Monday, January 7, 2013

The Best From Me

I love this time of year.
Not that I love January so much, but I love new beginnings.
I love moving from one house to another.
I love the first day of school, the first day of summer, the first day of the week.
I love change. I crave it.

By the same token, I tend to ignore endings by getting too wrapped up in the beginning of something new. That's not super healthy, and I'm working on changing that about me.

I read the book Paris: A Love Story over Christmas break. The author loses two great loves in the course of her story. At one of the funerals, a friend offers this question for all who remain to ponder:
Now who will get the best from me?
I look back at 2012 and I think, "Who have I given my best to this year?"

As I move into this next year, I mull it over, "Who will get the best from me?"

Like many of you, my new years resolutions involve my family, my friends, and a little bit of exercise. As I think about who will get the best from me, I have thought about this blog. I don't post as often as I used to,  but I still think about this space a lot. I like thinking about it and you, but I've decided that I need to let go of it.

In 2013, I want throw the best of my words and deeds into my family, my friends, and try a few new things, too. I will miss this little space, no doubt.
I will miss you.

I feel so blessed to have been the recipient of your best as I have learned to know so many of you over the past couple of years. Thank you for spending time here, for encouraging me, and for loving my family through your kind comments and emails.

Happy 2013, friends.

PS. I have made it easier for you to find the recipes that I get asked for.
My favorites are in the side bar where "Love It" used to be.

Monday, December 24, 2012

Merry Christmas. {Our Christmas Card}

I can't tell you how blessed I am to know so many of you and have you in my life. Whether you are a friend I can hug in person, or a friend that I only know via this internet thing,  I count you all as a beautiful gifts. I pray that wherever you are, you might experience some true rejoicing this season. In our weakness (and weariness) He is strong. 

Merry Christmas!

Monday, December 17, 2012

A good story.

I love a good story.
My friend, Amy, along with her husband, John, have been living a long, hard story trying to adopt their son, Davis, who lives overseas and happens to have Down syndrome. Today, they were able to meet him.
Amy's post will make you cry tears of joy, and it will give you hope.
Don't we all need a little hoping today?

Go and read it here.
Be blessed by their story.

Sunday, December 16, 2012


Photo by her.

We are celebrating 12 years today of marriage today. 
Although we haven't laughed all day every day, knowing him, and being his wife, have been the best part of my life.  
I'm so glad we chose each other, and still do.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

PinterTest Kitchen: Spaghetti Squash with Bacon, Parmesan and Garlic and Sugar Cookie Bars {Not necessarily together}

Nothing quite says Christmas as spaghetti squash.
I had one in my pantry, and I needed to use it.
A few weeks back I pinned Spaghetti Squash with Bacon, Parmesan and Garlic, and I knew that someday I would make it.
I just didn't know it would be in December.
This recipe was so easy.
1. Bake squash
2. fry bacon in garlic
3. Shred squash into "spaghetti" with a fork.
4. Add bacon.
5. Add parmesan.
6. Add salt and pepper.
7. Eat.
It's that easy! And it was amazing. Real comfort food.
The only downfall, is that it doesn't make much. It's most definitely a side dish that might serve four. On this particular night, it was the main dish that served two adults. One kid wouldn't touch it and the other one said she liked the bacon, but not those "weird noodles".

I loved it and could have eaten the entire thing if I didn't have any manners.

Click here for the recipe.
PinterTest Kitchen number two: Sugar Cookie

Bruce loves sugar cookies.
I think that making sugar cookies is painful, and I'm horrible at it.
Frosting them and trying to make them pretty stresses me out. 
Stress, I tell you. Tension headache, ibuprofen inducing, I need to soak in a hot tub while eating Schwan's Peppermint Stick ice cream kind of stress.
So when my friend, Sara, told me about this recipe that her family had been making (and devouring) I pinned it immediately.
I suggested to Talia that we make a big Christmas tree.
She decorated it herself. (Smart girl not to ask me for much help.)
She dug through the old Halloween candy and found a yellow Starburst for the star. "It has to have a star!"
Ella came home from school and dug into our trunk supply.
I think her creation turned out really cute.
Everything about this recipe is yummy.
The frosting is tasty.
The crust is made of butt-ah.
It makes a ton for sharing, or not.
Get the recipe here.

Thank you, Sara, for sharing the recipe with me.
My entire family thanks you.
Especially Bruce.

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