Saturday, December 29, 2012

SEE WHAT'S NEW

I can't believe this year is just about over.  Time goes by
so fast and as you get older, the days blend into weeks
and weeks into months and before you know it another
year is over.  I always feel that maybe I missed
something during the year or failed to do something
important.  Do any of you feel that way?  We all
seem to be so busy, yet what are we really doing?
I often ask myself is how I'm spending my time
really of any value or am I just wasting it?
Yes, there are always things to be done
but are they really the best things we should be doing?
This is something I'm going to try to work on this
coming year.  Try to use my time wisely and productively.
 
How many of you are caught up in the social media explosion?
It is really addictive isn't it?  I know I can get on the
computer and start searching for this and that, go to
Facebook, check out people, look at things, post,
check a post, look at ads and before you know it
two hours have gone by.  I for one don't think that
is a good use of my time so I'm going to try
to change that or at least scale back.  It is so easy
to lose track of time and forget about more important matters
like home and family.
 
 
One thing I've learned though is to treasure each day and
make memories when I can because life does not promise
us tomorrow.  I have a sister-in-law who is 64 and terminally ill
and I see what she is going through and it stinks. 
We all need to cherish the days we have with those we love and celebrate even if it is only a great meal
 or a day of good health.  Life is so precious and
we should enjoy each and every day.
 
I feel so blessed this year because I welcomed a new granddaughter
into our family Kaelyn Marissa on Oct 25.
 
She is such a sweet baby.  I cannot stop looking at her
and never want to put her down.
 
As I mentioned before, I am planning on changing my blog
 a bit so I hope you come back to visit again.  It has been such a
busy year with the new baby coming and family issues
but I hope to start up again in the New Year.
 
Until next time,
Kathy
 
 


Monday, June 18, 2012

GONE TOO LONG

Hi Everyone.


Well it has been such a long time since I posted.  Some of you know that I retired last July and basically that was out of medical necessity.  I was having a lot of physical issues and my job was contributing to them.  I couldn't get disability so I had to retire early.  This caused some financial difficulties for us but we are getting by.  I was taking a lot of medication and pain pills without results so I decided to try acupuncture because this worked for me in the past.  It was pretty expensive but I felt if it gave me relief, it would be worth the money.  Thankfully, I did get very good results.  I am feeling much better with fewer limitations.  I am still getting treatments and hopefully will get better and better with each treatment.


During this time, we also had some family problems and which brought on more stress contributing to my  physical condition but life has a way of adding problems and not always choosing the correct timeframe.


I am much better now and am able to get back to a more productive life but I do have to be careful with what I do.  I always push myself too much and then suffer.  I have a great husband who helps so much around the house that I don't have to worry about that.  There were days when all I could do was just sit in a chair and watch TV all day long and not do a thing.  Talk about boring.  When you are an active person, this is torture but I had no choice.  Some days I couldn't even turn my neck from side to side so I had to give in to my limitations.


I'm probably not going to be doing much on the way of primitives with my blog any longer because financially I won't be purchasing new things and my decorating is pretty much confined to what I have on hand now.  I would like suggestions though if you would like me to continue with the blog but maybe talk more about homekeeping, recipes, organizational tips, decluttering, cleaning tips things like that.  If I don't get much of a response, I'll probably just close my blog at least for now.  I'm thinking of other things I can do.  I know there are so many people who want to learn and we all have so much to give so if anyone feels they have suggestions, let me know.  I know I don't have many followers, so this blog may not even be read but I'll give it a few weeks and then if  nothing shows up, I'll close it.


I just want to thank all of you for your concern and e-mails asking me where I've been.  It was so thoughtful of you and much appreciated.


On a final note and a happy one, yesterday Father's Day we found out that our new grandbaby will be a girl. She will arrive around October 26.  We are thrilled beyond words and can't wait for her birth.  Everything is perfect and we saw all her toes and fingers, arms and legs on the sonogram pictures.  A little angel for sure.


Until next time, may all  your dreams be happy ones and your days be filled with joy.


Hugs
Kathy

Friday, January 20, 2012

The Kitchen

Hi Everyone
Just wanted to make a short post to let you know that I have been working on some things, nothing big but making some changes and reflecting on my home and what it means to me.

What is it about the kitchen that draws everyone there?  Is it the food?  Is it because the hostess/host is  there and people gather around to visit with her?  Is it because we love the homey feeling it brings just to be around the smells and sounds of something cooking?  I wonder.  If you notice, every time there is a party or get together, people seem to end up in the kitchen.

I love the kitchen.  It is my place to be creative with food and in some cases, not so creative.  I love new recipes and I love my old recipes.  Those traditional ones that I learned from my mom and carried over and prepare for my family.  I love that they enjoy them as well.  I love that my grandchildren enjoy them now too.

