We’re planning a New Year’s Eve party, so there’s a lot of list making going on ’round here.  The fun kind–we need cheese and chocolate for fondue, balloons and glitter for decorations, glowsticks and bells for the kiddos.  I’ve already printed out some 2016 resolutions papers for the kids to fill out–you can find those here: Kids 2016 New Years Sheet  and we’ll print these great questions out and take some time to hear about everyone’s 2015, too.  It’s time… Read more »

It’s true, I’ll admit it: I’m not ready for Christmas. Oh, I’ve done all the baking, the caroling and shopping, the tree trimming and wrapping, the reading and snuggling and even the waiting and watching. I’ve sat here through dark mornings and read Scripture by the lights of the tree (all 2,000 of them!) for all of Advent (and then some!).  I’ve “prepared Him room.”  But I’m still finding myself digging heels in, willing the season to slow, to give… Read more »

Dodging icy spots, I hurried into the store for a few more things for the third time that day.  The snow, having fallen a few days before, wasn’t so pretty in the parking lot, and what sparkled in pristine white was now packed, browned from salt and pressed with the tread of so many tires. Passing the bundled elderly woman picking her way over the treacherous piles, the tired ringer at the door, the temptation of the coffee bar, I… Read more »

Here’s a lovely, tasty favorite around here (one that would be perfect for a Christmas breakfast, if one weren’t already addicted to Egg Scramble and Pioneer Woman Cinammon Rolls … 😉  )I give you … raspberry streusel coffee cake! Raspberry Streusel Coffee Cake 3 ½ cups unsweetened raspberries 1 cup water 2 Tablespoons lemon juice 1 ¼ cups sugar 1/3 cup cornstarch BATTER: 3 cups all-purpose flour 1 cup sugar 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 cup… Read more »

Happy Monday! If you’ve been around here awhile, you might know how much I love snow. Here’s a quick Periscope I did when I “snowed” my bedroom tree this weekend!  You can follow me at Misty Krasawski on Twitter and Periscope (lots of fun, if you haven’t added it yet!)  Learn to make snow for your Christmas here:   Sometimes I like to share the fun things I’ve been finding around the internet! Ann on housecleaning–plus the bedding I have… Read more »

thanksgiving week prep list

Do you stress out every Thanksgiving, trying to get it all done? We usually host Thanksgiving here, and I love it! Making the house cozy, cooking up a storm and feeding a bunch of people makes my heart very happy. But I found that waiting until Thanksgiving day to begin all the work involved was a surefire recipe for disaster. Enter the Thanksgiving Week Prep Timeline! I’m a list girl, and it helps me sooooooo much if I create a… Read more »

My tulip beds, at the end of May. Planted in the dark so many months ago, shovel plunged at the last minute by flashlight into fall-hardened ground in a desperate attempt to bury pregnant bulbs before Colorado’s first blankets of snow came, they defied planting dates and gravity to bring us joy every day this spring. The season has come to an end, though.  Several have dropped, petal edges bending downward, beginning the return piece by piece to the ground… Read more »

April has arrived.  Not only does this mean we’ve celebrated Easter and our trees are blooming beautiful in the midst of Colorado’s crazy weather … … but this year, for the first time ever, it also means we’re counting down the days to the end of our district’s public school calendar. Now, if you don’t know me well, I have to give you a bit of background:  I consider myself a homeschool mom.  As in, I homeschooled my children from… Read more »

Do you ever wake up gripped with a sense that the day already has you beat–and you haven’t even gotten out of bed yet?  Maybe you’ve just endured a major accident of some kind, or you received awful news just the day before.  Or maybe your life took a turn not of your making a long time ago, and you’ve been holding on by your fingernails, it seems, ever since. As I’m reading God’s word this morning, I find myself… Read more »

They were supposed to look like this. I thought I’d waited too late. When the paper bag with the picture of cheery tulips on the front tumbled off my pantry shelf late last October, the appropriate season for bulb-planting had passed. Snow and freezing temperatures—the first of a surely long Colorado winter–had been predicted for that night. The bulbs, papered bits falling out of their partial-mesh package, had been forgotten after they’d been put away… Join me for the rest… Read more »