These 30 Bullet Journal Ideas Will Help You Organize Your Life!

These 30 Bullet Journal Ideas Will Help You Organize Your Life!

30 BULLET JOURNAL IDEAS TO HELP YOU ORGANIZE YOUR LIFE!  With How to Set Up Your BUJO Videos inside! A Bullet Journal 101 ebook AND 30 Collection Ideas!  Whoah!

Everything you've ever wanted to know about Bullet Journals is right here! We’re giving you lots of info, like Why You Need a Bullet Journal in Your Life, How To Videos, and some amazing bullet journal ideas, to get your BUJO juices flowing. No artistic talent required! We've got your back.

I’ll bet you’ve been looking at all those Instagram posts of beautiful bullet journal images. You know, bullet journals?

 

With all the pretty flowers, stars, and scrolls? Those people must spend hours and hours writing and all that calligraphy too!

 

Nobody’s got time for that right?

Everything you've ever wanted to know about Bullet Journals is right here! We’re giving you lots of info, like Why You Need a Bullet Journal in Your Life, How To Videos, and some amazing bullet journal ideas, to get your BUJO juices flowing. No artistic talent required! We've got your back.

Well. Maybe you do.
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And I do too. You see I thought those Bullet Journals, or BUJO as they are lovingly called, were for people with a lot of time on their hands. Not really busy people like you and me, with jobs, kids, parents, dogs, oh yes, and the spouse!

 

But you know what? Those BUJO people are really smart.

They do have more time on their hands than you and I do because they are WAY better organized.

Well better organized than I am.

 

Oh sure, I love to make lists. I even buy fancy list pads or download list printables. But you know what happens next, right?
Yes, that’s right. The lists either – keep on getting made, or they disappear.

 

I’ve tried generic planners before, but they really added stress and didn’t take it away.  So now I’m at a bit of a crossroads, with a daily job, my side hustle blog, spending time with family and friends, and even more importantly, my own self-care!

Well, I’m not sure about you, but mine disappear. So I’m ready to give this Bullet Journal thing a try. You with me?
Ok.

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7 Simple Ways to Live Hygge In Spring

7 Simple Ways to Live Hygge In Spring

Hi there! A few weeks ago I published an article about how to be happy and the Danish key to happiness – Hygge.  And you know what? You loved it! It has become one of my top posts!

So I got to thinking, and especially with the Spring Equinox just around the corner, how could I give you even more ways to feel happy, contented and cozy? What about 7 Simple Ways to Live Hygge in Spring?

 


So this post is to take you into Spring, feeling all of those things and more. And, as a special bonus, I’ve created a 7 Day Spring Hygge Challenge that will be delivered to your mailbox while you sleep, and will give you sweet ideas on how to get your Hygge On.Click To Tweet

Yes, there is so much written about Hygge (pronounced Hue-gah) about the things we can surround ourselves with to make us feel cozy, like a beautiful chunky shawl, or luscious fat white candles.

But there is definitely more to hygge than the things that get us to our happy space.

Cause if you remember from before, Hygge is about the feelings, right?

Happy Feelings.

Cozy Feelings.

Feelings of Contentment.

So while we equate all of these things with cooler weather, staying indoors, cozying up in front a fire to read or snuggle, 🙂 hygge is everywhere!

And I think you will find that Spring is one of the best times to fit some hygge into your life!

1. Visit your local Farmer’s Market or Flower Market and spend time wandering.

Soaking up the sites, sounds and smells will definitely put a smile on your face.

Outdoor markets are a feast for the senses!

Go by yourself, or meet your best friend there.

You know, the one that you really miss, and haven’t been able to spend time with lately?

Pick up a bunch of fresh cut flowers to take home, like these beautiful white tulips.

Nothing says how to live hygge in Spring like Tulips.

2. Clear your mind.

Turn off the phone and pick up that new novel you’ve been wanting to read.

Or maybe you have an old favorite? I have some amazing books I’ll bet I’ve read them 20 times or more.

They are like old friends, and the contentment I feel I read them is immeasurable. You too?

Brew yourself a cup of chamomile tea, light a candle,  and curl up with a cozy blanket and your pet if you have one.

If it’s warm enough to be outdoors, listen to the new leaves in the trees, or the different sounds in your city that mean Spring is here.

