Happy Valentine's Day - 2017

Happy Valentine's Day, everyone!  (Some may also say, Happy Friendship Day!). I'll take that too.

I know that people may celebrate (or not) Valentine's Day in different ways. For some it's the most endearing holiday and for others it is cringe-worthy. I feel neither of those polar-opposite emotions this year. Does that mean I've evolved?  lol . This year I open proclaim my Mom as my boo! Yes.

My Mom has gotten to where she likes exchanging Valentine's Day gifts with me.  I'm not exactly sure when this began, but I noticed it especially after my dad passed.  Before, it was more of a thing between them.  Now, I gladly share my Valentine's with my Mom.  This year she gave me a small gift bag with a card, an inspirational book, and a few candy and scented treats.  Do you think I left her hanging?  Absolutely not!

I had already purchased a gift basket about two weeks ago for Valentine's. The basket was filled by a member of an educational organization in which I am a member. That made it all the more special. Check out my video to see all the goodies my Mom and I shared (or will share).

So, how do you spend your Valentine's Day?


On My Mental Bookcase...

In my mind, I'm dreaming of a retreat, surrounded by the tranquility of the mountains, sipping tea and reading any of the following books on my Amazon wishlist, in no particular order...

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The story of a homeless mountaineer who was built 55 schools, particularly for girls, that offered a balanced education in one of the most isolated and dangerous regions in both Afghanistan and Pakistan.

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This book explores the pictures of childhood for black and white middle-class, working class, and poor families.

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The autobiography of Sandra Cisneros.

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Corrie ten Boom was a Dutch watchmaker whose family fought to save many Jews. As a survivor of Hitler's concentration camps, Boom lives to tell of her life as an evangelist in the 20th century.

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The story of two Nigerians, separated due to the military's rule in their homelands and facing their own realities in both America and London, are rejoined fifteen years later in a democratic Nigeria.

I can't wait to read any of these books.  What's on your book wishlist?

My First Avocado Toast


This year I want to add more plant-based meals in my diet.  I've been watching hoards of YouTube videos of plant-based meals, including avocado toast.  Jenné a.k.a. SweetPotatoSoul, one of my favorite vegan Youtubers, isn't shy about her love for avocado toast, so I decided to give it a try as she recommends....sprinkled with fennel seeds.

Such a simple breakfast - mashed avocado with salt & pepper, spread on toasted oatnut bread, and sprinkled with fennel seeds.  The first avocado toast was so good, that I made another.  And drank it with a cup of rosy earl gray tea.  You guys know how I feel about my tea.  Yum.

Did I mention that I'm attempting to grow an avocado tree...indoors?  Ha Ha!  No, but seriously, my students from last year wanted to plant my avocado see in water so I let them.  And this is where I am with this tree at this point.  I need to place it in soil and see what happens.

So what simple breakfasts do you enjoy?  My morning prep time is super limited (like practically non-existant) and I need ideas. Do share...