Author Archives: Ginny Marie

Dear Blogging Friends {Spin Cycle}

December, 2014

snow cave
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. There were things that happened back in January that I barely remember, like the time I was sick and had to sleep on the couch. Isn’t it wonderful that the virus that made me so miserable can be forgotten so easily?

Looking back makes the year flash by; last winter I was writing about the polar vortex, and then all of a sudden it was summer and the girls were selling lemonade. It’s true what they say; the years really do go by fast.

Lemonade Stand

In January, I was also vlogging more. I don’t even remember the last time I vlogged; I seem to have given it up. But I still think I could be Molly’s best friend.

In March, I told a story about how each time I rented a car in California, I was rear ended. I wondered what would happen this summer, since we were renting a car! Fortunately, no one rear ended us and we returned the car back to the rental company with no dents. There were probably some extra crumbs under the seats and possibly an escaped crayon or two. Not bad for a two-week vacation.

Remember when I baked cookies with Lily and Emmy? In the end, I had to leave the kitchen and let them finish the job without me! Even worse than that, however, was when the girls gave me a facial and I ended up with banana in my ear! Although I was irritated at the time, I can laugh at myself now!

I’m also laughing at the Word of the Year I chose for myself. I had big plans to have a “schedule” in 2014, but our word of the year seemed to be “crazy” instead!

Roller Coaster
Crazy steep roller coaster!

After our crazy busy summer with swimming lessons, swim meets and vacations, I was ready to settle back into our school routine. Lily started fourth grade, and with fourth grade came orchestra and choir and HOMEWORK–I didn’t think it was possible for life to become more hectic, and yet it did! Emmy started second grade, and fortunately homework is a breeze for her. It took a few weeks to settle into a routine, and now winter break is going to mess it up all over again! Crazy!

However, it will be nice to spend time with Lily and Emmy. They, along with Ed, are my happy place. With them around I feel centered and just a little less crazy.

We have less snow than last year; in fact, we have no snow right now. On Wednesday, I told my preschool class that the next time I saw them, it would be 2015! A brand New Year, all ready to unwrap and see what’s inside.

A Merry Christmas to you, and a Happy New Year!

Love,

Ginny

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Here’s what’s coming up on The Spin Cycle:

week of December 22: NO SPIN CYCLE! Merry Christmas!
week of December 29: Blogger Tag! Answer the blogging questions below.
week of January 5: Word of the Year: How did you do with last year’s word? What will you choose for this year?

Blogging Tag questions:
1. What do you love the most about blogging?
2. How do you find the time to keep up with all the aspects related to blogging (posting, reading, commenting, responding, etc)?
3. Does your family know about your blog and does this affect what you blog about?
4. If you didn’t blog, what would you be doing with that time?
5. Have you been in a blogging rut and how did you pull yourself out of it?
6. Have you ever considered leaving the blogging world and why? What stopped you?
7. Show some blog love: Name another blog that you adore.
8. What’s your favorite social media outlet for sharing your blog posts?
9. What’s one thing you’ve learned about yourself since you started blogging?
10. Any new blogging plans or ideas for the new year?

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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! I still haven’t mailed ours out yet, but I’m working on them.

Christmas cards
This week on the Spin Cycle, you can write a holiday letter that doesn’t need postage! What have you and your family been up to to this past year? Write a holiday letter to your readers, post it any day this week, and link it up here! I’ll show you my holiday letter on Friday.


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Here’s what’s coming up on The Spin Cycle:

week of December 15: Write a Holiday Letter
week of December 22: NO SPIN CYCLE! Merry Christmas!
week of December 29: Blogger Tag! Answer the blogging questions below:

1. What do you love the most about blogging?
2. How do you find the time to keep up with all the aspects related to blogging (posting, reading, commenting, responding, etc)?
3. Does your family know about your blog and does this affect what you blog about?
4. If you didn’t blog, what would you be doing with that time?
5. Have you been in a blogging rut and how did you pull yourself out of it?
6. Have you ever considered leaving the blogging world and why? What stopped you?
7. Show some blog love: Name another blog that you adore.
8. What’s your favorite social media outlet for sharing your blog posts?
9. What’s one thing you’ve learned about yourself since you started blogging?
10. Any new blogging plans or ideas for the new year?

