Back again with butterfly wedding cake photos

Wedding cake with butterflies and blue ribbons

Spring has passed, summer is waning, and fall is soon to arrive. It's hard to believe that so much time has passed! While I did mention a few months ago that my posts might become less frequent, I did not imagine that such a long time would pass before posting again. Life gets busy for … Continue reading Back again with butterfly wedding cake photos

Success that matters: how to be your child’s sure foundation

Is there anyone else out there who feels like being a parent can be a thankless job? So much value is put on achieving, on being seen as successful, on advancing in one’s career, and on making money. Never mind  the problem of maternity and paternity leave! Compared to our European neighbors, the U.S. does … Continue reading Success that matters: how to be your child’s sure foundation

Six months blogging, 6-“monthiversary”

Dear readers, Six months have passed since I began the blogging journey. A lot has happened in my life since the day I wrote my first post, and a lot has happened here at Susy's Home and Hearth, too. You'll find 33 of my original recipes, several posts on knitted items and DIY projects, several … Continue reading Six months blogging, 6-“monthiversary”

Spring is coming and other thoughts

Hello there! Is anyone else dreaming of spring? In some areas of the world spring is already in full swing. Here, where I live, the first day of spring is fast approaching but the weather is far from "springy". We had another sprinkling of snow last night. That isn't keeping me from thinking of nice … Continue reading Spring is coming and other thoughts

The myth of the perfect mom

Perhaps because raising a child is so all-encompassing and life-changing, the pressure to do it “perfectly” feels equally intense. Being a mom is such an incredible experience. You simply cannot imagine what it will be like until you’ve lived it. At times the rewards of being a mom can feel so much greater than expected, … Continue reading The myth of the perfect mom

Mom and dad need time-outs, too: “me” time for parents

Isn't it funny how our perspectives change over time? I'm telling you: it wasn't that long ago when a month felt much longer. By the way, how is it February already? Now, in my thirties, the seasons seem to come and go much more swiftly than they did even five years ago. Never mind when … Continue reading Mom and dad need time-outs, too: “me” time for parents

Day at the greenhouse: tropical escape

Gorgeous white orchids with yellow throats

This morning my daughter, husband and I went to the local botanical gardens where there is a very large greenhouse. We love to go there in the winter because the lushness, flowers, and warm earthy scent are so rejuvenating and can't be found outdoors. Being there really does feel like stepping into a tropical paradise, … Continue reading Day at the greenhouse: tropical escape