Share Your World – December 4, 2017 – SYW

Day 56 – #100HappyDay Challenge

Cees Share Your World

What household chore do you absolutely hate doing?

Maybe I’m an odd duck. But there really isn’t a household chore that I “hate”. I actually enjoy puttering around my house nesting. I suppose if I have to pick the one item I typically dread is “deep cleaning” the stove. And I suppose the fridge… but the fridge is much easier than the stove.

Am I the only one that makes a huge mess on the stove top? I love to bake…and I’m neater with the oven. But the stove top? Lord save me from my bubbling jams, pots of beans boiling over and the splatter of oil coating me and, well, everything.

At what time in your recent past have you felt most passionate and alive?

Discovering my passion is a work in progress….something I’ve been consciously thinking about lately. It’s interesting that after months of not playing along, the first time I jump in I’m presented with the same question I’ve been asking myself. Is it travel? Blogging? Family? Discovering New things? New Places? Baking? Photography? All of the above?

Maybe it’s turning 50 a few months ago, maybe it’s the sudden empty nest, the move across the states, the new job, I could go on. Life is a journey. It’s surprises us. It moves us unexpectedly. Passion ebbs and flows. I know this isn’t really an answer. But the good news is I’m getting closer.

How many times have you moved in the last ten years?

I left Alaska after 25 years and moved to Houston six months ago. Whew. BIG move! To be honest, I never felt like I quite fit in up there in the far north. The cold, icy weather and the long, so very long, dark winters wore on me. Moving to Houston seemed like a godsend. I was ready for warmer weather.

It’s a good move. But between you, me and the fence post, it’s been a little harder than I thought it would be. Living in a city this large is a little challenging. Add hurricanes, tornados and a smattering of snow and frost to the mix and its been interesting to say the least. But I’m getting there. Slowly.

What inspired you or what did you appreciate this past week?  Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination. 

This one is easy… FaceTiming with my granddaughter. I love technology! Oh my goodness, seven is the best age. But I imagine I’ll say that with every one of her birthdays. Seeing her smile, hearing her voice, sharing all the little things she treasures lifted my spirit more than words can express. Let’s just say Miss R makes me happy. Very happy.

Sending you happiness.

Love, April

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Des Moines Airport – heading home

Day 42 – #100HappyDays Challenge

I’m going home. I’ll be happy – eventually. Only right now I’m a little sad at leaving the guys and Mr. Abraham. The Des Moines airport is quiet here in the early hours. The comparison between Houston and Des Moines can be summed up by their airports.

But Houston is calling and I have things to get back to. Like work. I checked my work email a few days ago and ran through things, sorting them into actions or deleting the junk. It should make catching up a bit easier later today.

Talk to me about Black Friday…did you shop? I am watching the news scroll by with a story about Amazon opening brick and mortar stores. They already have Whole Foods but this goes beyond the specialty grocery store. It’s just fascinating to me how company’s shift and change to capture more and more of our dollars.

Home.

Cheers!

❤️

Happy Black Friday. Are you shopping?

Day 41 – #100HappyDays Challenge

Today is Black Friday. It’s the day when the holiday shopping madness officially begins. It’s a scary thought. Are you out there shopping? Or, like me, do a little online shopping? It’s a great time for deals even online in the comfort of your home over a cup of coffee.

The guys were up early and out the door. I packed them both bags of baked goods, complete with cinnamon rolls, to share with their early morning teams. I’m hoping the treats keep them motivated throughout the shopping madness.

Today is my last day in Des Moines. I head home tomorrow morning on the 6am flight. 😳 I’ve enjoyed my visit but I can feel it’s time to get back to my real life and give my son and Gregg back their time. I’m sure they are ready, but I’ll miss them.

We took some cute pictures on Thanksgiving in front of the Tree Beau put up. Picture almost perfect memories. LoL. You should have seen us trying to get Mr. Abraham to look at the camera with his ears up. Oh well. A few of my happiness moments.

Cheers!

❤️

Take A Walk On The Spicy Side

Day 38 – #100HappyDays Challenge

It’s Tuesday. Already. The days are slipping by here in the heartland. At least for me. Beau had today off which we spent together shopping. He took me downtown to this wonderful spice shop  All Spice, where you can find just about any seasoning you can think of. We picked up this smokey salt that smelled like it might work great with the maple glazed turkey planned for Thursday. I’ll let you know how it goes. But if you cant get to Des Moines check out all the spices you could ever want here.

