Friday, January 30, 2015

Friday Potpourri

Well ~ it is Friday and I am back
you better mark this one on your calendars!

I am attempting to be better this year
taking care of those things that mean the most
including myself


this week we had a blizzard
a snow day for me ~ so I stayed in my pjs
snuggled on the couch ~ read ~ watched a movie
ate soup and drank tea
36 cm of snow and wind making sky high drifts
life was better inside


of course that means playing catch up at work
and overtime but not too much



after sitting on my butt nursing said cold the past 2 weekends
I am hoping to get a few things done this week

I did make this soup last Sunday and it was amazing
like I wanted it every night this week



some cookie making and fabric gathering
maybe some planning and cutting
I have talked about it every single winter ~ maybe this is the time
we will see if my quilt will actually make it past the dream stages



some reading and resting is required
I do know that or my cold and I will be back at square one

have a great weekend!

Friday, January 23, 2015

Friday Potpourri

Well hello there
where on earth has January gone?

I for one am sitting here scratching my head
trying to figure it all out

like ~ didn't I just pack up Christmas
well yes I did and that goes to show you 
that time marches on whether we are ready for it or not



after having some much needed time off over Christmas and New Years
we went back to work and although it usually slows down this time of year
we have been crazy busy ~ working overtime 
and then I got sick

yeah ~ not so great

I did make a pom pom garland while I was camped out on the couch
it is not hung yet ~ but I will get there..... soon


it has been a month of nesting and soup making
long baths ~ reading
our weather has gone from bitter cold to rainy and mild



this one is on my agenda for the weekend
sounds yummy


and bread too ~ just maybe


snowstorm in the forecast for the weekend
so nest and cook and maybe some baking
but rest for sure ~ gotta kick this cold to the curb.

Have a great weekend.

Friday, January 2, 2015

A New Day

What does the new year mean to you?

do you look at it as a time to reflect on the past year
your accomplishments ~ things that made you smile
and things that broke your heart?

or do you see a fresh new page
this is your story ~ your life
do you want to make some changes
be the change ~ make things happen?

I do a little of both....

when I look back at the last year I see that I only posted 35 times
wow ~ not like me at all
I did take a step back from blogging ~ I always said that if it felt like work
I was not going to do it 

but I missed it
I blogged the important things

documented celebrations like Katrina's prom and graduation
time spent with Gina and the boys
my God daughter ~ Jillian's wedding 
my trip to Toronto to celebrate my fav Aunt & Uncle's anniversary

I absolutely love this picture of Gina and I!

and then some sad times too
my FIL ~ Lee's passing and losing a friend to violence

so when I look back on 2014
it was a year of uncertainty but we came out the other side
and the sun is shining ~ we adjust to the new normal

we pack up the tinsel and the baubles and the bows

clean the slate ~ pull out the new box of crayons
and make it happen

I have not picked a word
I have not made any resolutions
I have not yet set any goals
we are going to take each day ~ one day at a time
and live it ~ love it ~ be thankful for it

Thank you for being there for me throughout the year
I so love this community and the people I have met through blogging

Cheers to 2015!

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Christmas Greetings

I needed a touch of red 
and since my camera is collecting dust
it was Pinterest to the rescue


the tree is trimmed ~ finally!  
better late than never this year I say

the halls are decked ~ cookies made
menus planned and I wrapped the final gift last night

the house is clean and ready for company
thanks to hubby for the help with that one




tomorrow night we will gather around the table
both mom's and one brother
then we head to church

everyone is spending the night
not sure if that was a good idea but we will make the best of it

then we will have 7 on Christmas Day
as the girls will join us



that night we will go to my mil's
for munchies and gifts

I am sure I will reflect on past years
and miss Lee just a little more than usual

I purchased little pewter frame ornaments this year
and put a pic of him in each
ours in on the tree and I gave my mil hers on Sunday night
she cried ~ she loved it
I am so glad that she did


tonight I did some food prep
and checked my list

I am cozied on the couch with my family
and watching the tail end of Polar Express again
love that movie


Wishing you a very Merry Christmas
and the happiest of holidays
the magic of Santa
and blessings as we celebrate the real reason for the season
Happy Birthday Jesus


Friday, December 5, 2014


I have been on the blog trail this week
looking through all the beautiful homes on a
holiday house walk

it can inspire you or deflate you
a little green with envy at some
then I went on instagram and read these words

Comparison is the thief of joy...during this time of year when you see so many gorgeous homes decorated beautifully from top to bottom, it's easy to fall into the comparison trap and feel 'less' or not 'as good' etc. It just happened to me...But it's so important for us to keep the focus on why it is we adorn our homes in the first place. It's something that during the chaos of boxes and lights and pine needles and gift wrap and good store deals gets too easily lost. We have been given Christmas to spread the good news and to sprinkle love, kindness and compassion to those around is my hope for you and me to keep this front and center as we enter the holiday season. xoxo

