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Easter Brunch & Blueberry Sour Cream Coffee Cake

Easter Brunch & Blueberry Sour Cream Coffee Cake At Home With The O'Neils

This Blueberry Sour Cream Coffee Cake is top 3 of my favorite desserts that my Mom used to make.  It is a bit tedious and requires precision but the outcome is amazing.  Now that there are little ones in our family, my Aunt and Uncle have moved Easter Lunch back a few hours to Easter Brunch.

It was the perfect opportunity to break out the recipe book and surprise the family with this delicious treat.  

My Dad actually requested this since my Mom no longer bakes and he had a craving.  Since Chuck isn’t a fan of anything that includes blueberries, I was more than happy to comply to get my fix as well.

I did not plan for this to be a blog post, so there are no step by step pictures.  I had shared this image on my Instagram and had a request for the recipe.

Here is the recipe!

Blueberry Sour Cream Coffee Cake

Ingredients

¾ C Oleo

1 ½ C. Sugar

3 Eggs

1 ½ tsp. Vanilla

3 C. Flour

1 ½ tsp B. Powder

1 ½ tsp B. Soda

¼ tsp Salt

1 ½ C. Sour Cream

1 C. Frozen Blueberries

Filling:

½ C. Brown Sugar

1 ½ tsp. Cinnamon

½ C. Nuts (Optional)

Glaze:

Confectioners Sugar

3 – 4 Tsp. Milk

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Combine butter, sugar, eggs & vanilla in bowl.  Mix well and beat for 2 minutes.
  3. Next add flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt to wet mixture and mix with beater.
  4. Fold in in sour cream and blueberries to the mixture.
  5. In a separate bowl, create the Filling by mixing brown sugar, cinnamon and nuts.
  6. In greased pan, spread 1/3 (about 2 Cups) batter and sprinkle with 1/3 of filling (About 6 Tbsp.).
  7. Repeat step 4, two more times.
  8. Bake 350 degrees 50 – 60 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.Blueberry Sour Cream Coffee Cake (3)
  9. Once the Coffee Cake is cooled, mix confectioner’s sugar and milk, until desired Glaze consistency.  This should be thick enough that it slowly drips off a spoon.
  10. Add Glaze and serve.

Blueberry Sour Cream Coffee Cake (1)

To jazz it up, after I made the Glaze, I divided it into smaller bowls and added food coloring to bring in some Easter Colors.  I used pink and yellow but you can use any color combination you want.

Glazing Tip:

  1. Take a spoon with Glaze color 1, and drip the Glaze from left to right on the Coffee Cake. Give it a few minutes to harden.
  2. Take another spoon with glaze color 2, and repeat step one.
  3. Next rotate the cake 180 degrees and repeat steps 1 and 2.

By using this method it evens out the glaze. Typically in the beginning there is a blob of Glaze and then it thins out.  By rotating the Coffee Cake it makes it more consistent.

Enjoy!

Feel free to write a comment or send a picture (tag me on Instagram @AtHomeWithTheOneils) and let me know how it comes out! 

Summer 2015 – Best Summer Ever {Photo Album}

O'Neil Summer 2015 photo recap

Last night as we returned from a 50th anniversary family cookout, Chuck and I collapsed on the couch from exhaustion and he said to me, “I had an amazing weekend with you.”  This has become an unspoken tradition we have created this summer.  That sentence has been repeated at the end of every weekend and definitely more often this summer than past summers.

The only regret is not updating this blog as often as I had hoped. I even thought to capture the moments on Instagram instead.  But you know what?  I was so in the moment living life and making memories that I didn’t do that either. It isn’t an entirely bad thing.

This has been one of the best summers in a very long time!

Mostly every weekend was surrounded by friends and family at some cookout or gathering.

So I am sharing a summer fun picture recap and I want to thank Lauren at Working Mom Magic blog for creating the hashtag and goal of #OperationSummerFun. You can read about it here and her summer recap is here.  We even made 2 cameos in the second post!

This summer, I adopted this operation to its fullest capacity.  

As Labor Day Weekend comes to a close, and fall begins to set in, I can honestly say I did everything in my power to make this the best summer it could be.

