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Between the Lines with Mamal Diane

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Today I am sharing something a little different than I normally do. I was invited by my sweet blogging friend Katherine at Katherines Corner to be part of her blog series. Katherine is shining the light on bloggers age 50 plus.  Yup, that’s me. I love the name she chose “Between The Lines” bloggers age 50 and up  you should be following. “Between The Lines” referring to the well-earned lines on our faces. So get ready to learn a little extra something about me today.

When I first started  blogging almost 5 years ago I never dreamed it would blossom into what it has become today. I started the blog to share recipes and stories about my grandkids mostly for them. I was taking care of my elderly (mom she had Alzheimers) in my home at the time and I was having to stay home more so I thought, “what the heck, I’ll start a blog”. I know you’re thinking “who says that”? I was already helping out a friend who started a deal and coupon blog so I already saw what goes on behind the scene. I felt like I needed an outlet because taking care of my mom really took a lot out of me. She was in our home for 13 years.

I’ve always loved cooking and the outdoors, just living a simple life. I’m not fancy. I love walking barefoot and getting my hands dirty. But I also love technology which is another reason blogging is so much fun for me. The challenge is something I enjoy even if it gets frustrating at times. I am self-taught if that tells you about my skill level. Ha ha. I want to thank my go to computer guy Larry, he is a whiz and anytime something goes wrong I holler and he rushes to save the day, and fixes whatever is going wrong. Also thank you to Katherine is is always willing to stop and help me with any  question or help I might need. I am blessed.

Another favorite part of blogging for me is the photography. It was always a family joke “don’t let mom take the pictures, she’ll cut the heads off.” It’s true I would have. I’ve gotten better over time and lots of practice. It’s becoming a real passion. Here are a couple examples:


Lake Logan Hocking Hills 2015 375

Lake Logan Hocking Hills 2015 625

Lake Logan Hocking Hills 2015 765

I recently bought myself a really nice zoom lens. I can’t wait to get out and start getting some great close up on all sorts of animals, birds or the simple beauty of life.

I love camping and hiking.

10 Tips for Camping with Kids

katie and tyler camping

Checklist for Camping

Checklist for Camping

12 easy Recipes for Camping

12 easy campfire recipes

Soups are my specialty. I can make a broth out of just about anything after you have a good broth, the skies the limit on what delicious soups you can create.  Here’s a couple of my favorite soups.

Cabbage Roll SoupCabbage Roll Soup h

 Orzo and Sausage Soup

Orzo and Sausage Soup jLentil Soup 

Lentil Soup c

These are just a few of my recipes. I also share other topics like gardening, green living, health, fitness, nutrition and even financial. Anything that makes life simple.  Thank you for joining me today and I hope you’ll come back again.

Make sure you click on the links below and to visit all of the lovely bloggers who are participating in the “Between the Lines” series. The series runs every Tuesday for 10 weeks.

61 thoughts on “Between the Lines with Mamal Diane”

  1. Nancy W says:

    I am so enjoying being a part of this series!
    -Nancy ( Nancy On The Home Front )

    1. Diane says:

      Hi Nancy, So glad to see you are part of the series. I love your blog! Thanks for stopping by!

  2. amy says:

    It’s so nice to meet you through “Between the Lines”. We seem to have the same interests. I love your photos!

    1. Diane says:

      Thanks Amy, It’s a great series. Glad to be a part of it so we can all connect. Gotta love Katherine. <3

  3. amy says:

    P.S. Is there any way to follow you other than Facebook? I’m not seeing follow buttons.

    1. Diane says:

      Thank you Amy for mentioning that to me. I fixed the problem now my social follow buttons will show up on my pages as well as my main page thanks to you!

  4. Marilyn says:

    Hi! I’m Marilyn from Nice to meet a fellow Between the Lines Blogger! I added you to my Facebook!

    1. Diane says:

      Hi Marilyn, Thanks for the follow. I will be following you. I am slowing making the rounds. 🙂

  5. Carla a.k.a Mrs. R says:

    Hi Diane, I saw you on the Between the Lines Blogger Series. I’m so happy to see so many bloggers “our age.” I love photography too, although, my hubby seems to be much better at than me. Like you I tend to gravitate to nature. There is so much beauty out there to experience. I look forward to meeting you!

    1. Diane says:

      Thanks Carla, I agree I love taking nature photos. I must have a million. Thanks for dropping by I look forward to getting to know you better.