The day was bright and sunny but the wind was bitter, cold. I was grateful I brought my warm coat with me for the walk downtown. It was a balmy 35 degrees. Bbbrrrr

I’m horrible at selfies but it doesn’t stop me from trying. LoL. My kid is so patient with me. He’s a good sport while I try.

Next stop was the greatest store in the universe. Really. The sign even said so.

I almost forgot to mention popping into this gourmet kitchen shop. It had beautiful things at beautifully expensive prices. It’s a fantastic shop for inspiration but a bit beyond what I can afford. Needless to say, I’m so grateful for HomeGoods where I can purchase a mug for under $88 dollars. 😳

What can I say… it was a good day. My whole day – this whole week – has been happy. I’m grateful for the time I get to share with my family. I just hope I’m not driving them too nuts.

Cheers!

❤️

Small Blessings

Day 37 – #100HappyDays Challenge

Last night I pulled out a package of croissants from Trader Joe’s to rise over night and then baked them before my son headed out to work. When I was browsing at Trader Joe’s, I chatted with a lady who had 4 boxes in her arms. She raved about them so I figured I’d try them just to see what the fuss was all about.

Run, don’t walk to Trader Joe’s while you can. They are decadent. They bake up light and airy oozing buttery goodness in every delicate layer. The first bite took me back to France. These heavenly croissants that will make even the Parisians fall in love with them.

I’m enjoying my visit here with the guys. Gregg surprised me by bringing home the cake platter I had deliberated over along with a bouquet of flowers. I’m so blessed.

Today’s baking adventure began and ended with a brilliant, festive cranberry quick bread. This decadent loaf is made with cream cheese with a hint of vanilla which softens the tangy cranberries. This will make a perfect Black Friday morning treat for all the hard working staff at Gregg’s work.

By the way, don’t forget to pull your turkey out of the freezer and put in the fridge to defrost if your cooking Thursday.

Happy baking!

Cheers!

❤️

For The Bell Tolls

Day 36 – #100HappyDays Challenge

I wish the sound of bells was something I could take a picture of. At 6pm bells began to ring. The notes rang so softly I thought I was imagining it as I completed cooking dinner for the guys. I turned off Hulu. The bells continued to ring. I closed my eyes enjoying the melody. What a great way that end the day and greet the evening.

I’ll admit that while the guys were off to work I enjoyed a day at home with Mr. Abraham and Lily. They kept me company as I baked cookies. Lots of cookies.

Can you guess what kind?

  1. Ginger Crack Cookies
  2. Peanut butter Cookies
  3. White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies

I tucked most in the freezer for later to enjoy or gift. I admit I forgot how much butter I go through when I’m baking for the holidays. Tomorrow I’m back to the store tomorrow to pick up more since I’m not quite done adding to the cookie collection. And cake. There a few cakes I will try. Oh – the apple tart too. LoL yes, I’ll need some more butter.

Cheers!

❤️

Home Goods

Day 35 – #100HappyDays Challenge

Mr. Abraham was thrilled when Beau came home from work. He’s such a happy little dog. Especially with all the belly rubs and head scratches.

Today was Gregg’s day off which he graciously shared with me. We headed out this morning to pick up all the things I forgot yesterday. Then we went to HomeGoods. Cue the music and the lights, clouds part, and doors open. I just love the HomeGoods here.

The store is neat. There isn’t combat shopping carts careening down aisles littered with broken product. Every time I turned a corner there was more items to admire. More to add to my cart while Gregg patiently put up with my wandering.

I did take some time to admire a stunning cake platter, pondering on how I could get it on the airplane in one piece. Not that I need another cake platter but I did think about it for quite a bit, before deciding against it. Instead I picked up a rolling pin that will come in handy for the apple tart in our near future.

We made it home just in time for me to gently push down the bread I had put on to rise before we headed out in the morning. It’s always a new adventure when baking in an unknown oven. But over all, even though I think the bake could have used a few more minutes in the oven it turned out pretty good.

I love using a mix of fresh and dried cranberries in this hearty cranberry walnut bread. The tartness of the fresh cranberries lend a brightness to the hearty loaf. I really enjoy it toasted, slathered with butter and honey in the morning with coffee. Try it. You’ll love it!

Cheers!

❤️