My garden produced more zucchini this year than it has in the past seven years combined!  I didn’t even have my normal “to the death” fight with the arch-nemesis of all cucurbits, the ugly, mean squash bugs. I gave away zucchini, I grated and froze zucchini, I added zucchini to homemade marinara sauce, I […]

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Baked Goods, Beef, Cooking, Food, Grain Free, Healthy Living, Organic Gardening, Recipes

Gluten-Free Zucchini Bread

The weather is finally cooling off and the leaves on the trees are slowly beginning to show their vibrant reds, golds, and oranges.  This can mean only one thing:  IT’S TIME FOR SUNDAY SOUP GROUP!!! “What the heck is Sunday Soup Group”, you might be asking.  Well, let me be the one to introduce you […]

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Ancient Grains, Baked Goods, Chicken, Cooking, Family, Food, Healthy Living, Lifestyle, Soup

Do You Love Soup?

How Well Did You Sleep Last Night? Every morning my husband I greet each other with a nod or a kiss, pour a cup of coffee, and then ask, “So, how’d you sleep last night?”  I think we started this tradition because we’ve both gone through way too many sleepless nights and   And I […]

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Healthy Living, Inspiration, Life Purpose, Mid-Life, Oils

Didn’t Sleep Well Last Night? My Map To Dreamland

What are your favorite things about Fall? The cooler weather, the fact that (eventually!) you’ll get to wear boots and sweaters? Or is it the vibrant colored leaves hanging in the trees, showing off as they’re displayed in all their splendor against the grey skies? Maybe for you, it’s the food – the pumpkin spice […]

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Creating, Design, Inspiration, Lifestyle, Photography, Redecorating

The Great White Pumpkin Is Not A Myth

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 […]

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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

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