Friday, March 14, 2014

Happy “Pi” Day!!!

     So I had plans of having a beautiful pie to celebrate “Pi” Day & sharing a recipe and photo with you, and then today happened.  Last night I made a beautiful pie in the hopes of kicking off the weekend with a pie and a nice book.  Sadly, my little dog had the same idea, she too apparently had a craving for pie.

     While she is pretty cute with pie crumbs covering her mouth, I have to admit I was frustrated!   After all it was MY pie!  Is anything sacred any more?  I mean really?  It just shows that sometimes you have to roll with the punches.  So Pi Day was a flop this year, I guess I will have to find another holiday to celebrate.  After all Monday is St. Patrick’s Day! Wear your green!  Any pet disasters in your kitchen?

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Keep Going, Keep Believing and ENJOY the Journey…

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     What a whirlwind the past couple months have been.  Starting over and rebuilding is hard work, its an adjustment, but I have to say most importantly I am happy.  I may be working like crazy to pay the bills and stress over finances, but I am happy, and I am living and looking forward to the future.
    
     Something that has always been important to me is having my home a sanctuary a place where you feel safe, and a refuge from the word.  I love being able to organize my new place and have my own corner of the universe.  Each day I look for new ways to make my home even more “mine”  Sometimes you find the little things that make you smile and make each day that much sweeter.  I am learning to appreciate the simple things more and more every day. 

Saturday, January 4, 2014

The Adventures of one VERY broke Single Girl…

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     You know what they never tell you in school?  What to do when plan A doesn’t work and you have to rebuild your life.  Yeah I am looking at you high school economics teacher…we never covered that.
    
     They never tell you that spare change can become a hot commodity and that your mathematic skills will be taxed to the highest level as you try to make all of your ends meet.  As all of you now know I am in the rebuilding process.  Trying to establish a new life and take care of everything as the divorce continues on.  It is an adventure let me tell you.
    
     Everyone loves a broke single girl right?  Right???  Well now at 33 I find myself trying to figure out just how all of this is going to work out.  Don’t get me wrong, I am very blessed and I am very happy, but I am learning more and more about stretching a dollar. After paying all of my bills (which I swear there are too many of) there is only a very small amount left.  As much as I would love to spend it and get myself something nice, right now is a time of saving not spending.  I have to build my nest egg, so I do have something for whenever that “Rainy Day” comes that everyone talks about.
    
     Starting over is not cheap, setting up an new home/apartment/townhome etc., not cheap, divorce DEFINITELY NOT cheap.  However I have to say it is very rewarding as I provide for myself and get my own home in order.  After all your home should always be your haven, and your sanctuary.  It is actually really fun creating my sanctuary, my creativity is being tested as I try to do it all on the cheap…the dirt poor cheap.
    
     I read a lot of blogs, and do a lot of research on my projects, some of the articles make me laugh.  One tells me how I can organize my pantry for under $500.00….yeah since that is totally in my budget.   Or the blog I read claiming to be for starving college students that showed how to make $200.00 last for your clothing allowance every month.  I don’t remember having that type of budget when I was in college….hmmm…  In everything I do I try to keep it real, so I want to add more of my real life into my posts, you will see exactly what I do to make ends meet and how I still find ways to have a fabulous life while be incredibly frugal.
    
     I try to write articles that are useful, and I do try to share some of my life adventures with you, and pledge to do better in that regard.  So for 2014 I want to be more self sufficient and able to do so much more.  I have skills that I want to learn and develop and I want to share all of that with you.  2014 will have a different focus than I have stressed before, it will be all about the simple life and making the most of what resources you do have.
    
     So come along and read my adventures as I try to figure this all out and rebuild.   Its going to be a crazy adventure!

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Finding A Happy Heart in 2014…

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     Happy 2014!!!  I hope that all of you had a happy and safe New Years!  It seems that today everyone is reflecting on 2013 and making wishes for the upcoming year. 
    
     2013 was a year with many ups and downs, highs and lows, and so many learning opportunities.  I have so many goals for 2014, more that you will be hearing about in future posts.  I have so many goals for myself and for this blog this year.  One of my focuses for 2014 is having a happy heart.  I have thought so much about what true happiness is and where happiness comes from.
    
