Can you believe that January is almost over? Five more days and we'll be fluttering around in red hearts, sugar cookies and chocolate. In my part of the world, it will be slushy snow, and hopefully more beautiful sunsets.
How have you done with your goals, your word or your mantra for the year? My word this year is, Focus, and I have been trying really hard to focus on the good things life has to offer, the little things and the big things, the things that I need to change, the things I can't change, and the things that I need to focus on less.
One thing that I'm focusing less on is FB, and social media in general. I've weeded out my blog list and only spend 10-20 minutes a day on FB and Instagram. I literally set a timer, and when it rings, I finish what I'm doing and close my screen. I have taken FB off my phone, so it's not even a temptation. It feels wonderful to be un-tethered to social media, although I've had a few people question me about it and even get a little indignant when I tell that that I am spending less time online, specifically FB, like it's a personal jab at our friendship. My time is my time, period and I spend it doing what I feel is important. I do agree that it's a great space to stay in contact with friends and relatives who don't live close, or that you don't see very often...that said, I will always question the reality of what I read, and much of what is posted is advertising and political garbage, which I don't buy into. I guess one could say that about blogging as well. How much of the blogging world is reality and how much is what we want the world think...I don't know the answer to that. I do know that with me, what you see is what you get.
If you will indulge me for one minute . . . One of the posts I always check out on FB, is my daughter's FB page, Amber Empey Williams, and on Instagram, she is, the.blonde.leading.the.blind. She has dedicated most of her posts to those who are dealing with children who have disabilities. She focuses most of her posts on her daughter, Averi, and the trials and amazing things that happen in their home on a daily basis with Averi's disability - she's blind. All are entertaining and funny, some are sad but all of them are real. She's gotten really good feed back, touched many lives, made some good friends, and has met some really awesome people through that group. So, I'm not totally opposed to FB, there are really good things that come from it. My personal feeling is that blogging is more of a journal for most people, therefore, people are going to put more truth into their blog than they do on FB. Just my thoughts, I still love all of you who love FB and post on a regular basis, it's just not for me.
It's been an interesting January, leaving behind social media and focusing on things that I intentionally make time for. I was truly shocked how much time I spent on absentminded scrolling.
A few things I have filled my time with...
I made new curtains for my kitchen! I've had this fabric for almost a year...a year! With my new found time, I made the curtains, and I love them. I also made a birthday cake for my daughter-in-law (see how I snuck that cake in the picture ;0) ). Banana cake with cream cheese frosting, it's really delicious, I'll share the recipe with you.
Banana Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting
2-1/2 cups flour
1-1/4 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
1-2/3 cups sugar
1 tsp. baking soda
1-1/4 cups mashed banana (I use frozen bananas)
2/3 cup shortening or butter
2/3 cup buttermilk
1 cup chopped nuts (optional)
Sift together dry ingredients. Add shortening, bananas, buttermilk and eggs. Beat 2 minutes and fold in nuts. Pour into 2 greased and floured 9-inch cake pans or a 9x13 inch pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes. Frost with cream cheese frosting.
Cream Cheese Frosting
1/4 lb. butter (1 stick)
1 pkg. (8 oz.) cream cheese
1 tsp. vanilla extract
a pinch or two of salt
2 cups powdered sugar
2 Tbls. cream or milk (you may or may not need this)
Combine all ingredients to spreading consistency. Spread over cake.
I hope you are enjoying this time of the year and taking time to focus on the things that truly matter in your life!
Be safe! XOXOX
Hugs and Love,