2020's Word of the Year

2020 word of the year- Release
Release control of what I can't control. Release worry. Release fear. Release...

Friday, March 20

What is God trying to teach me?

At the end of last year I was pondering about my word for the year. I just felt a strong sense that God wanted me to work on the word "Release" in my life. This is what I put at the top of my blog for the year.

 "2020 word of the year- Release
Release control of what I can't control. Release worry. Release fear. Release..."

I had no idea that less than three months later our world would be turned upside down. Schools have been released with a possibility that they may not re-open until fall. My business has had to make huge adjustments, only allowing 10 customers at a time, the uncertainty whether we will even be able to stay open. A growing pandemic that covers all the media, everyone's conversation and has my special needs 14 yo in a state of distress. Worry and fear for my loved ones. A desire to go see my family and knowing that I can't or I put them at risk. Fear for my nephew who is fighting for his life! I've even lost the ability to worship together with my church family

Last night I went to bed feeling like I couldn't even breathe much less relax enough to sleep. God brought back to my mind my word. 

Release control of what I can't control
Release worry
Release fear

I can spend all of my time worrying about things and what might happen or I can make plans to prepare and cope with life right now. I'm not giving up but I am not going let fear and worry consume me. 

Somehow I'm going to have to come up with a plan to keep my business afloat as well as making sure my boys are not slacking in their education. My youngest also needs a routine to help him cope so I have to figure out what that's going to look like. As an extrovert I'm going to have to figure out how to feed that part of my life as well. 

I was at a ladies retreat two weeks ago and we were challenged to carve out an hour a week for rest, however that looks for us. It didn't seem so tough two weeks ago, but now I have no idea how I will be able to find an hour to myself. I'm going to have to dig for that time but I think it's going to be important right now. 

We are all facing a challenge like we've never faced before. Of all the scenarios I've had in my dreams or nightmares of life-changing events this was not on the list. It's frightening! It's overwhelming! But I know that God is bigger than global pandemics, He's bigger than cancer, He's bigger than my business problems and He's bigger than my son's fear and stress. So, as I work on learning to release these things to God I'll be praying for all of you to do the same.


Monday, January 20


As I mentioned in an earlier post, I make scones almost every day. Scones create a lot of discussion in the food world, from the way the word is pronounced or what shape they take or even what constitutes a scone.

To us Americans the easiest way to describe a scone is a baking powder biscuit with a little bit of sugar in it. Most people add some kind of fruit. When we lived in England I had scones for the first time at cute little cafe in Mildenhall. They were plain scones served with strawberry jam and whipped cream. I was in heaven!! Now traditionally they use clotted cream, but as a yank, I loved having the thick whip cream.

I tried making scones a few times but they were never quite right until I found a recipe in a kids magazine that was the perfect recipe.  I've been making them ever since! I put all different kinds of things in this recipe. In the last month I've made chocolate chip scones, eggnog scones, cranberry orange scones, salted caramel scones, maple nut scones, candied ginger scones, cinnamon scones, chai scones, strawberry scones, apricot walnut scones, apple cinnamon scones, raspberry chocolate scones, lavender scones...well, you get the idea. Basically you can put just about anything in a scone. We've even done bacon and cheddar cheese scones. The key to remember is that if you use some very moist you need to adjust your liquid mixture.
Double Chocolate

Here is my basic recipe:
1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
3 T sugar
2 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
Mix thoroughly and add 4-6 oz of cold, diced butter. Use a pastry blender or fork to work it in the dry ingredients. Add 4-6 tablespoons half and half. Shape into your desired shape and bake at 400 degrees for 10-12 minutes.

Depending on what flavors I use, if I think the scones may be a bit dry sometimes I add a quick powder sugar glaze on top. If I use fresh fruit that may be a bit wet I might sprinkle powder sugar or cinnamon sugar.
Birthday Cake

If you make scones and they don't turn out the first time, don't give up. Scones are kind of like pie crust, the more you make it the more familiar you are with how the dough should feel, how they should look while they bake, etc. If you make this recipe send me an email or post on here and let me know how they turned out. I would love to hear!

Happy Scone Making!

Monday, January 13

Makers not Consumers

It's funny odd, coincidental that in the last couple of weeks I keep seeing and hearing things about people being makers and not consumers, meaning that we need to be contributing to society more than we take out. But I also think that this means we should be making more of our own stuff and not just buying things out of convenience. Why? Well for one reason I think we need to know how to make things because someday we might not be able to buy it. Or maybe you could make things just for a sense of self-satisfaction that you're not dependent on others for everything that you have. And sometimes it's just nice to know that you can do something that your grandparents did!

I was trying to think what this might look like in my own life. Obviously for people who know me, baking might be the answer. I bake every single day. From muffins, scones and breads to pies and pizzas depending on the day. But..what about the not so obvious things?  For each of us it will vary because we have different needs.

