Wednesday, January 01, 2014

One Word of the Year -- FOCUS

Have you ever done this -- chosen just ONE WORD to focus on for the new year? One year, mine was "Faith", then the next year it was "Abide." I didn't settle on one for last year but am asking God to reveal my word for 2014. It's already set to be very different from 2013.

And 2013 was an amazing year, no doubt -- new home, new car, new school for T, ... And, in some news I haven't shared with many people yet, I will have a new job in 2014 as an HR Information Systems Analyst in a local school district. A different employer and boss after 20 years! Lots of change for sure.

So, what will be my ONE WORD? I used Christine Kane's Word of the Year Discovery Tool and the family and I decided on each of our words this afternoon. 

Mine, for a variety of reasons, is ......

I'm anticipating great things as I strengthen my "focus" muscle this year!  Hebrews 12:2 We must fix (focus) our eyes on Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith.

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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving Eve

I hope everyone is ready for the big day tomorrow.  My middle daughter and I planned the big menu and shopped on Monday night.  The crowds weren't TOO bad and I was so proud of myself for being DONE - even got a free turkey with purchase.  So where did I find myself tonight -- at the store to buy some things for tonight's dinner!!  Grrrr!  See what happens when you let menu planning go to the wayside??  I will remedy that and get back on track.  I'd like to at least finish the year strong. =) 

Over at Apronista, I've posted my cooking timetable - step by step start/cook times to have everything done at the same time.  Recipe links, too!  

Sunday, November 03, 2013

Secret Santa Swap Questionnaire

This is one of my favorite times of year, my Secret Santa Swap. I love to host swaps and love getting happy mail. Here are my answers for my partner.
  1. What are your hobbies?  Sewing, crocheting, READING, cooking, movies,finding healthy recipes
  2. What are your favorite colors? red & white
  3. Do you collect anything? Russian nesting dolls, cherries, aprons, cookbooks, cute bags
  4. Are you allergic to any fibers or animals? I'm allergic to cats, even though we have Ollie and Chong (I pay for cuddles with sneezing a lot)
  5. Do you have any pets? Ollie and Chong the tabby cats, and Apollo the great dane/mastiff mix
  6. Coffee, Tea, or Chocolate? I really prefer raspberry iced tea .... Kcups of Cappuccino (not straight coffee), SOMETIMES tea, milk chocolate is my weakness
  7. What do you like to read? Christian novels, culinary mysteries (Dianne Mott Davidson, etc), crafting magazines, anything my DD is reading (so I read a lot of YA)
  8. Do you prefer Cookies or Candies as a sweet? I love homemade cookies
  9. What is your favorite holiday treat? Starbucks Cranberry Bliss Bars (I have the recipe), Russian Tea Cookies/Mexican wedding cookies (you know, the round balls rolled in powdered sugar)
  10. Describe your favorite holiday tradition.  I love our annual Christmas drama at church, going to church as a family, and also driving around to see lights
  11. Did you believe in Santa as a child?  No.  Sad story ... my parents grew up during the depression and adopted me (and then a brother for me) later in life.  They didn't want me to believe in a lie that hurt them so much when they were younger.  Santa didn't visit them and they were always so sad at Christmas.  So I never was allowed to believe in Santa.  I didn't make the same mistake with my kiddos.  Santa is the mystery of Christmas and encourages giving to others with no thought of something in return.  It's also why MUST remember to give to others less fortunate, because every child deserves a Merry Christmas, even if their parents cannot provide one.  
  12. When do you open presents?  Christmas Eve, then Santa gifts and stockings in the AM.
  13. Do you put up a tree and when?  If not, how do you celebrate? We usually put up trees in the first weekend of December.  Last year, we had four I think .... the kitchen tree is all red ornaments, the entry tree has unbreakables and jingle bells (the dog's tail is a dangerous thing when guests arrive), there's a small white tree in the bathroom, and then the family tree is a HUGE 10-foot rotating tree that is stuffed full of ornaments collected over the years.  *sigh* I love Christmas, and my husband is a dear to indulge me.  Oh, and they are all artificial because Mike is allergic!  We moved this past summer, so I need to figure out WHERE all my trees will live.  My 10-foot rotating tree does take up quite a bit of floor space .... what a fun problem!
  14. Does your tree have a theme? (see above)
  15. What has been your favorite gift to give?  to receive?  Oh, I stink at choosing a "favorite" .... why did I write this question?  I do love presents that are homemade or a surprise because of the thought that went into it.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Cupcake Provocateur Apron {Giveaway}

Hi sweet friends,

I just posted the Week 2 CROCK-tober Giveaway over at Apronista.  And it's to die for-- my friend, the lovely Cynthia from Cupcake Provocateur, has donated a sexy Parisian Tapestry apron.  Click on the image below to go to the post to enter!

Here's another shot of the apron from the Cupcake Provocateur site - what a fun pin-up picture.
I hope you enter -- I'd love for a friend to win!

Aaaannnnddd, if you are at all interested, I'm getting ready to open up my Christmas swap over at the Flirty Apron Swap blog!


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