Checking In: Day 63


Day 63 – Nine weeks. Still waiting for warmer weather. I think if we could get out in the yard or out on the porches in the sunshine life would at least feel a bit better. This week the temperature struggled to get to 50 degrees. Most days it was 40 which isn’t bad but…

My 18th Summer


Last year I wrote a blog about how we only have 18 summers with our children before they head out on their own. This is the year of my 18th summer with my daughter. I am happy. I am proud. I am sad. I am a little bit of every emotion depending on what is…

5 Summer Salads


It is the season of picnics, fireworks, and parties. I have picked out a few of our favorite salads for today and the few weeks ahead. We love Balsamic vinegar and one of our favorite potato salads is this Balsamic Roasted Red Potato Salad (click for link to recipe). It can be served warm or…

Eighteen Summers


Someone said this to me the other day, “All we get is eighteen summers with them.” That hit me like a ton of bricks. I never thought about it in those terms. I am very aware that my daughter is ending her junior year of high school and her brother is ending his eighth grade…

What Did You Do This Past Weekend?


My daughter and I spent the last weekend together at the Wisconsin Springtime Feis and the Celtic Spirit Feis. I love spending time in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. My daughter laughed at me as we drove into the city and said, “I could live here.”  She told me I say that every time we drive into a…

My Top 20 Summer Bucket List


I don’t have a bucket list, maybe I should, but it seems a bit overwhelming. I decided to start small with a summer bucket list. Sunset picnic on the beach with a nice glass of wine. Visit a farmer’s market and find ingredients to make a non-planned dinner with what we find. Visit one new…

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.…

Back to School


Sunday is the day I talk about my family. Who we are and why we chose to do the things we do. Yes, those are some decorations from our town last fall. Autumn is coming far too quickly for me. I see many posts about children going back to school and it makes me sad….

Blueberry Angel Food Cake


Dessert for dinner. Yes, this is really what we ate for dinner. Our house air conditioner stopped working sometime yesterday and when we arrived home it was almost 80 degrees in the house. We turned the air down, checked the filters, turned it off and on and nothing. Ugh. So, it was too late to…

Bacon Ranch Potato Salad


My children do not like mayonnaise potato salad.  Once in a while I can get them to eat a bite or two if I add lots of eggs and mustard to it.  When I saw this recipe I knew my children would like it.  There is almost no mayonnaise in it.  Plus, it had the…

Small Town Living – Memorial Day Weekend


This weekend is the “official” start of tourist season in our area. The signs of summer are everywhere here. The PGA Senior Golf Tournament is in town and people are swimming in the lake already. I smelled a barbecue starting earlier this morning and see signs of graduation parties all around town. The “Bugs at…