Friday, January 30, 2015


Several days ago, I ran out to take this sunrise shot.
Definitely not the most majestic, but when there is a hint that the sun still exists in the morning, I had to have proof.

I was lamenting the fact to my poor mother yesterday that as much as I detest the fog, I would be okay with it if it meant that we had received some rain. 
This nonsense of dense fog and NO precipitation is beginning to wear thin. 
Okay...rant done.
Happy Friday!

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Doors and Impacts

... today appears to be very foggy..again.
...I just got back into my blog after being locked out of it for two days for some unknown technological reason...
...I just started my Keurig coffeemaker without a cup under the stream of HOT coffee...
...because WestJet makes commercials to rival Clydesdales and Hallmark (here and here)...
...because FB allows people like my cousin to share touching things like this video (Thanks Erma)
...and because we all need a feel good story now and then..check this out. 
 It is a bit long, so pour a cup of coffee or tea INTO a cup, sit back and enjoy.

It is amazing what something that started out so small and from so much pain can turn into.
Sure is something to think about.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Butternut Squash Soup Recipe

Another successful recipe from Skinnytaste is her Butternut Squash Soup.
And easy.
Did you know that you can use a vegetable peeler to remove the skin from butternut squash? 
 Super easy and less dangerous than using a knife on round objects. 
I like this squash also because the seeds are easily removed and there are not a ton of them.
Butternut Squash and Sage Soup
1 butternut squash, peeled, seeded and diced
1 carrot, peeled and diced
1 small onion, diced
1 celery rib, diced
6 cups fat free chicken or vegetable broth
2 garlic cloves, peeled
4 sage leaves
1/2 cup 1% milk
salt and pepper
Basically, dice all the veggies and add remaining ingredients to a pot. 
 Simmer until tender...or until you remember that you started soup earlier in the day.
I used my immersion blender to puree everything...including one sage leaf that I forgot to remove.
Stir in the milk, salt and pepper and voila...done. 
 Some parmesan cheese over top adds a nice touch if you want.. 
 Today I added some diced chicken for a complete lunch.
Take a peak at Gina's website...her cookbook is gorgeous as well.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Someone's One Year Better

If you know this guy, please wish him happy birthday.
 If you remember him from this time period, stories would be fun.
Happy Birthday!
I love you!

Monday, January 26, 2015

Sunday Truism..a day late

"Education without values, as useful as it is, seems rather to make man a more clever devil."
   --C. S. Lewis

Wednesday, January 21, 2015


Are you beginning something new?
 Do you want to begin something new?
What's stopping you?
My Three Daily Gratitudes
10.Lollipop's dedication
11. Laughter
12. A great nail polish (Essie is my go to)

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Rule Broken and a Recipe

I did something last week that my mom taught me NEVER to do.
I served a NEW recipe to company.
These gorgeous placemats were woven by my talented Mommy.
Aren't they gorgeous?
Growing up, I remember Mom trying new foods on us (she is an amazing cook, by the way) and at the end of the meal, she would ask,
"Did you like it?",
followed by,
 "Is it good enough for company?"
This is probably the smartest  way to try new recipes...use your family as guinea pigs.
 I chose, instead, to use my friend.
As it turned out, we are still friends and lunch was pretty yummy.
Skinnytaste is a fantastic blog with  yummy recipes. 
 It has rapidly become my go to place for new things. 
Gina's Thai Chicken Peanut Lettuce Tacos will become a staple around here.
My store did not have ground chicken, so I substituted turkey..I forgot the peanuts and I used butter lettuce for the taco shells.
Otherwise, I followed her recipe exactly.

When Sugar Plum Fairy got home from school, she devoured the leftovers.
 Seriously devoured!
Lunch AND after school snacks?
Pretty successful, me thinks.
My Daily Three Gratitudes
7. Sugar Plum Fairy's heartfelt kindness
8. Funny dreams
9. Long walks