Even cozier, curly up with your honey, while you both read.

 

3. Mindfulness

One of the easiest ways I know to live hygge in spring is to get your hands dirty!

Give your houseplants some TLC. Pick up a bag of new potting soil, maybe a new pot?

And replant your favorites to give them new vigor for Spring.

It may be too early to plant where you live, but those backyard planters are perfect for putting your hands into the soil.

Feel that cool, dark earth on your fingers. Did you find a worm?  Just let it be, it will make your garden happy.

Well, ok Judy, but how is this going to help me get my hygge on?

Mindfulness. Feeling the fresh dirt in your hands, and the care you are giving to your plants.

Try it.

 

4. Connect. With family or friends or both.

I know how busy you are.

And getting people together takes planning right?

Ask for help, make it a BBQ potluck and spend time getting caught up.

You will be so glad you did.

One of the best ways I know of, to live hygge in spring is to get the BBQ fired up and invite the gang.

It’s a rite of passage really, from the dark days of winter, to the shiny greenness of spring.

After eating, organize the gang for a group walk and enjoy all the feels, smell the smells!

 

5. Make something yummy

Like this No Bake Grasshopper Pie From the 60s.

Think mint chocolate milkshake in a pie.

Take it to work and share.

Happiness all around.

6. Get some Vitamin D.

Yes there is sunshine out there!

Find your own patch of sun, at the local park, on your front porch, anywhere at all.

Even though it isn’t full strength yet, this springtime sun will soak through your bones, right to your heart.

For us it’s the trailer, and a sheltered spot in the sun fills up your Vitamin D quota for days while you soak up the sun.

Got a spot in mind?

Perfect.  Go there now.

 

7. Be good to yourself.

Yes you.

That means quiet time alone, away from the stresses, noises and that little voice that keeps saying “I should be doing…”

Just tell that little voice to be quiet and you will get to it later.

Because you will you know.

Those things we have on our lists will always be there.

This is a good time to pick up your journal, wrap yourself in the cozy shawl and write.

Anything at all. And then take a nap.

Happy. Cozy. Contentment.

To keep the ‘feelings’ going, try our new 7 Day Spring Hygge Challenge!

Are you convinced you really need some hygge in your life, to live hygge in spring?

Want more information about the Danish Hygge lifestyle?

This post will give you lots more awesome ideas on how to live hygge!  

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You can live hygge in Spring! What is hygge? Being happy, cozy and content and enjoying all the feels, and 7 ways to get you started, included a 7 Day Spring Hygge Challenge!

You can live hygge in Spring! What is hygge? Being happy, cozy and content and enjoying all the feels, and 7 ways to get you started, included a 7 Day Spring Hygge Challenge!
You can live hygge in Spring! What is hygge? Being happy, cozy and content and enjoying all the feels, and 7 ways to get you started, included a 7 Day Spring Hygge Challenge!
30 Simple Ways You Can Live Hygge All Year Long!

30 Simple Ways You Can Live Hygge All Year Long!

How to live Hygge?  You might say how to be happy?* post may contain affiliate links – what does that mean?

What the heck is hygge and why you need it?

Is it a drink? Some kind of Swedish massage? A fitness routine?

Well, actually no to all of the above.

Erm…. It’s all about getting cozy.

You know, cozy? Danish Hygge is….well, there really isn’t a direct translation in English.

Some folks say hygge is pronounced hue-guh not hoo-gah.

How to live HYGGE Is all about

  • happiness
  • how to live a more fulfilling life
  • how to live more healthy
  • how to live a more simple life

This post is a tutorial on how to be happy and fit hygge into our lives for all seasons. The Danes certainly got it right, when they embrace living Hygge! In Denmark, bicycles are considered hygge, you can find cafes with Laundromats in them. I love this video from Visit Denmark!

This post will give you:
• A basic background of what it means to live hygge– a Hygge 101 if you like.• You will read about many examples of hygge and why you probably already live hygge in your own life right now!• Some great books, resources, and home décor items to help you get your hygge on.• A great list of 30 Simple Ways for you to live hygge throughout the seasons – yep, all year long.

 

Hygge 101

As a complete novice to this philosophy I’ll admit, this is what I think how to live hygge is… Hygge or hyggeligt to me means being in the present moment. With purpose.

