Wednesday, March 21, 2018

{ Preparing for Spring }



It's me, I'm still here.

You're probably a little shocked to see an actual post that is not just the usual Happy Homemaker Monday.  I am too, honestly.  But I had a few moments to spare and as I sat down on the couch to figure out what I would do with my free time, I felt this urge to open my blog and just write.

Nothing in particular in mind, nothing specific, just saying hi and chatting, if you will.

A lot has been happening around here, but not really anything interesting or that bears mentioning or sharing, it's just the usual life day to day things.  We all have families, and children, husbands and homes and pets to mind.  There's chores and responsibilities, and bills to be paid, meals to be cooked and intermingled fun things to crochet or interesting shows to watch on TV.

In other words, I've been living and caring for my family. :)

I wish I had more hours in the day though.  I'll be honest, this time change and the whole daylight savings has thrown me into a crazy constant tired state of being.  My head hits the pillow at night, and a few minutes go by when I'm woken by the sound of the alarm.  (couple hours, but it surely feels like minutes)


One thing I have been busy with, is preparing for Spring.

The weather hasn't exactly cooperated, most days we still switch from 80 degrees to 30 the next morning, but for the most part, I can say that it seems this week we are finally embracing Spring in all it's glory.

See that scent above?  Lavender and Basil?  Not something I would have ever thought to pair together, but it smells amazing.  I found these sachets at my local Hobby Lobby.  I love using these type of scented sachets around the house and actually have a few throughout.  In the linen closet, laundry room, dresser drawers, bathrooms and so on.


I've been pulling out my fabric quarters and working on some new projects as well.  It's been a while since I've sewn or made anything for the house and the little creative bug has hit me full force.

Another way I've been preparing for Spring, is by getting my hands down in the dirt, planting, tending, working on the yard and watching my seedlings come to life.



My strawberries are growing quite well and so is my tomato plant, which you can see below.


Also growing is a Ghost Pepper Plant.  My husband's idea.  I love spicy food and love peppers and chilies, but yeah, ghost pepper is quite hot, but it will be fun to grow them.


Spinach, lettuce, parsley, cilantro, basil, cantaloupe, watermelon and some lavender is what has been planted below.


And just look at my Poinsettia, how beautiful is she?   I'm so happy that it's growing new flowers again.


Reading has been top of my list of favorite things to do, lately.  I've poured through review books and my book shelf too. 

Just picked this book up on Saturday.  I'm a huge fan of Jennifer Chiaverini so I'm glad to add this one to my stash.


And speaking of stashes, my stash blanket is growing and I'm really, and I mean really loving how it's turning out.  I've just used colors that I have in my yarn bucket, small balls of remnant skeins that are laying around with no particular project in mind.


It's such a cheery pattern isn't it?  If you're wanting to make one yourself, it's the Spicier Life blanket from Sandra at Cherry Heart, and you can download it for free.

Life has been good, not completely free of ups and downs, and at the moment we have two family members in ICU and desperately needing your prayers and thoughts.  I can't go into details, but would so appreciate your prayers.

Even though there are sick family members, and problems and issues here and there, it's a full, joyful life and I can tell you that I'm finding extreme contentment lately. 

My relationship with God is on the right track, I'm devoted to Him and to praying and reading and learning more about Him, and that in turn has made such a huge impact and change in my well being and my outlook on life in general.

I've always been open with you all, there are very few things of my life that I don't share, and usually because they're private or involve other people who have not asked to be online or blogged about.....but for the most part, I really am an open book.

Sharing my ups and downs and trials and tribulations, as well as my joys, has been something that I've thoroughly enjoyed these past twelve years. 

Twelve years!!!

It sounds insane just saying it out loud. 

There have been days that I've thought about calling it quits, not continuing my blog, just walking away and leaving it as it is, but then I remember how much of my soul I've put into this little corner, and I can't let it go.

So, I'll continue sharing as time permits, and I do hope that you will all continue following my life journey.  I may not be the best blogger, and Lord only knows I fail miserably at leaving comments on your blogs, but I do read them as often as I can.  I will try to do better when it comes to actually saying hi and letting you know that I'm still here, reading and enjoying.

