May 102016

I wanted to do something special for my mother-in-law for Mother’s Day this year. She loves things that are handmade, so I’ve beaded and crocheted gifts for her in the past. This year, I decided to do something a little… less simple.

I poured through both patterns I had and patterns I’d collected online, but I couldn’t find exactly what I wanted. I did find something I could modify to incorporate a focal piece I’d been saving specifically for her.

This Rojo Necklace from Beads Magic was the basis for my design. I didn’t change it much, but just enough that I could add the focal in the center.

The whitish and clearish looking beads are Malaysia Jade and the pink drop in the center is pink dyed howlite, I believe. The rest are Czech silver lined seed beads.

I’m not a fan of pink myself, but I was pleased with final product. I’m calling the modified necklace design Beth, after my mother-in-law.

If you’d like to duplicate this design, most of the pattern is the Rojo Necklace. If you need a hand with the modifications, comment on this post, use the contact page or drop me an email and I will do my best to help.

May 082016

Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers out there. I wish you a relaxing day filled with adulation, food you didn’t have to cook and lovely handmade presents from grateful kids.

Or maybe just the relaxation, a hot, quiet bath and lots of wine.

Whatever your heart desires today… 


Aug 142015

Also good as used as a spread for bread, frosting for muffins and on pancakes. 

I serve it most often with graham crackers, but it’s also good with pretzels or pretzel chips.

Makes a nice snack if you’re not worried about fat, calories or sugar. Sometimes I just have to be bad.

Spiced Peach Dip
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  1. 8 ounce package cream cheese, softened
  2. 8 ounce can peaches, drained
  3. 2 Tablespoons firmly packed light brown sugar
  4. 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  5. 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  1. Blend all ingredients in a blender until smooth.
  2. Cover and chill for 30 minutes or until ready to serve.
  3. Garnish with cinnamon and peach slices if desired.
  4. Serve with graham crackers, pretzels or pretzel chips.
  1. Can also be used as a spread for bread, pancakes or muffins.
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Nov 112014
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Thanksgiving just isn’t Thanksgiving without my mother’s pumpkin pie. Pie is not usually my first choice in a dessert. It’s not the pie itself, but I’m very picky about the crust. My mother’s crust is perfect. It’s flaky with actual flavor that seems lacking in so many pie crusts. When the pie crust tastes the same as crust of a pot pie, I have a hard time enjoying it no matter what the filling.

Then, there’s the pumpkin. The spices are perfectly balanced; not too much, not too little. When the pumpkin pie has too little spice, I feel cheated and pout like a child who was promised heavy cream ice cream and got skim milk ice milk instead. I like ice milk, but it’s just not the same.

Now my mother says that she just follows the recipe, but there’s some kind of magic going on there that I just can’t duplicate. There’s something about walking into my parents house over the holidays and seeing that perfect pumpkin pie just waiting to be cut up and devoured that makes my mouth water with anticipation. I think all the yummy smells of the holiday meal cooking have something to do with that, but the pumpkin pie whispers my name, I swear it!

Here’s my pumpkin pie recipe: Traditional Pumpkin Pie but my mom’s is better!

Weekly Writing Challenge – Pie

Feb 142009

Ahhhh… Valentine’s Day. Ever since I was a kid, I’ve hated Valentine’s Day. Giving out little cards to kids wasn’t how I wanted to spend my day. I’d rather take a test. Once I was a teen, Valentine’s Day was just a reminder that I was alone. Everyone that was in a “couple” seemed so happy, until I was in a couple myself and the daggers and drama came out of the woodwork. The worst was the expectation placed on both men and women to give something amazing and almost everyone seemed to be disappointed.

I was happy with a peck on the cheek myself.

My husband usually has to work on Valentine’s. That’s where he’s at now. Although Valentine’s Day just seems like another excuse to spend money, he always does something sweet for me anyway. He’s a bigger romantic than I am. That was hard to admit years ago, but it’s true.

So, in honor of this day… here’s a poem I wrote for him years ago. Not exactly a happy piece, but it reminds me of where I’ve been and how lucky I am to have such a wonderful man in my life.

Our world began in passion
and words of romantic intrusions
that never should have been spoken.
Once the words were uttered,
we so entered a desperate and dire
state of unrestricted love.
Mutual respect, kindness, and understanding
that I had never known
were ours in abundance.
And love, a feeling I thought was dead in me,
returned to aide my shrivled, dying heart
back to life.


Hey, I never said it was a good poem!

Jan 012009

Happy New Year everyone!

I changed my mind about resolutions. I’m making one resolution for this year. I resolve to figure out how to budget my time more wisely. I get sidetracked too easily. Even if I can’t accomplish everything I’d like to, I’d like to at least accomplish more.

We’ll see how it goes.

Anyone else making resolutions?

Dec 282008

We just got back from a breakfast Christmas get together with the other side of my in-laws. I’m so lucky. Both sides of my in-laws are so nice and easy to get along with.

Afterwards, we stopped by my father-in-laws place of business and got to see an old friend. I thought the kiddo was gonna knock him over when she literally jumped into his arms to squeeze the life out of him.

The kiddo came home last night. She spent the first part of Christmas with her dad. I almost feel bad that we’re not celebrating until the 31st, but she doesn’t seem overly anxious. Overtly, anyway.

Dec 252008

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Yule, and all other seasons greetings to everyone.

We’re kidless this year so we’re not celebrating with my family until the 31st. Kind of a Christmas and New Years bash at the same time, which should be fun.

We just got back from one side of my in-laws. They have an incredible place out in the country with horses, goats, chickens, and a dog. It’s beautiful out there and their house is huge and gorgeous. I wanted to steal my mother-in-laws kitchen and walk-in closet, but we couldn’t figure out a way to get them home. Bah!

I often feel very awkward around so many people I don’t know, but it was good to see everyone again. My mother-in-law is an amazingly sweet woman and I’ve missed seeing her.

Hope everyone is safe, warm, and having a blast with friends and family.

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