Sunday, February 19, 2017

Week in Review: February 19, 2017


I did not mean to take a month long break. It's not that I haven't been busy reading or writing, or focusing on Nourish - my word of the year. But I'm newly resolved to get back into the blogging routine. I've missed this community.

Reading:
I have read a total of seventeen books since the first of the year (a record for me). While there is a certain theme to my reading, I did cross several genres.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Week in Review: January 15, 2017


We've spent the last 48 hours bracing for the ice storm. I bought plenty of groceries to hunker down for the long weekend. I prepared a Thanksgiving dinner on Friday so we could eat leftovers the remaining days, just in case we lost power.

As is typical with Kansas weather, the storm took a slightly different route. We were completely dry on Friday. Totally dry on Saturday. And barely a glaze on the road surface this morning. By this afternoon, temperatures will rise and all will turn to rain.

But I'm not complaining. Friday night's dinner (with wine tasting) was delightful, and the dreary forecast provided the perfect excuse to stay inside to read and write for four straight days!

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Welcome 2017!!


It is the first day of 2017 - a day filled with new hopes, new goals, and new intentions.

I've taken quite a break from blogging. My last regular post was mid-November, and I have not participated in the Sunday Salon since August! This was not a planned break, but apparently one I needed to take.

While I do not believe in making resolutions (why set myself up for failure?), I have made a list of intentions to focus on this year: intentions for mental health, physical well-being, and vocational growth. To that end, I want to be more intentional with my blogging in 2017. I hope to adopt the mindset of a "serious" writer, and regular blogging is key.

Monday, December 19, 2016

Christmas Stocking Tradition

This post is a part of the Virtual Advent Tour, sponsored by Sprite Writes. Please visit her site to check out the list of other Christmas traditions from bloggers around the world.

Totoro Family Stockings:

Have you ever experienced a time when you innocently started something rather simple that over time mushroomed into something much bigger than you ever envisioned? Such is the plight of Totoro Christmas stockings.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Gratitude

Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgiving,
turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings
~ William Arthur Ward

For more inspirational photos this week, please visit Wordless WednesdayImage-in-ing, and Through my Lens.


Saturday, November 12, 2016

Totoro Family Recipes: Eggnog Streusel Muffins

I'm convinced holiday elves are responsible for transforming grocery stores from Halloween headquarters to Winter Wonderlands in the wee hours of November 1st. Warm fall colors are now festive reds and greens; candy corn gives way to ribbon candy; and delicious eggnog is now front-and-center on the dairy shelves.

I realize not all are fans of this holiday drink. Truth be told, I only indulge in  a glass each year. But I do enjoy the flavor and enjoy adding a bit to baked goods and morning coffee.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Hope

Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul - 
and sings the tunes without the words - and never stops at all.
~ Emily Dickinson

For more inspirational photos this week, please visit Wordless WednesdayImage-in-ing, and Through my Lens.


Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Friendly Ghosts

While retail stores decorate for Christmas,
I want to savor fall just a while longer.

For more inspirational photos this week, please visit Wordless WednesdayImage-in-ing, and Through my Lens.


Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Boston: Then and Now

When I visited the gift shop of the Museum of Fine Arts, I could not resist purchasing Old Boston: A Book of Postcards. In reality, it is more a collection of photographs taken around the turn of the 20th century.

I'm fascinated by time, and the concept that the more things change the more they remain the same.

This is particularly true in cities such as Boston which have a rich history spanning centuries. The landmark monuments are frozen in time amidst the glass and chrome skyscrapers of the modern era.

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Totoro Family Recipes: Sugar Cookie Cut-Outs

For as long as I can remember, I have loved the idea of decorated sugar cookies: the variety of shapes, the colorful icing, and the whimsical decorative elements.

And every year since the kids were old enough to help me in the kitchen, circa 1992, I have made a batch of holiday cookies. I've tried a variety of recipes (although the one in this cookbook is the current favorite), watched numerous YouTube tutorials, and performed LOTS of culinary experiments. Somehow... my cookies never quite measure up to the gorgeous creations on the Food Network Channel.

My cookies don't measure up BUT... my girls create masterpieces.

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