Feeling my dog’s heartbeat when he cuddles on my chest. Not absent mindedly petting him while I’m scrolling through my feed. Hygge is holding hands with hubby while we watch our favorite team play hockey. (Go Leafs Go).

It’s listening to a close friend tell you the same story again, but pretending you are just hearing it for the first time.

Hygge is sitting by yourself, with a favorite cup of tea, and writing in your journal.  Hygge is the perfect antidote to when you are feeling overwhelmed.

Listening, really listening, without distraction to birdsong in the early hours of the morning while walking the dogs. Or at night being amazed by the size of the moon. When we are at the trailer, and it’s summer and the night is full of stars, I get my hygge on by laying back in a lounge chair and looking for the Big Dipper. And any other dippers I might find along the way. That’s how I live hygge.

What’s the hype about hygge and why should you care?

Hygge is a state of mind. You don’t have to leave town. You don’t even need to leave your apartment! Light some candles, get cozy with a book, maybe even take a nap! You don’t have to spend a lot of money to live hygge either.

Hosting a potluck, doing some baking, a cozy décor,  and using things because they have value – not being superficial.

Get your hygge on by learning to live hygge! Happiness, living simply, being mindful, are all what hygge is about. This great list will give you lots of information and ideas on how to get your hygge on in your own life!

Like all of the art on our walls, makes me happy! It looks cluttered, but I couldn’t possibly part with one picture. I think my blog is very hygge.

Tons of food, with discussions on self care, and tips to be better organized. Pie is definitely hygge! I challenge you not to feel happy when you’re presented with a piece of mouthwatering pie, like this Chocolate Chip Cookie Pie!

Chocolate Chip Cookie Pie.  How perfect is that?  The chewy, chocolate-y goodness of a warm chocolate chip cookie, all dressed up! 

While you typically see ‘living hygge’ is very popular around Christmastime and during the winter, hygge is all around us no matter what time of year it is.

We just need to

  • stop what we’re doing
  • unplug from our devices
  • be mindful
I think I’ve been searching for hygge for my whole life, but didn’t know it. I have researched for many years, read so many books about living simply, mindfulness, gratitude, living fully, but only just recently found my coziness. Like reading a romance novel on the sofa, snuggled under a soft and woolly throw or blanket.

How to hygge

Here are some of my all-time favorite books and cozy things to help you get your hygge on:

Hygge is all about getting cozy and it’s not just lighting candles at home it’s about sharing your glow and feeling your happiness, by putting candles in the window!

So while we might like candles in the winter to be all cozy and indoors, in the summertime hygge is having a campfire with your very dearest friends

It’s when the neighbors drop by getting caught up on what’s been happening in your lives, talking about world events.  It’s going back in time and sharing funny stories.

These are the things that bring joy and happiness to others, sometimes in a very small way will bring you hygge and that makes sense doesn’t it? Giving always makes you feel so much better than always taking.

And when we’re at that campfire or potluck, or sitting around the table, I love to bring out one of my favorite recipes, like a freshly baked apple cobbler.  I think sweets are completely hygge!

Cinnamon Swirl Apple Cobbler takes a classic apple crisp recipe and gets all dressed up with a delicious cinnamon swirl pie crust topping! So easy to make and a perfect way to use leftover pie crust. Like Cinnamon Pastry met Apple Crisp and fell in love.

You can trade in your treadmill and get outdoors and commune with nature take an extra-long walk with the dog – they’ll certainly enjoy it.

Hygge is going for a long walk and seeing the first signs of spring, watching those leaves budding and hearing the birds chirping after a long quiet winter it’s all about the joy of what the change of seasons – whatever that might mean to you – bring into our lives.

In North America it’s all about being hopeful that the warmer and longer days will be here soon. But also knowing that the cooler weather, and longer nights mean it’s time to rest.

Time to Hygge

Ok, so you’re convinced! You’ve gathered up some pillow, a cozy blanket, some sock and great books. You are READY! You really want to get some of this HYGGE and get it now! I’m going to get ‘hygge’ on this weekend, and here is why you should too!

