Posted in Around Town, Blog, Finance, Self

Well, That Didn’t Go As Planned

Lies, just all lies.  I can’t do anything on a regular basis apparently, as here it is 4 months later!!  Everything that I enjoy online is hit or miss, wordpress, Instagram, even streaks on Snapchat with my own children, just one failure at follow through after another.  It’s actually kinda …sad?  …comical?  I suppose I’m lucky to make my bed, catch up on laundry, shower and eat on somewhat of a regular schedule.  I should be happy my life doesn’t revolve around social media, but man, I spend an awful lot of time on the computer and my phone for me not to be able to keep up with SOME TYPE of social networking?!?  Maybe I just don’t feel like there’s enough to share, or it’s too personal to share.  Who knows.  I’d like to keep up, but it’s not looking like it’s in the cards.  Just sayin’.

There has been a lot going on and we are in the process of planning our wedding.  We’re down to weeks now.

We’re going the cheap route.  I’m doing our flowers and our cake, we have an officiant and a photographer and a free venue.  I am completely convinced (unless you look at this from a religious aspect, which I don’t) that weddings are simply commercialism at it’s best.  But this time, I’m not playing along.

I called Garfield Park in Indy to ask how much they would charge us to have our wedding (of 6 people) in the sunken garden.  They told me it would be the same for a wedding of 100+.  I was floored.  I don’t understand how a PUBLIC PARK gets away with charging people that kind of money.  Needless to say, I won’t ever go back there.  I think it’s shameful and the girl that I spoke to really pissed me off when she basically called me a liar over the phone, because “well you could show up with any number of people after saying there will only be six people!”.  Yes, because you know me and I’m a known liar.  Well I don’t know you but I certainly can bet I know more about you than you do about me!  I think anyone that would show up and pay that kind of money to have their wedding there in a PUBLIC PARK in a dangerous neighborhood is an … well, let’s just say I think it’s a rip off if they’re charging you the same amount of money as a car payment.  A donation to the park itself would be sufficient.  But ya’ll go ‘head.  You won’t get any more of my money either way.

I walked into a florist in town the other day, I’d like to buy a bucket of flowers…loose flowers. That’ll be $3.95 per stem, “A-haha!  Bye!”.  So I’d like 4 dozen roses…that’s almost $200!  That’s insanity.  Here I come Kroger…$20 per dozen roses that’s $80, I wrap the stems in ribbon, push in pearl topped pins and viola.  Flowers that a florist would sell.  Yeah, ya’ll are nuttier than fruitcakes.

I’m really trying to go against the grain here and figure out ways to spend my money on what I want and not what someone else convinces me that I want.  I’m sure I won’t ever be a minimalist but allowing a company to just go balls to the wall to break me isn’t something I’m taking too lightly these days.  Enough complaining.  Save your money.  Refuse to surrender.


Posted in Blog, Family, Holidays & Birthday, Self

“Don’t Go Overboard”…

…from your mouth to God’s ears.  Apparently November makes people crazy with the stressors of the holidays, and apparently I am no exception to this rule.  I tried to brush off Thanksgiving this year, simply because I just don’t feel much like hosting, cooking, cleaning or eating anything except perhaps some Chinese take out.  After declaring my boycott of our typical traditional Thanksgiving, I was “strongly encouraged” to cook dinner and invite the normals.

Sooo here I sit here trying to pull together a menu of foods that I don’t like – all so I won’t be inclined to eat “all the carbs” since that’s what I’ve been doing for the past couple weeks – non stop.  I’ve had the blah’s and I’m sure it’s the fault of the weather and the impending holidays.  Thing is, I’m not a holiday hater at all, in fact I love Thanksgiving and Christmas, like a lot!  But…I am a do it all kinda person (read control freak) and I’m tired.  I’d rather focus my energies somewhere else.  A trip perhaps, a family vacation – a relaxing Alaskan cruise, a red eye flight to Bermuda, a leisurely drive to South Dakota – all scream YES?  I really don’t want to put a lot of effort into the holidays because really…who cares?  It’s all been taken for granted for years and who am I to believe I haven’t created monsters out of the people that do enjoy these seasonal traditions?  Packing on the over-indulgence repeatedly only to have it repeated a couple times a year – with again, more indifference to the day – seems kinda mind-numbingly ridiculous to keep putting myself through this considering I’m not sure what my “pay off” is.

I surely don’t care about gifts, I don’t care about working constantly to make sure the house is perfect and all the lights on the tree are placed correctly, I don’t care what people think about me, my home, my traditions or lack thereof.  I care about spending time with my family, having fun and making memories.  I just wonder if finally I’m completely brainwashed on one the two schools of thought; 1.) That Christmas is pretty much a thing of the past since religion is a dying belief and not to mention WAY over commercialized for it to be anything good or  2.) Christmas is THE holiday, the ONLY holiday!  Go crazy!  Start in July – the over planning, over indulging, over feeding, over spending!!  Jesus is the reason for the season!!  I lean towards 2, but it’s simply not effective for me any longer, at least not the way I’ve done it in the past.  It simply does not garner what I am in search of.

