Letters from Brandon
Today I am celebrating letters from my son the new recruit! I haven’t heard from Brandon in 4 very long weeks as he’s been in basic training in South Carolina. I’m not the only one that misses him. He drove his wife and son to El Paso, Texas in December so that they could stay with her parents while he is in basic and then school. Kiesha and Chance are missing him something fierce too.
His letter made me cry in a good way.
I’m also celebrating the fact that Brandon is a really good man!
I’m so proud of him.
I have to eat a high protein breakfast every day so that my blood sugar levels stay even. I have hypoglycemia (the reactive type) and as I get older I’m more and more sensitive to what I eat. I have to be very careful of the types of sugar I use in my recipes as well as using gluten-free flours. Luckily I came across the Elana’s Pantry website several years ago and she introduced me to almond flour! Since the only ingredient is ground almonds it’s high in protein and almonds are good for us! I buy almond meal at Trader Joe’s instead of the blanched almond flour and it works great for me.
Delicious and good for me!
Every couple of days I have to bake something for my breakfast cache. Today I decided on Dark Chocolate Chip Scones (Gluten-free) made with almond flour (recipe from Elana Amsterdam’s Almond Flour Cookbook). The recipe makes about 8-10 scones and then I store them in a cookie jar in the fridge. Each morning I zap one of them in the microwave for 20 seconds and sit back and enjoy a warm, chocolate gooey treat.
I wish you could tatste this!
Did I mention that I’m also losing weight?! Yes, amazing.
I want to add that I enjoy baking when it’s EASY! I don’t like to have to use a lot of ingredients and that’s why I also love the recipes in this cookbook! Only 7 ingredients to make these moist, delicious and more importantly good for me scones. YUMMY!
I’m still struggling with these cards probably because I’m really missing Brandon more each week. I Googled homemade masculine cards for inspiration and I liked the looks of a one layer card. I usually use a printed paper for my background and stamp a sentiment on a different layer of paper. But I really like how simple and vintage this card ended up.
I throw away the packaging from the stamps but I believe this is Hero Arts.
It was long overdue for me to sort and put away some of my supplies and I’m happy that I did that while I was mulling over ideas for his card.
Normally on a cold day like today, I stay home cozy under my leopard Snuggie watching TV or reading my Kindle but when I got a work assignment that blew that scenario out the window. Instead I pulled my woolen Irish socks on, a heavy sweater and my cords on then I zipped up my waterproof boots (so glad I bought these recently).
Ray suggested we grab some lunch after I took the real estate pics so we drove downtown. Since there was an open spot in front of The Baron Pub it seemed meant for us. We sat at the front windows and it was chilly but the rear of the pub is dark and I was in the mood for light and action seen outside the windows.
Ray enjoyed his Baron burger and I feasted on a grilled chicken salad. Delicious. We haven’t eaten out in a few weeks so it felt like a wonderful treat!
Ray and I
The local officials closed the schools 3 hours before the storm was forecast to start. I remember when (way back when) my school made us wait until it was falling for a while before letting us go home…hmmm, changes.
It was so pretty coming down and I waited about 45 minutes before I went out all bundled up like my kids back in the day. I had a scarf wrapped around my neck and a cute warm hat on my head and a heavy fleece jacket with deep pockets for my camera gear.
The Abominable Snowchick!
But I didn’t wear gloves because I need to use my fingers and hands…and baby it was COLD outside. I didn’t last 10 minutes. I came back in looking like the abominable snowchick! Red fingers, cold face. White snow sticking everywhere! But it sure was pretty.
A snowy path
The courtyard after 45 mins of snow
My favorite of yesterday
I went back out again this morning wearing more layers and took 75 more shots! It’s so pretty out there. Of course I ended up cutting about half of them. But let me share of today’s favorites with you now:
A few months ago I asked my family and friends to join me in a monthly card exchange for purely selfish reasons. I was struggling with depression and thought receiving a card in the mail would lift my spirits, it would force me to get my creative juices flowing again, make me feel connected and give me a purpose. I’m thankful that some of them have the time and energy to participate.
It’s lovely to receive mail for no other reason than someone cares enough to say Hello the old fashioned way. I’m sure the Postal Service appreciates the business too, lol.
Here are 3 cards that I mailed for January:
January – snowflakes
Cheryl sent me some beautiful acrylic stamps before Christmas and two of them were these beautiful snowflakes. I used a white embossing ink but didn’t purchase the embossing powder (note to self – buy the powder!) and a white glitter glue to add some highlights.
January – snowwoman
For this 2nd card I used a snowwoman die cut and have just realized I mailed this card without her orange carrot nose! Details – this is why I don’t work in a mind challenging job!!
I won’t put the month on each time but I just got this set of stamps with my Christmas gift cards and HAD to use them! The same snowflake stamps with a slight twist having one just edge a tag.