Well it’s finally here – April. Something about just saying April seems to usher in a feeling of warm breezes and fresh beginings. Here in the east it is not unusual to get the odd chance of snow, but it’s tolerable knowing it is just temporary. April is when I start putting together and tackling the spring to-do list and I’ve got a few new projects I’m adding this year. I’m adding a cutting garden and also hoping to build a new larger outdoor pen for my egg-laying, feathered pals. As far as Blog News – I’ve cleaned up a few posts and changed the Home page for more instant updates. Most exciting, I’ve opened an Amazon Store on my Instagram account with items I’ve personally curated for my readers and followers. We are still trying to solve the ‘clickable link in bio’ issue with Instagram, unfortunately this is a problem on their end! It can be ‘cut and paste’, if need be. So, here’s to the new month and season. Get out there and spread the beauty!
Well February certainly was a whirlwind for myself. Between school breaks, lots of great skiing (since I was able to slip away for a trip to Utah), and working on new projects, the month truly has flown by. Unfortunately, it didn’t end in a very positive way as I broke my leg in a ski accident on the last weekend of the month on my home mountain. The skis will have to be put away for the season as I focus on recovery. As I mentioned, I am working on new projects with my blog. I am ever working on making a more user friendly version for Android and Smart Phone users. I am also trying to find the best way to provide my readers with links to products I use and recommend – please give me your feedback! I am also determining which topics my readers want more of – again, feedback is always welcome. My blog is set up as a book of ideas and recipes and how-to’s. I will add to those as needed. However, my home page will have more current posts and thoughts and ideas for the “right now” user. Please bear with me as I slide into these changes and also, please be sure to subscribe for any special promotions I may be presenting in the future. In the interim, I wish you all a beautiful March!
Welcome to February! Many of us are experiencing a very wintry start to the month much like the image above, which was my yard not too long ago. Winter can be tough and seem long, but it can also be beautiful and fun. I always encourage getting outside. The cold, fresh air can be invigorating and a real pick-me-up way to start the day. February allows me to pull out the Valentines Day décor which I always find pretty and cheerful. Look at an inspired Valentine’s place setting under “Entertain”, plus links on how to create a similar look. This month I’m adding new features to the blog in an effort to enhance my readers experience. I’ve added an email sign up, so please do! I promise to not inundate your inbox with needless information. Just occasional updates or special offers. As usual don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions regarding how-to’s, products, or anything! So, don’t let excessive snow deter you – get outside and enjoy February!
The whirlwind of the holiday season is officially behind us. A time for a little nostalgia perhaps? I like to reflect back on all the festivities, family and friends entertained and visited, memories made. Such a wonderful and full time of year. Then, in slips quiet January. Personally, (I have mentioned this before) I don’t like the pressure of “New Years” resolutions. Instead, I like to think of things I may want to accomplish sometime along the way, perhaps sign up for that cooking class I’ve often thought about. If it happens, great! If not, no worries, I’ll attempt it another time. I am a firm believer that everything happens in it’s appropriate time. We just have to be open to the challenges and opportunities that come our way. This January marks the one year mark that my blog was officially web-optimized and it has been a learning and growing process all along the way. It was a challenge and one I welcomed. I hope you are enjoying it. Each new year opens new opportunity for personal growth. Make this your year and make every day great! Happy New Year to you all.
Ahh, December, the month of so many holidays, traditions, festivities and celebrations. When else do we set aside almost a full month for decorating, shopping and preparation? For many it can truly feel overwhelming at times. I say, turn down the noise. December can be such a beautiful month, a month of reflection. Each day getting closer to the end of the calendar year. Thanksgiving may be behind us, but I suggest taking some time out of each day to be grateful for someone or something that has brought joy into your life. Enter December with a calm determination to enjoy every day. If you are hosting any holiday fetes, remember to read my tips for ease of entertaining and try some of my tried and true recipes! I wish you all a beautiful and peaceful holiday season.
Its hard to believe that we are already into the last two months of the year. With Halloween just behind us, for me it feels like the unofficial start to the holiday season, that is, all the celebrations between now and New Years. My favorite holiday is Thanksgiving. I love planning the menu, the prepping, the cooking, and having friends and family over to share a lovely meal. It really is such a beautiful holiday, celebrating thankfulness and gratitude – with no gifts! November also slips us into the quieter season of winter. We spend more time indoors creating a warm and cozy home as the weather outside becomes colder and days shorter. I have added some more of my favorite recipes – try the Cream of Roasted Cauliflower Soup, a great warm up at the end of the day. Also, look for my tips on making Thanksgiving stress free as well as some menu suggestions. And remember, I always advocate getting that holiday shopping done early. Click on any of the links to bring you to Amazon and look for some special promotions I will be uploading soon. As always, feel free to reach out to me.
Bittersweet. I guess a good term to describe this month. I find people fall (no pun intended), into one of two categories with Autumn, they either love it or maybe, not so much. Like the bittersweet vine pictured above, some plants come into their full beauty in the fall. This humble vine goes pretty much undetected all summer until the leaves drop and these beautiful colors appear. I have often said that I feel like New Years should be September. Children go off to school/college – new grade, new school perhaps, fresh start. So too each year as parents we re-define ourselves whether we realize it or not. Adjusting to the new schedule, the one less plate at the dinner table, etc. We can use this opportunity to come into our own. Maybe a little more focus on ‘mom’. Pick up a new project, make a vow to take more walks. What ever you need to re-set your compass just a little, fall is the perfect time to let your beautiful colors show! I’ve added several new recipes, especially some delicious apple desserts. Look for this Dutch Apple Pie recipe, super easy, I promise you!! And as always try hitting some of the great promos being offered by Amazon on my site, I often show product links that offer the same or similar products that I use!
And once again, it is September. The other day I stood and watched the day slowly disappear. That subtle transition from day into night. I noticed how the sun sets in a different location now and much earlier as well, the quiet in nature with just the sound of crickets singing their evening song. These are the days of gathering and planning for the turn, once again, from warmth to cold, shortened days and crisp autumn air. I anticipate putting the summer décor away and pulling out the pumpkins. Time for apple picking and making all kinds of kitchen creations with them! The sweet scents wafting through the house. Saying good bye to summer is certainly bittersweet in so many ways, but embracing Autumn and all its colorful glory is exciting and rewarding!