Moved from Facebook to Instagram and my blog

I have made a decision, a hard one, to leave Facebook at least for now. My postings will be on my Instagram and this blog. Anyone who wants to follow either one, the Instagram Icon is on the right of this post and if you want to follow this blog, there is a spot to fill in your email on the right of this post also.

Went on a mini vacay to Ohio. I posted some photos on Instagram and more photos here. Enjoyed the the Columbus Zoo, Easton Town Center shopping, including the American Girl Doll Store, The Lego Store, Barnes and Noble, and others. Ate lunch at the Cheesecake Factory, as always, the food delicious and cheesecake amazing!

Christmas Cookies/ Desserts and some new ornaments

First Merry Christmas! I’m Back AGAIN after a long hiatus. My last real post was about our kitchen remodel. Remodel it was! We finished the remodel just in time to decided if we wanted to sell our house or not. THAT was not in the plan when the kitchen remodel began. We found a lot that we wanted to build on. After many decisions, talking with builders, our house went up for sale and sold in 7 days. We are now in the process of building a new home. Staying in the same town, just out in the township. Some updates of the new house build will be in future posts

I thought the best way to celebrate posting again on my blog would be sharing some yummy food! Soooo sharing some recipes I have found for Christmas cookies, desserts, and quick breads. Most I have not tried, but will be trying most for this Christmas. (note: all photos of the recipes come from the recipe link)

Pecan Balls cookies – Noris City Old Timers Recipes

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Maple Nut Scones from the Pioneer Woman..her recipes are amazing and easy!! 

Cake Balls The best ever! From Dinner at the Zoo. We make them every Christmas!


Our little twists in making our Cake Balls:

We use the milk chocolate Candiquick fast drying chocolate

Have fun decorating them: we use multi-colored sprinkles, tiny beads, or sprinkle confettii, or you can use one color on each cake ball, or use sprinkles disks or drizzle frosting on the top of the ball, or dip in finely crushed candy canes or finely crushed nuts!

Andes Mint Chocolate Cookies – Cooking Classy

What not to love, chocolate and Andes MInts! YUM!


And last but NOT least!! 40 quick Christmas Bread Recipes from Taste of Home

Great for gift-giving!  


Every year I buy a new ornament or two (or three….)

Below are the ones for this year. going more farmhouse/rustic on some of them. Made of wood and they go so well with my wood bead garland. The JOY one is a 3D type and the glass is etched and the “snow” in the bottom can be moved around.

And the last photo… in our apartment (as we await our move to living in a house again!) Our fireplace with the tree reflected in the tv screen. I couldn’t live without my fireplace. And YES we will have a fireplace (gas log) in our living room of the new house!

A New Theme is Coming!


Do you remember when people would sit on their Front Porches…and just chat…maybe sipping Ice Tea…maybe rocking and just sharing life. Well that is going to be my new theme/emphasis on my blog. This world has gone crazy…so many are stressed…let’s just sit and chat.

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New Kitchen!

We have a new kitchen!

New cabinets, new refrigerator, new range, new dishwasher, and new sink/faucet!

I was over the taupe paint color on our main level and our cabinets were yellowing along with the finish wearing off,  so as we explored how to change it all. With the kitchen cabinets, we decided to order darker cabinets called “Cherry Saddle” in a shaker style cabinet.  I know, I know…EVERYONE…well it  seems everyone goes for white cabinets. I have seen kitchens with white cabinets and they look lovely. But with our kitchen, our style, and our island, we decided we wanted to go darker. Which we LOVE. Photos below. These photos do not have the finished top of the cabinets, Wayne is in the process now of installing the crown molding on the tops .  Also under cabinet lighting will be installed this week.  This all was done with a huge savings in labor costs, since we did the whole kitchen ourselves. We gutted it all out and then Wayne did an amazing job installing the cabinets (with just a little help from me) and installing dishwasher, new sink and appliances. Read More