Sunday, February 11, 2018

If Only It Was Just About the Writing: A Note From the Editor

Wearing the different hats as writer, editor, creative director and marketing manager of this blog website has proved to be a much more challenging task then just writing something and plunking it here. 

I’d like to share some thoughts from this side of the blogosphere.

I started this blog as a place to practice my writing, inspire and possibly offer a chuckle to those who give up their precious time to read it. 

It’s important to mention, that my blog website and what I call my writing space will always be ad-free. No annoying pop-ups or sponsored products to entice you. Nothing against the bloggers that use their blog to make a buck, it’s a great way to start a business. However, this was never my goal to have this be a money maker. 

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Creamy Ham and Noodle “Hotdish” Casserole

Since Minneapolis, Minnesota, was the featured host of the 2018 Super Bowl 52, I couldn’t resist whipping up a "Super Bowl" of hot, creamy and cheesy noodles with chunks of ham in every mouthful to what Minnesotans call a hotdish or many others call a casserole. 

Whatever you want to call it, it’s really just a mix of simple ingredients, usually noodles or potatoes, all mixed together and baked in the oven. The hearty ingredients go well on these Bold North winter days when we just want to stay inside, be lazy, watch some football and enjoy an ideal comfort food.

This one is so easy to put together – let’s get started!

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Butterflies Are Free: Uncovering Overprotective Parenting

Is it alright to let your children make their own mistakes and leap over life’s hurdles on their own? 

Are you too overprotective?

Not protective enough?

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A good example of being too overprotective and how it can paralyze and smother a person is portrayed in the movie Butterflies Are Free

I recently saw this on an oldies movie channel and it is starring Goldie Hawn, Edward Albert and Eileen Heckart. The movie made in 1972 was one I hadn’t seen before and seeing a young Goldie Hawn got my attention. She played her character spot on with a surprising wittiness that made me love her more. 

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Remembering a Writing Year and All That Jazz For a New Year

If you are reading this, I’m so thrilled you’re here with me for a brand new year!  I’m looking forward to having you with me for all the high kicks, low kicks and the in-between kicks that 2018 will bring. Let's shake those jazz hands and make 2018 a real kick in the pants!

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Can’t imagine what new stories, ideas or accomplishments will be created this next year, but I'm excited for the challenge.  When I look back on 2017…it’s been an interesting and incredible writing year for me.

Friday, December 15, 2017

Are You Embracing the Ugly Christmas Sweater Phenom?

It’s become an annual trending phenomenon!  That time of year when you search your closet into the land of Christmas sweater misfits and find stored away amid the darkest corners that Ugly Christmas Sweater.

You follow the smell of peppermint candy canes and dig out last year’s ugly memories to shake off the Christmas glitter and dab off the forgotten eggnog stain to get ready for this year’s “Ugly Theme Party" and celebrate in style. 

It might be the same traditional “Ugly Christmas Sweater” you wear every year or maybe it’s time to upgrade the ugly level and buy something new.  Or, should you buy someone else’s old?

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