My Own Wonderland

I apologize it has been so long since I last blogged. I have been busy with school, family and life. I will do my best to continue my passion for writing and cooking and share those with you.

I recently had to write an essay in my composition class and I had such a wonderful time writing it. I feel people in today’s world do not use their imaginations enough.  I love my little story I wrote and would love to share it with you. It is called My Own Wonderland.

        On a cold and dreary day, our tea party adventure with tasty sheep and an unexpected guest began. In the distance, we heard the laughter of the best dressed Alice we had ever seen. The tasty sheep that were magically made, looked at us as if to say don’t eat me. The Mad Hatter told us stories as colors danced wildly around us. On that note, let me begin the tale of my very own wonderland.

        As I entered a cozy outdoor setting, I could hear the faint happy laughter of a bright-eyed beautiful little girl. She was dressed in a periwinkle blue dress with her beautiful brown hair tied up in a satin white bow. Next to her was an oddly dressed man in a top hat, who was telling her silly stories, that made her laugh even more. As I journeyed closer to have a seat, I saw her eyes filled with excitement, as she anxiously awaited for our tea party to begin.

        As I sat down, the odd man introduced himself as the Hatter, and I could clearly see he had gone mad. He started waving his hands in the air, speaking in what seemed to be a language all its own. As he finished his funny little chant, fluffy white sheep appeared out of thin air. They looked as though they were just as confused as I was. They were made of spun sugary marshmallows and thin crisp buttery cookies, which were half dipped in creamy milk chocolate. In their chocolaty eyes, you could see them asking for us not to eat them. Despite their pleading eyes, the Hatter, little Alice and I sat there enjoying every last explosive bite.

       The Hatter began to take us on an enchanted tale, of when Alice last was in Wonderland and having tea with him. The beautiful colors of pinks and greens soon turned into wild reds, vivid purples and sharp blues whirling around us. He told us of the white rabbit, his ticking watch and how Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum would argue about nothing. He reminded Alice of when the evil Red Queen made Alice paint the elegant white roses into radiant red roses and how Chesire cat would vanish into thin air. The Hatter then danced around the colorful backyard to something that resembled an Irish jig with the spirited Alice.

        As the colors stop spinning around my head, I saw the Hatter busily working on his laptop. The strong-willed Alice was sitting coloring in her favorite book. Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum wrestled on the floor, as Chesire cat basked in some sun on the windows’ ledge. As I left Wonderland, I am reminded that I have my own little slice of wonderland.

I hope whomever may read this, has a wonderful day and never stop using your imagination.

Life’s sorrows

It has been too long since I last sat down to write on my blog site. A lot has happened since that first post. Some good and some bad. It has allowed me to reflect on life, my family and my future. I went through something that I had a very hard time dealing with. It was not my first time dealing with what happened, but it did not make things any easier as well. I can not make any promises but I will try to blog better. 

Since my second ectopic pregnancy right before christmas 2009, I have decided to enroll back into school and finish my degree, focus on my beautiful daughter, focus on my cooking, and also focus on my writing. As I sit here reflecting, I am reminded of one of my favorite poems by Robert Frost, The Road Not Taken. My life seems to reflect this poem in so many ways, that I lose count. Since I do not have a delicious recipe to share, or a poem of my own that reflects what is going on right now, I would like to share this one with you. I do not regret anything that has happened in my life. It makes me who I am today, and I am grateful of the less traveled road I chose.  I hope everyone has a blessed day and enjoy life to the fullest.

The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,

And sorry I could not traveled both

And be one traveler, long I stood

And looked down one as far as I could

To where it bent in the undergrowth;

 

Then took the other, as just as fair,

And having perhaps the better claim,

Because it was grassy and wanted wear;

Though as for that the passing there

Had worn them really about the same,

 

And both that morning equally lay

In leaves no step had trodden black.

Oh, I kept the first for another day!

Yet knowing how ways lead on to way,

I doubted if I should ever come back.

 

I shall be telling this with a sigh

Somewhere ages and ages hence:

Two roads diverged in the wood, and I-

I took the one less traveled by,

And that has made all the difference.

New beginnings and peppermint hot cocoa

After months of my husband telling me I should write a blog, being inspired by an old friend, sparrow hopes, and a recent movie,  I decided to give it a try. I want it to be a place where I can get my ideas for homemade/semi-homemade recipes, my poetry/writing, ideas for the house, crafts and fun things to do with children. I am hoping for ideas from others as well.  I have been inspired and hope to also inspire. 

As a simple start, I decided to make my favorite hot chocolate, Peppermint. I sometimes make it with nesquik and milk, or from scratch but if I am in a time crunch and just have to have it now, I use hot chocolate packets, hot water and a candy cane. 

I start by heating up the chocolate in a pan with water, 1-2 packets depending how chocolatey I feel. Stirring frequently. In my mug of choice I place some mini marshmallow and a peppermint candy cane. Once the hot cocoa reaches the point where it is about to boil, I ladle it into my mug and stir with the candy cane. Then I sit back and enjoy the peppermint chocolatey goodness.  

I am truly excited about this new beginning and sharing it with you.