Winston’s First Birthday



Baby Winston 





Winston was the best little buddy while I was sick. Once I got home he never left my side. 



Winston’s first snow! 

I have become that person that I never thought I would, the person obsessed with their fur child dog. This sweet boy has my heart big time and he is growing up so fast! 

Mom, I know I am one whole year old today but I cannot believe you left the back door open all day for me while you were at work. I ran from outside to inside and back outside and then inside again. The freedom felt so good. I didn’t even run away although, the neighborhood cats tried to get me to go with them. Aren’t you proud? 

Love, Winston

True story… I forgot and I left my back door open all day today while I was at work. I am so thankful Winston was at home when I got back! 

January/February was a doozy


photo from She Reads Truth

I am back from my unintentional break. I have been having a hard time coming up with words to start this post so I guess I will just jump right in.

The last week in January I was admitted to the hospital with a “large central bilateral pulmonary embolism” in other words I had a few blood clots in both of my lungs. I had been having moderate to severe back pain and started having trouble breathing for a couple of days. I knew something was wrong when it started to hurt to breathe. 

Being told by your doctor that you could have died gives you a lot to think about it. I want to try and live a more intentional life. Be more aware of what I am spending my thoughts, time, money on. I don’t want to waste the precious time I have left on this earth. 

So… I stayed a couple of nights in ICU and then a couple more in a regular room. Let’s just say, I will never take my privacy for granted again after staying in a glass box. 

Through all of this I found out I have a genetic mutation that causes clotting. That is definitely good to know for potential issues in the future. I am just so thankful to finally be feeling normal again! I have to take a blood thinner which I was kind of nervous about since I love to cook and cooking involves knives. Trey solved that worry for me by getting me a chainmail glove to wear. Have I ever mentioned what an amazing boyfriend I have? I also have wonderful family and friends that I could never thank enough! 

Recipe | Roasted Root Vegetables


This was my first time to ever cook or eat parsnips. Verdict: I like them! You could add any vegetables you like to this and roast them and it would be good. Lately, I have really been loving fresh rosemary. If you have any recipes you like with rosemary please let me know! I would love to try it!

Roasted Root Vegetables
Serves 10
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215 calories
35 g
0 g
8 g
4 g
1 g
238 g
768 g
6 g
0 g
6 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 215
Calories from Fat 68
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 8g
Saturated Fat 1g
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 5g
Cholesterol 0mg
Sodium 768mg
Total Carbohydrates 35g
Dietary Fiber 6g
Sugars 6g
Protein 4g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  1. 3 lbs red potatoes, quartered
  2. 1 lb baby carrots, halved
  3. 1 lb parsnips, peeled and chopped
  4. 6 cloves fresh garlic, peeled and roughly chopped
  5. 4 shallots, peeled and quartered
  6. 1/3 cup olive oil
  7. 1/4 cup fresh rosemary, chopped
  8. 1 tbs salt
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Cover 2 baking sheets with foil and set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the potatoes, carrots, parsnips, garlic, shallots and oil. Toss until vegetables are coated in oil.
  4. Spread vegetables onto prepared baking sheets making sure they are in a single layer.
  5. Sprinkle with rosemary and salt.
  6. Bake for 45 minutes to an hour until vegetables are browned. Stir while cooking to prevent burning.
Adapted from Christmas Cottage Cookbook
Brittany A. Ray