Archive | January, 2016

Winter Fun in the Kitchen

26 Jan

jan-cooking-001aI just love a cold weekend day when I’m home and can spend some time in the kitchen. It’s the perfect time to cook pots of soups, stew, spaghetti sauce and chili. I often cook large pots of these warm treats and freeze them in containers for quick lunches on cold days.

I also remember when my kids, now both in their 20’s, were home and would love to spend the day in the kitchen with me. They’d be right there, asking what they could do to help, being my official mixers, my rubber spatula lickers, my egg crackers and my buddies for the days.  And my two poodles were right there waiting for their treats too, never leaving our side!  The kids would especially love when we’d bake.  Over the years we’ve made endless batches of chocolate chip cookies, brownies and banana breads.

jan-cooking-002For younger moms, just starting to enjoy these precious times with their little cooks, we have some really fun gear that your kids will love to wear.  They will instantly will become your official chefs in training.  And the outfits will certainly make some wonderful memories, and great pictures!

Now that my kids are older, once the soups, sauces and treats are done, I package them up, freeze most of it, and send them off to college for my younger son or when he returns to school after break and I hand the treats off to my older son when we meet for dinner and he returns to his apartment in Chicago.  They still love to enjoy homemade soups and baked treats.

So enjoy these cold winter days.  Find some time to spend in the kitchen cooking your favorites and smelling the warm treats in the oven or on the stove.  Start your own traditions and find the recipes you and your family will love to enjoy.  The memories will be precious.

Happy Winter!

Renee

National Handwriting Day

23 Jan

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Today we celebrate National Handwriting Day.  The lost art, or so it seems, as we type on keyboards and text on our smartphones to communicate.  My grocery lists are now on my iPhone and my conversations are mainly in text and email.  Yet there is something more personal when a note is handwritten.  I think now more than ever, handwritten notes stand out since so few people write them anymore.  Who doesn’t like to open their mailbox and receive a handwritten letter?  Or think back to when you were in school and friends passed notes in class.  So much more exciting than getting a text!

To celebrate, why not write a long lost friend a note letting them know you are thinking of them?  Or jot a quick note to pack  in your kids lunch?

Do you still write handwritten letters?  Let us know if you do and if you feel the art is lost or making a comeback in this modern age of technology.

Happy writing!

Best,

Jennifer

 

Love Letters

19 Jan

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Floral Swag Foldover Note Cards Floating Hearts Foil-Pressed Foldover Note Cards with Lined Envelopes Love Struck Stationery in Acrylic Holder

February is the month of love and a perfect time to write more love notes! You can really make someone’s day with a few simple sentences expressing your feelings. And for the perfect canvas, pick up a great box of personalized stationery. Whether you are writing a little note to your husband, boyfriend, your son or daughter or your best friend, it’s really easier than you think. And they’ll love to save them and re-read them over the years. It’s not about perfection in letter writing, it’s about sharing a feeling, a memory, a dream.

So what that many others are writing electronically. Those come and go. Putting pen to paper is long lasting. It’s really ok to write a real note! You can mail it or give it in person, leave it on a desk in a place they will find it, pack it in a lunch, or pop it in the refrigerator so they will see it in the morning. No matter what you say, you won’t go wrong. It can be long or short, funny or serious, romantic or casual. What’s most important is that it is in your own words and it sounds like you. Be yourself!

February is a wonderful time to reconnect after the holidays. Plan a special dinner date, a lunch or a breakfast. Enjoy the company of those you love and those you want to get to know better. With Valentine’s Day around the corner, it’s time to get planning, and it’s time to get writing! Maybe give your special love a box of stationery so they can write you back!

Happy love letter writing to you!

Best wishes,

Renee