Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Love is in the Hodgepodge Air

Welcome to the Wednesday Hodgepodge! If you've answered the questions today add your link, then leave a comment for the blogger who came before you. Comments equal love, or at least in the blog world they do.

Also, please be sure you link back to my blog in your post somewhere. You can copy and paste the badge code from my sidebar easy peasy, or just link readers back here somewhere in your intro.

And I guess I'm going to bring up one more teensy little thing...sometimes people copy my Hodgepodge answers word for word. That's a no-no. Firstly, I'm not that brilliant-ha! But also, the idea is to tell us what you think, and if your thoughts are similar to mine, please still use your own words.

Thanks for playing along today! Here we go-

1. Create an acrostic using the word LOVE. If you're unsure what an acrostic is click here.

Love is....

Operating from a place of selflessness
Voicing words of affirmation and encouragement
Ever hopeful 

2. Does love really conquer all? Why or why not?

I'm a romantic at heart so my answer might surprise you, but I'm going to say no. I think love conquers much. I think it covers a multitude of sins, but we're human and our words and actions have consequences that love can't always undo, take back, or conquer. Many people divorce someone they love. Human love is extraordinary...remarkable...imperfect.

Now God's love? That's different. I believe God's love can and does conquer all. His love is always sacrificial, always patient, always kind, keeps no record of wrongs, and never ever fails. It's the example we're given to emulate, but we're human, and the words always/never/all are something we fall short of at least some of the time. 

3.Tell us about a time recently, where you really put your heart into something.

Probably the last thing I really put my heart into was the scrapbook I made for my Daughter1 for Christmas. It was filled with a lot of time and much love. 

4.What's your favorite fictional love story?

This is a tough one, but I'm going to say  Gilbert Blythe and Anne Shirley. Their love grew up beside them. It wasn't a lightning bolt. It was soft and tender and a gradual awakening to the realization that this person known since childhood was undeniably wedged into the deepest corners of the heart. 

5. Do you generally wear your heart on your sleeve, or keep your cards close to the vest?

I had to think about this one. I probably hold hurt feelings closer to the vest. Also, I don't have an explosive temper so if I'm angry I generally walk away and simmer in private. Or vent to hubs. Happiness, excitement, exhaustion, surprise...those you can easily read on my face. 

6. What food says love to you? Why?

Thanksgiving dinner. The menu that doesn't change too awfully much from year to year, it's filled with warm, filling, comfort foods eaten on the good china, families gathered round the table. The food and the day in general speak love to me. 

7.When were you last 'tickled pink' over something? Explain.

My daughter2 is a third grade teacher, and I just love hearing about how she handles various situations with her students. Her skill, maturity, wisdom, and humor tickle me pink. Grown up girls bless your heart in a thousand million ways. 

8.  Insert your own random thought here.

I made Mississippi Pot Roast last weekend, and it was so good! This recipe is one of the most pinned recipes on Pinterest, simple to prepare and really tender. While the combination of ingredients sounds a bit odd, something magical happens when they're combined in a slow cooker. They morph into absolute deliciousness. The link to the recipe is pretty much everywhere, but here's the one I followed. You're welcome. 


  1. Your answer to #2 is exactly what I was striving to complete agreement! I had to smile when I read what you wrote about your daughter who teaches. Brittany is much the same way. She works with kids who have many deep-rooted issues and she shares with me how she's encouraged them and even disciplined them and I think to myself how lucky they are to have her as a mentor. Sure makes a mom proud, doesn't it? I'm always up for new recipes, so I will be checking out the one you shared. Might be just perfect for my new pressure cooker!

  2. I wrote my entire post last night and it is gone this morning 😤😢 No time to redo.
    Totally agree with #2.
    I don't know your fictional love characters, where are they from?
    Going to look at the recipe!

    1. Anne of Green Gables. You should most definitely read it. It's my favorite book.

  3. Anne and Gilbert . . . . Great minds think alike! ;)

  4. Anne of Green Gables-:) I was in a 2nd grade classroom last Friday, and going from teaching 8th graders to 2nd graders-OH MY! I have a new respect for elementary teachers.

