the story teller

by jani on March 20, 2013

As a grandma, there aren’t too many more satisfying moments than story telling with your grandchildren. I love to tell stories. Each quiet moment spent with my adorable grandchildren, becomes yet another opportunity to share experiences through oral language. It’s just a part of me. I listened to my grandma’s stories – and still never tire of my mom’s. She always has something… some bit of wisdom,  to pass on to me. And, I in turn, I hope to do the same with my little ones.

A few weekends ago, I had the opportunity to play (babysit is such an inadequate word!) six of my grandsons. We had such a wonderful time together – but the best memory is snuggling up in the big king-sized bed surrounded by these darling boys and sharing our love, and of course, stories!

My son and daughter-in-law brought back this small treasure from their trip to Santa Fe. They told me it reminded them of me. They could envision me surrounded by my fourteen (and I’m sure that number will increase) grandchildren telling stories as the Native Puebloans have done, from generation to generation. I was so touched that I wanted to share this with my readers.

story 8

How could I not enjoy this lovely family and their handsome boys?… my wonderful grandsons!

chris family 1Isn’t this such a great tradition of the Puebloan culture – gathering their children around the elders as they share the same stories that they had heard from their youngest years? This is such an important way to preserve our heritage!

Story Collage 2

The  timing of this just seems so perfect, as I am anxiously anticipating this week’s Story @ Home 2013 conference in Salt Lake City. A very special thank you to Oh Sweet Basil for offering this conference giveaway, that I was lucky enough to win! I look forward to sharing many of the things I will learn with my family, loved ones – and you, my readers!

What are your favorite ways to share your stories with your children and grandchildren? Do you always try to include some moral principle or educating moment, as you share? As always, I welcome your comments! 


blue corn blueberry piñon waffles

by jani on March 18, 2013

I have been making scratch buttermilk pancakes and waffles for years. But, when our son brought us blue corn pancake and waffle mix from a recent trip to Santa Fe, we thought that fresh blueberries and pine nuts would be a perfect complement. It was!

blue corn waf 6

blue corn waf 1


  • 1 c flour
  • 1 c blue corn pancake/waffle mix (or 1/2 c blue cornmeal to 1 1/2 cup flour)
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 -1/2 Tbsp sugar
  • 3 beaten eggs
  • 2 c buttermilk
  • 2 Tbsp melted butter
  • 1 c fresh blueberries
  • 1  c toasted pine nuts (piñones)

Preheat waffle iron.

Combine dry ingredients. Add buttermilk, beaten eggs and melted butter. Mix lightly with mixing spoon (batter will be lumpy). Gently fold in blueberries and pine nuts.

blue corn waf 4

Waffle iron should be completely heated. Pour about 1/2 cup batter into each square. Our waffles took about 12 minutes to bake. Every waffle iron varies in heat and cooking time. This batter makes approximately 12 squares. Since  HB and I are empty nesters, we froze the leftover waffles for another day.

blue corn waf 5

Reserve about 1/2 cup blueberries and pine nuts to top waffles, if desired.

blue corn waf 7

Serve with warm syrup and enjoy! As always, I welcome any comments or questions.


friday fashion favorites – spring trends

by jani on March 15, 2013

Are you looking for a subtle casual spring look with stripes? Then here’s a fun idea for your wardrobe! The denim jacket over this stripe sundress and ankle booties is a nice transition to the cooler, yet also warmer, weather that will soon be upon us. Yaaaaaay… cheering section!

Spring Weekend

Forever New stripe dress
$51 –

Lee jeans
$165 –

Bootie boots

Louis Vuitton travel handbag

Hive Honey bangle jewelry


It seems that labeled tees is still very much part of today’s look. Would you be comfortable wearing this? Being a huge Beatles fan, (I went to two of their concerts and had quite the experience back stage – you can read the story here) I had no choice but to use this tee with The Beatles logo on it! I’m also loving this fun print chiffon flowing skirt!

Spring Casual


Vintage tee
$33 –

$155 –

Chiffon skirt
$42 –

Rag & bone ankle tie sandals

Alexis bittar

Are you as excited for spring and warmer weather as I am? I can hardly wait and am counting down the days!

{ 1 comment }

build your blog conference ’13

by jani on March 13, 2013

There are so many wonderful words I could use to describe Build Your Blog Conference 2013… and I will. Fabulous. Inspiring.  Influencing (those who attended will especially get that word…  thank you, Brooke Walker!) Uplifting. Comforting. Educational. Friendly. Awesome. Cool. Captivating. Informative. Enlightening… and Winning!

Now, that I have your attention, you have two more days – TWO – to get the 50% off your registration for next year’s, BYBC ’14. What are you waiting for? Just click the highlighted link in the previous sentence and sign up! I promise you won’t be disappointed!

BYOB 11From the very beginning of this conference you just knew The Six Sisters knew their “Stuff”! Check out their awesome blog!

There was a great panel of our favorite Foodies… talented and seasoned food bloggers…  Maria from Two Peas and Their Pod, Laura from Real Mom Kitchen, Erica from Favorite Family Recipes, Nikki from Chef-in-Training and Amanda from Kevin and Amanda. This was a very informative session!

bybc 10

I absolutely loved the keynote speaker, Brooke Walker,  from KSL’s Studio Five. She was warm and charming, but of course most impressive was her message. As bloggers we are influencers. We do need to “add more voice – maintain [our] verbal influence”. When I hear the common phrase, “I’m not being a Pollyanna!”, I want to yell, “What’s wrong with Pollyanna?” I loved that Brooke mentioned, “Play up the positive” [when we write] and “put forward the pretty things” …  and why not?

Dad to the Sisters and founder of MyRecipeMagic, Larry Adamon, presented very helpful tools and advice needed to take our blogs to the next level and so much more!

I left this conference asking myself, “What can I dedicate myself to?”

bybc Collage 3

Everyone was affable and engaging.

bybc Collage 2

And to top off the day, I won (I guess I have to stop saying that I never win… maybe the luck of the Irish is rubbing off!) a Mini Cricut! Yes, me the non DYIer, won one of three Mini Cricuts that were part of lots of prize giveaways and swag!

bybc 14

I came home from this conference filled with a renewal of commitment and a desire to be a better person, mommy, grandma, friend and blogger. Was this conference beneficial and worthwhile? Absolutely!

Did you go this year to Build Your Blog Conference ’13? Do you plan to go next year? If you could improve and bring a stronger voice to one part of your life… what would it be? I welcome your comments.