Here is what we have been up to:

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#OperationSummerFun in numbers

  • 25 lbs of Potato Salad
  • At least 6 cookouts (I lost count after that)
  • 4 days by the pool
  • 3 summer music concerts
  • 2 cookouts with requests of Broccoli Salad
  • 2 trips to Foxwoods Casino
  • Dining out (more times than I can count)
  • Unlimited glasses of Homemade Iced Tea
  • Countless laughs, smiles and entertainment

What is your favorite memories from this summer?  I want to know!  

Our 18 Hour Birthday Road Trip {Recap}

Our 18 Hour Birthday Road Trip {Recap} At Home With The O'Neil's

In my last post, A Love Note to My Husband on His BirthdayI shared our new tradition to run away for a night or two for his birthday to just soak up our time with one another.  Out of all our trips this last one was probably was the shortest and most fun.  Which goes to show quality over quantity is always key in most areas of life.  We were away for less than 24 hours and had a blast!  I promised Instagram updates but I was so in the moment that I failed on my mission.  I’m sorry!  But I am making up for it with this 18 Hour Birthday Road Trip Recap!

We started our road trip off with a late lunch at one of our favorite local restaurants.  Given it was middle of the afternoon and mid-week we knew we would get prime outdoor seating at Sylvan Street in Peabody MA.  Our hunch was right!

Starting off our road trip with some drinks by the waterfall at one of our local favorite restaurants.

Starting off our road trip with some food and drinks by the waterfall at one of our favorite local restaurants.

After we filled our bellies, we started on the 2.5 hour road trip.  Chuck has a passion for music so he is always in charge of music, even when driving my car.  I loaded up my iTunes with some podcasts and we co-habitated with talk radio and rock music.

Earplugs in and podcasts on while my handsome guy jammed out to some rock music.

Earplugs in and podcasts on while my handsome guy jammed out to some rock music.

Early on the trip the skies appeared to be a little gloomy but we drove through the downpours and came out on the other side about 10 minutes later.  Like they say, when you live in New England and don’t like the weather just wait – it will change.

Cloudy skies...

Cloudy skies…

and 10 minutes later we are through the downpour and in the clear!

…and 10 minutes later we are through the downpour and in the clear!

After checking in to the Great Cedar Hotel, Chuck ran down the Casino to play a few games while I unpacked and tried to get some work done.  I know this sounds lame, but the change of location helps with my motivation and I am not a huge gambler.  I enjoy the change of scenery and Chuck enjoys me not hounding him with questions of when he will be done.

About 2 hours later he returned and we got dressed for dinner.  We decided on the Hard Rock Cafe.  My music man loved it.  We had to wait for seating so we first got drinks at the bar.

I got the Red Berry Press which was amazing and took me 2 hours to drink. Lots of alcohol with fresh fruit to take away the guilt.

I got the Red Berry Press which was amazing and took me 2 hours to drink. Lots of alcohol with fresh fruit to take away the guilt.

Chuck was very happy to get a souvenir glass to bring home.

Chuck was very happy to get a souvenir glass to bring home.

While we were waiting for our food we were watching Van Pelt Faraday, a Boston-based duo set up the stage.  They started performing and were very good.  They both have a long list of music credentials.  Erika Van Pelt (one part of the duo) was an American Idol Finalist during the 2012 season.

Boston Based Duo Van Pelt Faraday rocked the stage while we ate dinner.

Boston Based Duo Van Pelt Faraday rocked the stage while we ate dinner.

We ordered the Molten Chocolate Cake for the birthday boy.

A fantastic marriage benefit of being married to the birthday boy, I got to have half.  He knows “what is yours is mine – especially when it comes to chocolate”.

A fantastic marriage benefit – I got to have half.  He knows “what is yours is mine” – especially when it comes to chocolate.

After dinner, we strolled through the Casino, took a few pictures and then went back to the room.  I changed for bed and grabbed the iPad to read, while the Birthday Boy decided to try his luck downstairs.

Next Day

The next morning we got ready and headed to breakfast.  We love going to the Veranda Café. They have a massive buffet that Chuck loves to attempt to put a dent in every time we go.  I love the view looking out into the luscious hills.  It is secluded and so relaxing.  I am bummed I didn’t grab a photo.  Last time we came for our anniversary I saw they had Red Velvet Pancakes on their menu.  I was on a mission.  This is something I NEVER knew existed and I am a bit ashamed of that fact.  I love chocolate and pancakes are my breakfast meal of choice.