Anyway, I just wanted to pop in, chat a bit with you all and let you know what I've been up to. 

Sending you all blessings and waves and waves of love.

Monday, March 19, 2018

Happy Homemaker Monday - 03/19/2018

Good morning and Happy Monday!!!

How was your weekend everyone?  I sure do hope you had a restful one and that your new work week goes well.

I apologize for not updating my blog very often, there's just too much going on at the moment.  I also want to thank you all for continuing to participate in this little feature here on the blog, for always joining in and commenting and supporting me, even when I'm not here as much as I used to.  Thank you, really :)

Monday, March 12, 2018

Happy Homemaker Monday - 03/12/2018

Good morning and happy Monday.

Oh my goodness friends, this time change always messes with me.  I miss living in Arizona and never having to worry about Daylight Savings.  Was getting up in the dark again this morning, as hard for me as it was for you?  Always takes a few days for my body to catch up with the time change.

But, let's forget that for now and get on with our Happy Homemaker Monday.

Monday, March 5, 2018

Happy Homemaker Monday - 03/05/2018

Good morning ladies, hope you're all doing well this Monday.

I'm feeling a bit tired today, I haven't been sleeping very well, my insomnia has been rearing it's ugly head lately, and my shoulder has also been hurting quite a bit.  I'm slightly frustrated that physical therapy didn't really do much and that I'm back to square one for a few months, at the very least.  *sigh*

Anyway, it's nothing I can't deal with and I'm sure soon I'll be feeling better.  Onwards and upwards right?

Let's see what everyone is up to this week.

Friday, March 2, 2018

Hello March!!

Just like that, February says goodbye and March waltzes in.  This year has barely started, but yet it feels like it's headed towards the finish line in turbo mode.  Slow down!!!

Matter of fact, I think slowing down is what we all need to do.

Does anyone else feel like everyone around them is rushing and busy and constantly on the move?  I used to feel like I had to keep up with everyone else, but lately, watching the flurry of movement around me, makes me want to slow down my pace, take it easy, enjoy every day to the max.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

The View from Rainshadow Bay by Colleen Coble - TLC Book Tour

About The View from Rainshadow Bay

Series: A Lavender Tides Novel
Paperback: 336 pages
Publisher: Thomas Nelson (January 23, 2018)

“Prepare to stay up all night with Colleen Coble. Coble’s beautiful, emotional prose coupled with her keen sense of pacing, escalating danger, and very real characters place her firmly at the top of the suspense genre. I could not put this book down.” –Allison Brennan, New York Times bestselling author of Shattered

After her husband, Jack, dies in a climbing incident, Shauna has only her five-year-old son and her helicopter charter business to live for. Every day is a struggle to make ends meet and she lives in constant fear of losing even more than she already has.

When her business partner is murdered, his final words convince Shauna that she’s in danger too. But where can she turn? Zach Bannister was her husband’s best friend and is the person she blames for his death. She’s barely spoken to him since. But right now he seems her only hope for protecting her son.

Zach is only too happy to assuage his guilt over Jack’s death by helping Shauna any way he can. But there are secrets involved dating back to Shauna’s childhood that more than one person would prefer to stay hidden.

In The View from Rainshadow Bay, suspense, danger, and a longing to love again ignite amid the gorgeous lavender fields of Washington State.
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Monday, February 26, 2018

Family Tree by Susan Wiggs - TLC Book Tour

Susan Wiggs Family Tree

 About Family Tree

• Paperback: 400 pages
• Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; Reprint edition (January 9, 2018)

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author comes a powerful, emotionally complex story of love, loss, the pain of the past—and the promise of the future.

Sometimes the greatest dream starts with the smallest element. A single cell, joining with another. And then dividing. And just like that, the world changes. Annie Harlow knows how lucky she is. The producer of a popular television cooking show, she loves her handsome husband and the beautiful Los Angeles home they share. And now, she’s pregnant with their first child. But in an instant, her life is shattered. And when Annie awakes from a yearlong coma, she discovers that time isn’t the only thing she’s lost.

