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Make Their Day by Karen Ehman

  I have to say, this little book has really encouraged me to step out of my rut and to be kind to other people. Ehman does a great job of giving very practical and doable suggestions on how to love the people in your life. I also appreciate that she offers tips for those beyond the inner circle but also the people in your life that care and provide for you such as the grocery staff, pastors, and mail carriers.  There's something simple that we can do to change people's day. A lot of it comes down to noticing them and expressing your gratitude for them being present in your life. This book with 101 ways to love people is just the boost we need in the midst of this very late spring. Ehman doesn't just give ideas, she also provides some copy and print materials in the book to help make it even easier for you to love on all the people in your life.  I received a copy of this book through NetGalley for the purpose of review. I'm never required to say good things but I'm
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Our Daily Question from Ink & Willow

Did you ever have a book that you love so much because it's just right? That's Our Daily Question for me. It's a three-year journal to share with your significant other. How does that work? Well, each calendar date has a question and divided space to record your answer three times.  There is a great mix of fun, serious, thought-provoking, and heartfelt questions. Generally, the only ones that we've skipped over have been the ones that talk about all the time. It's been nice to be able to pick it up with morning coffee and have a conversation ready to go. Some we've even used at the dinner table to have family discussions.  It's a wonderful little keepsake, one that will have much more value when you finish with it than when you start. If you're looking for a special gift to give a newly married couple, yourself, or even a pair of love birds that have been married for over 20 years, this is a great choice.  I received a copy of this book from Ink & W

How Fundue is That?

 Yes, I made a silly wordplay with the title. I'm allowed to do that on occasion. So, today, we're going to be talking about fondue in case you haven't guessed already. I'm going to share some favorite recipes and some tools you might find helpful (any links to Amazon are affliate links and I do get a little kick back if you place an order through my link, fyi). First off, here's a few things that I really like about fondue, it's easy, it's good for using up leftovers, and there's something about sharing not just a meal but a communal pot when you eat that draws you together.  The first time I ever made fondue, I spent a LOT of money on cheese, used a pot that was heated with a sterno and did not have a very pleasant experience. Most of my money went in the trash that night because it just would not come together. If your fondue goes south, cry a little and eat your sides and try again another day. You will one day figure out the right recipe for you and

A Christmas Story

 A little Christmas Story from me to you! May you always be able to see the light. Click the picture below to be taken to YouTube for the story if the embedded video doesn't work for you. 

Literal Last Days of Summer

We spent the last days of summer enjoying a friend's cabin up on an inland lake of Michigan. It was exactly what we needed. I even pulled out the camera and took some shots around the place and way too many pictures of the setting sun. So here are some for you to enjoy.

Stories From the Kitchen: When the To-Dos Are To-Done

We've been marking some things off our big to-do lists and it's kind of put me in a mid-life crisis mindset. No answers just sharing where I am at the moment.  Stories from the Kitchen Season 2, Episode 3 When the To-Dos Are To-Done

Summer Already?

It's been a long late winter-spring this year. In addition to the weather staying cool for some time, we were dealing with stay at home orders from March to June with a few weeks of personal isolation due to Covid exposure prior to the state orders. I think it was an exceptionally weird time because right at the beginning of all the news stories talking about this new virus, we had a positive pregnancy test. I had some light bleeding around week 6 but everything seemed fine. When I went in for the 12-week ultrasound there was no baby to be found. We must have miscarried at week 6, but I was measuring normal at week 10, which turns out was because of fibroids. When I talked to the doctor over the phone about family history, we agreed that I should get a biopsy but haven't been able to because of restrictions on office visits. Talk about a crazy few months.  The weather finally decided to turn warm in Michigan, the governor stopped telling us to stay inside, and now it's star