What will my “word for 2010” be? (one little word–inspired by ali edwards)
In 2008, I began my new lifestyle of counting calories, working out, and getting healthy & strong.
So, for 2009, I wanted to “refocus & renew”. Not on my physical, but my spiritual.
As I began to think about my word for 2010…I finally decided upon “stretch”.
I tried to think of a word that sums up how I want to live in 2010. (This goes along with my “40 till 40”, not as lessons learned, but learning.)
How does the word stretch apply?
What’s your ‘word’ for 2010?
|Whew! Like I had mentioned before, I received my first scrapbooking kit from Studio Calico last week, so I finally sat down and scrapped! Lots of layouts…lots of scrappy goodness!!!! And, obviously, 36 more days until I turn 40!!|
|Stop & smell the coffee I’m not sure this qualifies as a lesson I’ve learned in my 40 years, but it’s something that I’ve grown to appreciate. The little things. Things that some people take for granted, or overlook,
I take great joy in.
Like, fresh hot coffee.
or snow days.
or Sunday drives.
or homemade cookies fresh from the oven.
or Christmas music.
or snuggling up on the couch with a good book/laptop & my favorite pet beside me.
or a date with my hubby, even if it’s just going to get coffee…
or happy time spent with my teen.
or sitting on my swing in the sunshine.
or lunch with friends.
The little things in life make me happy.
Proverbs 14:30 “A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones.”
Proverbs 17:22 “A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.”
**Speaking of snow days, today is a snow day!!!! Enjoying my coffee as I type. Received my first Studio Calico monthly scrapbooking kit yesterday, so I am planning on scrapping a lot today!!! Tune in tomorrow after 40 till 40 and hopefully I will have some scrappiness to post!
|As we know, I love coffee. I recently have discovered homemade biscotti. Last year, my sister-in-law surprised me with her homemade chocolate biscotti…it was AMAZING!!!! Never before had I tasted a biscotti that I liked, but hers was out-of-this-world. So, there was hope. Store bought biscotti is nothing compared to homemade.
This Christmas, my mom made biscotti for the celebration. Her recipe was delicious also. You can find it here, Chocolate Chip Biscotti, (she omitted the hazelnuts, because of food allergies). I admit, I am not a ‘fruit with my chocolate’ kind of person, but this biscotti was really good.
Tonight, I wanted to make some biscotti for a friend’s birthday, so I checked out the Betty Crocker website and found this one for Mocha Biscotti.
I altered it a bit, here is my version:
Ingredients for Biscotti :
Ingredients for Chocolate Drizzle :
*Recipe claims to make 3 1/2 dozen. I must slice them extremely large because my recipe only produced about 16. I could slice them in half, but I’m giving them as a gift and I want them to be large and pretty.
*This recipe was made nut-free by omitting the almonds and checking all ingredients for allergens.
*Nutritional values are on the Betty Crocker website.
I haven’t been on the treadmill since my bout with the stomach flu, but chilly weather makes me want to bake, so I better get back on it!
|For those of you that may remember our yearly toilet paper roll exchange, here’s what happened this year.
(For those of you that have NO idea what I am talking about, you can read about it from my post last Christmas…to sum it up, my dad & I have been passing back & forth the same TP roll since 1988…read the story here.)
It was my turn this year. I had totally forgotten about it until about a week before Christmas. Well, in order to stump my dad, I knew I better get thinking.
I remembered a post that I had seen on a blog about making fabric Christmas trees….uh-huh, that’s it!
Here are the easy instructions to make a Fabric Christmas Tree:
My dad has a strong passion for supporting our troops overseas, and his home office is done in red-white-blue, so that is why I chose to use those colors, as oppose to traditional Christmas colors.
For my tree, my hubby hollowed out the center of the foam, so that the TP roll could easily be inserted and hidden.
It worked! I gave my dad this gift for his office on the 21st and after celebrating Christmas on the 25th, I had to give him a clue in order for him to find it!
We will see what he comes up with for next year!