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January 2012


Everything is a Miracle

January 19, 2012

There are only two ways to life your life.
One is as though Nothing is a miracle.
The other is as though Everything is a miracle.

~ Albert Einstein


Can I have more time, please?

January 17, 2012

Where did the day go? I had plans for a nice post about our 3 day weekend and our day at the big South Florida fair, with pictures of course. Instead, I’m sitting here, trying to figure out where the time went and what I did with it.

After having the kids and hubby home for an extra day and spending family time together, this Hausfrau needed to take care of some household chores… desperately. So, most of my morning I took care of those. Little one and I also spent an hour with our elderly neighbor who we see each day for a cup of coffee!!! After some more laundry and a quick shower it was time to pick up the big kids and head over to the dentist.

The check-up and cleaning went super but took some time since all 3 kiddos had appointments…Little One’s first, she was a trooper and did really well. Hubby ended up surprising us there since he happened to be in the area and we ended up going to dinner at a cute little Greek bistro… Ópa!!! It was delicious.

When we got home it was high time to walk the pooches, get Little One in bed and squeeze in a match of ping-pong. That didn’t go so well… too tired, I think.

Anyhow, so that was my day… no time to write-up my post … but it will come later this week!!! 🙂

I also wanted to take a moment and give a shout-out to Brenda @ Fiction with a Purpose … she was sweet enough to include me in her Tuesday Spotlight and “interview” me. Head on over if you’d like to see what I had to say!!! Thank you, Brenda!!!


My First Blog Award!!!

January 16, 2012


My year sure is off to a good start and I hope, it stays that way. The last couple of weeks have been pretty amazing. And on Friday I received a very pleasant surprise!!! RoryBore at Time Out For Mom bestowed upon me my very first blog award…

RoryBore is one of the people who have embraced me with open arms since I became a “member” of the blogosphere. She let me write my first  guest post on her blog when I took a leap of faith and contacted her about one of the coffee chats she did for the Christmas season. I love visiting her blog… she always manages to make me smile or nod my head in agreement!!!

THANK YOU for once again thinking of me and giving me my first blog award, RoryBore!!!  Here’s to the little fish, in the big pond!!!

The Liebster Blog Award is said to have originated in Germany!!! (Kind of ironic!) The word “Liebster” is a term of endearment that means “beloved person” or favorite. The aim of this award is to bring attention to blogs with fewer than 200 followers!

There are some rules that come with this award. Not to worry, you won’t have to bend over backward, just do the following…

  1. Show your thanks to the blogger that gave you this award by linking back to them.
  2. Reveal your top 5 picks and let them know by leaving a comment on their blog.
  3. Post the award to your blog. (right-click to safe to your computer, than upload to your blog.)
  4. Bask in the love from the most supportive people on the internet–other writers.
  5. And best of all… Have fun and spread the Karma!

It is with great pleasure that I pass the Liebster Blog Award to:

NOTE:  As not every blog has GFC, you cannot always tell how many followers someone has.   So, if I make an error, just keep in mind:  it’s the thought that counts.

  1. Paul @ The Ossington Kitchen
  2. Tere @ {Welcome to} Tere’s (never quite “normal”) World
  3. Rebecca @ Freaky Frugalite
  4. Jennifer @ Just Another Day
  5. Tami @ Empty Nest In Illinois

It wasn’t so easy finding 5 blogs that have less than 200 followers. I’m still a newbie myself and have lots more blogs to discover. But these are 5 blogs that I do enjoy reading and make a point of stopping by each and every week!!! So, if you have some extra time… show them some blogging love and check in on them.

Have a great week!!!!! 🙂




Follow Friday Four Fill-in Fun

January 13, 2012


Each week Hilary at Feeling Beachie posts four statement with blanks for us to fill in on our own blogs. She is always looking for new statements, if you send her some and she chooses you… you will be made co-host. It’s so much fun.

This week’s statements:

1. I have never eaten ___

2. I like to ___ in ___

3. If I could go back and change one thing, it would be _______.

4. My greatest _____ for my ______ is ______.

My answers:

  1. I have never eaten at the Cheesecake Factory. I have heard many people really like it but I have never had the desire to go there.
  2. I like to read soaking in a warm bubble bath.
  3. If I could go back and change one thing, it would be to visit my grandma one more time before she passed away unexpectedly.
  4. My greatest hope for my kids is that they will always be as happy and healthy and loving, as they are now.


