Wednesday, December 30, 2009


I'm not a huge winter fan, but this past week has been absolutely fabulous!!!

Monday, December 14, 2009

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like...

This past weekend I FINALLY pulled out some Christmas decor and spruced up the house just a bit. It doesn't seem like it should be Christmas time already and I'm having a hard time getting prepared!!

Today we had quite a bit of snowfall...
While the snow fell, I hunkered down inside and got serious about some baking!

I found the recipe for these cookies here. They looked delicious, so I had to give them a try.
I'm not really sure what this is, but it has lots of caramel, chocolate and white chocolate. Looks edible!!

I'm looking forward to the kids coming home from college this weekend and we're going to do some serious shopping...yes, I'm THAT far behind!!

Friday, December 11, 2009

Two New Reviews

Aaahhhh! I have not been keeping up with this blog as I would like...

Since I started working this summer I cannot seem to accomplish as much as I would like, go figure! However, I have been doing a TON of reading ( new job is at the library). I have read nearly 50 books in the past 5 months. I received two books from Waterbrook Multnomah to review.

More Than A Match by Michael and Amy Smalley is an excellent read for any couple considering marriage. The Smalleys use many illustrations and stories from their own experiences. They are very straight forward and the reading is enjoyable. Beginning with 5 keys to compatibility, the authors move through several pertinent topics such as what to look for in a guy/girl, how to handle a relationship that is not working out, and a lot of time is spent addressing the physical relationship. There is also a section on divorce risk factors. At the end of each chapter, questions are given that provide a good review of what has been written. Because of their candor and easy style of writing, I believe that this book would be very appealing to young couples and I highly recommend it! If you know of an engaged or dating couple, perhaps you'd like to consider this for a Christmas gift!

The second book is 99 Ways to stretch Your Home Budget by Cheri Gillard. This is a handy book to have! Just as the title suggests, Gillard lists 99 money stretching ideas. Idea #1 is as simple as meal planning. Each idea comes with a paragraph or two of explanation ending with how much money could be saved per week/year. I must say though, that I didn't come across any major "aha" ideas. These were pretty much your standard budget stretching ideas. However, I plan on checking back with the book from time to time just as a reminder and to make sure that I'm keeping my budget in check! Waterbrook Multnomah offers a lot more "99 Ways" books. You can check out all of their books here.