Sunday, January 31, 2010

Cinnaminny OooeyGooeyGoodness

Since church was canceled today (which hardly ever happens), and I've been in the baking mood, I decided to try out Pioneer Woman's Cinnamon Buns from here. My sister, Amanda, actually gave me the PW's Cookbook as a Christmas far I love it!!

Since it was my first time doing the recipe, it took a minute to get the hang of it.

Here's some of my photos...They aren't as pretty as PW's, but my guess is that it'll taste just as good. :)

Friday, January 29, 2010


I love the snow! It always brings back such good childhood memories like playing with the neighbors, building snowmen and sledding. I also remember after playing in the snow coming inside to a warm fire, hot chocolate, and homemade bread that my momma baked. Those are such good memories!

Tonight a few friends/family went sledding. I loved it!

Stay safe and warm this weekend!

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Sew, Sew, Sew

I've been in a sewing mood for sometime, but haven't been sewing much...until I saw this. It's a blog I follow that I found through it being mentioned on another person's blog I follow. I love it!

So I spent my snow days last week sewing little rice bag heating some away - - keeping some.

Every night (as recommended by the blogger, Darby), either my husband or I heat them in the microwave and put them in our beds. It's SOOO nice jumping into a toasty, warm bed.

Our house is all hardwood floors (besides the kitchen and bathroom), and our house is old so it's drafty. Wearing my slippers and slipping into the warm bed at night has revolutionized our going-to-bed routine that use to go something like this:

Slip into bed, freezing
Shiver under the covers for a long time
Put my cold feet under my husbands warm legs
Hear the complaints of putting my cold feet on my husbands warm legs
Have to move my feet back over
Shiver to sleep

Now it goes something like this:

Take off my warm monkey slippers that have been warming my feet all evening
Slip into my warm bed
Fall fast asleep

See how this has simplified my life?! ;)

It's the little things in life...

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

I will give myself permission to...

walk on the newly washed bathroom rug. I never wanted to be "one of those people," but last night I realized I was. And, by "one of those people" I mean someone who doesn't enjoy their "stuff" because they don't want to mess it up.

By the way...I got these cute slippers at Target. I've never been a slipper wearing kind of gal, but love these and wear them all the time!

I think I'm better than I use to be, but last night I got a feeling of uneasiness after I cleaned the bathroom, washed the rug that goes in front of the shower, and was about to step on the rug. It's one of those rugs that's really fluffy and if it's stepped on you can see a big foot print. But I love that rug! It's so soft, matches my curtain, towels, and shower curtain.

I decided it's OK if the rug has footprints on's a RUG for heaven's sake - - made to walk on!

In that same school of thought....I am pretty good about using my nice dishes because I just love them so much. For a wedding gift I got the most beautiful pitcher and a set of 6 goblet glasses from Kohls. It's the Home Studio Baja Confetti pattern. Well one of them broke, and I was devastated. So I called Kohls and found out they had 9 more (and a BUY ONE GET ONE FREE SALE! going on). I LOVE KOHLS! I went there that night, bought 4, got 4 for free. So now my set is at 13. I think if I get the opportunity I will buy more. I love having company and family over. The more glasses the better I feel!

I mean...doesn't that just go beautifully with my Fiesta ware!?!

My husband has me figured out...I don't buy clothes, jewelry, shoes, etc. I buy dishes. It's my weakness. Well, and things that would make my home look pretty (and smell pretty).

Monday, January 11, 2010

So far... So good life has been uber busy the last couple of weeks. I work at a church and last week we had 2 church-related funerals. I don't think I've ever felt more stressed. One of the funerals was at the church. I went home that day and barely made it through supper without falling asleep. I never realized how stress can wear your body out so much. I think trying to make everything from the cleanliness of the church to the sound system perfect really took it's toll on me. We just wanted it to be perfect for the family. I imagine that if I felt the way I did they felt a 100 times worse :( .

Even though the year began with so many reminders of immortality, it really hasn't been too bad. Seeing death makes you think more of what you're thankful for.

I mentioned I wasn't going to make resolutions this year, but goals, wishes, hopes, etc. I have a few things I'd like to accomplish like get into a regular exercise routine, cook at home more (and healthy recipes), wake up earlier, organize the pantry. Really, there's probably not a big difference between resolutions and goals but the word difference means more to me than anything. A resolution just sounds so hard and impossible. A goal sounds attainable.

Well, my husband, Miah loves to cook. He purchased 2 new cookbooks - - one is the Biggest Loser Family Cookbook and the other is Cooking Light (I think it's from Southern Homes and Gardens?). We're going to start cooking out of them tonight. I picked Chicken Parmesan - - I'll let you know how it is!