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Re-Introducing You to My Blog

Re-Introducing You to My Blog

It’s been a while. Life has certainly gotten the better of my time over the last year or so. Lots of changes, lots of new things happening. So much to share with you here on the blog.

I thought I’d start with a re-introduction…of myself and my blog. I’m Sharon. I’m a twenty-something living in beautiful Northern Colorado with my husband, Zach, and our Chocolate Lab, Duke (who, as I write this, is curled up in a very tight ball snoozing next to me on the couch). My Thoroughbred gelding, Irish, lives not far away on a peaceful farm. I love cooking, baking, crafting, decorating, traveling, reading, gardening, homemaking, health and fitness and I LOVE the holidays (all of them). I’ve also recently discovered the concept of more natural living and homemaking. Essential oils, make-your-own products using basic ingredients, eliminating chemicals and more. Thus, I decided to document my love of these things here, on Everything in Particular Blog

In the coming weeks and months, look for posts exploring all of these fun topics: trying new things, sharing my favorites, remodeling our house, natural living, holiday celebrations and so much more! And please, share your adventures, tips, failures and successes on the same. Looking forward to it!!!!!

Cheers,

Sharon

First Week of Wedded Bliss

It hardly seems an entire week has gone by since Zach and I walked down the aisle and said “I do” to forever together.  Despite there being little change to our daily lives, there is something inherently wonderful about being married and being a wife.  Something as simple as a smile is now different – it’s deeper and lingers longer (and makes me happier).  Spending time together has that much more meaning – it is truly sharing your life with your spouse and that is not something that can be compared.  Then, there’s being called “wife” – I’m telling you, that, I cannot hear enough (even when it’s in a teasing manner).

Tonight we “celebrated” our one-week “anniversary” by sitting outside and chatting while Duke hung out in the yard, getting into something or another, cooking a simple meal (spaghetti) and watching a movie we both have wanted to see (Trouble with the Curve).  It’s amazing to sit quietly and laugh with the one you love.  It’s even better when that someone is the person to whom you’ve committed to spend your life, and and it sure put a smile on my face.  The simple, everyday things that don’t cost a thing.  Talk about a perfect night and a wonderful first week of marriage.  Nothing crazy, or catastrophic or even anything out of the ordinary – and that’s why it was perfection.

As a side note, Trouble with the Curve was wonderful, we both liked it.  A little funny, a little sad and a wonderful ending.  Not to mention that I love Amy Adams and Clint Eastwood.  I’d call this a family movie and I recommend it 🙂

Cheers,

Sharon

Coffee from Heaven

Seriously, this stuff is what God drinks on his Sunday mornings…it’s heavenly.  It’s coffee with whipped cream.  It’s perfection.  It’s smooth, light, slightly sweet and the perfect thing to start your day – maybe even your Easter Sunday…

So here’s how it goes (it’s simple).  First, make whipped cream – I truly don’t recommend doing this unless you’re prepared to make whipped cream for the rest of your life.  You’ll never want store bought again.  Okay, you’ve been fairly warned.  First, you need heavy whipping cream.  Per every pint of cream, I’d add a heaping tablespoon of powdered sugar.  Add a tsp. to a Tbsp. of vanilla, if you like (I do).  Then – I suggest using your electric mixer (if you don’t have one, I suggest you buy one – I love my Cuisinart hand held for this).  Mix on medium to high until soft peaks form.  This will take a few minutes…and maybe a few more minutes.  In fact, while you’re mixing with your wonderful electric mixer, I’ll tell you the little story about our first brush with homemade whipped cream……

