Think Spring!

Hi, friends. It’s the first week of spring, and I don’t know about you but I’m ready for it! I can see my star magnolia bursting through the buds and the other trees in the neighborhood gradually turning green. The promise of spring is growth and awakening – how awesome that nature can remind us of all there is to love in the world.

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In Live

An Open Letter to 2016

As we ring in the new year, we can’t help but reflect on the past and think about our futures.  It is like closing one chapter in a book and opening another.  We think about what went right, what went wrong, what we completed, where we could do better, who we loved, who we lost, etc.  And I probably think about these things more than most, as I am a self-proclaimed analyzer – constantly seeking to understand and improve myself and my connection to others.
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Not Your Mom’s Chicken Noodle Soup

Today would have been my mom’s 76th birthday, she passed away in June. I’m so sad I can’t talk to her anymore, and I miss her like crazy. But I know she lives on in my heart and in my memories of her. And this week I wanted to feel especially close to her memory, and I often do that through cooking. She never thought of herself as a good cook, but there are certain dishes she made that were unique to her and my dad’s heritage and she made them even more special to us by adjusting to our tastes.
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Summertime Mantel Decor

They say that August is the Sunday of summer and boy am I sure feeling that this year. And I might even say that August is Sunday morning and September is Sunday night, ha! Summer usually comes a little late in Ohio and this year was no different, including rainfall until the end of June really. What that means is that summer feels like it’s in full swing right now and not ending anytime soon. I pretty much love all things fall but given 75F days versus rain, I will take the sunny day. And what that means is that I usually have my fall decorations, my Christmas decorations up all later than everyone else.

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