Tuesday, August 21, 2012

There is Sunshine in My Soul Today

It has been a busy day in the Barefoot Hippie Girl online world.

I wrote a guest post for Alessandra over at Adventures in Homeschooling. Here is a picture of the recipe I shared. I made Mac and Cheese for dinner tonight when my tomatoes for chili were taking too long to cook down. Plus I didn't get home from the grocery store with the rest of the ingredients until way late.
Comfort food personified

So, if you would you like more than a mouth watering picture to look at, mosey on over to Alessandra's blog for the rest of the story.

On another front, I mentioned earlier that I was nominated for 3 blog awards this week. It is totally a great honor. But, it is also a lot of work. (so, if I nominate you, and you don't want to do this blog version of a chain letter, at least you, and everyone who reads my blog, knows that I think you and your blog are awesome!)

Angela from Harmon Baby Farm nominated me for this lovely award. The Sunshine Award. The Sunshine Award is given to “bloggers that positively and creatively inspire others in the blogosphere.” I can say that Angela has definitely added sunshine to my world. I just found her a couple months ago. She was (is) in the midst of building her new house and is pregnant with her third child. Her pregnancy stories make me laugh. I have so been there. I have loved building a relationship with her. Thanks Angela, for writing your awesome blog, and for nominating me.

Anyway...here are the rules for the award: (because all these awards have rules)

Include this award logo in either your acceptance post or somewhere in your acceptance.
Answer 10 questions about yourself.
Pass the award onto 10-12 deserving bloggers.
Add a link on your post to all the talented winners and comment on their page to let them know they've been deemed amazing.
Thank the brilliant soul that recognized your talent and bestowed this wonderful award on you...and of course link back to them as well!

Ok, so let's get down to it and have a little bit of Q&A time!

1. If you could live anywhere, where would you live? 
Somewhere on the water. A big lake, or the ocean. In the United States. Somewhat close to a Sam's Club and Meijer.

2. If you could vacation anywhere, where would you go? 
Italy. For several weeks. Rome, Milan, Venice, Florence, the Riviera. Italy is history, architecture, art, and food appreciation on steroids. 

3. What's your favorite part of blogging?
I enjoy the writing. Putting my heart and thoughts out there and it touching someone else's heart. That is the best. Knowing God is using me to bless others. And I enjoy the relationships I've formed. With all kinds of women.

4. Coffee or hot chocolate? 
How about coffee with hot chocolate in it. Everyday. First cup of the day. Oh yeah!

5. What kind of coffee do you drink? What do you put in it?
I drink Folgers or Maxwell House. I really like Folger's Black Silk. I either drink my coffee with hot cocoa in it (refer to previous question), or cream with a minuscule amount of sugar.

6. What do you do to relax? 
Read a good book. Take a walk. Pound out a good run. Have a daily quiet time. Not devotional time-but time to read and be quiet. Chiropractor's orders.

7. How do you keep calm in a very stressful situation?
I don't. Actually, today I drove several miles (but 15 minutes) to the shoes store, and discovered I'd left my wallet home. I had no way to pay, and I also had to get groceries. I had to drive all the way home through awful traffic. I could feel myself tensing up. Stressing out. But then I realized that I hadn't eaten, and that I needed to take a deep breath, and also pray about this shopping trip. I could feel the stress receding.

8. Beautiful skies or clear skies with stars?
I love starry skies. I like laying in bed with my curtains open and being able to see the stars and moon.

9. Dogs, cats or fish? 
Is "none of the above" an option? Totally not into pets. We had fish. Several times. And I killed them all. (accidentally) 

10. Be honest, which last name do you like more, maiden or married? 

Well, honestly, I liked my maiden initials better. But I love my married name. I mean, who wouldn't want to be Mrs. Hippie?-I mean Mrs. Veenstra?=)

One of my "sunshines." See the new tooth?

Here are the Sunny Blogs I am nominating for the Sunshine Award. I look forward to reading each one of these blogger's new posts. They inspire and challenge me. They make me laugh and make me think. And they add sunshine to my little corner of the world.