Tuesday, January 18, 2022
Friday, January 14, 2022
As you can see, thanks to some rain and then sunshine (yay!) most of last week's snow has melted. What remains are blocks of ice. I just heard the weather lady say tomorrow's wind chill is going to feel like 20 below zero. Oh dear. How many days until Spring?
We are in the thick of the dog days of winter now. It's cold, dark, and a blizzard could hit at any minute. I feel the word "hygge" in my bones these days. My whole day revolves around finding it. How do I make it happen. I bake a lot. Sunday I made blueberry muffins from the Magnolia Table cookbook Santa brought me. I am loving this book. It's the third recipe I've made from it and they all have been heavenly.
Friday, January 7, 2022
Another goal I have for the future is utilizing all the cookbooks I have! I have so many beautiful books and rarely make recipes out of them. I decided to start making some of these lovely recipes. It's makes me feel so good to cook delicious healthy food for my family. I'm on a food journey this year. I'll share everything I make with you!
Have a wondering weekend, friends!
I hope you are all warm, cozy, safe, and healthy! ♥
Tuesday, January 4, 2022
Now I ask myself, how after all these years had I not read THIS book? This infamous book that caused all the scandle. She was brave to do it and I admire her courage. It was an incredible read and even though I knew the story, it was still eye opening reading her words. Of course after I finished I had to do some "research" and fact checking. This lead me down a YouTube rabbit hole that I'm still not completely out of. I've watched interviews, listened to podcasts, watched The Queen (with Helen Mirren) for the first time, and rewatched the last 2 seasons of the Crown. I'm still gutted by the way that we have to wait until 2023 for the next season!
I love reading biographies! So who should I read next?
Let me know if you have any suggestions ♥
Sunday, January 2, 2022
Happy New Year, friends! 2022 is here!
How was your New Years? Mine was very nice. It was cold and rainy. I stayed in my cozy clothes, made minestrone soup and pizza in a cast iron skillet (which was a first!). I recently saw a Martha Stewart video on YouTube where Martha made pizza in cast iron and I wanted to try it. I figured if it's good enough for Martha.... well, it was a success!
We ate, watched some Seinfeld, and I'll admit to you that we were all asleep by 10! Party animals we are NOT but it was still a lovely evening.
The pizza had broccoli and chicken on it, which is a favorite of ours. I guess I wanted to end the year eating as many veggies as possible! LOL
I woke up on January 1st feeling renewed. I love New Years Day and all the hope it brings. This is my first photo of the year. It was still raining and I took my coffee outside to breathe in some fresh air. The back river was flooded and still is from all the rain. It was quiet and peaceful and I hope that's an indication of what's to come. Fingers crossed! I enjoy the stillness of January after all the hustle December brings. Time to rest and take in the quiet.
I stuck to my New Years Day tradition and took down my Christmas tree. Some think it's sad to pack everything away so soon, but I actually love the process. I think I might love just as much as decorating. The "undecorating" makes me just as happy. Everything feels clean and uncluttered. It's a nice way to start the year. Now we are all settled in and ready for a cozy winter. In case we have to go into hibernation mode, I'm ready.
Today is John's last official day of Christmas break, which makes me very very sad. I like us living in the holiday bubble. But alas, it's back to school and work tomorrow. Today my plan is to get myself organized, plan out meals for the week, list some goals in my planner, and make a batch of blueberry muffins. Something that's been on my mind all week : )
Wishing you all a happy and healthy 2022!
May this year bring you peace, love, and joy!
Monday, December 27, 2021
Good Morning Friends.
The Monday after. How are we all feeling? I hope you had a cozy and wonderful holiday. Ours was just that. We spent Christmas eve with Rob's family. There was food, music, games, and memoires made. On Christmas day we had a relaxing day at home with my family. We watched movies and I cooked a yummy dinner. Another Christmas in the books and now we are on track to a new year and a clean slate.
John always says that the day after Christmas is sad because it's all over, but I always feel happiness and relief. All the planning and hard work is done and now we can all exhale and relax.
We have our memories (and new clothes and books!) to keep us warm this winter. I've been eating my weight in fudge (boy was it a mistake to make 2 batches!) but we need to get it out of the house, so I guess I'm doing a good deed. We'll go with that : )
I hope you all had a wonderful holiday and I wish you a cozy week. This is my favorite week of the year. It's quiet and peaceful and my mind loves the idea of a clean slate. Santa brought me a new calendar/planner and I'm anxious to start filling it in.
Happy Monday lovely friends! Enjoy your day! xo
Thursday, December 23, 2021
Well, my presents are wrapped and I'm all ready for Santa. All that's left to do is cook Christmas dinner, which I'm quite looking forward too. This season, although I tried to slow it down, went by in a blink. It's hard to believe tomorrow night is Christmas eve! Oh how I miss the days when John was small and SO excited for Santa. He's still excited (don't get me wrong) but in a different way. We'll still make cinnamon rolls and open presents around the tree on Christmas morning and it will be just as magical as it can be. The best gifts can't be wrapped, but felt. Don't you agree?
What I'm really excited about is next week. My favorite week of the year. The week between Christmas and New Years. It's quiet and reflective and perfectly acceptable to do nothing but rest and recharge. I'm hoping to read books and watch movies (in new pj's!) and drink as much tea and eat as many cookies as my little heart desires.
I hope you all have a happy and healthy holiday!
Merry Christmas my friends!
I love you all! xoxo