Tuesday, July 22, 2014

MEET the Host: The Southern Special week 16

Seems kinda crazy, but after 16 weeks, we thought you might want to know more about us: Cate, Mandy and myself.

So, today, we are sharing our "interview" questions. AND of course I'll share my favorite links from last week. Be sure to hop over to their sites as well, because you could be featured there, we each choose our own.

Dawn's answers:
Blogging questions:

How long have you been blogging? 2 years on June 18th
Why did you start blogging? I became an empty nester and needed to fill my time, plus friends and family had been asking me for years for recipes or to write a book. So blogging seemed like a good place to start.
How did you come up with your blog name? I struggled with that one. My husband and I sat around for a couple of days making list of names until we found one we liked.
Do you have any blogging advice? It's a lot of work or a lot of fun, that is up to you. Like a baby, time consuming, don't do it if you don't love it and make it yours. There are a million articles on how to be a successful blogger, but my experience has been like anything else in life, what works for one does not always work for another. Find what works for you and stick with it.

Personal questions:
How long have you and your husband been married? We celebrated 23 years of marriage in May. We have been together 25
How did you meet your husband? hahaha now THAT is a story in itself. I was dating his roommate.
Do you have children? I have 3 grown sons, two with my husband. PLUS 2 grandchildren
What are some of your hobbies? cooking, reading, photography, writing
Do you have any pets? 3 furbabies, cats
Where do you see yourself in five years? Working on a book that has been accepted for publication Ten years? Preparing for retirement
Do you have a favorite book? The Mitford Series, by Jan Karon. It is a set of 8 and I have read the entire series 6 times. I love them.
What is your favorite vacation place? I have only been on vacation twice in my life so I don't have a favorite spot. Anywhere would be nice.
Does your town have any fun festivals in the summer? We recently moved to a teeny tiny town in South Georgia and yes, we have the Wild Chicken Festival

Cate's answers:
How long have you been blogging? 
I have been blogging for five years.


Why did you start blogging?
I started my blog as a way to let my family in Illinois know what I was doing in Georgia. I don't even think they knew about it until I started sharing my posts on Facebook and that was recently!

How did you come up with your blog name? 
Well, I'm a Random Crafty Georgia Girl! I post about the crafts I make along with the randoms of my life while living in Georgia! (I'm a girl too just in case you didn't know that!)
What has been your most viewed post? 
Peanut Butter Blossoms
http://randomcraftygagirl.com/peanut-butter-blossoms-2/ 
Do you have any blogging advice?
Just be yourself. Don't try to make your blog something that you aren't! When I first started blogging, I didn't really know what I wanted my niche to be. Just find something you like and it will come to you!

Personal questions:
How long have you and your husband been married? 
Mr. RCGG and I will be married for 2 years on July 21st.
How did you meet your husband? 
We met through mutual friends. He was homeschooled and his friends were in my class.
Do you have children? 
No.
What are some of your hobbies?
I love reading, making crafts, and blogging.
Do you have any pets?
We have two cats.
Where do you see yourself in five years? Ten years?
In five years, I see myself living closer to the beach with Mr. RCGG and our kids! In ten years, I see myself still on the beach with the husband and kids! Haha! I like the beach!
Do you have a favorite book?
My favorite book is To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. It is the only book I have ever read more than once. Every time I read it I find something different about it!
What is your favorite vacation place? 
We love Jekyll Island! I have blogged about it many times. We were married there almost two years ago! It just has this beauty that makes you want to get back to nature. You wouldn't even know you are by the ocean.
 
Does your town have any fun festivals in the summer?
Nope! We have Pioneer Days in the fall, but it really isn't that great!
Mandy's answers:
How long have you been blogging?   8 months
Why did you start blogging?  I was pregnant, and wanted an outlet
How did you come up with your blog name?  My life revolved around my "household" and my husband and son are obsessed with superheroes
What has been your most viewed post?  Mickey Mouse 1st Birthday Party and Avocado Fudge
Do you have any blogging advice? Just be yourself!

