Walmart Family Mobile has Walmart's Lowest Priced Plans.

Making Memories with Walmart Family Mobile Video #MobileMemories #ad

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and Walmart Family Mobile. All opinions, of course, are mine alone. #MobileMemories #CollectiveBias May has been such a busy month for our family, with end-of-the-school-year activities, a son coming home from college, and my husband … [Read More...]

Mama still has a little more work to do, before they're grown and flown.

Longing for Home

Lindsey's been gone on a hunting trip, and I've been holding down the fort here in the Boonies. In my role as de facto head of the hacienda, I have been required to face a possible copperhead sighting on the patio, quell an incursion of multiple yellow jacket entries, take dominion … [Read More...]


16 Things I Learned in Las Vegas

When I travel, I love to investigate a place for myself. Sure, I read up before I go, and I pay attention to the things I read. I talk to folks I know who have traveled there, and I listen to their advice. But I try to wait to form an opinion till after I’ve […]

Au Gratin Potatoes with Cheddar Stout Sauce

Au Gratin Potatoes with Cheddar Stout Sauce and a GIVEAWAY

I am a member of the Cabot Cheese Board – a proud and happy member, at that. Every once in a while, they send me cheese in the mail. Recently, they sent me a copy of their brand new cookbook. They told me that if I wanted to do a giveaway of their cookbook on […]

Avocado and Crabmeat Mimosa

Avocado and Crabmeat Mimosa at the Mad Men Finale Virtual Dinner Party

I have a recipe for a delicious salad to share, and a cookbook to give away! You’ll find this recipe in the cookbook:  The Unofficial Mad Men Cookbook.  Avocado and Crabmeat Mimosa is a salad that was developed by the White House chef to the Kennedy family. The dish is made with two of my most […]

boy on tractor

Going for a Tractor Ride

   Life is a faith walk.   Sometimes, my faith is oh-so-small. Small enough that my tendency is to wait to write about things, to see how they’re going to turn out. I don’t want to write about something if it won’t “turn out well”, although precisely what “turn out well” means is a bit […]

Sloppy Indian Joes

Sloppy Indian Joes, Inspired by the Raw Spice Bar

I received an envelope containing February’s shipment of spices from Raw Spice Bar, to do a review of their product, but all opinions are strictly my own.  It should be no surprise to anyone that I love cooking. Cooking utilizes both sides of my brain. It takes knowledge that I’ve gained through the academic disciplines […]

Fearless Leaders

Bloggers at Midlife, BAMC15: It’s the People, Stupid!

Last weekend, I had the privilege of attending and serving on the staff of an extraordinary conference, called “BAM Conference 2015“. BAM stands for Bloggers at Midlife. The jury is still out on exactly ~where~ midlife will be for me. I guess I won’t truly know the answer to that until I croak. (If I […]

Minestrone with Pesto and Garlic Bruschetta

Minestrone with Pesto and Garlic Bruschetta

Winter hasn’t QUITE given up the ghost in these parts, so how about a delicious soup, packed with vegetables to nourish your body, beans for heartiness, pasta to comfort your soul, and bacon to add that sumpin’-sumpin’ that only bacon brings: that salty, smoky bit of pig-candy our mouths love so well! I found this […]

Bacon-Roasted Buttercup Squash with Rosemary Honey

Bacon-Roasted Buttercup Squash with Rosemary Honey

My CSA provided me with a winter squash that I’d never cooked with before, and quite honestly, didn’t know the name of. After less than a minute of googling winter squash pictures, there it was: the Buttercup Squash. It looked a lot like a green acorn squash, with yellowish freckles. Shortish,  somewhat squatty, and, let’s […]

Winter Light

Rejection Doesn’t Have To Be the End of the Story

Rejection Stinks Rejection is the feeling of being dismissed, devalued, or unwanted. If I were to ask you, “Have you ever felt rejected?”, would that trigger some thoughts, or a memory for you? I’m guessing that since you’ve walked this planet long enough to have learned how to read and click the link that brought […]


Grown-Up Grilled Cheese Sandwiches with Apple Butter

As you know, I’m a complete cheese-hound. Cabot Cheddar Cheese is my favorite cheddar, and I love to use it to make grilled cheese sandwiches. But I’m also a strong devotee of Cook’s Illustrated, and the other day on their site, I saw a recipe for a sandwich called a Grown-Up Grilled Cheese. They mixed […]