Thank You Santa Paws!

Thank You Santa Paws! 

Posted: 2:53 pm Thursday, December 28th, 2017

By Staff Writer

Santa Paw’s paid our household a visit on Christmas morn, and left behind a furry new friend (seems to be an animal theme this year!)

Peek-A-Boo – or “Boo” as we call her, is a 10 week old Aussie, with the sweetest temperament, fur soft as silk, and eyes you can lose yourself in!

I just may have helped Santa facilitate this delivery, as I’ve been wanting a riding companion and my research told me this was the breed I was after.

I’ve always loved to ride, but it has become my number one therapy after losing Zack. I ride alone, however, and I don’t think that’s the best practice, so the plan is for Boo to be my companion. She’ll be trained to alert me of danger (we have cougar and bear on the property) and to alert others should I find myself in a not-so-awesome position.

For right now however, we are just busy giving our hearts over to this beautiful little girl!

December Book Club | A Simplified Life
by Emily Ley

Buy A Simplified Life

If you didn’t get a chance to pick up my December Book Club pick, A Simplified Life: Tactical Tools for Intentional Living, by Emily Ley before Christmas, do it now!

Start your new year off on the right foot, and take Emily’s advice on how to simplify the demands on your time, energy, and resources!

For all of you with complicated responsibilities, overwhelming to-do lists, and endless clutter that leaves you feeling overwhelmed, THIS is the resource you’ve been looking for.

Walk alongside Emily through each page of A Simplified Life, working through her simple strategies toward your own goals as you simplify and make space for what matters most.

Give yourself the gift of A Simplified Life in 2018!

A Season of Giving | Balsam Hill

In keeping with the spirit of the season, and on behalf of Point Hope, I’m thrilled to be partnering again with Balsam Hill, a company that is not only the leading provider of premium realistic artificial trees, but also one that places high value on giving back to the community.

This December 7 through January 8, Balsam Hill will be launching its annual “A Season of Giving” philanthropic campaign.

For each engagement on campaign-related posts social media, they will be matching with a donation for five participating charitable organizations while encouraging others to help spread awareness about each worthy cause.

The participating charities include; the Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Idaho, JDRF of Minnesota, Enchanted Makeovers, Point Hope, and Reba’s Ranch House, with each to be featured on the Balsam Hill Facebook page, blog, and Philanthropy page.

Every share, comment, or Facebook reaction is equivalent to a dollar amount, and Balsam Hill will tally all the engagements and donate corresponding funds to each organization.

This is not the first giving campaign where Balsam Hill has made Point Hope a benefactor of their philanthropic work. I can’t express my gratitude to Balsam Hill, and all the really beautiful and giving people within the organization for inviting us to participate in their “A Season of Giving” campaign.

Please help spread the word and join us in supporting Point Hope and their mission to be a voice for forgotten children.

Visit the Point Hope page, and Balsam Hill’s blog and Facebook page to learn more!

New Years Brunch Menu
The Good Housekeeping All American Cookbook ©1987

One of my go-to cookbooks contains what was considered in 1987 to be the perfect New Years Day Brunch Menu. Taking a peek at it today, it seems reasonable that it would work in 2018 as well. I’m going to share it with you and let you be the judge:


8 people

Fresh Fruit Juices
(orange, grapefruit, pineapple)

Country Brunch Pancakes

Breakfast Sausage Patties

Party Creamy Eggs

Blueberry Muffins

Pecan-Crumb Coffee cakes

Two-Melon Granita

Tropical Fruits



Here’s the recipe for the Party Creamy Eggs. For the remaining recipes, visit, where I’ve posted each.

Party Creamy Eggs


  • 3 8oz packages of thick-sliced bacon
  • Seasoned Avocados
  • Sauteed Herbed Mushrooms
  • 14 eggs
  • 1/4 tablespoon pepper
  • 6 Tablespoons butter
  • 2 3oz packages of cream cheese, diced
  • 3 3oz packages of sliced smoked salmon


  • Cook Bacon:
    • Arrange bacon slices, overlapping slightly, on rack in broiling pan.
    • Place about 5 inches from source of heat; broil bacon at 300F 10-15 minutes until golden.
    • Turn bacon, separating slices.
    • Broil about 10 minutes longer or until bacon is browned and crisp.
    • Remove to paper towels to drain; keep warm.
  • Meanwhile, prepare Seasoned Avocados; cover and refrigerate, stirring occasionally.
  • Prepare sauteed mushrooms; keep warm
  • Prepare cream-cheese scrambled eggs.
    • In large bowl with fork, beat eggs and pepper until just blended.
    • In 12 inch skillet over medium high heat, melt butter.
    • Add egg mixture. As egg mixture begins to set stir slightly so uncooked egg flows to bottom
    • When eggs are partially cooked, add diced cream cheese.
    • Continue cooking until egg mixture is set but still moist.
    • Remove from heat.
  • To serve, spoon mixture into warm bowl, place on large platter. Arrange seasoned Avocados, sauteed mushrooms, bacon strips and smoked salmon around eggs on platter.

Seasoned Avocados:

In medium bowl mix 1T sugar, 3T white wine vinegar, 2T salad oil, 1T chopped parsley, and 3/4 t salt. Peel and remove seed from 2 large avocados. Cut avocados lengthwise in half, then crosswise into 1/4″ thick slices. Add avocado and 1 2-oz jar of sliced pimentos, drained, to dressing in bowl; toss to coat well with dressing. Makes 2 cups.

This New Years I make  no resolutions other than to keep breathing, in and out, and take stock of all things beautiful, good, and loving about the world around me. I think that’s sufficient.

If you’re having trouble narrowing down your list of things you feel you should resolve to do, I suggest you join me.

Happy New Year my sweet and faithful friends! I hope it’s a year filled with many good and beautiful things, and a whole lot of LOVE.


 ~ Delilah