  6. Marie, The Interior Frugalista says:

    I’m justing loving this series and meeting new “seasoned” bloggers. Now I know where to come for some soup recipes! I LOVE soup – I could eat it every day for every meal. I’m not much of a cook but ask me to make a pot of soup, I’m all over it. Looking forward to following and trying some soup, starting with that delicious lentil soup you shared above.

    1. Diane says:

      Thanks Marie, Yes, it not that easy to find us “seasoned” bloggers. I appreciate Katherine for bring us all together so we can support each other.

  7. Lynn says:

    Hi Diane,
    So nice to see you again.
    We haven’t worked together since the
    American Girl Doll Giveaways, I do believe…
    My grand-kids love to make pudgy pies in the summer
    when they come and stay with us here at the lake..delicious!!
    Nice to see you again,
    Lynn @ Turnips 2 Tangerines

    1. Diane says:

      Nice to see you again Lynn. I do remember working with you. That seems so long ago. I am still trying to win an American Girl Doll for my grand daughter. lol I look forward to working with you again!

  8. Devon Austin says:

    Hi Diane
    Nice to meet you and share today’s feature Between the Lines with you. You have lots of interesting topics on your blog. I shall return!!

    1. Diane says:

      Aww thanks Devon. I can’t wait to get to know you better. Thanks for stopping by!

  9. Robin Masshole Mommy says:

    My blog has definitley taken on a life of its own, too! I started almost 7 years ago and boy has it changed.

  10. Karren says:

    I am enjoying the Between The Lines series each week, such a great way to meet others of the same age, such lovely ladies!

    I too had no idea where blogging would take me, self taught I also love the technology and the challenges, I love learning how to do all the behind the scenes stuff.
    Your recipes look great and the camping I miss but have the memories when raising my kids.

    I am now following you on Pinterest and Bloglovin.
    Hope you have a wonderful week!

  11. CoCo says:

    I need major help in the gardening department. We have too many beds in our yard for me to maintain, by the time I make it around the yard, its time to start again! Need as many tips as I can get!

  12. Terri says:

    I’m a 50+ blogger,too! I’ll be reading more when I can get back on my computer and off this awful mobile!

  13. Mimi says:

    Well, I’ll be able to join in this series in just a few years! I’ve certainly earned the lines I’ve got. lol I’m not fancy either. I can’t wait until my time comes to be able to blog about grand babies. I love taking photos, but I’m not so hot at it. I haven’t used my regular camera for years. All of my photos are now taken on my phone. Have fun with this series.

  14. Annette says:

    I love camping and the outdoors too. Looking forward to getting to know you better in this between the lines community!

  15. Ana De- Jesus says:

    I think it is lovely that she started blogging to give her an outlet while she looked after her mum. It is great that she helped her friend out as well!

  16. Deb says:

    This is awesome. I’m almost 50 and there aren’t a lot of bloggers out there in my niche that are my age.

  17. Doreen McGettigan says:

    Hi Diane,
    It is so nice to meet you. I am really enjoying Katherine’s series. What a great idea, she is amazing! There actually are thousands of us midlife blogging women. I just got back from speaking at a midlife bloggers conference #BAMC16 (Bloggers at midlife conference) This was the second one I attended and it was fabulous!

  18. Yanique says:

    It’s always nice getting to know bloggers a little better. I love your down to earth personality and your soups look delicious! Can’t wait to check out your camping posts. We go camping once a year and I need all the tips I can get!

  19. Liz Applegate says:

    Stopping by to say hello and nice to meet you!

  20. sue says:

    Hi Diane! Great to meet you as a fellow Between the Lines blogger. I’m loving meeting other women in my blogging niche through this series. I haven’t been blogging as long as you – just over a year but I love the way women of our age have found their voice. I live in Australia and have made some great blogging friends along the way. Have a good day!

  21. alexandria says:

    I love that name, too. Well-earned, for sure. I love that your blog has given you that collaboration opportunity.

  22. Carolyn says:

    I love soups and want to get my kids to start eating them. Any kid friendly soups? Maybe you can do a post on good kid friendly soups? I’ll have to show my husband the camp ing posts. He takes our kids.

  23. Roxanne says:

    Great post! I love the sample pics. It really takes time to get a handle on photos. I actually learned on a SLR before everything became digital…. I know it was painful waiting for the film to develop.

  24. Debra says:

    It is so much fun to have a zoom lens! I think you are going to absolutely love it!

  25. Blythe says:

    Amazing, I didn’t start blogging until I turned 40. I’ve only been doing it for a little over a year, but I love it so much. Experimenting with photography is also one of my favorite things. Though I do find it a challenge coming up with new backgrounds all the time.

