Liebster Award

I have been nominated for the Liebster Award from Donna, over at The Raven 6825.  She has a fabulous blog full of poetry, quotes, and writings with deep meaning.  Make sure that you check out her amazing talent!  Donna, thank you SO very much for the nomination.  It is greatly appreciated!

The Liebster Award

The Rules

  • Once you are nominated, make a post thanking and linking the person who nominated you.
  • Include the Liebster Award sticker in the post too.
  • Nominate 5 -10 other bloggers who you feel are worthy of this award. Let them know they have been nominated by commenting on one of their posts. You can also nominate the person who nominated you.
  • Ensure all of these bloggers have less than 200 followers.
  • Lastly, COPY these rules in the post.

1. What is the story behind your blog name?

My blog was created to document my journey, from food stamps to a future, so it only made sense to name it as such. I wanted to have a special “sounding board” here on the web so that I may encourage, motivate, and inspire others through my experiences, my trials, and my tribulations. Success can be had by all, provided they are willing to stick with it until the end. I want to be a beacon of hope for those who are searching.

2. Why did you start blogging? Has it turned out to be what you expected?

I began blogging because I wanted to be the change that I wished to see in the world. I wanted to make a difference in the lives of others, and knew that I would have access to so many more individuals in need on the web.

I have thoroughly enjoyed my blog so far, and the people that I have made connections with have been an absolute blessing in my life! I was hoping that my blogging venture would be this way, but was surprised by how fast my following has grown. I have quite a few very devoted readers, and they are always here for me when I need to bounce around ideas.

3. Do you have a significant other? How did you meet?

Yes. After years of giving up hope that there was a compatible soul out in this vast world for me, I was blessed with my loving and supportive husband, Rusty. When I first met him, he was my boss. A friendship developed, and years later we fell in love. The rest is, as they say, history.

4. If you could live one day over again, what day would it be?

I would have to say that the day I would like to relive is when my mother arranged a “surprise” Spa Day for my 21st birthday. Every aspect of that day was perfect!

5. Weirdest thing you eat?

I guess the “weirdest thing” that I eat is my vegetarian food. I don’t think it’s weird, but everyone else seems to think so. I have been ridiculed my entire life over it, and on more counts than one, has it been compared to dog food by different people. All I know is that I enjoy it, so the rest doesn’t much matter. Everyone is  entitled to their own opinions.

6. Favorite dessert?

One of my favorite desserts is Strawberry Pretzel dessert. The sweet strawberries, the salty pretzels, and the creamy cream cheese center makes it an exhilarating taste bud experience. If you’ve never tried it, make up a batch. The recipe is provided for you below.

Strawberry Pretzel Salad

Ingredients (Crust)

  • 3/4 Cup Melted Butter
  • 3 Tablespoons Sugar
  • 2 Cups Crushed (Not Fine) Pretzels

Mix together and press into a 9 X 12 casserole dish.  Bake at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 8 minutes.  Let cool for 5 minutes and place in fridge to get cold.

Ingredients (Center Layer)

  • 1-3ounce package Cream Cheese
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 1-9 ounce container of Cool Whip

Beat together cream cheese and sugar.  Fold in Cool Whip.  Spread evenly on top of cooled crust.  Refrigerate.

Ingredients (Top Layer)

  • 1 Large package Strawberry Jell-O
  • 2 cups Boiling Water
  • 2-10 ounce packages of Frozen Strawberries

Dissolve package of jello in boiling water.  Stir in both packages of strawberries.  Let sit for 10 minutes.  Pour on top of center layer and place in fridge to solidify.

Once jello has completed “setting up,” serve.

7. Favorite books?

My all-time favorite book is Bag of Bones by the king of horror himself, Mr. Stephen King. They tried to create a mini-series, which did NOT do the book justice! I couldn’t even finish it…SO disappointing!

 8. Favorite movie?

My favorite movie, as I’ve mentioned before is, The Count of Monte Cristo. The deception and the tactics concocted for revenge are stellar! Fabulous movie…I highly recommend you watch.

9. Music you listen to for inspiration?

I have come up with some super creative ideas while listening to Nine Inch Nails and Pink Floyd. Some other good inspirational tunes (in my opinion) include: Evanescense, Linkin Park, Portishead, Gorillaz, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, and The Psychedelic Furs.

10. What’s one piece of advice you’d give your younger self?

I would smack myself upside the head and drill “forget about the damn boys!” into my head. They have been the root of my individual growth delay. I am SO glad I’ve finally got it all figured out!

