Monday, November 23, 2015

Christmas Decorating Begins

The 2015 Christmas decorating has begun.  I want to have everything completed by Thanksgiving so I can enjoy the upcoming month without being bogged down with too many "to-do's".

Friday, November 20, 2015

Turkey Headband

Oh I was at Party City on Thursday and ran across some Turkey Headbands.  Of course since I know we will be taking lots of photos on Thanksgiving, I just had to purchase a couple of them.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

November 19, 2015

My team hosted a party at Canopy Creek Farm.  Hubby helped me set up the decorations and unload my car that was brimming with Autumn decorations.  I can always count on him.

Saturday, November 07, 2015

Turkey Hats

Okay... so I just bought several of these hats from Amazon for our Thanksgiving Family Pictures.  

Haha.... I can't wait to see the end results.

Wednesday, November 04, 2015

Pretty Leaves

The leaves are so pretty this time of year..... I hope you have been enjoying them as much as me.

Tuesday, November 03, 2015

Potato Parsnip Soup --


3 tablespoons butter
4 fresh thyme sprigs
Kitchen string
5 cups (1 1/2 lb.) peeled and thinly sliced parsnips
3 leeks, white and light green parts only, thinly sliced
1 russet potato, peeled and chopped
1/2 cup thinly sliced celery
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 1/2 teaspoons minced fresh ginger
3 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
1/2 cup heavy cream

Garnishes: sour cream, fresh chives, olive oil

  1. Melt butter in a medium-size Dutch oven over medium heat. Tie thyme sprigs together with kitchen string. Add parsnips, next 6 ingredients, and thyme to Dutch oven, and cook, stirring often, 10 minutes. Stir in broth and 2 cups water, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low; cover and simmer 15 minutes.
  2. Discard thyme. Process parsnip mixture, in batches, in a blender or food processor until smooth, stopping to scrape down sides as needed. Return mixture to Dutch oven, and stir in heavy cream.
  3. Cook over medium heat, stirring often, 5 minutes or until hot. Serve immediately.

Monday, November 02, 2015

Holiday Book Drive - Barnes & Noble

I wanted to share with you the above photo.  It's time for the Holiday Book Drive at Barnes & Noble through December 25th.  I chose a Christmas Book to donate yesterday.  They even will give you a book mark so you can write a message to be placed in the book.

I'm a big advocate of reading.  Reading can change your life.  Therefore I'm a big supporter of literacy and try to help out when an opportunity presents itself.

I plan on going to Barnes & Noble every Sunday and choosing a book to purchase for my donation.  I have so many favorite children books I would like to share with others.

If you live close to a Barnes & Noble and wish to participate in this book drive, just drop by and pick out a book to purchase.  Also I hope you take the time to place a message on the bookmark.

November is a month of abundance and gratitude.  I certainly want to share the written word with the new generation and I do believe that one book has the power to change your life.

Hope you are having a super Tuesday.  Today was 73 degrees; so unusual for this time of year; but I'll take it because I know snow is lurking around the corner.

Sunday, November 01, 2015

Hello November

I know, I know--everyone says this "where did the year go?"  But seriously, where did the year go?

Twenty-four days until Thanksgiving and then Christmas.  Is the Earth spinning faster or does this "growing old" stuff make you lose your sense of time?

October, November and December are my favorite months of the year.  Of course we all know that October will always reign on top for me.  But November is also pretty special.

November is the month I normally take a moment to pause and give thanks for everything in my life.  It's the time of year that I seek home, light some candles, grab a cozy blanket and spend time in reflection, meditation and writing.  It's also the time of year where I try lots of soup recipes.  So keep your eyes posted for some winning recipes.

This year will be a big family Thanksgiving.  I'm looking forward to that (more details to follow).

What do you like about November?  Is there a special tradition that you and your family participate in?  What about a favorite recipe that you only fix in November?  I would love to hear from you.  Please leave a comment in the box below.

I hope November is overflowing in abundance, love and joy for you!

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Monday, October 12, 2015


Your memory overflowed within me today. And I realized that my love for you will never end. This love will not fade away. My love for you has only grown bigger and stronger.

You had such an everlasting impact on my life. You will never be lost to me. The love you had for me is still with me burning bright inside of me.

