Monday, March 2, 2015

Healthy Snack!

Recently, a friend made an awesome healthy muffin-like thing and I loved it so much, I asked her for the recipe. She had gotten the recipe from a friend and passed it along to me (so I cannot take credit for this treat but I am passing it along to you). They're called Blueberry Banana Oat Cupcakes (or as I like to call them, “muffins”). Easy to make, no extra sugar, healthy and a great snack to have with coffee or have for breakfast!

3 cups old fashioned rolled oats
1 tbsp baking powder
1 tbsp cinnamon
3-4 bananas (mashed)
1 cup vanilla almond milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tbsp pure maple syrup
2 eggs
1 pint blueberries (*can also use strawberries, or any other fruit)

Mix dry ingredients in one bowl; mix wet ingredients (except for fruit) in another bowl. Combine wet and dry ingredients. Fold in blueberries (or other fruit).

Spoon mixture into cupcake tins (*I spray the tin with Pam cooking spray instead of using the paper cups as the paper doesn't peel well sometimes).

Bake at 350 deg for about 15-20 min

Wait until cool before taking out of cupcake tins.


Friday, February 27, 2015

Friday's Favorite Fives

I haven't done this in awhile but I've had a rough week and forced myself to stay positive and count my blessings. Along with doing that, I've come up with five of my favorite things for this week!!!   Please join in by linking up over at Susanne's or sharing one of your blessings in the comment section.

Cleaning/Re-Organizing My Kitchen
Yes, that sounds nerdy BUT it needed to be done and I feel very accomplished. My daycare kids all napped at the same time and I cleared the counters and scrubbed the counter tops, then rearranged things to my liking. I even scrubbed the refrigerator and microwave!! I love my kitchen now!

OH MY GOODNESS YES I have COOKING as one of my faves! Everyone who knows me knows that I am not the best in the kitchen. I used to be able to bake pretty well, but lately that's not turning out successfully. As for dinner, well my husband was the cook in the family and I appreciated that. However, Joe has been busy with a wood working project he was hired for, and I have been making the dinners. I have to say, not only have I been 90% successful (I have to burn SOME things a couple times a month or it wouldn't be me, lol) and I kind of enjoy it! My best is meatloaf!

Good Book
I recently finished a book by Lisa Scottoline called Look Again. I love her novels. I began reading from this author after reading a book review awhile back by my friend, Faith (visit her site at Great story, didn't drag and I couldn't put it down. I love a good book!!
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I have a home daycare and I give piano lessons three nights a week. My normal work week is 10-11 hours per day and naturally I am exhausted by 5:30pm. This week, I have been allowing myself to rest. After my final daycare kid or piano student leaves for the evening, I shower, make/eat dinner, then curl up either on the couch or in bed with a book and REST. My body needs it, my mind needs it, my soul needs it. And I am thankful for it.
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Best Friend Time
My favorite hasn't happened yet but must be included. On Saturday, I am heading out to one of my best friend's house (the bff who lives IN state, the other lives in CA) for a day/overnight of fun and laughs and chill time!! We plan on heading to the mall, getting dinner (and I'll try a Margarita for the first time ever...yes, I'm in my 30's and never had one) and then chill at her house and watch chick flicks while drinking wine and eating chocolate. I need this girl time!!!

I hope everyone has a great weekend! What are some of your faves from this week?

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Did You Know Part II

A few more things you may not know
about me...............

I cannot stand to paint. I have no idea why but I've never liked to paint....walls, canvas, paint-by-number, hate it all!!

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I love the smell of books, especially old books! I can barely keep my nose out of them!

Moss freaks me out.  Won't touch it, don't even like to look at it!

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I am afraid of taking baths. I blame it on the movie “It” based on the book written by Stephen King. The clown comes up through the bathtub drain....I think while someone is showering. Anyway, I'm not 5 and I understand that cannot happen but still.........just thinking of taking a bath freaks me out!

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What are a few of your most loved, or hated, things??

Monday, February 2, 2015

What's Your Hurry?

It seems that now more than ever, people are in a huge hurry to get somewhere! Whether in the grocery store or driving a car, people rush rush rush! And it's annoying.

