my morning cup of "crack"

Several months ago, hubby decided he wanted to try his hand at brewing the best cup of coffee. After some experimenting, we've concluded that the AeroPress method along with roasting the green coffee beans once a week is the way to go.

If you don't want to roast, I still recommend grinding whole beans on an as needed basis. There really is a difference. Really. You'll probably be stunned.

I will admit that when we started buying and roasting various kinds of green coffee beans, we were not really able to distinguish one "bean flavor" from another with any significance. Sure we may have liked one maybe better than the next, but we would look at each other and say, "it tastes like ... coffee!" However, aside from that, I will tell you that fresher really is better. You simply have to experience it. Just ask the handful of of those we've introduced to the "dark side"...  



almost lost!

But then was found!

Wake up call. Blog more. My account was temporarily deactivated. 

On a happier note, this is a picture of a recent dinner. I was in Virginia alone. It's the type of dinner that makes me happy!

Lima Beans, Chicken Stock, a little Butter, Dill Weed and a touch of salt. Major goodness.



Yesterday I posted a crafty picture on this blog. I've decided to keep my crafty posts on my other neglected blog, A Wandering Crafter. Let's keep crafty with crafty and personal, cooking & entertaining separate.

However, the second prompt on the crafty side of a year long art journal project got me thinking. The prompt: Just Be. Just be? What kind of prompt is that? After much thinking and breakfast with a friend, it dawned on me. Just be where you are right now.

For an hour, my friend and I simply fellowshipped together. We keep in touch on a regular basis through technology, so at times there was no conversation and that was fine. There is just something about sitting across the table from a friend that technology will never replace. I'm grateful for this friendship.

This breakfast was what helped inspire my "art" this week. I'm going to try to be more aware of "just being" in the moment.

Thanks for reading!


new year resolutions

I'm not big on new year resolutions. I never have been. I know me and it's not my thing. I don't like setting myself up for "failure." 

With that said, here's my plan for 2015... Last year I started following a group called "Journal 52." Basically its an inspirational group to inspire people to make / keep an art journal.  I'm not an artist. Will never be an artist. But do I have fun getting inky and messy? Yes.

Since there's no right or wrong in what you create or even if you create for just one week or every week, Journal 52 seems fun to me. I'm going to dive in.

First week's prompt was "Pathways." This was my interpretation:

I had a blast creating this spread. 

Stay tuned, I'm working on Journal 52 Week 2 -- Just Be.



it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas

Well, may not "a lot" but I've decorated minimally at both the Harrisburg house and The Gorilla. This will be the first time at both houses in probably 2 or 3 years.

Christmas Eve Family time will be in Harrisburg. After dinner we go to the living room to open gifts. In years past, I would decorate a huge tree, set out the Christmas village, etc. This year...

Trees by the front door. I would have put "snow" around the bases,
but I have a Daisy.

My creepy carolers. 

Hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil. They make me smile.

Jeeves gets so excited about Christmas.

Reindeer on the mantle, Santa on the hearth and a table top, ornament-less tree wrap up the decorations. Daisy needs to slowly adjust to having a tree in the house so I left off the shiny spherical temptations.

Since we don't get to spend a lot of time at The Gorilla before Christmas, I only set out my mountain Santas.

This Santa has an upward gaze which when placed strategically, looks just like he's looking at one of David's trophies, "Spanky," seen in the reflection of my "Praying Man." This photo could have several captions.

The Gorilla doesn't get nearly as excited about Christmas as Jeeves, but he gets in the spirit all the same. 

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!