Grandma Betty

This weekend, my family and I are preparing to celebrate my grandma’s life. After over ten years of struggling with Alzheimer’s, she is finally at peace.

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At my cousin’s wedding a few years back.

My cousin asked me to give her one word to describe grandma. My word: playful. My grandpa never loved playing games, and neither did my mom, so that usually meant it was me and grandma playing Rummy 500 (or sometimes 1000…or 1500…), The Game of Life, Tiddlywinks, or even working on a puzzle together. This is how I will always remember her, happy and teasing.

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After my last Original Cast performance, senior year of college.

Alzheimer’s is a terrible disease. I remember when it was just starting, and she knew she was forgetting things. It was heart breaking. Later though, it became a blessing that she didn’t know it anymore. She was happy, even if she didn’t know who you were. She said “I love you, too” no matter what. And she played solitaire and did word search puzzles religiously to “stay sharp,” she would say. I admire her incredible life and 69-year marriage to my grandfather. We may not have been a huge family, but she raised to amazing girls (my mom included), had five grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren. I still love this super-90’s family photo we took – I’m the youngest, down in front, along with my four cousins. (Sorry for the fuzzies…it was a screenshot.)

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Family photo circa 1997ish maybe?

Words just can’t express how much we will all miss her. The truth is though, I’ve missed her for a really long time. At least now I know she’s with Jesus, who she loved and taught us to love. So grateful to have had 30 whole years with you, grandma. Be at peace!

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On their wedding day in 1946.

The Theory of Everything {A Brief Review}

I know we are a little behind the times, but over the weekend we rented The Theory of Everything. And it was wonderful. I mean, Eddie Redmayne was beyond exceptional. And not just how uncanny his resemblance to young Stephen Hawking is, but how he captured his mannerisms and characteristics. I mean, check this out:

The actress playing his wife, Felicity Jones, was also excellent. I felt like we really understood what they went through together, and how hard they each tried to keep life as normal as possible.

If you’re looking for a movie this weekend, check this one out…but only if you’re in the mood for something serious. I wouldn’t call it sad by any means, but serious? Yes. Definitely. Serious, and beautiful. Enjoy!

 

The Adoption Plan

Because adoption has been on my mind again lately, I am sharing this post I wrote two years ago. I hope everyone has a beautiful weekend ahead!

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I’ve written about adoption a time or two before, but every now and then, it comes back around into my life and I feel the need to share a little more. Today, I was inspired by a friend of a friend (of a friend)’s blog: http://thenewplana.wordpress.com/. They are just beginning the adoption journey, and it got me to thinking…

My friends are starting to have babies. I have friends who had no trouble getting pregnant, and others who struggled for years. I would venture a guess that I have other friends struggling right now who I may not even know about. I cannot imagine how hard it would get, after trying and waiting and trying, to hear about everyone else getting pregnant and doing all the things you only wish you could be doing.

I would also venture a guess that most people our age, in their mid to…

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Christmas Tree Decorating {an art}

Below, you will find my opinion about decorating Christmas trees. I do not have photos to share of this year’s tree quite yet, but it’s not so different from last year’s, to be honest. Enjoy! Just a few more days until Christmas!!

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There is something my mother can do with a Christmas Tree that I can only hope to replicate someday.

The lights, the decorations…it is truly an art in our home. Today I want to share with you a few tips I’ve picked up from my mother over the years… Let me warn you that these photos do not do it justice. In real life, this tree twinkles and glows. It simply cannot be beat!

1. Not multi-colored, but not monochrome. Rather…two colors. White & Red. (can you see the colors in here?)

2. Ornaments must go deep into the tree, not just along the edges.

3. Some should be homemade…

4….and some should simply be beautiful.

5. The topper does not need to be a star – bows will do.

6. Not only should you have ornaments, but you should have sparkling birds, twigs, and other squiggly garnishes.

7. Decorating…

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Crostinis for your Christmas Party

Are you hosting or attending a holiday party and are just fresh out of ideas for some delicious food? I highly recommend a crostini platter. It couldn’t be easier or prettier!

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I tend to always make the same treats for every party I host or attend. So when my roommate and I recently threw a little holiday get together, I decided to switch it up. I finally landed on a build-your-own crostini platter. This idea comes from Julia, as so many of my creative ideas do!

It is exactly as it sounds – first, you slice up one or two french baguettes, at an angle, and coat each side of the pieces with a little olive oil. Simply bake these for 8-10 minutes on each side (anywhere between 350-400 should work) until they are nice and toasty. They can be served warm or at room temperature.

Then pick out your fixings. You can choose whatever you would like! I put out some jam (fig is your best bet), sun-dried tomatoes, plain goat cheese, goat cheese with pesto on it, and…

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Rustic Wreath {Burlap and Pearls}

Today’s re-blog is my most popular crafty post: The Rustic Wreath. I sell them on Etsy, but this post has swept pinterest enough to give me over 6,600 views since I posted it two years ago. Have you made a wreath you’re proud of? Share it in the comments!

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Thanks for visiting!! Did you know you can buy this wreath on Etsy? Check it out!

This was one of my favorite weekend projects to date. I was inspired by this wreath over on etsy, and decided I wanted to make one of my own! The first step was to make felt flowers.

You need:
-a wreath (any kind you like! This could be pretting with a fabric-wrapped styrofoam wreath too)
-felt
-glue
-scissors
-a round object (a cd works perfectly)
-ribbon (for hanging)
-needle
-thread (needle and thread are optional – I used them to attach the burlap loops and also to add some pearls to the rest of the wreath)

Directions

Cut a circle of felt using the CD as a guide (doesn’t need to be perfect) and then cut in a spiral from the outside all the way to the center. Again, perfection is over rated…

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Homemade Ghee

Ghee is a new word in my vocabulary, and really it’s just a fancy word for “clarified butter.” It is butter that has been cooked until milk solids are formed and can be strained out. This also makes it paleo friendly 🙂

I’ve noticed it in a few paleo recipes I’ve seen, so over the weekend I decided to make my own ghee with two sticks of butter I had sitting in the fridge. I followed Alton Brown’s instructions, and it worked! Magic.

I honestly have not used it yet, but should be later this week in a recipe I have planned. I will keep you posted!

Straight out of the saucepan:

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After it had a while to settle in:photo 2