At my house things that can be made instead of bought could be garden produce canned and frozen for future use. It could mean cars repaired instead of replaced. Opening windows in the summer instead of air conditioning. Oh, and I love drying clothes on the line, especially towels!

So, what could you do to become a maker and not a consumer? Or what do you do to contribute to society rather than take from it?

Friday, January 10

What's Up with Washi Tape?

I'm getting my stuff ready for a scrapbook weekend. I realized the last time I scrapped was the summer of 2017?!?!  Kind of sad when I used to get together once a month with friends and scrap the evening away. 
Things have changed a lot since I first started scrapbooking. It used to be you had a good pair of scissors, some cardstock and a few packages of stickers and you were good to go. Now the girls that go scrapbooking carry several loads of stuff in, as well as computers, dvd players and anything else they need to pass the time. I'm still a pretty basic scrapper. As I was looking online at scrapbook supplies I keep seeing washi tape. It's gorgeous! It comes in all sorts of designs and colors! Look at the examples below:

Glitter and Gold!



Ooh, VanGogh!
 See? Lots of pretty designs and patterns! But I still have no idea what people use it for. Borders? Maybe. I see that people are using it in their planners too. I don't know why though. Guess I'm a plain jane planner kind of person too.

So, if you use washi tape, tell me what you do with it.

Monday, January 6

Taking the Slow Lane

It's been almost 2 years since I've posted anything. Let me tell you, I am loving my little business downtown but it's definitely taken some time to adjust to working full time.

Slow Lane Coffee
A peek at the the counter

This has become my home away from home. For awhile I was spending almost as much time here as I was at home, but I think I'm finally figuring out a healthy balance.

We are a small town coffee shop and I bake fresh muffins and scones and miscellaneous things every weekday. I bake bread as often as I can. We serve specialty coffees and blended drinks as well as serving light lunches. And yes, we even serve plain brewed coffee. It amazes me how many people come in and ask if we have plain ol' coffee! LOL

If you would like to check out our Facebook page, you can find it here.

I'm hoping to get back to blogging more regularly. Time will tell just how much spare time I can find. Until then, Happy January!

Thursday, April 19

Rethinking a problem

In January I wrote a post about giving up a dream that I had. I was fully prepared to give it up but a dear friend of mine suggested that maybe I needed to take another look at the problem and see if it could be solved from a different direction. And that got me to thinking. What if I could approach it from a different direction? Could we make it work?

All of a sudden the dream was back in full force, I just couldn't let it go. I talked to my husband and told him that I wanted to go for it. If it doesn't work, it doesn't work. But if I don't try I will never know. My husband was all for it, so we are working full steam ahead.

I currently have a purchase agreement on a business here in our hometown and we hope to close next month. Life has taken a big change of direction and my days are full of forms that need filled out, cost projections, product testing and consulting with other business people. Aside from filling out all of the government forms I am enjoying every minute of it. I hope to tell you more about it later! Until then, I am back to work. Have a great day!

Tuesday, March 6

A Little Piece of our Lives

 I saw this the other day and it made me chuckle. Here in our little town we have an excellent band teacher. He teaches band at two schools, the middle and high school so they keep him busy going back and forth. He still manages to help kids to love band and they do very well when they compete with other schools.

I was very happy this fall when it was decided that my youngest son would be able to join band because if you don't know this kid has a fascination with marching bands. He loves a good marching band the way I love a good steak dinner. We have watched hundreds of hours of marching bands on YouTube since he was just a little tyke. So the fact that he got to be in band made him a very happy boy. We chose the euphonium for one basic reason, we didn't know if he would have the capability to play and the school had one he could use for free. Yeah, I didn't know what a euphonium was either, I had to look it up.

Last night the middle school had their band concert and my boy got to play. Here is a poor picture of him (lighting was not great) playing his horn. He did so well my heart just about exploded! And then I bawled. Because here was my son, the boy that the dr's said would never develop and should be put in an institution to make life easier for us, sitting in the back row with his classmates playing his horn like every other "normal" kid! Yes, okay, he will never be like the other kids, and really we're okay with that because he is a very special boy who loves babies and kittens and is one of the most honest people you will ever meet.

After the concert we got to watch videos of the concert that other parents had posted on Facebook. I told Alex that I was very proud of him because he played every song and paid attention. He looked at me and said, " I made a few mistakes Mom." I quickly reassured him that everyone made mistakes and that's okay.

At the beginning of the year I told Alex that if he stuck with band for the whole year and learned to play that I would buy him his own instrument. Honestly, I thought he would have gotten tired of it by now and be wanting to quit. But no, not him. He has been looking online at trombones. When I look at his history on his Kindle I see that he's been watching lots of videos on how to play the trombone. Who knows what the future will bring for this young man? I really can't even guess but for now we're just going to enjoy the journey. :)