Grieving and wounded, Annie retreats to her old family home in Switchback, Vermont, a maple farm generations old. There, surrounded by her free-spirited brother, their divorced mother, and four young nieces and nephews, Annie slowly emerges into a world she left behind years ago: the town where she grew up, the people she knew before, the high-school boyfriend turned judge. And with the discovery of a cookbook her grandmother wrote in the distant past, Annie unearths an age-old mystery that might prove the salvation of the family farm.

Family Tree is the story of one woman’s triumph over betrayal, and how she eventually comes to terms with her past. It is the story of joys unrealized and opportunities regained. Complex, clear-eyed and big-hearted, funny, sad, and wise, it is a novel to cherish and to remember.

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Happy Homemaker Monday - 02/26/2018

Good morning, and a very happy Monday to you all :)

How was your weekend?

Mine was good, the usual homemaking, had family over for dinner on Saturday night and then yesterday just pottered around and finished up laundry, hung in my pajamas all day and enjoyed every single minute of it.

It is now Monday and the beginning of a new week.  I sure do hope you all have a beautiful blessed week ahead :)

Breakfast time....what is on the plate this morning::::
I've had my cup of coffee with French Vanilla Creamer, but I have not yet had anything to eat.  Not sure what I'll have to eat, but it will either be toast as always, or some Banana Nut Crunch Cereal.

On today's to do list::::
  1. Laundry - Have a few comforters that need washing and going to get to that today.
  2. Kitchen - Empty the dishwasher.  On Sundays I don't usually cook dinner, we have leftovers or snacky bits, so my kitchen is actually clean this morning.  I'll just give the counters a quick wipe down and sweep and mop the floor and that's it. 
  3. Living Rooms -  Dust, vacuum and tidy up.
Currently reading::::
Finished The Family Tree by Susan Wiggs (review will be up this morning), and am reading The View from Rainshadow Bay by Colleen Coble.  

On the TV this week::::
Jamestown Season 2
Coal House at War (you can watch on Youtube)
Medici - Masters of Florence
Lockup Season 6
The Frankenstein Chronicles
Catch up with Walking Dead

The weather outside is::::
Beautiful, blue skies with not a cloud in sight.  After last week's horrid weather, I'm so happy to see a bit of sun and warmth coming through.  We'll be in the 60's this week, but with some thunderstorms tomorrow and Wednesday.  Rest of the week is sunny :) 

On the menu this week::::

Monday - Oklahoma Fried Onion Burgers, Crispy Potato Rounds
Tuesday - Lasagna, Salad
Wednesday - Peixe de Caldeirada (Fish Stew)
Thursday - Pan Seared Chicken with Garlic Gravy, Mashed Potatoes, Broccoli
Friday -  Crockpot Cubed Steak with Gravy, Rice,Peas
Saturday -Cast Iron Pizzas
Sunday -Leftovers, Snacky Bits

If I have a few minutes to myself, I will::::
Crack on with my outer squares for the Elements CAL. 

What I'm sewing, crocheting, knitting or creating::::
I am on Part 10 of the Elements CAL.  I need 24 outer squares and have only made 3.  Y'all don't know how I'm struggling to push through with this part of the pattern, because I get easily bored making little squares of the same thing, over and over.  I also just got more yarn on Saturday so couldn't do much of anything until then.  The new and last part of the blanket CAL comes out on Wednesday, but I'll doubt I will be caught up with all 24 squares and sewed onto the blanket etc.  We will see how far I get.

New recipe I tried, or want to try this week::::
Not a new recipe, but I made one of my favorite Portuguese dishes on Saturday and finally took some pictures.  I am pretty sure I already have the recipe on the food blog, but never had a good picture so will update it today.  I didn't forget about the Sheet Pan Crunchwrap, those were delicious, and I'll put the recipe up this morning as well.


Favorite photo from the camera::::
We had cancelled schools and work, pretty much all of last week, due to the icy conditions around here.  I took this picture of one of the trees in the backyard.  Just look at those icicles, insane. 

