Grandma Crawford’s Oatmeal Bars with Browned Butter Frosting

Sunflowers in the Kitchen, by Cheryl



When you start to write a blog post and spend all morning on it and it turns out to be, like, a book or something, and then you really need to get going because you have your tax appointment today – then you share your beloved Grandma’s Cookie recipe – because seriously – it’s freaking awesome! And also you’re out of time…

This is a simple but delicious treat! I’ve shared it all over the US because it’s always a hit. I often don’t add anything extra – with the browned butter frosting it’s fabulous alone. I love it best with pecans, but walnuts are good too. My sister always adds chocolate chips, and sometimes I add raisons – which is very yummy too!

Grandma Crawford’s Oatmeal Bars with Browned Butter Frosting


  • 2 sticks of Butter (1/2 cup each stick)
  • 2 cups of Sugar
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 tsp Vanilla
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1-1/2 cups Flour
  • 3 cups Oatmeal
  • Extras – Raisins, nuts, or chocolate chips as you desire.

(Note: The original recipe just has the ingredients and says bake in a moderate oven – but this is what I do…)


Cream butter and sugar together. Add eggs. I add vanilla here too. Mix the dried ingredients together and then stir into the sugar mixture. Stir in any extras you want, like nuts. Lightly grease a jelly roll pan and press the mixture in with a buttered spoon or buttered fingers – it’s pretty sticky. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 – 25 minutes or until done. It’s a bit tricky to tell, but it will be golden brown and not wet looking (I hope that helps…:)). Frost while warm, but not hot.


While the bar cookies bake make the frosting with 5 Tbsp of Butter – browned and cooled a bit, 1-1/2 cups of Powdered Sugar, and 1 tsp of Vanilla. Add milk as needed to make a spreading consistency. You will be frosting the cookies while they’re warm so don’t make it too thin as it will melt some.

These are chewy, comforting deliciousness and a great favorite of our family! I hope you enjoy it too!

From my family to yours –

Lots of Love,


Prompts for Insightful Journaling

Purple and Orange Pansies, by Cheryl


I love to journal…

To write, and just let the pen and the page accept my thoughts and feelings – it’s a beautiful thing! But there are times when a bit of a nudge will allow me to access insights I don’t get to when I’m free writing. For this I like to use prompts or mini-scripts to help. I’ve answered each of the below prompts in numerous ways, just allowing my intuition to speak out. The results are pretty amazing! Things I didn’t consciously know I wanted to address, or things I really wanted to do but had been ignoring will show up. Or I might discover how I truly, deeply, honestly feel about something, but have been suppressing. Helpful insights that bring new ideas and plenty of “ah-hah’s!”

Here are a few prompts I made up (and especially like) that you might like to try too. Set aside a bit of time, grab a pen, your journal or a sheet of paper, and just write what comes up. Naturally, all answers are correct! Write as much as you want – involve your senses and imagination. Choose just one prompt or several. One word answers are just fine, but won’t give you as much insight as longer ones. I also like to set the scene with a delicious beverage, a cozy chair, and a quiet space.

Insight Prompts:

  • I thrill to the sound (scent, touch, sight, taste) of ___________.
  • While I was sleeping last night I learned________________.
  • Home is where I______________.
  • ________________ feels so fresh and delicious to me right now!
  • My perfect health is supported by_________________.
  • Today I really love__________________and I feel it (how, where, why)_________________________.
  • My perfect path for… _________ (you can be specific here if you want) appeared today! It looks like___________. It feels like___________. It tastes like_________. It sounds like_________. It smells like___________.
  • I realize it’s time to ____________, because now I know______________, and I can express this desire in my life by ______________.
  • I recall that time _________________ (something you want to have happen, written as if it has happened). I was just so scared, but I tried anyway because I ________________. And it was perfect, a dream come true for me because _________________ (why what happened is/was so amazing for you, and how). And now I’m so grateful, and also proud of myself!

My answers might appear completely random at first! But with a little stepping back I can see what it means to me. Some responses may even seem metaphorical instead of an obvious and logical answer. But your intuition can frequently show up in signs and symbols, so that make sense really. Play around a bit with the answers if this occurs and see what is there for you to learn. Other times the insights are as clear as a bell – and just as attention getting! When you’re done you’ll likely have new information about yourself, your wishes, and dreams, and needs; or perhaps you’ll find reinforcement for taking those steps towards something you’ve really been wanting to try.

