to the New Year, friends! I know, we’re technically 5 days in, but this
is my “re-entry” into the world from an extended vacation. Did you all
eat as much as I did? I’m feeling like the old jeans are more than just a
little snug these days. Thank goodness the endless snacking kind of
falls away after the holidays! This funny little illustration pretty
well sums up how I feel.
Full of cheese just about covers it!
We had the most spectacular New Year’s Eve. It is our third born son’s
birthday (our precious little tax deduction) and we always spend the day
celebrating him. We had a large group of family over to help us this
year, and this particular birthday might go down in his Buffalo Bills
Super Fan memory as the best ever. Whether you follow football or not,
you may know about the completely unexpected playoff berth that Buffalo
clinched quite dramatically on Sunday.
The roof about exploded off of the top of our house with all the
cheering and we all woke up hoarse the next day. Even I lost my voice,
and you know that means it was exciting because I normally pay next to
no attention to football except to yank the iPod out of my son’s hands
when he’s checking the scores instead of doing his math. He’s hoping for
another exciting win this Sunday. Are any of you out there Buffalo fans?
Today, we’re looking at a high temperature that will still stay a
handful of degrees below zero Fahrenheit, and that means that even in my
home, my hands will be freezing. I’ll be wrapping my hands around a
warm mug as much of the day as I possibly can, so I’m looking for cozy,
non-alcoholic beverage ideas to keep it filled. Does anyone out there
have delicious recipes to share with me?
EASY MEAL PLAN:
HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE BLOG THIS WEEK:
This hot water bottle with knit cover.
Why? Because as I mentioned earlier, it is COLD here, and when it is
cold outside, my fingers and toes are cold no matter WHERE I am, even
cuddled up under my comforter in bed. I solve this problem by filling my
hot water bottle with nearly boiling water, putting the plug in place,
popping it into the cover, and sliding it between my sheets about an
hour or so before I go to bed. When I hurry into my pajamas and speed
under the bedclothes, it is already toasty warm and my fingers and toes
thaw well enough for me to fall comfortably asleep.
THINGS I LOVE
This laundry drying rack.
Most of the enormous amount of laundry done in our home is dried on
this rack. It holds an entire large-capacity washer’s worth of laundry
and folds flat for storage. We actually have two so that we can have two
loads of laundry drying simultaneously.
These wool dryer balls.
Why do I love these when I just said we dry most of our clothes on a
drying rack? Some things simply need to be dried in the dryer. And when I
do that, I want the load to dry as quickly as possible. These wool
dryer balls are indispensable for those loads! They help my laundry dry
in a fraction of the time and don’t require me to keep dryer sheets on
hand. Plus, if I want to ‘freshen’ up the load a bit, I can put a drop
or two of my favourite essential oil on a dryer ball before tossing it
in with the clothing.
BOOKS ON MY NIGHTSTAND:
The Beekeeper’s Bible: Bees, Honey, Recipes & Other Home Uses.
My husband and I took up beekeeping in the spring of 2017. We had an
excellent first harvest and left a super abundance of honey for our bees
over the winter. We’re reading up on what we can do to improve next
year. This is a great resource for beekeepers and an interesting read
for those who are fascinated by beekeeping and honey.
QUESTION OF THE WEEK:
Do you do New Year’s resolutions? Or are they not your thing?
P.S. This peppy little penguin made my week! I hope you love him, too.