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Playing Catch Up

The last month or so has been busy for our little family like most of everyone else. We are learning to say no to somethings and start slowing down but this year was not the year to make it happen. Instead it was filled to the brim and we enjoyed everything the season had to offer. We partied with family and friends, went light looking, watched all the Christmas movies, sent the cards out and ate more than we should have.

Also I enjoyed a social media break. I try to do this around the holiday season because I want to be present for what time I have with my family.  However, I am back!  I am ready to send 2016 off and get 2017 rocking.

To get y’all caught up here are the highlights since my last post.

Glitter had knee surgery and has healed great. The only bad part is she has fallen a couple of times and busted it back open but it is much better. Glitter has also made the all A honor roll both semesters. She is enjoying the gifted and talented program at school. She has turned into quite the reader. There have been times where we have to tell her to put the book down to get ready to go to school. It seems like an inconvenience but I need to remember she could be attached to screens instead of books.

Hubby and I are doing fine. We got to celebrate 10 years of marriage this year.  We managed to slip away for a long weekend without Glitter. I got to enjoy Megaphone Summit and he got to enjoy some ac and not having to work. (This was great for him since he works on air conditioners.) This conference was nice for me. I got to see more of my blogger friends who I haven’t seen in a year as well as getting to know some people better who I have been following.

Speaking of the conference, I learned a few things but more importantly it was good for my soul to hang out with these women and men who all have the same thing in mind: To lift each other up.  I even got a reminder of this by way of the ornament exchange Th e Women Bloggers do each year. Check back in a couple of days to see what I got.

If you follow me on Instagram, you might have know the big thing I made last month. I set a goal of walking 25 extra miles aside from my normal walking. I tried this in October but fell very short. November was the magic month for me. I broke my goal and also made me want to crush the goal more each month I make them.

I am excited to share and grow in 2017. I hope you will hang around and share with me.

 

Until we next meet,

A

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Time brings change

As the old adage goes: Time changes everything. This applies to my little blog now.  In the past I have focused more on Glitter Bug but as she grows things have changed. The stories she is living now are hers to tell or keep to herself. She nows dreads the flash of the camera. This change has prompted me into rediscovering what makes me outside of being her mother. ( I will ALWAYS be her mother no matter what.)

I thought  a quick post about sharing this would help explain where things are going and I hope you stay around to see where we end up. If not, that is cool and it was nice to have you here. I have just been told by Glitter Bug there are still a few stories she will let me share so she will still be around a little.

 

Until we next meet,

A

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Recipe for Fall

This is for Arkansas Womens Bloggers BLOGtober.

When I think of fall all the normal food ideas come to mind. I look forward to anything pumpkin. If you don’t believe me just ask my hubby. As much as I love nearly pumpkin, my favorite thing to cook is totally off in left field. I have to great recipe my aunt shared with my mum and dad. It is my Grammy’s spaghetti. (That would be my dad’s mother) I have some great memories of my Grammy and Grandpa but I truly didn’t get to appreciate them since they both died when I was younger. 

Now I got this recipe after my aunt came down to visit with us and she made Grammy’s spaghetti. I was in love with this the first bite I put into my mouth. If you have never had homemade sauce then you are seriously missing out but don’t worry I am going to share with you. Back to the spaghetti…. We have all had the store bought spaghetti sauce and some of it has some good depth and flavoring however, Grammy’s tasted like nothing I had every had before. I could taste the love, time, and effort put into it. I knew then I must make this because there was no going back. 

It took me a few months to make this. I mean the amount of time you have the stove on huge. So I did not want to heat my house up during the summer. All summer I kept thinking how nice this will be to make when the weather cools off. As we know last year summer seem to have a permanent hold on most of Arkansas. It was well into fall almost winter before I got to make Grammy’s spaghetti. It was well worth the wait. From start to finish was five hours of smelling some of the best smells ever. Hubby and I would try to be the one who had to go stir the big pot of yumminess. 

Finally our wait was over. Here was the hardest/easiest thing I cooked. Hardest because it smelled so good and I could remember what how it tasted. Easiest because even though it took five hours to cook most of it was just stirring. 

Doesn’t it look yummy?!?! It was great!!! When the first bite was taken, I knew again never store bought sauce for my family. So who is ready to make this yumminess?? 
Well, I am going to share my own version of homemade spaghetti sauce. I am not at liberty to share the original sauce. 
Alicia’s Homemade Spaghetti Sauce
4 cans of tomato paste plus 4 cans of water
2 large cans of crushed tomatoes
4 garlic cloves chopped, medium to semi medium
4 tablespoons of olive oil
Oregano
Italian seasoning
Salt to taste
Put oil in pot and cook paste for about five to ten minutes. Add garlic, water, crushed tomatoes, oregano and Italian seasoning. I don’t really measure seasonings. I just taste and add if need to. So yes it will turn out a little different each time. Cook for about an hour or hour and a half. 
 This is different from my Grammy’s. I really don’t have time to cook for five hours each time I want spaghetti. But this is super good. The last time I made this I did a double batch and now have some on hand so I can just thaw as I cook it. Let me know how yours turns out. 
Until we meet again,
A