As a high school and college student, I worked and volunteered both at a retirement home and a skilled nursing facility—mostly serving meals, playing games, and reading to residents. I’ve always loved spending time with who I consider older, wiser adults. When my grandmother was alive, I would pepper her with questions about growing up during the Great Depression, meeting my grandfather, and corresponding with her five brothers who served in WWII. How I miss those chats! Continue reading “Celebrating National Grandparents Day the Tree Classics Way” →
When kids get ready to go back to school and it’s time to put up the bathing suits and beach towels, summer is on its way out. If you’re like me, you’re ready for a touch of fall, but not quite ready for pumpkins. I shared some of my fall decorating finds and suggestions from last year, and here are more of my favorite ideas on easy ways to transition your décor from summer to fall. Continue reading “3 Easy Ways to Transition Your Décor From Summer to Fall” →
One thing I appreciate about Tree Classics is their commitment to giving back to local communities. When they asked me to donate an artificial Christmas tree and décor to a local charity as part of their charitable Christmas in July campaign, I immediately thought of my local American Legion, Post #53. Continue reading “Spread the Joy: Celebrating a Charitable Christmas in July” →
Happy Summer! While it’s not officially summer until June 21st, I’m writing this post at the end of a very full, fun Memorial Day weekend with temperatures topping 95 in southern Michigan. Very warm, but I’m not complaining. For context, we had multiple days of snow in April.
I’m feeling particularly nostalgic this Mother’s Day. April would have marked my grandmother’s 91st birthday—she passed way in October. I’m incredibly grateful for the 40+ years that I had with her, and when Tree Classics asked me to share an heirloom recipe I knew this was the perfect opportunity to explore her recipe box. It didn’t take me long to settle on making her pizzelle cookies. I can’t remember a holiday without them, and hers were my absolute favorite. Not overly sweet, crispy, with a subtle vanilla flavor. Many Italians use anise to flavor and I am firmly in the “I strongly dislike anise/black licorice” camp, so vanilla is a perfect alternative.