Making my House a Home

November 22, 2013 § 1 Comment

The holidays are upon us. It is truly one of my favorite times of the year. I think what I love most about this time of the year is the get togethers. Though year round I love get togethers there just seem to be so many more with the holidays. 

For the holidays this year, Patrick and I will be in LA the whole time. I am actually kind of excited as we get to attend a lot of fun gatherings and host my in-laws for a week. I’m sure you are asking, “What does this have to do with making a house a home?” This has everything to do with making a house a home because I cook/bake goodies for most events/parties we attend. I like to give people the since of home when I bring my baked goods to their home. I also want people to feel at home when they come to my place. I think it is vitally important to everyone to have a sense of home. A place you can go where no one judges, you can feel at ease and you can feel the love that fills that home. 

My childhood had those moments where I felt at home. There were also moments where home didn’t feel like home. I never want to feel that way again and I don’t want anyone in my life to feel like home isn’t home. I guess that’s why I enjoy being a hostess and having people over for random game nights or just to hangout in general. I seriously can’t wait for the day when I have a huge kitchen/living room to host large parties. Until then, I will continue to open my home for those who need/want it. 

Also, for those who enjoy my instagram pics and Facebook posts about my chocolate espresso cupcakes with mocha buttercream icing here are the links for those recipes: 

*Chocolate Espresso Cake*: http://authenticsuburbangourmet.blogspot.com/2011/10/chocolate-espresso-cake.html 

*Note* I make cupcakes most often with this recipe and it makes about 28 cupcakes. Also, it makes a great 13″x 9″ cake. There is also an icing recipe with this. I have never made it with the icing listed. Try it and let me know how it goes! 

Mocha Buttercream Icing: http://www.wilton.com/recipe/Mocha-Buttercream-Icing

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Near and Far

November 21, 2013 § 2 Comments

It’s been awhile since my last post. Things have been going well for me. I am still finding joy in the little things in my life. There are some days that I forget to stop for a minute to be thankful. When I do step back for a moment, the day gets better and I find I am more blessed than I ever thought.  

Today, I am thankful for friends near and far. Recently, I have more been content being in LA. It’s true that this city is huge and spread out but, we have been fortunate to find a church and a community to be engaged in. Not everyday is a perfect day but it’s much better from a year ago when I had fewer friends and more lonely days. 

On the days I miss home, I am happy that I can call, text or facetime/skype with a friend that is farther away and find support. It is hard to be away from those friends but it’s also nice to find encouragement from them no matter where I go. I hope I am an encouragement to those friends as well. It’s definitely not easy to keep up with everyone every day especially with busy schedules. It’s just nice that when I can find a minute they are right there for me. 

Many thanks to my friends that are here in LA and those that live in another state. I know it’s difficult to keep in touch but I am happy that we are friends and we can be there as inspiration as we walk through this life.

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