I love teaching my granddaughter to make cookies and pies and the benefits of eating healthy and why we eat certain foods and why certain foods are not good for us and I also love that she knows she can have whatever she wants in GRANDMA'S KITCHEN.


Cooking for my family is something I truly enjoy.  I know many women feel it is such a chore but to me it is a blessing.  I feel that I am giving them food to nourish their bodies and help them be healthy and in this way I bless them each day.  I am responsible for serving my family food and in this act of service to them I try to find joy in the love I feel for them. 

 Ladies as we serve our families, we are demonstrating an act of love.  Even if you prepare a quick meal, serve it in love. Don't just toss it on the table and let everyone fend for themselves.  Use nice dishes, set the table, take a few minutes to make sure everything is set correctly.  This is a good time to teach the younger children.  Also use your silverware, save the plastic spoons and forks for a picnic.  Your family should be treated as the special people they are.  Don't save your best for the guests.  After all who are the most important people in your life, are they your guests?  Use nice things for your family, they deserve it.

I love candles and use them whenever I can, especially at meal time.  You will be surprised how it changes the mood.  Try it on your little ones.  Light some candles at dinner time and see if their mood changes and calms them down.

Again, I love the kitchen.  I love everything that makes up a kitchen.  I enjoy being there and cooking good meals for family and friends. 

I'm trying to pass down my love of cooking to my daughter and granddaughter.  I hope that one day they will realize what a blessing it is to serve their families with joy and love.

Until next time may you find joy in the meals you prepare remembering that your service to your family is a  gift of love, give it freely. 

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

DOUBLE CHOCOLATE WALNUT BISCOTTI

Hi everyone, glad to see that some of you stayed with me after my long, long absence.  I think I lost a few readers along the way but hopefully I'll pick up some newbees and maybe my long-lost followers will return.  I did get some requests for the biscotti recipe so I'll post it for all to enjoy.  I think it was a Barefoot Contessa Recipe so I can't take the credit for it but all I can say is try it and you'll love it.

INGREDIENTS
2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 stick (6 tablespoons) unsalted butter, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1 cup walnuts chopped
3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1 tablespoon confectioners sugar

Preheat oven to 350F and butter and flour a large baking sheet.

In a bowl whisk flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt.  In another bowl with an electric mixer beat together butter and granulated sugar until light and fluffy.  Add eggs and beat until combined well.  Stir in flour mixture to form a stiff dough.  Stir in walnuts and chocolate chips. 

On prepared baking sheet with floured hands form dough into two sightly flattened logs, each 12 inches long and 2 inches wide (don't flatten too much or your biscotti will be too flat since these don't really rise that much.)

Bake logs 35 minutes or until slightly firm to the touch.  Cool biscotti on baking sheet 5 minutes.

On cutting board cut biscotti diagonally into 3/4 inch slices.  Arrange biscotti cut sides down on baking sheet and bake until crisp about 10 minutes.  Cool biscotti on a rack.  Biscotti keep in airtight containers 1 week and will freeze well for about 1 month.  ENJOY.

Let me know if you make these and how you like them.  I'll be back soon.  Until then, may you enjoy all the blessings in your life because nothing should be taken for granted.

Hugs
Kathy

Friday, January 6, 2012

STILL HERE

Hi Everyone, just wanted to let you know I'm still here.  A lot has happened over the last few months.  For one thing I've finally retired from 46 years of working outside the home and can't believe the freedom I feel right now not having to answer to a boss.  My time is now my own and I love it.  My husband is also retired and we are enjoying life as much as we can.  Of course we have had to scale back on things but it is worth it.  We are loving the free time to volunteer with our church and other community activities and to be available for our family when they need us.  Best part is we are here for our granddaughter whenever she wants to visit like during Christmas vacation.
We had such a good time.  I taught her how to sew and she started making a very simple quilt.  We also worked on other crafts and just spent some good quality time together.  I love being a grandma.

I have also been doing many of the things around my home that have been overlooked because of my lack of time.  You know all those tedious things like cleaning out drawers, replacing shelf lining, arranging and organizing pantry shelves, closets and throwing away all those extra items we accumulate.  I really needed a lot of time to accomplish that.

I have been neglecting my blog because of being busy with different chores around my home.  I'm hoping to get back to blogging on a more regular basis soon.  I would like to add pictures of my home and some of the changes we've made. I am not a very good photographer but I do the best I can.  Hopefully 2012 will be better and I'll have more pictures to show together with some recipes and other organization ideas for you.  There are so many ideas floating around in my head but putting them all down is another matter.

