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…

Chicago – Blogapalooza Event!


Hi everyone! I hope all is well! I just wanted to remind those who want to attend the U.S. Blogapalooza in Chicago on Aug. 26…I need to pay the deposit to reserve the restaurant by early next week. I will need $5.50 for every guest attending by Monday, May 1. I can accept payments via…

U.S. Blogging Event Details


Originally posted on Life of an El Paso Woman:
Chicago Prime Italian Hi everyone. First of all, I want to say thank you so much for your patience and support! I’m excited to say we finally have a location for the first U.S. Blogging Event! Please feel free to reblog and/or share on social media.…

#My First Post Revisited Challenge – A Moo Goo Gai Pan Recipe


My First Post Revisited – January 24, 2012 The first day of our new game was a rousing success.   To celebrate the Chinese New Year I found a recipe for Moo Goo Gai Pan at Allrecipes.com. The recipe itself was fairly simple to make: Ingredients 1 tablespoon vegetable oil 1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms 2…

My Daughter’s New Dance Blog


Over the Weekend I competed at the Lavin-Cassidy feis on both Friday and Saturday, and I have to say this might be one of the better competitions I have been to so far. Many of my likes and dislikes will be similar for both days because it was pretty much the same feis, but I…

Four Years Later: Share Your Social Media


Four years ago I began blogging. It was really rough the first year. We were getting married (again), moving and I was trying to figure the whole blogging thing out. My photography was horrible and my writing was sporadic. I didn’t know how to blog, network or publicize my blog. I was a mess. But,…