I Start Again...

Like I said,I start again today. I have said this many times before so why do I think it shall be different? I finally joined the gym and went for a full hour. I'm tossing out the sugar. Wait a minute. I toss out the sugar on Sunday. Baby steps.. My body is tired and I can't bear looking at the face that stares back at me in the mirror. I'm bloated, tired, in pain and 30....more

Nov. 20 Meanwhile, Down in the Parkville School Gym

Nov. 20   Meanwhile, Down in the Parkville School Gym                There we all sat.  It’s the last day of school before Christmas break, and the entire student body of the Parkville elementary school are sitting in the basement gym, getting ready for the annual Christmas treat. That treat?  A screening of A CHRISTMAS CAROL with Alistair Sim.  Black and white, English accents, but it has ghosts and figgy pudding and chains and more spooky stuff....more

in thanksgiving for their friendships

I know we're a week out from Thanksgiving, but let me be all mushy and sentimental for a brief blog post, in the spirit of being thankful.The last 3 months has been a wonderful whirlwind of very little sleep, lots of screaming, even more laughing, and tons of love. Joseph's birth has brought a new level of gratitude to my heart for so many things, but right at the top would be the friendship that my girls have with each other, which I pray will last for their lives. I always knew that I wanted to have a lot of kids, just based on my great experience of siblings in my own big family ....more

Creamy Carrot Ginger Pumpkin Soup. Easy! Chop-Boil-Blend.

THIS soup guys. Lets talk about it. But first, can we talk about these crazy short days and lack of sunlight? ...more

Creamy Chicken and Mushroom Skillet

My family and I had this amazing chicken dish for dinner on Sunday. ...more

Five truths and a lie. (Would have been more interesting if I got to come up with five lies.)

“And, after all, what is a lie? ‘Tis but the truth in masquerade.”...more

Cranberry Apple Jam

Cranberry Apple Jam + Plus Free Printable Jar Labels on the Blog www.ilonaspassion.com/cranberry-apple-jam-free-printable-jar-labels/Ingredients...more

Book Intro: Midnight Bayou, by Nora Roberts

I'll admit, I've never been a romance novel fan. But if I was never a mystery fan and liked the number one admitted author of that category, then I think a fair place to start would be Nora Roberts for a romance novel. I also can't help but love the toss in of some paranormal aspects that are supposed to be present in this book either. So from now on I'll be delving into a New Orleans romance novel, featuring some ghostly apparitions! ...more

For Your Snack Cracker Consideration

So I don’t know about you, but whenever I’m on the verge of another holiday season, my thoughts inevitably turn to three things: giving thanks, celebrating the birth of Jesus, and finding the very best snack cracker options. You weren’t really expecting that third thing, were you? However comma it’s no big secret that I love me a cracker ....more

Gardein Bought By Pinnacle Foods (The Maker of Duncan Hines)

While it’s not quite breaking the internet like K-Dash, the vegan community has been rumbling with the news that Garden Protein International—maker of faux meat product line Gardein—- has been purchased by Pinnacle Foods in yet another story of a “little” company buyout. So who is Pinnacle Foods, and is this really a bad move? Well, Pinnacle Foods is the company behind brands like Duncan Hines, Aunt Jemima and Bird’s Eye ....more