Sunday, September 20, 2020

Happy Sunday! ♥


Hello Friends! As I type this post it's Sunday favorite day of the week.  I love Sundays because usually it's my day to stay home all day and putter.  I do my housework and cooking for the week.  I always make a batch of cookies for John and Rob's lunch and a homemade pizza that we snack on all week as well.  This morning it was CHILLY. I believe it was in the 40's! Mr. Weatherman says it will warm up a bit this week but I think FALL weather is here to stay.  YAY! 

Here's a peek at what I've been up to this weekend. 


I love my slow cooker (or as I say "crock pot").  

I'm looking for more recipes to try! : ) 


With the cool temps I was able to bring out my cozy wear!  

Soooo happy it's sweater weather! 


I love my pumpkin spice and I'm not afraid to say it!


This.  Because I get so much inspiration from it.  I'm determined to make every recipe in this book.


Comfort food 


Still decorating and finding spots for little pumpkins here and there.  Is it too early to bring out the Halloween decor?? 

Not for me!  

The Great Pumpkin is my favorite! 


Yes, I'm still working my way through Downton Abbey.  I've been rewatching the series again sloooowly because I don't want it to end.  The problem I have with binging is it's over too soon.  Yup. I'm taking my time with this one. 

But more importantly I'm watching this...

I'm patiently waiting for the leaves to change.  Soon all this green will be a beautiful rainbow of yellow & red & orange.  I see little hints here and there to remind me it's coming.  I'm glad it's a slow progression.  That's the beauty of September. 

And with that I'll leave you with this quote I found online yesterday that spoke to my heart.  

The sweet simple things in life are the best things 

Have a wonderful day friends! I'm off to putter and bake something because I just want to put the oven on to warm the kitchen.  

Happy Sunday! xo 

Saturday, September 12, 2020

September ♥

 I went to bed last night dreaming about gingerbread cake, so naturally I had to make one when I got up this morning.  After coffee of course.  We slept with the windows open.  When I woke up it was a glorious 53 degrees in the bedroom.  So cozy under the covers with the fresh air wafting through the house. I had to put on a sweater before making my way to the kitchen where I could smell the coffee because Rob already made it before he left for work.  It was early and John was still sleeping.  I poured my cup, plugged in my twinkle lights, and lit the candles.  It felt like fall.  And I loved it.  Into the oven went the gingerbread cake and that's how my Saturday began  

Last weekend I finally made my way back to Bath & Body Works after a 6 month hiatus (no explanation needed) and treated myself to a few seasonal goodies.  The most delicious smelling body lotion *sweet cinnamon pumpkin* that I have been putting on every night before bed.  I swear it's also working as aromatherapy to help me sleep : )  and my favorite seasonal hand soap *autumn pumpkin* because I adore how it looks on the counter.  Yes I still have the antibacterial stuff that will surly kill an elephant, but because this bottle is so darn cute I had to get it for fall.  

I put on a long sleeve shirt today for the first time in months! Ok, it's quarter length but close enough. John and I went out today to run some errands and I was very comfortable. There was a cool breeze and it was actually a bit chilly.'s fall!  I noticed the leaves are starting to change too! They are so pretty and it's only the beginning  

School has started and we are desperately trying to get back into a routine (what's that??).  We'll get there eventually. My fear is that we'll get used to it and then things will change again.  Nothing is constant these days but we are doing our best. I was happy to hear that John had several classes and lunch outside last week.  They will continue to do that as long as the weather allows. As for me, I'm still working from home. We have no plans to return in the foreseeable future, which is just fine with me. 

It's safer and cozier at home  


And that's what September looks like around here.  Different but the same  

Tomorrow is my favorite day of the week....Sunday! I'm planning a yummy dinner in the crockpot and I may not even get out of my pj's.  No doubt we will be finishing off the gingerbread cake too! 

Have a lovely day, friends.  Stay safe and be well  


Tuesday, September 8, 2020

First Day of 8th Grade

 Today is John's first day of 8th grade.  His school has decided to go back to in person learning 5 days a week.  I am a mix of emotions.  Is this the right decision? After weeks of thinking it over we decided to let him go.  Since he goes to a smaller, private school they have the means to space the kids out and social distance.  There will still be many rules (like this mask for one) and restrictions but I feel the school is doing everything possible to stay safe and at the same time give the kids the best school experience under the circumstances.  What a crazy world right now. 

