Wednesday Hodgepodge

1. The NFL playoffs were held this past weekend and this year's Superbowl lineup will feature The New York Giants versus The New England Patriots. How do you define 'patriot'?
A Patriot is someone who loves his country.   Even when it feels like it's going down the tubes.
2. What's something in your life right now that feels like a 'giant'?
Honestly, I can't think of anything.  The "fog" is lifting, and I'm getting back to my normal self!
3. What's the first thing that comes to mind when you think back to being 18?
Starting college.  I was soooo ready to move on...I was at the college just a few weeks after graduating from high school.
4. Coconut-mashed potatoes-vanilla ice cream-mayonnaise...which white food would be the hardest to give up?
I don't eat any of those things very often, so it wouldn't be hard to give up any of them!
5. Describe an incident or a day you remember as the coldest you've ever experienced?
When I was a junior in high school, the AFS had a short term exchange with Mayo HS in Rochester, Mn.  In February.  I don't think I was warm for 1 second that whole week!  How do you Yankees do it?
6. You're hosting a brunch...what's your favorite dish to prepare and serve?
Overnight Eggnog French Toast.  Fix it the night before, and the day of, just pop it in the oven.
7. How do you combat negative thinking?
The first thing I do is make sure I'm on a schedule.  If the negativity is coming from another person, I distance myself.  If it's coming from within, I get my prayer life in order and try really, really hard to look at the positives in my life.  Oh, and I may write a blog post to accentuate the positive!
8. Insert your own random thought here. 
Yesterday at school, I was talking with a group of 4th graders about the Chinese New Year.  I told them that the Chinese invented fireworks, and one of my students said, "The Chinese invented a LOT of stuff!  Every time I turn over a toy, it says 'Made in China'! "


  1. I like your thinking of distancing yourself from the negative people!!!

    I've not heard of Overnight Eggnog French Toast, but I'd most definitely be at your doorstep wanting to try it. It sounds DEElicious.

    I know, I know...cold weather, I can't handle it either now that I'm living in the Gulf area.

    My Wednesday post is: UNDER THE SEA

  2. I love your answer to #7! And I had to laugh at #8. ;-)

  3. Wow! What have we come to when a child thinks that China invented everything?!

  4. Overnight french toast sounds so yummy!!! I also really like your thoughts on #7. Have a great week!

  5. Kids say the funniest stuff!!! :)

    Ummm.. I dont even like French toast, but that sounds pretty awesome!

  6. Loved your responses to this weeks questions. Would love the recipe to the Egg Nog French Toast...that sounds yummy. I also loved your last response about the Chinese New Year. Priceless answer.

  7. I'll invite myself to brunch. The Egg Nog French toast sounds yummy. I hate the cold. Good thing I live here in warm Phoenix.

  8. Hahahahaha! All the things made in China---how cute! Kids really do say the darnest things, don't they? LOL

    That overnight eggnog french toast sounds fabulous!

  9. Eggnog French Toast? Sounds dangerous : ) I'd love the recipe. Glad you are feeling more like yourself.

  10. Enjoyed reading your answers. The egg nog french toast sounds wonderful. Love your random, so funny!

  11. Cute #8 response! You're so right about negativity. It's hard for me to be around negative people, especially when they just don't get it.
    Your blog title could be mine! We are fortunate in that we were able to 'go home again' after being away for 15 years. We now live in a small farming community of 1200 people where my husband grew up. I'm loving it!

  12. Eggnog French toast. mmm.... So, when IS brunch?? :D

  13. Your kid in class saying he sees everything made in China made me LOL. Kids are so funny. Good ideas of how to get away from negativity.

  14. ooohhh, i have egg nog in my fridge is soon to be french toast


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