30 Simple Ways to Live Hygge all year long

Hygge Home and Décor

1. Rustic candles in mason jars

2. Chunky wool throws and afghans (Take up knitting?)

3. Creamy white and neutral pillows piled on your bed to create a hygge sanctuary

4. Soft white candle pillars set around the house and in the windows – share the light!

Hygge at work

5. It’s pretty hard to cozy up a cubicle, but a soft shawl or sweater can help

6. Bring in some favorite photos of family, friends, the dog, and trips you love

7. Easy to care for plants like succulents bring some greenery and are very unassuming

8. Organize a potluck for your team, celebrate a milestone, or have birthday months

9. Make tea time an event every day, use a teapot and tray and include your cube mates with a plate of cookies

Spring Hygge

10. Longer days bring the gloaming, that soft evening glow between day and night

11. Strawberry Rhubarb Pie – a must for Spring!

12. Organize family activities, cleaning up the yard, hiking, birdwatching

13. Getting cozy, with the sunshine warming up the room, enjoying a cup of pu-erh tea with a great book.

14. Visit your local Libraries to enjoy hygge and get caught up on the latest bestsellers

15. Have a baking day, solo or with friends and create cozy goodies like rice pudding, apple cobbler, coffee cake, and pie!

See our expanded list for Spring Hygge at 7 Simple Ways to Live Hygge in Spring and our 7 day Spring Hygge Challenge!

Summer Hygge

16. Campfires, toasting marshmallows, sing-alongs

17. Potlucks and BBQs to celebrate milestones, national holidays like the Fourth of July or Canada Day

18. A hammock underneath a huge shade tree, with a cool drink and a great book

19. After working all afternoon doing yard work, a refreshing dip in the pool or lake nearby

20. Ice cream cones on a hot day, when it melts so fast you can’t keep up

21. Butter tarts that having ooey gooey syrupy centers, running up your arm after the first bite.

22. Catch fireflies at night with the kids and put them in jars.

Fall Hygge

23. Light, warmth, and friendship – making life warm and cozy.

24. Family Celebrations, like Thanksgiving

25. Visiting the local orchards to pick the new crop of apples

26. Turning those apples into delicious pies or muffins

27. Turn on the lamps in the late afternoon to give your home a cozy glow

28. Bright red rain boots make splashing in puddles so much more fun!

Winter Hygge

29. Chunky knit blankets and sweaters. Cozy socks in front of a roaring fire.

30. Warm chocolate-y drinks mulled or spiced wine. Homemade cookies, muffins or breads.

Get your hygge on by learning to live hygge! Happiness, living simply, being mindful, are all what hygge is about. This great list will give you lots of information and ideas on how to get your hygge on in your own life!

It must be said that winter is high season to live hygge in Denmark, especially in December. Christmas holidays that include get-togethers in homes, local pubs, and cafes, with lots of laughing, warm drinks and sweets. A particular favorite sweet that the Danes love are Danish Pastries (surprise!) So now you’re all set. You have a complete list of 30 ways on how to practice hygge in your life, including recipes, cozy blankets and socks, fun outdoor activities, and lots of ideas to JUST BE.

Have a wonderful HYGGE life.

Best,

Related: 7 Simple Ways to Live Hygge in Spring!

Get your hygge on by learning to live hygge! Happiness, living simply, being mindful, are all what hygge is about. This great list will give you lots of information and ideas on how to get your hygge on in your own life!

Get your hygge on by learning to live hygge! Happiness, living simply, being mindful, are all what hygge is about. This great list will give you lots of information and ideas on how to get your hygge on in your own life!
Feeling Overwhelmed? 7 Self-Care Tips To Help You

Feeling Overwhelmed? 7 Self-Care Tips To Help You

When you're feeling overwhelmed and your 'TO DO LIST' makes you want to lie down, these 7 ideas will help you find the balance you are needing. Take time for Self Care.* post may contain affiliate links – what does that mean?

 

When You Are Feeling Overwhelmed –  7 Ways To Help You Find Balance 

Does your “To Do” List make you want to lie down?

You just don’t know how to get through it all.  No wonder.  We are nation of overwhelmed people.  Social media and the evening news hit us at every turn.

When you’re feeling overwhelmed, everything is off.  Relationships with family, your spouse, co-workers.

My favorite part of the nightly news is the Happy Story they leave until the end.  You know the one that shows courage, determination, or someone just did a really nice thing?  I wonder why they don’t start the news with that?

