A little of this, a little of that…

One thing. Yes, only one thing made it down from the attic this week, but it counts! I know, I know! It is the saddest progress you can imagine, but it was progress and is a perfect example of how you can make an opportunity to pay it forward out of getting organized.

Fifteen years ago, Celeste, one of my best friends from college sent me a “Hooked on Phonics” program as a gift for my then 4-year-old daughter. I have held onto it with the intent of returning it to her when she had kids. Well, I am happy to report that 15 years later, it is making its way back to Celeste, who now has a baby boy that is a year and a half old. His name is Julian. He may have to wait a few years to start, but what fun to be able to return it to her for use with her own son after all this time. Before you know it he will be saying “Hooked on Phonics worked for me!”

The point is, as you get started with your purge and organization projects, be sure to set a side things that you feel would benefit those you care about and take action to send them on their way.

Hooked on Phonics


Here’s Julian! He can’t wait to get started getting hooked on phonics!

Beyond the “Hooked on Phonics” send off, I’ve not made much progress in the attic. So WHY such little progress? Research I tell ya! Last week was filled with hours and hours of research on this whole blog world and its fascinating.


Ana kept me company while I researched blogging.

This week was also filled with birthdays and family…

Family Gathering

Family gathering around to open presents.

This week was filled with cross country races.


Jacob making a quick check of the time before he crosses the line. Credit: Mark Darden

This week was filled with time with my daughter during Fall Family Weekend at the University of Tennessee.


My daughter took me to my first UT football game and we watched the Vols take on UMass Minutemen at Neyland Stadium. #gbo #vols


The Rock at the University of Tennessee

This week was filled with cooking. I made my favorite basic salad which includes spring mix, romaine, peeled carrots, red peppers and red onions. I think it’s my favorite because it is so easy to make AND it offers a good foundation for any type of salad.

The basic flavor gives you flexibility to add a variety of different toppings such as walnuts, almonds, artichoke hearts, heart of palm, avocado, etc. to change up the flavor for leftovers.


My favorite basic salad!

I also attempted to make Julie Blanner’s Caramel Cheesecake Bread to take to a girls night out event, however, I didn’t quite follow the directions or give myself enough time to cook that baby. When my ride arrived, it had just come out of the oven so I had to hurry up and get it on a plate so we could go. When I flipped it over, the whole thing tore apart! It was literally a hot mess! I had no option but to take my flat, torn apart bread to our girls night out as my humble dessert offering. It was ugly, but it was good.

This my friends is real life baking at my house. I like to experiment, it just doesn’t always work out. I’ll have to give it a try another day when I have more time and patience.

Cheesecake Bread

Not quite a loaf or bundt cake. It was an unshaped mass of caramel cheesecake bread.

Speaking of girls night out….this week also consisted of time with friends and painting. I love to paint and I love arts and crafts. And I just happen to have a friend who loves them just as much, if not more than I do. Below is a picture from Kelly’s version of “Painting with a Twist” that she hosted. It was a great time with the girls. It makes me feel lucky to be surrounded by women who inspire and encourage each other, especially when ones dessert AND painting comes out a little flat!


Girls Night Out Painting

 This week was also sprinkled with long walks with friends, more birthday celebrations, “We’re Expecting” announcements, time with God and chores.

AND last but not least, this week was filled with resume writing because it’s time to get busy searching for my next career opportunity!


As I find myself behind in writing for my blog (this was not the post I intended to share), I can take heart knowing that it was a week well spent learning, doing new things and spending time with family and friends!

Until next week!


Ordinary Made Extraordinatry

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