Prompt: A family recipe (if grandma allows, of course!).
One of my favorite family recipes is my grandma’s potato salad. I’ve never like mustard potato salad or ones with too much mayo. Hers is a hot German style salad with bacon grease. It’s a bit tricky to get exactly right, but when it’s done right, I could eat an entire bowl of this stuff!
9 med potatoes – peeled, sliced
1 med onion – sliced thin
1 lb bacon – crumbled, grease reserved
1/2 cup flour
2 1/4 cup water
1 1/4 cup white vinegar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
Boil potatoes until soft. Combine bacon, potatoes, and onion in a bowl and set aside. Melt bacon grease in a pan on stove and stir in flour. Heat until bubbly. Add remaining ingredients and cook until smooth and bubbly. Once sauce has thickened, our over potato mixture.
Prompt: Fall favorites. Share your must-haves for this season.
My fall must-haves are an odd mix of food, clothing, and baby essentials. Guess this is just life right now at my house. On my list I have:
- Chili — Because it’s the perfect food for cooler temps
- Diapers — Essentials for new the new baby
- Brown boots — Really want to find some new ones that actually fit
- Burp clothes — We seem to have a shortage in the house right now
- Pumpkin bread — I need to buy more pumpkin and make more!
- Apple cider — Hot or cold, with bourbon or without, I love it!
- New toddler boy clothes — I need to round out Arthur’s fall/winter wardrobe
- PSL — Of course!
- Comfy cardigan — For when I get chilly
- Wine — Because I’ve gone almost 10 months without it. I need me some good wine soon!
Prompt: If you were a flavor of ice cream, which flavor would you be? Why?
If I were a flavor of ice I would have to be Mint Chocolate Chip. It combines my two favorite types of flavors: chocolate and fresh herb. I’m not really sure what it says about my personality, but it’s my favorite hands down. In fact, we have a quart in the freezer right now! For fun, I decided to look it up on the internet.
According to The Kitchn:
You’re pretty cool, to be honest. In high school you might not have been the most popular kid, but you hung around that crowd. You’re a balanced person – you like running and watching football, but you also love going to see a play. You’re loved by everyone and just want to have a good time.
According to Reader’s Digest:
Mint chocolate chip lovers are argumentative.
Always mixing it up? There’s a good chance mint chocolate chip is your favorite flavor, according to Hirsch’s study for Dreyer’s/Edy’s, which found this ice cream signified ambition, confidence, frugalness, and argumentativeness. “[They] aren’t fully satisfied until they find the tarnish on the silver lining,” said Hirsch about its fans. However, Hirsch predicts that mint chocolate chip lovers are compatible with one another.
You probably get excited about Shark Week. You love jokin’ around and quoting movies. But you have a low tolerance for other people’s nonsense. You are not afraid to complain about the injustices of the world over Gchat.
I love how varied the responses are. If you know me in real life, you be the judge. Am I like any of the descriptions?
Prompt: Something you wish more people knew or believed.
I’m always amazed about how little most people know about their country’s history and world history in general. I know that not everyone would love history like I do, but it would be nice if more people had a basic understanding. Knowing your history goes a long way in understanding how the world works today.
Prompt: A list of your favorite blog posts you’ve written.
My favorite current blog posts are all about my pregnancy updates and the 52 Weeks of Arthur posts.
Prompt: One product that simplifies your life.
The key to simplifying my life is list making! I need to make sure that I know my schedule and my tasks. Otherwise my life would fall apart. My one product is actually a combination of three different products that work in tandem: Evernote, The Happy Planner, and a Moleskine Notebook. I use Evernote to plan out my blog posts and Project Life ideas. I can quickly pull up my schedule and see what needs to be finished. You can see an example of my Craft Blog schedule below. I have two notes for each month, one for the life blog and one for the craft blog. I list out my weeks and add my proposed post title. If the post hasn’t been created in the blog, it gets an asterisk at the end. After the post is completed, I strikethrough the title. This helps me stay organized on the blog side.
My next life organizing product is The Happy Planner by MAMBI. I love having a planner, but found that just an electronic one didn’t work for me. I need the physical product to help me. Enter The Happy Planner. I’ve been using mine since July 2015 and continue to love it. I can quickly flip to a month view or a weekly view to see my activities and appointments and tasks. I also use the planner to help meal plan. I decided the best way to do meal planning was to create post-it flags with all the regular dishes. I can then tentatively plan each week out but still be able to move them around if needed.
The last project is a simple Moleskine. I tried to do a complete bullet journal in a Moleskine but found that I needed Evernote and The Happy Planner to round out my life. But I still needed a place to to keeps lists, project planning, and collections. Enter the simple Moleskine. An example below is my spending log for part of September.
The Moleskine goes with me wherever I go. Sometimes I add things in there and then transfer to one of my other projects. But in reality they all work together to keep my life simplified and on track.
Prompt: Vlogging day! Record a vlog about anything you like!
Nope, Not happening today. Way too much on my plate.
Prompt: How do you de-stress/take care of yourself?
My biggest selfcare is reading. I promised myself after having children that I wouldn’t give up my reading. Sure there are many times that I can’t read because there’s something or someone else needing my attention. I can’t spend all day lost in a book anymore. But I still make reading a priority and find time to do it. Before the littlest kid, I was reading ~15 books a month. That number has gone down due to the necessity of taking care of a child. However, I’m still averaging about ~8 books a month. Reading is the biggest activity that recharges my batteries. Hoping to continue the trend after this new baby comes…
Prompt: What is the craziest adventure you’ve ever been on?
My craziest adventure was a trip I took all the way back in 2000. For our senior year of high school’s spring break, two friends and I took the train all the from Indiana to NYC for a week of adventures and shenanigans. I don’t think we slept more than 20 hours that whole week. Me being the uber planner created a detailed itinerary for each day. This ensured that we actually got to see the things we wanted to see in the city but it left plenty of room for crazy side trips and misadventures. Among the weirdness from that trip, we:
- made friends with the Albanian bell hop at the hotel. Very strange!
- spent almost all night talking to the cast of the live action Rocky Horror Picture Show in Greenwich Village
- watched the aurora borealis on the beach at Coney Island with a bunch of amateur astronomists
- ordered and received a bottle of wine at a small Indonesian restaurant
- took a super sketchy subway ride late night in the Brooklyn
- got lost a countless number of times
- score front row orchestra seats to see Aida, and met the cast afterwards including the lead Heather Headley who graduated from our rival high school!
- ate crap, but managed to survive the week
- somehow made it back to Indiana in one piece
It was my only real spring break trip and it was amazing!
Prompt: Make a mood board! Are you brainstorming a room re-do, a capsule wardrobe, or already planning for the holidays? Show us your ideas! I have examples here and here.
For my mood board, I’m highlighting my love of fall. Living in California now, we don’t get a proper fall. I long for the days of falling leaves, cool weather, and hot tea. Since i can’t have the fall weather, I’ll settle for pumpkin everything, a good book, a piece of cake, and a hot cup of tea.