Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

From me to you, I hope it is a great day. And if you are working, thank you. I appreciate it.

I’d love to hear how you celebrate Thanksgiving! Each year varies, but I usually spend the afternoon with my family and then depending how it goes, the evening with my husband’s family.

photoWhen it comes to my favorite foods, I love the carbs and starchy stuff. Corn casserole, mac n’ cheese, egg noodles and rolls. I also make mashed cauliflower and am probably the only one that eats it, but that’s okay. (It’s delicious… here’s the recipe if you want to give it a try sometime.)

Black Friday Shopping

I hope you have a great holiday and good luck it you’re Black Friday shopping tonight or tomorrow morning! I enjoy shopping on Monday, in bed. Last year I did all my Christmas shopping in about 30 minutes before I went to bed. I plan on doing the same this year.

Circle of Lights

Looking for something to do tomorrow night after your Black Friday shopping? Go to the Circle of Lights Tree Lighting! This is a super fun event for everyone. Make your life easy and arrive early. The tree lighting is one of the events where parking and traffic gets crazy.

Festivities start around 6 p.m., so try arriving by at least 5 p.m. or earlier so you can easily park and get in a great spot.

Once the lighting is over, parking is also pretty nuts. Walk around, take pictures or go have dinner in the area. It will make your trip home much easier if you leave the area after traffic has slowed down. The intense rush lasts about an hour…so why not extend your visit downtown and enjoy the amenities rather than sit in your car cursing at traffic. There are tons of dining options both family friendly or if you’re looking for a drink.

Serial is Back, and So Am I

Hello everyone, my apologies for the hiatus if you stop by here time to time to read my ramblings. Life got busy and my blog had to get put on hold. It may get busy again but for now, I’ll be around.
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So a Friend and I Published a Book

Fields of Blessings bookMy close friend and former colleague, Stacy, came to me a couple years ago. I remember it clearly, we were having drinks at an Applebee’s catching up because she had something she wanted to talk to me about. She was working on a book after being brought into this project. Farm families in Indiana wanted to have their family stories documented and she asked if I wanted to join in on the one she was working on.

I’d never written a book before. I’ve had several news articles published and have been published in a few books with compilations, but never an actual book. Of course I was up to the challenge and I had the perfect person to work with.

The book titled Fields of Blessings is about the Stafford Family who reside in Tipton, Ind. (which is north of Indianapolis).

The story starts in the early 1900s with the first generation of the Stafford family and today their farmlands are being cared for by the third and fourth generations. That’s pretty awesome, and they are a very close family. Great people.

The past few years have been such a learning experience as we literally did everything ourselves. We wrote it, edited it, reached out to others for another look and I designed the entire thing. Then we worked with our publisher to get it printed and put on Amazon.

It was a lot of work, but in the grand scheme of things, was very do-able. We were able to figure things out every step of the way.

Fields of Blessings BackI couldn’t have asked for a better person to work with on this project and I’m proud of all the hard work we did! We wrote a book! And now I’m just ancy for more.

So anyway, I thought I would share this with all of you. You can check out quite a bit in the preview. It’s a great read for anyone interested in farming and it’s also great for kids. We wrote it so it could be placed in local libraries and schools if they wanted.

Find it here on Amazon where you can purchase a print copy or one for your Kindle.

Thanks everyone! Very proud of this project and had to share!

Clorox Triple Action Dust Wipes….My Dusting Secret

dustingDusting…BLEH

I hate dusting. And I’m more allergic to it than others, so if too much gets on me, I get all hivey, itchy and my skin just has that hot feeling. I can’t quite describe it, it’s just super irritated and annoying.

Often times when dusting, you might use one of the following:

  • Rag
  • Dust feather
  • Microfiber cloth
  • Air duster
  • Hand
  • T-shirt
  • A nearby animal

Well when I use some of these things, it doesn’t get it all. Honestly I sometimes would use my vacuum attachment to be far away from the dust and it still didn’t get it all.

And then I discovered something..

Clorox Triple Action Dust Wipes

Clorox Triple Action Dust WipesWhat I like about these is when dusting glass, plastic surfaces or other similar types, the Clorox Triple Action Dust Wipes just grab everything. You don’t even need to use a glass cleaner or what not to get a shine.

For me, I have a lot of wood surfaces and it’s not the greatest on those. But many of my others, these are definitely worth buying. Especially if you have those hard to clean areas (i.e. behind the TV) that you just avoid because you know are going to be a disaster. Because let’s be honest, they are a disaster. These help things not to be a disaster.

Before

dust

After

dust free

DashGo Egg Cooker = Mind Blown

I like eggs. I’ve almost mastered hard boiling them in the oven, I’ve made egg muffins, but I’m not so great at making them many other ways.

And then… as I was walking through Kohls… I saw the DashGo egg cooker. With this thing, you can poach eggs, boil them, make omelettes and more. They give you a few different containers to make your eggs in, but it’s as simple as pouring the egg into their container, pouring the designated amount of water they tell you to into the basin, cover and let it work it’s magic. No timer. No watching. Just leave it and walk away until they’re done. Once the water is evaporated it knows to turn off.

I love this because I don’t have a ton of time to make breakfast in the morning but I can get my eggs started while I’m getting ready and they’re done when I’m done. Amazing.

This video from DashGo says it all. Check it out, then go buy one if you’re looking for a way to make your eggs. You’re welcome.