Sharing my love of homemaking and the style of life I am cultivating for my family and myself.

Weekend to do, stop and smell the roses!

Excuse my nails! I have since painted them a pretty pink, kind of like the rose pictured below.

A man came into Vaccaro’s and gave three roses. Just a nice gesture and didn’t ask for anything. I come in and the lady working thought it would be nice to share them. (A nice extra after getting some good cannolis.)

It amazes me how often these small acts of kindness happen and are rarely front page news.

I’m just feeling really thankful for this weekend and all weekends I have and get to live. God is really good. The proof is in him giving us His only son to die for us.

This weekend I plan to just simply enjoy life. I hope you all enjoy your weekend!  Please share your plans in the comments.


Bread Baking and My Goals for the Week

Baking Bread and Goals for the Week

There is nothing better than freshly baked homemade bread!

Slowly I have gone back to bread making. It is coming on the heels of getting back  my drive of simple, quality and homemade living.

When I first got married I tried it and well the bread was never good thought I sort of kept up with it since. Okay, so it was when I actually felt brave (not very often) I went for it and tried a bread recipe only to be met with flat bread and then I’d quit until next time. This next time happened at Easter and I tried the No Knead Crusty Mini Artisan Rolls from The Comfort of Cooking. It turned our great, though to be honest I didn’t divide the recipe and baked it whole. Since then I have been baking.
You could say April has been my bread baking month since I have also started to try other recipes and have yet to quit. In fact I have been baking the bread for the house since Easter and it is slowly becoming a habit, thought I have yet to settle on a baking day.
In the mean time, I would love to know some of your favorite bread recipes to try. Also, how do you store your homemade bread? Right now I use clear wrap and my covered cake stand.

Benbri House

Goals for the Week:

Cooking/Meal Planning:

1. Bake more sandwich bread

2. Make this weeks meal plan and do the shopping

3. Introduce more salads into the diet

4. Make more Iced Tea



1. Finish Spring cleaning. Go room to room declutter, getting rid of items to sell and donate or trash, then reorganize and tidy.

2. Declutter linen closet.



1. Pick up around the yard.

2. Start pulling weeds and unwanted plants.

3. Plant some bulbs I have already.

4. Plan the vegetable garden.



1. Write 1 or 2 more posts for the week

2. Take lots of photos.

Note to self: Never for get to take photos!

Benbri House

Easter weekend was a busy one for us, but it was a good weekend. There was chatting, playing and of course cooking. I had wanted to take photo of me prepping dinner and setting it out, but well we wanted to eat, so other than the two photos posted, I have nothing to share. Safe to say I have learned my lesson and will take the time to take photos. Better planning is a new goal.

On Saturday, before dinner I set out some pepperoni, cheeses, gherkins, and fresh-baked bread (which I hope to share later this week.) For dinner we had ham cooked with pineapple and cherries with a pineapple brown sugar glaze. The sides we mashed sweet potatoes, butter and brown sugar roasted carrots and steamed broccoli. It was good! The dessert was a yummy cheese cake which had a very butter crust because I stink at doubling a recipe.

Then for Sunday dinner, we had a roasted leg of lamb with garlic and rosemary pesto. On the side we had balsamic brussels sprouts and spinach. We also had more fresh-baked bread.

So the meals were simple, but very flavorful and satisfying. It was nice to have some special meals, which in my goals for the week below you will see that one of my goals is to get creative with leftovers.

Benbri House This week goals

Get creative with leftovers (lamb stew, gyros, split pea soup made with ham bone leftover) // Work on DA’s project // Extra school time with DA // Keep up with early mornings // Maintain morning tidying routine // Re-arrange girls room // Sort through my clothes and discard the unwanted (for a garage sale) // Finish reading My Life in France // Keep up meal planning // Clear backyard // Start garden planning

What are your goals for the week?



He Is Risen!

He is risen indeed! Alleluia!


Happy Easter!



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