Check In: Day 308

Week 44: Things seem much better today. My daughter got into her school of choice this week. We have paid the deposit and fingers crossed she will be headed back to New York for school in August. She is so happy. She will be 10 hours from us but close to family and friends so…

Check In Day: 301

Week 43: It certainly has been a strange week here. My son went back to school Monday on hybrid. Meaning he goes into school on Wednesday and Friday with 1/2 of the rest of the students in the school. He is on his own to complete assignments on Tuesday and Thursday while the other half…

Happy Little Plants Protein Puffs made into Mexican Pasta Salad

*This is a sponsored post by Happy Little Plants Protein Puffs. All reviews and opinions expressed in this post are based on my personal view. I received a package of various flavors of Happy Little Plants Protein Puffs (click for link) to try and then to create a recipe with. I was very excited to…

Check In: Day 294

Week 42: I am tired. I am writing this on the evening on January 1st and I am tired. We all stayed up late on New Year’s Eve and slept in a bit on New Year’s Day. We are starting to take down the Christmas decorations and starting to organize, well I guess it would…

New Year’s Day!

for·ti·tude/ˈfôrdəˌt(y)o͞od/ noun: fortitude courage in pain or adversity. Fortitude is my word for this year. The courage to look at what needs to change in my life and make the decisions on what needs to be done. To look at my life with strength of character, spirit, and mind and know that I am making…

New Year’s Eve

We are not big party people but this New Year’s Eve feels different than any other. I think we have such high hopes for the coming year and all that we may be able to do again it feels charged with hope and tinged with fear. This year my son will graduate high school. Both…

Hot Cocoa Bar

We have been doing some fun things to make staying home, which we have been doing since March 12th, seem special. One of these was to make a little hot cocoa bar. We made homemade hot cocoa with whole milk, unsweetened cocoa powder, sugar, and vanilla extract and then all the toppings and stir-ins we…

Old-Fashioned Apple Kuchen

This is one of those recipes that has been handed down in my family forever, well at least 60 years. I remember my mother making the dough every December 23rd to bake on Christmas Eve morning. She learned it from my grandmother (her mother-in-law and the German ladies at church). Then twenty-five years ago my…

Check In: Day 287

Week 41: This Christmas was the same, yet different. We are very fortunate in that the four of us can be together. We have plenty of food, shelter, and heat on these cold nights that moved to single digits on Christmas Eve. We are blessed. But, a Zoom or Facebook call for Christmas just made…

Christmas Day

Wishing you a Merry Christmas! I hope your days are filled with self care, passion for the things that bring you joy, and love for those around you. May 2021 bring you health and happiness!

Christmas Eve

I wish I could send you all a card individually to say, “Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!” I hope you all know how much I greatly appreciate your coming here daily to comment, like, and share. I love chatting with you all finding out about you and your families. I hope will we continue this…

Trends in Food for 2021

Every year about this time I start researching food trends for the following year. Just what do the food industry, restaurants, and grocery stores think will happen in the next year. It seems like 2020 would turn that on it’s head. In some ways it did and in other ways it went just as expected….