2011 in Review: Something from Every Category

Happy New Year!

I hope you all had a smashing New Year’s Eve.  The FringeFamily rocked a mega-long Lego game and watched the ball drop online, because we currently don’t have cable and we don’t get a lick of reception at our house.  We did give reception our best shot though.  Just ask FringeMan.  Three hours, two digital antennas, and several bad word thoughts later, we still had no reception.

It’s all good though, because I killed more 1/2 inch block zombies than anyone else.  You should have seen the dead men totum poles I made.  I mounted them onto the monster bridge that connected two of the Lego paths to nowhere.  It was kind of like a tribute to the London Bridge, but with full bodies, not just heads.

Now if that isn’t a smashing New Year’s Eve, I don’t know what is.

Since it’s 2012 and I’m not ready to talk about resolutions (because at midnight last night I told FringeMan my resolution is to try the taco shop I see advertised all over, and that’s not really a good resolution), I’m opting for a year in review.  Don’t worry, I won’t go month-by-neverending-long-month like last year.  I’ll simply highlight one or two posts for each category.


The Most Amazing Recipe – aka Focaccia Bread

This recipe is not only super-easy, but it will make you look like you actually know how to cook.  It’s all smoke and mirrors and onions and garlic.

Mrs. Claus’s Black-Eyed Peas

In places like Louisiana they are eaten on New Year’s Day, because tradition has it that they bring good luck for the new year.  Who needs good luck if you have victory in Jesus?  But, I like the tradition and I have a crock-pot full of black-eyed peas cooking today.


In March I learned when the telephone rings, the world is a good and happy place – wrongs are righted, arguments cease, and tears dry.

I also learned a few other amusing lessons from my mama, namely never threaten your children, even in jest, because the proof will always come back to haunt you.

This year one of my dreams also came true.

Yes, I tied my son to a pole, but it’s all good with social services.  I promise.


Date Night on The Fringe

My daughter helped me get ready for this big date by insulting me repeatedly.  Ok, maybe she had cause, but she’s one to talk!

This one of her tamer outfits.  After all, she doesn’t even have a stuffed animal on her head.

We were Attacked by a Nutter-Butter Eating vampire mouse.

And although I may have said that My Husband Didn’t Marry an Ax Murderer, maybe he should have.

The start of last year brought on a vicious mouse attack, but we survived.

Guest Bloggers

The Domestic Fringe had some pretty awesome guest bloggers in 2011.  I’ll just list a few stars (and they were all stars, believe me!) – Jeannie Oliver, Flower Patch Farmgirl, Meg from Whatever, and Emily from Remodeling This Life.

You really must browse through my guest blogger category.  There are great recipes (from people who know how to cook), fashion advice, stories about chicken voodoo, and so much more.

After a teaser that includes chicken voodoo, I know you’re all clicking the link as quickly as your finger will allow.



My son and I had a conversation Where I Ended Up In Jail.

And I threw in the towel on homeschooling.  Yes, my kids are back in public school and we are all amazingly happy with that decision.


In 2011, I began making, bottling, and selling Fringe Vanilla, the extract that will change your life.

There was my $10 lamp makeover.

It’s the only thing I’ve ever had “pinned” to Pinterest and so, I’m pretty proud.

We also gave FringeKid’s room a little facelift.

It was so much fun to do.  I love changing things up!


I wondered if our children see Love in The Church.

I had a meeting with An Angelic Serial Killer.

I also made A Plea to The Church.  I had more personal emails from this one post than I had from any of the other of the almost 800 posts I’ve written.


So that’s a quick review of 2011.  I hope this New Year is filled with blessings, hope, health, and love.  Happy New Year friends!


6 thoughts on “2011 in Review: Something from Every Category

  1. Leah

    Happy New Year, Fringe Girl! I remember finding you through Meg’s guest post. So glad I did too. I’d love to guest for you sometime if you’re interested. And I really like this idea of a year-in-review post. Great re-cap and I want that focaccia bread now.

  2. debbie york

    You forgot to mention what an inspiration you were to some of us who struggle with writing…just saying!
    BTW…I don’t really eat black eye peas and cabbage for good luck. I’m from the South…and I just use that as an excuse to have something to soak my cornbread in!
    Happy New Year girl and keep doing what you do best…living a good life.

  3. Cathy

    Sounds like a busy and full year, although I think I’ve been here reading most of it. May God continue to bless you and yours in 2012.


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