It’s a New Year!

Happy 2015!
I took a little hiatus from blogging over the past few weeks. I needed some time to focus on other areas of my life, relax and enjoy time with friends and family and now I’m ready to start fresh in the new year.
I also have some big news to share…

Finley the Pomeranian

I’m pregnant! Our little one is due in June. I am so excited but being pregnant is also another reason why I needed a little break. I was lucky enough to have very mild morning sickness but I have been very picky with food. Often times nothing or very few foods actually sound good to eat. I sometimes have to force myself to eat something. It’s not that I’m not hungry it’s just certain smells or foods are a big turn off. I used to cook meals most of the time but since becoming pregnant I have started ordering out a lot because of the food aversions and so I haven’t been cooking many dishes to post on the blog! I did do a lot of Christmas baking and made iced sugar cookies, fudge, snowballs and cherry coconut treasures as baking sweets doesn’t seem to bother me all that much ;-).

Christmas Cookies

It has also been a bit challenging finding the time to blog since I’ve also been very busy with my day job – building and editing websites and working on graphic design projects. And we are busy with more projects around the house, like finally starting on our master bedroom closet, and then when that’s done we will be working on the nursery. I say “we” but it will mostly be the husband doing the labor…no pun intended, hah!
I’m hoping in the next few weeks the food aversions will subside and I will have some new dishes to share with y’all. If nothing else, be sure to follow me on Pinterest as I’m on there quite often pinning away tasty recipes, delectable sweets, home improvement projects, crafts and more!

Happy New Year!

2013 has officially come to an end. As I reflect back on all the memories and events of 2013 it has been a pretty great year. My most memorable events of 2013 were tying the knot and starting my blog.
I want to thank you all for the support, shares, clicks, feedback and love! I am looking forward to achieving some big goals in 2014 and finishing some big projects. Here’s to a happy, healthy and prosperous new year!

Sprightliest’s Top 10 Posts of 2013

Butternut Squash Muffins with Cream Cheese Glaze

Butternut Squash Muffins with Cream Cheese GlazeThese bite sized butternut squash muffins are good no matter what time of day. I like to eat them for breakfast along with my coffee!

DIY Christmas Ornaments

DIY Christmas OrnamentsSparkly, glitter ornaments are so easy to make and the glitter is on the inside so no mess!

Chai Oatmeal

Chai Oatmeal | How to Make Oatmeal Taste GoodWhat’s better than Chai Tea? Chai Oatmeal! All the flavors of Chai tea are infused into this creamy, satisfying oatmeal.

DIY Christmas Gifts

diy_christmas_gift_ideasA collection of DIY Christmas gifts including: DIY Ornaments, Deer Bottles, DIY Bracelets, Candied Almonds, Chocolate Turtles, Duct Tape Bags, Peppermint Bark. (save the list for next year!)

Bahia Honda Bridge Webcam

tarpon jumpingI caught my huge Tarpon at the Bahia Honda Bridge in the Florida Keys. They have an underwater webcam attached to the bridge so you can check out all the fish and marine-life.

Butternut Squash Fries

Butternut Squash FriesThese seasoned butternut squash fries are one of my favorite side dishes. I think they are even better than sweet potato fries!

Cold Quinoa Salad

Cold Quinoa SaladHave you tried to eat quinoa cold? This salad is so refreshing and healthy – a great way to start the new year!

Lima Bean Casserole

lima_bean_casserole4Buttery lima beans are paired with tangy tomatoes, brown rice and melty cheese – need I say more?

DIY Sweet Potato Dog Treats

DSC_0561_thumb.jpgDehydrated sweet potatoes for your furry friends!

Candied Almonds

Candied AlmondsCrunchy candied almonds are coated in cinnamon sugar. Super easy and makes your house smell amazing.