It was Thanksgiving a few years ago, and we were all gathered at my in-laws place.  We also had friends down and friends coming over for dinner – there were thirteen of us (seven of whom were women – just to put this into prospective).  I had made a homemade pumpkin pie and figured I might as well make homemade whipped cream.  Well, in packing for this holiday weekend, I had indeed included everything – even the kitchen sink.  So, in an effort to lighten our load, I asked my mother-in-law if she had a mixer.  She said yes.  Turns out, no.  Said mixer had been loaned and never returned.  Not having learned this until arriving, we were stuck hand-whipping our homemade whipped cream.  All seven of us women took turns (and each of our arms took turns) whipping up this amazing cream (I think the fact that it was a group effort made all the difference).  Needless to say, the pie and cream were amazing!!  Also needless to say, we were tired.  And laughing, hard.  And smarter for having learned that whipped cream is easier said than done when not using kitchen electrics.  Later that evening, someone (me) have the ever wonderful idea of playing a game.  All the guys left and all the girls gathered ’round the kitchen table.  More laughing ensued (this time, we were laughing while playing dominoes, “train” style – this is a whole other story for an entirely different day, but suffice it to say, there are choo-choo sounds involved).  Then, because coffee is like water in our family, someone made a fresh pot of coffee.  And, someone else decided to dig in the fridge for cream.  Instead, she found the whipped cream and thank goodness she (not me) decided to experiment – I really think she made the world a better place.  We, sitting around the table, with our regular black coffee, all heard this moan of utter satisfaction from the kitchen.  That was it – we were in!  I can’t tell you how many cups of coffee with whipped cream we went through that night, but I don’t think we would have been so drunk if we had consumed the same volume of hard alcohol.  We were delirious…and oh so happy!  And ruined for life.  No more regular coffee.  No more store-bought whipped cream.

So!  By now, your whipped cream should start to be just that – whipped.  The consistency of fluff, or clouds, or fluffy clouds.  The light taste of sweetened cream (I know you’ve tasted it by now, you won’t be able to help yourself).  And, now you are intimately aware of why we use an electric mixer – if it’s taken this long for you to whip by electricity, you can only imagine how long it might take if your arm is the motor.

On to step 2 (this might be three or four, I’ve lost count).  Brew a fresh pot of your favorite coffee (I think the smoothness of French press would be even better!).  You might also consider doing this first, before whipping cream (although, that would really mess up my step order) so that both are ready simultaneously.  I’m tellin’ ya, y’all you’re not going to want to wait.

Get your favorite mug, all the better if it’s big.  Put a dollop of your amazing whipped cream in the bottom, and pour your fresh coffee on top – it’ll get just a bit of wonderful foam on top, too.  Sip.  Ahhhhh…heaven.

Heaven on Earth

Heaven on Earth

Cheers,

Sharon

Good Friday – the Best Friday of the Year

Today is Good Friday.  Not to be confused with Friday being good.  Good Friday.  Today is the day we remember Christ’s sacrifice on the cross to save us from our sins.  The Ultimate Sacrifice.  I remember growing up having this bulletin board in our laundry room.  Mom had about three pieces of paper pinned to it.  One was Attitude (the poem), one was an inspiring quote from a little picture card from Alaska Airlines, and the third was a photocopy of a cartoon.  That cartoon has resonated with me.  I believe that the comic strip was “Wizard of Id” – and it was about Good Friday.  Many, I think, struggle with the idea of Christ dying on the cross as something less than “good.”  This comic strip puts it all into perspective:

A:  I hate the term ‘Good Friday’

B:  Why?

A:  My Lord was hanged on a tree that day.

B:  If you were going to be hanged on that day, and He volunteered to take your place, how would you feel?

A:  Good.

B:  Have a nice day.

Says it all doesn’t it?  I get the chills and tear up every single time I see that comic and every time I think about the kind of love Christ and our Lord have for us…all of us.  It’s so perfect, so complete.  It makes my love for Him grow, too.  We cannot imagine, cannot wrap our minds around that kind of love, not really.  But we know it, we know it in faith, in our relationships with Him.  What hope it gives me.  We are saved.  And we are saved because we are loved.  That makes today a good day.

“Have a nice day”

Cheers,

Sharon

P.S.  Here is a link for this comic strip.  http://facultycommonsslo.files.wordpress.com/2012/04/good-friday-cartoon-bc.png