Making the Bed: A Charlie Guest Post

Making the Bed with Charlie

Before I came to live here about 8 months ago, my mom used to think making the bed was a chore.

She is really glad I am hear now, because I make it a fun game!

I play “jump on the bed” when she is pulling up the bedspread or sheet or blanket, so I get a fun “ride,” and she gets a little extra upper body strengthening workout.

When she is changing the sheets, I jump on the mattress so she can fluff the sheet over me and I have to wiggle my way out.

I love to try to bite the pillows while she is trying to stuff them into fresh pillowcases.

And when it is all done, it’s a BLASSSST to grab my donut, get a really fast running start from the living room, and jump up on the bed and skid across it to the other side and jump off.  This fluffs things up a bit more comfortable than having the bed covers being all flat and tucked in.  That’s NOT comfortable!

It’s great fun, and there is nothing like playtime FIRST thing in the morning, before Mom has her coffee or has time to get dressed or brush her teeth.  Morning is PLAY time!  Well – after MY breakfast of course.  But then… it is all about playtime.

Isn’t my mom lucky to have me to turn a mundane chore like making the bed into a really fun game?

She’s not so sure, but you get it – right?

Woofs & Wags,


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National Healthcare Decision Day – Choices for your Journey

forsythia fence

Forsythia Growing Around a Split Rail Fence on a Country Road

Today is National Healthcare Decision Day.  This is something quite near and dear to my heart and something I am passionate about.

National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD) exists to inspire, educate and empower the public about the importance of advance care planning. NHDD is an initiative to encourage individuals to express their wishes regarding healthcare and for healthcare providers to respect those wishes, whatever they may be. The theme for 2016 is “It Always Seems Too Early, Until It’s Too Late.”

The National Healthcare Decision Day website has a multitude of resources that I highly recommend you check out at this link.  I also recommend a project that I helped work on called the Journey GPS (Getting Plans Started) Guide.  You can download it free at this link.  It is a great resource for starting the conversation and carrying out your wishes for the way you want to experience your journey at end of life when that time comes.  The #NHDD theme this year is so poignant and true:  It always seems too early, until it is too late!

Take some time today to consider your choices, and let your loved ones know.  You deserve to have the right care at the right time in the right place no matter where you are in this crazy journey we call life.

Cheers & Hugs,


Jodi’s Blueberry White Chocolate Chip Cookies

Blueberry White Chocolate Chip Cookies

I created and started baking this super yummy cookie years ago by taking my old reliable base cookie recipe and adding dried blueberries and white chocolate chips.

Blueberry White Chocolate Chip Cookies 2

It has become a favorite of hubby’s and some of my other cookie-lovin’ friends.  I was surprised to realize I had not posted this recipe here yet, so I’m excited to share it with you.

If you are looking for a unique and delightful treat, you really should try this cookie.  I have been hard-pressed to find someone who doesn’t like these!

Dried blueberries can be a bit pricey, but Trader Joe’s is a great source of delicious and reasonable ones.  And they are sooooo worth it once you’ve taken a bite of this cookie!

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Blueberry White Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ingredients:Blueberry White Chocolate Chip Cookies

4 sticks (1 lb.) butter, softened
1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar
1 1/2 cups white granulated sugar
2 tsp vanilla
4 eggs
2 tsp baking soda
2 tsp salt
5 cups all purpose flour
1 12-oz bag Nestle Premier White Chocolate Chips (or your favorite)
1 8-oz bag Trader Joe’s dried blueberries (or your favorite brand)


With electric mixer, beat butter and sugar together until completely incorporated. Add vanilla and eggs, and beat until light and fluffy. Add baking soda and salt, and mix another minute. Gradually add flour and beat until well incorporated, but do not overbeat.

Fold in white chocolate chips and blueberries. Refrigerate dough for at least 2 hours or up to 2 days.

When ready to bake, preheat oven to 375 degrees F. With your hands, form a cookie dough ball about 1-1/2 inches in diameter.  Place on baking stone. Bake for 8-10 minutes. Do not overbake. Allow to cool on baking stone for 2-3 minutes, then remove to cooling rack to cool completely.