     2013 was an interesting year with so many life changes, but some of my happiest moments of 2013 were the moments I got to spend with my Grandma in a nursing home.  Earlier in 2013 my Grandma needed to move into a nursing home, I have had the blessing of being able to go and see her pretty much every day.    We have been able to share so many laughs and memories together.  It has been such a blessing to hear her stories and spend time together and create new memories together.   Family time is so precious and I hope that 2014 gives all of us lots of opportunities to be with the ones we love.
    
     Hopefully 2014 is a year to look beyond myself and to find ways to serve and strengthen others, and to make a difference.  I am always the happiest when I am giving and making things better for those I love, I hope that is something I can do better at in the year to come.  What are your focuses for the upcoming year?  Where do you want to grow and develop?  2014 is going to be an amazing year, I can feel it!

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Crossing into 2014...

     Well, it goes without saying that I have been in a time of transition and change, but I am surviving and will be better for all of it, at least I hope and pray that is the case.  I have always felt that the week between Christmas and New Years is a tremendous opportunity for reflection.  What a year that 2013 has been, its been rocky to say the least, but it has had some beautiful moments as well.  I have so many hopes and dreams and goals for 2014.

     As I reflect on everything that has happened in 2013 it is overwhelming, and I hope to soon have my feet on solid ground again and back better than ever.  As I sit and think of 2013 I can focus only on one thing and that is how very blessed that I am.  I have the best family that any girl could ever ask for.  I have parents that are the best I could have ever dreamed of and brothers and sister in laws that stand by me no matter what happens.  And the world's funniest Grandma, and the cutest nieces and nephews in the world.  I have amazing friends, and the cutest dog ever.  I am blessed.  While I am re-grouping and figuring so many things out as the divorce proceedings go on, I become more and more aware of just how lucky I am.

     Every year I try to focus on something, 2014 I want to be a year focusing on gratitude and acknowledgement of my blessings.  Due to my current situation it will have to be a simple year where I focus completely on the simple things in life and being happy and grateful each day for the blessings I have.

     I hope that all of you had an amazing Christmas!  I had a very nice Christmas and I will be writing more about in in the next few days.  The past couple months I haven't written much as you can see, I have been re-grouping and figuring out exactly where I am headed.  I am excited to say, I know where I am headed and however rocky the journey may be I am going to get there!

    Over the next few days you will hear lots more of my plans and goals for 2014 and I would love to hear your goals for change 2014.  Together I think that we can all have a great 2014!  

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Updates & Where Have I Been???

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     Wow, where to begin?  Its been a whirlwind since I last wrote that is for sure, so let me bring you up to speed on a few things.
    
     There is sadly, no longer a Mr. Love From Scratch anymore.  Since my last blog entry I have moved out and filed for divorce.  This really is not the place to air dirty laundry, so I will just leave it at that.  I wish him nothing but the best as he moves forward and I pray for the strength as I move onward and upward and rebuild.
    
     This time of year is always my favorite.  I love Thanksgiving and the chance it gives me to reflect on all of my many blessings. This year I have so much to be grateful for, I am so very blessed.  It is a wonderful time of year and I am blessed far beyond what I feel I deserve. 
    
     I am sorry this post is short, so much more is coming, I am thankful for all of you and I am so happy to be back!  Life is a journey, and I am hanging on for every twist and turn of the ride.

Friday, September 13, 2013

And the Results are in! Luca Wins as America’s Next Masterchef!!!

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    What a season it has been for Masterchef!  I have to say I loved this season, and found the season very inspiring.  As all of you already know by now Luca won.  I was hoping that he would win for so many reasons, but especially because of the story of his journey to Masterchef.
    
     On Season 3 he was the last person eliminated before the contestants enter the Masterchef kitchen.  He was admonished to keep cooking and to try again for Season 4.  He could have so easily said that he had already given it his best effort and moved on.  However, he showed humility and persistence, and took the judges advice.  He worked very hard that year, fine tuned his craft, and he came back and he WON!!!