Share Your World – 2014 Week 44

It’s another week of Share Your World 2014 thanks to Cee at Cee’s Photography.  I just love the questions she comes up with each week and these haven’t failed me!

What is your most vivid memory of the kitchen in your childhood? Always helping my mom “tir”.  Actually, doing anything with my mom in the kitchen as well as making cinnamon rolls with my Grandma S!

As a child, who was your favorite relative? Oh, I don’t know..that is so hard.  My Grandpa S was one of my favorite people because I spent so much time with him as a young child.  My brother was my ever present playmate, My aunt & uncle were pseudo-parents who did all the spoiling.  I was raised with a pretty awesome family surrounding me!

What did you or did nost like about the first apartment you ever rented? I loved the space of my first apartment. It was big and open, had all new flooring.  What did I not like about it?  Probably dealing with other people’s noises and smells.  As far as the apartment goes, I loved it and still have an ache (every once in awhile) for that apartment and the independence it brought me!

What kind of TV commercial would you like to make? Describe it. Funny…definitely funny!  Life is too short to be serious about things like commercials!

Bonus question: What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? I’m grateful for two step-sons who have accepted me for me and have welcomed me into their lives without question!  It’s one of the greatest feelings in the world!  What am I looking forward to?  I’m looking forward to “double date night” with another couple this weekend…we’ve been trying to make our schedules match for months and we finally got it done!!


Don’t forget:  Comments for a Cause: For everyone comment on my blog this month, I’ll be donating 50 cents to the Franklin County Food Bank!

#TastyTuesday: Comfort Foods

Toast Squares! A piece of bread, toasted, cut into four equal squares: one with cinnamon & sugar, one with peanut butter, one with jelly, and one with just butter on it. Now, take it times 2! That was my ultimate comfort food when I was little! My mom would make it for me whenever I asked. Nothing gourmet, but it was my blankie of foodies if you will! I crave it right now just talking about it. But, for it to be the best, my mom MUST make it for me!


Comments for a Cause: Franklin County Food Pantry

My dear friend and fellow blogger, Beth Ann, of It’s Just Life,  recently prompted the #NorthIowaBloggers  to dedicate the month of November to giving back to our local food pantries! I was so excited about this as I was already thinking of donating to the local Food Pantry this month.

Photo courtesy of Beth Ann Chiles of "It's Just Life"
Photo courtesy of Beth Ann Chiles of “It’s Just Life”

 To add to the excitement, I will be participating in Comments for a Cause for the first time in my blogging history!  I will be giving all donations to the Franklin County Food Pantry!  I will also be collecting donations for non-perishable food items to donate to the both the Hawkeye Harvest Food Bank & the Franklin County Food Pantry (this will be done as a group)!  The Bloggers have decided to join forces and divide and conquer!  We want to give back to all!  So, if you’d like to make a donation, feel free to shoot me a message at or visit the #NorthIowaBloggers facebook page and let us know!  We’d be happy to make pick up arrangements or whatever is needed.  Beth Ann has comprised a list of the most needed items in the food banks!  !

Most Needed Items

Green beans
Tomato Sauce
Mac & Cheese
Toilet paper
Baking Items
Cream of Mushroom soup
Cream of Chicken soup
Peanut butter

I’m so excited to be a part of this great cause, so don’t forget…for every comment on my blog this month, I will donate 50 cents to the Franklin County Food Pantry!  And, if you want to donate goods, let me know and I’ll pick them up!  Happy November!

Share Your World 2014-Week 43

I love the questions that Cee of Cee’s Photography comes up with each week for this! I’m excited to give you another week of Share Your World!

What is your favorite time of day? I’m definintely a morning person as that is when I would prefer to rise and get my run in and start my day in the quiet before anyone else is awake, but I also really like 5:20PM, as that is about the time I arrive home after work and get to catch up on the day with T!  I love sharing everything about my life with T and so reconnecting each day does my heart good!

What’s your favorite charitable cause and why? So many, but probably Hospice.  Not only was my mom employed by them for so many years, we used their services with loved ones and they do such wonderful things to help preserve and cherish the last moments of life!

How do you like to spend a rainy day? At home, curled up on the couch with the fireplace going, watching movies with T & the boys!  Doing nothing is the most important!!  Or, taking a nap in the camper with the sound of rain on the roof!

When writing by hand do you prefer to use a pencil or pen?Pen absolutely!  I prefer blue or any color ink other than black, but it absolutely must be a gel pen!

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? I am grateful for my new job that has taken a huge burden off my shoulders that my last one had put on!  I’m grateful for a boss that is supportive and encouraging and helps me grow!  Looking forward this week I am excited to share one of the few “girly things” in my life, my home-based business, Jamberry Nails, with people at a Holiday Shopping Extravaganza & another Holiday vendor event next weekend!

Rotel Hotdish: A One Pan Meal

Rotel Hotdish is an oldie but goodie in our home and has previously been here on the blog as one of my very first recipes.  Because of this, it was rough around the edges and so I knew it was time for a refresh and update…not only to the pictures, but to the recipe as well.

rotel 2

The boys (all three of them) in my house are picky.  As a result, when I find a recipe that is a hit in our house, it becomes a staple.  This One-Pan Rotel Hotdish is one of those! While, I don’t like to eat the same thing over and over and over (unless it’s a good brownie and milk), T eats the same things over and over!!  As a result, I’ve been making this for a couple years now and while the original recipe was a great Pinterest find, I have tweaked it to make it my own!


Do I Need A Therapist?

I’m not sure there isn’t a woman in today’s world (or probably ever) that hasn’t thought this!  Do I need a therapist?  Am I just being a normal neurotic woman?  Am I really ready to go off the deep end?  Would the therapist just laugh at me and say “this is life sweetie, deal with it”?  Lately I’ve found myself thinking these things.  I’ve thought this for several reasons, so hang on…



Share Your World-2014, Week 42

Following up on the last couple weeks and getting the questions from Cee over at Cee’s Photography, here is my installment of Share Your World-2014.

What would be your preference, awake before dawn or awake before noon? I’m definitely an awake before the the dawn gal.  My alarm usually goes off around 5AM when I rise to get my morning run or workout in.  I love the freshness in the air and the feeling of accomplishment so early on in the day.  By 8PM, I’m almost done for!

If you could choose between Wisdom and Luck, which one would you pick? Wisdom!  Wisdom is sustainable while luck is temporary!

If you were given the opportunity for free skydiving lessons would you take them? Why or why not? Doubtful.  I wouldn’t’ say that I’m much of a risk taker or a dare devil.  I prefer to know that my feet are firmly planted on the ground!  And yet…when we went zip lining, I loved it and I want to do it again!

Is the glass half empty or half full? What is in the glass? I’m definitely a glass half full kind of person.  This isn’t to say that I’m out of touch with reality, but I tend to lean on the positive and upbeat over negative and down any day of the week!

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?  I’m grateful that my step-sons have such an awesome relationship with my parents and vice versa.  My parents have welcomed them as if they were blood grandsons and while the boys wouldn’t have to accept my parents as one of their many sets of grandparents, they do and I know how happy that makes my parents!  It’s a win win for everyone!  I truly believe that kids can’t have enough adults that love them!  Coming up this week, I’m looking forward to the opportunity to party during the Spa-Aah Night out at Country Heritage Bed & Breakfast with my Jamberry Nails!  It’s such a fun time for ladies!


Stay tuned for next weeks questions & answers!