Monday, April 4, 2011

Ultimate Blog Party 2011

"This is a special announcement."

Ultimate Blog Party 2011

I'm taking a moment to participate in the 2011 Ultimate Blog Party...for the first time. :)

If this is your first time visiting Alicia's Homemaking, then welcome. I'm going to give you a tour in fabulous Top Ten Tuesday style. On any given day when you visit here, you are likely to find me:

1) In the kitchen...

Quick Crustless Quiche
Apron-clad, I love to cook for my family and share the best of it with you...from homemade sushi to homemade bread. Or yogurt made in a crockpot!

2) Having adventures. Each Thursday I host Try New Adventures Thursday, which is a challenge to get creative and try something new in life each week--to get out of our comfort zones, stretch ourselves, have fun.

Waiting for the "pop"

Last week, I canned my very 1st jam! This Thursday, feel free to stop by and add your own adventure post to the weekly linky party. :)

3) Chasing my one-year-old...

Blankie Antics (Feb 22)

As a SAHM, I now have the job I always wanted as a little girl. Here are the Top Ten Reasons I Love My Job.

4) Kissing my hubby....oooh, OOPS! TMI. But I do treasure my husband and our marriage, and I write occasionally about married life in posts like Top 10 Tidbits of Marital Advice, 10 Wonderful Things About Marriage, and Top 10 Ways I Want to Support My Hubby. And apparently I always write about marriage in groups of ten.

5) Having a budget meeting. Way less interesting than kissing, I know. But with a husband in grad school and the current salary for stay-at-home moms running as low as it is, we are in the midst of The Less Project--a two year mission to live on less and remain as debt-free as possible.


6) Figuring out the difference between ISO and aperture, because I am the proud owner of a new DSLR camera!

I'm just dipping my (very green) toe into the waters of all there is the learn...but loving every minute of it and sharing some of my new found knowledge here.

7) Singing to my garden...


...or at least trying to remember to water it. We are growing a container garden for the first time ever, and I desperately want it to live.

8) Cleaning the house. Between my new cleaning schedule and some sporadic spring cleaning, I'm giving it my best shot. Although, I must say, some days I wonder if it's even possible to maintain a relatively clean house with a little one underfoot. Ah,'s a small price to pay for all the crazy joy those small tornadoes bring! Regardless of strewn toys, I hope to create a place where people can be at home. Many times that has very little to do with cleaning.

Washin' Those Dishes

9) Learning to be a Jesus-girl. Browsing through my blog, I realize I have dedicated very few posts solely to this topic ("topic" is hardly the right word, since following Jesus is the ultimate!). I hope my love for Jesus is in-between the lines of every post I write..but in future posts I may share more of my story--what being a Jesus-girl looks like in my life and how He won my allegiance. :)

10) Getting to know you. Some of the best action around here happens in the comments. I love getting to know each one of's a blast to learn from each other. If you're here for the 1st time, please introduce yourself! And if you're one of my lovely, faithful readers, won't you share in the comments a bit about yourself, too? Some of you I know more than others...and many of you are lurking un-introduced. Wave and show your pretty face!

If you like what you see, you can have posts from Alicia's Homemaking arrive cheerfully in your inbox or in a reader. I'd also love to connect with you on twitter or facebook. :)



  1. Hi Alicia! It is so nice to meet you. I love your Top 10 Tuesday style! I see we have the love of non-cleaning in common. I'm going to check out I Dream of Clean's schedules. I'll take all the help I can get!

    Swinging by thru the UBP11!

  2. Hi! I'm stopping by from the UBP! I just recently created my own cleaning schedule and it has made such a difference! I love meeting new bloggers so stop by and visit to see how I am creating a healthy home for my family if you get the chance! I'm your newest follower!

  3. Hi! I can so relate to your list above. I wish I had that camera. It is awesome! I have also never canned anything..yet but, I am going to try! I am now following. Happy UBP11!

  4. That quiche again!! Now I really have to make it!

  5. I have heard that singing to your garden can really help it grow. I am making the switch this year from container garden to planting in the yard. So far, I have the area cleared of weeds.

  6. The blog party thing sounds like fun. I have seen a lot of people participate in it, but it's new to me. Love your list.

  7. Welcome to the blog party. I didn't know you posted things about your camera. I am going to have to pay closer attention here ;) I have had my DSLR for about 3 years now and I am still trying to figure it out. Maybe I can learn some things from you. Good for you for making your jam - it looks so wonderful!

  8. I am here from UBP11. Your blog looks very interesting and you cover a lot of very good topics.

  9. Welcome to the UBP!! I have LOVED getting to know SO many bloggers through the party over the last several years. :) Have a BLAST!!

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  11. LOVE this idea! Just checked it out and so wanna join in on the fun. Happy blogging, my blog friend!

    I just launched my new blog design today...

  12. Yum! Your quiche looks amazing! And I'm going to try our your sushi tutorial, I have tried and failed a few times in the past.

  13. love this UBP'11 introduction! i feel like i *know* you :) i'm subscribing. #9 hooked me!

  14. Visiting from TopTenTues and UBP11!! so fun to see other people's creative way of introducing themselves!! :) looking forward to more from topics 1, 6, 9, and 10!! :)

  15. What a great post, Alicia. If I didn't know you I'd subscribe in a second! :)

  16. I've been reading your blog for a while now and absolutely love all of your posts! Thanks for all of the work you put into it.

  17. Wow! So much great stuff. I am definitely going to be checking out a lot of the content on your blog. I might even try to make yogurt!

  18. cute list. Maybe I should stop looking at blogs right before dinner time.. hehe *stomach growls*
    That quiche looks sooo good! Thanks for the link to the recipe! *saved*

  19. Hi Alicia,
    I am also doing double duty; visiting from Top Ten and the #UBP11. You had me at that quiche- I'll be back!

  20. Visiting from UBP...Nice to meet you. Looks like lots of interesting reads. :)

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  22. Love that you added in some mushiness about Andrew. Very cute. ;)

    One random thing about me: I had a dream about you last night. I can't remember what exactly, but we got together for coffee and a chat. And it made me miss you and wish that Texas wasn't so far from Florida. Or that Blissdom was around the corner. ;)

  23. What a great list! I love the idea of the blog party but it's a little overwhelming for me this go round, maybe next year. Can't wait to see more photos, love that you jumped right in! (have I said that too many times yet?)

    Little something about me: About 6 years ago it rained a LOT in Austin in the summer and I said, "I would never make it in the northwest" I now happily call Seattle home and while the rain and cold gets old at times I think it's beautiful here. (that's all I could come up with for now).

    Enjoy the party!

  24. I love your recipe index! so excited to try some. come visit me at

  25. Hi Alcia!
    I'm stopping by from the Ultimate Blog Party to say hello.
    Have a great day!

  26. Katie, I've never been to Seattle, but would love to go. Being a Florida girl, I'm not sure I could handle all the rain, either...but I'd be willing to give it a shot. :)


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