Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Good-bye 2013 - Welcome 2014

This year has been a stressful year for my little family.  

We sold our home, put our belongings in storage, signed a contract to build a new house and moved into a small apartment back in May.  

We are still in said apartment.

I've really had to lean on my faith this year and learn (and keep learning) I'm not in control.  
Does that lesson ever get any easier?

I'm not sad to say good-by to 2013 with the exception of the loss of time.

I'm looking forward to 2014 with hope.

I wish you and your families a very Happy New Year.  

May you be blessed with your hearts desires.


Monday, December 2, 2013

Granola and Other Odds and Ends

Homemade Oatmeal
After a long weekend, we are back to the "grind".  

My sister hosted a very nice Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday.  It was the first time, since I've been married, that I didn't cook the turkey.  She did a fresh turkey with the traditional sides, I brought over pumpkin bread, sweet potato casserole and pumpkin pie.  It was a nice change of pace and her table was beautiful.

Since hubby was off work both Thursday and Friday, we did a few family things to get into the Christmas mood.  

We put together a fun gingerbread house.  Dear son really enjoys putting these together.  Actually, I don't know which he likes better, assembling the house or eating the candy as he puts it together.  Either way, I made hot cocoa and we all sat at the table working on it.  Dear son and hubby did most of the work, I crocheted a little as they were determining their candy design.  

We stopped by the house and checked out the progress on the drywall...

and the brick...

They seem to be making good progress.  
Our project manager said it would take about two weeks for both.  

We are back to school today and looking forward to another break just a few short weeks away.

Back to the granola...

I found the granola recipe HERE if anyone is interested in making it themselves.  I've made in numerous times and have played around with the recipe.  Here are my modifications:

Homemade Granola Modifications
1/4 cup oil (instead of 1/3 cup)
1/3 cup honey (instead of 1/4 cup)
1/8 t salt (instead of 1/4 t)
1/4 t cinnamon (addition)
1 t pure vanilla extract (instead of 1 Tablespoon)
1 t almond extract (addition)

We eat it as trail mix, but of course you could eat it on yogurt or as a cereal with milk.  

It's yummy.


Have a great week.  I'll post a picture of my crochet project once I get it finished; hopefully soon!