But I digress.

Just know you are not alone.

Do I feel overwhelmed at times? Of course.  I think everyone does.

 

Maybe you are feeling overwhelmed about the new job?

Or looking after your parents?  Am I spending enough time with my kids?

Yes I know.

When you're feeling overwhelmed and your 'TO DO LIST' makes you want to lie down, these 7 ideas will help you find the balance you are needing. Take time for Self Care.

This list provides tools to help!

 

  • Please don’t expect to do all of these things.
  • That in itself would be overwhelming.  Pick two.
  • Two things that you can easily fit into your life right now.  Just two things that really resonate with you.

 

 

Let it go.

Please. There are things in this life that we can control, but so many we can’t.  Pick your battles.  Is it really worth it to stand on principle? Or is this the one time you compromise?  This can apply both to our work lives and at home.  And it’s also closely related to our striving for perfection so…..

Nobody’s Perfect

We are so hard on ourselves. Always striving to be the best we can be.  And that’s good! But trying to be perfect is exhausting.   We. Are. Human. Beings.  Prone to making mistakes, because that’s how we learn! Create an environment around you where others feel safe to share their mistakes and how they have learned from them.  You will be amazed at how relieved you feel when you say goodbye to perfection.  You will probably stand up straighter as a result.

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Journaling

Writing meditation or journaling daily for 5 minutes    Writing in a journal, sort of free flow writing for 5 to 10 minutes every morning is a great strategy (IMHO) to clear the mind of clutter.  A brain dump if you will.  Even getting up a few extra minutes early to have your tea or coffee and journaling in a pretty notebook is so calming, almost like meditation.  Journalling has become very mainstream, there are journals for health, journals for weight loss, journals to overcome stress, bullet journals (they’re fun!) just about every combination.  We’ll be talking more about journalling on the blog in the weeks and months to come.  I think it’s that important.   I first heard about it in a book by Julia Cameron, called The Artist’s Way.  It’s an interesting read and you can get it through this link.  Journaling has gotten me through some very challenging times in my life.  I’m happy to say I’ve been meditating through my writing for many, many years!

Sleep on it

Use the 24 hour rule! – This is my absolute favorite strategy. When I am facing a problem, either at work or a disagreement with my spouse, giving it 24 hours to settle, to think about it in your mind, come up with solutions or compromise is the best.  Resisting the need to rush to be right, to get something to go YOUR way, may not remove the overwhelming feelings you are experiencing.  One day.  24 hours.  It really isn’t a very long time.  If you manage people, I’ll bet you already have this tool in your toolkit.

Have Fun

When you’re feeling overwhelmed, it’s really hard to think about fun, right?  But please make it a priority.  Are you having any fun?  This is a difficult one for me.  I work full time at a desk job, and my passion, this blog, is my Side Hustle.  So you get where I’m going right?  If you are in a stressful job at work, have children or elder care responsibilities, debt, or any one of the many stresses that we juggle in our daily lives, chances are you aren’t getting any.  Fun, that is.  And fun doesn’t need to cost anything!  A visit to the local park, checking out the Community Calendar where you live, the local library, join a community sports team and meet new people!  I know some folks who think decluttering their home and cleaning are great fun! (Not me, rest assured) When I’m overwhelmed and stressed I bake pies.  Explore the walking trail in your neighborhood and see where it goes?  Have you tried Geocaching?

And then there is Hygge.  You know, Hygge? (Hue-gah) The Danish term that really doesn’t translate directly in English, but means happiness.  Finding happiness, being mindful.  You can read more about it and discover 30 Simple Ways to get your Hygge on! 

 Eating, exercise, sleep

These three contribute to my feeling overwhelmed, exhausted, fatigued on a daily basis! We are an inert, java addicted, sleep deprived nation! Well I am for sure.  You too?  If you work at a desk or workstation all day, and the go home and drop on the sofa to surf the net, have a Netflix marathon, or scroll your phone, chances are your body is screaming for a little exercise.  If I didn’t have two dogs who count on me to get them out for a walk every evening, I wouldn’t either.  But here’s the thing.  Our bodies weren’t made to sit 12 to 16 hours a day!  So what about stretching as soon as you get home, before you sit down and pick up the phone or laptop.  We have a stretching activity at work every day.  Folks gather for 15 minutes and do stretches.  A colleague of mine has a set of hand weights she keeps by the television, and uses them during commercials.  A ball chair – you know the ones with the exercise ball in them?  I use that when I’m journaling in the morning with my cup of coffee.  Helps strengthen the core, sit up straight too.  All kinds of good benefits!

