avoiding the outside world as much as possible.  By that I mean staying inside unless completely necessary, not watching too much news, copious amounts of I Love Lucy, having afternoon tea time, and movies every night...mostly John's choice.  It's not so bad.  When I think of others who are putting themselves and their families on the line, taking care of others, I feel extremely grateful. 

The most I can do is take care of my little family at home.  This is not the April any of us had envisioned.  I miss my work, my friends, my freedom.  But I know this too shall pass.  So make your plans and dream your dreams. We are nothing without hope.

If you are feeling sad I suggest visiting Susan Branch's lovely blog.  Her posts are so positive and uplifting.  She never lets me down when I need a little sunshine on a rainy day (and today is pouring!).

So I'll keep puttering. Cooking. Baking. Cleaning. Praying. I'll text friends, send videos, and stay in touch over Instagram.  I really love that.  

I've tried a couple of new Pinterest recipes this week.  Some actually came out good!!  I'll share those links this weekend.  I even dusted off my bread machine this morning.  I think fresh baked bread will make things a little better : ) 

Try to have a happy Friday my friends.  Stay strong and keep the faith! 

Love you all! XO 

Saturday, March 28, 2020

Quarantine Coffee Cake ♥ (with apples & cranberries)

Hello my friends!  How are you doing?  

I decided I'm going to keep this post light today.  I'm not going to talk about how emotional and anxiety filled of a week it's been. I know we are all feeling this way and praying for the health and safety of our world and for all of this to end as quickly as possible. As I head into my 3rd week of quarantine, I'm going to move forward with a positive attitude and a grateful heart for all the medical workers on the front lines who are protecting us 

That being said here are a few things I've learned over the past 2 weeks:

1. Being in quarantine with a 12 year old I've been introduced to the world of Marvel.  I never realized how much I love superhero movies.  I've watched countless over the past 14 days and it's very easy to be sucked into that world.  Also, Chris Pratt is very cute.

2.  I never thought I would miss my office as much as I do.  I don't think I'll ever complain about going to work again.  Ok maybe I will, but I won't mean it.  Also I miss the coffee machine.

3.  Going to the grocery store has become an Olympic event.  How fast can I get in and get out while moving around people like I'm on an obstacle course.  I also feel like I'm on a scavenger hunt, frantically searching for items while the clock ticks.  I miss my leisurely shopping days.  These are crazy times. 

4. My thought process when cooking/baking:  " much do I really want to eat this? Is it worth using the ingredients....because who knows if I can get more flour or eggs on my next grocery run?"

Can you relate? 

I have discovered just how much I take for granted.  I decided to throw caution to the wind whip together a quick coffee cake.  I used this recipe because it only called for 1 egg (nice) and it used oil instead of butter (another plus).  

It's amazing what a good coffee cake can do?  First off it makes the house smell nice when it's baking.  It's also the perfect afternoon treat, warm, with tea.  It's comforting.  I love coffee cake.  
I have a feeling you do too 

The recipe comes from Pinch of Yum (click here).  I found it on Pinterest and it's delicious.  Yes, it has a bit more sugar than I would usually use in a recipe, but hey....this is not the time for diets.  Am I right?!  

The only change I made was instead of 2 1/2 cups of chopped apples I used 1 large apple (granny smith) and a 1/2 cup of fresh cranberries, which I had tucked away in the freezer.  I imagine this cake would be delicious with frozen blueberries too! 

*Also I didn't have buttermilk so I used 1 cup of milk + 1 tablespoon of lemon juice.  I've used this method before making scones that call for buttermilk and it works perfectly. 

The cinnamon sugar crumble on top is the best part 

 I am wishing you all well as we head into the next week of social distancing.  

Try to have a relaxing weekend and let's all pray for positive vibes in the days to come! xo

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

10 Things I Love Tuesday ♥

Hello Friends.  How are you all doing?  

Is it just me or does it feel like everyday is the same?  A real life version of the movie Groundhog Day.  Today I was struggling a little bit and then I forced myself outside for a 15 minute walk.  I went to a place where I knew there wouldn't be many people and I could keep my distance.  I walked and breathed the fresh air. And then I sat by the ocean.  It really did help my mood.  When I got home I felt better.  And then Rob suggested we order dinner from our favorite take out place down the street. It felt good to support them because small businesses are suffering.  We are all praying and patiently waiting for this to end.  The next few weeks will be crucial.  We are all in this together.  
We can do this 

I feel like there is no better time to think about the things I love.  The little things in life that make me happy and bring me joy.  We can't forget the little things.  For it's these things that keep us going and put smiles on our faces.  

So without further adieu, here are 10 (very random) things I love: 

milk glass bud vases
white twinkle lights
pancakes (anytime of day: )
going to museums by myself
floral patterns on china
pearl earrings
the song "Vincent" by Don McLean
Entenmann's raspberry danish
the movie Hope Floats (with Sandra Bullock & Harry Connick Jr.)
cherry Chapstick

So that's my list. What's yours? Let's spread some happiness! 