Personal questions:
How long have you and your husband been married? 7 years
How did you meet your husband?  at the gym!
Do you have children? yes, 2- my son will be 3 yrs old in a couple of weeks and my daughter is 5 months old
What are some of your hobbies?  photography and fitness
Do you have any pets?  not anymore, we did have a pug named Oreo
Where do you see yourself in five years? Ten years?  we are moving to the beach in a month, so I plan to stay there.  I will eventually get back to my career in event planning once both kids are in school
Do you have a favorite book?  I am more of a magazine reader if I ever find the time
What is your favorite vacation place?  Aruba or any Caribbean cruise
Does your town have any fun festivals in the summer?  There are tons of things going on in Orlando every week, it is like they come up with the most random things to have a festival for, so too many to list


Be sure to follow your host!! Thanks so much AND link back to whichever blog you posted your link through.
Cate: Random Crafty GA Girl ~  Facebook ~ Twitter

Mandy: The Household hero  ~ Facebook ~ Twitter  ~ G+ ~ Pinterest

ME:  Facebook ~   Twitter ~  Pinterest ~  G+ ~ Instagram
The Rules are simple:
 Share #recipes #crafts #DIY projects #beauty #fitness #homedecor #landscapes, #architecture #homemade items and more! 
FAMILY FRIENDLY post!! 
Link 2 -3 links from YOUR blog. Link back to one of your host on the post you shared OR on a party page. Visit others, share the party and ENJOY!!

This week I chose the LAST THREE post that were linked up. Cause I'm random like that.




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Monday, July 21, 2014

How to bake sweet potatoes in a crock pot

I love my crock pot, it is perfect for large meals, days when I'm busy and days like last week when temperatures are over 100 each day. I don't feel like heating up the kitchen with the oven or the stove top for that matter.

We had #meatlessMonday, which my husband is not thrilled over but I gave him ice cream for dessert so he didn't complain, or at least not outside of his head anyway.

Preparing the sweet potatoes in the crock pot or slow cooker: {all crock pots are slow cookers but not all slow cookers are crock pots :) Crock Pot is a name brand.} Line your cooker with a piece of foil, add 1 cup of water, this helps them to steam and not burn. Place your potatoes inside and place the lid on top. Cook on high for 2 hours and DONE! Perfect potatoes. I then turned mine on warm so we could enjoy the potatoes later that night.


AND no mess to clean up! Dump the water, if there is any left, take out the foil, rinse the cooker and you're done.

I enjoyed one for lunch and then that evening we had one for supper along with couscous salad, which you'll find here in a day or so.

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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Cranberry Shallot Vinaigrette - #CIC

Dog-gone I had a difficult time this month trying to decide WHAT to do with these two ingredients:
cranberries (fresh, dried, frozen)
shallots

Yep, you guessed it, CIC time! Crazy Ingredient Challenge

Each month I assign two ingredients to our bloggers who are up for the challenge, they in-turn come up with a NEW recipe, never before posted on their blogs and then we all link up on the 20th.


This month we voted on the ingredients. They had four choices and well, cranberries and shallots won, by one vote!

I tossed around ideas and dreamed up dishes until I wasted all my time and BAM here I am the night before we post, writing up my recipe and editing my photos. Can you say "procrastinator" ? Yep... I did the big no no.

I settled on making a vinaigrette, I had thought about a sweet/savory bread, stuffed chicken, stuffed pork loin, but I swear I looked at the calendar wrong and thought I had another week. *red face*

I hope the others weren't as bad as I was this month. Check out all their recipes at the bottom.

Cranberry Shallot Vinaigrette
2 TBSP dried cranberries
2 TBSP extra virgin olive oil
1 large shallot
1 TBSP honey
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/8 tsp ginger powder
juice from one lemon (2 TBSP)
2 TBSP water

Add all but the evoo into a blender, blitz/liquefy, slowly drizzle in the evoo, this helps to thicken/emulsify the vinaigrette.
Chill and serve over fish, chicken or a salad. I used mine on leftover talapia and mixed baby greens.

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