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Liebster Award! What what?

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Sooo… I woke up this morning to find that Xiomara from It’s Friday let’s Bake had nominated my blog for a Liebster Award – how awesome is that?!!  Thank you so much Xiomara!

If you haven’t, please take the time to visit her blog and check out some of her gorgeous desserts and baked goods!  This fellow “Hoosier transplant” really knows how to make your mouth water!

I have to admit, I had to read up on what a Liebster Award was all about but now that I have a better idea, I’m so very excited to be nominated and look forward to other’s answers!


11 RANDOM FACTS ABOUT ME

  1.  I am an East Coast girl.
  2.  I have moved 12 times in my life.
  3.  My favorite vacation destinations are Disney World and Las Vegas.
  4.  I LOVE to cook and try new foods.
  5.  I have lost 80+ lbs. in three years.
  6.  I have never had a broken bone (knock on wood).
  7.  The best friend I have now, I’ve known since Kindergarten.
  8.  I met my significant other online.
  9.  I didn’t start eating green peppers until I was 43 years old.
  10.  My girls grew up in the same house that I grew up in.
  11.  I’m an only child.

11 QUESTIONS FOR ME:

Q. Why did you start blogging?  A. Originally I started blogging to write down things I didn’t want to forget, but some how it morphed into more of a food blog, hence the tag line about making up my mind.
Q. Assuming money was not an issue, what is the one thing you’re dying to do?  A. Travel.  I just want to travel.  Constantly, in every possible way to every possible place.  And safely! 
Q. What is one international food dish you would love to make or want to learn to make?  A. Sushi, that’s a pretty easy decision.  I’ve made it once and eh, it was ok, but I’d like to make different kinds and be proficient at making it.
Q. What’s your favorite style of music?  A. I like all types of music, but my favorite style would have to be Top 40 – whatever is popular at the time.  My all time favorite music is 1970’s music, but I don’t think that’s a “style”.
Q. What is your favorite season and why?  A. Spring.  I love the temperatures that spring brings and it really is a rebirth.  I feel like all things are possible in the spring.
Q. Do you have any pets? If no, are there any pets you would like?  A. Oh yes, we have a dog, 3 cats and a fish!  I love all animals, but we’re pretty much up to capacity here!  I have always wanted a horse and a pig though!
Q. What’s the most important thing in your life?  A. My relationship with my children and with my better half.  They are my reason for living.
Q. What is your favorite dessert?  A.  That’s a tough question.  My favorite desserts are ones with creamy fillings, creme brûlée, eclairs.  I don’t think there’s actually a dessert I would turn down.
Q. Can you bake? Do you like to bake?  A.  I can bake and I love to bake!  Baking is my favorite and I know it’s my kids favorite!  I love to bake cookies and cupcakes especially but I’m not very good at baking cakes from scratch.  I always think they come out too dense, I like light and fluffy. 
Q. What are your hobbies?  A.  I don’t know that I really have hobbies any more since I bounce from one thing to another like I have ADHD, but I love to cook, bake, experiment in the kitchen, I love to take photos, I like to travel and read.  Life is really busy right now, planning for college, a wedding, vacations…all hobbies in some capacity I suppose.
Q. What have you read or listened to recently that touched you?  A. I’m reading a lot about preparing your children to leave for college, I think the realization that that time is coming up quickly is touching me – hard!  I become teary eyed at the thought that my babies aren’t babies anymore!  It’s kinda scary!


11 QUESTIONS FOR MY NOMINEES:

  1. Why did you start blogging?
  2. What is the theme of the blogs you follow the most?
  3. Whom do you feel has been the biggest influence in your life?
  4. If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?
  5. What would be your last meal?
  6. If you could be known for one thing, what would it be?
  7. What was the last thing that made you really laugh out loud?
  8. If you could change one thing about your life, what would it be?
  9. Do you drink – beer, wine or liquor?  If so what?
  10. Do you think you’ll still be blogging 10 years from now?
  11. What’s your favorite thing to do when you have down time to yourself?

10 Liebster Award Nominations (in no particular order)!

https://greattastebuds.wordpress.com – warm kitchen; great food
https://spaulyseasonalservings.com/
https://inspirethemom.com – enjoying motherhood together
https://thecakechica.com – organic cooking; from scratch baking
https://noplatelikehome.com – inspiring tasty cooking & DIY for a busy life
https://grace2882.wordpress.com – living low carb for a healthier me!
https://sistersweetly.wordpress.com – living the sweet life one Saturday at a time
https://emotionalweightloss.wordpress.com – shedding the emotional blubber
https://cherichat.wordpress.com – marriage, mayhem and mirth
https://vanishingcoastalgeorgia.com – photographs by Brian Brown


The Official Rules Of The Liebster Award:

If you have been nominated for The Liebster Award and you choose to accept it, write a blog post about the award and in it you will:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you, and post a link to their blog on your blog.