 I figured I would commemorate Hubby’s birthday with chocolate pancakes and they did not disappoint. 

I figured I would commemorate Hubby’s birthday with Red Velvet Pancakes and they did not disappoint.

After we filled up on food we went back to the room, packed up and checked out.  We put our bags in the car and snuck back into the casino for a few more hours of fun.  I found a comfy seating area with wi-fi.  I really am not a gambler.  I did some work and then continued to read on my iPad.  Chuck had some more fun then found me at 12 PM and we started our trek home.

It was so nice to just be, do what we wanted at a pace we were comfortable with.  No agendas or time schedule.  We had a little time together, a little time apart doing what we loved.

 We left feeling refreshed with huge grins and some great memories. 

We left feeling refreshed with huge grins and some great memories.

Thanks for coming on our trip with us!

What place do you like to escape to, to just get away for a short time or evening?

A Love Note to My Husband on His Birthday

A Love Note to My Husband on His Birthday - Via At Home With The O'Neils

This week we are celebrating Chuck’s birthday.  Every year he uses his vacation time to take the week off.  We rarely go anywhere but it has become a nice tradition where we celebrate and spend time together during his time off.

We have created this tradition of slowing down and enjoying the others’ day and celebrating their life.  Because let’s face it, our own lives would be much different if our significant other was never born So we celebrate the miracle of life and fate that brought us together.  It is nice to slow down and just ride the wave.  Go where we want to go, do what we want to do – together and spoil the one we love.  The past couple of years, we go away to Foxwoods Casino Resort for the night.  Chuck loves to gamble, I love to people watch and sleep in a comfy hotel bed.  Follow us on Instagram to see snippets of our trip.

Being together as long as we have I forget just how old we are.  I started dating Chuck when he was 23.  He is turning 36.  Yikes!  I still feel like we are the 18 and 23-year-olds when we first started dating – just with a lot more responsibilities.  I know I have shared my affection for him in others posts but I wanted to dedicate this post to my one and only love on his birthday.  It is not easy to live with me.  Sometimes I wonder if I could handle it.  I don’t think I could.  He deserves an award.

I am honoring my Love with some simple and loving statements, music and quotes on his birthday.

  1. I love your unique and refreshing outlook on life.  Most people don’t get it.  I do and I love it.
  2. I love how you make it your mission to make me laugh and smile – even after you did something to upset me.
  3. I love how you can look at my face and know what I am thinking or feeling.
  4. I love how when I go to speak and you say the words before I even get them out.
  5. I love your hugs, they are my favorite.  All encompassing and keeping the craziness of the world away from me.
  6. I love our daily kisses and “I love you”s. I mean it every time.  I remember the pain of when we split.  When I couldn’t say those words to you when I wanted to.  That ache is a shadow that reminds me of how blessed I am today.  I will never take our love for granted.
  7. One of my favorite things is watching you with our Niece.  The light in your eye and the special bond between you two, truly makes my heart skip a beat.
  8. I love how seriously you are when picking out celebration cards. It is your way of showing those you love how much you care and it is simply adorable.
  9. I love our time together.  Whether we are out food shopping or lounging on the couch in silence watching our favorite shows together.
  10. I love how happy you make me feel and I love to make you happy as well.  I know we are quirky, most people don’t get it, but we do and that is all that matters.

Please know that,

The storm may be raging in our lives but you are the steady anchor that keeps me afloat.

 

I love this song because it reflects all that we have been through together, and all that is in store for us in the future.

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Thank you for choosing me as your wife and life partner.

Love, Jeannine

Homemade Iced Tea

At Home With the O'Neil's Home Made Iced Tea

I love tea.  It is at the root of who I am.  My paternal grandparents used to give me tea all the time growing up.  “Tea time” was everyday at 4:00 PM after school.  To this day, I cannot make a cup of tea without thinking of my grandmother.  There is something so soothing and relaxing about it.  I love to heat up the water in the kettle, letting the tea bags steep, waiting for it to be just the write temperature, cradling the warm cup between your hands and letting the steam hit your face.  So naturally in the summer, I decided to make homemade iced tea.  Store bought iced tea doesn’t do it for me.