The girls are in their teens now, so the magic of Christmas is not what it used to be.  The joy and excitement of Christmas morning is lost on “more sleep” and snapchat streaks.  As of this very moment, I’m leaning toward one tree instead of three, a small dinner for the four of us and simple minimalistic gifts.  As my best friend’s words ring in my ear concerning my now revised Thanksgiving plans, “…don’t go overboard…”.  I’m going to try to heed her advice and simply chose to do what matters.

Wish me luck, as I am really no different than the other millions of sheep, I too become caught up.  I’m keeping my fingers crossed that this year I can focus on the things that ultimately do matter and truly enjoy the holidays.



Posted in Blog, News

Are YOU a Sheep?

I’m having a huge issue with the media, big business and people in general.  I realize that this post is capable of being seen by millions, but realistically I’d say maybe one person will take the time to read it beginning to end and that’s being generous with myself.  But the news, the news is a different story.  Everyone in some way gets their news and it is seen my millions either by viewing, hearing, reading, social media, even through conversation with others.

I trult believe that people are just like sheep. One heads out and another follows and pretty soon there are hundreds/millions of sheep all standing around wondering how they arrived at their current destination/situation and surprisingly a lot of them are A-OK with that. Why?  Why is that??  What exactly is the mentality that drives people to band together even when it’s not ideal, logical or rational?  I don’t know enough about psychology to know this without doing some extensive reading, but I do see how quickly it happens and what can happen when it does.  Sometimes the outcome is good, but seemingly more often, it’s not.

My FB friends have been slowly weaning themselves off cable TV – which I recommend EVERYONE do! First, it’s way too expensive and secondly, TV is crap. Shows are opinionated, and a lot of them push an agenda.  Much of TV is the same thing over and over again – BORING.  And nowadays, what’s supposed to pass for comedy is not even close to being funny.  And well the news?  It’s anything but news – it’s speculation, conjecture, opinion and a lot of hype. If you want to know what’s really going on, GO OUTSIDE!!  Live, meet your neighbor, walk around the block, go to the largest city near you, visit some businesses, talk to people!  Perception is everything, but it’s also relative.

A lot of TV nowadays is someone hocking their Chinese-made shit to you 24 Hours a day, tell me, why are people ok paying for that?  That is definitely NOT something anyone should be paying for!  In fact, they should be paying US to watch it! But here again, people are like sheep and they do crazy things;…like say…pay $200 per month for a phone they don’t use, TV that’s almost all commercials, and websites to read so they can base their opinion on someone else’s experience.  Hmmm, yeah, makes sense to me.  NO, IT REALLY DOESN’T MAKE ANY SENSE TO ME!  AT ALL, NOT EVEN A LITTLE BIT!

Why don’t people “sheep” over things that MATTER and that affect us all?  How about “sheeping” together to make sure…

  • that the news that is reported is true and unbiased
  • that we don’t dole out money for a service we don’t receive
  • that our schools actually teach our children something beneficial
  • that every town has clean running water
  • that the people who actually can’t help themselves are being helped
  • that jobs paid for are done and done well
  • that animal shelters are funded to do what they need to do
  • that gas prices, grocery prices, prescription prices and medical care don’t make us ALL people who can’t help themselves
  • that plastic is biodegradable, that cars can run on something else besides gasoline
  • that criminals are punished for their crimes
  • that the mentally ill are cared for

This list can go on and on and on!!  But just for a minute, how about everyone stop being a part of the FAKE problems and start fixing the REAL problems.  Things that matter and make a difference to each and every person on this planet whether you live in America or not. Instead of turning on your TV and basing your day on what someone has embellished and skewed and warped and twisted, turn it off.  Then base your day, your thoughts and your life on what YOUR OWN day consists of.  Make changes where YOU live and in YOUR life.  Make a difference NOW in what will matter to YOU, YOUR CHILDREN AND YOUR GRANDCHILDREN in 50 years.

I just simply don’t understand how people can be sucked in so easily, manipulated by their own TV and “Big Business”?  Maybe it’s because their friends did it, or their parents did it or the media and the idiot box have convinced them it’s the “right thing to do”.  My advice, reassess your priorities, pay attention to who’s pockets are being padded and remove yourself from the HYPE.  Ask yourself on a daily basis, “How’s my life going?”.  And if it’s not going how you’d like it to go, start changing the things that aren’t working for you in YOUR OWN LIFE, chances are they’re not working for others either.

While writing this, a thought crossed my mind…maybe we aren’t like sheep, maybe we’re actually more like ostriches.



Posted in Blog, News, Self

Liebster Award! What what?


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!


  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.


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!


  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)! – warm kitchen; great food – enjoying motherhood together – organic cooking; from scratch baking – inspiring tasty cooking & DIY for a busy life – living low carb for a healthier me! – living the sweet life one Saturday at a time – shedding the emotional blubber – marriage, mayhem and mirth – 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!)

Posted in Blog

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!!


Posted in Blog, Food

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)!!


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!


Posted in Blog, Family, Food, Holidays & Birthday, Home

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.)




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.



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!