Sunday, March 17, 2013


I'm not sure why I enjoy having a blog.  Lately I've been focusing on other things and haven't posted much, but I do still consider myself a sharer or maybe it's just that I'll always be the bossy older sister.

So here's Thought #1:

Be easy on yourself.

When we first moved here, a sweet neighbor (now dear friend) invited me to her book club and while I haven't been able to make it very often, I am hosting tomorrow evening.  It has kind of snuck up on me but I chose a book I've already read so at least that's done.

Most of the time I try to plan ahead, and right now we do have plenty of food in the house... but I'm thinking these girls are going to get the Fresh Market "ready-made" menu.

I do love to bake and cook but I don't want to be rushing around trying to clean it all up right before they walk through the door.  So there, I know my limitations.  And it will be enjoyable, not stressful:)

Thought #2:

When I found myself taking the dog to her 2nd veterinarian appointment since we moved, it occurred to me that the whole family has had all of their well checks, while I have been to ZERO doctors exception: the dentist in almost 2 years time.

That could be problematic.

So, one of my New Year's resolutions was to make my doctor appointments.

The silver lining: All appointments ended up being in the month of March and since things are usually just annual visits, I'm thinking this was pretty smart on my part!  Go ahead, ask me when my last visit was: MARCH!

Pine Cone Cheeseball

Holiday Cheese Ball

1 12-oz container cream cheese  
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

1/3 cup sun-dried tomatoes (about 9) 
1/2 of a 1-oz package ranch dressing mix

Tomorrow I have to do a little speaking at the bible study and it got me thinking about this Pine Cone Cheeseball!

You know I'm a sucker for church-lady-recipes and for the past two years the same woman has brought this beautiful dish to a holiday brunch.  Not only is it impressive, it really does have a lot of flavor (and not too many ingredients).

I haven't made it yet but I'm thinking she probably doubles it for the amount in the photo above.