Planner Updates for Ashley & Rachel


Things change and so do planner routines.  Ashley and Rachel have both made some changes and I thought it was time to share them with you. Let’s start with Ashley. Ashley has been using a planner for a couple of years but it took her a few tries to figure out what she wanted and needed.  A few absolutes for her include: Portable size (Filofax personal works well); Colorful pages – she … [Read more...]

The Perfect Tool for Measuring Small Amounts of Liquids

Mini Measure

I might have an addiction to measuring containers. I’ll admit I have more than a few but I use them all!  I recently went through my collection and got rid of anything I didn’t use – it wasn’t much!  Seriously, I use them all! But my new favorites are these glass Mini Measures.  I saw them on the shelf at Target a while back and was instantly in love.  I wasn’t sure I would … [Read more...]

Too Much of a Good Thing Can Be a Bad Thing!


My Labrador retriever has a special kind of coat that doesn't require a lot of maintenance. Regular brushing is a must but too many baths are a bad thing. There are actually lots of things where too much is too much. Like: Spending Eating Drinking Talking Cleaning Yes, I said "cleaning." For years I've had a cleaning schedule that worked really well. Cleaning tasks were done on a … [Read more...]

Progress Report: Fixer Upper Week 56

house exterior

Well, the truck is back but not in time to get anything done on the house this week.  While it was gone and our hands were tied, David spent some time at our daughter and son-in-law’s house blowing in insulation and replacing some very leaky windows. Now we’re back to work on the house but I decided to make you wait a few weeks to see the results.  So I’ll be back with an update the first … [Read more...]

What’s For Dinner (No. 148)


I went to the store last week with a pretty pathetic menu plan.  It looked like this: 1- Best Ever Meatloaf, Refrigerator Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans 2- Salmon, Brown Rice, Steamed Vegetables 3- Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup 4- Bacon, Ham & Egg Hash Here’s what I actually made: Monday Dinner @ Waldo Pizza followed by Christmas shopping Tuesday Oven Baked Omlette w/bacon & … [Read more...]

Why I Write Boring Blog Post Titles

Post Titles

I read an article recently about how blog post titles need to be something special in order to get the reader’s attention.  I’ve also heard from a few of you (really just two) that my blog post titles are a little boring.  But I’m okay with that and here’s why. I don’t intend for you to read every single post I write unless you just want to. So I make my titles very clear so you know whether … [Read more...]

Brussels Sprouts with Bacon

Brussels Sprouts with Bacon

Bacon makes everything better and it certainly made these Brussels sprouts delicious! Ingredients: 3 slices bacon, chopped 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 shallot, chopped 1-1/2 pounds Brussels sprouts, trimmed, small sprouts left whole, larger sprouts halved Salt & pepper, to taste 1 cup chicken broth Directions: Brown bacon in a medium skillet over medium-high heat.  Remove … [Read more...]