Unplug

Step away and breathe, find silence in the noise.   Okay, so we’ve touched on this above, but for sure there needs to be down time, off the devices.  Having a buffer between screen activity and sleep is the best thing you can do.  But more importantly, turning off the noise lets us get back in touch with ourselves, our thoughts, and our loved ones.  Some simple things to try is to make meal times a “device free zone”.   Giving yourself 30 minutes to decompress before bed every evening really does help.  Try it for a week and let me know if it makes difference!

Start right now

So pick two things and only two.

Try them out for 30 days.

Give yourself the gift of that time to see if it makes a difference.

I’m pretty sure it will.

Be kind to yourself.

 

woman on hammock with words be kind to yourself

 

This is the first post in a new category “Living”.  We’re just going to talk about life.  All of it.  Sometimes life is messy, and sometimes it is just so amazing you can’t contain yourself!

I hope you are having an amazing day.  Feel free to share this post with your friends too!

Or on Pinterest!

 

 

 

How To Completely Change Your Salted Caramel Sauce

How To Completely Change Your Salted Caramel Sauce

A rainy weekend at the trailer, and with the change in the weather, I’m thinking comfort food and something sweet!

I think homemade anything is the best – and this Easy Salted Caramel Sauce recipe is the best by far!  And so easy to make too!

Salted caramel recipes are popular anytime.  You can find salted caramel sauce recipes just about everywhere and there are some really good ones too!  The sweet & salty flavor is so rich and creamy and really enhances just about anything.

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What goes well with Salted Caramel?

Well, we use it on coffee cake, pancakes and now my newest recipe – Blueberry Pear & Walnut Galette. You can even make salted caramel candy!

Related: Ice Cream Sauce Trifecta – Chocolate, Strawberry and Caramel Sundae Sauces You Can Make at Home!

Now this salted caramel recipe uses heavy cream, the kind that has at least 35% milk fat.

I’ve been asked “can you make salted caramel sauce without cream?”

Yes, you can!  Just substitute evaporated milk one for one if you wish.

This time I wanted to make something just a bit different, so I experimented with different flavors.  The result is this thick caramel sauce recipe and the secret sauce is almond-flavored liqueur.

I used Amaretto Di Saronno, but I’m sure there are others.  This salted caramel sauce recipe makes about a pint – and can be doubled to make more, which is what I will do the next time I make a batch.

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I think these little jars of salted caramel sauce would make perfect gifts at Christmas time and for hostess gifts.  I’ll use these cute little mason jars, like the ones shown here with twine ties around them.  What do you think? You can click the link to get them for yourself!

 

Here is the Easy Salted Caramel Sauce Recipe, just for you.

  • 1 cup dark brown sugar – well packed
  • 4 tbsp. butter
  • 1 tsp. sea salt
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 1/2 tbsp. Amaretto (almond flavoured liqueur)

 

(Prep time – about 30 minutes):

  • In a medium sized saucepan mix the brown sugar, butter, sea salt, and heavy cream and cook over medium-low heat for about 5 minutes, stirring often, but not vigorously.
  • As the caramel begins to thicken, cook for another 2 minutes
  • Remove from heat and add the liqueur
  • Return to the stove and cook for another 2 minutes
  • Remove from heat and allow to cool for a few minutes
  • Pour into glass jars for storage
  • Tip: I poured the sauce into a 2 cup measuring cup and used that to pour into my little jars.
  • Enjoy!

