Travel Across the USA: Home of Superman

Welcome to the beginning of my new Travel Across the USA series!

As I mentioned previously, our family has traveled across the US extensively since the beginning of 2013 due to some life changes. This has given us the unique opportunity to visit many tourist traps sites, some have been fun and amusing, others very educational. I'd like to share some of them with you! Follow along with me...

Our first stop in this series is Metropolis, IL, the Home of Superman...

Destination:Metropolis, IL 

Major Attraction: 15-foot high statue of Superman

Cost: Free
Web links:
Ideal for: Kids and comic enthusiasts 

What we did: Since we were only driving through, we just hit the main Superman attractions. We got photos with the famous 15-foot tall Superman statue in Superman Square. If you walk a block or two, you’ll find a little shop where you can find some Superman memorabilia. The shop won’t be hard to spot since there’s a smaller flying Superman statue hanging off the s…

Guest Bedrooms: The Extras

As mentioned in my post Guest Bedrooms: The Essentials, there are a few things that every guest room should have. To provide extra comfort for your guests, there are a few simple things you can add to your guest room. 

Obviously, the extent to which you can add amenities depends on the size of the space you have available. Remember not to over-crowd the room, you don't want your guests feeling claustrophobic; your guests will need to have space to place their suitcase and belongings. 

Extras for the Guest Bedroom
1. Wifi  With the technology of today, wifi really should probably be listed on the “essential” list. However, since one truly can live without it (shocking, I know!), I’m listing it here under “extras”.
Always make sure to provide a wifi password. Sometimes guests may not feel comfortable asking for the password, even if they know you have wifi. Be sure to write down the password in case your guests have multiple devices. If you want to have fun with it, try framing the wifi …

Guest Bedrooms: The Essentials

Thanksgiving is only a couple short weeks away and Christmas four weeks later. Visitors are common over these holiday seasons and everyone is making a mad scramble to get their guest room in order.

As stated previously, our family has been traveling across the U.S. staying in many hotels, motels, missions apartments, prophet's chambers, and guest rooms. The guest rooms we've stayed in have been quite varied - some are simply a private bedroom, while others, such as "prophet's chambers" attached to a church, are more like a small apartment complete with a small kitchen and living room area. Obviously, we are very grateful for any type of accommodations! It is always such a blessing to be able to stay in a place where we can relax and feel at home after having traveled for many miles. For my own sake, since I'd like to have a guest room myself some day, I've decided to keep a list of things that are essential for a guest room and also a list of notes and &qu…

Changes and Plans

We have had a change of direction in our family over the past year. As of the beginning of this year, our family has been traveling across the U.S. to various churches trying to raise support and partnership in ministry for the Independent Baptist church we will be starting in Connecticut, Lord willing, in 2015. 

We have traveled literally thousands of miles and have had the privilege of seeing some unique places we might otherwise never have seen. I've decided to begin a travel series featuring some of the places we've visited.

Also, as we stay in many homes and guest rooms, I have observed many things and would like to share some tips on hospitality and setting up a guest room. 

Because of our travels, I stay very busy and internet access is often sporadic, so for this reason, my blog posts have been and will continue to be somewhat random. I thank you for your patience and faithfulness in visiting my site.

Recipe: Antipasto Pasta Salad

A while back, our church held a "Missions Sampler". The ladies who participated each represented a missionary and their country. It was very interesting to see each of the different countries and the food representing that country.

I chose to represent the country of Italy. It wasn't too difficult for me to come up with ideas since my husband's family is Italian.

My in-laws had returned from a trip to Italy shortly before this time, so I was grateful to have some of their souvenirs to display on the table. Aside from the food, I also included some information about our missionary to Italy and some facts about the city in which they serve.
I made some Iced Italian Cookies. As you can see, this little guy enjoyed them quite a bit! 

Another one of the dishes I made was Antipasto Pasta Salad - it was so delicious!! I could not find the "perfect" recipe, so I combined several and came up with my own. I must say, it turned out amazing!

Centerpieces: Cooking Theme

A while back, our church held a banquet for the ladies with the theme of "Recipes for Life". Various ladies were asked to supply a centerpiece for a table and it was interesting to see the different results. Each centerpiece followed the cooking theme of the banquet.

Four different ladies were asked to share a brief devotional. The subjects were Recipe for Salvation, Recipe for a Day with God, Recipe for a Helpmeet, and Recipe for a Happy Mother and Home. The outlines for each "recipe" were printed on cards and sent home with all the guests.

Under Construction

I'm currently working on redesigning my blogs and having some new material to share with you. Hopefully, these changes will take place within the next couple weeks!

Thanks for your patience!