I Am Not Lost, Okaaaay I Was Lost


I haven’t made a post in a very long time. (Originally this post was made a little over a year ago.  Life definitely happened and I had to take some personal time.) This is not because I have been kidnapped, nor have I intentionally deserted the blog.   Life simply decided it had other plans for myself and family. Life can do that as we all know. That being said, it is still beautiful and I look forward to every day. (Well almost every day) :) Hopefully, I will return very soon. Let me rephrase that, I WILL return very soon.

Thank you to the people who have commented and said they miss me.  Especially Munira Chowdhury. Her blog A Messy World is  absolutely one of my favorites. Please check out her blog at  https://munirachowdhury.wordpress.com/  You will not be disappointed.

My blog is currently being rebranded and formatted against all rules of blogging.  I absolutely love to bake, but at the time it unfortunately is not practical. So as I said before, please check back in a couple of weeks as I change things up to suit my new life.

I hope anyone that sees this post is healthy, happy and enjoying their Fall weather! I know I have followers from Australia, and I have been told this time of year is especially beautiful for you!

Enjoy Your Day!




35 Random & Crazy Food Facts That You Might Not Know

Food Facts

I love finding random Food Facts! I swear it even makes my grocery shopping more interesting. So here are some that you might not know!

  1. Apples, pears, cherries, plums and strawberries belong to the rose family. See my post regarding the fact that bananas are considered berries. (whaaaat??!)
  2. Pound cake got its name from its original recipe, which called for a pound each of butter, eggs, sugar, and flour.
  3. Store bought 100% “real” orange juice is 100% artificially flavored.
  4. Chocolate was once used as currency. (Of course! I bribe my kids with it all the time.)
  5. A Cinnabon® Classic has less sugar than a 20-oz. bottle of Pepsi. (I am still going to eat them, Yum!)
  6. Humans are born craving sugar. (I still blame my mother for my beyond normal sweet tooth.)
  7. Peanuts aren’t nuts, they’re legumes. Which basically means they are beans! (Think of that when you’re at the ballpark next!)
  8. Yams and sweet potatoes are not the same thing.
  9. Chuck E. Cheese pizza restaurants were created by the inventor of the Atari video game system, Nolan Bushnell. (This has me rethinking my childhood, I was always obsessed with both!  And kinda still am.)
  10. Apples float in water, because 25% of their volume is made of air. ( I knew it!  Bobbing for apples is fixed!!)
  11. The popsicle was invented by an 11-year-old in 1905. (Yeah!…Because kids are brilliant!)
  12. One of the most hydrating foods to eat is the cucumber, which is 96% water.
  13. There are 7,500 varieties of apples grown throughout the world, and if you tried a new variety each day, it would take you 20 years to try them all. (Mind Blown)
  14. Ketchup was sold in the 1830’s as medicine. (If prescribed with French fries, it almost makes everything better.)
  15. Dry swallowing one teaspoon of sugar can commonly cure hic-ups. (So gonna try this!)
  16. In Kentucky, it is illegal to carry an ice cream cone in your back pocket. (Uhmmm……..???)
  17. The fear of cooking is known as Mageirocophobia and is a recognized phobia. (I wonder what the fear of washing dishes is called?)
  18. Every time you lick a stamp, you consume 1/10 of a calorie. (This is why, I love email. I’m not wasting my calories!)
  19. The ’57’ on the Heinz ketchup bottle represents the number of pickle types the company once had. (57 types of pickles? Really?)
  20. Worker Honeybees must visit 2 million flowers to make one pound of honey. (Yet they always manage to sting me when they are supposed to be working.)
  21. In the United States, lettuce is the second most popular fresh vegetable.
  22. Grape growing is the largest food industry in the world as there are more than 60 species and 8000 varieties of grapes. (Because WINE is so important!)
  23. The average person eats eight pounds of grapes each year. (How many do we drink?)
  24. When cranberries are ripe, they bounce like a rubber ball. (My boys must not learn this. But I  however, am totally going to try it!)
  25. There are more than 10,000 varieties of tomatoes.
  26. In 2001, there were more than 300 banana-related accidents in Britain, most involving people slipping on skins. (And here I thought this only happened in cartoons.)
  27. If you want to speed up the ripening of a pineapple, so that you can eat it faster, then you can do it by standing it upside down (on the leafy end). (I tried this, but I had to prop it up with almost everything in my kitchen, pineapples do not care to be turned upside down.)
  28. A watermelon is over 92% water by weight.
  29. A row of corn always has an even number. (Of course I had to check, it’s true! Though people did look at me funny in the grocery store.)
  30. 16 billion jelly beans are made for Easter. stacked end to end, the jelly beans would circle the globe nearly 3 times! (If someone actually does this, I call dibs on Missouri!)
  31. Egg yolks are one of the few foods that naturally contain Vitamin D.
  32. Frank Mars invented the Snickers chocolate bar. He named it Snickers after his favorite horse. (So glad his horse wasn’t named Daisy or Billy Bob, that would have just been weird.)
  33. The M’s in M & M’s stand for ‘Mars & Murrie’, the co-creators of the candy.
  34. Twinkies originally had banana flavored filling, but switched to vanilla when World War 2 bought the banana trade to a halt.
  35. The pumpkin originated in Mexico about 9,000 years ago.