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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

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. Add the minced onion, Worcestershire sauce, milk, corn and salt. Mix well. Pour into a 1½ quart casserole dish. Bake at 325 degrees F for 35 to 40 minutes. Sprinkle cheese on the top and bake for an additional 5 to 10 minutes, until a knife inserted into the center comes out clean.

Click here to print the recipe for Cheddar Corn Casserole!

Here’s another great side dish that goes well with just about any entree. I love making my asparagus puff because it’s so pretty!

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Asparagus Puff

1 puff pastry sheet, thawed if frozen
¾ cup shredded Parmesan cheese
1 pound thin asparagus spears
1½ tablespoons olive oil
½ teaspoon cracked black pepper

Unfold pastry sheet onto a baking sheet. Using a sharp knife, score a line ½ inch inside the edge of the pastry sheet to form a border. Prick the pastry sheet inside the border with a fork. Sprinkle half the cheese onto the pastry sheet inside the border. Place the asparagus on a plate and toss with the olive oil and pepper. Arrange asparagus on top of the cheese, stacking to fit if needed. Bake at 400 degrees F for 20 minutes or until the crust is golden brown. Sprinkle with remaining cheese. Use a kitchen shears to cut the puff into 9 squares.

Click here to print the recipe for Asparagus Puff!

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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 random.org to pick my 10 questions!

80. Where would you retire to?

I kind of answered this question last week when I wrote about my dream house! I want to retire in the mountains, within driving distance to a beach and by a lake in the country. I love the four seasons, and so unlike most people, I don’t dream of retiring someplace warm. Ed and I love snow!

10. Do you remember your dreams?

I do remember my dreams when I wake up in the middle of them or am dozing in the morning. Ed’s alarm goes off at 5:00, and mine goes off at 6:00, so I have dreams during that hour of dozing. Sometimes I think I should just get up and accomplish something, since I’m not really sound asleep!

52. Are you a good cook?

The more I cook, the better I become. I’ve learned a lot by cooking dinner almost every night for the twelve years that I’ve been married. I stick with the basics and make a lot of things from scratch. Ed would answer that yes, I’m a good cook! But I did char the pork chops a little too much on the grill last week.

97. What are some of the different jobs that you have had in your life?

My first job was delivering an advertising flyer once a week to every house and business in my small town. I was in sixth grade, and my sister was in fifth grade. We split the town up and she delivered to one half, and I delivered to the other half. We lived in a very small town of about 800 people, but it still was a hard job! I made my little sister walk into the bars with me to deliver their ads, because I was scared of going in! There were at least a couple of bars in that small town. Our parent helped, too, and there was one night when it was really stormy and cold. But it was a good learning experience.

I’ve also been a waitress at Pizza Hut, a temporary secretary at a law firm, and a lab assistance in a college biology course. For my career, I taught second grade for thirteen years. Now I teach preschool.

3. Before you started this survey, what were you doing?

I got out of bed at 6:10, put a load of laundry in the washing machine, and emailed my husband at work.

84. If you could go anywhere in the world on vacation where would you go?

Right now, I want to go to Paris with my husband. Just the two of us!

34. Would you go bungee jumping or sky diving?

No. I did go on a zip line once, and that was adventurous enough for me!

23. Does your name make any interesting anagrams?

Ginny Marie = Gin Yam Rine

45. What did you do for your last birthday?

I answered this question last time!

1. Grab the book nearest to you, turn to page 18, and find line 4.

“balcony for use in cold weather. Today’s turkeys roast quickly, so watch the” Guess what room I’m in!

62. What was the name of your first pet?

We didn’t have pets growing up, and when I had my own apartment, I bought two little goldfish and named them Merry and Pippin, after two hobbits in The Lord of the Rings.

Tuesday Ten is hosted by Lisa and Rabia. Visit their blogs to find more Tuesday Ten lists!

The Golden Spoons

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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.

two piglets

Do you think I’ll give up my holiday ham? Click here to find out!

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