Wow ~ she nailed it ~ she really did

the person that said it was Lucy from Craftberry Bush
she touched on it again in her blog post as she was part of the holiday house walk

I have not been following her feed for a long time
but that night I was so glad I did

you see I decorated the house last weekend
all but the mantle and centerpieces are done

and we will only go out on Sunday for the tree

my house will never be one to participate in a house walk
but it is home ~ the little trinkets I placed out on Saturday
spark a memory and bring me joy
and you know ~ that is what Christmas is all about

so year after year
I will put basically the same things in the same spots

I will put my tree up 2 weeks before Christmas

I will bake cookies ~ the ones we love
and only seem to make this time of year

I will buy my Mom cherry chocolates
because my Dad used to buy her one every year
and I love carrying on that tradition for her

I will wrap the gifts and curl the ribbon
listening to Elvis Christmas music
because I love it so

when I take these ornaments out of the box
and place them in this big vase I will remember that they hung
on the big tree at the farm
and be grateful that my Aunt gave them to me

this year we will make new memories
there will be an empty chair
we will miss my father in law like crazy

but we will be blessed because we will be together

Happy weekend.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Sunday Thoughts

The sun is shining and I am getting ready to head out the door
list in hand to run some errands


it has been crazy busy at work
and as we head into the holiday season
evenings are filling up as well

so much fun!


Tuesday we celebrated Remembrance Day
as part of my Instagram feed ~ I saw the most beautiful sight from London
I had to find out more and the images were amazing

The memorial, which was created by artist Paul Cummins, includes 888,246 ceramic poppies which have been progressively filling the Tower's moat. At the peak of the installation on November 11, there will be one poppy for each British fatality in the First World War.
Up to four million people are estimated to have visited the installation, called 

Wednesday night was a retirement gathering
and it was so nice to catch up with some people I have not seen
since the beginning of the summer

then Friday night ~ supper with a group of girls from work
we used to go to a beach cottage for a weekend in July
but have not done it in a few years

stories were told and many laughs had

we also had our first major snowfall ~ it was so pretty and although
it is still a tad early for my liking ~ it helped kick my butt
and later today I just may pull out my Christmas cards


last night I got together with more friends
Kim, Lori, Andrea & I
met when we all worked together

and went out dancing together, traveled together
these are the girls that have seen you at your best
and your worst
they know secrets, habits and still love you
they are numbers I can call in the middle of the night
in a crisis and they would be there

I love that our husbands all get along as well
it just makes things fun

so the 8 of us have not been all together for about 3 years
we have seen each other ~ but there always seemed to be
a couple missing

so last month I picked a date and we all made it work

besides the company and the beverages
we all make food and eat like kings

I made one of our favs and although the picture and recipe link above 
is not the one I made ~ these are delish

Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnuts

1 pound bacon
water chestnuts
honey garlic sauce

wrap half slice of bacon around each chestnut ~ soak in garlic sauce for up to 8 hours
bake at 375 for 30 minutes or until bacon is cooked
I like to finish mine off under the broiler just to crisp up the bacon

I used the bottled garlic sauce ~ the thicker the better
but you can make your own as well.

and with that ~ I am off 
enjoy every moment of today


Friday, November 7, 2014

Friday Potpourri

So ~ I was suppose to be on vacation this week
and decided to work 3 days of it


we had been on the go most of the weekend
and Monday I ran errands
got home late and made the best dinner
it was just a roast chicken but man it was good

and after attending Barb's school of gravy
the last 15 years
I made the best gravy of my life ~ I wish I had a bucketload of it

seriously ~ my mother cannot make gravy
and she will tell you that
she buys the packages and adds it to the roast or turkey drippings

my mother in law Barb makes the best gravy
every dinner we attend ~ I stand beside her and watch
and take direction and after all these years
I finally have it mastered and I am a happy girl

all that for gravy ~ imagine that!


so I worked on Tuesday and I joked to my boss that I had workers remorse
so she asked me if I wanted to take more of my vacation
and I said ~ yes please!

3 weeks ago when they offered the extra shifts
I thought it was a good idea
some extra money for Christmas
and we have been slammed at work ~ working overtime
and the such

so I only worked 2 days and took yesterday and today off
bliss I say ~ bliss


yesterday I did little things
you know the stuff you have been putting off
they have been on the back burner ~ yeah that stuff
and pretty much stayed in my pj's most of the day
which is really a shame since it was a nice day
and today they are calling for rain ~ blah


I am finally getting a chance to go to this shop
and then there is a craft fair on Saturday

starting to get into the planning stages for Christmas
although I know out in blog land some people are already 
full force into it and decorating
sorry ~ too early for me

I shall sit over the next couple of days
and make gift lists and think about what I am going to bake


speaking of gifts ~ Becky's shop is open until the 14th
and along with some beautiful cuffs ~ she also has ornaments this year!

click here for her shop and here for a discount code


perusing Pinterest and some of my favourite food blogs for recipes
for Christmas and everyday


so this weekend will be low key
no big plans other than checking a couple more things off my list

Happy weekend!