Friday, December 12, 2014

He is the Gift – Christmas Video – #ShareTheGift



The real gift of Christmas was given to us all a long time ago.  May we all remember the real meaning of this season.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Something for Josh

My cousins son, Josh, has been preparing to serve a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of      Latter-Day Saints for years.  The time as finally come and he will be leaving shortly to spend two years teaching the gospel to the people of  Brazil.  Traditionally, the soon to be missionary speaks in their local ward and many of the missionary's family and friend usually come to hear them speak. Then they gather after the meetings to wish them well. 


I thought of a few ideas of things I could for this day and I ultimately came up with a couple of fun projects that I was able to share with everyone that came.  Missionaries don't call home or spend a lot of time emailing or chatting with friends and family while they are gone.  In fact, they have one preparation day each week in which they do laundry, go to the store and if they are in an area with internet they may be able to send an email to family.  They love hearing from those from home even when they don't get to respond to all of them. 

As I searched Pinterest for ideas I came acrossed A postcard with the addresses in the mission and stamps and an address card pins. I decided why not combine the two.  I had Josh meet me for a little photo shoot a few weeks ago.  I took those photos and had postcards with the mission address printed up at Costco.  I also discovered that the US postal service has international forever stamps that are good for a 1 ounce letter.  I ordered those and headed to the Dollar Tree.  I love the dollar store, maybe too much but that is the subject of a different post.  I found envelopes, lined stationary paper and pens.  I put all of these things together along with a little note with a few other details.



 Here are the contents of the packets I put together.  Now there are no excuses for not writing to Josh while he is out.


Another idea I came up with was having embossed rubber bracelets made.  Josh has worn different ones over the years.  What a great way to remember our missionary while he is gone.  I knew of this company based out of Logan Utah named Reminderband. They were able to do the work quickly at a reasonable price.  On one side is his name and the other side says "Called to Serve Brazil".  I choose green because that is one of the colors from the Brazilian flag.


The bracelets turned out great.


I set up a table just inside the front door with both of my little projects.  I think both were well received.  I hope that he gets lots of letters :)

Monday, September 8, 2014

Copycat Kit Kat bites

Last Friday was the last day for one of our great nurses Norma.  She is moving on to a new adventure in her life.  As with others that leave, we usually have a good bye lunch for them but Norma chose to have a dessert bar instead.  Desserts are right up my alley...I'm a huge fan!  The only problem is I don't have much time to bake anymore especially during the week.  I had to find something that was easy and wouldn't take much time so I turned to my ever growing collection of recipes on Pinterest.

Now I broke the cardinal rule of cooking, don't take something you have never tested to any kind of event.  Good thing for me these turned out great!

Ingredients
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 25 regular sized marshmallows
  • 12 oz milk chocolate morsels
  • 1 oz unsweetened baking chocolate
  • 5 cup rice krispies cereal
  • 11 oz butterscotch morsels
  • 1 cup peanut butter morsels
Instructions
  1. In a large mixing bowl, add marshmallows, milk chocolate morsels and baking chocolate. Set aside.
  2. In a large pot, bring to a boil the sugar, cream and butter (over medium high heat). Once boiling, continue to boil for 4 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Pour hot mixture over marshmallows and chocolate. Using an electric mixer, beat until chocolate has melted and mixture is smooth (about 2 minutes).
  3. Melt butterscotch and peanut butter morsels together in microwave bowl for one minute. Stir and heat at 30 second intervals until fully melted.
  4. In a large bowl, combine rice cereal, melted butterscotch and about 1/3 of the chocolate mixture. Mix completely.
  5. In a parchment paper lined 13x9 baking dish, pour 1/3 of chocolate mixture onto bottom, spreading with a knife until bottom of dish is covered. Top with cereal mixture. Press firmly. Pour remaining 1/3 of chocolate mixture over cereal, spreading with a knife. Allow to set up in refrigerator, about 1-2 hours. Remove and cut into bite sized pieces. ENJOY!

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This will definitely go into the permanent recipe collection! 

Sunday, September 7, 2014

A change of focus

I have always been a little backwards but fall is my spring. I feel more alive with the change in the air and many of my favorite things occur in the fall.  The temperatures cool off and we get ready to head into the holiday season.

With that, I also feel an added pressure to accomplish even more than I normally should.  Everything that I HAVEN'T accomplished has been weighing heavy on me lately.  Whether it be real things, things I have no control over or even comparing myself to others. Then the viscous cycle begins,  if I can't keep up then why bother trying at all, which is where I have been stuck for sometime now.

I had a sort of A HA moment this weekend that I need to make a change.  People are always talking about change and what to do to embrace it but the change I am referring to is a change of focus.  I need to make a change in my thinking and start looking at what I do and have accomplished.  Maybe if I celebrate the things I do get done in a day, no matter how trivial they are, I will have more desire to tackle something else in my day.

So here is looking forward to a new mind set.  A change of focus to what I can do!


Sunday, July 27, 2014

Small victories

I have been actively working to improve my health.  I even started working with a personal trainer who has been helping me with my fitness and health as well as nutrition.  I haven't felt like I have seen much change in the past few weeks.  Well today I ran down my stairs to take the dog out when I realized I didn't have to hold on to the banister.  I haven't done that for quite some time.  I am always afraid I am going to fall....not today. I realize this is inconsequential to most people but is was a big victory to me!  

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Lonely

  I haven't posted anything in a long time.  I have had many struggles and haven't felt like putting it out there for anyone.  So many things have become overwhelming to me lately but the biggest has been a never ending feeling of loneliness.

  My dream, ever since I was small, has been to be a wife and mom. Every night I beg and plead with my heavenly father that I might find someone to spend the rest of my life with.  I hate being alone! I have done it for so long and I have tried to be OK with it but I'm not. Also, I have sadly and heart breakingly come to realize that I will never have my own children, at least in this lifetime.  How does one come to accept such a thing?

  When I think of preparing to come to this earth I imagine some sort of  preview of what you are in for here in this life.  I have such a hard time thinking that as I heard the list of: you will be an only child, you will lose both of your parents before you are 36, you will likely not have a husband and you won't have children, I said yep sounds great sign me up and send me down.  It feels like my "test or trial" has turned into a punishment of some sort.  Don't think for one minute that I believe that being married would solve all my problems.  I am very aware of the daily struggles that go on and that married life is no cake walk.

   I want more than anything someone who loves me and cares about me, someone I can laugh with and lean on when there are hard times. I want a best friend that wants to spend time with me. Is it too much to ask to find someone I can be happy with?  I feel like I am running out of time for this dream as well.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Another "No Spend" month coming up

Howdy all!  Yes I am still around, life has been a crazy for me lately. Among everything going on, I have decided that, it is once again time for a "no spend" month.  I am working on building my new washer and dryer fund so what I don't spend will go toward that.   

Anyone that has been following me at all knows how this goes but on the off chance there are some newbies out there it is pretty simple.  Other than food and gas I don't spend any money for the whole month.  I know this might sound like a real boring month for some of you but it really isn't.  I have SO many half finished/not yet started projects that I easily have a months worth of things to do.  These projects aren't just crafty, I have plenty of cleaning and organization that could be done.  I also have a stack of books a mile high to read.  My little buddy is hours of entertainment for me too.  Let's not forget there is always exercise, if I could stand to breath the air outside!

What would you do for your own "no spend" month?