Five For Friday

I must confess, I’ve been feeling a ‘little’ ‘amazed’ lately even though it’s still January (see my recent rant on January) and still winter and I’ve been recovering from back to back illnesses the last two weeks.  I’m prepared to slap winter with my flip-flop and tell it to move on already.  But in keeping …

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Candy Land Experience

I must confess, playing Candy Land recently with my two grandchildren was quite an experience for me. My daughter and her three little ones came over for an early breakfast at the beginning of this week and the kids’ visit quickly transformed into a rapid succession games and toys with the theme “Which Toy Can …

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January, I Really Wish I Liked You

I must confess, I really have never been a fan of the month of January.  Of all twelve months, this one in particular stands out as one that I simply cannot wrap my arms around and give a big squeeze.  We need to have a few words… January, You are not dear to me, so …

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A Look Back at 2017

I must confess, 2017 was a pretty eventful year with some amazing, wonderful, and poignant memories.  Each New Year's Eve, my husband and I like to take a look back and reflect on the many blessings and experiences that comprised the moments of the previous year.  We typically sit down and go through my calendar, …

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Christmas Blessings

I must confess, I felt quite blessed this Christmas with the many gifts I received; not only the actual presents given to me, but the gifts of my family and the time we spent together for three days.  Yes, Christmas Day actually lasted for three days at my house!  My hubby and I hosted a …

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What’s On Your Christmas Playlist?

I must confess, each holiday season I look forward to listening to Christmas music from the beginning of December right through until early January.  I often listen to the same CDs that I have had for years, and I never stop enjoying them.  Perhaps you will indulge me as I share with you some of …

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Sunny’s Small Plate Saturday

I must confess, I absolutely had a blast this past Saturday with a cozy gathering of friends for small plates and wine tasting. I must further confess that I may have had an ulterior motive in planning this night in order to get my friend KB over to the house to give me a lesson …

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Easy, Fun, and Yummy

I must confess, making chocolate covered pretzels  definitely puts me in the holiday spirit.  I always make them this time of year even though they could be made during any season.  They are easy to make, fun to give as treats, and taste so yummy.  Quite honestly, the hardest part of the whole process is …

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Waiting Joyfully

I must confess, I get swept up in the holiday season and not always in the best of ways.  My love of autumn, as I've written about previously, gives way to the post Thanksgiving checklists and the busy nature of the Advent/Christmas/New Year's season.  Decorating for Christmas, shopping for presents, baking cookies, planning dinners, and trying to …

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Expectations

I must confess, I have had to learn the hard way that having expectations has sometimes resulted in poor outcomes.  Take, for example, the fact that I love forget me nots and I would expect that I should be able to grow them on my windowsill, since they're just wildflowers.  Each time I see those …

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Thankful, Grateful, Blessed

I must confess, this past weekend was filled with dozens of blessings and when one is truly aware of how many little gifts God sends to us, it's actually pretty easy to be grateful.  Having any trouble with feeling grateful?  Might I suggest a great book that helped me to be more mindful of my …

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All’s Fair in Love and Shopping

I must confess, when I started writing this blog I never would have believed that my love letter to Aldi post would have been the most popular one so far.  I guess people take their grocery shopping seriously.  In all fairness, I am also a huge fan of Wegmans, a local grocery store chain in …

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No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: ‘Growth Spurts’ in Holiness

I must confess, this story does not end as well as I hoped it would.  I took my sweet niece to the movies yesterday to watch a beautifully animated story about a young girl's desire to become a ballet dancer in spite of great obstacles.  It was a lesson in overcoming difficulties to achieve one's …

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Saturdays Mornings Just Aren’t the Same

I must confess, Saturday mornings are little more quiet around our house.  And tomorrow will be no exception.  Each and every Saturday for as long as I've been married to my husband these mornings have always begun with the 10 a.m. radio program Car Talk on NPR.  The show recently went off the air and …

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