I see a recurring theme here. I blog regularly for a while, get busy, forget, feel bad and come back and start the cycle all over again. I can't seem to find a groove. Honestly I don't think I am bumming anyone out by not being here, anymore then someone being elated when I do write!
Why the heck do I keep coming back then? I like to write. Not that I am much good at it. At least not on here. In my head, I have great posts that form. I think, "Hey, that might actually be interesting!" Then busy-ness sets in, I forget, and when I do sit down to write, I draw a blank. Or I ramble around saying a whole lot of nothing. Which is worse? My other problem is I am afraid to get long winded. So I try to shorten it up, and its never quite as good as what my brain is trying to say.
Anyway, what have we been up to since November? I believe that is the last time I actually blogged anything. The kiddos and I went to Arkansas for Thanksgiving. The Hubsters mom (from here on out known as Mamaw) flew up so we wouldn't have to drive by ourselves. Which was great and such a blessing. Its not a trip to be taken lightly, especially with little ones. We had fun seeing the scenery as we drove, joking about road signs and various tourist traps. And of course its always great once the cousins and Aunts and Uncles get together. I discovered one of my favorite Thanksgiving foods is Sweet Potato Casserole. Its basically orange heaven in a dish. There is a veggie (is a sweet potato a veggie?) in it, so it must be healthy. Yep, no guilt here!
In December, we had our first snow storm of the season. I am well aware my intense love of fluffy white stuff falling from the sky and piling up on our walk and around our door makes me weird. Its just so pretty, and yes its cold, but thats what the indoors are for! I can enjoy the silently falling snow while snuggled down on the couch. Of course then we promptly flew to Texas for Christmas break. Let me just help anyone who is contemplating flying alone with 3 or more children aged 6 and under make up their mind. Don't. Do. It. I apparently had a serious lapse in judgement when I thought flying with my kiddos would be easy. Don't get me wrong, we had a fun and very nice Christmas in Texas, it even snowed on Christmas Eve, providing us with the first White Christmas there in over 80 years! It was wonderful being surrounded by family, especially with the Hubster being deployed to a certain sand filled overseas locale. However, while my 2 boys did well for the most part, the Princess showed every ounce of her 2-year-old-ness. Which is to be expected. She didn't want to sit, she was a bit noisy and wanted to see everything. I chased her through airports, occasionally she would let loose one of her ear splitting screams. Trying to keep her occupied was just too much for one person.
We ended up having about 3 Christmas's altogether. One in Texas, the second one when we got back, I didn't give the kiddos their gifts until we got home since I certainly was going to cart them cross country with us. We also had a friend and her son come for Christmas dinner. And then of course once the Hubster came home for his vacation time.
Which is how we wrapped up these past couple of weeks. It was amazing to have him home, even if it was only for a short amount of time. Its never enough. And won't be until he is home for good.
For the weeks to come, I am not going to make any promises on updating here. I have the Bake Shoppe blog I need to catch up on and make that more of a priority. I am also thinking of embarking on a cooking adventure. My mom has collected for years those Pillsbury cookbooks you could pick up at the checkout counter. And once my sister and I got married, she divided them between us. So needless to say, I have a couple of 'em. And I don't think I have ever looked through all of them. My sister simply gave hers back since she doesn't use them. Easy enough for her, she lives in the same state! I have a box full of them and being a clinically diagnosed pack rat, I am loathe to let them go. At least until I can figure out if I would utilize any of the recipes in them.
So heres the plan: I am going to work my way through them, all of them. 2 recipes a week, maybe more if I can get a good groove going. And then blog about them. They have everything from beverages to desserts and everything in between. The only thing is, it will have to be on another blog. Once its up and running, and I have cooked, documented, and posted the first one, I will post a link here! Hopefully you all will follow along!