Category Archives: Holidays

Happy Valentine’s Day From my Haus

My Valentine’s tradition for the past few years is to make pizza for dinner with heart shaped pepperoni.  It is cute, a bit festive, and makes everyone feel special.

I used Trader Joes pizza dough and some of our favorite marinara sauce.  Sprinkle on some Mozarella cheese and add the pepperoni.  I used my kitchen shears to cut the pepperoni into heart shapes. (I am gluten free so I made mine with a gluten free crust and used the pepperoni scraps leftover from heart cutting for my pizza).  Bake at 400 degrees for about 20 minutes.

I also made a salad and served sparkling pomegranate juice. 

Hope you had a wonderful Valentine’s Day!!!!!


New Year, New Habits, New You – 2017!

Welcome to 2017!!!!  We all start the year with good intentions; we will eat healthier, we will excercise more, we will lose weight, we will finally get organized, (aka: New Years Resolutions) the list goes on and on.  By about the end of the month we start to slip back into old routines and old habits creep back in.  We are then left with a feeling of failure and negative self talk.  You see we are by nature creatures of habit.  A dramatic change is hard to maintain.  It would be like trying to quickly make a direction change in the Titanic – a ship that size needs time to change course – and so do we.

Did you know that it takes about three months for a new habit to start to take root and even longer for it to become automatic?  This is just one habit – when we start with such a long list of resolutions then it is no wonder we set ourselves up for failure.  Negative self talk can often snowball into the all or nothing effect.  “If I can’t manage to stick to my diet today then why even bother excercising or for that matter trying to diet at all.”  Does this sound familiar?  Instead of starting off the New Year with a list of resolutions – pick one.  One that is attainable.  Success breeds success.  Start with something easy.  

I know I need to drink more water.  I also know I don’t particularly like plain water.  I do not want to add any artificial flavorings – such as Crystal Light.  I have decided to try “infused” waters – but not the expensive store variety, self made instead.  There are so many options available; lemon and cucumber, lemon and mint, berries, apples and a cinammon stick, sliced orange and vanilla, to name a few.  Pinterest is a great source for inspirations.  I fill a large 2 quart mason jar at night and put it in the refrigerator and drink it the next day.  My goal is to drink one of these jars per day.  Drinking water has many healthy beneifts – it keeps us hydrated, aids in digestion, helps the body to eliminate toxins, etc.  This goal is attainable for me and a great start.  At the end of January I will be well on my way to solidifying this new habit and will be ready to start thinking of my next goal.

If I can keep up this pace by the end of 2017 I will have developed 12 new habits.  Not to bad!  If I wrote 12 resolutions on a list I can guarantee I would not have achieved even one.  If at the end of 2017 I only manage 6 or even 3 new changes – I would still be very pleased.  

I do hope this post provides you with some food for thought and guide you to rethink your “all or nothing” mentality.  Remember that you do not need to wait until a new year to start making small changes.  Each month has a new beginning, as does each week and each day.  Embrace each new beginning and celebrate your milestones and successes along the way.  Love yourself where you are – turn off the negative self talk (if you wouldn’t say it to a friend, don’t say it to yourself). 

Hope you join me on the way to new beginnings, new habits, new you!

Happy New Year!!!!


Weekly Menu For The Week of November 28 – December 2

Greetings all!  I did not post a menu last week as it was Thanksgiving week and we were away for most of it.  This week I have decided to not post a menu but instead share with you how I will be using up my leftovers.

My family enjoys leftovers much more when they are presented as a new meal instead of feeling like they are eating the same thing over and over.  I hate to be wasteful so instead I have become creative.  If you have a family with the same sentiments then these next few posts will be for you.

Gobble Good Turkey Casserole 

1 can condensed cream of celery soup

1 can condensed cream of mushroom  soup

I package onion soup mix

1 cup rice (cooked)

1 1/2 cups milk

2-3 cups leftover turkey cut or torn into bite size pieces

Salt and Pepper to taste

Combine all ingredients in a bowl.  Put into a large Casserole dish and bake covered for 45 minutes at 350 degrees. 

Gluten Free Version:

Use 2 packets of GF condensed cream of chicken soup and add a small can of mushroom stems and pieces a half cup of precooked celery.  If you can not find GF onion soup mix then just add a variety of spices such as onion salt, garlic, poultry seasoning, Italian seasoning etc.  

History of this recipe: When my son was in second  grade his teacher gave each student a brown bag she shaped into a turkey.  The bag was filled with the uncooked rice that is needed in this recipe and attached the recipe card.  That was 9 years ago and we still use this recipe every year.  

Happy Mother’s Day


However you celebrated – I hope it was wonderful for you. I was fortunate to be spoiled.

DH cooked a fabulous breakfast. I went to church with my dear Mom and sister.  My sister from Germany arrived last night to suprise Mom so I got to spend the day with her as well.

My sweet daughter and granddaughter made me this beautiful locket necklace.


My evening ended with BBQ dinner prepared by the boy and DH.

It was truly a wonderful Mother’s Day!

Happy Valentine’s Day!!!!!

How did you spend your day?  Ours started out with heart shaped pancakes, bacon, and cranberry apple juice in fancy glasses.

015For dinner we had Pepperoni Pizza, antipasta salad and pink frozen lemonades.  I cut the pepperoni’s with my kitchen scissors and made them into heart shapes.  Here is a photo before the Pizza went into the oven.

016Here is my son’s slice.

017Here is a photo of our festive table.

018We had a nice relaxing dinner and are now enjoying our chocolate cake for dessert.  I hope you all had a wonderful day surrounded by those you love! I hope I brought you some ideas for next year.

Happy Valentine’s Day to you and yours.





Valentine’s Day is only 2 weeks away – what are your traditions?

I like to celebrate the holidays as they come.  I try to decorate my home a bit for each holiday and season.  This year I have been trying to use what I have and maybe purchase one or two more items as I go.

Today I decorated my mantel for Valentine’s Day.  Here is a photo:

008I want to make some throw pillow covers for the pillows on my couch but have not come up with a creative idea that I like.  I will keep searching and I am sure to come across something crafty, red, and cute.

On Valentine’s Day, I make heart shaped pancakes for breakfast.  I will usually make sure we have some sort of red juice and of course strawberries and whip cream for the pancakes.  For dinner I make pizza – and cut the pepperoni into heart shapes and will serve some sparkling cider to drink.

Valentine’s Day would not be complete without chocolate, so for dessert I will make chocolate brownies with heart shaped powder sugar on top.

Each of my sweethearts will receive a little gift from me for Valentine’s Day.  I have not yet decided what that will be — just something simple that says I love you!!!!

What are your Valentine’s Day traditions?