Bible Verse, Devotional::::
I've been reading my devotionals on the Bible App, and I've finished quite a few and started a few more.  I'm currently obsessed with Devotionals, just find them so helpful and interesting, so I thought I would share with you the ones I'm currently working through:

  • God Comes Through in Protecting You
  • The Priestly Prayer of the Blessing
  • Without Rival with Lisa Bevere
  • Prayers of Daring Faith with Pastor Rick Warren
  • Lent Devotional:  Restore
  • Soul Detox
  • Fearless:  A six-week Journey

Saturday, February 24, 2018

How I fell in love with homemaking, all over again!

I was talking to you the other day, about the fact that I had stopped enjoying being a homemaker, had fallen off the wagon and only recently found that joy again.

I wasn't going to really talk about it much, but then I started thinking that maybe there are others out there going through the same.  One minute you're a happy joyful homemaker, loving what you do, and the next you find yourself not only enjoying it but completely off in a different direction.

Not to say that we're all exactly the same, or the circumstances are identical.  I think we all fall off the wagon for different reasons, at different times and due to different situations.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

The Story of Our Lives by Helen Warner - TLC Book Tour

About The Story of Our Lives

Paperback: 416 pages
Publisher: Graydon House (February 6, 2018)

They think nothing can tear their bond apart, until a long-buried secret threatens to destroy everything.

Every year they have met up for a vacation, but their time away is much more than just a bit of fun. Over time, it has become a lifesaver, as each of them struggles with life’s triumphs and tragedies.
Sophie, Emily, Amy and Melissa have been best friends since they were girls. They have seen each other through everything—from Sophie’s private fear that she doesn’t actually want to be a mother despite having two kids, to Amy’s perfect-on-the-outside marriage that starts to reveal troubling warning signs, to Melissa’s spiraling alcoholism, to questions that are suddenly bubbling up around the paternity of Emily’s son. But could a lie that spans just as long as their friendship be the thing that tears them apart?

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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Housework, more physical therapy, rain and sleet


I'm so completely confused the past week.  I keep having to check the calendar because my days are all switched around.

We had a long weekend, as you all know, so Monday felt like Sunday to me, then yesterday it was back to normal school and work, and today due to the Winter Storm there was no work for my husband so it was back to feeling like it was the weekend.



Yesterday we had a full day of rain, it started early morning and just came down, unrelenting, making driving a bit of a pain in the behind.  I always drive slower in the rain or snow, but my car has like no traction whatsoever and easily slides, so even though it had been raining all day, I still ended up hydroplaning between base and home.

Monday, February 19, 2018

Happy Homemaker Monday - 02/19/2018

Hello friends and welcome to another Happy Homemaker Monday :)

I hope you've been having a good weekend, especially since it's a long one.  I always enjoy these long weekends and having my husband home.

We've been relaxing the past two days, but today we actually have quite a few things we want to get done around the house, plus I would like to get some baking done as well.  We will see just how much we get done, you know how it is, lot of plans and to do's and sometimes even the best intentions don't come to fruition.

Anyway, hope you all have a beautiful week ahead, let's get on with our Happy Homemaker Monday!!!

Friday, February 16, 2018

Candlelight, crochet and Valentine's Day!!!


Hello?  Anyone still here?

Whenever I go some time without putting up a blog post, and I don't mean the Happy Homemaker Monday, but a proper chatty post, I feel like when someone returns to their summer house and needs to clean off the cobwebs and give it a good dusting.

It's been crazy.

I don't need to tell you that, you all are aware of what's been going on around here.

Good news is that we are all finally over the sickness and back to normal.  Yay!!!

So what does that mean?  Well for one, it means I can get back to being and feeling like my normal old self, in all areas of my life, including blogging.


The weather here has been deplorable.  Yesterday was 85 degrees, beautiful, hot and made me believe that maybe, just maybe, Spring was around the corner.

Fast forward to today.  Woke up to cloudy skies, high winds and 30 degrees.  I would cry but it's not even worth it, one thing I've learned with Texas is that it will do whatever it wants to when it comes to weather.

Monday, February 12, 2018

The Lost Castle by Kristy Cambron - TLC Book Tour

Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: Thomas Nelson (February 6, 2018)

Broken-down walls and crumbled stones seemed to possess a secret language all their own. What stories would they tell, if she finally listened?

