Monday, November 24, 2014

Things are so hard right now.  Then I hear this and I know that some how, some way it will be ok.

Monday, November 17, 2014

The little things...

I LOVE fall and winter.  I love the cold mornings, wind snapped afternoons, and cuddle under blanket night times.  I love to take my kids robes and furry socks and pop them in the drier so when they crawl out of bed, they crawl into something snugly.  I love to light my candle and sip my hot decaf coffee.  I love to see my doggie run inside after his quick jaunt outside.  He's so shivery and cold, perfect to gather up and snuggle.  I love to pile on the couch for read alouds and bake yummies. I love the smell after you turn on the heat for the first time, the smell of Chapstick, and the comfort of pajama bottoms that are well worn.  I love the anticipation of turkey, dressing, mashed potato, and my friend's green bean casserole...

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Being Sick, Bean Salad, & Hot Chocolate

We are on week three of being sick at my house.  First it was back to back tummy bugs and then the cold from h*ll.  I haven't slept through the night in three weeks.  ICK.

I cannot have caffeine.  I love starbucks.  Those two definitely do not work well together.  I have discovered that I can get a steamer...steamed milk and syrup and it's almost like having a latte.  The best part?  If I am careful to drink lots and lots of water I can also handle a tall (small) hot chocolate.  This makes me happy.

I found a recipe a few years ago, I do not remember where, but it is one of my all time favorite meals!!  Bean salad.  I have used all kinds of beans, but my favorites are black and/or pinto.   Open the cans, rinse them, pour them into a bowl.  Squeeze two small limes (or one large) over the beans, add fresh cilantro, diced tomatoes, chopped onion, cubed avocado, and if you like it spicy add jalepeno peppers chopped (if not bell peppers work well), & finally toss with shredded cheese.  Crack open a bag of tostitos and dig in.  Delish!

I hope your fall's are off to a beautiful start!  If not, there is always hope for tomorrow!

Saturday, November 1, 2014


Is an important month around our house...lots of neat things happen.  But one thing in particular  is this, November is National Epilepsy Awareness month.  Epilepsy is at it's very basic a seizure disorder.  It seems so much more than just that simple phrase, 'a seizure disorder'.  It hits close to my heart as someone I love very, very much was diagnosed, seemingly out of the blue, about five years ago.  Epilepsy drastically changed their life and the lives of those closest to them.  It was literally like this person went to bed on a Thursday evening healthy and normal and woke up Friday morning to a vastly different landscape.  Nothing has been the same since.  I just read and cried through this article
on CNN.  It is a great article.  Please read it, share it, and if possible find a way to donate/support your local epilepsy foundations.  Epilepsy desperately needs more research.
* I edited this post so it will stay first for November *