Cheers & Hugs,

Pink Tulips to Celebrate

pink tulips impressionistic watercolor 9x12 matted to 11 x 14

Pink Tulips Impressionistic Original Watercolor 9×12 matted to 11×14

Painting tulips and unwinding last evening…

splashing loosely and freely
allowing the paint to create
to celebrate…

April 13, 2016,
Wednesday – Hump Day,

4 days down, 6 to go on my Spring head cold,
Happy 43 years to Dad and Mom II,
Happy Birthday to Charlie O,
Happy National Grilled Cheese Day (a day late),
Happy Peach Cobbler Day.

Happy 24 days until Punta Cana R&R Vacation,
Happy “It’s a Perfect Day for a Perfect Day” Day,
Happy Anniversary Month Marty and Jodi.

Happy day to cherish the moments,
share a smile,
spread joy,
experience happiness,
give love,
encourage peace
hug someone.

What are you celebrating today?

Cheers & Hugs,


Cinnamon Churro Ice Cream Bowls

cinnamon churro ice cream bowl sundae

Cinnamon Churro Ice Cream Bowl Sundae

Can you even handle the yumminess of these Cinnamon Churro Ice Cream Sundae Bowls?

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Cinnamon Churro Bowl Ice Cream Sundae

On Sunday, my son, Nick, saw this gif recipe on Reddit and decided he wanted to try it.  It was an unseasonably cold “Spring” day.  I was feeling a bit under the weather feeling a head cold starting and making some of my favorite remedy – homemade chicken noodle soup.

I perked up when he said he wanted to try and watched and gave him a few pointers along the way.

cinnamon churro ice cream bowls Nick making

Nick in the kitchen making cinnamon churro sundae bowls

So often you see these amazing-looking recipes on Pinterest or Reddit or other blogs that look so pretty and are made to look so easy, but when you go to make them…… well….  not so great.  I wasn’t expecting much when Nick began piping the batter around the bottoms of the cupcake pan, but had my fingers crossed and encouraged his desire to give it a try.

cinnamon churro ice cream bowl frying

frying the cinnamon churro bowls

We were amazed at how easily they came off the pan and fried up to a golden brown.

cinnamon churro ice cream bowls

Cinnamon Churro Ice Cream Bowls

And we were even more blown away by how amazing they tasted!  What a special treat!  These could very easily be made ahead and frozen for a special occasion.

And any occasion would be made special with these yummy treats.

Thanks, Nick!   You made a “down” day a bit brighter for me to help and photograph, and Dad was very happy to enjoy eating.

Hope you will give these a try.

Churro Ice Cream Bowls

Ingredients:cinnamon churro ice cream bowl sundae

1/4 cup butter, cubed
2 Tbsp. brown sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup water
1 cup flour
1 tsp vanilla
4 eggs
Non-stick cooking spray
oil for frying
cinnamon sugar
ice cream
hot fudge or caramel or your toppings of choice

6-12 cup muffin pan


In a medium saucepan over medium/high heat, add butter, brown sugar, salt, and water. Bring to a boil. As soon as the butter has fully melted and the mixture begins to boil, reduce the heat to medium/low and add in flour. Using a wooden spoon, stir until the dough comes together into a ball (about 1 minute). Remove from heat and let cool for 5 minutes before proceeding to the next step (to prevent accidentally cooking the eggs).

Mix in the vanilla extract. Add in the eggs, one at a time, being sure to fully incorporate each egg before adding the next. Once all the eggs are incorporated, transfer it to a piping bag.

Invert a muffin pan and spray thoroughly with non-stick cooking spray. Pipe the dough around the inverted cups in spirals to form the bowls. Immediately transfer the tray to the freezer and freeze until solid (about 3 hours).

Heat oil in a deep pot to 350˚F (175˚C). Remove the muffin tin from the freezer and use a small knife under the bottom edge to help release the churro bowls.

Fry them in batches or one at a time, until nicely browned – about 2-3 minutes, flipping once. Be sure to carefully tip them into the oil so they sink to the bottom. Once desired color is reached remove them from the oil to a paper towel lined plate. Sprinkle with or roll in a cinnamon sugar mixture. Fill with you favorite ice cream and toppings. Enjoy!

Cheers & Hugs,