Wednesday, February 3, 2016


Do certain smells bring back memories for you? Take you back to a much simpler time?  Or cause you to miss someone even more than you were already missing them?

Last night I was making spaghetti for supper.  I make the meat sauce just like momma made it.
Brown your hamburger meat (drain if needed), add Worcestershire, then chili powder and then sprinkle in flour before adding tomato sauce and water.  Let that simmer for a bit and you're done.  Sometimes I add in a little bit of jar spaghetti sauce but last night I did not.  The smell of the Worcestershire alone took me back to momma cooking supper in the kitchen growing up.  I smiled, and then I smiled again when I took a small spoon to taste the sauce.  It was very close to momma's.  Success.

When I make homemade donuts, I have the same reaction except this smell takes me back to Grandma Berger's house when we were little.  I should tell you now that the homemade donuts are not some fancy made from scratch family recipe.  They are canned biscuits, but they are fried up with tons of love and that's what makes them special and better than any bought donut anywhere.  Every single time I make these, a wave of memories come flooding back as soon as that first donut hits the oil.  I love memories like that.

When I close my eyes, I can still smell Jace.  Today it makes me smile.  Some days, the tears just fall from my eyes without warning.  Same when I can smell momma.  Both scents I love to get a whiff of every now and then.

A funny scent memory is not one I remember but one that I've heard my brother Tony describe. When they were little, apparently they went to Grandma & Grandpa's house quite a bit for supper or maybe lunch.  I may have gone too but I don't really have memories of doing that specifically.  Maybe we did and I just automatically associate those visits with the holidays.  Who knows.  Anyway, pulling into Grandma's, there is a long drive up to the house.  Not really that long but its a skip. ha!  You have to understand, going to Grandma's was awesome.  I always loved going, always. So imagine the excitement of going to Grandma's, pulling up and jumping out of the car to go greet them only to met by a wave of the most awful smell coming from the house and realizing you're not getting chicken noodle soup for supper but sausage and sauerkraut!!  "Noooooooooooooo!!!!!!!" Tony tells it so much better and still to this day hates sauerkraut, Bryan as well.  Cindy and I hate it just as much.  Ugh....nasty stuff.  And Daddy always loves to tell us when he's had some really good sauerkraut because he knows of our disdain for the stuff.  I just don't think I will every acquire a taste for it. No thank you.

Of course there are other smells that I just love that don't really bring back memories but make me smile.  Fresh cut grass, babies after a bath, caking baking in the oven, BBQ, coffee, a good-smelling rose, good-smelling cologne on a handsome guy, rain and a rainstorm coming.  I could keep going but those are a few smells that pull a grin out of me every time.

What are your favorite smells?

Monday, February 1, 2016

Keep Shining

I'm sitting at home this Monday morning anxiously waiting for 9:00. I get my eyes examined then and will finally get back into contacts. I may have mentioned my excitement about this before.  I am also sitting thinking about my total and utter disdain for lice. Words cannot adequately describe how I feel about it. We've had another round of these little monsters in our house and let me tell you, I was not a happy camper yesterday afternoon. One again I stripped everything, separated what I couldn't wash and did another treatment on Miss Bella. I feel for anyone who has to deal with this nuisance.

I'm also trying to get my head straight, and if I'm being honest, my heart. Without giving you the long story, something happened at work Friday afternoon and left me crushed. Something that was petty. I'm trying to look past it and move forward but it has been weighing on me over the weekend and I've been replaying events and thinking about how I could have handled things differently. I'm not sure I would have. I'm going to keep smiling  and keep shining. It's a new day and a new week.

Friday, January 29, 2016

Friday Faves

A belated Christmas present came in yesterday and I'm so excited!!  Mix and Match Cakes by Shay Shull, author of Mix and Match Family  and Pioneer Woman's latest cookbook!  I've heard great things about both of these books so I can't wait to start my reading this weekend.  :)

This has been one of my favorite quotes this week...

I like to think I have taken everything thrown my way and become a better person for it.  I'm definitely not bitter.  I may go off on a rant every once in a while about God's plan but I get over it and accept the path he's leading me down.  Honestly, I don't think there is a soul out there who hasn't questioned HIM every now and then.  

And then there's this...

This sweet bundle of joy crawled up on the bed and laid down on mommy's chest earlier in the week and I just melted into a big ole puddle.  

