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  • The Importance of Saying “Thanks”
    The 4 steps to writing a thank you note. Step 1: Address the recipient by name and say thank you, be sure to mention specifically what you are thanking them for. Dear Lisa,Thank you so much for the beautiful yellow rose bush. There is no need to write ‘I am writing to thank you’. That is self-evident. It is better to jump right in by expressing your thanks and appreciation, for example: It was wonderful to receive.. .My sincere thanks for.. Many thanks for your help with facilitating the meeting… The teas are delicious, thank you so much! Step 2: Continue by describing your feelings about the gift, event, favor, kindness, or service done. One sentence will do, but two or three are better (don’t overdo it though, or you’ll start to sound insincere). For example:As you know, yellow roses are my favorite and I have planted them in a special spot near my door so that every time I walk outside I can smell their fragrance. Step 3: Focus on the recipient. How are they? How is work/ school?  Any plans for the holiday season? You may also like to suggest a meet up (in person or by phone) in the near future. How have you been doing?  Do you have any plans for the Summer? I hope I can join the family at the beach house this year – I’ll give you a call later in the week to catch up. Step 4: Finally, repeat your thanks and appreciation with a brief sentence, and sign off. Thank you again for picking out such a lovely gift. Love, Aunt Melissa And below is all of it put together- Dear Lisa,Thank you so much for the beautiful yellow rose bush. As you know, yellow roses are my favorite and I have planted them in a special spot near my door so that every time I walk outside I can smell their fragrance. How have you been doing?  Do you have any plans for the Summer? I hope I can join the family at the beach house this year – I’ll give you a call later in the week to catch up. Thank you again for such a lovely gift. Love, Aunt Melissa
  • Gourmet Green Bean Casserole
    Hi Friends! I like to make several of my Thanksgiving side dishes ahead of time and I thought that I would just go ahead and make a video for you as I made our green bean casserole today. It is delicious and pretty easy to make. *Please note: I wrongly said 4 Tablespoons of Flour in the video. It is supposed to be 4 Teaspoons of flour. Just like the recipe below. Recipe for Gourmet Green Bean Casserole 2 (14 oz) cans French Cut Green Beans-Drained 6 TBS Butter Divided 4 TBS minced Onion 4 Teaspoons Flour 1tsp Salt 1 tsp Pepper 2 Cups Sour Cream 2 TBS Dijon Mustard 1 Cup Shredded Swiss Cheese 1/2 Cup Bread Crumbs Melt 3 TBS butter in a large pot, add onions and saute. Add flour, salt, and pepper and cook until bubbly. Remove from heat and add, sour cream and mustard, stirring constantly. Add beans and cheese to the sauce. Put in a casserole dish. Melt the remaining 3 TBS butter and add bread crumbs. Top mixture with bread crumbs and bake at 350 for 30 minutes.
  • 2020 Holiday Planner
    Grab yours today! Just enter your email address and the link to the holiday planner will be sent to you. Grab your Digital Holiday Planner Today! After you get the dropbox link, right-click to download the 33-page planner to your computer. You can print it out and use it as you wish! *By entering your email address, you will be added to my mailing list. I occasionally send out newsletters. If you would prefer not to receive the newsletters, you can simply unsubscribe as soon s you download the planner. Easy as pie!
  • Wisdom from Proverbs 23:7
    7 For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: Eat and drink, saith he to thee; but his heart is not with thee. This is one of my favorite Bible verses and I think of it often when my head is not in the right place. When we unpack the verse it shows a person who is saying one thing with their mouth—but their heart is in a completely different place. The thoughts and inclinations of the heart shape the reality of who you are. They shape your thinking which will ultimately shape your actions. What does a bible verse have in common with style? Well, a lot actually. I learned many years ago that I could ‘make’ my heart feel better by the simple act of getting up, brushing my teeth and hair, and putting on a fresh outfit, all the way to the shoes. There were days that I felt weary from raising and homeschooling three children and just wanted to slip out of bed and do school in my pajamas. When I did that, it set the tone for the rest of the day. A smelly, unkempt, disorderly tone. Our entire schedule was disheveled – just like my appearance. But, I found that if I made just an extra bit of effort and got up and dressed and went downstairs to greet the day (like it was my job) the day flowed much better and everyone was happier. Why? Because my heart was happier and that radiates out to EVERYTHING!, Yesterday felt off. It was one of those rainy, muggy, summertime is over feeling days and mentally, I didn’t feel so great. I didn’t want to put on my good clothes; I wanted to wallow on my unmade bed in my nightclothes, but there was work to be done, and I needed a positive attitude and a happy spirit to do it well, so I got up and got dressed.My mood lifted when I got up and got dressed down to my shoes! Even if you are not going anywhere, putting on your shoes makes you feel like something exciting is about to happen! Clothing from Nordstrom -Wide Leg Crop Pants by Halogen in Green, Ruffle Trim Top by Calson in Yellow. Shoes- Marc Fisher LTD Alida Espadrille Platform Wedge. As always, I appreciate you being here and reading my blog. If you are new here, drop a comment below and say hello! xoxo, Lindy