Celebrating the Big Day. . .

Celebrating the big day. . .

We celebrated Sprat and Sweet G this weekend. It was a most perfect day for this perfect duo. I had a great time watching them and all their friends having the time of their lives. It was perfect.

The Big Exit. . .

This is going to be a photo overload. . .

These fellas traveled a long way to stand by the happy couple

One of my favorites. . .

This is the before for the motley crew.

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We had a great weekend with family and friends. So happy for Sweet G and Sprat.

Have You Ever Made Your Own Bread?

Have you ever made your own bread?

Have you ever made homemade bread? My Grandmother made bread, this was nothing fancy just white loaf bread but it was the best bread ever. Mom made bread for us growing up and she used Grandmother’s recipe. This recipes makes about 5-6 loaves depending on the size of your pans. The recipe is not complicated but you will need a very large bowl to mix everything up.

Grandmother

Me and according to my sister and mother I look like Grandmother

Back story on the bread. . .

Early in our marriage the hubs was diagnosed with food allergies and was not able to eat any type of bread or bakery products that were pre packaged. This meant baking my own bread. I was very fortunate to have Grandmother’s bread recipe from my mom. I began making our own bread from scratch, my family loved it. The hubs eventually could eat regular baked goods again and now I only bake bread every now and then.

Whenever I would bake this bread I always felt like Grandmother was watching over me. My Grandmother passed away when I was in third grade, I have many fond memories going to visit her. I did not get a lot of time with her but what time I had was special. Here is her recipe for loaf bread, I am sure there are many out there similar but this is hers.

Grandmother’s Bread recipe

  • 5 lbs flour (1 bag, I like King Arthur)
  • 3 pkg dry active yeast
  • 5 cups lukewarm water
  • 2 T salt
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup butter softened

Sprinkle 2 cups warm water and 2 tsp sugar over your yeast and set aside.

Sift flour, remaining sugar, and salt. Make a well in the center and add butter. Pour your yeast mixture over the butter. Mix with your hands until well blended and the dough is smooth and not sticky.

Place in a large bowl and grease the top with butter. Cover and let rise in a warm place until double in size.

Once risen work dough down and divide in to loaf portions, depending on your loaf pans this could be 5-7 loaves. Grease your loaf pans and and cover let rise again until double in size.

Bake 350 for 15 minutes then reduce to 325 and bake for 40 minutes until brown. This bread freezes beautifully. Enjoy, with much love.

It is Almost Wedding Time. . .

It is almost Wedding time. . .

It is hard to believe that the Wedding is only a month away. Seems like Sprat and Sweet G just got engaged. The plans are all coming together slowly but surely.

The Church is booked, reception and rehearsal venues are set and final walk throughs are scheduled. Waiting to hear on RSVP’s to finalize the head count.

I did finally get a dress, that was an arduous process. Trying on clothes used to be so much fun, now it seems more of a chore. Still need to decide on a dress for the rehearsal dinner and the last shower.

Everything is coming together. . . . for this Fairytale Wedding. . .

We Now Have a Senior in Our House

We have a college senior now. . .

Junior year is in the books and we now have a senior in college. Big T finished up strong with the Deans list for Spring semester. Drove up to Massachusetts to bring Big T home for the Summer. Very excited to have him home for a little bit, although he has lots of plans to visit his teammates and his brother.

So many emotions . . .

So many emotions right now: happy, sad, frustrated, excited, and hopeful. We are very excited for Big T as he transitions to his senior status. Just to clarify the frustration part of my emotions. Both of the boys frustrate me to no end when it comes to graduation. It does not matter if it is High School or College neither one wanted to go to their graduation ceremonies.

Having not attended my own college graduation, I insisted Sprat go to his. I had many regrets for not going to my graduation I did not want him to have the same. Big T is already trying to get out of his graduation from college. Sprat admitted after the fact that he was glad he went to graduation, he may have been shining me on a little.

Conclusion. . .

As a mom to two stubborn, bull headed boys it is my job to try and keep them from making the same mistakes I made. We all want to keep our kids from making our same mistakes. It is the most difficult thing to reason with tweens, teens, and twenty somethings that believe they know everything and think you got to be this old by being stupid.

Stay tuned for more pearls of wisdom from this crazy mother of two strong willed young men. . .

Lacrosse Season Official Over for 2023-2024

Lacrosse Season officially over. . .

Big T’s lacrosse season is officially over and I am a little sad. Junior year is winding down and soon Big T will be home for the Summer. It was a banner season for lacrosse in our house, Big T had a good season and Sprat had a good first season as a High School lacrosse coach.

I am very proud of both of my kiddos, they are growing, changing, and becoming pretty good humans. The hubbs and I got to see the last two home games for Big T and they put up two good wins. Very exciting to watch your kid grow and bloom as a student, athlete, and as a person.

Must be honest, I am a little sad to see the season end. I am going to miss: our little trips to visit Big T, watching him play, visiting with his friends and teammates, and the other parents.

Stay tuned for recipes from the garden, the hubbs has been busy in retirement. . .

potatoes, onions, spinach, peppers, tomatoes, and radishes so far.

Spring is in the Air. . .

Spring in the air and front porch update

Spring is in the air and my front porch greenery needed an spruce up. We had a beautiful wreath on the porch last year and of course those hot days wreaked havoc on the wreath. Decided it needed some sprucing up for Easter.

My old wreath that needed sprucing up

My new wreath, OK my spruced up old wreath

Found my new flowers to add to the old wreath at Michael’s, it was a very inexpensive spruce up. I think they look lovely, let me know what you think.

Update on the Sourdough front. . .

Update on my sourdough. . . Made two loaves the other day that turned out beautiful. I do love King Arthur flour. These loaves turned out beautifully and had the best flavor. The hubbs enjoyed it with some pimento cheese.