Well there you go!

Enjoy your day!


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Zentangle® And Other Wonderful Ways To Relax And Refocus


A Pigment Ink and Water Color Piece

A Pigment Ink and Water Color Piece, I did for my daughter Ashley Megan


I think I have always been a person driven by creativity. Some of my early and happiest memories involve me drawing or painting. Crafting, DIY projects, drawing and painting are in my DNA. I am as close to obsessed as I care to admit.  Let’s just say if I am at your house and you break a pretty dish and then throw the pieces in the trash, I’ll be the one crawling through your doggy door to go through your trash at midnight. I’m kidding! kinda….No seriously, I do admit going into our local Michaels® Arts & Crafts store and staying for four hours once. I’d felt like I’d been there for a while, but not over an hour, and then I realized the time……. 4 hours!!!??

I’m a craft-a-holic diy-crazy girl. However, this post is about how drawing and painting saved me from crumpling further into my illness more than any treatment or medication ever could or would.

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I’ll Bet You Didn’t Know This…..

Bananas are a berry

I didn’t know it either.

A banana IS considered a berry…BUT oddly enough….

A strawberry is not a berry, (whaaaaat??) yet a banana is… By technical definition, a berry is a fleshy fruit produced from a single seed. The strawberry, however has its dry, yellow “seeds” on the outside (each of which is actually considered a separate fruit).

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My Raspberry Addiction

Fresh Raspberries

I absolutely loooove raspberries.(I may be addicted) My love for them began when I was little girl and my Dad told me they were his favorite fruit. Dad and I had a really special relationship, so I stored this little fact for future use. I was always trying to make him happy and proud, so when weeks later my sweet Mom bought me a little raspberry bush from a road side stand, I hatched a plan to make my Dad super happy. Mom and I planted that little bush and I tended to it like a tiny baby; sitting by it for hours with the hopes of seeing the first berry pop. In my little gardening head I was already envisioning myself carrying a huge basket of raspberries to show my family and feed to the neighbors. After a couple of weeks, I was really starting to lose the faith. My raspberry bush was broke, I decided, nonetheless I awoke early one morning and walked outside in my jammies to check my broken little bush. And there they were! 4 plump little raspberries and 1 mutant little raspberry looking thing, which looked a little sketchy.

I plucked those berries so fast, I practically ripped up the entire bush. I remember putting them in a ginormous bowl and carrying them into my Dad, like I was bringing him gold. I had a moment where I thought he might laugh at my teeny little crop, but as soon as he saw them he made a huge fuss, ate all of them, even the little mutant one. Once done with my little raspberry feast, Dad gushed and smacked his lips like my raspberries were the best thing he had ever tasted. In hindsight, I realize now they were most likely awful and bitter, but because my little 7 year old brain just wanted a darn berry, I had given no thought to letting them grow into a real raspberry. I do remember feeling incredibly proud of myself, and without ever even tasting one, I declared from that day forward, raspberries were now also my favorite fruit.

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