This homemade iced tea recipe is very simple to do.  Yes, you can go out and buy the Nestea mixture and scoop powder and add water.  There is just something so delicious and rewarding about this recipe.  I encourage you to try it at least once this summer.  Maybe it is the hard work of making it, or the anticipation for when it cools down, but it is worth the wait.  It took me awhile to perfect this recipe, to have the perfect and have the right blend of tea, sugar and lemon.

At Home With the O'Neil's Home Made Iced TeaIngredients:

  • Water
  • 5 Tea Bags
  • 1 Whole Lemon
  • 1 Cup of Sugar
  1. Boil water in a tea kettle.
  2. As the water boils place 5 teabags in pitcher or carafe.
  3. Slice 1 lemon in half.
    1. Place one half of the lemon to the side.
    2. Cut the other half into thin slices.
  4. Once the water has boiled, pour into carafe with tea bags. You may need to boil water twice to fill the pitcher.
    Tip:  While the second round of water boils, I add the lemon and sugar.
  1. Add sugar.
  2. Take the untouched half of the lemon and squeeze the juice into the iced tea.
  3. Stir the iced tea mixture.
  4. Then float the lemon slices.
  5. Top iced tea off with rest of the boiling water.
  6. Let tea bags steep for 10-15 minutes then remove.
  7. Once all tea bags have been removed, stir once again.
  8. Let iced tea cool on counter or place in refrigerator.  Since I use a glass carafe, I let it cool for about an hour and then place in the fridge.
  9. You are ready to serve your delicious Homemade Iced Tea.

At Home With the O'Neil's Home Made Iced Tea

It is a bit of a process, however this tea NEVER lasts long in our home.  And it is SO GOOD!  Let me know what you think after you make a batch!

The carafe I use is 84 Ounces (fl oz) or 2.48418 Liters (L).  This post contains affiliate links.

My Story: Alzheimer’s Advocacy

This is a very tough post for me to put out there.  I am very hesitant to even share this online.  However, there is something deep within me, telling me to share my story.  Even if it is to help someone else who is struggling, watching a loved one suffer from this horrible disease, or to bring awareness to Alzheimer’s disease.

My mother has early onset Alzheimer’s disease.  There I said it.  Pull the band aid off quick and it won’t hurt.  Truth is it hurts like hell. She has yet to be officially diagnosed.  However watching her mother, my Grandmother, have the disease for 10 years and my paternal Grandmother have Dementia – I don’t need a doctor telling me what is happening.

Mom and Me

Mom and I at our Wedding Rehearsal Dinner. These were much happier times, but the signs were starting to appear back in June 2012.

She is 62 years old.  There are many layers to her situation that I may or may not dig into them with this blog.  She is on medication, her doctor is in touch with the situation, and my Dad and I are doing the best we can do to guide her through this scary time.

I am not writing this post looking for sympathy.  I am looking for a solution.

I have always been the type to find the resolution to a problem and to fix it.  Right now, this isn’t fixable.  So I will put my own insecurities aside.  I will stare down this evil disease in the eye, and do my best to bring awareness to finding a cure.

“Alzheimer’s is the 6th leading cause of death in the United States.  Those with Alzheimer’s live an average of 8 years after their symptoms become noticeable to others, but survival can range from 4 to 20 years, depending on age and other health conditions. (www.alz.org)

It is my hope that with enough awareness and funding a cure can be found sooner rather than later.

As Julianne Moore shared during her Academy Award acceptance speech for Best Actress for ‘Still Alice’,

“I am thrilled to be able to shine a light on Alzheimer’s disease.  So many people with this disease feel isolated and marginalized.  One of the wonderful things about movies, it makes us feel seen and not alone.  People with Alzheimer’s deserve to be seen so that we can find a cure.”

 

 

Exactly 4 years to the date, my maternal Grandmother died of Pneumonia.  I hate to say it was a blessing, but it was something I wished for, for a very long time.  Wasting away in a nursing home, confused is not the way to live.  It is harder on the family of loved ones that suffer from Alzheimer’s disease.  The last few years were very tough as we watched her slowly fade in front of our very own eyes.  My own parents would visit her twice a week, to sit by her side and be there for her.  Whether Nana knew it or not.  I never realized the amount of strength and grace it took for my own Mother to do that, until now.

As for my Mother, something hasn’t be right for a while.  She had a medical scare in 2012 that set off a series of events that led to this.  I spent my 29th birthday in a Neurologist’s office, by her side as she sat through a 2 hour memory exam.