Ellie Carver arrives at her grandmother’s bedside expecting to find her silently slipping away. Instead, the beloved old woman begins speaking. Of a secret past and castle ruins forgotten by time. Of a hidden chapel that served as a rendezvous for the French resistance in World War II. Of lost love and deep regret . . .

Each piece that unlocks the story seems to unlock part of Ellie too—where she came from and who she is becoming. But her grandmother is quickly disappearing into the shadows of Alzheimer’s and Ellie must act fast if she wants to uncover the truth of her family’s history. Drawn by the mystery surrounding The Sleeping Beauty—a forgotten castle so named for Charles Perrault’s beloved fairy tale—Ellie embarks on a journey to France’s Loire Valley in hopes that she can unearth its secrets before time silences them forever.

Bridging the past to present in three time-periods—the French Revolution, World War II, and present day—The Lost Castle is a story of loves won and lost, of battles waged in the hearts of men, and an enchanted castle that stood witness to it all, inspiring a legacy of faith through the generations.

Happy Homemaker Monday - 02/12/2018

Good morning friends.

I just realized that I've been pretty MIA from my little corner here on the web, and actually the last post I made was last week's Happy Homemaker Monday.  For shame!!!

We've been extremely sick around here, when I say that the sickness grabbed hold of our house, I mean it really sunk it's clutches in and has been reluctant to let it go.  The kids are finally better, the hubby is still getting over his second bout with the cold and I'm slowly and I mean very slowly trying to get out of this crud that I caught.  For me, it's been sinus, congestion, feeling of being lightheaded and nausea.

Last week was the absolute pit for me, on Tuesday I felt ok, then bam got hit Tuesday night, was pretty much laid up on the couch without being able to eat much at all the rest of the week.  Friday I managed to get to my Physical Therapy appointment but by the time I got back home, I was once again on the couch with horrible nausea.  Saturday I was meant to get groceries, and got up, got dressed, only to have to get undressed again and back on the couch again.  Ended up doing Walmart grocery pick up and what a blessing that was, Curt drove me there and within 5 minutes we were headed back home with the grocery shopping.

So yes, it's been just horrible around here and I pray that we're all finally headed in the right direction and out of this sickness.

But let's get going with our HHM :) 

Monday, February 5, 2018

Happy Homemaker Monday - 02/05/2018

Good morning everyone.

I'm starting this post pretty early but having to take breaks as I go along.  This flu is kicking my behind and sitting up or standing for longer than a few minutes, is leaving me light headed and nauseous.  I'm not sure how long it will take to type this all up, but we'll just go at a slow pace and eventually get there right?

Sure hope you're all well and that you're not also dealing with a household of flu, this stuff is no joke, good grief.

The kids are starting to feel a little better, they came out of their bedrooms yesterday and actually sat the dinner table for a few minutes, something that hasn't happened in a week, so that made me happy to see :)  It's still slow going, they're pretty weak, but their appetites are back which is a great thing.  We'll all eventually get there.

Right, let's see what everyone's week looks like.   

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Sickness has fallen upon our household


Oh goodness.  I mentioned the other day that the kids were sick.  After taking them to the doctor, they didn't seem to be getting any better, matter of fact, on Thursday Jasmine got worse which prompted a trip to the Urgent Care.

I was there with her for a couple of hours, and after testing her for the Flu, it was determined that she has Flu Type B.

Because the 48 hour window had closed for the use of Tamiflu, we are having to just manage the flu as best as we can.  She had high fevers for 4 days, and thankfully yesterday it seemed to finally break, but she's weak, wiped out and extremely unwell still.  Her stomach hurts and she isn't able to keep down much food at all, only thing she seems to manage to eat is cereal, and I'm ok with that, as long as she's getting something in her tummy.  She is drinking a ton of fluids, and has been bedridden for days now.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Two sick kids, a sick husband and a sore momma

Oh my friends, what a crazy past two days it's been.

