blog hop, challenges, writing

My Biggest Accomplishment

Wow. This year is flying by. This is week 50 of the MFRW Blog Hop and today’s topic: My biggest Accomplishments.

I’ll start with the most important accomplishment — my son. He has grown into a wonderful man, a great father to my five beautiful grandchildren, a diligent provider, and a hard worker. I could say I raised him all by myself without any help, but I wouldn’t be truthful. You’ve heard the slogan, ‘It takes a village…’ Well, it does. Without help from my parents, aunts, and uncles the end result, I’m sure, would have been different.

Work-and-Retirement-Street-SignNext is my job. Wonderful company. Great benefits. Super retirement plan, but oh so very stressful. I completed thirty years with my company. I dragged that ball and chain across the finish line with my sanity intact. That is a fantastic feat.


Next up is writing. While I have not published a book yet, I have a couple of first drafts completed ready to be revised and a few stories percolating in OneNote. I have a website up and running, social media, and this blog.screen shot of wordpress site.

I didn’t think about it until today, but technically I have published something–this blog. Writing, revising and pressing ‘publish’. For me that’s huge and for someone besides me to actually read it and leave a comment…I’m humbled.

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challenges, Meals, recipes

My Favorite Recipe #MFRW

Can you believe we are so close to the end of this year? Where has the time gone? This is week 49 of the MFRW Blog Hop. Today’s topic is ‘A Favorite Recipe.’

The first recipe I tackled when learning to cook became my all-time favorite. Chicken Casserole. It’s fairly simple and healthy family meal, not much prep work other than cooking the chicken.


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Chicken Casserole 

  • 3 cups cooked chicken, chopped
  • 1 can Cream of Chicken soup
  • 1 can Cream of Mushroom soup
  • 2 cans Water Chestnuts
  • 3 cups crumbled Ritz Crackers or Townhouse Crackers
  • 4 tablespoons butter or margarine, melted.

Preheat oven to 350 F.  In a medium bowl, stir together melted butter and cracker crumbs. Place half of the crumbled crackers in the bottom of an ungreased 13 x 9-inch baking dish.  Next layer chicken on top of crackers evenly. Place the water chestnuts on top the chicken. Mix the soups together and spoon evenly over the chicken and water chestnuts. Add the rest of the crumbled crackers to the top of the baking dish. Bake for 35 or 40 minutes.

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books, challenges

Where I Write #amwriting #MFRWAuthor

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Week 47 of the MFRW 52 Blog Hop. This week, ‘Where I write.’  

This will be a short post.

I have an office specifically for writing, however, it’s stuffed with a dozen boxes of books interspersed throughout the room that I need to load on my bookshelves.  Because there are so many boxes, I can’t get to the desk. One day, when I find the time, I plan to empty those boxes onto the shelves so I finally write in my office.  The dining room table has become my new writing spot.

It’s not a neat area. On the table to the right of my laptop are two stacks of craft books, my iPad and mobile phone. To the left is a Happy Planner with a bunch of stickers packs on top, a stress ball, eye drops, a notepad, a pen/pencil cup, white-out tape, gum, and my earbuds. Taped to the top of the laptop is a postcard that says “Always Remember Why” (always remember why I write) that I got from author Abbi Glines. Behind the laptop are various Happy Planner supplies, magazines for character fashion ideas, a few print romance books, and a battery operated pencil sharpener.

That’s it. This is where my stories are crafted. Where do you write? Please be sure to check out the other author posts here.