To my family members and friends who have known something is up.  My Father, Chuck and I were honoring my Mother’s wishes to keep it quiet.  When the confusion began, she didn’t want others to know.  Now it cannot be hidden.

Last weekend, while visiting my parents’, my Mother asked if it was true that her Mother had passed away.  Have you ever felt what it is like to be punched in the gut?  Now I know.  There were no tears from her, she was almost detached from the truth.  I had to tell my own mother, as if she were a little child, that everything would be okay.

I know this won’t get easier.  If anything it has taught me to be more present and enjoy life’s moments now.  

But:

I will not let my Mother’s memories (or my Grandmothers’ memories) go in vain.  

I will be strong for her.  

I will be her memory when she needs it.

I refuse to not try something.

My strength lies within my writing.  So here is our story as a family, as we proceed through this difficult phase of life.  Whether it results in self-healing, helping others’ or raise awareness, I hope our story can shed light on this horrific disease.

We need to be the voice and advocate for those who suffer from Alzheimer’s. Because to quickly they lose their own voice and ability to advocate for themselves.

If I have touched you in any way with our story, please, please, please donate.

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The O’Neil Home – Holiday Tour

Welcome_ONeil HomeDecorating our home is one of the things I look forward to each year during the holiday season.  This explains the 7 holiday totes I have accumulated through the years.  I do not decorate our one bedroom apartment with all the decorations.  However, it doesn’t mean I haven’t tried.  I scale back because I’m tired of lugging the totes from storage (my Parent’s house), up the spiraling staircase to the second floor.

When I attempted this massive decorating feat during our first Christmas living together, it looked like holiday decorations threw up over our apartment.  I have scaled back drastically – to 4 totes. And about those other totes?  Let’s just say they are in the reserves, and are ready to go when we expand our living quarters.

You are probably wondering, how does one accumulate so many decorations?  Well, they slowly build over time.  Many of them have distinct stories in which they came into our care, or have a special meaning to us.  Then, there is the other decorations that were a great end-of-the-year holiday sale.  HINT: When I knew we would be living together, I bought a majority of our ornaments post-holiday sale from Crate and Barrel and saved a ton!

Even though I haven’t put all of the 7 totes to good use, I want to welcome you into our home and give you a holiday home tour of our cozy space.  I hope you don’t mind, but I am sharing a few memories and stories with you as well.

Disclaimer: This is a Jeannine-written post.  Chuck loves spending the holidays with our family and decorations are barely on his radar.  Decorating our apartment is left to me, which is probably for the better. 

At Home With The O'Neils - heart ornament

Heart ornament – This is definitely an ornament that is close to my heart (pun intended).  Whenever I put it on the tree, I make sure it’s placed in a spot that I can see at all times.  When my cousin married her husband, she moved to Italy, which is where he was stationed in the Air Force.  On her first Christmas overseas, she sent me this Artisan, hand-painted ornament.  What is so special about this particular ornament is that it’s painted from the inside out.  As you can see, the design is so intricate with tiny details.  I love having this homemade ornament on my tree that has traveled across the world.

At Home With The O'Neils - angel ornment

Angel Ornament – Every Sunday growing up we would have 4 o’clock tea at my Grandparents’ house.  My cousin Nancy and her sister Rhonda would come over.  Dinner was served promptly at 6. Following dinner, we would talk, do some sort of activity and do word puzzles at the end of the night.  It was during one of those weekly gatherings I made this ornament and still remember assembling my angel from the do-it-yourself kit.

At Home With The O'Neils - Chuck Ornament

Chuck’s Baby Ornament – Growing up I hated the ornaments my Parents’ accumulated through the years and wanted a festive, themed holiday tree (think Martha Stewart in training).  Often I would hide my ornaments or “forget” to hang them.  When we moved, I didn’t bring any of my childhood ornaments.  However, when my Mother-In-Law gave us sweet decorations like this, I couldn’t resist putting them on our tree.

At Home With The O'Neils - Bear Topper

Bear Topper – I have an obsession with bears.  Black bears, teddy bears, it doesn’t matter.  There is just something so sweet about them.  My mother got me hooked on a Boyd’s Bear fix.  This little guy came with his own mini tree and ornaments.  The tree didn’t make it out of the bins, but he found his way to the top of our tree.  Isn’t he just the cutest?!

