End of January Hodgepodge

Joyce has more questions for us this week. Join in, learn new things about bloggers you follow, and meet some new ones!

1. Share a winter memory from your childhood. 
I thought about this the other day when I was at my daddy's: Walking down to the basement to get the paper out his driveway, the snow days that we had came to me. I remembered coming in through the basement after sledding on the hill across the street. We would sit down in the hallway and take off all of our wet things. The best times!

2. What was on your blog this time last year? (Besides the Hodgepodge of course!) If you weren't blogging, what in the world were you doing with all that free time? 
I actually had 2 posts on the 01/26/15. That doesn't happen very often! I wrote about being rude in "Excuse Me!" and my Weekly Meal Plan

3. Ellen Goodman is quoted as saying, 'We spend January 1 walking through our lives, room by room, drawing up a list of work to be done, cracks to be patched. Maybe this year, to balance the list, we ought to walk through the rooms of our lives...not looking for flaws, but for potential.' 

Do you see more flaws or more potential in your life at the start of a new year? Have you done anything specific this month to address either one? Does the new year truly begin for you on January 1, or is there some other month of the year that feels like a fresh start and new beginning?
I see potential. Fresh starts and new beginnings are all in your mind.  They could happen any time!

4. Who's an athlete you admire or respect and why?
Oh, you KNOW I'm going to say Peyton! He always seems to be the nicest guy. In college, he bought 

pizza for the students waiting in line for tickets. He's the "favorite son" around these parts!

5. Do you like cream in your coffee? Whipped cream on your pumpkin pie? Cream cheese on a bagel? Sour cream on a baked potato? Cream of wheat for breakfast? Have you ever had a scone with clotted cream? Of all the creamy foods mentioned, which one sounds most appealing to you right this very minute?
I've never had cream of wheat or a scone with clotted cream, but everything else is really good! The kolaches I made last weekend had a cream cheese filling with ricotta cheese. They were excellent!

(Kolaches aren't really round. I know how to fix that next time!)

6. Where were you last kept waiting for 'hours on end'? Or for what felt like hours on end? How well did you cope?
I can't think of anything right now. Weird, huh?

7. Believe it or not, when next week's Hodgepodge rolls around it will be February.Huh?!? Bid adieu here to January in seven words or less.
Short, unexpected snowcation.

8.  Insert your own random thought here.

We're having a Mardi Gras Party at church on Friday, and I have to bring an appetizer. Any ideas for something that is quick and good?


  1. No surprise, at all, that you chose Peyton Manning...he is a good one, for sure! The Kolaches you made look de-lish! I've never had one before, but I'd sure like to give them a go! I agree...snow days as a kid couldn't be beat. I remember my mom making homemade hot cocoa when I'd come inside from playing in the snow...I can still taste it! YUM!

  2. Great positive answer to #3. Who couldn't love Peyton Manning-my choice exactly!

  3. Isn't it fun to remember back when we were little and loved to play in the snow. I wouldn't give you two cents to play in the snow today. I don't like being cold.

  4. Mardi Gras parties are such fun! I am not good with appetizers, but maybe something like a King's Cake Cheese ball? http://www.diprecipecreations.com/king-cake-cheese-ball-mardi-gras/
    Have a super, awesome week!

  5. Meatballs in the crockpot? That's always a crowd pleaser and fairly simple to do too. Your kolaches look so good! Enjoy your week...we're supposed to get up near 60 this weekend. That's what I love about snow in the south : ) It's pretty when it falls, then it melts quickly.

  6. I couldn't think of anything I had to wait on lately either.

  7. Clueless on the appetizer, but the party sounds fun. I have a quick go to dish for potlucks as main dish, but not for an appetizer, but have to work on that :)

    I do admire Peyton Manning too. I read some place on line about him and was delighted to see that he had a faith and that he tries to live out his faith; I think that's what shows up in how he treats people. I'm sad to say that although I'm rooting for Denver, I fear Carolina is just too strong of a team to have anyone beat them in this year's Super Bowl.


  8. Kolaches....yummy. My sister learned how to make them from her husbands grandma. Yummy!! I like mine filled with poppy seed.

    Taco Salad Dip or a Bean Dip :-)

  9. Peyton DOES seem like the nicest guy, you know?

  10. Appetizers are not my strong suit. I usually fall back on cheese and crackers, sometimes with meats (pepperoni, ham, etc.), along with pickles and olives. If I can tailor it to the main meal, I do with decorations and the kinds of cheese and meats. Meatballs are always good too! Let us know what you do!

  11. One of my favorite winter memories is of one of my birthdays when I was a child--don't remember which one. We didn't usually have big parties but did have usually have ice cream & cake in the evening just for our family. However, e had a blizzard and lost power. My mom couldn't get out to get whatever she needed to make a cake nor could she get ice cream. However, we had some TastyKakes in the house and my mom put birthday candles on them & served them with hot chocolate by candlelight.

  12. Love the re-frame of looking for potential:)

  13. So you tried making Kolaches again and they turned out!!! You will have to share your recipe. Hope the party is fun today. Enjoy your weekend.


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