Monday, March 18, 2019

St. Patrick's Day and the first sign of Spring ♥


Good Morning Friends! Happy new week!

I hope you are all having a nice start to this Monday.  It's cold but sunny here (a chilly 32 degrees!).  As I type this I am sitting at my desk drinking a hot cup of French vanilla coffee and it is bringing me to life this morning.  The early mornings are darker now when I wake up since daylight savings but the evenings are soooo nice.  Last night the sun didn't set until almost 7pm! 
We are settling into the new routine and things are good.  


Did you celebrate St. Patrick's Day yesterday?   We started with a lovely brunch with my in laws at a local restaurant and ended the day with my Dad's famous boiled dinner.  Our tradition!  Like all holidays it was a day of eating!  Next Sunday our town is holding its first annual Irish Heritage Day and John has been asked by his friend Sean to walk in the parade and give out candy!  We are all looking forward to that, so St. Patrick's Day isn't quite over for us yet.  We have one more week to celebrate!  








We've had no shortage of Irish bread in our house the last few weeks.  
(click here for my recipe - it's not too late to make it : ) 






You won't regret it!
#yum  







Or Irish themed treats.

Which were delicious, btw : ) 





I hope however you spent your Sunday you enjoyed the celebrations!  Weather it was watching a parade, eating corned beef & cabbage, or just staying cozy at home with a blanket and a cup of tea (my first choice : )




And so another holiday has passed and time is marching on....  

John reminded me today that in only 3 months it will be June and 6th grade will be over! What?  How do we stop this train from moving so fast?! 

I wanna get off ~ 





And then this happened.  I walked outside and saw THIS! 

Tulips are coming! 

Pretty amazing since the ground is still practically frozen.  




We are two days away from the first day of Spring!  


Can you feel it?  I can!  


And that's all I've got for you today, friends!  Short & sweet!  


Thank you for stopping by.  I love sharing my days with you!  


Have a great Monday! xo 



Thursday, March 14, 2019

Happy Pi Day with French Cherry Pie : )

Hello Dear Friends! Today is 3.14...so happy PI Day!!!   

Ok, let's be clear on something.  I am definitely not one to celebrate Math.  As a matter of fact 6th grade Math and Science have recently become the bain of my very existence. Especially when John comes home from school and says "mom, I don't get this".... ugh.  I think we should have a happy GOOGLE day because without my best friend GOOGLE I would not be able to help my child learn the 6th grade curriculum. 
"Hey Google" is my new catchphrase!  I am not even joking ; ) 

Anywhoo, I am one to celebrate PIE (the real pie!) so here's a new recipe I just tried yesterday.  We actually ate this last night and thankfully there's still some leftover for tonight.
I can't wait for dessert time!  





I picked up this recipe from Pinterest.  It's called French Cherry Pie from a blog called Mom Endeavors. I chose to make it because this time of year I always crave cheesecake with cherries! Those flavors remind me of Springtime and Easter and that's what I'm feeling these days!  I didn't feel like going through the whole process of making a cheesecake and besides...it's Pi Day.

On her blog Sara says this was her husband's grandmother's recipe and also her hubby's favorite.  I can see why!  It's also a no bake recipe and comes together super quick.

I don't know what makes this pie French,  but regardless....I know it's DELICIOUS and super easy to make! I'm so glad I tried it!





There is still time for you to celebrate Pi Day if you want to whip this up today. 
Here's how easy it is:

1 can cherry pie filling
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 8 oz. container of Cool Whip
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 8oz package of cream cheese, softened
1 graham cracker crust

With and electric mixer blend cream cheese, powdered sugar, and vanilla. Fold in Cool Whip. 
Spread onto crust. 
Top with cherry filling : ) 
Refrigerate 3-4 hrs. before serving

Enjoy!!! 





John kept saying "this taste just like cheesecake!" and it totally did! 





We'll take any excuse to have pie!

Even Math! : ) 




Next week is the first day of Spring! Can you believe it?!
I'm so ready! 

Have a wonderful day, friends! 
And please say an extra prayer for me as I guide John through converting fractions to decimals.  And why so many world problems? I hate the word problems!!!  

Bye! xoox 




Saturday, March 9, 2019

Strawberry Jam Muffins ♥

Hello Friends! 