Be well everyone! xo 

Monday, March 23, 2020

Checking In ♥

Hello Friends! Happy Monday.  

It is Monday, isn't it?  I'm starting to feel like I'm losing track.  I hope you all are doing well.  I actually had a very nice weekend.  After a hectic first week of working from home and all the technical issues that go along with that, it was nice to unplug my work computer for a few days.  I cleaned & disinfected the house, brought out all my Easter decorations, and baked cookies.  I felt normalcy for the first time all week.  

Going into this new week of self isolating, I'm clinging to the things that bring me comfort.  I am enjoying afternoon tea & treats, movie marathons with John, and calls and texts with friends.  I am also finding comfort being productive and getting things done at home. I made a list of little things to keep me busy and I am looking forward to checking them off.  First up is to reorganize my pantry which I'm off to do right now : ) 

I hope you are all hanging in there!  Praying this will all be over soon and we can get back to our normal lives.  

I'll be back tomorrow with "10 Things I Love Tuesday".  Do you have your list?  I do! 


Thursday, March 19, 2020

10 Things I Love (Thursday ♥)

Hello Friends! 

I hope you all are hanging in there and doing OK during this crazy time in our world.  We are on day 4 of self quarantining here in my part of the world.  We are finally getting into our groove with working and schooling from home.  We are all doing our best not to complain as we are very grateful for our health and safety.  Trying to keep to as normal of a routine as possible I've been getting up at my regular time and getting ready as I normally would - putting on my lipstick and everything :)
 It's been helpful for me to be motivated to work from home.  

I'm also so very grateful for this blog and other outlets of social media that let me interact with my online friends. It reassures me that we are all in this together.  

That being said, let's try to concentrate on the good things.  The little things that make us happy and feel comfort on days like this.  

Here are 10 random things I love:

blueberry muffins
James Dean in East of Eden 
baby's breath flowers in bunches ♥
Charlie Brown cartoon specials 
milkshakes from McDonalds
1950's style dresses
Stevie Wonder 
Full moons
Danielle Steele novels 
games shows from the 1970's (seriously, we watch Match Game 78 every night! : ) 

There's my 10.  What are yours? 

Happy first day of Spring!  Be hopeful everyone! 


Tuesday, March 17, 2020

The New's everyone doing?

Hello Friends! 

Today I wanted to check in with everyone and see how you all are doing.  I hope you all are home, safe, and feeling good.  We are feeling OK.  Yes a bit stressed (like everyone else) but trying to stay positive.  We are trying to keep as normal of a routine as possible. I don't watch the news as much as I used to because I found watching it was just making me more anxious.  I check in a few times a day to get updates, otherwise I'm not listening.  

I am grateful to be able to work from home.  It's taken a few days to get organized and accept the situation, but ...we are all in this together, we are all working together, and we will make it through this!  

And so... if I have to be self quarantined I'm grateful it's at home with my family.  John is home from school until at least April 7th and we are hearing it might be longer.  We have officially entered the world of "online learning".  It's new for us but we are getting used to it. I keep telling John this is a time his kids will be reading about in the history books someday.  

Here is our homeschooling situation we set up in the basement.  It's not bad.  Organization is the key, right?  He's been great about doing his daily assignments so they don't pile up.  Also, it's familiar and normal for him, and right now familiar and normal is comforting.

My grocery shopping experience on Friday was insane.  I have not stocked up on things. I buy weekly.  Maybe that's just me hoping for the best. Also me not having a place to store large quantities of things.  I felt like I was being swallowed up by all the crazy shoppers pushing me around the store.  

It was madness. 

And before you ask, YES the toilet paper isle was empty.  Luckily I wasn't desperate, but some people were, and they were not happy.  It was very disconcerting.  

So did I grab a few extra things? Yes I did.  

Important things like ice cream and carbs.  

I have my priorities! 

That whole ordeal had me a bit shaken, but then all things were put into perspective when  I got home and saw this...

Daffodils are sprouting.  Spring is coming.  Life continues.  I was so happy : )

And so this is our new normal for a while and it's ok.  We are doing our part to stop this horrible thing that's happening in our world right now.  For my own personal health I have decided that when possible (if the weather allows) to get myself out for a walk, maintaining social distancing of course, daily.  

I did this yesterday and it felt SO GOOD! 

Play games, watch movies, let yourself eat snacks and enjoy them.  Go for walks if you can.  Fresh air does wonders.  Take naps. Read.  Stay safe & healthy.  

Also, laughter helps.  The next day my husband texted me this photo.

We have struck gold! : )

Hang in there everyone!  I'm thinking of you all!! xoxo

PS - HAPPY ST PATRICK'S DAY!!!!  Did you think I forget? 

I've made two of these Irish Breads this week.  Here is the recipe if you would like to make it
  (click me).  

Last weekend I made this video of me sharing the recipe.