I often follow this practice up with some type of action. When I answered “My perfect health is supported by rest”  I knew that I have been pushing too hard and it’s time to, you know, rest! No matter how many amazing ideas I have for things to create, or ways to help, or cleaning and painting projects I want to tackle right now – my best health is supported by rest at this time. I sincerely hope you find these prompts are of help to you too, and that you discover the insights that are waiting for you.

Love to you!


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Two Steps to a De-LIGHT-ful Week

Narcissus Blooms, by Cheryl


As I begin the week I like to take an intuitive “look out”.

I imagine myself on a big hill looking out over the landscape that is my week to come as I see it from here. I often see sparkles, gatherings of images, bright light and shadows. I see life.

Today when I looked it was pretty much just a grey, dim and sad view. Some weeks are like that. This is when I know I need a break! And a shift – of thinking, of timing, of doing. A break will allow the shift to happen and the shift helps me enjoy a break! And all of that will bring light to my week that I can’t see right now for the dimness. When we focus on a day, or an hour, or a week we look at what needs to be started, accomplished, done, etc.  We make a list, plan, schedule it, take steps, be diligent. Be responsible. And that’s just fine when we’re feeling rested, enthused, and in charge. But then we aren’t actually here to do JUST “work”, are we?

We’re also here to love ourselves and others, to enjoy our bodies, to play and create, to explore new ideas and pleasures. We are here to LIVE. But often only one part of living makes it onto our to-do list – the part where we “work”. There’s nothing wrong with work, but there is something exhausting and diminishing about a life that’s heavily focused in just one life area. Then instead of responsibility being an honor and delight, it becomes a misery, a shackle, an anchor. So here is what I’m going to try this week – and if you’re feeling a bit mashed and tied down you might want to try it too!


Two Steps to a Better Week:

Step 1: Find the Time to Rest

This may mean setting things aside. And that’s good! When you’re feeling all washed out and grey it’s not the best time to tackle that big project any way. Rest is so important when things look dark. It allows you to feel your emotions and honor them, to let them flow as they’re created to. It allows you to untangle thoughts, gain perspective, let those shoulders drop, set the burdens down. You know – to REST!

How will I rest, you may ask…and I say in any way that works for you. I like a nice nap, or a walk among the trees, or by water. A coffee shop visit with just my favorite magazine to accompany me is always good, or creating a collage. You may like a day on the lake, a nap on the beach, to write, to go to a dance class, to bake, or to play a game of basketball with friends. We may both want to do absolutely nothing at all. (Yea!) Whatever it is – squish it in! You know you can if you see it as a priority. Most of the above can be done in less than an hour. And isn’t this at least as important as cleaning out the fridge, or going to that meeting (the one you know you can move to next week…)? Your health, and outlook, and your very life depend on how you care for them.

Step 2: See Things in a Different Light

Those things you decide to do anyway this week, and those you really cannot put offcan you see them in a different way? I know I make things in my life a burden just by how I see them. Heck! That’s the easy part! But I can also make them a pleasure. It’s all about how I choose to see and approach them.

For example, I have a tax appointment this week. That could be stressful! But I can see it another way too. Honestly, it’s an area where I don’t feel very capable or safe – but what if I am quite capable of being prepared (actually, I am mostly prepared…), or of being prosperous (certainly prosperous enough to pay taxes…); or capable of being joyful, of being safe? What if I have faith in my very capable tax accountant? I can even be happy I’m being so responsible! I really have lots of options.

I can definitely choose stress for each task and project I have on my list this week, or I can choose something else. Thoughts aren’t facts. I’m not even sure facts are facts when we can give each one such a slant. I can see the spaces in my schedule this week instead of focusing on the blocked out areas. Then I can also choose to see the opportunities available to me in each blocked off space. I can see it all as play, and none of it as work. I can let something go and choose not to do it at all. Ever.

We often see ourselves as stuck, but the truth is that the only thing that sticks us in a place is our choices. We may still choose to be “stuck”, but we can also see that we are choosing it – and why. That really makes such a difference!

This week I choose to light up my week with rest, and revitalized tasks, and joyful responsibilities! When I look out over the week now I see lots of sparkles! And that’s how I like it.

To a sparkly week!!