Quote of the week!

January 12, 2012

“The principle on which this country was founded and by which it has always been governed is that Americanism is a matter of the mind and heart; Americanism is not, and never was, a matter of race or ancestry. A good American is one who is loyal to this country and to our creed of liberty and democracy.” 1943

~ Franklin D. Roosevelt

I found this quote in The Citizen Almanac I received at my Oath ceremony yesterday.


Proud to be American

January 12, 2012

Yesterday, was a big day. We celebrated hubby’s 35th birthday and my swearing-in as an American citizen. I still can’t believe it. I am an American citizen. Little Susi G., as the old gossips in my hometown, would say. All the way from middle-of-nowhere Germany to Boca Raton, Florida… U.S.A.!!!

91 people from 35 different countries, like Albania, Argentina, Chile, Columbia, France, Iran, Bangladesh to name just a few, were sworn in at the USCIS center in Royal Palm Beach with me. I was the only German.

After living here for 16 years and being very happy in my adopted home country, I finally took the last step. I passed the citizenship test back in December and was eagerly awaiting the letter telling me the day when I would swear the  Oath of Allegiance.

After saying these words, I officially became a naturalized American citizen.

I was finally able to pledge my allegiance to the flag. (As a legal alien resident, but non-citizen, you are not supposed to pledge to the flag.)

It was a short, but for me, emotional ceremony. I had to hold back tears many times. But in the end I had a huge smile on my face. I did it. It’s official.

I am an American citizen!!! 🙂

I’m excited I get to vote now and to carry a blue (my favorite color), not red passport. I will apply for that as soon as possible.


Tasty Tuesday: Susi's Chicken Salad

January 10, 2012

This a simple and delicious recipe.


  • one roasted chicken
  • 2 nice sized celery stalks
  • 3-4 good sized radishes
  • mayonnaise
  • lemon juice
  • salt and pepper
  • hot sauce


I like to use an Original Roasted Chicken ( the rotisserie chicken you get at the deli) from the grocery store. It saves time and is just as delicious as making one yourself.

Cut the chicken apart and de-bone, cut into small pieces and put in a bowl. I like to use the chicken breast and dark meat, as well, it just adds flavor.

Next, chop up the celery and radishes and add to the chicken.

Add the mayonnaise–I only use Hellmann’s– (start with half a cup and go from there), mix it all up. If you like the consistency go to the next step. If not add more mayonnaise.

Now, add a couple squirts of lemon juice, salt and pepper to taste and some hot sauce, if you like.

Mix it all up again. Spread on some crackers, add a drop of hot sauce and enjoy!!!

This is a serving suggestion. My boy likes me to make him chicken salad sandwiches for school. After a night in the fridge the flavors come out even more.

Guten Appetit!!!






My weekend in pictures…

January 9, 2012

It’s late and I really should be in bed. Tomorrow the big kids go back to school that means I have to be out of bed by 6:30 AM. 🙁 I was just going to post a few pictures and then head of to bed. Well, picking the shots that I liked took a little longer than I thought. I took about 200 pics this weekend, learning the ins and outs of my camera. No, it’s not new–I just didn’t realize how much it can actually do. Since I’ve started blogging I pay a lot more attention to my photos. It’s another new passion.

We had a really great weekend. Friday the five of us headed out to dinner at the Old Key Lime House which is a new favorite of ours. It’s on the water and you can even pull up by boat. Saturday after a big breakfast, hubby suggested we get in the car and check out the guitar shop he had found online. Since I’m trying to be more spontaneous and a drive sounded just fine in this glorious weather we’ve been having, I was all for it. How lucky that the guitar shop was right across the street from the Busch Wildlife Sanctuary? What a great place. They rehabilitate wild animals that are injured and work completely from donations. We bought some things at the gift shop…

After we got home hubby had to try out the new toy and I was all ready to enjoy a quiet night. That wasn’t happening. We had an impromptu get-together with our neighbors and ended up cooking surf and turf. I’m really getting into this spontaneity thing. Hope it will last throughout the year!!!

Sunday dawned sunny and bright yet again. We headed out to our usual family lunch with hubby’s grandma. After we got home the girls played with one of their friends, hubby worked on some car maintenance, and I spend time with my camera’s manual and made the girls pose for me. We finished this weekend with a home-cooked meal of chicken Alfredo made by yours truly. Oh, and I managed to beat hubby at ping-pong. I’m pretty good!!! 🙂

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