Saturday Fun

This morning I got up and got ready to meet Nancy, my MIL, at a pancake breakfast. A group from church hosted the breakfast to raise money for a mission trip to Nicaragua at the end of the month.

I wore my new trendy fedora I bought at a local boutique yesterday.

After breakfast, we sat and talked for a while and then headed downtown to go to a little shop called Creative Kitchen. I had never been, but Nancy had gotten me gifts from there before, as well as a birthday cake and I wanted to check it out myself. It was the neatest store! Part bakery and carry out ( with premade casseroles and such), part gourmet store with dips and sauces, part kitchen store with gadgets, and part gift shop with the neatest most unique stuff. I loved it! We bought a few things and also got a treat!

This was the best find- this precious menu sign that says Fiesta. It was perfect with all my Fistaware!

I spent the rest of the afternoon cleaning and cooking. We are having some friends over for the first time to our new house after church for lunch.

I am so excited to use some new things I recently got- like this double casserole tray! I have it all set up- we just need the food!

Now me and Ty are just hanging out watching movies and relaxing. Hope you all had a great Saturday!

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Menu- Week of 7/4

So last week, the two slow cooker meals were staples around here, so they were good. The lettuce wraps were good, but need some tweaking to be worthy of the title of PF Chang’s lettuce wraps. But new to us was the Shrimp Etouffee. And its sticking around. We adored it. Put it on your “to make” list. Now. I’m serious.

Today: We will be at Freedom Fest, so bring on the BBQ and funnel cakes!

Tuesday: Chicken Cordon Bleu Bake (from last week). We didn’t get around to making it last week….so here it comes!

Wednesday: Some delicious beef brats that I picked up from a local butcher. He says they will be the best we’ll ever have! We will see! Brats and onions with a salad.

Thursday: I got a HUGE bison roast at the butcher. So Bison slow cooker Italian Beef.

Friday: I am feeling ready for some fish…so some Salmon or Cod (I have both in the freezer) and some roasted veggies.

I am going to be using a lot of stuff we have in the freezer/pantry for a few weeks….so hello low grocery bill! 🙂

Thesis Results

I know several of you starting following my blog as a result of helping with my thesis by taking an online survey. I truly appreciate your help. Every survey was invaluable and helped me make sense of my data piece by piece.

I found some interesting things from my data I can share now that it has been fully accepted, signed off on, and turned in.

To summarize my thesis- I was researching mommy blogs- the identity of the mommy bloggers, the blog content, and the blogging community. I surveyed 1157 female bloggers from every state in the US except Montana, New Hampshire and Vermont. Most were educated with 64% reporting a 4 year college degree or higher.

For identity: I used a measurement that measured identity in terms of 6 things: likeability, power, morality, task accomplishment, vulnerability, and giftedness. My interesting results were that I found that the typical mommy blogger scored high in likeability (compared to other groups tested using this instrument), scored low on power, and scored very high on task accomplishment. This means the results demonstrate that the typical mommy blogger sees herself as very likeable, very efficient at completing tasks, but low in power.

For content: I found that there were two groups of mommy bloggers, in terms of what they blogged about. One group (we called them Family-Focused bloggers) blogged mostly about family and closely related topics (like Religion and parenting) while the other group (whom we called Family-Plus Focused bloggers) blogged about family and such, but ALSO predominantly about external topics like news, technology, and entertainment. So Family-Focused bloggers mostly blog about their family, while Family-Plus Focused bloggers also take on other outside topics.

For blogging community: I found that interaction on blogs creates blogging community. Simply reading blogs did not make someone feel a part of the blogging community. However, writing and commenting on blogs DID make someone feel like a part of the community. So in order to feel like a part of the blogging community, a blogger must interact with other bloggers by writing and commenting on other blogs.

I also found cool connections like, the higher the score on the identity scale the stronger the sense of community. So the stronger the blogger’s identity, the more likely she is to experience the blogging community. I also found connections between the blogger’s identity and content. I found that Family-Plus Focused bloggers reported higher scores on power and giftedness than Family-Focused bloggers. The two groups of bloggers were similar in the other 4 identity dimensions. But Family-Plus Focused bloggers reported feeling more powerful and more gifted than Family-Focused bloggers.

So that’s what I found. My thesis (which had 59 pages of actual text…and was 97 pages total!) goes into much more technical detail about the study and the results…but that’s it in a nutshell. It was really cool to study this group and add to academic knowledge of mommy bloggers…and many people think mommy blogging is for pictures of snotty kids and advice on which brand of diapers to buy. And I think we all know (and my study demonstrates) that it is much more than that.

Its like a cupcake, but bigger!

So I know that yesterday I posted about my weight loss. Well, the key to a good diet is not only will-power and determination, but also the occasional treat. 🙂
I got a giant cupcake pan for Christmas from my mom…and last night I met some girlfriends for dinner and hangout time. So I wanted to try out my new pan, so I made a precious giant cupcake! Isn’t it cute? The pan has this cute star design on the top, and I didn’t want to cover it up, so I only frosted in the star and around the edges. I used M&Ms for sprinkles. Big cupcake= big sprinkles. The inside of the cake is Dr. Pepper Chocolate Cake without the chocolate chips.
And the sliver I had was yummy. 🙂