  5. I didn't get the LOVE thing, but bear with me, I did something else. And my tickled pink should have been tickled blue, but that is a wonderful moment for me.
    IU also love Thanksgiving, but...I figured Hubby could handle champagne, chocolate and flowers! lol! Have a great day!

  6. Joyce.. I'm sure your daughter appreciates every ounce of effort that you put into her scrapbook. That pot roast sounds amazing! Nothing is better than that on a cold day. Have a great week. You're missing a lot of snow on the East Coast.

  7. Love your answer to does love conquer all. Gilbert and Anne is a great one and isn't that such a beautiful love? I'm off to check out the potroast recipe since I have a bottom round roast to cook tonight.

  8. What an interesting recipe. I think I'll have to try that one!
    Teachers always have the most interesting stories, don't they? I'm glad your daughter is so good at her chosen profession :) The system is blessed to have her.

    Kathy (Reflections)

  9. Grown up daughters are the best! Happy Valentine's Day :-)

  10. Thank you for the recipe! Off to pin. And thank you for a thoughtful series of questions. I knew that I could count on you!

  11. I completely agree with you that it is a delight to see our adult daughters making good choices and handling life well.

    Also enjoyed your response to #4. Anne and Gilbert made for a great story.

  12. Love your answer to #2. I need to read Anne of Green Gables sometime. I think I even have it in my Kindle library.

  13. I need to put Anne of Green Gables on my reading list. I'm a reader, but somehow missed that one. I have been making crock pot roast with just a packet of dry ranch mix for years. It's a family favorite. I will need to try it with the additional ingredients. Have a great week!

  14. Your acrostic is perfect! Yes you did put your heart into their scrapbooks. Such a lovely gift. Great answer with Thanksgiving dinner. Thank you for the recipe link, heading over to check it out. Enjoy the rest of your week.

  15. Joyce,

    Thanksgiving dinner is one of my favorites, too.

    I love the Mississippi Roast recipe. It's from Lauri's blog, and apparently the New York Times came over to take her picture.

    Have a good week.

  16. Great answers, Joyce. I'm such an ISTJ that I was at a loss of how to join in this week without simply launching into a sermon on love. LOL. I used to make a pot roast similar to that, but now I get a fierce headache if I indulge in those packaged seasonings and sauces. Have a wonderful Valentine's weekend.

  17. Your answers are always so thought provoking. My answers are simply that... answers! Though it was close to 1AM when I did them. Almost forgot to post them today... but thanks to other bloggers, I remembered!

  18. That pot roast sounds delicious! Thanks for the link. Thanks for another fun Hodgepodge, Joyce. Thank you!

  19. I've got to try that pot roast soon! I keep seeing it pop up in a lot of conversations and on Pinterest. Thanks for hosting the Hodgepodge!

  20. Thank you for a new recipe! Isn't fun to hear your daughter chat about their jobs/lives? It fills my heart with joy to hear when my daughters are happy. So glad your daughter loves teaching. It's a tough job. I am familiar with the stories she could tell. I taught elementary for 27 years. It's never a dull moment in the classroom. Scrapbooks are always a work of heart. LOVE your Love conquers all explanation. It is perfect. Have a toad-ally awesome week!

  21. Thank you for the welcome ... and encouragement, Joyce! Your mention of God's love (#2) made my heart smile. Great reminder!

  22. Agree with your answer to #2 totally, great thoughts. And, got to go check out the Mississippi Pot Roast. Happy hearts day!

  23. Great acrostic and we had similar answers for #3. The pot roast sounds really easy but I'm not sure what substitute ingredients I'd need here in the UK. (Not that it would stop me trying though!)

  24. It seems that by and large the south is experiencing colder than normal temps this winter. With the exception of this coming weekend our winter has been relatively mild by NH standards. I hope you enjoy your Spring.

  25. Thanksgiving dinner was a great answer for #6! And so true!