January Reflections Homemade

The challenge today: Tell us why you like store bought or homemade things more? Share with us anything homemade by you this year?

I thought I would break this down into two sections…the first being food.  I do not like many foods that are store bought or prepared.  We grew up on homemade granola, homemade wheat bread, salad every night, nothing was already prepared…we went to restaurants maybe once a year.  I am so thankful for my mom’s healthy lifestyle because I can honestly say I have adopted her style of eating.  (But we do eat out and I do indulge in sweet food) The longer I’ve been married the more I enjoy cooking.  I would say I am developing quite a passion for it.  The more challenging the recipe, the more fun!  Some of my favorites recipes this year have been homemade marinara sauce.

A variety of soups.

Scones and other baking.

The other night it was sweet potato fries and balsamic chicken with a caramelized mushroom sauce…yum.

One of Justin’s new year resolutions was to take much better care of our garden this spring.  We have grown one every year but this past summer it was kinda a flop…it was hard with Cora being so little but we love our fresh vegetables and plan on making our garden a success this year.  Here’s to fresh veggies and healthy eating!

I also have developed a passion for homemade cards,

Homemade cupcake toppers…

Banners…

And other decorations…why use Martha Stewart’s kit when the directions are online?

I hope to broaden my horizons in both food and crafting.  My biggest goal…learn to sew.  I love the idea of doing it myself instead of buying it already ready made/prepared for me.  I guess I enjoy the challenge.

11 Responses to January Reflections Homemade

  1. Betty says:

    Everything is so beautiful,and that balsamic chicken sounds delicious, you need to post that recipe!

  2. LeAnna says:

    I was going to ask for the chicken recipe, also! I love balsamic. I love mushrooms. I think this could be very, very, good.. :)

    I totally hear you about the floppy garden. I planted a small one this past year and I’ll be darned if our D-U-M-B dog didn’t eat every last one of my zucchinis off the plant, as well as dig up all my herbs. He tried a jalapeno and decided against it. Then, my cherry tomatoes cross pollinated with my romas and produced baby romas. Cute, but time consuming to chop fifty million baby roma tomatoes for salsa and sauces. ;) Oh well, maybe this spring!

  3. I will hopefully be a willing recipient of some of your garden bounty this year. Right???

    I hope the day goes well! I LOVE you cupcake toppers. THey are really something beautiful.

  4. bchallies says:

    Riot of beautiful colors, textures, tastes….Ummmm!

  5. Lindsey says:

    Something wonderful about cooking for your family. Your ability for handmaking crafts amazes me, I can cook, but crafting does not come easily to me!

  6. Susanna says:

    You have made beautiful things this year…I have hung the valentines cards we got from you in our kitchen along with a bunch of post cards! I love them!:) And I’m with you about learning to sew…every new year I say I’m going to and I have a sewing machine but it still lies dorment!;)

  7. Kathryn says:

    Oooh, my mouth is watering!! Yes yes with the others, please post the balsamic chicken mushroom recipe. It looks delicious!

  8. admin says:

    i will definitely post the recipe next post:) just took a look at your blog…precious little boys you have!

  9. jessica says:

    Your marinara sauce looks great. mmm.

  10. sherene says:

    why are you so good? lol. Oh my I love those cupcakes, ops my stomach just growled.:))

  11. Beth says:

    Explain how you make the sweet potato fries too please! Maybe Cooper would eat those?

    And I would love to learn to sew too. Maybe we could take a sewing class together one day.

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