The Best Cranberry Salad For Thanksgiving

The Best Cranberry Salad For Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving wouldn’t be the same without this cranberry salad. It is easy and delicious! This is a quick post to share my all-time favorite Thanksgiving cranberry salad. Sort, rinse and freeze a one-pound bag of cranberries. Once they are frozen, grind them for the salad. I use my Dad’s old grinder, but I’m sure a food processor would work well. You could also finely chop the cranberries. Add 1 1/2 cups sugar to the cranberries. In a separate bowl, combine 2…

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My downsizing just stalled. . . . .

My downsizing just stalled. . . . .

It’s the trophies. Three large bins of trophies. One for each son. There are trophies for soccer, wrestling, t-ball, baseball, football, tennis and basketball. With three sons, we were well represented in almost every sport.  There are also medallions, ribbons and other sports-based keepsakes. Some represent well-deserved championships and some are “participation” trophies. All were very important and were proudly displayed. My grown millennial sons are not settled in large spaces yet so they do not have storage room for…

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Yes, I Have A BasketBall Hoop In My Living Room. . .

Yes, I Have A BasketBall Hoop In My Living Room. . .

I have always had a lot of men in life.  Not like you’d think. I’m talking about brothers, sons and male-coworkers.  I’ve gotten pretty good at understanding how they think and believe me, it’s not like women think. Not even close. I realized this (yet again) this morning. Tomorrow is Halloween.  I thought it would be nice if we sat outside, watched the trick-or-treaters and gave out our candy.  My husband suggested that we sit on the second floor balcony and…

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There are Few Things In Life As Wonderful. . . . . . . ❤️

There are Few Things In Life As Wonderful. . . . . . . ❤️

There are few things in life as wonderful as a family wedding. My friends have heard me say this many times because I believe it with my whole heart and soul. What can possibly compare to committing to share love and life, attended by all your family and friends? Really, just having all the people you love in one room is pretty incredible in itself! These are memories that last a lifetime. Sometimes the memories are ones you expect. The bride…

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10 Little White Lies I Tell Myself

10 Little White Lies I Tell Myself

I like who I am. I mean I like myself most of the time. I don’t like everything about myself, but I’ve come to terms with my good traits and my not-so-good traits. I have a few gifts that I’m appreciative of, some things I’m working on, and some bad habits that are just here to stay. I am able to live with myself because I blatantly tell myself lies. Yup, flat-out lies. And sometimes I believe them. What lies?…

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We Dodged Irma and Learned Something. . . . .

We Dodged Irma and Learned Something. . . . .

Everyone tells you what to do to prepare for a hurricane. Buy water. Buy food. Put up your shutters. Be prepared! No one tells you what really happens inside your house and within your community.  Yes, it is stressful. You are afraid. Sometimes really afraid. You maybe have people around you who normally aren’t in your house. You don’t always have your loved ones close to you. It’s hard when all your chicks aren’t all in the nest but are…

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Think You Might Be Ready to Retire? Take this Quiz.

Think You Might Be Ready to Retire? Take this Quiz.

Do you want to know if you’re ready to retire?  Of course you do.  Do you want to spend the time figuring it out?   Probably not.  It’s hard, right?   I might think “there’s your sign. . . . ” but instead I’m going to say THIS IS YOUR QUIZ!!  Seriously, where else can you answer a few questions and figure out what you need to do for the rest of your life?  (Oh, if only life were so…

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Read This Before You Move Your Son To College

Read This Before You Move Your Son To College

We have had at least one son in college for the past ten years.  All three of our sons went to the same university. It’s been fun – living college life vicariously – and it’s been worrisome and even frightening sometimes.  We survived and thankfully they did too.  Our job is to raise our sons and prepare them for a life on their own. College has always been part of that plan.  We aren’t done. (Like you’re ever really done…

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Ten Things You Need To Tell Your Adult Children

Ten Things You Need To Tell Your Adult Children

My sons are adults.  They are wonderful, smart, successful adults and I adore them. They have their own lives and thankfully still include us in their lives.   I do wonder sometimes, however,  how much we should still be trying to influence their lives.   Do they want our advice?  Do my “suggestions” sound like a nagging mom?  Should we share our experiences or let them make their own mistakes? Hopefully we are doing a little of each – it’s…

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