  26. tiaras and tantrums says:

    I’m nearing 50 as well and have been blogging for over a decade! (GAH!) Maybe time to hang up my hat?? NO WAY right!

    1. Diane says:

      Ha ha, you’d better not! 10 years that’s awesome! I’m going on 5 years, slow and steady that’s my motto. I am very patient, I learned that caring for my mother. As long as I’m having fun I’ll keep plugging along. Thanks for stopping by!

  27. jill conyers says:

    This looks like a wonderful series with a great group of bloggers. My family loves to go camping.

    1. Diane says:

      Thanks Jill. Thanks for stopping by.

  28. Erin says:

    Oh I LOVE this series! It’s so nice to “meet” bloggers from a different group. And now I totally want to go camping!

    1. Diane says:

      Nice to meet you Erin. I can’t wait to go camping this year. In May for sure, it’s especially nice when it’s cooler out. Good luck camping!

  29. Heather says:

    What a fun post! All those soups look delicious! We do a lot of soups around here, they are filling and cost effective!

    1. Diane says:

      We love soup and it is very cost effective. We eat a pot of soup for a couple days or more. It’s good for you! Thanks Heather.

  30. becca says:

    This seems like a great series! I need to work on my photography skills, still, but I do enjoy learning!

    1. Diane says:

      Photography is very important in blogging. I never realized how important, especially in food blogging. I love photography and enjoy learning more about it. Isn’t that what life is all about? 🙂

  31. Michele says:

    I love when people keep pushing their limits at all ages of life. I truly believe blogging keeps me younger… I can relate to so many more things with my 13 year old niece, because I know so much terminology And what a great name for a series… between the lines. Im going t pop over there and check out a few more!

    1. Diane says:

      I agree Michele, it keeps me young and in the know with what’s going. I love learning new things!

  32. laura londergan says:

    I love getting to know a little about other bloggers. What a great series idea.

    1. Diane says:

      This series is the best. I am slowly making my way through the list. There are so many talented women our age out there really rocking it! I love your blog Eye Candy Creative Studio!

  33. Stacey says:

    Love getting to know you through this post! I am 50+ too and blogging has opened ip a whole new creative outlet for me. I love it!

    1. Diane says:

      Thanks Stacey, I am having the best time writing my blog. It lets me express myself in a unique way!

  34. Haley says:

    Woah! That photo of the bumblebee is killer! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Diane says:

      Thanks Haley, I just bought a new zoom lens and I’m so excited to use it this summer.

  35. Toni says:

    One of my favorite parts of blogging is photography as well. Your photos are absolutely beautiful!

    1. Diane says:

      Thank you so much Toni.

  36. Sheila Deeth says:

    I used to cut off faces and feet as well. The camera on my cell phone has made life so much easier. But real lenses, really good pictures… I’d love to do that (and would feel like my father’s daughter if I did).

    1. Diane says:

      I started with my cell phone and I took some photography courses. I plan on taking some more. So much to learn and so little time, lol.

  37. Carol @ The Red Painted Cottage says:

    Nice to meet a fellow Between The Lines blogger, Diane! I, too, love photography and that’s just since I started blogging. FYI, I do make cabbage rolls about twice a year. I make tons of it and then freeze in containers. I’m Hungarian and I learned from my mother, who learned from her mother-in-law. I’m really enjoying this series to meet other boomers like myself!

    1. Diane says:

      I am still working on visiting everyone. I am amazed at all the boomers like us that are out there. Thanks so much for commenting and I look forward to following you. 🙂

  38. Linda Hobden says:

    Hi Diane! So lovely to meet you via the “Between The Lines” blog series! I love the homely feel of your blog & I’m so pleased the series has introduced me to some awesome blogs such as yours! I think your photography is pretty good – it’s a hobby of mine too – I’m into iPhoneography at the moment- taking photos using the iPhone! It is less bulky than using camera & lens and I’m all for impromptu photography. Your soups look good too – will be pinning those recipes, for sure.

    1. Diane says:

      Thanks Linda, I appreciate you stopping by. I can’t wait to check out your blog!

  39. katherines corner says:

    Sweet Diane it is such a joy to have your friendship. I’m sorry I’ve been a bit slow coming around to say thank you again Please know I am grateful for your friendship and your participate in my series. xo P.s. great photos!

    1. Diane says:

      You are the sweetest blogger I have ever met in my 5 years doing this. I appreciate you and your friendship very much. It’s my pleasure participating in the series. Still many more lovely ladies to meet.

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