At home when I crave something to eat or drink I have no shame in admitting I use weird hacks to get the job done. Short on time and patience, my methods are considered strange and sometimes controversial. All this to say, I am going to share with you my coffee hack for making a Pumpkin Spice Latte. Before I get started I want to say upfront that you can change this recipe up to suit your own palate or diet. This recipe is meant for you to adapt to your liking. Some of you will love it and some of you will think it’s bizarre. But if you like novelty coffee drinks (which I do), hate spending a small fortune (which I loathe), and would prefer to make your own because you like the fact that you can, read on. [click to continue…]
I don’t have anything profound to say or share today. All I have for you are these scones I made this morning to make myself feel better. I wasn’t planning on sharing the recipe for them but then I changed my mind and quickly shot this photo. Although these scones do not look very special from the outside, I can tell you that they are quite good and comforting. Made with chopped dried cherries, white chocolate chips, and toasted slivered almonds, these scones have a therapeutic effect when making them and eating them while still warm straight out of the oven. No butter or jam necessary. [click to continue…]
I’m organizing my son’s kindergarten class Halloween party this year and last night I sent out an invitation to all the parents to attend and help. A few challenges volunteer parents face when planning a party is making sure we have enough food, volunteers, games, and activities. I’ve scoured Pinterest for fun age appropriate games and activities but nothing has really jumped out at me. I could use some inspiration from you if you have any suggestions. We are doing a breakfast themed party because this is a half-day class and we are starting as soon as the bell rings. We are doing a pancake and yogurt parfait bar and I’m waiting to hear back from the parents I emailed to see if they had any ideas for games. So, this is where I am going to crowd source for ideas from you. Please share theme with me. I need help!
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The heart wants what the heart wants. I’ve been on an ongoing journey of intense reflecting, meditation, and going through the process of trying, like many of you, to figure out what exactly I am meant to do in life. Much of this all started when my father passed away nearly 3 years ago. Although I am not grieving the loss anymore, his death was a catalyst in helping me filter the importance of living a life consistent with what I believe and having the courage to continue to walk down this path.
The older I get (will be turning 40 next year) I realize that the optimism and hope I once had for people has eroded into acceptance that not only are people not perfect, they are in fact very broken. The only saving grace about any of this is knowing my hope, joy, and peace does not directly come from people. Instead, I rely solely on my faith that convinces me I never walk alone in this journey called life. [click to continue…]
During a recent book discussion and signing I was asked about my journey as a blogger and everything which has evolved from Savory Sweet Life. As the words left my mouth I realized how much has changed over the years. I’m discouraged by the constant bombardment of social media marketing, “I rub your back, you rub mine” type of networking, and the humble brag which isn’t really humble at all. Then there is the issue of self-importance many bloggers (and when I say many, I put myself in this category as well) seem entitled to perpetuate. Last year I made this decision to start stepping away from the “successful” strategies bloggers employ to quietly live beyond the blog and focus on finding joy, rediscovering myself, and engage myself with my friends and family without having my online world overlap with my private life. I finished my book talk to encourage anyone thinking about blogging as a career to stay true to self, focus on your own voice (instead of the one you may be tempted to project in order to be liked), and follow your own rules. [click to continue…]