1) Going through an old camera and finding memories stored away, forgotten, from summers past.
2) The deep and emotional photo journey through this artists time spent with his father. It's both inspirational and heartbreaking.
3) The fact that I'm a featured blogger today at Halftime Lessons for Mission: Monday. A fun site with a quippy writer (although PG-13) anda great prize giveaway today... all good things. Click over there and enter to win!
4) A current project by the authors of A Year of Mornings. Two friends, 3191 miles apart, posting a photo each evening. It's amazing to watch the wonderful sameness appear in so many of their 'Year of Evenings' photos.
5) Planning our upcoming (well just over 4 months away) five-year anniversary trip... and the Christmas present to wear, with a promise of a secluded tropical beach location.
"Be always at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let each new year find you a better man." ~Benjamin Franklin
I've never been a huge resolution maker, especially of the kind about weight or time in the gym. But I do like to give myself a fair share of goals, something that will always help the new year find me a better woman.
Merriment is in full swing in our home. Recitals, snow days, baking, chasing the kitty under the tree... all leading up to this week's festivities and parties with family and friends. I'm sure your house is getting warmed up and ready for all the merriment as well! I'm signing off for the week (unless I happen to share a great photo or two!).
Have a blessed and Merry Christmas, full of all the wonderful people you enjoy.
This is the delicious rum cake recipe my sister-in-law prepares every year, that was handed down to her from her mother... and I make this every Christmas since I so delightfully took it from her. Although, I do make it without the nuts...
This recipe is so good, and I will admit to hiding out in the kitchen to keep eating. I've had it for breakfast, lunch and dinner and it's always good. The best part, it's wonderfully easy!
1 box yellow cake mix
1/2 C water
1/2 C rum (any kind, dark or white)
1/2 C oil
1/4 C chopped nuts (this is the part of the recipe I don't use)
1 box vanilla pudding mix (unless the cake mix has it included already, many do)
Preheat oven to 325. Mix all ingredients (except nuts) for 2 minutes. Grease and flour bundt cake pan (or a spray for baking, much easier!), add nuts to bottom of pan, pour in cake batter and smooth. Bake for 50-55 minutes.
In a saucepan add...
11/2 sticks butter
1 C sugar
1/4 C rum
1/4 C water
When there are about 5 minutes remaining on the time for the cake, bring ingredients in saucepan to a simmer until sugar is dissolved. Remove cake from oven. Pour sauce immediately over cake in the pan. Take your time, you want to let it seep down the sides and pool at the bottom of the pan (the top of the cake). Let stand 20 minutes, flip onto plate.
When the day comes to a close, the soft blankets and pillows are calling your name... sometimes, you just need the perfect night cap. Fresh baked, rich chocolate that delights your senses and is washed down with a tall glass of cold milk. Ahhhhh. Don't you just love the winter season?
Can I even say it? I don't think I can... I just have to wipe this smile off my face for a minute. Long enough to pull a cute little sweater over my head, slip into a favorite pair of shoes... and I can't forget the lip gloss.
Ok, now I can say it. Today, my blog is featured over at The Secret is in the Sauce! I must say I'm pretty excited, and won't even mention the piles of laundry I have scheduled to complete today.
So, thank you for visiting this blog here, and have fun looking around. I'll humbly offer a few fun recent posts for you to check out if you'd like.
With the days whittling away before Christmas is here, I figured it was time to start wrapping... and oh what fun it was. I wanted to have a bit of vintage feel to the gifts this year. With my brown paper, music playing and a warm fire to accompany me, I got right to it.