Thursday, December 31, 2015


Cousins are strange things. They can be many things to all of us. They can be friends. They can be people we spend quality time with for a few days every few years. Or they can be total strangers and mysteries to us.

After our siblings they are often the first group of individuals that teach us about how relationships work. If we are fortunate enough to be the same age, we often spend some time with them during the early years of our lives. And they can be some of those cherished childhood memories.

But one thing about them is that if one of them dies there is something inside of you telling you something is wrong. It doesn't matter if you were close or just people that you talked to at family gatherings. Cousins are one of those strange connections to some of the foundations in our lives. They remind us that we are connected to a group of people other than those we live with and see daily.

That strange something wrong feeling happened to me this week. My cousin Rob passed away this week. Rob and I weren't particularly close, but we were the same age. He was 3 months younger than me.

So since we were the same age, it feels a little odd to think that he is no longer with us. Since I learned of his death I have thought about time that I spent with him. Most of it during visits to my grandparents during the summer. And then those occasional visits his parents made to our home growing up.

I thought about times at the swimming pool and times where we were just playing childhood games at my grandparents home. I thought about the time he came with his family to visit us in Kansas. He found a box of baseball cards that I had. He went through them and told me he wanted to buy some of them. He then asked me where I got them all. And I replied you gave them to me. The look on his face was priceless.

I have thought about the times at family gatherings when he made a point to come over and talk to me. And he always wanted to know what was going on in my life. He always made me feel like he wanted to know me as a person. He wasn't just making small talk like so many individuals do at those gatherings.

So as this week moves on and a memorial service will be held in his honor. There is something special that will be missing at that memorial. The person who always had a smile, a joke, and wanted to know what was going on in my life won't be there. He will be missed.

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

There's No In Between

I once had a friend who told me there's no in between with you. You either have the world's greatest luck or the world's worst luck. There is just no middle ground. Now his statement is a bit exaggerated, but there is a little bit of truth in it. Anybody who knows me knows weird things do happen to me. 

I mean how many people do you know who have gone to the public library. Set their coat on a chair, and well when I turn around there is no coat. And then when I go to get in the car there is no car because the car keys were in the coat pocket. Yep, it happened to me. 

Or how many people know someone who goes into an arcade with machines that give out tokens. They stand next to a machine that you can win tokens in. The person doesn't even put anything in the machine to win. And then all of the sudden the machine starts shooting out tokens. Yep, it happened to me. 

Well, today was one of those days when the bad things happened. I received a phone call from my mother stating that my cousin died. Thankfully, I asked for an extra day off this week so I might be able to go to the funeral. I am feeling sad, and well a little less than motivated. But I convince myself that I did need to get a few things completed today. I don't have time to just sit around feeling sorry for myself. So I get myself dressed, and I go out to my car. And this is what I see.

Yes, someone broke the window on my car. And those Doc Martens I got such a great deal on are gone. 

So today has been when of those down days for me, but tomorrow is a new day. And I'm sure it will bring new bright and new opportunities.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

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Have you jumped on the quinoa bandwagon yet? This gluten-free, high fiber, complete protein of a grain has become mainstream and quite popular over the last couple of years, especially among vegans and hipster people like me. Nevertheless, it's been a fairly recent addition to my menu plan, and so far I've only used it as a savoury replacement for rice or pasta.

Homemade Peppermint Lotion Bars! Homemade lotion bars are a wonderful way to condition your skin and impart a fresh, light scent.  As you rub the bar across your skin, body heat gently melts it until it absorbs. This leaves it soft and supple, without giving as thick a layer as lotion does. 

The past week and a half has been one huge emotional roller coaster for me and my family. My sister has a terminal illness. She has had it since birth and it has progressively gotten worse over the years. Last Tuesday evening, we got a call. It was a hospital saying they had a set of lungs for her. By Wednesday, she was in surgery for the transplant. 
My sister and I are incredibly close.

Hello everyone!  Today is a big day--I'm finally sharing the room reveal that I've been working on for the last few months.  I had a lot of fun with this room (how can designing a sweet nursery not be fun??).  It turned out much differently than my original plans, but I'm very happy with how it all came together.

Nuts and Berries is a light, fruity cocktail. Perfect for practically any season. It uses hazelnut liqueur, raspberry liqueur, and almond milk. 

I don’t remember how, but Zach discovered this nuts and berries cocktail while we were in college and it’s one of his favorite things. (In fact, most of his favorite cocktails involve milk or cream, somehow.) It’s easy to make and it doesn’t require much alcohol, so you’ll get more for the money you spend.

It’s also quite tasty.

Making Monkey Bread has kind have been a family tradition in our household. I’ve been making it ever since I was a little girl, baking with my grandma. I used to love making it because I could get my hands dirty, and it was so fun smooshing the dough into the pan. It was the best, man!

Hey there! Welcome to my Christmas home tour for 2015. This tour is going to be on the smaller side this year. As I’m sure you’ve noticed, I’m posting this way late this year due to a lot of great and unexpected opportunities with the blog, which has been wonderful! But it was also due to a lack of planning on my part, which is not so wonderful. The silver lining is that I have learned a LOT about blogging this year, and I am excited to tackle the next year with a solid plan in place!

Hello everyone! I hope you have been enjoying the Mitten Drive CAL. If you are just beginning, be sure to join the Facebook Group. This charitable CAL is organized by the lovely Sonya from Blackstone Designs. We all love to crochet, so why not make a huge pile of mittens to donate to people in need!? Along with these Snowfall Crochet Mittens, you will also get 14 other FREE mitten patterns! Be sure to check each of them out, they are all so lovely (scroll to the bottom). And don’t forget to check out the nice and easy PDF download (also at the bottom). 

This Sugar Cookie Bread Pudding is ridiculously good!  Top with whipped cream and sprinkles for the perfect treat with your morning coffee!  This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of WhiteWave Foods. The opinions and text are all mine.

The Grinch is a mean one. He doesn’t like Christmas nor does he like cookies. And that is ENTIRELY OKAY. Because, that means more cookies for you and me! SCORE! So let’s whip a batch of Crinkly, Cranky, Grinch Cookies in his honor and devour them! Sound good? I think so too!

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