Fun Monday ~ February 25th

This week’s Fun Monday is easy, Mariposa is hosting and asking TWO things –

First (1) Please share with us how the NAME of your BLOG was made? I can’t wait to hear interesting funny stories!

This is a photo of my brother starting my blog. He’s sitting in front of his laptop excited that so far it’s all working. Now understand that I hadn’t started blogging yet so I still had a lot to learn about taking good pictures for posting.

When my brother told me he was going to start a blog for me I was a little afraid that I wouldn’t be able to handle the technology. He convinced me everything would be ok. We then started brain storming about what I should name it. We came up with a few fun names but the way I came up with my keeper is…

a. I’m generally a very happy person.

b. I’m also someone who wonders about a lot of things and have a deep need to know.

So as we were discussing point a and b my husband came up with The Happy Wonderer.

As far as the purpose of my blog I chose “to Honor and Encourage”. I’m an encourager to people around me and I wanted that reflected in the relationships I’d develop on my blog. It is very important to me to Honor Jesus Christ who I consider to be my King.  I want my words and posts to be things that will encourage people and be something that won’t reflect poorly on my King. My blog was born on March 3, 2007 so I am very close to my first bloggy birthday!

(2) Please share with us (in words or photo, though a combination of both will be a bonus!) your favorite/ most common dish!

Oh boy, I love food! I also love to enjoy people around a table with good food. So what to show? I’m going with a favorite dinner, lunch and breakfast!


A typical dinner is some protein with a couple veggies items. This is a easy dinner that we enjoy. Some great bbq’d Rib Eye Steaks, sauteed mushrooms with caramelized onions, and a green salad with tomatoes and cucumber. Now to go with this my hubby will make me one of my favorite drinks, a Kensington Dream. It’s a drink he copied after watching a bartender in South Kensington (England) make it for me. Update: A few of you wondererd what is in this drink. There is brandy, creme de cassis, juice of half a lemon, amaretto, shaken together and then you top it off with champagne! They don’t call it a dream for nothing, cuz you’ll soon be dreamin after you drink it 🙂


For lunch I am always ready for Mexican Food with lots of good salsa and cilantro! This happens to be a meal at one of our favorite Mexican restaurants in town, El Tecolote.  We are having an Open Tamale, chips, salsa, and guacamole.


Most mornings I have my high fiber cereal with a banana and large cup of black coffee. In the summer I add more fruit that is in season.

For more Fun Monday visit Mariposa who is hosting this week.

Photobucket is holding all my photos I stored with them from 2007-2015 hostage. They have blacked out all those photos on my blog posts. OH BOTHER! I’m slowly cleaning up my posts.

About Ellen am a wife, mother, baba (grandmother) and a loyal friend. Jesus is my King and my hope is in my future with Him.

39 thoughts on “Fun Monday ~ February 25th

  1. I have always liked the name of your blog… and it makes me feel happy, too!

    Oh, your food is making my tummy growl. I am a huge fan of Mexican food myself.

  2. Thanks so much for such a nice entry! Love the story and your inspiration for this blog! And your photos, wow, makes me want to sit in one of those dinners with you!

    Happy Fun Monday!

  3. Love the “play”on words with your title and the reason. As soon as I can kick-start this broom, I’ll be over to eat. Be sure to save some of that High Fiber ‘stuff.’

  4. Your dinner looks so delicious!! What’s exactly in the drink? I would have thought it was just wine. I LOVE LOVE Mexican food and nectarines in cereal takes me back to my grandparents farm. Yum yumm!

    Great story for your blog name!

  5. You have a great brother to have started your blog with you. Our cousin Swampy was our cheerleader, getting us addicted. I like your high fiber breakfast. Mine consists of a shake and intake of vitamins. Oh and the Mexican food looked very good, too. Happy Fun Monday!

  6. I’ve always liked your blog name. That Mexican food looks terrific. Good chips and guac are impossible to get in rural Ireland. (There is one place in Dublin that does good burritos and their gauc is great, but their chips are just eh.)

  7. Good for brothers who are willing to be your geek squad! And that’s good that we have such a clear vision of who we are so no problems in coming up with a blog name that accurately reflects you.

    Ditto your breakfast choice–no need to think about it.

  8. ha ha ha… a photo of your brother starting your blog.

    Is it anything like starting a lawn mower??? (:

    Now my hubby would join you in the steak and onions. I’m more of a salad and pasta gal myself.

  9. Can I come to your house for dinner? Everyone here hates anything with taste and my taste buds are dying with all of these food pictures!

    And Happy Blog Birthday, almost ;0)

  10. Excellent choice of wording for you blog title…and the background you shared with us…
    But boy, Ellen, you really got me on the RIB eye!!! I can smell it! I can taste it….I can even see me sopping up the juices left over on the plate with my hard roll!!! :::drools:::

    My Fun Monday is up if you haven’t dropped by…I hope you can visit!!!

  11. And, I can attest to the fact that you do both on your blog.. you Honr Jesus and you encourage those who visit your blog.
    The steak is making me hungry! (grin)
    Blessings, Kim

  12. I love the story on how and who helped you start your blog. I bugged my son into helping me. . .he had no idea how into it I would be. The name was a quick decision but I’m still happy with it.
    Oh and I’d eat Mexican with you for lunch any day. It looks delicious.

  13. Cereal, Mexican and Grilled meat… some of my favorite food catagories! How cool that your brother got you all set up for blogging… mine can barely check his email!

    Have a Fun Monday!

  14. I think the way you chose your name is great. I will join you for dinner and a drink (anything with champagne is a hit with me) and breakfast but pass on lunch!

  15. LOL that is so funny, a picture of your brother starting your blog. Now that’s ‘right’ back to the beginning. I love it! And the food in your home looks devine!!

  16. All that yummy food is making me hungry!!!

    The name of your blog is great! I also have a need to know things. My husband says I have to be “in the know” about things!

  17. What a fun story about starting your blog. It’s amazing you even have a picture!

    You have some yummy looking food. My mouth is watering after looking at that steak.

  18. Boy does that dinner look delicious! I could go for a nice juicy steak right about now. And that drink? HMMM….yummy.

    And I love the name of your blog! Happy early bloggy b-day.

    (Oh, and yes, I’m late getting around to the Fun Mondayers, but hey, better late than never, right?) 😉

  19. I think it’s awesome your brother started you on this! I think you should do a post one day dedicating it to what you originally thought to what you think of it now.

    And okay, so I just had dinner and am stuffed. Now I’m trying to not be electricuted from drooling over your images of yummy food! I’m off to the grocery store for dessert! 🙂

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