March Care Package Newsletter
“May the sun shine, all day long everything go right, and nothing wrong May those you love bring love back to you and may all the wishes you wish come true!” -Irish Blessing
This season’s box is packed with seasonally appropriate items your recipient will love! From essential oil blends and a marigold kit to homemade cookies and more, this spring care package can’t be beat.
Our monthly care package for March includes mouth watering, homemade cookies, seasonally appropriate essential oil blends, hot beverages, and much, much more!
Updates from the Moms
5 Things to Contemplate When Planning Your Future with an Emptying Nest
I don’t have an empty nest yet but I have started thinking about it, and when I think about things I like to research them. Here are the 5 most popular suggestions in no particular order common in the Empty Nest research I did. Have a read and see if any might be helpful as you think about preparing and transitioning toward an empty nest.
1) Embrace and relish the adults your children are transitioning to. You did an awesome job and now it’s time for them to fly and make their own decisions. If they make a mistake, parents can now support them through it. You will always be their parents but they don’t need you in the day to day role you have occupied for so long. Step back and be proud of your children and find comfort in knowing you gave them the tools and life lessons they need to make their way.
2) Explore new skills, hobbies or interests with your partner. Usually the kind of one-on-one time with each other enjoyed in the beginning has lessened since the first child was born. If you still have children at home and are busy with parent chores, try having date nights. Play golf or tennis, or go antiquing or visit a gallery at least once or twice a month. Don’t feel guilty about taking more couple’s time. As your free time increases you will have an idea of what kind of things you like to do together.
3) Rekindle old friendships and/or make new ones. Parents spend about 20 years busy raising children. They can still have a social life of course but it usually takes a back seat to all else during that time. Now that you have more time you can get together for lunch, shopping, movies or whatever you like. Girls’ weekends are always a treat.
4) Volunteer – feeling lost and not needed, there are plenty of opportunities to volunteer in so many different areas and capacities it’s hard to believe one couldn’t find a good fit. Whether you’re into people or animals, the environment or the arts you can find a place that needs you.
5) Discover a new skill, hobby or interest or rediscover one you put away years ago. Even as you nurture the relationships with your partner and friends you can still have and should have me time. Maybe it’s time to look at the bucket list a little more closely.
Letting my children “go” has been difficult. I think because we are in the “parent” mode for most of our adult life it’s hard to switch it off and transition to the next stage of your relationship with your children. I think focusing on the positive and exploring your options can help with this difficult transition. I hope these suggestions can help you too.
It’s March! That means Spring is here, and nothing says spring like those happy Daffodils popping up all over! After a drab winter with nothing growing in my garden, I am super excited to see them poke through the mulch. Here are a few useful tips and some useless trivia info for you to store away in your overcrowded noggin.
Daffodils are March’s Birth flower and symbolize unequaled love, so giving this flower to someone expresses a deep love that can not be rivaled.
Daffodils are a perennial (comes back every year). If you want to see them in March though, you’d need to have planted the bulbs In September. When they bloom either cut flower stem and bring them inside to enjoy their beauty in a vase, or after the bloom fades, cut the bloom part off -called Dead Heading (Not Garcia Related) Leave the leaves until they yellow or die away then cut the whole thing off at the ground and wait till next year when they multiply and come back to wish you HAPPY SPRING again with no more work!
If you want to read more about Daffodils (What? Some people just love Daffodils, there is an actual Daffodil Organization) here are 2 places to get you started.
BTW- Not Daffodil related: March 21st is Absolutely incredible Kid Day
Also, it’s time to prune your Rose Bushes back when you see the Forsythia (the bright yellow bushes blooming now too)
Now- get outside!
I just love themed meals! Luckily, St. Patrick’s Day is on a Sunday this year. If the kitchen isn’t really your domain, the Slow Cooker Corned Beef is so easy, and you can pick up a loaf of Irish Soda bread from your local grocer.
Slow-Cooker Corned Beef and Cabbage
Found on Allrecipes
4 large carrots, peeled and cut into matchstick pieces
10 baby red potatoes, quartered
1 onion, peeled and cut into bite-sized pieces
4 cups water
1 (4 pound) corned beef brisket with spice packet
6 ounces beer
1/2 head cabbage, coarsely chopped
Place the carrots, potatoes, and onion into the bottom of a slow cooker, pour in the water, and place the brisket on top of the vegetables. Pour the beer over the brisket. Sprinkle on the spices from the packet, cover, and set the cooker on High.
Cook the brisket for about 8 hours. An hour before serving, stir in the cabbage and cook for 1 more hour.
If you’re feeling the luck of the Irish, also try the Irish Soda Bread recipe below!
Irish Soda Bread
Found on Food Network’s Website – Ina Garten
4 cups all-purpose flour, plus extra for currants
4 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) cold unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch dice
1 3/4 cups cold buttermilk, shaken
1 extra-large egg, lightly beaten
1 teaspoon grated orange zest
1 cup dried currants
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper.
Combine the flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Add the butter and mix on low speed until the butter is mixed into the flour.
With a fork, lightly beat the buttermilk, egg, and orange zest together in a measuring cup. With the mixer on low speed, slowly add the buttermilk mixture to the flour mixture. Combine the currants with 1 tablespoon of flour and mix into the dough. It will be very wet.
Dump the dough onto a well-floured board and knead it a few times into a round loaf. Place the loaf on the prepared sheet pan and lightly cut an X into the top of the bread with a serrated knife. Bake for 45 to 55 minutes, or until a cake tester comes out clean. When you tap the loaf, it will have a hollow sound.
Cool on a baking rack. Serve warm or at room temperature.