Make it Monday | Christmas

It's the most wonderful time of the year. Or so the song claims. I tend to agree, but also know that such expectation can often leave us wanting more. The wonder and magic of the season can get lost amid the running around, the shopping, the parties, the traveling. Not to mention wrestling with emotional … Continue reading Make it Monday | Christmas

Make it Monday | Santa Lucia

Whenever I say, 'Santa Lucia,' I can't help picturing - and, frankly, hearing - Don Knots attempting to sing the traditional Italian song as Barney Fife in The Andy Griffith Show. So many other, better singers have recorded it, but for some reason, Knots' is the version that sticks in my head. However, that was … Continue reading Make it Monday | Santa Lucia

Make it Monday | St. Nick

It's Christmastime! To start off the first week of Advent, let's talk Santa. Before pictures of the jolly, old elf with the red suit jump to mind, I'd like to take us back a few centuries. First, however, here's a little background on Advent, which will inform our topics the next several weeks. Advent itself … Continue reading Make it Monday | St. Nick

Make it Monday | Thanksgiving

I love Thanksgiving. One of my favorite parts about the holiday is hosting the big feast. There's nothing better to me than a table full of food and surrounded by family (or those adopted as family for the day). Despite my love of the holiday, I know Thanksgiving has a lot of pressure. It may … Continue reading Make it Monday | Thanksgiving

Make it Monday | Making Fun with Pumpkins, part 2

Last week, we talked about the variety of activities a pumpkin allows us to do. This week, we'll turn our focus to the kitchen. Whether with pumpkin spice or pumpkin puree, pumpkin flavor creates a host of delectable goodies. Depending on the type of kitchen activity you prefer, perhaps you'll find inspiration to satisfy your … Continue reading Make it Monday | Making Fun with Pumpkins, part 2

Make it Monday | Making Fun with Pumpkins, part 1

Whether you like Halloween or not, pumpkins are a mainstay of Fall decorations, food choices, and all-around-fun. Pumpkins come in all sorts of different shapes and sizes. From adorable baby pumpkins, to flat, white pumpkins, to humongous, award-winning pumpkins. Some are better for decoration and others for baking. Depending on your preferred way of expressing … Continue reading Make it Monday | Making Fun with Pumpkins, part 1

Make it Monday | Making Leafy Memories

One of my favorite aspects of fall is the changing colors. I know I'm not alone, especially considering there are whole maps forecasting when peak fall foliage will occur. Mid-October is usually when leaves turn across central Wisconsin. Lake Michigan causes a micro-climate close to its shores, which creates one of the coolest fall color … Continue reading Make it Monday | Making Leafy Memories

Make it Monday | Making Beef Stroganoff

My husband loves beef stroganoff. I usually avoid it. Not because I don't like it; I'm just allergic to one of the primary ingredients: mushrooms. So I embarked on a journey to find a delicious stroganoff that my husband would love and that I could eat. Stroganoff is a perfect October meal. Whenever the weather … Continue reading Make it Monday | Making Beef Stroganoff

Make it Monday | Making Room to Recharge

In a time when we are all encouraged to practice self-care, whether as mothers, fathers, single, married, older, or younger, we are simultaneously pressured to find that nebulous 'thing' that helps each of us capture what will restore our weary souls. Then, if we do discover it, we must find a way to incorporate it … Continue reading Make it Monday | Making Room to Recharge

Reading Wednesday | The Spice King

As soon as I saw the cover for the first book in Elizabeth Camden's new series, I couldn't wait to read it. A historical novel about spices, botany, and political intrigue, it mixes romance with with world of commercial food, business rivalry, and treason. Happily, The Spice King lived up to my hopeful expectations. The … Continue reading Reading Wednesday | The Spice King