Lemons, Pebbles, and Optimism 3

I recently was asked to speak about “When Life Gives You Lemons” by a friend to a group of women in her church group. She wanted the focus to be on how we can find happiness and peace even in the midst of difficulty. I remember thinking: “Sure, I can do that!” But, then came […]

The pessimist sess difficulty in every opportunity Winston Churchill

Five Ways Fall Can Make You a Better Person

Five Ways Fall Can Make You a Better Person 31

Fall is here.  I just made my first pot of chili with cornbread last night. It reminded me that we are there: Fall. I love the smells of fall, the colors, the beginning of the exciting holiday season.  I love the foods of Fall.  The sounds of leaves crunching under your boots.  I love the […]

Mother Quotes that Will Touch Your Heart 3

I know that Mother’s Day is often a difficult time for many women. There were many years when Mother’s Day was painful and difficult for me. But, as I have become a mother, and as I look back at the wonderful years I have had with my own mother, I wanted to share some of those […]

Motherhood all love beings and ends there by Robert Browning

Beef with Broccoli 9

My husband loves red meat, and we don’t eat very much of it at our house. I finally caved and bought some red meat and we celebrated with this recipe: beef and broccoli. It was truly simple and delicious. The meat and broccoli cook so quickly, you can have this on the table before your […]

Beef and Broccoli 30 minute meal Yum!

Blackberry Cheesecake Tarts individual servings!

Individual Blackberry Cheesecake Tarts with a Sweet Surprise 7

I came across a great deal on blackberries and was wanting to make something delicious with them. I love cheesecake but didn’t want to bake them, so I made these individual no-bake cheesecake tarts! There is a small surpise inside! So yummy! I must admit that I would have liked my blackberry topping to be […]

Strawberry Banana Bread with Streusel Topping 20

So I had some brown bananas hanging out at my house and my little one kept asking for some banana bread. I decided to try something a little different and when I saw I also had strawberries, I thought: banana strawberry bread! I must admit that it turned out better than  my banana bread typically turns […]

Strawberry Banana Bread Recipe

Fear not for they that be with us are more than they that be with them

There Be More with Us 8

I don’t know how many of you have kept up with the story of Baby Lily this week, but if you haven’t, it is powerful. 18-month-old Lily Groesbeck was trapped in a car partially submerged in a Utah river for over 13 hours. Her mother was tragically killed in the accident, and the car wasn’t […]

Snickerdoodle Sunday with Spring Features 4

Welcome to Snickerdoodle Sunday! I am so glad that you are here!! Here is what happened on the blog this week:   I must admit that I didn’t wholly follow my advice about saying no this week, but life is a learning process, right?? Let me know what you said no to this week in […]

featured snicker

Learning to say NO

Learning to Say No, Nah, Uh-Uh, Nope! Version 2.0 16

 I actually wrote some of this post a little less than a year ago. Because of it, I found a few people made some changes in their lives. Someone mentioned to me that it was great that people were learning to say ‘no’, but it was sometimes a little inconvenient for them! I had to laugh. […]