The Sunday Times

I love Sunday mornings and Sunday mornings in the summer are even more enjoyable.

Cinnamon crumb topped cupcakes

Getting to sleep in then listen to Smooth Jazz while enjoying a bottomless mug of coffee, waiting for something delish to come out of the oven and reading the Sunday edition of the newspaper all while still in my pj’s.

Although nowadays reading the newspaper is not quite as enjoyable on our iPad and laptop as it was when Ed and I would place a big Sunday paper edition of the local newspaper that weighed 5 pounds in between us on the kitchen table and grab our favorite sections to read first- Me, the Living, Style and Food Sections and Ed – Sports and Headline news.

stack of newspapers

We would take all morning to go through every inch of the paper, eat a leisurely breakfast and then get on with our day.

With this scenario in mind I thought I would share what I have been up to as well as a few things that inspired me this week in a post I am calling…

Sunday mornings and Summer are a few of the best times to waste time.

I celebrated my birthday a few weeks ago. I have to admit – I have never felt better about all things in my life.

I don’t feel any older, except with a huge dose of confidence added in every choice I make now. Plus with kids grown, being my own boss and living where I have always dreamed of has made getting older just fine with me.

Sure, getting older brings changes in many areas, but I am keeping a positive attitude and outlook. The best part about getting older though is…


Ed and I have been spending a lot of time getting to know this little sweetie. We have been putting many miles on our car over the summer.

The reason behind why we want to “eat them all up” when we see cute babies.

The next painted finish I would like to try.

Comfort food all grown up

I try to eat as healthy most of the time and made this recipe this week.. It is fast and easy to make, delicious with easy clean-up. My kind of recipe and it is all made on a sheet pan.

All of these are on my bucket list.

What I wear almost everyday to get my 10,000 steps in. I can be hands free! Keys in one pocket and my phone on the other. Genius design.

Reading this now on my Kindle. A friend just lent me her copy of Where the Crawdads Sing. Have you read either book?

10 Ways to DO YOU

This proves it’s true that one person can make a BIG difference.

I receive a lot of new product press releases in my inbox everyday. I thought I would share one with you…

  • What do you think of these Sliding Barn doors. I kind like them, but don’t quite love the pattern on the glass. I wish it was more like the glass on the door of the rental cottage we stayed at when we went to Ireland.
Brown brick floor in foyer of home

And lastly… Remember this project I wrote about doing way back in January? I finally completed it. YAY!!!

I will be posting all about what I did and how easy it was this week. Until then – enjoy your Sunday and the week ahead.

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  1. Hi Diane,
    Your granddaughter is so cute. Mine just turned 15 months old, and I can’t get enough of her. Her own personality is starting to show itself, and I can assure you she is going to have confidence , and maybe a little bossy. Or she could just be bossing her Gigi, since in Gigi’s eyes she is fresh air.
    As always I love your post. I hadn’t realized how much I miss the Sunday Paper until I read this post. I’m going to pick one up this Sunday and enjoy my morning.
    Thank you,

  2. Love your post! I agree with you about turning 60 (I was there last year) and it doesn’t feel so old. Our youngest will be a senior in high school this year and I’m looking forward to new adventures!

    I have not read the Matchmaker of Minnow Bay, but I did just finish another of Kelly Harms’ books, “The Overdue Life of Amy Byler.,” and I thoroughly enjoyed it!

    Your granddaughter is beautiful! Enjoy your time with her, they grow up so quickly – my oldest will be 16 this year!

    Thanks for sharing everything you do with us!

  3. Lisa Marie says:

    That little grandbaby…so precious!!!

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Lisa Marie – I have been babysitting her all day today. I have loved every second, even watching her sleep. :-)

  4. Your little granddaughter is beautiful & has such a pretty smile! I always enjoy your posts and all of the beautiful happy colors that you use around your home.

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Thanks Linda – I am watching my granddaughter right now. She is asleep which is the reason I am getting some work done. :-)

  5. The Grandparent Club is THE best club ever!

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Shelley – It sure is. :-)

  6. Diane,
    What a fun post! A veritable buffet of delicious ideas! Can you tell I might be a little hungry? That’s from the grown up comfort foods link. ?

    On the barn doors; I don’t care for them. But, I really like the shutters! Much, much nicer than the film I’m using to allow light in while maintaining privacy. Definitely going to check those out.

    Thanks for all the good stuff you send our way!

  7. Ah, Zoe is gorgeous and scrumptious, all at the same time! Loved reading all those recipes and I’m wanting to try those mango lassis! My Sunday morning lounging is short-lived, since we walk out the door no later than 9:00 a.m. for church. But I enjoyed reading through your version and wish you many lazy days.

  8. Connie McGhee says:

    Oh my word! That grandchild is adorable. Lucky, lucky you.

  9. SARAH PORTER says:

    Hi – The glass in the Ireland doors is VERY pretty. Like you, I would prefer the Ireland glass over the other.
    Your blog is perfect! I hope you reap many rewards, personally and professionally, from all the time you spend entertaining and enlightening the rest of the world!

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Sarah – Thank you so much for taking the time to comment. You made my day. :-) I have an Irish friend, I need to ask her about the swirled patterned glass and if it has a name. It was on quite a lot of doors all over Ireland.

  10. Alison Johnson says:

    Beautiful granddaughter!

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Alison – Thanks. I just wish she was closer. Hope you have an enjoyable Sunday. Looks like it is going to be a beautiful day.

  11. Deb Wostmann says:

    Happy belated birthday! I turn 60 in January and like you I really don’t mind at all. Have read “Where The Crawdad Sing” with my book club and everyone just loved it. Thank you again for such a lovely post and the most adorable picture ever.

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Thanks Deb – I think society and sterotypes of getting older should be tweaked. Now with kids grown and gone, time of my own and the wisdom of years lived…life can be pretty sweet I plan to start Where the Crawdads Sing later this week. I am looking forward to it. My phone is filled with photos of Zoe. My daughter sends me one or two a day so I can get my daily Zoe fix. Hope you have a lovely week.

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Thanks Barbara – I will check the tutorial out. I enjoy seeing different techniques to see which one or a mix of them will give the best results. Thanks for sharing the link.

  12. says:

    HI Diane, I Know Why the Crawdad Sings is on my list to read.
    I love the memory of the Sunday paper! Beautiful blog! I love checking in! laura in CO

  13. Happy Birthday! Your granddaughter is adorable! I recently finished Where The Crawdads Sing….loved it and cannot wait for the movie! I need a new book…..any suggestions?

  14. Christina Mulligan says:

    I absolutely love reading your posts/blogs. You r always positive and upbeat which I so appreciate !! Thanks for sharing so much . Your style is beautiful and inspirational ! Enjoy the week ahead?