  2. Display the award on your blog — by including it in your post and/or displaying it using a “widget” or a “gadget”. (Note that the best way to do this is to save the image to your own computer and then upload it to your blog post.)

  3. Answer 11 questions about yourself, which will be provided to you by the person who nominated you.

  4. Provide 11 random facts about yourself.

  5. Nominate 5 – 11 blogs that you feel deserve the award, who have a less than 1100 followers. (I’ve seen the number of followers vary)

  6. Create a new list of 11 questions for the nominated bloggers to answer.

  7. List these rules in your post, feel free to copy and paste from here.

Once you have written and published it, you must:

Inform the people/blogs that you nominated that they have been nominated for the Liebster award and provide a link for them to your post so that they can learn about it (they might not have ever heard of it!)

To Merge or Not to Merge?

Good morning!  Today is one of those days that I have about a zillion things to do and I’m going to cram EVERY BIT OF IT into 5 minutes!!  I’ve always worked better under pressure…well, ok that’s not true, but I do work faster under pressure.

We’re having company for dinner, which really doesn’t happen very often so I’m freaking out.  Gotta get everything on the list done – TODAY!  Oil change on the van, kids registered for college, basement painted, I can get a little nutso.   I do have the menu planned and I already know what my day will consist of;cooking, cleaning, yard work and decorations if I have time.  Oh and I really need to make a screen for Finn’s bowl, since Molly is steadily drinking the water out of it.  I just do not understand that cat, she is really really weird.

I think because I’m so “OCD” I couldn’t sleep last night looking forward to today’s preparations.  Or it could have been the full moon, I don’t really know – but here it is – today – and I’m already stalling out.  I’ve been goofing around on the computer and haven’t done a thing I should be doing.

Right now, I am trying to decide if I should merge my two wordpress accounts into one (I mean that IS absolutely of critical importance prior to company arriving!)  I have this one and one for weight loss.  The one for weight loss doesn’t seem to receive as much attention as this one, from me or from readers.  Thoughts?  I mean most people only read one or two posts at a time anyway, right?  And if people aren’t interested in weight loss or recipes they can skip the post, right?  Initially I separated the two as more of a privacy thing, but now they kinda intertwine anyway.  Ok, so that’s settled, LOL.  Thanks!  And now, it’s time to get moving and think up that new blog name!  Y’all have a terrific Friday!!

xoxo

The Weekly Waffle

I’ve been on a waffle kick for a while now and although I already own a small square waffle iron – thanks to my mother, I decided to purchase a Belgian waffle maker.  I just think they make the prettiest waffles!  And since this IS supposedly a Waffle Blog…I felt quite justified in my purchase.  And now I can make prettier, fluffier and more photogenic waffles to share with you!  Goals my friends, goals.

Sadly I must admit, the diet I am on does not allow me to partake in the consumption of said fluffy, pretty, photogenic waffles, but…I can taste them and since both of my daughters are fairly vocal when it comes to food, it’s a sure bet I’ll hear whether they are worth posting!

These, according to my girls and my own small taste test, just happened to be winners (and they did photograph nicely too)!!

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Lemon Poppy Seed Waffles with Lemon Curd
This made 5 waffles and the recipe was adapted from Yes to Yolks.

2 large eggs, separated
1 3/4 c. buttermilk
1/3 c. canola oil
3 T. sugar
3 T. lemon curd*
zest of 1 lemon
2 t. vanilla
4 t. poppy seeds
2 c. all purpose flour
4 t. baking powder
1/2 t. salt

*I used jarred Dickinson’s Lemon Curd, which I always keep on hand and regular maple syrup since my kids didn’t seem too jazzed about the original blueberry syrup idea.  (If I had been eating them I would have definitely had to have the blueberry syrup!)

Separate the eggs and reserve the whites. To the yolks, add the buttermilk, oil, sugar, lemon curd, lemon zest, and vanilla and mix well to combine everything. Stir together the poppy seeds, flour, baking powder, and salt in another bowl and then mix into the wet ingredients.

Using a whisk or hand blender, beat the egg whites until fluffy (soft peaks should form when you lift out the beaters/whisk). Gently fold the egg whites into the batter.

Preheat the waffle iron and spray with nonstick cooking spray. Pour mixture onto the waffle iron when hot (amount will depend on your iron). Cook according to manufacturer directions (usually a couple minutes per side). Serve warm topped with additional lemon curd, fresh blueberries, whipped cream, powdered sugar, and syrup.

Next time I make these, I will add blueberries to the waffles themselves and see how that turns out!

