I love birthday’s. They are my absolute favorite. I love the anticipation of a new year. Fresh start. I love being able to have some quiet time to myself to reflect on the last year and all that it meant to me. Being thankful for each breath I breathed and day I was given. Questioning how I grew this past year, how I changed, how I treated people, how I loved. Then looking towards the future. Praying and hoping and… Read more »

I looooove me some mashed potatoes! For some reason, my holiday “bring to the potluck dish” has been mashed potatoes. I’m starting to think that folks don’t have much faith in my cooking…either way, I show them by bringing some delicious mashed potatoes, that aren’t just the typical milk and butter. So HA! I went to Costco and bought a HUGE bag of Yukon Gold potatoes because I think these are the best potatoes {besides red} to use. Yukon Gold… Read more »

I can’t believe I had never had these delicious left-over alternatives before meeting my husband. This was a staple leftover meal made from mashed potatoes from Thanksgiving and Christmas for him and his family. I tried out my own rendition after this last Thanksgiving and got a delicious seal of approval by the hubbs. Enjoy!   Recipe for potato pancakes (this recipe uses the leftover mashed potatoes, from here): INGREDIENTS: 1 cup real bacon bits 4 cups cold leftover mashed potatoes… Read more »

Throughout the last couple of years, from random ornament purchasing, the adornment to hang the ornament to the tree with has had many looks.  I’ve purchased wire ornament hooks that didn’t seem to last, and have even gone as classy as using paper clips to hang from the tree – not cute.  This year, I decided to get more uniform and actually make my tree look more put together! {I’m trying} I purchased a roll of garden twine to make… Read more »