Thursday, February 22, 2018

Counting it all Joy - February 22nd

  188  | lunch and shopping with my mom
  189  | soft and comfortable clothing
  190  | make-up for those days I wanted a pop of color
  191  | my calendar
  192  | homeschool curriculum (sooo much to choose from)
  193  | spinach salads
  194  | seeing a rainbow
  195  | chopsticks
  196  | painting with my girls
  197  | online classes
  198  | happy mail
  199  | a good night's sleep
  200  | a parking space in a busy lot
  201  | a day of magic through my daughters' eyes

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Pretzel Treats - Love is Sweet!

A little bit of salty pretzel, a kiss of chocolate, and cute messages of love to make an easy snack!


  • 1 - 9.5oz bag M&M's (pink, white & red) - I found "conversation" M&M's!
  • 1 bag of Square Pretzels - I used Snyder's of Hanover - non GMO
  • 1 - 11oz bag of Hershey Kisses


  (Preheat oven to 195°F.)

  1. On a cookie sheet, place a single layer of the square pretzels.
  2. Unwrap the Hershey Kisses and place 1 on each pretzel (flat side down).
  3. Bake in oven for about 5 minutes.
  4. Remove from oven, and while still hot, press an M&M into the chocolate.
  5. Refrigerate for about 30 minutes.
  6. ENJOY!

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

S'mores Snack - Handfuls of love!

A fun, super easy snack to throw together!


  • 1 - 10oz  box Teddy Grahams
  • 1 - 10oz  bag Miniature Marshmallows
  • 1 - 9.5oz bag M&M's (pink, white & red)


  1.  Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl.
  2.  Serve with LOVE!

Love is unexpected, filled with patience and kindness.  Love is forgiving and sacrificial.  Love never fails.  Love trusts.  Love is the pardon for all our shortcomings.  Love is hope in the darkness.

May we love one another as we have been loved!

"This is my commandment, that you love one another,

 as I have loved you."  John 15:12

FREE Printable ideas to make snack size bags to gift:

Monday, February 5, 2018

Little bits about me - Love

I really enjoyed writing out my January post, although very late!  February is a short, fun month of love, winter slow, and usually a better rhythm after the holidays and the busy beginning of the New Year.

1.  Kisses or Hugs?  - I save the kisses for my dear husband, but I love a snuggly warm hug!

2.  Candy or Flowers? - Flowers - the hand picked or wild ones.  I try to have a fresh bouquet on my table each week.

3.  Baking or Cooking? - Baking!!  

4.  Do you remember your first kiss?  I remember the one that matters most with my husband while we were dating.  He surprised me with a quick kiss on our porch and then ran because he was shy!  Love this!

5.  Favorite Color of Roses?  - I have a special spot for yellow roses because they remind me of my sister who passed away.  My favorite color though, is one I don't see too often,  - a coral color.

6.  Conversation Hearts, Yes or No? - I don't like much candy, so I'd have to say no. 

7.  Do you leave love notes? - Yes!  We leave love notes on our bathroom mirrors!  I also will drop little notes in my husband's lunch box.

8.  Do you decorate for Valentine's Day? - not really.  It's not a holiday that we really embrace.  Instead, we kind of incorporate themes for February like love and focus on that.

9.  Red or pink? - Neither really.  I'm more a rust or barn color - so probably more in the reds.

10.  Milk, White or Dark Chocolate - Hands down dark chocolate and add in a creamy caramel in the center and it's a special treat.

11.  Do you believe in love at first sight? - I believe that love grows, so while, I believe that there may be a spark that gets ignited, I think that love is something that needs a little more than a first glance.  It's the inside of each of us that matters.

12.  Do you give Humorous or Serious Valentine's cards? - We don't really do either.  If we do, I believe it would be more of the handmade type.

13.  Favorite Chick Flick or Romantic Movie? - Hmm.... I've usually classified the chick flicks as more the romantic type.  My choice would probably be romantic comedy - light hearted, fun, and the happily ever after.   I love a good thought-provoking drama, too, but they are harder to come by in the standard that I would approve for myself to watch.  I dislike the foul languages used.  My all time favorite movie that I watch every year with my girls is Anne of Green Gables.

14.  Stay in or Go Out? - Stay in with flannel pajamas, fuzzy socks, wrapped in a blanket, and take-out food so I don't have to cook!

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Counting it all Joy - February 1st

  168  | a new porch covering
  169  | gathered twigs in little hands for kindling
  170  | essential oils that helped with head colds
  171  | baby smiles
  172  | warm sunshine on a winter day
  173  | homemade chili
  174  | teamwork
  175  | shelves for our essential oils
  176  | Willow's surgery (a pet we fostered and are keeping)
  177  | flexible schedule with homeschooling
  178  | bottles of water for emergency
  179  | the sound of rain
  180  | evening coffee
  181  | sleeping in
  182  | hope
  183  | a walk under the canopy of a redwood forest
  184  | making s'mores by campfire
  185  | an email chat where I shared my vulnerable feelings
  186  | lunch with my mom & the delicious fresco salad
  187  | snow falling quietly and blanketing the ground



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