Have a terrific Monday everyone and as always Enjoy!

xoxo

A Bit Off Kilter

What do you think?  Better, more calming to look at?  I never know what’s visually appealing to others.  I suppose I just want something that doesn’t make anyone ill when they look at it.  Most blogs that I read are more of a neutral color.  Thought I’d update it, see if it made my food look any more appealing, ha!

So first, let me tell you how absent minded I’ve been – on the chance, that you too have been in the same situation recently.  Perhaps we won’t feel so alone if you realize that someone else is struggling to remember their own first name.

Friday morning, the alarm went off, I turned over and wondered to myself why isn’t he getting up?  He NEVER lies in bed once the alarm goes off.  He said, “are you ready to get up?”  Yep, let’s go.  We mosey on into the kitchen, I start the coffee and I take the stuff out of the refrigerator to make his lunch.  He looks at me as if I’ve grown three heads overnight and says, “I don’t work today”.  Ugh…light – bulb.  Wow, he had to remind me that he didn’t have to work.  That’s bad.

Saturday evening, I told the girls that we were having company for Easter and they needed to make sure to go to bed early, blah blah blah.  I made the comment, “well, you have school Monday.”  My youngest said, “No, we don’t!  We have another week!”  And I said, “No, you don’t.”  She panicked and had this wild look in her eyes.  She started running around, yammering about the calendar, she looks at the kitchen calendar – nothing, she grabs her iPad and looks up the school calendar…sure enough, they have another week.  At this point, I’m feeling like dumb and dumber.  This isn’t me.  I’m usually more on top of things and at least have some idea of what’s going on!  I feel like I’m here but my brain’s taking a short unscheduled vacation!

Easter was, to put it kindly, fine.  It wasn’t exactly the exciting family day I had envisioned, but it was sunny and warm so that made it wonderful in itself.  It was in the 70’s, which I was so thrilled about.  I’m tired of the cold, I’m ready for some comfortable warm weather.  (Next thing I know it’ll be flame on around here and you won’t be able to go outside.)

Easter dinner consisted of a baked ham with mustard and brown sugar glaze, duchess potatoes (that failed), creamed spinach*, sautéed corn bacon & scallions , angelic deviled eggs* and I even went out on a limb and heated up some King’s Hawaiian rolls!!  I was going to go the distance and make hot cross buns, but I simply didn’t have it in me.  I made carrot cake cupcakes*, an angel berry trifle and a lemon meringue pie.  The majority was eaten up and everyone complimented and said it was delicious. (I will post the recipes for the creamed spinach, the deviled eggs & the cupcakes in the next post.)

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We had the better half’s father and step-mother over so it was an intimate Easter dinner.  I served the food and his step-mom looked at the plate and turned up her nose.  I said, I know you don’t like spinach but you have to at least try it.  (She said the same thing when I made spinach bites one time, but she kept going back for more and couldn’t believe it was spinach!)  She said, I don’t like corn and I don’t like spinach.  I thought, oh terrific – at least there’s dessert!  She wound up eating everything and telling me it was all very good.  I have to laugh, she’s 84 and a real hoot.  I can only hope that I’m as “with it” at 60 as she is at 84.

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Today is being spent with the kids and their friends, doing family friendly activities before Spring Break is over.  I hope everyone has a fantabulous day!

xoxo

Letting Go

So today is one of those days.  One of those days where I get to give up being a parent – temporarily.  Don’t get me wrong, in some ways it’s a godsend, a termination of responsibilities for a period…or for lack of a better word, a break.  I know a lot of parents don’t get these breaks/respites and personally, I’m not really a fan, but…this is what happens when you are divorced…and you have children.

I don’t like putting my children on a plane, I don’t like waving goodbye, I don’t like letting them go.  A mother shouldn’t have to be away from her children, she shouldn’t have to be without her children, at least until her children are “able” to be without her, when they’re independent and ready to be without her.

I enjoy my time with my significant other, I enjoy being an adult sans kids, but that wasn’t the role I signed up for. I wanted them, I wanted to be a mom and I wanted to be and go places with them.  This wasn’t the version of the life I chose.  But it’s the hand I’ve been dealt, this is the one I must endure. I just hope they know how difficult it is for me to let go and that it’s tough and I so hope for them that history doesn’t repeat itself and they don’t have to experience the sacrifice that I must every time…I wave goodbye.

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Cookbook Selection

I am in the process of switching phones – again.  This weekend my family and I went bike riding, my phone was on top of my sweatshirt and when I pulled my sweatshirt out of my bike basket, it decided to bite the big one on the sidewalk.

Aside from that traumatic incident, I selected my cookbooks this week and have already been using them!  I will post more later, but just wanted to share my distress and my success!

Hope everyone’s having a great week!

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