 

Easy Salted Caramel Sauce Recipe
A delicious and easy Salted Caramel Sauce Recipe that makes up a thick sauce in minutes using heavy cream. We completely change the flavor with a hint of almond by adding almond liqueur, like Amaretto!
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: North American
Servings: 4
Author: Judy
Ingredients
Ingredients:
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar - well packed
  • 4 tbsp. butter
  • 1 tsp. sea salt
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 1/2 tbsp. Amaretto almond flavored liqueur
Instructions
  1. In a medium sized saucepan mix the brown sugar, butter, sea salt, and heavy cream and cook over medium-low heat for about 5 minutes, stirring often, but not vigorously.
  2. As the caramel begins to thicken, cook for another 2 minutes
    Salted Caramel Sauce
  3. Remove from heat and add the liqueur
  4. Return to the stove and cook for another 2 minutes
  5. Remove from heat and allow to cool for a few minutes
    Salted Caramel Sauce
  6. Pour into glass jars for storage

    Tip: I poured the sauce into a 2 cup measuring cup and used that to pour into my little jars.

    Enjoy!

    Salted Caramel Sauce
Friday Thoughts

Friday Thoughts

Musings about life, and weekly recipe updates

Friday Thoughts at Pie Lady Bakes!

Winter is here!

It has been so cold here in Toronto, Canada with our first big snowfall and temps hovering around the -10C/14F! Time to get the dog boots out too. Putting on 12 dog boots in the morning takes some time, but well worth to protect those little feet from all of the salt that gets put on sidewalks and roadways!

Tuesday night marked the end of Hannukah. We’re a Judaeo/Christian home, so we celebrate both Hannukah and Christmas, which makes for lots of fun. This year I thought I would try to make Rugelach, those sweet cream cheese pastry crescent cookies, filled with apricot jam, nuts and other sweetness.

rugelach cookies piled on a plate, covered in powdered sugar with white christmas trees in the background

Even though they are popular as Hannukah Cookies, these little guys are the perfect ‘winter’ cookie, just pour yourself a cup of Hot Chocolate and see what I mean!  You can see the recipe right here.

What we’re Baking this weekend….

Sunday is Christmas Eve, and we are gathering at our oldest daughter’s home.  I’m in charge of desserts, surprise, surprise!  So in addition to another batch of Rugelach, there is a call for a Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie, and since our son-in-law James love cheesecake, I will be baking an Eggnog Cheesecake and I’ll post that recipe next week.  This will be the first time I’ve made a cheesecake with eggnog.  It’s so exciting to try new recipes, don’t you think?

TV Shows We’re Watching…

This week we saw the finale for the Great Canadian Baking Show, and also enjoyed some Christmas episodes of the Great British Baking Show!  And The Voice is over until February!  Mark asked me what on earth will I do with all this free time. 🙂  I’m also fitting in a bunch of delightful Christmas movies, especially the romance ones!

 

My weekend plans….

In addition to baking, we’ll be wrapping presents!  Usually our gang prefers gifts of $$ so they can get what they want, but that all changed this year so Mark and I were shopping on December 21st!  It was really quite fun, and we were able to wrap it up at one major store.


Mark is getting to spend quality time with our Louisa – being a grandparent is so awesome! This week we spent Wednesday morning with her, since mom had to go to a meeting.  We were exhausted!  But of course we loved every minute. 🙂

 

Our Top Five Posts this week…

  1. Tourtiere
  2. Old Fashioned Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake
  3. Biscotti
  4. Pie Crust
  5. Coffee Cake

 

I’ve had this week off from work and it’s been a great to spend time with my honey and our family.  It’s so hard to believe that Christmas is only 4 days away!

Time to go…

But with the fun and joy of the holiday season, we’ve had some bittersweet moments too.  Sadly one of our furry family members had declined rapidly over the past couple of weeks, so we had to say goodbye.  Max you have been an amazing pet, a loving friend, and companion to Millie and Barkley.  We will miss you so much.  But we know that you have crossed the Rainbow Bridge and are now happily playing as the healthy, sweet boy you have always been.  This is one my all time favorite pics.  The joy on his little face is a delight to behold.

Friday Thoughts – What Do You Think?

This will now be a weekly post, to share my thoughts, what’s going on in our lives, our top posts for the week, and any baking news – or new recipes that are coming up.  I would love to hear your feedback in the comments below! 

Happy Holidays!

May you be blessed during this season of Peace, Hope, Love and Joy.  I know life isn’t always like the Currier and Ives Christmas Card.  But whatever way you celebrate – and even if you don’t, my wish is that you have some time for you to reflect, renew, and relax.

Best,

Judy 

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