If you are wondering if he's smiling under that mask, the answer is definitely not.  He hasn't been up this early since March! 

Sending good thoughts and prayers to all families who are trying to make it work the best way they know how to during this unprecedented time. 

Stay safe my friends! Remember to be grateful for the little things 💟

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Can you relate? ♥

Hello Friends!  So tell me....can you relate? 

 This is SO me...every time.  
(a bad Facebook tag can be devastating 😵)

Also me - every morning...

Diets can be brutal.

I am a party girl. No denying it. 


I don't see a thing. 

The horror!


...and repeat....

I recently skipped a shower because there was a spider in the bathroom. 
Rob is the official bug killer in our house.  If he's not home, I'm doomed. 

I feel this more and more every day 

I hope these made you chuckle today.  You have no idea how many hours of my life are lost on Pinterest! LOL

Have a great day, friends!  It's almost Friday!!  : ) 

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

It's Coming... ♥


I always use John's birthday as my summer endpoint.  I can't officially switch to "fall mode" until we have properly celebrated John's summer birthday.  Last week we ended his birthday week with brownies on the beach.  And it was lovely.  

But's over.  

I'm starting to feel the shift.  Are you? 


Don't get me wrong.  It's still summer.  It's still 85 degrees, hot & humid.  But there is a hint of something in the air that's telling me change is on it's way.  It's a little cooler in the morning and it's getting darker a little earlier at night.  Which I love. 

My oatmeal is tasting just a bit sweeter these days.  Maybe because I usually don't eat oatmeal in the summer.  I normally wait for the cooler months but the other day I woke up craving it.  I added cinnamon and dried cranberries and savored every bite.  YUM. 

On Sunday I spent the day cleaning and doing my routine chores around the house....vacuuming, dusting, cleaning bathrooms, etc.  Instead of it being the usual drudgery, it felt more like nesting.  I lit a fall candle my heart was happy.  And then I remembered something....  I had a can of pumpkin in my pantry that I've been staring at for weeks.  I've been saving it for my official kickoff to fall.

It was time  

 I whipped up a quick batch of pumpkin muffins.  I used this recipe, (here) but decided to leave out the chocolate chips.  What??? Yup.  I was really craving that pure pumpkin taste.  Classic pumpkin with cinnamon, nutmeg, & clove.  And that's what I got.  

So here we are. Floating in limbo within those few weeks where summer ends and fall begins.  

Nights are always cozy, but with tea and a warm pumpkin muffin they hit a little bit different, don't you think? 

  (And this particular night it was raining so that made it all the more perfect :)


And now the question is... what to do with the half a can of pumpkin I have in the fridge???

Stay tuned!  

Enjoy these last days of summer, my friends! Next week is September 1st! 


Wednesday, August 19, 2020

John is 13! ♥

 On Sunday John celebrated his 13th birthday! I can hardly believe my little boy is 13!!!  

 I remember so clearly planning his first birthday party and now here we are entering the "teen years".....eek!! 

13 years have gone by and I can still feel that little baby in my arms. 

No big celebrations this year, he was just happy to be with family.  On Saturday night we had dinner with my parents - burgers on the grill - his choice - followed by his favorite cake...vanilla with chocolate frosting!  Sunday morning I served him cinnamon rolls in bed (which I also enjoyed : ) and that evening we met some family at a local pizza place for a socially distanced dinner.  

Definitely different from years past, but certainly memorable :) 


 Now that he's 13, here are few things I can tell you about John:

He LOVES his birthday

His favorite foods are cheeseburgers, chicken Parmesan, and pasta salad.  

He will do anything for a trip to Dairy Queen.

His favorite TV shows are The Office, Friends, and Seinfeld.

He loves watching movies and is always up for movie trivia games!

He enjoys texting his friends, some nearby, some faraway!  

He hates getting haircuts.

He's a night owl.

He likes playing Minecraft 

He still loves Toy Story (yaaay!)

He loves swimming, riding bikes with his cousin, and playing the drums.

I was looking through some old blog posts and I pulled out some  of my favorite photos of John through the years.  I cannot believe how much he's grown. It all went by so fast. 

*another reason to love's a living scrapbook* 

Happiest of birthdays to my favorite human!  

Now please stop growing!  

Have a wonderful day everyone! If anyone knows how to slow down time please let me know!