Let me start by telling you about yesterday and my physical therapy appointment.  I went in there not knowing what to expect or what was going to happen.  My doctor was extremely nice, attentive and really went out of his way to figure out what is wrong with my shoulder and the best course of action.

The diagnosis is Rotator Cuff Tendonities, also have Impingement with my Scapula muscle and a pinched radial nerve....all on the right side, so right shoulder, right chest/breast area and right arm.

He did a Dry Needle treatment on two of the muscles, and it did feel really good afterward but I'm a bit swollen today and quite sore.  I've kept it iced like he told me too, but it's still quite painful.

Monday, January 29, 2018

Happy Homemaker Monday - 01/29/2018

Good morning everyone, come on in and sit with me a bit.

Can you believe that we are right at the end of January?  This is our last Happy Homemaker Monday for this month, so crazy.

I had a pretty good weekend, we went out to lunch on Saturday with my brother, sister in law and nephew, and then headed to the mall for a bit of a walk around.  Found a new store called Citi Trends with super cheap clothes, accessories, shoes etc.  Of course the men were not interested in shopping around so the girls got rushed.  We've decided we will have to go back just us girls for a good walk around.

Yesterday we didn't really do anything, just relaxed, watched Blue Planet and a couple other shows on Amazon Prime, and I got my laundry done.

And just like that, we're back on Monday, so let's get right on to our Happy Homemaker Monday and see what is up ahead for this week.  

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Physical Therapy


If I were to pick a favorite time of day, I would have to pick sunrise or sunset, merely for the magical hue it places on everything in sight.

A few days ago, the sunrise was especially beautiful, a deep orange and red splayed out across the clouds in the sky and turning all the branches on the trees, a beautiful burnt orange color.  Just gorgeous :)

Monday, January 22, 2018

Happy Homemaker Monday - 01/22/2018

Good morning friends, hope you've all had a good weekend.

I had a quiet, uneventful and even at times, slightly boring weekend.  I don't often get the chance to feel bored, so when I do it's quite a weird feeling and I don't really know what to do with myself hahaha

It's a good thing though, I think we all need a chance to just sit, be bored and do absolutely nothing, helps replenish the soul :)

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Shooing away that anxiety

I have to start by thanking every single one of you, who left a comment, offered words of advice, let me know I wasn't going through this alone, and gave me hope that there IS an end in sight.  Actually a very easy end in sight, if only my anxiety and brain would cooperate.

But I'm trying very and I mean VERY hard to beat this negative way of thinking and to get back to the happy, go lucky, go with the flow and whatever happens happens, Sandra.

So again, thank you, you all made me feel so much better.

I do think, and actually have suspected for a while that I may be in Perimenopause.  Many of the symptoms are things I'm dealing with, I just didn't know that anxiety, and this crazy paranoia was one of them.  Good grief.

Anyway, I thought I would share with you a little of my day before going to sleep.  I need to do it quite quickly as I'm drinking some hot milk with whiskey to knock out whatever is lingering around my son and I.  He has a sore throat and sore body/weakness, I don't have a sore throat but around 10am it hit me out of nowhere and my body is really achy.  I started meds right away and felt great for 5 hours but it came back again, so I've taken more cold meds and now I'm doing my grandpa's trusty hot milk and whiskey.  I'll be sweating like a pig here in a few but it will be worth it......only thing is, I've been having night sweats for about a month, so yeah didn't need more LOL

I've finished a few devotionals on my Bible app and picked up a few more.  It has been amazing to start feeling that shift in my way of thinking and the closeness to God.  There's something beautiful about the moment you start letting go.  I'm nowhere near where I want to be, but definitely moving in the right direction.  Every day is a struggle with my mind.

January 17, 2018

You Don't Look Adopted by Anne Heffron - TLC Book Tour - Giveaway


About You Don’t Look Adopted

Paperback: 164 pages
Publisher: Running Water Press (February 5, 2017)
When you take away the habits of your life, you get to the question of Who am I? And if you sit with that, you get to the question of How far am I willing to go to find the answers? If you are Anne Heffron, someone who had no idea where she was the first ten weeks of her life, you’ll give away almost everything you own, pack what’s left, and head for the city of your birth on a voyage you call Write or Die with the pledge you won’t go home until you find what’s real about yourself.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Here I am.....this is me!!!

