The Sad Airplane Ask Away Friday.

I might be a Sad Panda today. (Five bucks if you know the Sad Panda reference!)

Then again, I might be thrilled and ready. It’s a little weird to be pre-scheduling posts for the future. Maybe I’m sad to leave Florida, but maybe I’m happy to return to schedules and routines, and most importantly, Athena’s loving arms. Maybe even Dinah and Bella too, because those weird cats seem to really love me, even though I smile at them and say horrible things to them, but in a sweet voice. Maybe that’s what they like. The two-facedness of it all. I can’t pretend to know what they think.

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I’m doing another swap with my co-host, Stacey of This Momma’s Ramblings today and you all know how I feel about Stacey. She’s one-of-a-kind, and full of sweet words, and an excellent co-host on this journey we call “Ask Away Friday.”

New Year's Ask Away Friday

(She made this graphic and I stole it!)

What is #AskAwayFriday? Well…

#AskAwayFriday was created by the amazing Penny from Real Housewife of Caroline County and Amber from Bold Fit Mom, as a way to connect with other bloggers with a great Q & A session of 10 questions and 10 answers, between two bloggers! This is a wonderful opportunity to get to know others while allowing others to get to know you and of course there is also the added bonus of making great friends along the way which is one of the best parts of this online world! Ask me if you want to swap!

We are sad to be losing Amber as one of our amazing co-hosts, as she is working to pursue other business ventures and focusing her attentions on her fitness ventures. We wish her nothing but the best, and hope for her thriving success!

When one door closes, another one opens…and we would like to give a huge Ask Away Friday welcome to a brand new co-host…drum roll please…Welcome Echo from The Mad Mommy! She is both a friend and a fellow blogger. I dig her.


Now welcoming our wonderful #AskAwayFriday hosts…

Tamara from Tamara Like Camera,
Tiffany from Mrs. Tee Love Life Laughter,
Christy from Uplifting Families,
Stacey from This Momma’s Ramblings
Echo from The Mad Mommy

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Be sure to read Stacey’s answers to my travel questions HERE. And here are my answers to her questions:

1. Have you ever won a giant sized cuddly toy from a fair? What was it?

I always remember this story of a guy trying to court my sister in high school and he won her the most ridiculously large teddy bear ever at a fair. Once to be funny we put it out the window onto the second story roof of our three story house. It was really big. I don’t know that I’ve ever won anything giant, but I’m quite good at the crane machines. I know they’re mostly rigged but I must have good luck then! I have won Scarlet countless stuffies from a crane. She keeps them all:

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2. What do you think the greatest invention has been?

Ahh.. yes. Let’s see. I’m just going through a list in my head… antibiotics, air conditioning, anesthesia (all A’s so far..), airplanes, phones, cars, Internet, electricity! That’s a big one. I’m going to go with the wheel as my #1 answer. And cheese.

3. Do you collect anything?

I’m totally a collector, without being a hoarder. Now that I’m older and I have gotten rid of my Troll doll collection, among others, I’m a bit obsessed with Scarlet’s toys! If she has three of something and I know there’s a fourth, I have to get it for her. It’s a sickness! As for adult things, I collect socks and blogging friends and sundresses, to name a few. And camera lenses!

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4. What are your 3 favorite internet sites?

I suppose I’ll see which ones I’m always on! Google.. Facebook.. and blogging sites – WordPress and Bloglovin.

5. Whats the most interesting thing you can see out of your nearest window?

It’s almost night, and I can’t help thinking that the sunsets are getting later, bit by bit. The light is coming.

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6. If you could ask your future self one question what would it be?

Did you do it? (and it could be a number of photography, travel, writing, parenting things)

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7. Do you know the dance steps to an annoying cheesy pop song?

I used to know the Macarena and the chicken dance and the YMCA! In my heyday.

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8. What’s one of your favorite habits you have?

Hmm.. I’m obsessed with my blogging/social media habits. It just sort of happens. I have no plans and then it all just comes out of me. I really love to connect and I may have a funny way of doing it, but hey, it’s fun.

9. Have you ever been on or would you ever go on a cruise? Where did you go or where would you like to go?

No and no. I guess if I had to do it, I’d do one of those Alaskan whale watching cruises. Cassidy and I both agree that we don’t like feeling trapped in any way for a long period of time. I’d want to roam on land eventually. And those things seem to be cesspools of terrible stomach bugs. And I can only eat and drink so much, so most of it would be wasted on me.

10. Have you ever tie dyed your own clothes?

I think I might have done it for a school or Brownies project years ago! I wasn’t very good at it. I love tie-dye, though!

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Slow Cooker Chicken and Sausage Gumbo Recipe.

Yum. Tamara here for just a bit. I invited PinkWhen Jennifer here because she’s an excellent blogging friend, and friend in general, and I also love her recipes and photos. I thought it’s about high time someone who actually cooks posts a recipe on here! Check out her blog because she has a wealth of information about recipes, oils, COOKIES, and other delights.


Hello fellow Tamara Like Camera friends. Are you having withdrawals from not having Tamara around yet? I know how you feel. It is a habit to head over here every day to see exactly what she has been up to. It’s like a televised soap opera, without the major ups and downs….but it’s just as addicting! Don’t you agree? Since she is off making precious memories and drafts for awesome future posts, I am going to try and fill a little of the void with some comfort food. I always like to east when I’m down, so here is a Slow Cooker Chicken and Sausage Gumbo recipe to help fill that missing Tamara void until she returns next week.

Oh and I almost forgot – I’m Jen from PinkWhen, and I am happy to be here with YOU today! I have a little blog over in another corner of the web where I share fun DIY crafts and recipes. I’m so happy to be here sharing one of my favorite Southern recipes with you.

Slow Cooker Chicken and Sausage Gumbo Recipe


I know you are probably thinking – recipe? Really? Where are all of those fun photos and awesome stories, and music lyric posts that I come to see every day? While I can’t possibly ever write as awesome of a post as Tamara, I CAN share with you a downright delicious Southern recipe that will fill your tummy and have you asking for seconds!

Slow Cooker Chicken and Sausage Gumbo

Slow Cooker Chicken and Sausage Gumbo

Here is what you will need for this recipe:

  • 10 cups water
  • 4 chicken breasts (uncooked and cut in cubes)
  • 1 pound andouille sausage cut in bite sized pieces(if you can’t find andouille – use your favorite smoked sausage)
  • 1 chopped red onion
  • 1 chopped green bell pepper
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 (28oz can) garlic and basil flavored diced tomatoes
  • 1 (10oz can) diced tomatoes with green chilis (ROTEL)
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp basil
  • 1 tsp black pepper

Here is the easy part. Turn the slow cooker on LOW and dump all of the ingredients into the slow cooker. Stir to mix well. Place cover on and cook for 8 hours, stirring occasionally. Serve over a hot bed of rice.

Slow Cooker Chicken and Sausage Gumbo

This is a super simple and deliciously flavored Southern Style Chicken and Sausage Gumbo recipe. It’s sure to warm your belly during this freezing cold winter.

I hope you enjoy this recipe, and thank you again Tamara for inviting me over!