Today when I woke up the sun was shining and the snow was melting.  It was glorious.  I don't take any of this lightly because I know, living in New England, things could change at any moment. Extreme shifts in weather have suddenly become normal. A few days ago it was 10 degrees.  Today it was a balmy 39 degrees! I can feel little tings of warmth every now and then.  Spring is coming.  As I type this post it's Saturday evening and before I go to bed tonight (soon :) I will spring my clock AHEAD one hour!  I'll take the one hour less of sleep tonight in exchange for light at 4pm.  That's what naps are for! Am I right? 

I don't know about you but this week seemed endless.  Maybe it was the extreme cold.  Maybe it was John's overload of homework and me having to figure out 6th grade science (and I thought the math was hard!) or maybe it was just that my warm cozy bed was just too good to get out of at 6am.  People at work seemed to be feeling the same. Everyone walking around the office complaining about the weather and talking about where to go on spring break (myself included).  March is always like this.  We are so close to spring just not quite there yet. I don't know what else to do, so I do what makes me happy.  I bake.
 
I don't mind the cold outside, if its warm and smells good inside.  






This morning I tried a new recipe I found on Pinterest for Strawberry Jam Muffins.  Doesn't that sound yummy? There is something about fresh baked muffins with coffee on a Saturday morning that makes the weekend that much sweeter.  I LOVE weekends and I LOVED these muffins.  They are my new favorite!



 


The recipe was simple to do and I had all the ingredients on hand.  I like the fact that the recipe only makes 6 muffins.  We gobbled them up in one sitting.  2 each : )  You could always double the recipe if you want to make a full dozen.

The only changes I made to the original recipe (found here) was I omitted the flaxmeal and I added 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla because I think strawberry and vanilla are matches made in heaven ♥
 


 
 
To make the muffins you will need:
 
3/4 cups flour
2 tbls sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
2/3 cup milk
1 egg, beaten
2 tbls vegtable or canola oil
1/2 cup strawberry jam
 
 
 
 
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
 
Spray a 6 cup muffin tin with non stick spray.  I only had a big tin so I used the middle 6 cups : )
 

 
 
In a medium size mixing bowl combine all the dry ingredients. 
I always use a whisk to get out any lumps in the flour ♥
 
Add the milk, eggs, vanilla, and oil.  Mix until just combined. 
Fold in the jam (stir it around 3-4 times).  Don't over mix.
Fill muffin cups about 3/4 full.
 
*reserve a little bit of the jam to add to the tops of the muffins.  I held back about 1/4 of it and then swirled it on the tops with a fork *
 
Bake 15-17 minutes, until the edges are slightly golden and the tops are springy to the touch. 
 
Let cool on a rack.  Dust with powdered sugar and enjoy!




 
 
 
They were light & fluffy and the strawberry filling is the sweetest surprise!
 
Sort of like a jelly donut in muffin form ♥
 


 
I don't buy peanut butter anymore because of John's allergy but for those of you without food allergies I think a schmear of pb on these would be amazing! just sayin...  ♥
 



 
Tomorrow is supposed to be rainy and cold and I wouldn't be surprised if I made another batch of these for breakfast.  I don't know what it is lately, but I'm obsessed with breakfast and MUFFINS. 
I mean, more than usual! LOL
 
Hoping the weather warms up soon so I can get outside and back to walking.  I really miss it! And apparently so do my thighs : ) 
 
 
Before I end this post I wanted to share with you this lovely thought I saw on Facebook today:


 


I think this is something that I will repeat to myself every day, just as a little reminder ♥
(especially #10)
 
I hope you are all having a sweet, sweet, weekend! 
 
Talk to you soon! xo
 
 

Monday, March 4, 2019

Snow Day! ♥

 
Hello Friends! Happy Monday!
 
We are having a snow day today.  I woke up this morning to find that Mother Nature dumped a foot of snow on us! I guess Spring is not quite ready to appear yet.  And although I am indeed OVER winter and impatiently waiting for Spring, the view out my window this morning was quite pretty ♥
 
 


 
 
So much snow! It's a wonder the bushes and flowers survive, but somehow they do.
In a few short weeks all this will be blooming ♥
 
 
 
 
The neighborhood was alive and well this morning.  Everyone "digging out".
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
John was overjoyed to not have school today!
As a kid was there anything better than a snow day? 
It was thrilling then and it still is ♥
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Meanwhile, inside where it's warm....
 
 
 
 
March, the month of St Patrick's Day has arrived!
 
