When The Love Is Gone “I love you, but I’m tired of this and if you would shrivel up and die, I’d be thrilled.” Those were my thoughts this morning as I stared down at my oversized zucchini plant and picked yet another beautiful green squash from the midst of its massive leaves. You’d think […]

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Healthy Living, Inspiration, Life Purpose, Lifestyle, Organic Gardening

Four Tips To Keep You From Quitting

When Life Goes Awry I had begun painting a large wall mural using wide strokes and vibrant colors – jewel tones with hints of pale pink sunrises over deep blue oceans. It was only painted in my imagination, but it was my plans and dreams for what my life would look like after my children […]

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Adoption, Inspiration, Life Purpose, Lifestyle, Mid-Life, Quotes, Travel, Vision

What Do You Do When Your Hopes and Dreams Disappear?

Last summer my husband and I celebrated our thirty-fifth wedding anniversary and while most people take trips to celebrate milestone years in their lives or marriage or job, we bought a grill.  Fortunately for us, our anniversary falls during the time of the year when Costco was bringing in a sales rep from the brand […]

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Beef, Brines, Chicken, Cooking, Food, Marinades, Recipes, Seasoning Rubs

Do I Marinade or Brine? Aye, There’s the RUB!

“Memories you’ve shared, gone for good, you feared They’re all around you still, though they’ve disappeared. Nothing’s really left or lost without a trace Nothing’s gone forever, only out of place.” From Mary Poppins Returns “Nothing is ever really lost to us…” Tomorrow Annie, Garry and I are going to spend a family afternoon at […]

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Adoption, Blog, Children, Family, Inspiration, Life Purpose, Lifestyle, Quotes

The Secret Life of Memories

My husband, Garry, has been in California this week, leaving Annie and me here to hold down the fort.  The first day he was gone Annie and I went shopping, watched a movie, did a bit of gardening – just everyday girl stuff.  So yesterday I decided we should take a day trip and visit […]

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Baked Goods, Blog, Food, Grain Free, Healthy Living, Organic Gardening

Extra Zucchini? Bake A Chocolate Zucchini Cake!

Hey there! I decided I would try something new and give you some helpful information but tell it in the form of a story.  The story is about Mike and Margaret (Maggie) Harrison, the owners of Maggie’s Magical Garden and Inn, in Eaglerock, Virginia.  Maggie has an organic garden (a woman after my own heart!) […]

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Baked Goods, Blog, Creating, Family, Food, Fruit, Grain Free, Inspiration, Uncategorized

ARE MY TOMATOES EVER GOING TO RIPEN?

The weather here in Virginia is already starting to heat up and the realization that summer is right around the corner becomes more evident every day.  Early mornings are now when you’ll find me out working in my garden as I attempt to care for and water my plants before the heat becomes too unbearable.  […]

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Food, Fruit, Healthy Living, Organic Gardening, Recipes

When Your Garden Gives You Peppers, Pickle Them!

I’m sitting at my gate at the airport in Texas, waiting for my flight home to Virginia, feeling very happy and content.  I’m on my way home after a weekend visit to Waco, Texas, which far exceeded all of my expectations and I’ve got the pictures to prove it!  My niece lives in Waco and […]

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Baked Goods, Creating, Design, Food, Inspiration, Life Purpose, Lifestyle, Redecorating, Travel, Vision

Two Valuable Lessons I Learned From Chip and Joanna Gaines

I grew up in the South eating typical (and very delicious) southern cuisine: fried chicken, mashed potatoes, zucchini cooked every way possible, homegrown tomatoes, biscuits, grits, corn on the cob and apple pie.  Yum! It makes my mouth water just thinking about it!   But one thing I don’t seem to remember my dad growing […]

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Food, Fruit, Organic Gardening, Recipes

Hot Pepper Jelly Is Just One Reason You Should Plant Jalapeños

My Easter Morning Realization I woke up early on Easter morning, poured my coffee, applied my beloved Green Tea-Algae Mask, grabbed my journal and enjoyed a few minutes of peace of the holiday.   After I washed off my mask, I completed my morning facial routine,* poured a second cup of coffee and waited for […]

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Facial Products, Healthy Living, Inspiration, Mid-Life

What Your Skin Is Craving

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