2016: My Favorites

Last post of 2016. This has been a good year for me. Our second baby joining the family was the biggest highlight for me. We are had fun family trips to the Dells and Door County. I discovered Pure Barre and adore it. I reconnected with old friends and made new really wonderful friends. Ron received a promotion at work and we both are doing well in our careers. We booked a 2017 trip to Disney and are looking forward to new adventures. However, 2016 did not come without difficulties. The Presidential election results were terribly disappointing and I worry what our new president will do to our country and my children's future. I also watched a childhood friend loose her mother this summer, and it reminds how short and unpredictable life can be. 

 I am lucky to be where I am and I hope I can contribute to make the world around me better for others in 2017.  I hope you all had a wonderful year. Thank you being with me while my family grew this year. You can't even imagine how much you flatter me that you enjoy reading about my little life, opinions, and happenings. 

Here are a few of my 2016 favorites. 

My Weekend Chats were another favorite of mine. This year they focused on all things baby! 


Simple Taco Soup


Easy Split Pea and Kielbasa Soup


Skillet Rice and Beans with Kielbasa


Rowan's Birthday Announcement!


Strawberry, Goat Cheese and Pecan Salad with Basil Vinegrette


Strawberry Crumb Bars

Avocado Tomato and Feta Dip




Italian Breakfast Casserole


Brownie Oatmeal Cookies


Red Curry Risotto with Grilled Shrimp


Beef, Chorizo, and Bean Taco Chili


One-Pot Cheesy Taco Orzo