I love seeing all the green ♥
 
 
 
 
I was happy to have some time for this...♥
 
 
 
 
And we made cookies because...why not?
 
 
 
 
We had hot chocolate, watched movies, and enjoyed doing nothing all day... : )
 
 


 Since no more snow is forecasted this week I guess I'll have to get dressed tomorrow and get back out into the world.  Today was a nice break! 
 
Happy new week, friends! I hope you all had a great day! xo

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Blueberry breakfast cookie ♥


Hello Friends!

I hope this week is treating you well.  We are settling back into our normal routine after John being on school break last week.  It's been freezing cold here so we haven't been getting out much.  I am so looking forward to warmer weather! Not just yet though as more snow is predicted for tonight.  Thank goodness for good TV and Internet access : ) 


Today I wanted to share with you a quick little recipe. Our craziest time around here is definitely the mornings.  I'm always trying to find quick and easy breakfasts to give John so he doesn't go to school hungry.  Usually I make him a bagel, frozen waffle, or bowl of cereal.  He's been getting a little bored with these options so I thought I would try something different. 


Have you ever had a breakfast cookie?  I hadn't until I made them last week.  They are really good!  And it turns out that they are not only good for breakfast on the go, but also for an afternoon snack.  There is no sugar in the recipe.  They are naturally sweetened with banana, honey and applesauce.  John really loved them and once they were gone he asked me to make another batch.  This was highly unusual considering they don't contain any chocolate  : ) 





The recipe comes from the site No Diets Allowed that I found via Pinterest.

2 ripe bananas, mashed
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/4 cup honey
2 tsp vanilla
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
2 1/2 cups quick oats
1/2 cup fresh blueberries

Preheat oven to 375.

In a medium size bowl mash bananas.  Add applesauce, honey, vanilla, cinnamon, and salt.  Mix well.  Add oats and mix until well combined.  Fold in blueberries.  Allow mixture to sit for 5 - 10 minutes so the oats can soak up the excess liquid. 

On a parchment lined baking sheet  (or lightly sprayed with non-stick spray) drop Large spoonfuls of dough (I used 1/4 cup measuring cup) about an inch apart. 




Bake in preheated oven 18-20 minutes until slightly golden brown. 





The recipe makes about 10 large cookies and should be stored in an airtight container in the fridge.  





Rob and I liked them as much as John.  They are nice treat to have with coffee.  I will definitely continue to make these in the future.  I saw some other variations on pinterest that I would like to try. Particularly one with cranberries that I can't stop thinking about.

If I add chocolate chips does that defeat the purpose? I'm thinking unfortunately yes....: (  OH well! 





Have a happy Wednesday everyone!  We are half way to Friday! 

xo 



Sunday, February 24, 2019

Weekly wrap up ♥

 
Hello Friends! I hope you are having a nice weekend!
 
This past week was school vacation so I've been quiet here on the blog.  Rob took a few days off at the beginning of the week and I had a few days off at the end.  We've been loving being home, relaxing, eating big breakfasts, and watching movies. 
 
On Thursday John spent some time at his cousin's house so I ran out and did some errands. 
I treated myself to a chai latte.   It was delicious!
 
 
 
 
So was the croissant I got to go with it.
(could possibly be my most favorite food ever : )
 
 
 
 
I took a little time and did some browsing in stores. 
All the displays are SPRING!
 
 
 
 
Look at this place setting at Williams Sonoma!
I can't wait for Easter time!
 



In clothes stores I always end up in the "neutrals" corner : )



 
I can't leave the mall without stopping in a book store.  I love wandering in here....


 
 
We did a movie/pizza day with some friends too!
These boys are all getting so big.  They met in preschool and kindergarten : (
 
 
 
 
I started watching the John Adams miniseries.  It's so good!!


 
 
 
 We had a quick bought of sickness run through the house but luckily it didn't last too long.
 
 
 
 
Tea at bedtime is my favorite  ♥
 
 
 
 
Saturday morning I made a pumpkin coffee cake. 


 
 
YUM!



 
I had some Kohls Cash to use up so I treated myself to a new pair of Croft & Barrow pj's.


 
 
They are SO comfy! I love them!!! 
 
 
 
 
I'm excited the Oscars are on tonight, so I thought I would give you a little sneak peek of my red carpet outfit! : )
 
Have a great day, everyone! ♥