i’m so happy to finally be sharing this news!



Merry Christmas … Life is a gift

Merry Christmas from my family to yours – what a wonderful year we had!



{Our Favorite – Grandma Gilford’s Applesauce}

fall 2013 apples  Apples to Applesauce…

Apples Cooking

Fall 2013


{read me a story – tuck me in tight}


    Never a good way to start the weekend!


{Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies}

DSCN1813 (640x449)Ingredients
• 1 cup butter, softened
• ¾ cup packed brown sugar
• ¼ cup sugar
• 1 package (3.4 ounces) instant vanilla pudding mix
• 2 eggs
• 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
• 2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
• 1 teaspoon baking soda
• 2 cups (12 ounces)semisweet chocolate chips
• 1 cup finely chopped walnuts

1. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar, until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in pudding mix and vanilla. Combine flour and baking soda; gradually add to the creamed mixture and mix well. Stir in chocolate chips and walnuts (dough will be stiff).
2. Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls 2 in. apart onto ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 350° for 8-15 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove to wire racks to cool.

Source: acozyplacecalledhome.com (via Taste of Home – Originally published as Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies in Best of Country Cookies 1999, p27)


{Autumn is Among Us!!}

I hope you are all snuggled up with a good book and a glass of wine!  I am…   xoxo


{read me a story – tuck me in tight}

The Husband's Secret

OMG, this book just left me speechless! This book is about three separate lives that are all somehow connected & how one ripple effect can change everyone’s life… Definitely one of the best books that I have read this year!



Stuart and I were playing in the kitchen one morning when something caught our eye out the window.





{two terrific years}


It’s amazing how fast time goes when you are in love with your best friend.  This past year was full of memories and new beginnings and I look forward to many years to come.



{Happy Happy Happy!!! Are you enjoying your summer?}

remember…..you don’t have to “do it all”…..keep it simple!