Here we regale you with all things big and small that bring us joy, that we are loving in the moment!

Fresh Flowers

Something that I love and that you will almost always find in my kitchen is fresh flowers.

I have always loved flowers and would get them periodically, but a couple of years ago, a dear friend gave me this beautiful wooden box that says, “Thankful” and it has 5 mason jars inside.  I also really love this box.  You could use it for anything, but I use it for flowers.

Every few weeks, I purchase a large bouquet from Sam’s club because their flowers last for at least two weeks and they are gorgeous.  Of course, I am at the mercy of whatever they have in stock, but there are usually holiday colors, roses and a mix of wildflowers. They rarely disappoint.

A couple of weeks ago, they still had an overflow of Christmas themed flowers as well as some early Valentine bouquets, but they also had the most beautiful bright orange, yellow and pink flowers. They just looked like spring and I had to buy them.

They are such a bright spot in my kitchen, especially with all the cold and snow we have been getting.

So, here’s what you have to do:  When you get home with your flowers, take the little packet of flower food and sprinkle it into your vase.  I disperse it evenly throughout the five jars and then add warm water to each.  I give each jar a quick stir to be sure that the flower food dissolves.

Then I spread my flowers out and sort them by color.  I cut each stem at an angle and place them in the jars. I prefer to put an individual color in each jar and then take one of the brightest colors and sprinkle throughout.  No, I have never taken a flower arranging class and likely this is the opposite of what you are supposed to do, but it’s my way of doing things and it works!

Flowers are just a small thing, but they add so much to any space.  Give it a try and see if you don’t smile every time you walk into the room.

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The joy of the ice cream scoop

All hail the mighty multi-purpose ice cream scooper. Some of you may be questioning this and wondering why I’d make such a weird statement.  But if you know, you know. And if you don’t, well, hang in because I will tell you!

For years, I have watched countless TV chefs and cooks wax poetic about the ice cream scooper and its myriad uses. It seemed useful, but honestly, I didn’t bake enough cookies to make it worthwhile, and that’s mostly how I had seen it used.

I thought it was simply an ineffective gadget for me.

Until last fall, when at my parents, my sister was using an ice cream scoop to make muffins, and it was a game changer. You get evenly distributed batter in each cup, and with just a couple of pulls of the trigger, out comes the batter efficiently without getting it all over your hands.

If you have never filled 18 tiny muffin cups with batter by hand with a regular spoon, then you don’t know the tedium.

Friends, I was bewitched into buying three of my own in varying sizes.

Every single time I use one, I can’t stop myself from telling whoever is near what a genius idea that is, and whoever discovered it first really should be canonized or something.

It may not be as exciting as an easy bake oven, but it won’t burn your house down either!

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