Books are Beautiful…Reading is Spectacular!

It’s articles like this that reminds me of how dedicated my parents were in making sure I loved books and that I had every possibility of becoming an early reader. They read to me every night beginning when I was a baby through my elementary years.

I knew when I had children we would be surrounded by books! Here are some favorites…


We fell in love with Biscuit during Paige’s Kindergarten year.


Cody loved Clifford and My First Little House Series. Paige was a Pigeon fan! Jenna enjoys these books. The American Girl book, Danger at the Zoo is one of my favorites. I enjoy these books as much as the kids do.

If you ask a child if he or she likes school or wants to count or sing their ABC’s and they reply with a yes, there’s a good chance they’ve been raised in a home surrounded by books and the sound of reading. It’s never too early to start, read to those babies as soon as they are born and never quit. You won’t regret it!

Toddler Breakfast Cookies

These tiny toddler cookies aren’t overly sweet and are dense and non-crumbly.

2 packs Quaker Flavored Oats(I used Apple Cinnamon)

1/2 cup all purpose flour

1 large egg

1/4 cup softened butter or margarine

1 tsp vegetable oil

Stir together dry ingredients then add the wet ingredients. When combined, roll into 1 1/2 inch balls, then flatten on a buttered baking sheet. Bake at 325 degrees for 10 minutes(oven times and temps can vary greatly). Makes 9 little cookies. All ages will enjoy them!



Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the Earth. – Matthew 5:5 NKJV

Baby Portobello Brown Gravy


1 Container Baby Portobellos

2 tbsp Butter or Margarine

2 tsp A1 Sauce

1 tbsp Brown Sugar

1 packet Brown Gravy Mix

1 cup water

Slice mushrooms, add to sizzling butter in sauté pan(extra large pan to promote sauté and not steaming)cook over high heat for 7-10 minutes, stirring constantly. Add A1, brown sugar, gravy mix and water, stir and cook 2-3 minutes, place in gravy bowl or other pretty dish(looks fab in white) 🙂 serve, enjoy!


Novice? Not Actually

This photo was taken several years ago before I allowed this beautiful bag I knitted and felted sit around, get all dusty and eventually tossed out with the trash. Sickening and heartbreaking. I’d carry it right now, proudly in public.


Now I appreciate my talents, I know it’s the little things that make big dreams come true and for me, my big dream has always been self confidence, self love and self admiration/appreciation.

For years, I’d walk and walk, knowing that it helps me mentally and physically but this week I decided to run instead. Yes, it’s harder but I found my groove, my inspiration is hearing the dogs barking way across the town blocks, thinking, “Man, I was just there!” then passing that same dog a few minutes later. Pure joy! Feeling my muscles working is a great feeling and look at all the time I save by running two laps instead of walking six! Novice? Not actually! 🙂

God Bless your Sunday!