The Love of a Pet!

The other day I was prepping for my Wordless Wednesday post and I couldn’t help but think that I needed to post a picture of the one aspect of my life that has been left out thus far, my fur baby Nike!  She is a mamma’s girl and I don’t know what I would do without her.  She truly is a part of our family.  We are each others companions.

The many faces of Nike
The many faces of Nike

What I Give Her:

  • Food
  • Water
  • Walks/Runs
  • Kisses, cuddles, & lots of petting
  • A warm cozy house to sleep in

What She Gives Me:

  • Kisses
  • Cuddles
  • Complete & Unconditional Love
  • A companion for my early morning runs & walks
  • Complete & Unconditional Love
  • Complete Adoration
  • My assistant in the kitchen (of course this may be because she’s led by her belly)
  • Complete & Unconditional Love
  • Kisses


Ok, so maybe the list of what she gives me has some repeats on it, but it’s all true.  Growing up we always had dogs outside, on the farm, so I never knew the kind of connection that I have with Ms. Nike Lou.  I’ve told T repeatedly that when something happens to her he’s going to have

She's a princess and a baby, all rolled into one!
She’s a princess and a baby, all rolled into one!

to get me meds and he laughs…I’m serious.  While my husband is my best friend and my mom is a close second, this furry little girl of mine is my best friend on a different level.  She knows when I just need some snuggles and love.  She knows when I need kisses and attention.  She really did fill a void in my life that I didn’t even know existed.  I guess that’s all part of Learning As I Go!

Do you have a fur baby that is your world?


Tasty Tuesday: Scalloped Corn by Amy Hild

I’m so excited to welcome Amy Hild of Modern Rural Living as a guest to my blog for Tasty Tuesday!  While she’s sharing this as her favorite recipe, it also happens to be one of T’s favorite!!  I hope you enjoy it as much as they do!

I’d like to start this post off  by introducing myself. My name is Amy and I blog over at Modern Rural Living.  Katy asked me to guest blog today and I couldn’t be more happy that she asked me to be apart of such a fun day. I love talking beauty and makeup over at my blog, but I’m also a huge fan of food! I am an aspiring foodie and someday I want to have a dinner club, just like the one my parents are apart of.

Since it’s now autumn, the leaves are changing and temperatures are dropping, everyone is starting to think the upcoming holidays. I know Halloween is the next “holiday”, but I’m skipping ahead and thinking about Thanksgiving.collage

There are so many reasons why I love Thanksgiving; new beginnings, togetherness, thankfulness, and most of all, the food and leftovers. At my family get together’s, the sides are what I am most excited about. My aunt makes the all time best mashed potatoes ever and my mother-in-law makes the best scalloped-corn.

Since my fiancée, his family and I just finished up freezing 160 quarts of freezer corn, you think it’d be safe to say that I am sick of corn. Wrong!  With all that freezer corn, all I can think about is the delicious scalloped corn that I can make. I’m not sure that I can wait till thanksgiving to make it so I’m thinking this is going to be a favorite fall recipe of mine.

Scalloped Corn. Serves 10, Time: 1 hour;  Difficulty: Easycorn


  • 3 – 10oz can of creamed corn
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup of crushed cracker crumbs, I like using Ritz
  • 2 Tbsp. butter, melted.
  • ¼ tsp. pepper


  • Preheat over to 350°
  • Grease a casserole dish with butter
  • In a mixing bowl, combine the creamed corn, eggs, ¼ cup of the melted butter and half of the cracker crumbs.
  • Add this mixture to the casserole dish.
  • In another bowl, mix the rest of the melted butter, cracker crumbs and
  • Sprinkle the crumb topping over the casserole.
  • Bake at 350° for 40-45 minutes. (Until topping browns and edges of the corn are bubbly)



Oreo Taste-Test: North Iowa Bloggers Style

Last Thursday, I attended another North Iowa Bloggers get-together!  I love them!  I love the get-togethers and I love the bloggers.  I love the foods I get to try and I love everything about them (other than they are too far apart and never long enough)!!

The last time we got together for a dinner was to try the new test flavors of Lay’s Potato chips!  This time it was to celebrate all the fall birthdays in our group as well as to taste test a variety of Oreo flavors!  Now, I used to be a BIG fan of Oreos.  There wasn’t a night that I didn’t

My "usie" with #FlatDonna & #FlatLaura
My “usie” with #FlatDonna & #FlatLaur

have 3-4 Double Stuff Oreos with a glass of milk, but lately I’d shied away from them due to to what is (in my opinion) a change of consistency and make up!  But, how could I say no to a get together with these ladies and trying different flavors?  There were six of us total (physically) and 2 flat versions of 2 missing bloggers!  We must represent them when they are gone!


It’s the Little Things…

A week or so ago on a Friday, T & I had gotten steaks out of the freezer to thaw.  (We buy a half beef at a time and feel guilty if we don’t use it multiple times a week)!  After getting home from work we sat around for a little bit and talked about our days.  I have to admit that this is something that we haven’t done in awhile because I’d been so stressed at my past job that all I did was complain and it obviously wasn’t fun to talk to me.  So, to just sit and share stories of our day and talk about things was refreshing.