Winter Scenes, Winter Thoughts

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Winter.

Moments.

Reflection. 

Contemplation.

Grace.

Appreciation.

Grateful.

Humbled.

Miraculous.

Treacherous.

Glorious. 

Curious.

Raw.

Rejuvenating.

As of late, I have found myself deeply moved throughout the day by snippets of winter scenes that unfold in front of me. My iphone has become one with my hand as I have felt compelled to capture the beauty before me and tuck it away for future enjoyment.

This is a strange and foreign behavior for me because winter is usually a season that I find myself head down, eyebrows furrowed, energy focused on doing everything possible to get through the dreary months lickity split.

But as I  laid my sleepy eyes upon this glorious sunrise, my soul was stirred.

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This quiet snowfall that caused a hush to fall over the land as it wrapped itself around every nook and cranny left me silent and peaceful.

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This magnificent sunset stopped me dead in my tracks with shivers running up and down my spine whilst bustling through a frozen parking lot. 

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And this morning as I was frantically dashing through the snow, this capture made me realize that it’s time for me to slow down and savor every moment.

For I don’t know for certain how many I’ve got left.

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It’s almost as if God has set a gentle hand upon my shoulder and whispered silently into my being…

Savor today. Every. single. moment.

I hope that you will too.

xoxoxo,

Wenderly

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The Pioneer Woman Cooks: A Year Of Holidays and Resolution Smoothies {GIVEAWAY CLOSED}

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Happy New Year!!! 

After a year of indulging in delicious dishes I’m ringing in the new year with my fingers wrapped tightly around a scrumptious smoothie as visions of resolutions dance in my head. 

Do you make New Year resolutions? I usually think about making them and then never see them through to fruition. So this year I’ve just made a little promise to myself. I’ve decided to make sure that I carve out the time to embrace and celebrate my family, friends and food each and every day. It’s a simple concept but one that I want to keep in the forefront of my mind rather than on the sidelines of a busy hectic life.

Family, friends and food. My trifecta of life.

That’s what I love about Ree’s (aka The Pioneer Woman)  new book. Whether she’s sharing her recipes and stories on her blog or celebrating life on the ranch on television, she always seems to eloquently celebrate the magic that comes together with friends, family and food. And have you seen her newest cookbook, The Pioneer Woman Cooks: A Year Of Holidays?  

Well let me show you.

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It’s exquisite.  

Every holiday unfolds before you in chapter after chapter of beautiful photos that capture the very essence of each and every month. Delicious step-by-step recipes, heartwarming stories, precious family photographs and snippets of life on the ranch make this so much more than a cookbook. It’s a lovely little reminder to do the same with your own family. 

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A reminder to embrace life and all of the little blessings that are tucked into not only every season but also in each and every day.

So as I lazily sip on one of Ree’s scrumptious smoothies, my mind weaves through the memories of the year past.

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And I eagerly await the new year and the magic of what’s to come!!

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Maybe you should treat yourself to the same indulgence! 

We have 3 lucky winners!!

#13 Alina who said, “Yes, I made new year’s resolutions. Top of my list is to be more organized and manage my time more wisely.”

#67 Julie who said, “I don’t usually make resolutions; I find I forget about them within a few weeks. Thanks for the chance to win!”

#115 Amber who said, “My resolution is to get in shape for my upcoming wedding. Oh, and to plan said wedding.”

Congratulations ladies! I will contacting you via email about your PW cookbook details!! Thanks so much for joining in the fun!!

GIVEAWAY! {Now Closed}

Ree has generously offered 3 signed copies of The Pioneer Woman Cooks: A Year Of Holidays to giveaway here on Wenderly!!  Talk about the PERFECT way to kick off the new year, right?!? 

To enter : leave a comment on this post telling me if you make new year resolutions and if you do what are they? 

Entries will be accepted until midnight EST on Wednesday, January 8, 2014. Winners will be randomly chosen and notified via email after giveaway ends. Good Luck!

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Don’t forget to treat yourself to one of these beauties… 

Purple Resolution Smoothies
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Ingredients
  1. 2 cups Greek Yogurt (plain)
  2. 2 cups frozen blueberries
  3. 2 cups frozen mixed berries
  4. 1 banana
  5. 1/4 head read cabbage
  6. 1/4 honey
  7. 1 cup cranberry or grape juice
Instructions
  1. Put the Greek yogurt, frozen berries, banana, cabbage, honey and juice into a blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Pour into your favorite glass and enjoy!
Notes
  1. Recipe from The Pioneer Woman Cooks A Year Of Holidays
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And then roll up your sleeves and dig in to all the deliciousness that Ree’s book has to offer!

Happy New Year!!

Love,

Wenderly

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Balsamic Chocolate Truffles

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Good things come in small packages, right? Well in the case of these balsamic chocolate truffles I have to say that DELICIOUS things come in small packages.

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It’s the holiday season and I’m sure that you’re hustling and bustling about but do yourself a little favor and make some of these chocolatey orbs of heaven.

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They’re just perfect for that drop-in guest or last minute hostess gift. 

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You can roll them in any topping you desire. I rolled mine in cocoa and chocolate sprinkles just keep the chocolate theme going strong.

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Wishing you and yours a most wonderful Christmas that’s full of everything Merry and bright!

Love,

Wenderly

Balsamic Chocolate Truffles
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Ingredients
  1. 8 1/2 ounces dark chocolate, chopped
  2. 1/4 cup heavy cream
  3. 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
  4. 1/2 cocoa powder (for rolling)
  5. 1/2 chocolate sprinkles (for rolling)
Instructions
  1. Chop the dark chocolate and melt with the cream in a glass or metal bowl placed over a pan of simmering water (not boiling). Make sure water doesn't touch the bottom of the bowl.
  2. Stir chocolate until it's smooth and shiny. Pour melted chocolate into another bowl to cool a bit, then stir in balsamic vinegar. Cover with plastic wrap and place the bowl in the fridge for about an hour (or a couple of hours). Remove from fridge, and let the chocolate sit for 2 hours until it becomes soft enough to roll.
  3. You can use a teaspoon to help you form the balls. Just gently run the spoon over surface of chocolate then roll in your hands until a small ball forms, about the size of a gum ball. (You can make them as large or small as you like). Place the truffles on a lined cookie sheet covered in parchment.
  4. Roll the truffles in any topping you choose. Keep them stored in an air tight container. Place into small decorative paper cups when serving or gift giving for a special touch.
Notes
  1. Recipe by Giada De Laurentiis
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