Do you have your coffee cup?  I do!

This week holds the first day of November.  And that officially marks the beginning of the holiday season around here.  And for many of us, that brings up the anticipation of family.  There’s planning and scheduling.  There will be talk of memories and opportunities to make new memories.  But let’s be real.  Even though we love our families like nobody’s business, it’s not always fun and games when we’re all together.  Sometimes it’s easy.  Sometimes it’s not.  And there’s nobody who can get on your last nerve like someone who should know better.  But that’s the package that family comes in.  It’s a wonderful treasure… even during the hard times.  One worth remembering.  One worth preserving.  And one worth honoring.  And that’s what this Monday’s Coffee Break is all about!


Monday Coffee Break Inspiration That Family Member: Time to Get it Right!  We all have one… or two…  (I hope you don’t have more than that!)  We all have a family member who rubs us the wrong way.  It can make the holiday get-togethers hard.  But there are some sure-fire ways to move past the irritation, treasure your family for who they are and enjoy your holidays to the fullest this year.  Believe me, these 4 simple steps can make all the difference!

Monday Coffee Break EncouragementPreserving Precious Family History  Our family stories are often more important to us than we realize.  One of my favorite memories is sitting and listening to tales of my parents growing up, their escapades with siblings and cousins, early times in marriages and families, lessons learned, favorite moments, when life was a mess, when it all fell perfectly into place.  These are the stories that make us who we are.  Your family stories do make a difference, and there is an easy way you can preserve them and create wonderful gifts at the same time!

Monday Coffee Break RecipeMamaw’s Fresh Apple Cake  Here in the south, some of our best memories are inextricably tied to the food we eat and love.  Every year, my mamaw would bake a fresh apple cake with the apples from the tree in her yard.  It was something we all looked forward to and thought about all year long.  I’ve shared a little nostalgia about the anticipation and the complete, easy recipe in one Southern Discourse’s most popular posts!  I know you’ll love this recipe and hope you’ll take a minute to bake a little food memory of your own this week!

That’s it for this week’s Monday Coffee Break. Thanks for stopping by and having a cup with me as we slowed down for just a minute and started our week off right!