Here is a picture of some chocolate brownie biscotti I made that are absolutely to die for.  They are not dry like regular biscotti and are fantastic especially if you like to dip them in your coffee.  If anyone wants the recipe let me know.  If I get enough responses I'll post it. These are fabulous.
It looks like a bite was take out on the right side but that was just a piece that broke off.  Believe me, I wanted to bite it but thought that would be too tacky.  These are pretty easy to make too. 

I hope to write more often and keep this blog going.  I wish all of you are very blessed New Year and may you all enjoy good health and prosperity.

Until next time

Hugs
Kathy

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Been Gone Too Long

Where did the time go?  Somehow the summer has gone by so fast.  I can't believe my last post was for Mother's Day and now Labor Day is almost here.  This is just a short post now to let you know I'm still alive and well.  I've made a few changes in my life and I want to share those with you.  I will be making a longer post with pictures and details a little later on but wanted to let you know that I haven't stopped blogging or disappeared, just had a hiatus and did some soul searching, making some decisions affecting my life, all good, all positive allowing me some opportunities to reach out in other directions and areas I've always wanted to. 

Please come back for the details and some pictures of what I've been up to.  It has been a long very, very hot summer here in California and we are still in the midst of a heat wave.  Today at least it is down to 97.  Yeah, I know that is still hot but better than 107 which we had over the weekend.

I hope you all stick with me because I think you'll enjoy some of the changes I hope to incorporate into my blog. 

Until next time, stay safe, be good to one another and help those in need when you can.
Hugs,
Kathy

Friday, May 6, 2011

Honoring Motherhood

In honor of Mother's Day, I wanted to do a post as my way of honoring all moms, grandmas, great grandmas, stepmoms, moms to be and all those who have the "momitude".  Often there are those women who just take on that role of "mothers" giving advice, helping out, acting like moms but not really moms at all.  We love you too. 

Unfortunately my own mom passed away over 20 years ago and her death has left a void in my life.  If you have lost your mom, you know what I mean.  They may be gone physically but still they are in your heart.  There is nothing like a mother's love.  It seems though we never appreciate all our moms did and who they were until we are moms ourselves.   We finally realize the sacrifice and devotion it takes to raise responsible children, to nuture them, teach them right from wrong, and help them through the disappointments and rejections in life.  It isn't a job it is a vocation that never takes a day off.

If you are a mom, grandma or any of the above, I praise you for all you do.  The days are long and the work is endless.  It is the hardest job on the planet but the rewards are worth it.  You get to be part of watching another human being develop and grow into an adult.  You get to share in their journey from infancy into womanhood or manhood.  You are part of the miracle of birth or are blessed to be parents to someone elses child.  

Then, of course, there are days when you seem invisible.  You work hard and nobody seems to notice.  Or those times when you make a great meal and all you get are complaints.  I feel your pain.  I wish you comfort when you feel sad because you have a sick child and feel so helpless.  I offer you a cup of joy when you finally get the laundry all done and you want to shout with glee but nobody cares.  I have for you a box of tissues when you are in tears because you just found out you have to make 5 dozen cupcakes for your son's school tomorrow and it is 7:00 p.m.  For all the times you've held a crying baby and walked the floor, I give you a medal of honor and some Tylenol PM to take when you are 60 years old because that's probably the only time you'll get a good night's sleep again. 

When I had my first child, I was very young compared to today's standards.  I loved being a mom and still do.  It is my greatest joy.  I never wanted a career or to be famous just to be somebody's mom.  I love babies and little children but those little children don't stay little for very long. They grow up and get married.  So what starts out as being a mom can lead to becoming a grandma.  All the hard work of raising your own children was well worth it when your child blesses you with a grandchild. When you hold that grandbaby in your arms for the first time, there are no words to describe the feeling. 

My granddaughter Hannah is now 11 and such a blessing in my life.  I couldn't wish for a sweeter, more loving granddaughter than her.  She has the heart of an angel.  She is so sensitive to others and very caring and loving.  I am so touched by the things she does and says.  She has many talents and is gifted in her school work as well as in drawing. I pray that she will always keep the sweet spirit that dwells within her.
So in honor of Mother's Day I want to leave you with this poem that I've had for a very, very long time.  I don't know who wrote it but I feel it is appropriate.  Your children are everything, but wait, the other surprise is just around the corner.

The Love and Devotion I Gave To My Child
I Thought I Could Give To No Other
But Life Had A Wonderful Surprise For Me
The Day I Became A Grandmother

I wish you all a very blessed Mother's Day and may it be filled with the love of your family who will shower you with appreciation for each and every thing you do.  May you have a day of peace and tranquility, relaxation and pampering as you deserve the best.  Without mothers, our world would never know the true meaning of unconditional love.

Until next time, remember a mother's love is never failing, never lacking and always present.
Hugs
Kathy