Mandi (check out her blog at just passed the Versatile Blogger Award onto me. I’m quite touched, really! I am pretty new to the blogging world, and I am just discovering the hidden treasure of Catholic women blogging…so to be a part of this, it’s just really great. A wonderful surprise. Thanks so much, Mandi! Anyhow, part of being a recipient of the Versatile Blogger award is to pass the award on to other fabulous bloggers. Here’s how it goes….

 After accepting the Versatile Blogger Award, the blogger must:
I. Thank the person who gave the award and link back to them in your post.
II. Share 7 things about yourself.
III. Pass this award along to 15 recently discovered blogs.
 *Like Mandi, I am amending the third rule, and only sharing 5 blogs. I think this is much more manageable for both me and for those who read my blog 🙂
Seven Not-So-Secret Facts about Me:
1. I’ve gone to three colleges in four years, and I am currently at the University of North Dakota studying English Literature. This is because I followed my (unconventional) high school sweet heart across the country to Loudonville, New York and to Boston. We answered the call to get married, and then the Air Force decided to place us in Grand Forks, ND. Here we are.
Siena College and Emmanuel College..and I don’t have a good photo of UND 🙂
2. Related to the first fact….I married the love of my life, Joshua almost 8 months ago. We met at a Catholic youth retreat when I was 14 and he was 16. We lived an hour apart in Oregon…six months after meeting, his family moved to New York. We went through the heights and the depths of a high school, long distance relationship. And it’s honestly a miracle, praise God, that we made it through, haha. I love you, J!
3. I was a huge fan of the late (and great) soap opera, One Life to Live. And now that ABC cancelled that soap (tear, tear) I follow General Hospital, and I’m hooked. I picked up this little habit from my Nana.
4. I grew up in Silverton, Oregon, and I have outrageous state pride. Best state in the union. From the fields of wheat, to the beaches, the mountains, high desert, waterfalls, forests, wetlands….I can’t get enough of it.
Me, basking in the glory that is Oregon


5. I am insanely nostalgic and I possess a particular fondness for things of old. Because of this, I collect dresses, gloves, furniture, signs, books, tea cups, hats, etc. One summer I worked at an antique shop… it was fantastic.
6. I want this compost machine for my birthday, because I hate throwing out food scraps:
7. Autumn is my favorite season.
Now onto the good part! Here are some really wonderful blogs with a brief description
 Crunchy Catholic Momma: Tricia is incredibly creative, faithful woman, wife and mother. (I don’t know her, but I feel like I do, because I love her blog so much! haha) For all her recipes and projects, she has awesome photos. She inspires me to learn new skills and encourages me to do hard things. PS, she has some delicious looking meatless recipes for Lent.
The Literary Project: Becca is a good friend of mine, and an incredible writer. The blog’s main premise is to explore issues and themes presented in various genres/eras of Literature, but definitely ties in some philosophy, art, education, religion and cultural analysis. Very insightful. And like I said, she’s a terrific writer. I previously posted a link to her piece on open-mindedness.
NFPandMe: Katie is such a great witness to the benefits and beauty of NFP, marriage, new feminism and much more. I’ve passed her blog on to my friends who wonder a) What the heck NFP is and b) Want to know why we NFPers/Catholics are so enthusiastic about it! Great work.
Britty Garza: I just came across this blog today and, though I have yet to dig in and read, it is so darn aesthetically pleasing. Beautiful photos, clean presentation with a creative touch. Magnificent! I’m excited to get my reading on.
Nun Speak: I love nuns. And I love nuns who blog. Sister Lisa Marie has a beautiful blog full of reflections and encouragement. I’m so grateful to have the opportunity to  read about her experience wearing the religious habit, and I hope you enjoy as well!
Well, Becca of The Literary Project is about to come over for a spot of tea, and I’m going to make some banana bread! Here’s the recipe I use:
Banana Bread
Cream 1 cup butter
mix in 2 cups sugar
Beat in 4 eggs
Add six crushed bananas
Beat well
4 cups flour
2 tsp baking soda
pinch of salt bake 375 for one hour, or until done. And….I like to add chocolate chips!
With all my love,   Ashlie

1 Comment

  1. Oh my gosh that composter looks amazing! I was just thinking yesterday when I threw out an apple core.

    Also, thank you so much! You’re too kind! 🙂

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