Here we are at the end of February and today is a beautiful, sunny, yet chilly day. When you think that Spring is never going to get here, suddenly you see something that makes you think “Spring is Right Around the Corner.”
While walking around our garden, I noticed that our daffodils are peeking out of the ground!!! I was so excited that I had to take a picture. Even though it is a little early, it means that Spring will be here soon!!! 🙂
So, here is to Springing into Spring!!!!! Hope you have a fantastic Saturday!!
One of our favorite things each year is putting up and decorating our Christmas tree!!! 🎄 This year, we decided to put our tree up on Thanksgiving and decorate it over the holiday weekend. Each ornament tells a little story!! We have ones from when we were married, our honeymoon, places we have traveled to and other ornaments we have collected along the way.
The best part about having our tree decorated is that we can enjoy the beautiful lights every night. It may sound silly, but we love it!!!!
Now that holiday season is here, I hope that you take time to enjoy the little things, whether it’s being with your spouse, spending time with family and friends, making that special recipe that reminds you of Christmas.
While drinking my coffee this morning, I started thinking about the importance of relaxation. It’s easy to forget to take time for yourself and recharge your batteries. We get so busy focusing on the day to day activities that we forget what’s truly important. First and foremost, taking time each day to thank the Lord for everything He has done for us and giving us another day is a start. Taking time to be with your spouse, enjoying nature that’s around you, cooking, baking, or working on your favorite hobby are other ways to relax.
For me, one of my favorite hobbies is crocheting. Being able to make a scarf for my husband, a baby blanket for a friend or just crocheting to have that last minute gift is enjoyable to me. Now that fall is here, I tend to crochet more as it gets colder. For some reason during the summer, my husband and I enjoy gardening so we are outside a lot and the crocheting slows down. Now that fall has arrived, out comes the yarn, my crocheting needles and a blanket that I’m working on. So, today, take a moment and relax and know that by taking some time for relaxation, it has many health benefits. There are many health studies that show that by taking time to relax each day, you significantly reduce your risk of heart disease amongst many other health benefits. So, in conclusion, as today is the first day of a great weekend, take time to enjoy it and find what helps you relax!!!!!
Wishing everyone a Happy Friday!! In my last post, I wrote about the Health Benefits of Pumpkin. But let’s be serious, we all have a sweet tooth!!! Below is my recipe for Pumpkin Cake with Cream Cheese Icing. Now I am particular about icing and this recipe is one that I absolutely love. Note – if you have someone in your life that loves baked goods, you may have to hide this cake or it will be gone in an instant.
• 2 cups all-purpose flour
• 2 cups sugar
• 2 teaspoons baking powder
• 1 teaspoon baking soda
• 1 teaspoon cinnamon
• 1 teaspoon nutmeg
• 1/2 teaspoon salt
• 1/2 teaspoon cloves
• 1 cup oil
• 2 cups pumpkin
• 4 eggs
• 2 cups powdered sugar
• 1/3 cup butter, softened
• 1 (3-oz.) pkg. cream cheese, softened
• 1 tablespoon almond milk
• 1 teaspoon vanilla
1. Heat oven to 350°F. Grease a 13 x 8 inch baking pan. In large bowl, combine all the ingredients; beat at low speed until moistened. Beat 2 minutes at medium speed. Pour into greased pan.
2. Bake at 350°F. for 25 to 30 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 45 minutes or until completely cooled. (NOTE: In large glass pyrex baking pan it takes me 43 minutes to bake.)
3. In small bowl, combine all frosting ingredients; beat until smooth. Spread over the cake once it’s cooled. Store in refrigerator.
I was sitting here today thinking how quickly time goes by. It’s been quite awhile since I’ve written anything for my blog and it seems at times that I can easily forget about writing. Part of achieving complete wellness is finding balance. In the hustle and bustle of today’s world, it is easy to lose sight of this. Think about what it would mean for you to have balance. What’s important to you? How do you spend your free time? For me, having balance incorporates having time for my business, being with my husband, having time alone with the Lord, having time to do things that I enjoy such as cooking, reading, exercising and of course, crocheting. 😊 Of course with that list, setting time in your schedule to do all these things is important.
So, how do you manage your time? How do you fit in what’s important to you and get the average day to day things done that we all need to do and still find time to do the things that you enjoy. Well, I have a little tip that has helped me with this and that involves mapping out my week on paper. Now I have fallen in love with the all the new planners out there in the local craft stores and how they can be used for multi purposes.
In other posts, I have mentioned that I’m a visual person, meaning that it’s easier for me if I am able to write things down so I can see it. Using a calendar or journal to write down the things you need to do in the upcoming week, things that are important to you and things you keep forgetting to do like exercise, spending 15 minutes cleaning out the junk drawer, spending time reading your favorite book and so on. It’s common to hear people say (and yes, I have said it too), “I just don’t have time to…..” Well, planning out your week, writing it down so you can visually see how you manage your time is important.
I hope this simple tip to help you manage your time and your free time helps! Here’s to achieving complete wellness in 2018!!!
There is a little crisp feeling in the air today and I thought to myself….”ahh, the beginning of fall.” I absolutely love the fall and all the feelings that the start of a new season brings. I immediately start thinking about fall recipes, pumpkins, pumpkin spice lattes, crocheting scarves, the leaves changing colors and so on. I start putting up the fall decorations, search my recipe file for my favorite soup recipes and pumpkin recipes. It is such an amazing feeling!!!
Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.
~ F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby
I also sit and think about how amazing God is and how he has created everything the surrounds us. So today, just take a moment to take in all that the beginnings of fall brings. Go outside, take a deep breath and thank God for all that he provides for us. Start a gratitude journal today and write down three things that you are grateful for and see how your positive thinking will increase.
So, here is to the joy that beginning of fall brings……..now go out their and enjoy it!!!
One word that is commonly used is the word teamwork. Most people hear that word and think about sports or working on a team. The key to teamwork for me is letting people know that you not only care about their needs but that you will be there to coach and help them every step of the way. There is a part of you that needs to be selfless when you are building relationships and a team. Creating a team takes time, dedication, effort and genuine caring. Think about the impact that you can have on someone’s life by helping them achieve their goals. Sometimes it is so rewarding to help someone else and the more people you help, the more satisfying and fulfilling your life will be.