I am so lucky and grateful that you are my Grandmother. Every moment you spent with me was precious. And today the thought of you made my heart sing.

I love you Grandma.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Autumn Countdown

It's been chilly here in the evenings.  It's dark around 7:00 pm.  My autumnal candles have taken residence in available nooks and crannies.  Glorious Fall is here.

This year I'm so hyped up for Autumn.  I'm going to enjoy as many fallish moments as I can.  These items I have crossed off my list:

  1. Caramel Apple
  2. Trip to Bath & Body and purchasing new Autumn Candles
  3. Halloween Tree - up and so pretty
  4. Pumpkin Spice Latte - Starbucks
  5. Outside Lights on the Balcony
I still want to do these things before the end of October.
  1. Carve a Pumpkin
  2. Make popcorn balls (actually coax my Hubby into making popcorn balls)
  3. Start my 365 Photo Project
  4. Make my son a Libby Pumpkin Roll cake.
  5. Make treat bags for co-workers
  6. Go watch "Crimson Peak" and freak myself out.
  7. Make a Day of the Dead Sugar Skull at the Cake Shop (someone else needs to sign up or they will cancel the class).
  8. Walking Dead -- October 11th -- oh yeah -- my favorite TV show returns.
  9. And order a fallish blanket and I found the perfect one over on West Elm:

What do you like to do in October?  Please let me know.....

Friday, October 09, 2015

A Welcoming Tree

I love this time of year and realize how quickly it will pass.  One of the things I enjoy is coming up, turning into the road that leads to my house and passing all these beautiful colorful trees along the way.

This is what greeted me tonight.  Our little road is lined with these trees and they are all so colorful right now.  But did you notice all the leaves laying around?  This display won't last for too long.

My goal is to take a photo of this tree when the lamp comes on.  I think that would make a lovely card for me to use at Thanksgiving.

Happy Friday my sweet little Lady Bugs.....

Wednesday, October 07, 2015

American Horror Story: Hotel

OMG - the season premiere of American Horror Story: Hotel was so disturbing and intense.  Did you happen to catch it?  I'm so curious what is going on and can't wait for the story to unfold.

And Lady Gaga is a great addition to this TV show.  I must admit that last season's story Freak Show just didn't do it for me and was my least favorite season of American Horror Story.  So it's good to see some new faces and I do believe this season will be the one that truly CREEPS me out.

Monday, October 05, 2015

Monday Meditation - A Quote from Robert Frost

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere age and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

Sunday, October 04, 2015

Pampering Thyself

Do you pamper yourself?  Do you make time for yourself?  How do you pamper yourself?

It's taken me many years to finally enjoy getting pampered.  Finding time in your day when you are busy with life can make pampering not an enjoyable endeavor.  As I'm growing older I'm realizing that making this time for myself proves to be beneficial for me but for those around me too.

Today I cleansed my face and pulled out one of my Sephora masks that I have stashed in a drawer.  These masks retails for $6.00 and they have a variety of them for different purposes.   I decided on the Lotus Mask which says will moisturize and soothe my skin.

Now the mask should be left on for 15 minutes.  So I pulled out my Samsung tablet and use the app "Relax Melodies"  I chose ocean waves, light rainstorm and wind chimes and set the timer for 30 minutes.  I closed my eyes and listened to those waves and the rainstorm and I guess I fell asleep.  I woke up about 35 minutes later, the mask almost dry.

I will tell you that I was so relaxed, my face was so soft and I really felt energized.  A $6.00 investment, 30 minutes and some relaxing sounds and WOW I was transported to Pampering Land.

I hope you had a great weekend.  I had a fantastic one.  My closet was remodeled by my sister and her spouse, we had a great lunch together from Pies & Pints, we watched "The Corpse Bride" - and that was just Saturday.

Today Hubby, Son and I went to see "The Martian" which is an excellent movie.  Then we had lunch at Texas Roadhouse. I just finished finding two new recipes to try Monday and Tuesday and Hubby just left to go purchase the items that I will need.   And "Fear of the Walking Dead" will be on at 9:00 pm.   I'm having a great Sunday too.

See you tomorrow... and don't forget to comment and let me know how you pamper yourself.

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