2013 The Year of Taking Care

I don't take very good care of myself sometimes. The majority of the time, really. I do the basics, but I am not very thoughtful about my own care. I don't pay attention to myself the way I do to the boys or to William. So, this year's Resolutions focus on Taking Care. Of me. Not at the expense of my family, but in addition to. I have three areas I want to focus on in 2013: Physical, Mental, … [Read more...]

Crafting: Felt Winter Wreath

Finished and happily hanging!

The only craft I did for Christmas decorations this year was an easy felt wreath for our coat closet door. It's basically the first thing you see when you walk into our apartment, and I didn't want it to be naked. I wanted to make an ombre wreath, so I chose shades of blue. Like most crafts I do, I kept it pretty free form and simple. It's based on the same tutorial I used for the Thanksgiving … [Read more...]

Baking: Prune Cake

Mini Prune Cakes cooling!

The first time I had Prune Cake was in the early 1990s. I had never heard of it, but my late Mother-in-law, Sondra, made it for some holiday or birthday and I fell in love. Prune Cake is a favorite in Mark's family and I have so many fond memories of birthdays and holidays with this cake served. My senior year of high school, I took a Home Ec class and had to enter a food item in the local 4H … [Read more...]

Beyond Thankful

Grandmas Brood

For many years, November has been hard for me. This year, though, I made a huge effort to stay ahead of the sad and concentrate on being really thankful for what I have and who I am. For the most part, I succeeded. There were definitely hard parts to the month, and I'm still coming away from some of those feelings now; but, it was so much better than it's been before. With that being said, I'm … [Read more...]