Lots of Love to You,


PS And if you’d like some help with those grey times, in finding time for rest, or in seeing things in a new way I have openings in my schedule for life coaching clients. You can find out more right here. I’d love to help. <3

Happy Sunday! (Week 3 of the Blogging Love Challenge)

Three Pink Roses, by Cheryl


I’m still here after 3 weeks of blogging daily for my Blogging Love Challenge – Woot!

This week my goal was to make sure I engaged in my favorite rituals and made time for the things I really want to do – even with extra activities planned. How much would it take to throw me off? And what could I let go of if I needed to? I learned (again) that things happen and you make it work out the best way you can – and that is how it “should be” because, indeed, that is how it happened!

So, I ended up using two re-posts this week (though my intention was to only use one each week). You know what? I really enjoyed revisiting my old posts and had fun sharing them with you again! I also missed posting Saturday’s post on Saturday….I posted it today. And the world is still revolving! I was quite sick and I just needed to stay in bed and not move at all. So, I did. Also this week I tackled a big project I’d been putting off due to this challenge – I just jumped in and got it going. That made me really happy and has worked out perfectly! Overall, this week I’ve learned to chill out and live life the way I want to – regardless of how long my list is – it will all go just fine. I had a great week and so much fun writing posts for you. Only 9 days left of this challenge. Amazing!

Here are the posts for the past week:

Monday, February 18thDrawing Oracle Cards for a New Week (with 2 Spreads) was about how you can begin a new week (or anything really…) with some personal wisdom from your Higher Self to guide you. It includes two oracle/tarot spreads to use  – one very basic, and one that I created using the concept of planetary energies for each day of the week. Fun! And I am always amazed at the insights I gain.

Tuesday, February 19th: Those Voices in My Head is a re-post (a fave of mine because I adore this concept) about the mean voices that talk to you, and can even stop you from doing what you want and need to do, and how to deal with them with firmness and kindness.

Wednesday, February 20th: Rearrangements – When Things Need to Move shares my approach to starting big home projects and then keeping them in line with what you truly want to achieve. The process includes making an intuitive collage (something that won’t really surprise those of you who know me!) to find clear insight.

Thursday, February 21st: How Do You Want to Show Up Today? shares a really quick practice I use and my experience with it one cold, bleak Winter’s day. This is a re-post, and one I really enjoyed rediscovering – I hope you enjoy it too!

Friday, February 22nd: Choose a Goddess (for Goddess Friday) allows you to play a game with me by choosing a number and finding the corresponding Goddess to see what she has shared with me to pass on to you. Or you can read about all three Goddesses and see what feels right for you. Fun!

Saturday, February 23rd: The Sweet Wisdom of Brian Andreas includes some links to Brian’s new web home (he is no longer with Story People) and some of his amazing poems. He is the BEST! Many of you already know this…but if you haven’t read his work you are in for a delicious surprise.

Did I mention there are just 9 more days?? Lol! I’m excited and sad both about that. I will write up the final round up of posts on Tuesday, March 5th. I sure hope you keep reading – I’ve really loved hearing what you think, and learning your stories and your favorite practices, and your beautiful wisdom. It has all been a such a gift to me – Thank you!!

Wishing you a Happy New Week (and also end of February!) 

Love to you,


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The Sweet Wisdom of Brian Andreas

Lovely Lily, by Cheryl

Happy Saturday (only it’s Sunday…)

I’m a day delayed due to a food born illness (that’s right, you don’t want to know, and if it weren’t for this 30 day challenge I wouldn’t have mentioned it at all!). Sometimes even desire and good planning aren’t sufficient to overcome the tides of life. And that is OK. We’re here to live (and love) the life we’re in, and that includes illness at times. Thank goodness mine is a brief one and I’m getting better already.

To cheer us all up I have some poems from the delightful mind of Brian Andreas – a man who knows about life and shares it with us in such a gorgeous form. His poems are often accompanied by his fun and fabulous artwork.  If you know about Brian you know about his affiliation with Story People, once his company, but Brian has moved away from Story People (a long and sad story in itself, you can check it out here). Brian’s new home is at Flying Edna and his new work is amazing! If you don’t know about Brian Andreas – you have a pleasant surprise coming!!

Stand Off

I don’t worry about what

could go wrong.


I worry about whether

I’m in a place yet

where I could handle it


if everything goes right.


Busy Work

At a certain point,

feeling afraid

is a bad habit

from when you thought

being afraid

would somehow



Here’s the thing

you should know:

it doesn’t.


