Friday, February 25, 2011


After one more blast of snow last night that dropped about 4 inches in about an hour we woke up to this:
And since the kids snuffles were so much better we spent most of the morning getting dressed like this as it was a toasty 19* outside:
  The day has turned out beautiful - with amazingly blue skies and bitingly cold breezes.
The kiddos are thoroughly enjoying the day of sledding!!  Even though I said today was the day to get back to laundry and housekeeping I have not yet begun.  Mainly since it is so cold, little ones come in to warm up frequently (and have the necessary hot cocoa and marshmallows) and then want to go back outside. Which means Mama is spending a good portion of the day yanking boots on and off, zipping and unzipping jackets, opening and shutting doors for mittened hands.  All fun stuff for sure - but I did decide to just give up on the housekeeping - the pile of snow gear is just too big and the mud brought in with snow-covered boots is never ending :0)!!  So once again I say - tomorrow - the laundry and housekeeping will resume.  Is all this a good excuse for procrastination?!!

On a side note - I am praying my blueberry bush and clematis vines that were all ready for Spring make it through this cold snap!!!  They really thought warmer weather was here to stay even if it is only February!!


Thursday, February 24, 2011

Winter is Still Here

Well, winter is still here!!
 This is what we have been having the last couple of days!
Along with feverish, snuffly kids (and a husband) for the last two weeks!
While it is beautiful outside I have a bad case of the winter blues (or more likely, hormones - ugh) that have made me feel tearful and anxious the last few days - blah!!
So today - I got tired of worrying about all the right foods to put into my body and made some comfort food - warm, yummy rice pudding (of which I plan on having more than my share!!!).  And I plan on snuggling warm, sticky babies on the couch and watching silly cartoons with the kids!!!  Sometimes you just gotta go with it!!!  Tomorrow back to the laundry and housekeeping!!!


Thursday, February 10, 2011

My Favorite Cookie

A long time ago when I was a little girl my mom would have me make cookies for the family - a job I loved!!
But she finally banned me from making chocolate chip cookies (my favorite to make!) because I ate way too much dough (which is still the best part!!!)
She had me make a different kind because she thought I would not like the taste of the dough quite so much - she was right.
I didn't like the dough so much - but they turned out to be my favorite baked cookie ever!!!
Snickerdoodles!!!!  Mmmmmm golden crunchy on the edges and chew yummy in the center!!!  Oh my!!  Thank you mom for teaching me to bake such yummy stuff!!!

Hope your day is filled with yummy blessings!!


Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Spring Fever?

Wow!!  I can't believe it's been so long since I've visited!!!  We had house guests for almost a week and we had a lovely time - but with all the visiting I think I ran out of words!!

That mixed with the general dreariness that seems to afflict me this time of year - writing anything down seemed like a big task!!

But - I'm back!!  I decided to come up with some activities that will help combat the awful greyness that covers this part of the world this time of year.

Here's what I came up with - some ideas so simple that I can't believe I had to think about it  - but with the dreariness comes a foggy grey brain at times too :0)!!!

We (the kids and I) made a fairy garden in a big jar!  Tons of fun - made a big mess on the floor - got to plant things - which did my gardening heart such good - and ended up with something pretty!!

See the pretty sparkly rocks we put in there?
A view from the top

 And then - feeling on a roll - I found some other jars I could plant things in - some vintage canning jars - with glass tops - so cool - I went down to the woods - found some neat rocks and peeled up some moss and made moss gardens!!  The bright green makes my heart happy!!
Another view from the top

 Then - I did the simplest thing of all - I went outside and hunted around until I found some hopeful signs that the grey days won't be around forever!!  I found several clumps of my mini daffs making their way through the damp soil - so pretty!!

And of course - one thing that always helps is chocolate!!  But this.... this chocolate is special!!  When I saw the display of these spheres (well - almost spheres) of delight - I confess - my heart did a little dance!!  Seeing these in the store made me sing a tiny little song in my head, "Spring is coming!!  Spring is coming!!!  Yahoo!!!"  It's a good thing I didn't sing it out loud - people wouldn't want to hear that - but my heart was singing - and I have since enjoyed some yummy chocolate treats!!