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 | 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

Reading Wednesday | Jelly Bean Blessings

Candy Apple Blessings is a favorite book in our house, so when I saw that illustrator Maddie Frost had come out with a new book, I jumped at the chance to review it. Just like Candy Apple Blessings explores the wonders of fall, Jelly Bean Blessings highlights the joys of springtime. Jelly Bean Blessings employs … Continue reading Reading Wednesday | Jelly Bean Blessings

Reading Wednesday | An Easter Prayer

Spring is all about new life. What better way to show that to little readers than an adorable touch-and-feel board book? An Easter Prayer, by Amy Parker and illustrated by Alison Edgson, wonderfully captures this spirit. Eggs, chicks, and bunnies are common symbols of Easter. In An Easter Prayer, we follow an adorable little bunny … Continue reading Reading Wednesday | An Easter Prayer

Reading Wednesday | Cozy, Snowy Cuddles

It may not be popular, but I love it when the weather turns cold. I love wearing fuzzy sweaters, bundling in cozy blankets, and drinking hot chocolate. So when I had a chance to review a book all about winter chilliness, I had to investigate. Cozy, Snowy Cuddles wonderfully captures that cozy winter feeling in a touch-and-feel … Continue reading Reading Wednesday | Cozy, Snowy Cuddles

Reading Wednesday | Candy Apple Blessings

I'm a big fan of Autumn. So when I spotted a children's book that talked about all the good things about Fall, I couldn't wait to read it. Candy Apple Blessings, illustrated by Maddie Frost, is a fantastic introduction the wonderfulness found between the months of September to November.  Candy Apple Blessings has a fun rhythm … Continue reading Reading Wednesday | Candy Apple Blessings