I'll admit, I tend to rush while grocery shopping. I mean, lets face it, who wants to dawdle in the store? Get in, cash out, get out! But I don't run anyone over with my shopping cart (purposely) or cut in front of someone in line or even sigh dramatically when the person in line ahead of me is slower than molasses! Nope, I'm not rude. But I do get in and out quickly, kindly and safely.

Driving is another story. Will racing past me, then cutting in front of me just to race past the other person to then cut in front of them really get you to your destination any faster? I've observed that more people who do that aren't that much ahead of me once we hit a stop light or have to slow down due to entering a town. So whats' the hurry? If you get a speeding ticket or in an accident then guess what, you're REALLY going to be late.


Several years ago, while in Tennessee, we stopped at a Walmart store. We were there for a specific purpose and I planned on getting in and out. However, their store layout was different than the one I am used to at “home” so I had to ask someone to direct me. BOY was she slow. She was super friendly but took her time and in her southern drawl said “Now, let me want aisle {whatever} and then turn...then....and then...and there you are.” Took her about 6 minutes to tell me that and then she decided just to show me herself. Which took 10 minutes. To walk. Five aisles away.

Southerners do not rush. We observed that. New Yorkers rush. Not just the city of New York but upstate New Yorkers as well. Don't we? Why?? What is our hurry? Why can't we be like the southerners and SLOW DOWN. Enjoy life!!! Stop and smell the roses?

Life is short. Isn't that a famous quote? Life CAN be short. You don't know what is going to happen in an hour, let alone tomorrow. So enjoy today while you can. Spend an extra few seconds hugging a loved one, or a few minutes calling someone just to say “hello”. Take your time driving because you probably won't get there much sooner than the person you raced past and risked both of you getting into an accident. Whatever you're in a hurry for will still be there whether you get there in 5 minutes or 25 minutes.

So............SLOW DOWN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Happy New Year!

I just love the winter holidays; Christmas and New Year's!

Christmas came and went, as it always does. The weeks leading up to Christmas are filled with shopping, baking, plan-making, wrapping, and – of course – a bit of stress. I think the stress part is more the last-minute shopping, wrapping and baking but a big part is plan-making. Trying to gather with family or friends for the holidays can be hectic, especially when people have different schedules. But we managed just fine, as we always do.  

The dogs had fun while we opened gifts!!

We got a real tree this year instead of a fake tree. We usually alternate but it's been 3 years since we've had a real tree, mostly because we've been afraid our dog, Cole, would pee on it. But there was no tree-peeing and it was a big, full, out-of-control tree that we loved.
My sister, who had recently moved to Ohio, surprised the family with a short visit. We met her boyfriend whom we think is a great guy. Though her trip was short, it was a great Christmas gift.

New Year's Eve, of course, was next. We don't go out but usually get together with my mom and grandmother for a little while. This year, my mom had a bad head cold so she dropped grandma off at our house and went home to rest. My cousin stopped over as well, and we had pizza, wings, chips and dip. And don't forget the wine! We had a lot of laughs around the table, especially while the 4 of us completed the local telegram puzzle. That reminded me of when my grandpa was alive and we would work on the puzzle together. After they left, Joe and I put Lord of the Rings on and chilled. I didn't even make it to 11pm. Hey, that was 2 hours later than normal bedtime!

Today my daycare is closed and I was able to sleep in and relax. We took the dogs for a nice long hike in the woods and now I'm settled in to do some writing.

I have several goals for the new year which includes taking 2 online classes, finishing a novel I am currently writing, and self-publishing a childrens' book that was completed last year.

I wish everyone a very happy and prosperous new year!! What are some of your hopes or goals?
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Monday, December 22, 2014

Just Another Night Out......

So, yeah, about a week ago I vowed (publicly, no less) that I would never step foot in Walmart again. But thanks to my husband getting a corneal abrasion yesterday, I had to pick up his script at the pharmacy today because I haven't switched pharmacies yet.

But let me start at the beginning, as this doesn't entirely involve Walmart.

Tonight I had to finish Christmas shopping for my husband. My mother offered to drive to Utica with me but I declined saying I could get it done faster by myself. Yeah. Took just as long.

