national diabetes awareness month

Marian Parsonsa slice of life39 Comments

In case you weren’t aware, November is National Diabetes Awareness month.  Why am I dedicating an entire post to that?  My youngest son, Calvin, is a Type 1 Diabetic. I want to share more about diabetes because 1.) people have asked me for updates and 2.) T1D is sneaky and knowing the symptoms can save someone’s life.  So, even if … Read More

gingerbread house recipe & templates

Marian ParsonsDecorating, Food, Holiday43 Comments

A few years ago, I got it in my head that I had admired gingerbread houses long enough and I was going to make them myself.  Not just the graham cracker/milk carton/kit variety, but ones that I made from scratch and decorated with traditional white royal icing.  Kriste and I played hooky from working in the studio and we spent … Read More

Linenbees Giveaway

Marian Parsonsa slice of life, clothing & style1012 Comments

A few months ago, I was browsing around on Etsy and found a simple linen dress that looked comfy, but stylish.  I ordered two.  They are now a wardrobe staple for me and I’ve added more linen dresses to the mix. I also started working with that Etsy shop, Linenbees as a blog sponsor. The shop is run by a … Read More

September Favorites

Marian Parsonsa slice of life49 Comments

I started doing “favorites” posts each month at the beginning of this year and that lasted for…oh, about two months!  Life just happened and I didn’t come back to it, but I decided to pick it up again.  Here are a smattering of things I enjoyed in September… Hamilton : An American Musical As a total drama nerd with a … Read More

Pumpkin Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Marian ParsonsFood22 Comments

I don’t often think about cooking with pumpkin, but there is a lot of goodness pumpkins can bring to the culinary table!  I was in the mood for something chocolatey and cookies are always a winner at my house, so I made a variation of a Pumpkin Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe I found on Taste of Home.  I made a … Read More

Old World Kitchen Dreamware Giveaway

Marian ParsonsFavorite Finds, Food1083 Comments

If you’ve followed me for a while, you may have picked up that I have a thing for kitchenware.  I was a Food Network junkie when I left the corporate world, so I could support Jeff in full-time youth ministry and be a homemaker.  I thoroughly relished the time and spent much of it cooking and baking from scratch and, … Read More

the coexistence of projects & dinner

Marian Parsonsa slice of life, Food38 Comments

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Blue Apron.  As always, all words and opinions shared here are honest and my own. Would you believe that I made a dinner like this… …when this kind of thing was going on in my house? Well, I did! I had an ambitious to-do wish list while my parents and brother were here to … Read More

our welcome to Rochester

Marian Parsonsa slice of life114 Comments

I received an e-mail from my great uncle a few days ago.  He was letting me know that he couldn’t wait for part four of our moving story.  I laughed when I read it, because there isn’t a part four!  That’s it.  Jeff got the job, we got the house, and we’re moving to Minnesota. But really, he knew there … Read More