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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" … [Read More...]

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 … [Read More...]

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 […]


Homemade Lasagna plus a “How to” Video

 Food sure does bring people together, and in my life, you could even say that one of the main reasons I have my very own family is due to food! Back when I was dating the man who is now my husband, I invited him over for lasagna. You can ask him yourself, and he’ll […]

Frozen Fruit Smoothie

Fabulous Frozen Fruit Smoothie

  A few years ago, I tried eating “raw” for a week, in an attempt to “detox” my body. It was an interesting exercise in self-control, but not something I wanted to continue as a lifestyle. I lost some weight, but what I gained from the experience was a method for making delicious smoothies. The […]

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The Horizon’s Bright on the Nashville Skyline

There’s quite a bit of buzz going around about Music City, these days. The exciting developments occurring in our cultural scene – in food, music, and the arts – have turned the national spotlight our way, turning us into one hot little town. I’m in touch with folks from all over – the fact that […]

Browned Butter Brown Sugar Cookies

Browned Butter Dark Brown Sugar Cookies

As a kid, I loved putting brown sugar on my cereal. Not plain old white sugar. It had to be BROWN sugar. (I blame Mick Jagger.) Brown sugar wasn’t just that one-note flavor of “sweet”: it had that richer, darker flavor that comes from the molasses that’s in it. As an adult, my love for […]

After using X Out for 4 weeks.

X Out Review

  I participated in an Influencer Activation Program on behalf ofInfluence-Central for X Out. I received samples of X Out to facilitate my review and a thank you item for participating. I feel for my kids, as I watch them make their way through that roller coaster season of life known as adolescence. It’s such […]