Don’t they look fabulous?

I will be making some more this week.

Road Trip and a Little Lacrosse. . .

Road Trip. . .

The hubbs and I make at least two trips a year to see the boys play college lacrosse. Sprat graduated this year in May so this year we travel to see Big T. Big T is the face off guy for his team and has been really working on his technique. He kept telling us all week, Mom I have a new technique I am going to try in my next game. Big T was so excited to execute his technique.

Big T in White jersey and making his move

Big T again with the Win on face off.

Love Watching these kids play. . .

Love watching these guys play lacrosse, they have really come together as a team. So excited to be able to go visit with Big T and watch him play. We visited some new places to eat and went back to some old favorites. The lobster roll at Legal Seafood is a must anytime in Massachusetts. This time we tried Dave’s Hot Chicken a favorite of Big T. I do not eat a lot of meat when eating out but, you will love this, they had a cauliflower alternative to their chicken tenders and it was delish!! We will go back next time we visit for sure.

Stay tuned for more recipes and Lacrosse updates as the season continues. . .

A Little Sourdough and a Trip to Vermont. . .

A little sourdough. . .

A little sour tell about my sourdough. Decided to dive into a sourdough starter again. My sister is the sourdough, well anything baking, Queen. She inspires me with all that she accomplishes on the daily.

My sourdough starter consists of 3 T pumpernickel flour and 3 T of water (luke warm water). Mix and let set on your counter gently covered with plastic wrap. Day 3: 2 T pumpernickel flour and 2 T luke warm water and stir gently. Day 4: 2 T flour and 2 T luke warm water. Day 5: 5 T pumpernickel flour and 5 T luke warm water. Day 6 discard half of your starter and then feed the remaining starter 1/2 cup flour and 1/2 cup luke warm water.

Day one of my starter

I think this is day 3 of my starter and a picture of my pumpernickel flour I use.

you can see the bubbles

Making bread. . .

Made two different breads with my starter, I made two sourdough loaves and two white loaf/ sandwich bread loaves. They all turned out pretty nice the sourdough had a perfect crusty crust and soft inside. The loaf / sandwich bread was very nice, will have to wait to find out how it tastes Sprat and Sweet G took those loaves with them.

This is my rustic sourdough loaf. lol

Went to Vermont. . .

Went to Vermont this past week and visited the King Arthur Baking company. I love that place and love their products. Picked up a few things I was out of and enjoyed lunch too. It was a beautiful ride up the mountain.

Did get to see some snow on the way. . .

Stay tuned. . . more recipes and updates on the Lacrosse season. . .

How to Stay Healthy and Eat Healthy at Work. . .

How do we eat healthy at work. . .

How do we eat healthy at work? It is very difficult when you are surrounded by sweets, treats and quick grab vending machines. Being sent home to work remote was the best thing that ever happened to me. I am able to fix my own meals and I am not tempted by the monthly cake squares we used to get.

Meal prep is the key. . .

When I worked in the office, meal prep was the key. Fixing a few days in advance always helped me stay prepared to go to work. Working twelve hour days you cannot just take your lunch, you need breakfast and a good snack too.

This is a fabulous chicken and rice soup my hubbs made this morning.

One of the chicken pies the hubbs made too.

The Hubbs and his chicken soup and chicken pie. . .

We each have our own specialties and the hubbs is definitely his chicken soup and chicken pie. The boys love these especially the soup.

  • 4-5 Chicken breast
  • 2 large containers low sodium chicken broth
  • 2 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 4-5 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 T oregano
  • 5 fresh sage leaves
  • black pepper
  • 1 cup Jasmine rice

2 T Montreal steak marinade, 2T red wine vinegar, 1/4 cup olive oil, 1/4 cup water and mix that together and pour over the chicken and a little chicken broth and minced garlic cloves. Place Chicken and all of the above in the crock pot and cook on low for about 8 hrs.

After your chicken is cooked pull it out and shred about 3 chicken breast for your soup and save the other breast for your pies. Put your shredded chicken back in the crock pot with the above ingredients and cook on low for about 5 hrs, You can use your left over chicken to make pie or you can use it to pack your lunch with salads, wraps, or just over some rice.

Stay tuned for some more meal prep and healthy eating ideas from my kitchen to yours, until we eat again. . .

No New Year’s Resolutions Here. . .

No New Year’s resolutions at my house. . .

I resolve this year to be a better me, I do not want to be better than anyone else just a better me. Have said this time and again and I do try to do and be better each day. When I say be better I mean, be more forgiving of myself and others, be more patient with others, and goodness knows I want to improve my health.

I am on a constant improvement plan. . .

I am on a constant improvement plan for myself; improving my diet, physical health, and my mental health. Work required some interesting reading this past year and I am glad that it did. I read some books I probably would never have even thought about. Emotional Agility, by Susan David and dare to lead by Brene Brown were both good reads.

This is the year of the Wedding. . .

Lots of posts will be Wedding related, so much to do and so little time. You would think we have it all done but little things keep popping up and oh, you need to do that too. This is going to be a huge emotional year for our family as our first born starts his life with his new bride. I have to say I am very excited to be gaining a daughter. Sprat and Sweet G spent Christmas at our house this year, which was great.

Tasting at the Reception Venue

Fun at the Wedding Show

Been awhile since I posted last. . .

It has been awhile since I posted last, life got real busy and I will be honest I was just too tired to do anything but sleep. Getting more rest and self care will be a goal for me this year. We could all use a little more self care, I think we hustle and bustle so much to try and please everyone we lose sight of our own care.

Stay tuned. . . Weddings, Love, Self Care and family will be the focus this year. . .

Love this Lilly, so beautiful