Blueberry Oatmeal Muffins (I Can’t Believe I’m Sharing This)

Most mornings, oatmeal is for breakfast. Old-fashioned oats (don’t let me catch you using instant) + a pat of butter + honey + cinnamon + diced banana + chopped pecans. Hardy and delicious, a great start to the morning. I’m going to share my recipe for blueberry oatmeal muffins with you, but as I always, I have a little story first! Some mornings I know time will simply not allow for this 7-10 minute meal preparation. And I just haven’t wrapped my mind around the idea of overnight oats. Any…

Top 5 Friday: Western Novels

Getting closer to home with this week’s Top 5 Friday post. We’re going to chat a little about my favorite western novels. It’s not secret, western is most likely my favorite genre. Take a look at any of my reading posts, and my point will quickly be validated. Where It Began My love for tales of the wild west, began when I was just short of a teenager. I believed Grandpa hung the moon, still do. In their den/office they have two huge book cases full of books. I remember…

Grateful For…

Grateful: warmly or deeply appreciative of kindness or benefits received. Have you ever caught yourself using a word over and over again to describe how you feel, but then draw a blank when someone asks for the definition? That is how I felt when I asked myself what grateful meant. I use the word, along with blessed, to describe and express thanks for all that I have been given in life. But perhaps, I had let the words’ meanings turn bland or vanilla over time. Overused, taken for granted. But…

Book Review: Resisting Happiness by Matthew Kelly

“God wants you to be happy even more than you want it yourself.” Resisting Happiness by Matthew Kelly is perhaps the most powerful thing I have ever read. Powerful as in it truly struck a chord. I’ve read plenty of books that are supposed to help you get your act together, find happiness, be successful, etc. But none like this. Resisting Happiness By Matthew Kelly Beacon Publishing, 2016 242 pages (paperback), $10.61 (as of May 15, 2017) on Amazon 192 pages (hardcover), $16.84 (as of May 15, 2017) on Amazon “This…

Top 5 Friday: Gifts for Mom

FYI Mother’s Day is 7 days away. (I know it’s not Friday when I am posting this!) But I’m sure you have already purchased your mom, mother-in-law, and the mother of your children a gift, right? Well if you haven’t yet, I have a few ideas for you in my Top 5 this week, Gifts for Mom! And a broad spectrum of ideas at that: DIY to Etsy to your local grocery store to specialty stores. It’s not to late to hit up Amazon yet if you are Prime, or even…

Not For Sale

Four hundred twenty-five dollars. If handed $425 right now, what would you want to spend it on? A pair of jeans? If you have watched the news or been on Facebook of late, you will most likely know of the story I am referring to. If not check out this article. Or better yet, read the blog post from Mike Rowe, host of the television show “Dirty Jobs”. I had to laugh. As silly as it is to think of someone paying $425 for a pair of jeans that have…

April Favorites

Pssstttt it’s May. April ending on a Sunday and May beginning on a Monday is pretty darn sneaky. Driving to work I knew the date, but sure enough, the first chance I get to write the date down, I’m beginning to pen “April”. Never fails. April was yet another good one. A wedding, plenty of parties, family gatherings, good eats, good reading, kinda sums it up. But to sum it up further, I’m going to share some of my favorites from the month of April. Favorite Book To be fair, Jubal…

Hot Reads 2017 – Take 2

Where to begin? I feel like I have read some real good ones this go-round. Yet, I always feel thirsty for more. Any fellow readers experience the same feeling. Even though I am reading far more than I used to, I now find myself yearning for a rainy day or many lunch breaks thrown together to lounge outside on a porch with a book. The Scam by Janet Evanovich (Fox & O’Hare #4) Guns of the Timberland by Louis L’Amour All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr The…

Top 5 Friday: Downtown SA Eats

Late January, I jumped at an opportunity. February 1st, I changed jobs. Went from working in the rather-happening downtown San Antonio area to taking the back roads to my new job out in Helotes. Quite a bit of a change; traded in my slacks and heels for boots and jeans. As it turns out, I also had to say goodbye to all of my favorite downtown eateries. Over three years of being spoiled by great restaurants (most within walking distance) filled with variety, culture, flavor and scene. I knew I would…