Friday, December 28, 2012


For Christmas this year I decided to bake cookies for the Sparks side of the family. Homemade chocolate chip cookies dipped in milk chocolate. Homemade peanut butter cookies with a hershey kiss in the middle. Homemade oatmeal cranberry cookies, which seemed kind of bland to me, so Tyr added cinnamon and cut up tootsie rolls to the batch, he said that made them taste better. The fourth cookie was not homemade, I bought pre-sliced sugar cookies with Christmas trees already on them. Once baked I put cream cheese frosting in the middle of two of the cookies, then rolled them in red sprinkles. It was Nate's dream come true.
I love the fact that I had all ingredients (with the exception of the pre-made sugar cookies and frosting) already in my pantry. Home made things seem more personal and thoughtful, and I really did enjoy baking. I should bake more often.

Saturday, December 22, 2012


For the past several months I have been researching what seeds I should get to plant for this Spring. I received my "Johnny's Selected Seeds 2013 Master Catalog" in the mail today. I can say that I have been a little overwhelmed with all the choices. There are a lot of things I need to consider when making my choices, like temperature during the summer months, the quality of soil we are using, how well I can keep the plant diseases and bugs off my veggies, herbs and some flowers. 

It's quite a decision. Because it is only December I still have several months to decide but I do need to come up with a plan. Luckily, I have a wonderful husband that wants to plant along with me, and has already had a great spring/summer last year with all kinds of peppers. He built me two huge planter boxes for the back yard, they are all covered in snow right now...but I daydream off all the yummy goodness that will grow out from them in just a few months.