Dear Blogging Friends {Spin Cycle}

December, 2014 Remember last winter’s polar vortex? Dear Blogging Friends, It hardly seems possible that another year is almost over! In order to write this letter to you, I’ve been looking back at some of my old writing ....more

Write a Holiday Letter {Spin Cycle Prompt}

One of my favorite things about this time of year is the mail! I love opening the mailbox to see envelopes from friends and family. Some friends I haven’t seen in a long time; others I just saw last week, but I still love getting their cards! ...more

Holiday Side Dishes to Brighten Your Table {Spin Cycle}

You probably know the basics that you are going to serve for your holiday meal; ham, turkey, or maybe even a nice beef roast. Instead of throwing some corn in a bowl, try baking this Cheddar Corn Casserole instead! Cheddar Corn Casserole 1¼ cups crushed saltine crackers (about 27) 1 cup milk 2 eggs, beaten 3 tablespoons melted butter 2 tablespoons minced onion ½ teaspoon Worcestershire sauce 1 cup milk 2 cups whole kernel corn, frozen or canned (drained) ¼ teaspoon salt ½ cup shredded Cheddar cheese Combine crackers, milk, eggs and butter in a small bowl and let stand for about 30 minutes ....more

Do You Remember Your Dreams? More Random Questions {Tuesday Ten}

This week on Tuesday Ten, I’m answering Ten Random Questions from a list off 100 Random Questions. To make it really random, I used to pick my 10 questions! 80 ....more

From Farm to Plate: Should We Save the Turkeys?

After I visited the pig farm with my fellow Illinois Field Moms, I heard from a couple of the field moms that they had a difficult time eating pork. It was just so hard to see those adorable baby pigs and then think of them being dinner. Do you think I’ll give up my holiday ham? ...more

Your Spin Cycle Prompt {week of 12/8}

This week for The Spin Cycle, let’s share holiday recipes! What’s a favorite recipe that you make for the holidays? I have a delicious corn casserole recipe that I’d love to share with you! ...more

Unprepared and Overwhelmed {Spin Cycle}

As I sit at my desk, I can hear the squirrels digging and rustling around in the leaves outside my dining room window. They are getting downright tubby, those little squirrels, as they prepare for winter. It has been a very strange week, and I wasn’t prepared for most the of the things that happened ....more

Dream a Little Dream With Me {Tuesday Ten}

Ed and I joke about the house we’re going to retire in. It will be in the mountains, within driving distance to a beach and will be by a lake in the country. We especially talk about it when we’re driving west to Iowa and hit the rolling hills just east of the Mississippi River ....more

Preparation {Spin Cycle Prompt, week of 12/1}

Preparation; sometimes the most important thing that you do. How do you prepare…for a test? For running a race? ...more

Today with a 7 year old

Today, I was woken up at 6:00 by my seven year old. Today, I made scrambled eggs with my seven year old. She loves to use the whisk to scramble the eggs ....more