I've been debating sharing this post with you all.  Let's just say that I've thought about it, started to type it, deleted it and forgot about it.  Then thought about it again and talked myself out of it.

There's this thing with being human, and that is that we feel we have to portray ourselves as something stronger than we are, we are afraid to be vulnerable, to show emotion, to show weakness or to ask for help.

We don't want anyone looking at us with pity or thinking any less.  Problem is, all those thoughts are usually what we tell ourselves to stay in that bubble.

Over the last 12 years of sharing on my blog, I like to think that I've always been pretty open about who I truly am, and I've shared quite a lot of my life, my struggles and thoughts and have tried to always be as truthful and honest as I can. But there's a little part of me that has held back, and that is the part that I am going to lay out today.

Happy Homemaker Monday - 01/15/2018

Good morning everyone, how was your weekend?  Can you believe that we're about halfway through January already? 


I've just sat down with a cup of coffee and my rice and lavender heating pad. I desperately need a good pillow because the ones I have are not working and just making me more sore. If you have any suggestions of a good neck and shoulder pillow, please do let me know, I'm getting desperate to find the right one so I stop getting neck/shoulder/back aches.

Right, now let's get on with our Happy Homemaker Monday.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Weekend in Review

Good evening friends, won't you come in and sit with me a little.

It's been a pretty good weekend so far, and even though tomorrow is a public holiday and there is no school, and no work, I still decided to treat it as a normal blogging day and just go ahead and do my weekend review today.



I received a few more cookbooks in the mail, and there are a few recipes from these that I've added to my menu plan and will be trying out in the next two weeks.  I still have two other cookbooks I will be reviewing as well this coming week.

I have to admit that the one that really caught my eye was the Retro recipes from the 50's and 60's and I can tell you that after paging through it, I wasn't disappointed at all.

I didn't do much on Friday, aside from the usual housework.

My daughter had gone in to work with her daddy, to shadow him and see if it was something she would enjoy.  She's trying to figure out which way to go with her education and is not sure, so it was a good way for her to see another option.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Lazy homemaking days


Oh Texas, when are you going to pick a season and stick with it?

I don't even know what to think anymore, we have gone from a high of 71 yesterday to super windy this morning and 30 degrees.  That's a 40 degree difference from one day to the next, like what??


I've been spending a lot of time indoors.  Some people love being out and about but I've always been a homebody, much happier in my house, surrounded by my things and my family and puttering around.  I don't get bored, I don't get frustrated, I just enjoy being where I am.

Cooking Thursday - Candied Pecans

Good morning everyone.

You're probably seeing this post and thinking "What???  A cooking Thursday post, what on earth?" hahah

I know, it's been a very long time since I've done one, but I thought I would share one today.  I'm not sure if I'll do it every single week, but we will see how it goes.

The recipe I'm sharing today is a great snack, and even a good gift to give if you're wanting to make something homemade. 

Candied Pecans

Candied Pecans

2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
1/2 cup boiling water
3 cups pecan halves
1 teaspoon vanilla


Stir together the sugar, cinnamon, cream of tartar, and boiling water in a small saucepan.
Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture comes to a boil.
Continue to cook at a slow boil over medium heat for about 8 minutes or so, stirring constantly.
Remove saucepan from heat, and stir in pecans.
Let cool for a few minutes, and then add vanilla, and continue to stir until pecans are evenly coated.
Pour pecans onto a sheet of parchment paper.
Separate nuts that have clumped together with a fork.
Let cool.
Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 weeks.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

{ Silk Flowers - Review & Coupon Code }


I have always liked having plants in my home.  I wasn't always able to have them because they would either die on me, or I found them to be pretty expensive to buy.

But I've always wanted to have my house filled with plants, just greenery everywhere, I think it adds such a beautiful charm to a home.

Since moving to Texas, I got rid of the one big artificial tree I had, I just couldn't bring it with me, and so the past almost 3 years, I've been meaning to get more plants but just haven't gotten around to it.