AT Home With The O'Neils - Black BearsBlack Bears – Yes, the obsession carries over to these guys. I can’t remember if I bought them or put them on the Christmas present wishlist. They clearly had too much fun with the eggnog and I crack up every time I walk by them. .

AT Home With The O'Neils - Deer

Reindeer – The bear love has carried over to woodland creatures.  These guys are so elegant and add grace to our living room decor.  Living in New England, you will see a deer prance around every now and then.  They are just majestic animals and it is such a treat to see.  These decorations were a Christmas present that became lost (hard to believe with all my decorations) and didn’t make it out into the open until two years later.  I make sure they are stowed in the proper tote to entertain us each year.

Snowman Ornament

Mam’s Snowman – This was my paternal grandmother’s (Mam) decoration.  After she passed, we were clearing out her house and I took this for my home.  Her birthday was Dec. 1st and one year she found herself in the hospital.  Someone bought this for her to cheer her up and I bring him out every year in homage to her.

AT Home With The O'Neils - Elves

Mam’s Ugly Elves – I don’t know why I have these little guys.  They don’t match my decor.  However, they remind me of the happier times at my grandmother’s house.  So I take them out every year and try to find the perfect spot to display them.

AT Home With The O'Neils - Snowman Snowglobe

Snowman Snow Globe –  I am lucky enough to have my birthday at the end of November.  Two years ago, Chuck gave me a day full of shopping.  It started with breakfast at our favorite place, then onto shopping.  While we were walking back to our car, it started to snow.  It was so magical.  I love when it snows on my birthday.  We were shopping at Kohls when I saw this, and I had to have it to commemorate the perfect birthday.

At Home With The O'Neils - White Christmas Snow Globe

White Christmas Snow Globe – There once was a time when I collected Snow Globes.  Then the wrong bin was placed in the outside storage and the ever-changing New England weather caused them to shatter.  I lost all of my Snow Globes except for this one.  I think that this one was an Avon special my mother had bought for both of my grandmothers.  The music box no longer works and it has a more vintage feel to it.  However, it still holds special memories of my grandparents around the holidays.

That is it! Thanks for stopping by and taking our tour.  We wish you a very happy holiday season.  Hopefully you can sit back, relax and enjoy this fabulous, family-filled holiday!

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Happy Holiday From The O'Neils

An Ode, A Ring and Some Memories

The holidays are here! Can you believe it? I mean wear did November go? I blinked (and didn’t blog) and it was over! Today is a very special day for me, it would have been my grandmother’s birthday. I was very close to my Dad’s mother who passed away 12 years ago. My paternal grandparents lived in the house in front of us and I had the luxury of seeing them everyday. My grandfather passed away when I was 17, my grandmother passed when I was 19. I was extremely close to both of them but closer to “Mam” in particular. Perhaps it was because our birthdays were just 3 days apart and we had similar Sagittarian qualities. Or the fact she had two sons and I was one the closest things she had to a daughter. Or most likely I saw her everyday of my life.

Our bond is unbreakable. I think of her often and am at peace knowing she is watching over me. This is the bond I have. I am lucky to be surrounded by reminders, little seeds that she planted when she was alive.

  • Whenever I bake, I feel her presence and think of the things she used to say to me. “You will think of me someday after I have passed and know this is wise advice.”
  • I must have afternoon tea, a habit she got me into.
  • Anytime, I see a cardinal, I look for its mate. Something she always did, when I see the pairing, I like to think it is her and my grandfather together.
  • And this beauty.

She gave me this ring. I remember the day clearly. I had to have been 12 years old. It was a Saturday morning, she was making her bed and I was over visiting and playing in her jewelry box. I loved the ring so much and would always try it on. This was the day she told me I could have it. I always dreamed I would be proposed with this ring. Any my husband caught onto the many hints I left.

The original center stone, blue zircon was cracked. We had to replace the stone and added diamonds per my step mother-in-law’s gift to make it more like an engagement ring. To this day, I receive so many compliments and I love it because not only is it authentic and has many special memories attached. She is with me wherever I go and is never far away. I am truly blessed to have had such a kindred spirit in my life.

Have you every experienced a relationship with another, where after they pass you still think about them everyday?