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?

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!

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

It’s the most wonderful time of the year….. the trees are still gold, red, and orange with punches of chartreuse and in a couple of weeks we’ll join together with our families to celebrate a time of giving thanks for all that God has done for us. That’s probably why I received a question this […]

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Baked Goods, Blog, Cooking, Food, Recipes

How To Make Great Cornbread

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