Author Archives: Marcia Ren

The Love of Home…Decorate…Bake…Repeat…

“He is happiest, be he king or peasant, who finds peace in his home.” -Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe Hello, sweet friend… Today I thought I’d share a bit of my Christmas decor… This is admittedly the most decorating… I’ve done… since our move from SoCal five years ago. I’ve had so much fun this season… decorating trees & mantels. Decorating has been a labor of love for me… and realize that… my style isn’t for everyone… So I definitely encourage you to find your own. That being said… Coming home will always be the best feeling in the world to me… and though this Christmas… may be a little different than last… I hope… you will always be… merry in your hearts. Here we are at the top of the stairway… where I’ve wrapped a bit of garland & red bows around the banister… 👩‍🍳 Let’s Bake… Sugar Cookies Everyone … Continue reading

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The Lights of Christmas…& A Recipe For Gingerbread

Our hearts grow tender with childhood memories and love of kindred, and we are better throughout the year for having, in spirit, become a child again at Christmastime. – Laura Ingalls Wilder Hello, sweet friend… This is the time of year… where most people begin their Christmas decorating… unless they were like me and couldn’t wait for the sparkle, twinkle & shine to begin. The lights on a Christmas tree automatically brings a smile to my face. This year more than ever I want to make the most of this magical time… before it’s gone. Over the next few weeks I thought it would be fun to share how I’ve decorated. But for now what do you say we grab a cute apron…something warm to drink (it’s chilly where I live) and bake! 👩‍🍳What’s Cooking? Gingerbread Last year a friend that I met via Facebook (Jill) told me about the … Continue reading

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Celebrate Thanksgiving 2020

There is always time for Gratitude and new beginnings Hello, sweet friend… Cheers to Thanksgiving 2020! With it being nearly 30 years since both my parents passed away…I have discovered the importance of creating a home for quite a while now. That being said a holiday has not gone by in which their memory and those earlier years haven’t come to mind. As time goes on…these memories become more precious…mainly because they have made my own traditions richer. At the heart of these memories is a gratitude for having the opportunity to experience the richness of family in it’s fullness and a love which has inspired me to create my home today. New traditions to make, time to enjoy with my husband Joe, and a day to create a special meal. Memories which have taught me to focus on what I have instead of what I’ve lost. I know that’s easier … Continue reading

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Halfway Through November…

Take time to play! Ask for what you want. Laugh. Live loudly. Be avid. Learn a new thing. Be yourself! -Mary Anne Radmacher Hello, sweet friends… I was able to attend a Holiday Open House recently… The event was “socially distanced” & mask mandated. It was just what I needed to get into the spirit of the holidays. I arrived early when they opened… and departed with a few adorable Christmas items… I don’t know about you… but this gal has a strong desire for deckingtheyeardecking the halls this year… That being said once they are decked… I promise to share… 👩‍🍳 What’s Cooking? I have been decorating for Christmas while planning out my Thanksgiving menu. So 2020😂😂😂 This side dish was a winner with Joe. Picture caramelized rice & raisins…browned & savory sweet…divine Cranberry Apple Pecan Wild Rice INGREDIENTS 1 1/2 cups low sodium chicken broth 1 1/2 cups apple juice 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard … Continue reading

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Let Us Bake Bread Together…

fika (fee-ka) Swedisha moment to slow down and appreciate the good things in life. Hello, sweet friends… Today is a perfect autumn day. While taking this photo it felt like I was the main character in some vintage like story… with a cat named Anastasia who sits peering out from an upstairs window… Having grown up in sunny Southern California and really not being use to Autumn… I still get quite excited when I see the leaves changing colors. It’s the perfect backdrop for a cozy home …nothing beats it… well, on second thought I’m thinking the smell of freshly baked bread that you have made yourself smothered covered with some butter that melts on the warm loaf…Okay now that’s the kind of cozy I’m talking about! 👩‍🍳 What’s Cooking… Ingredients 2 tablespoons of yeast 1 tablespoon of sugar 1 cup of warm water mix it all and let it … Continue reading

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