Thursday, September 28, 2023

Lately - Baking, Creating, and A Room Makeover

Happy Thursday Friends!

It's been a whole week since my last post, but I've been reading all of your blogs and trying to stay caught up, even though I haven't shared anything here.

This week has been an unusual week, as we had no family dinner, so I've had some extra time to catch up with a friend and get some projects going. 

The picture above is just a fun craft project I did with my friend Kim. She is a lover of all things artsy and crafty, so we often visit while working on a random project. This was water color markers, stencils, and some added woodland animal stickers that are modpodged on. 

It was a cute and quick little project and it will go perfectly in my quirky office.


This week's smoothie was delicious! I decided to drink it out of a mason jar, just for fun. I love having individual smoothie bags made up and ready in the freezer. I usually fill each bag with about a cup of frozen fruit and some spinach leaves. I add one baggie of mix to the blender, one container of yogurt, some ice and water and it comes out delicious every time. 

Over the weekend I snapped these photos of the guest room/converted to playroom. I worked on this room Saturday while David did the yard work. 

The grand babies now have a cozy room to play with their toys, take a nap, color, read, and a spread their toys all over the floor. I hope they like it!

This is the one thing I baked recently - Orange Cranberry bread. It was so good, especially sliced, popped in the microwave and topped with butter. Yum! It lasted us all week for breakfast.

Speaking of food...
I'm finding that David and I enjoy eating random things for supper. Over the past year, he has enjoyed eating a bigger lunch and then snacking for dinner or eating much later in the evening. At first this really annoyed me because I was finding it hard to plan our meals. 

But recently I've begun to embrace this shift in our empty nest phase, because I tend to eat much earlier, so I just fix my food and eat when I'm hungry and he eats when he's hungry and everyone is happy. 

Does anyone else have weird eating patterns like this? I would love to know we're not alone πŸ˜€

This week:
* I've been watching Farmer Wants a Wife (Australia), which is one of my favorite shows πŸ˜€

*I'm reading a book for review and have several other books that I need to write reviews for. 

*I'm paring down my journal collection, organizing some writing pieces and waiting to see what the Lord does with all of it.  

*We are keeping our sweet granddaughters this weekend, so I'm glad it's been a quiet week, for the most part. I've been saving all my energy for the 3 little fireballs that are coming. We have some fun things planned and hopefully the new playroom will keep them busy. There's never a dull moment when those three are in the house! I can't wait!

Well, I'm off to grab breakfast and get this day going. It was great catching up! See you next week!

Until Next Time...


  1. Hi Debbie,

    Such a nice week. It looks like you have been fluffin' and featherin' around your little nest. Your Orange Cranberry Bread looks delicious. We eat differently around our home than the normal meal times. My husband is retired and at home so it works for both of us. We have our breakfast (a fairly big breakfast most days) around 8:30, our dinner (our big meal) around 2:00 and then we will have fresh fruit, fresh veggies, crackers and cheese, or whatever sounds good to us or a goodie that I have baked. We enjoy it with our evening cup of coffee. It sounds like a full and fun weekend.

    Homespun Hugs, Teri

    1. Hi Teri! I'm so glad you shared your eating routine :) Since I eat earlier, I usually enjoy my evening coffee and snack while David eats, so we are technically still sharing our meal time :) It's good to know we aren't alone in that respect.

  2. Hello, my friend. I love the playroom/guest room, and know the littles will simply adore it! Isn't it funny how our meal planning changes as time goes by? I am finding it hard to adjust to not planning an entire dinner for our family each night. That is what I did for so many years! Like you, i am adjusting how we eat and cook. It's a challenge! LOL Have a cozy afternoon, and enjoy those precious grands this weekend!

    1. Hi Billie Jo! Yes, it is a challenge and at first I was so sad to leave behind what we had always done while our kids were here. But, it's also kind of nice to wing it and just have food made and available for what we're in the mood for.

  3. Awww...the project is adorable and my favorite subject - nature and woodland creatures. Enjoy your Grandblessings! I don't get to see mine as much, these days. Growing up and don't require a babysitter anymore. I miss the baby days...sort of! LoL Have a blessed weekend!

    Grace & Peace,

    1. Hi Pam :) I am dreading the days when they get too old to visit me :) That's going to be awhile, but they grow up fast these days, so it will happen, I'm sure.

  4. Love the art project and redo of the grands playroom! The orange cranberry bread looks really yummy. Yes, since retirement we eat a large lunch and snacky dinner. Much easier once I realized planning was essential! And thankfully, I have a husband who eats leftovers, sometimes with a day between or used in a different way. Enjoy the grands this weekend - understand about the energy they take, too.

    1. Hi Vickie :) Yes, they take some energy! I wonder where they get their's? They have endless energy! But it's so much fun and we're making memories :)

  5. That is such a cute play room. I know there will be years of use/love and joy coming from the makeover!! We are eating quite randomly, as well, in the season of life. I'm finding it hard to retrain my brain...that I don't need to make a "full dinner" each evening but, once I do, I think it is going to be very enjoyable!!:)

  6. The craft project is too cute. What a lovely play room.
    I eat early in the day most days. I have that one big meal and then maybe snack a little later. Eating very late keeps me awake.

  7. How organized you are!!
    Oh my that bread looks delicious!!
    We eat the regular three meals a day here.
    Breakfast when I get back from walking - I'm usually pretty hungry.
    Lunch around noon and supper about 5:00.
    A snack later in the evening - usually ice cream

  8. We are in our mid-70’s and recently changed to ‘linner’ (our main meal mid-day), and ‘supper’ in the evening. This has greatly relieved me as I plan and cook earlier, when my energy is high. It feels very freeing. Supper can be a sandwich with fruit and raw veg, or cereal, yogurt, whatever. I think we sleep better with this shift also.
    Thank you for your blog. I love following slices of your life!

  9. OHHHHHHHHHHHH I want to play in that playroom, grin. I so understand about the meal issue(s), our son passed away nearly 2 yrs ago, and it's been hard to just meal plan for 2, sigh. ANYWAYS, such lovely photo, thank you for the many smiles.

  10. I’ll have to check out Farmer Wants a Wife, thanks for the tip. 😊

  11. I love the playroom! I have that on my agenda for "some day", but still have four kids home using bedrooms, the empty rooms are all downstairs...the end of our living room is a play area, but for some reason, every time I put down a nice rug, it prompts our older Lab to make a mess on it. So I have a rug I can roll down when the kids visit:). Meals: a few days a week we have "fend for yourself", gives me a break. Also, I love your art project, it's so fun!!!

  12. I've noticed we've changed our eating pattern lately. I cook a few times a week, then we eat the leftovers on the nights we're home and I don't cook. I no longer cook on Thursdays, since that's a longer day of work for me, but I like to have something handy and already made on that night...or I use the crock pot. I love crock pot season! I made soup this weekend and we'll be eating that for a couple of nights this week. It was delicious!


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