Feel free to stop

any time.


Quick Getaway

My heart says

Be bold. Jump in

with both feet.


But part of me

still wants to jump

in with one foot, so

I have the other

available for a

quick getaway.


In case my heart

picks something

I’m not ready for



Two Paths

No matter what, you

always have two paths.

One where everyone

else goes


& the other you

discover yourself.


Usually some bruising

with the second one,

but it’s a hell of a lot

more fun.


Simple Truth

Her whole life shifted the day

she started to tell the truth

about what made her happy.


I never knew it could be

so simple, she said.


I hope you enjoyed these. They’re from Brian’s charming book Something Like Magic. I’m wishing Brian a beautiful new start, and I’m wishing you all of the very best things in life!!

With Love,


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Choose a Goddess! (for Goddess Friday)

Peonies, by Cheryl

It’s Goddess Friday again!

Today, for fun, I’m sharing a little about three Goddesses and their questions for you. To determine your Goddess for today, simply choose a number – one, two, or three. Choose the one that resonates for you. You might close your eyes and a number will show up in your imagination. Or you can sense how each number feels in your heart and choose the one that feels expansive and open. If that doesn’t work, you could look below at the images and choose the one that appeals to you. Or read them all – it doesn’t matter – however you want to play!

The card images below are from The Goddess Oracle by Amy Sophia Marashinsky, illustrated by Hrana Janto, but I haven’t used the oracle book for meanings here. I’ve chosen to let Spirit talk through my own intuition. I hope you find a message that is meaningful and helpful for you.

Let’s Play!

Choose a Goddess! (the super low tech version 🙂

If you chose….


Then your Goddess is – Demeter – Greek Goddess of the Seasons

Demeter is known for various things (agriculture, harvest, fertility, grieving the loss of a child, etc.), but today I feel she is sharing her wisdom of the seasons with you. Seasons are delightful changes in the world around us that tell us another trip around the Sun is occurring. They each hold their own celebrations, and meanings, and beauty. But seasons can be about cycles of any kind, particularly the cycle we all follow from birth to death.

The questions that Demeter asks you today are: What life season are you in right now? Do you surrender to the cycle you’re in, or fight it? What celebrations are you enjoying in this cycle? What have you learned here? What beauty do you feel and see? What does it mean to you to be at this place in the cycle of your life?


Your Goddess is – Ix Chel – Mayan Goddess of the Moon and Personal Rebirth

Ix Chel is a goddess of fertility and harvest, like Demeter, but she is also a goddess of personal rebirth. She was killed by her grandfather for loving the Sun, but then magically brought back to life by dragonflies. She returned home and was beaten by her husband (the Sun) because of his jealousy. After a while she decided that was enough, and she transformed into a jaguar so that she couldn’t be seen by him. She’s a goddess of transformation, but also self-understanding and acceptance. She accepts and loves herself, but when others can’t she leaves them behind. She moved to an island where she wove the cycles of the world and helped women with pregnancy and childbirth.

Ix Chel asks you: Where are you dreaming of change in your life? Is there anything or anyone that you need to step away from, that doesn’t support you as you are? In what ways do you accept yourself as you are? When you think of a personal rebirth what comes up? What would that personal rebirth look like for you? Can you think of a step you would like to take?


Your Goddess for today is – Baba Yaga – Slavic Goddess of Old Bones

Baba Yaga is such a favorite of mine! I love how she brings up the dark noises in the night, the ones that we fear without even shining light on them. She’s supposed to be scary, and I suppose she can be. But she will also lovingly hold your hand as you look at the darkest things you have been keeping buried deep. These are the Old Bones. The things we’re afraid to examine too closely, the ones we hope will go away, the potentially disgusting and embarrassing stuff. Baba Yaga isn’t afraid of the dark, and she wants to help you to heal by looking at those old bones and seeing what’s truly there. Once you shine the light the dark is rarely as bad as you think it will be.

Baba Yaga asks you: What have you been burying deep? Is it an old experience, a story, a belief, an emotion, a fear? If you took it out and looked at it in the light what do you think might happen? Do you have someone in your life who can hold your hand while you look? What is your life like without this old bone? What freedom is there in releasing it to the Light?

Sending Goddess love to you. They ask the best questions and they’re there to help us access the answers. I hope you discovered something that frees you and opens you to your most delightful life!

Best wishes for a truly lovely weekend!

Love, Cheryl