Don't forget the nails!  This is Petal Pushers

I tried a chocolate brown color I've had for a while earlier in the week.  Its not Essie, but Nicole something or another.  Looked great on but by the end of day one, I had chips.  Could be the brand, could be that I've had it a while, who really knows.  I just know that Essie has been working for me and they have really pretty colors.  
One little bit of exciting news (to me it is) is that Monday morning I'm finally going to the eye doctor to get my eyes back!!  I'm so dramatic but y'all, I have been wearing glasses since the end of October and I'm done.  I've been out of contacts and the doctor would not order more until I came in for a yearly exam.  Ugh.  Long story short...the delay in getting in was due to out of pocket expenses and insurance.  Anyway, I like having the option to wear contacts or glasses.  God bless everyone who can wear glasses everyday and it not drive them crazy.  My daddy is one of them.  Momma was too.  I just can't.  Maybe one day I'll change my mind but for now, bring on the contacts!!  So yes, Monday is the day and I can't wait!

I just got a text message from my BFF Marilee that her daughter Cassie is going to be induced tomorrow.  This is her first baby (a girl) and tomorrow is also Cassie's birthday.  So exciting!!

Hope y'all have a great weekend!

Monday, January 25, 2016

A Little Weekend of Love

Saturday morning I decided Bella and I would venture off to Pearland to do a little running around. She had received two of the same Shopkins play sets for Christmas. One of them came with a gift receipt to Toys R Us (thank you Joy) and thankfully, Pearland has one.  My little Boo Boo also got a James Avery charm bracelet for her birthday from the Hillier's and Square's.  We needed to have the bracelet sized and the charms added so James Avery was on our list of stops.

Our first stop was Sonic and a selfie!

Bella also still had a little bit of money to spend and let me tell you, it was burning a hole in her pocket!  We arrived and she started talking about a store with makeup that we had been to before and it had jewelry.  I couldn't figure out what place she was talking about but when she saw the pink doors, she squealed and pointed and then I knew.  Charming Charlies.  The makeup consists of lipgloss. Ha!  I promised if she were a good girl, we would stop by there.  Our first stop was Toys R Us where my girl was a little disappointed that they didn't have a bigger selection of Shopkins but opted for a little bouncing yapping dog, a pocket puppy and kitty.  

Charming Charlies was a disappointment for Bella as they no longer have a young girls section.  She still looked around and even asked the sales clerk if they had any lip gloss.  That sales clerk found me later to compliment me on what a polite and well-mannered daughter I had.  Made this momma's day! Bella left with a lanyard (aka, charm necklace) and I left thinking about this clutch....

After James Avery, a late lunch at Red Robin and quiet time looking at books at Barnes & Noble, we went back to Charming Charlies for that clutch and then perused Macy's home sale for a pasta pot. No luck at Macy's so we headed home as we were beat.  Bella told me when we were going home that she really loves girls day when its just her and I spending time together.  I hope she always feels that way.  

Sunday morning I made pancakes.  Heart-shaped pancakes.  I wouldn't call it a failure but it wasn't pretty.  

I'm telling myself practice will help.  Bella loved them regardless and ate every last bit.  The first one I removed the mold too soon and had spillage.  The second one, I used less batter but almost let it sit too long.  Need to adjust my heat.  Again, if I made pancakes more often I would know this.  I also used the griddle that is built in to my stove for the first time ever.  I consider that a factor in my slight success but not failure heart-shaped pancake morning.  I will try again!!

The rest of our Sunday consisted of burning limbs, raking a few leaves, boiling chicken for dinner that night (Crescent Chicken Rolls), baking muffins, watching football and a nap!  

And let me just confess something while I'm here. James Avery told Bella and I her bracelet would be ready after 4:00 Sunday.  I originally had every intention of driving back Sunday afternoon but after we finished burning limbs, I knew I wouldn't want to go.  Bella's tummy was hurting later in the afternoon so I convinced her to lay down with me to take a nap.  I had no intention of falling asleep but I totally did.  We both woke up about the same time and the first thing she asked about was going back to James Avery.  Y'all...I totally lied to my daughter.  I told her the lady from James Avery called while she was napping to let us know they didn't get her bracelet back but would call when they did.  I may have cringed when I told her because I was being an awful mommy in that moment but I just didn't want to go.  She was upset for all of 5 minutes (if that) and then she was good. 

So yeah, bad mommy for lying but good mommy for heart-shaped pancakes.  :)

Y'all have a good one.