First store I went in was the worst. While looking for something specific, I stumbled upon an item that I had ordered online because the website said that particular store did not have any left in stock. No biggie except I ordered last minute and it will arrive after Christmas. I angrily put the item back on the shelf and in the process, slit my thumb on the corner of the metal rack. My thumb was bleeding so I dug into my purse because I knew I had a band-aid. While searching for a band-aid, I noticed a clerk walking by the aisle, staring at me. While applying the band-aid, she walked by again in a different direction. While stuffing the wrapper back into my purse, she walked down the aisle and asked if I needed anything. YES, $1,000.00 for distress thank-you-very-much GO AWAY!! I do believe she thought I was stealing.

Next, I stood in a particular aisle for about 10 minutes staring at an item on my husband's list, completely dumbfounded. Finally I smartened up and called my stepson who directed me to the correct item. Next year....GIFT CARDS!

As I went to go to the checkout counters, I became confused and somehow ended up in a dead end. I stood there...again, completely dumbfounded.....and finally turned around to walk the other way and noticed a woman nearby smirking at me. Forget YOU lady, how was I supposed to know it was a dead end?? Stupid store. I cashed out and left that store in a hurry.

After spending 10 minutes trying to get out of the New Hartford plaza, I finally made my way back to Herkimer. To Walmart.

While closing the door to my Jeep in the Walmart parking lot, the corner of the door slashed into my leg. It hurt. A lot. As I'm walking towards the store, I felt something warm on my leg and I knew it was bleeding. Whatever. Get the script and get OUT.

But of course I couldn't do that. I just HAD to pick up a few extra items. That went well until I needed help with something and the girl promised to send someone over to that aisle. I waited 5 minutes. A very, very slow employee (“slow” as in “slow moving, la-dee-da”) happened to be walking by so I snagged her. After showing her what item I wanted that was on display but not in a box, she promised to be right back. I waited (I kid you not) exactly 15 minutes in that aisle and I do believe I peed my pants a little, for you see, I had to go since Utica. And don't forget I was bleeding underneath my jeans. Incidentally, 10 minutes after waiting I heard on the loudspeaker someone calling for help in the section I was in. Thanks a lot.

The “slow” woman FINALLY sauntered over telling me “sorry” but they don't have any in stock.

BYE BYE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

One more stop. I was carrying a large item through the store and an employee walked in front of me, pretty much cutting me off, so while I was walking behind him I was thinking {evil thoughts} that I would love to shove my item in his backside. OOPS.............he stopped quick to make a turn and yes, my item went into his backside.

I am home now. Safe in my pink, fluffy pajamas, sipping on wine and eating a cookie.

So you see, I really should not be allowed in public alone. But at least I didn't pass gas this time!

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Just Another Day at the Library

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I've had a pretty bad cough lately, no thanks to a cold. My cough has been pretty intense and, whether my age or something else, I don't seem to have much control “down below” (if you get my drift). And so begins my library story.

The library was so quiet and peaceful this evening. Librarians doing their jobs, people on the computers, some reading at the tables. It wasn't crowded, thankfully.

I was crouched down in the Fiction aisle of the library when I had a sudden coughing fit. At one point, I coughed so hard that I farted. Out loud.

Yes, I FARTED in the library!

Well of course I think flatulence is hilarious so I started laughing to myself....and you can guess where that led. You simply cannot fart in a quiet library without laughing and farting! I stayed in the aisle for a bit longer until I felt I had control over myself, before going to the front desk to check out my books.

Thank goodness I wasn't with my stepdaughter or one of my best friends. It would have been all over!  We would have been rolling on the floor for sure!

As I was standing at the desk, I heard the church bells from the nearby church. I love church bells but this song particularly got to me because it was “Holy, holy, holy” one of my favorites. What do I do? I started to choke up...yes, cry. The librarian looked at me like I was crazy. I quickly thanked her and hurried out of that place.

Oh the mortification.

I thought I was free. Free from my humiliation of farts and crying.


I walked quickly down the ramp and turned the corner so fast that I ran into a lady who was walking along side of the building. Yup, ran right into her. Gracious thing, she was. I apologized and hurried as fast as I could to the Jeep.

When I got into the Jeep I had myself a good laugh.

Moral of the story? I don't have one. If you have a bad cough and no control over your innards, don't go out in public; cry all you want at a song that cuts deep in the heart and darn it watch where you are walking!! That's the only advice I can give.
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