February 20, 2024

Making Miami Memories...

We just returned from a trip to Miami to visit our daughter and son-in-law, 

and the best reason for the trip...

To spend time with our adorable granddaughter, Lini!

It was a lovely time away, great weather and wonderful family time...but since they just purchased and moved into a new home, we put ourselves to work painting, installing plate covers, hanging a large tv and helping with all the other things you need to do when you move into a new home! 

Lini will be welcoming a little sister in July.

Our plan is to return then so we can take care of her and 
help with the new little one on the way.
My daughter will be having a planned c-section,
 so, the help will be much needed. 

Stay Cozy,

February 2, 2024

Pinecones for the picking...

 I don't know about where you live - but here in Oregon

especially this time of year,

we have lots of pinecones laying on the ground that have fallen from the Fir Trees.

So I wanted to put them to use for Valentine's Day.

This simple hanging pinecone was so simple to make. 

A little ribbon and some faux floral decor did the trick. 

You could leave it on someone's doorknob as a Valentine surprise. 

Using live succulents and a glue gun brings this little pinecone to life. 

Spray the plants with water every so often to keep it fresh for weeks!

You can find all sorts of beautiful pinecone wreaths on Pinterest or YouTube...
Some paint, glue and patience and you have a beautiful door decor!

This sweet little pinecone fairy idea is courtesy of Its Overflowing
where you can find many craft ideas for kids. 
Isn't she sweet?
Now get started and let's see what your pinecones can become.

Stay Cozy and Creative...

January 30, 2024

Tea Party for One...

A couple of weeks ago, like so many others,
we had a snowstorm which quickly turned into an ice storm. 
It was "iffy" to leave the house unless you had to...
 and only if you had a 4-wheel drive vehicle!
So we hunkered down at home where
I decided to make these little (3.5" purse size) "scripture card/tea holders"
for the ladies in my Bible study group...just for fun!
And it was fun... 

Folding, cutting, trimming and glueing the double-sided printed papers ...

Sizing and printing the scripture cards on glossy cardstock paper.

And thinking of how I might be praying for each of the ladies during the storm.

And of course tucking a Jasmine Green tea bag into the little loop.

It was definitely a "labor of love"!

Stay Cozy,


January 27, 2024

Treating my guests with "PINKness"...

The color PINK is often associated with love and kindness.

It is a gentle, nurturing color that is associated with nurturing, 
caring, and supportive relationships. 

In many cultures, the color pink is also associated with romance and love.

PINK is a warm and welcoming color.

Whether swaying from a hook...

Or hanging on a wall...

A splash of PINK is a lovely way to brighten the heart and calm the soul.

Although I don't have decorations of pink anywhere else in my home...
I was drawn to bring this uplifting color into my guestroom. 
After all...

Stay Warm + Cozy,

January 24, 2024

All thumbs...

My daughter, Lauren really wanted some thumbprint cookies 
when she was visiting from Miami. 
She has to eat gluten-free/dairy free and I was determined to make her some.
 I found this wonderful recipe...so good in fact, 
I will always make them gluten free. they were delicious.

I made her a batch while she was visiting 
and then another to take to the airport.

Since she loved them so much I made some more, 
packaged them up, 
and gave them to two of my "gluten free" friends!

Here's the recipe:

2 cups almond flour (or 1+1 almond/coconut flour)
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
3 tablespoons coconut oil
2 tablespoons honey or agave syrup
A bit of water as needed  (if dough is dry)
1/4 cup raspberry jam (or flavor of your choice)
Combine all ingredients to form dough.
Scoop 1 tablespoon batter on parchment lined cookie sheet. 
(I used a small cookie scooper)
Press thumb into the center of each cookie to form the indentation.
Bade at 350 degrees for 8-10 mins. 
Cool before removing cookies from cookie sheet.

Stay Cozy,

January 19, 2024

This Place Called Blogland...

A happy new year, a new year for trying
no regrets for the past - look ahead.
Those days have been spent, there's no use in sighing
keep your eyes on the future instead.

This place we call blogland can be a safe place
a place to bring joy to your heart.
By sharing together, whatever the weather
although we might be far apart.

I put pen to this blog 15 long years ago 
 the landscape has changed here and there.
But each time I return I am greeted by friends 
who welcome me back with fanfare.

There is Facebook and Tik Tok and Instagram too, 
many places to visit and share
But the warmth and the realness, the true feeling of caring, 
these others, they just can't compare. 

Although I've been gone and left my blog unattended, 
far too long I am sorry to say.
Nostalgia has swept me and brought me back here,
and I promise I'll try not to stray!

Still keeping cozy,

September 30, 2022

Ninety-three Birthdays!

 Celebrating my mom's 93rd birthday with my youngest sister!

We even gave her the special nail treatment!
We used the stick-on polish strips!

Stay Cozy, 

September 28, 2022

My frst "Wordless Wednesday"...


Staying Cozy in this backyard...,


September 20, 2022

A Japanese breakfast...

Tamagoyaki is a delicious Japanese omelette that's a staple of 
a traditional Japanese breakfast. 

Made by rolling layers of seasoned egg together, it is a quick an easy breakfast 
or side dish that's perfect for adding some protein, cheese or veggies to. 

I came across a YouTube video and was excited to try it...the next day my husband had ordered the pan for me and it was at my front door!

I think one of the reasons why Tamagoyaki has become such a staple of Japanese
 cuisine is because of how easy it is to make. I love the pan!

 Once you’ve made it a few times, you can put one 
together in under five minutes.

 And you can add  all different ingredients  to your liking...

I cut them up in rolls and put them in my husband's lunch bag!
You can easily warm them up in the microwave too.

Stay Cozy...

September 15, 2022

Must be "Baby Season"...

 Busy baby times call for the Grandma in me to come on full force!

My twin daughters gave birth within six weeks of one another.

 My 2nd grandson, August was born on June 30th...

 and my first grand daughter, Lini on August 9th.

We have certainly been blessed and very busy as well. 


Staying Very Cozy,


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