Gratitude​

The quality or feeling of being grateful or thankful

That’s the textbook definition, but to me, it doesn’t even come close to defining gratitude. Taking a step back and examining the word gratitude makes me want to burst out of my skin. My insides are exploding with blessings. God so fit for me to be here and living well, and I don’t know why.

What did I do to deserve this life?

Not that I’m questioning God. I would never do that because my belief is firm in knowing that everything happens for a reason. I give praise to all of my good times as well as the bad. It’s just that when I think about my good times… well, there are too many to name.

But I will start with this.

I woke up this morning and laid in my bed for a couple of hours and thought about everything that took place yesterday.

I was blessed with the opportunity to help a dear friend of mine cloth the homeless. I had my whole family in the garage, organizing clothes and placing them into there designated boxes that were labeled by my 10-year-old. We wanted the process of handing out clothes to go smoothly for my friend. The labels would let the homeless know if the items in the box were men/ women tops, bottoms, shoes, scarfs, hats, towels, toiletries, blankets, or coats. We loaded up the UHaul truck, and my selfless friend was off to feed and clothe the homeless and put smiles on their faces.

As if that wasn’t enough goodness. I was able to do more! I cook for my family every day, and I’m able to sit across from them and laugh and talk about all of their funny stories, but it’s something about Thanksgiving day that just makes all of their stories even more special. Sometimes I just stare at my kids, and I can’t hear a word they are saying. All I see is light in their eyes that’s full of hope. A type of hope that people would kill to have.

And for that, I’m grateful…the exploding kind

 

You could have chosen any blog to read, but you chose mine, and I’m honored.

~Belladonna~

 

One Year Down…​Thank You For Giving Me A Chance

It has officially been 1 year since I started this particular blog and I have been welcomed into the blog world with open arms. I have to admit that every time I write something I second guess myself. I wonder if it’s interesting enough to get you to come back and view another post. I always try to just be myself and that alone is scary.

I remember when I first started my blog I was approached by a well known public figure and he gave me THE BEST pointer. He told me if I wanted my blog to be successive then I had to remain truthful to myself. Choose topics that hit me deep in my core and then just go. Talk the way I do every day, and make sure my personality is present at all times. When he told me this I said well what if people don’t like me or what I have to say?

He responded, “Do you have friends”? “Do they like to engage with you”? “After 17 years does your husband still like you and engage with you”? But most importantly “Do you like you and find yourself interesting”? I thought fair enough!

So here we go! My content is going to be bananas this year, filled with food, diets, crafts, workouts, real talk, and my Life. I am elated to welcome you all to my world.

I know that there are thousands and thousands of blogs that you could have joined or read but you chose mine and I’m honored!

~Belladonna~

Apple Cobbler

The Holidays are here, and it is time to BAKE! There are so many delicious recipes to choose from, and it is so hard to determine just one or two or three or however many you cook on Thanksgiving. I usually like to go with two. If you are anything like me, then you will eat both desserts on the same day. So to keep my health pulled together, I limit myself to only two desserts, even though I want 3….okay 5!


Don’t Judge me!

I have made this cobbler many times and learned something new each time. I know that I have a type of apple that I favor for my desserts. Never thought that I would be so particular but surprisingly I am. I need an apple that is so sweet that I will not have to add a ton of sugar and brown sugar. So my magic duo is envy and honey crisp apple.

Preheat Oven to 350 degrees Bake for 50 minutes, Until Topping is Brown and Apples are Bubbling.

Ingredients

  • 4 Large Honey Crisp Apples
  • 4 Large Envy Apples
  • 1/2 Cup Sugar
  • 1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 2 tbsp. Flour
  • 2 tsp Vanilla
  • 1 cup Sparkling Cider
  •  2 cups Pecans are optional
  • 2 tbsp. Ground Cinnamon

Crust Topping

  • 1/2 Cup Butter
  • 4 Eggs
  • 2 tsp Vanilla
  • 1 Cup Flour
  • 2 tbsp. Ground Cinnamon

Peel, core and slice apples in long wedges and then slice in half. Combine sugar, brown sugar, four, pecans and vanilla. Give it a quick toss. Add in flour and Cider. Spread mixture in prepared butter dish.

In a large bowl combine slightly softened butter and flour. Add in Vanilla and lightly, beaten eggs. Make sure all of the butter and flour is smooth. Spoon mixture over the apples in the baking dish. Bake and serve warm with vanilla bean ice cream.

You could have chosen any blog to read but you chose mine and I’m honored!

~BellaDonna~

Apple Cobbler

The Holidays are here, and it is time to BAKE! There are so many delicious recipes to choose from, and it is so hard to determine just one or two or three or however many you cook on Thanksgiving. I usually like to go with two. If you are anything like me, then you will eat both desserts on the same day. So to keep my health pulled together, I limit myself to only two desserts, even though I want 3….okay 5!


Don’t Judge me!

I have made this cobbler many times and learned something new each time. I know that I have a type of apple that I favor for my desserts. Never thought that I would be so particular but surprisingly I am. I need an apple that is so sweet that I will not have to add a ton of sugar and brown sugar. So my magic duo is envy and honey crisp apple.

Preheat Oven to 350 degrees Bake for 50 minutes, Until Topping is Brown and Apples are Bubbling.

Ingredients

  • 4 Large Honey Crisp Apples
  • 4 Large Envy Apples
  • 1/2 Cup Sugar
  • 1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 2 tbsp. Flour
  • 2 tsp Vanilla
  • 1 cup Sparkling Cider
  •  2 cups Pecans are optional
  • 2 tbsp. Ground Cinnamon

Crust Topping

  • 1/2 Cup Butter
  • 4 Eggs
  • 2 tsp Vanilla
  • 1 Cup Flour
  • 2 tbsp. Ground Cinnamon

Peel, core and slice apples in long wedges and then slice in half. Combine sugar, brown sugar, four, pecans and vanilla. Give it a quick toss. Add in flour and Cider. Spread mixture in prepared butter dish.

In a large bowl combine slightly softened butter and flour. Add in Vanilla and lightly, beaten eggs. Make sure all of the butter and flour is smooth. Spoon mixture over the apples in the baking dish. Bake and serve warm with vanilla bean ice cream.

You could have chosen any blog to read but you chose mine and I’m honored!

~BellaDonna~