Real Neat Blog Award


I normally do not do these awards but I have been struggling lately and though this may be a fun way to kick-start me back into writing more. It is taking the time to physically sit down and actually write my blog that seems to be the issue. I am keeping myself too busy lately…

Wow! What I Have Learned in 5 Years of Blogging


I actually began this blog in 2012 but didn’t really start writing until the following year. 2012 was a year of turmoil for us. We got married (again, legally this time), my partner lost her job in a company buy-out, she got a new job in Michigan, we moved 600 miles to a super small…

How are Your New Year Goals Going? Determination!


So now that we are a three weeks into January how are those goals going? Have you totally abandoned them yet? Now is the time to adjust and make them something you can live with rather than far-reaching unrealistic expectations. Writing your blog every single day? Increasing your presence on social media? Facebook? Twitter? or…

Smashing My Blog Goals and Setting New Ones


I have so much to say thank you to all of you for. Every year I set goals for my blog in how I want to do things and yes, even the dreaded numbers. Despite a computer crash in September and being only able to post using my phone and tablet I kept going. Lots…

My Most Popular Posts of 2017 and Blog Share!


The title of this is the best of 2017 but I guess it should be the most popular posts of 2017. One of my top recipes this year has been for the Reuben Style Hawaiian Slider Sandwiches from June 2016 (click for link to original post). These little sliders are still my favorite of all…

Purposefully to a New Touchstone


Rather than make resolutions for the past few years I have chosen a guiding word that I try to focus my mind and energy on each year. My guiding word for this year has been purposefully. It was the word I chose last December to be the guiding force for my decisions and life this…

Thank You to Each and Everyone of You!


Google images: Today is a big day for my blog. Today I will surpass the total number of views, likes, and visitors from 2016. Thank you to each and every one of you who stopped by, liked and commented on my blog. It truly means so much to me! I know as bloggers we try…

A Different Perspective


I went to see “Field of Dreams” at our local cinema this week. I had a vague recollection of seeing this movie when it first came out in 1989. I knew, “If you build it they will come,” and that it was about fulfilling your destiny. But, as I watched the movie I sat and…

A Few Things I Have Learned with My Blog


When I was little I used to love to play with food. Often to the exasperation of my mother who would say how expensive all that food and ingredients were. I understand that now, I didn’t then. You don’t want to waste your food budget on items that don’t taste good or use exotic ingredients…

Hello to New Friends


Last Saturday I attended the US Bloggers Bash in Schaumburg, Illinois. It was only 90 miles away and I was excited to attend. I have followed  the UK Blogger Bash for the past several years and I was hoping to meet new bloggers, get some ideas of how they blog, and maybe make a friend…

Blogging Friends


I have been thinking quite a bit about friendship lately. One of the blogger’s that I follow regularly Spearfruit (Terry) (click for link to blog) has been battling cancer for while now. We have all followed along with him sending good thoughts and prayers for healing and pain-free days. When he wrote yesterday that he…

Revisiting My New Year’s Resolution


pur·pose·ful·ly ˈpərpəsfəlē/ adverb   in a way that shows determination or resolve. “Rachael takes the lead, striding purposefully towards the door” with a useful purpose. “how is it possible to share information effectively and purposefully with project partners?” I chose Purposefully for my word of the year. This word was to guide all my decisions…