During the Winter Subscriber’s Giveaway, I asked you if there was anything about me you wanted to know. There were all sorts of questions, so here are Your Questions Answered. Some questions were asked more than one time or more than one way, so I put those together. Thank you for the fun questions. I’m not so full of myself to think that this is anything other than a fun post. No worries there. I was just thinking you might want to know something about me, since you read my blog.
When we had the Fall Subscriber’s Giveaway, I asked what you wanted to learn about cooking. Again, loads of great questions. I will be tackling those questions through out this year. Some I will have to get help with, like baking bread. I just can’t make that one happen for me. So sad. I have friends that can though, so I will tap their talents. Stay turned for those instructional posts.
I hope that this post will interest you. It’s not my regular type of post, but it was fun to write. It’s pretty long, so sorry about that. If you have any other questions, please leave a comment below or shoot me an email and I will answer them at a later time.
Why did you start your blog? I started FCM with my oldest daughter because we were always sending each other, my mom and sister pictures of stuff we made, crafts and food. I thought we could have a little blog so the others could see what we made easier. I shared a few of the posts on Facebook and other people started following along. It’s kind of crazy really. It turns out the the world really isn’t all the big. I met someone here in Martinique that actually read my blog and I don’t have a ginormous blog.
Is there anything special you do every year with your family during the holidays? Any special meal that you prepare perhaps? A lot of years we’ve gone into the mountains to spend the day and cut a tree. That is one of my favorite things to do. I also love driving around looking at Christmas lights. I make Green Chile Stew most years for Christmas Eve and really love that. It smells so good. My mouth is watering thinking about it.
If you could go anywhere in the world, where would choose? My bucket list is crazy long and grows every year. The place on the very top of my list is Greece. I would love to walk among the old structures and explore for days. Plus, I would love to spend some time on the Mediterranean Sea.
What is your favorite type of Christmas dessert? I really, really love all the varieties of cookies I make and receive at Christmas. I didn’t make many this year and missed them.
What food do you want to make that you have never attempted? French Macarons and I’d love to try them. They are so pretty. I see them here in Martinique and think about making them, I just haven’t gotten brave enough yet.
What was your favorite Christmas present as a kid? I can think of two that I really enjoyed. When I was in the 4th grade I think, my dad was serving in the Air Force overseas for the Vietnam War and I received a Barbie Dream House that I believe my uncles had to put together because it had 5 million pieces. I loved that thing. When I was in the 6th grade I think, I got a lime green 10 speed bike. I loved that as well. We lived on an air force base in Hawaii and it was a little piece of freedom.
Does sharing your life, family and thoughts in such a transparent media make you worry about backlash? Not really about backlash. I talk a little about my religious beliefs, but not political topics, so that helps. My hope is that people respect the things I choose to keep private and I don’t reveal things about my family without asking them. That would not be fair to them, since blogging is my choice. If my blog were to grow to a really large blog, I may have to rethink what I share.
Where is your favorite place to vacation? My favorite place to vacation is probably Caye Caulker, Belize. It’s a lovely tiny island off the coast of Belize, with no paved roads or cars. The pace is very laid back and slow. In fact, their motto is ‘Go Slow’. The snorkeling is really fantastic too. I’ve only been there once, but I’d love to go back. You can read about our trip HERE, if you’re interested.
Where did you grow up and do you have siblings? My dad was in the Air Force, so I traveled all over growing up and was actually born in Germany. I didn’t go to the same school two years in a row until I was in high school. I have one brother and one sister, both younger than me. I also have 2 step-brothers and 2 step-sisters.
You have so many amazing recipes, but what is your favorite holiday meal and dessert to make? Thank you. I’m glad that you like them. My favorite holiday meal is ham, potatoes, stuffing and green beans, with my daughter’s homemade rolls. Dessert is pecan and pumpkin pies. None of it is too hard and everyone loves everything, so no one goes away hungry.
Do you have any pets? Technically, I have a dog. However, when we moved to China in 2012, I asked my mom to watch him for me and when I went to get him, I saw how great they are for each other, so she kept him. He’s a sweet dog and I miss him sometimes, but that’s okay. I get to see him once or twice a year. My youngest daughter has two cats that have lived with us sometimes, but they are her’s and they love her.
If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life what would it be? Wow, I love food, so that is hard. Probably tamales. I love them so much. I haven’t had any in 7 months. I will have to make some when we get back to the States.
What kind of Christmas tree do you prefer- real or artificial? I love a real tree, although some years they are difficult to come by, if I can at all.
Where do you get the inspiration for your recipes and crafts? This will probably sound funny, but I dream a lot of my recipes before I make them. I wake up and write them down so I can remember them. Those usually work out really well. For crafts, occasionally I will dream them, but more often they fill some kind of void or request from someone. I draw them out before I actually make them so I can work out most of the kinks ahead of time.
What is your favorite gemstone? My birthstone is an emerald, but I don’t really like green, so I don’t have much of that one. I really love blue sapphires and there is a baby pink one I love, but I don’t know what it’s called.
What is your favorite meal to make and why? This is a hard question because I love to cook a variety of things. Since I’ve lived all over the world, I have a lot of different things I like. My favorite foods are Mexican foods, so probably something along those lines.
What recipe did you have to try out more than a few times to get just right? This Cheesey Rice and Broccoli Casserole is one I made a few different ways before it was just what I wanted. I love this recipe. It’s my version of the Honey Baked Ham side dish. The copy cat recipes I found for this dish all had a lot of processed ingredients and I didn’t want that, both for taste and because when we are in other countries, you can’t find those ingredients.
Is there a Christmas tradition from being in Martinique that you are going to adopt? I would really love to adopt the tradition of simplification. They don’t go crazy with all of the shopping here. It focuses so much more on the important parts of life, Christ and family. I really love that so much.
What is your favorite baked good to give as a Christmas gift? I love to give sweet breads at Christmas time. They are great for a quick breakfast or if the receiver has a whole bunch of other baked goods already, they freeze well for later. I try to wrap them pretty when I give them, like this Pumpkin Zucchini Bread.
What is your favorite comfort food, mine is mac and cheese! I think homemade mac and cheese, although I rarely eat it. My husband is not a fan of the homemade variety and I don’t like the boxed variety, so I don’t eat it often.
I know you travel a lot, but where is somewhere you’d like to travel to but never have? The list is so long. It seems like every time I cross a place off my list, I talk to someone who tells me about a new place. A dream of mine since I was young and lived in Hawaii was to visit Tahiti. It’s not number 1 on my bucket list, but it is the place I’ve wanted to visit the longest.
What do you like best/least about blogging? The best thing about actually blogging is that it is a great creative outlet for the things I love to do and I can share them with other people, hopefully helping someone along the way. My least favorite thing about blogging is probably all of the social media. I really don’t mind some of it, but there is so much and it’s always changing. This is why I’m not on the newer sites. I just can’t keep up.
What is your favorite thing to blog about? Easily, my travels. I love reliving places I have experienced. There is so much to see in the world.
What was your favorite Christmas present that you gave someone else? This will sound cheesy, but I think my favorite gift I’ve given are all of the trips and travel we have given to our kids. I think it opened their eyes to other people and cultures and gave them a broader view of our world. The down side is that, like me, they always want to go now.
Thank you so much for reading! I hope you enjoyed this post and Your Questions Answered.