My Liebster Award Nominees:

Zoe over at Zewing

Emma over at Life, Kids, and a Glass of Red

Julianna over at Julianna Ballentine

Natasha over at Mama Duck Quacks

Rebekah over at Wildflower in the Weeds

Donna, thank you again for the nomination.  I sure do appreciate it!

Liebster Award

I have been nominated for the Liebster Award by none other than Nicole, the talented mind behind The Domesticated Goddess.  She has an amazing blog, and I thoroughly enjoy her posts.  Head on over and check her out…you will not be disappointed!

Liebster Award


Thank you SO much for the Nomination Nicole!

Liebster Award Rules:
1 – Thank the person who nominated you and link to their blog.
2 – Answer the 10 questions given by the nominator.
3 – Nominate and Link 10 bloggers.
4 – Notify all the bloggers that you have nominated.
5 – Create 10 new questions for your nominees to answer.

Questions (for me) from The Domesticated Goddess:

1.  What is your favorite music?
I love music, and listen to it every chance that I get.  My favorite type of music is rock-n-roll, but I am beginning to prefer the older tunes over the newer ones.  Pink Floyd, Janis, Jimi, Led Zepplin, The Kinks…  There are just too many great artists to count.

2.  If you were stranded on a deserted island and could only take one thing with you, what would it be?
If I became stranded on an island with only one possession to accompany me, I would choose a Toothbrush.  I cannot fathom the thought of being unable to brush my teeth, and there are a multitude of natural items that could serve as toothpaste in the wild.

3.  When you were a kid, what did you say you wanted to be when you grew up?
When I was a child, I had a lot of career titles chosen.  I wanted to be a doctor, then a nurse, an artist, a writer, and a mother.  I know for a fact that I had other titles chosen, as I had quite an imagination, but these are the ones that currently come to mind.

4.  If you could go any place in the world, where would you go?
I am planning to take my kiddos back over to Germany so they can see where we lived, and the hospital where my daughter was born.  I would also like to take those trips that I had planned years ago to England and Italy.

5.  What is your favorite movie?
I have a lot of favorite movies, but there are 3 that top the list.  These include The Count of Monte Cristo, Elizabeth, and the cult classic, Harold and Maude.  I could watch these three movies everyday and never tire of them!  Another fabulous movie is The Tenth Kingdom.  Have you seen it?

6.  If you could pass on one piece of advice to others, what would it be?
Listen to your instincts!  You, and only you know what is best for YOUR life.  Listen to that inner voice, as it holds all the answers that you will ever need.

7.  What has been your favorite blog post (that you have written) thus far?
So far, I would have to say that my post on Raising Children is my favorite to date.  I have a few more posts written, that have yet to be released that are spectacular.  Counting down the weeks until I get to share them with you.

8.  What would you say your greatest quality is?
In my opinion, my greatest quality is my compassion for others.  I have always had a soft spot for my fellow peers, and I have a long list of ways in which to alter their realities.  I want to make a difference in their lives, and to be there for support during their times of need.  I hope that I will have that opportunity.

9.  If you could choose one of these cars, which one would it be?  A 1969 Dodge Charger or a brand new Ferrari?
Not a huge car person, but I would have to go with the 1969 Dodge Charger.  Cars were constructed so much better back them, and it is a much-loved, highly sought after classic muscle car.  I know quite a few people who would die to get their hands on one.

10.  What is one thing blogging has taught you?
I am still super new to blogging, but I have learned how supportive the blogging community is.  The majority of fellow bloggers are quick to share and like posts, and they write the most heartfelt comments.  I feel sorry for the non-blogging folks out in the world.  They have no idea what kind of fellowship and communion they are missing out on!

My Nominees:

Jennifer at Bajiequ5

Chelsea at Intentional Three Six Five

Ann at Muddling Through My Middle Age

Kelli at Elm Street Girl

TJS at TJS Old to New

Tenisha at Frugal Fab Mommy

Trista at Domesticated Momster

Renee at Laugh Up My Sleeve

The Snarky Blonde

Glaiza at Glimmer of Happiness

 Another (hilarious) blog worth checking out is:  Nutsrok

Questions for my Nominees:
1. If you won the lottery, how would the money impact your life, and what would you do differently?
2. Why did you decide to start a blog?
3. What is the one, most defining moment in your life?
4. Share with us one of your biggest regrets…
5. How do you handle controversy?
6. What was your biggest fear as a child?
7. I am a little embarrassed that I still do this…
8. One person from your life who has influenced you the most, and how?
9. You have an hour all to yourself.  How do you spend it?
10. If you could have dinner with any 3 people, living or deceased, who would they be and why would you choose them?

Looking forward to hearing your responses…