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Christmas Memories

“I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.” –Charles Dickens “Our hearts grow tender with childhood memories and love of kindred, and we are better throughout the year for having, in spirit, become a child again at Christmas-time.” –Laura Ingalls Wilder I love this time of year–beautiful music, snow, twinkling lights, festive decorations […]

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The Harmony and Peace Award

Thank you to Coach Muller, the author of the inspirational blog called Good Time Stories, for awarding me with the Harmony and Peace Award!  I am honored to be in such good company.    This award was created by the  Idealistic Rebel ~IN HER OWN WORDS~ “I created this new award to celebrate all those who promote Harmony & Peace, and who add […]

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The Liebster Award

  I am delighted and honored to have been nominated for a Liebster award, by Edwina’s Episodes.  I’ve only been blogging for two months, but I’ve already connected with so many interesting and lovely people.  It came as such a wonderful surprise, and I’m so excited to accept.  Edwina herself was nominated by Wendy of the Rock. There are certain […]

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The Best-Ever Thanksgiving Dressing

This recipe for homemade dressing or stuffing has been passed down through the generations of my family:  Great-grandmother Rieley, Great Aunt Florence, Grandma Rieley, Mom, and me.  My family’s recipe for dressing has been modified minimally over the years and continues to be a favorite part of our Thanksgiving dinner.   It’s even better on the second day due to […]

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Food, Wine and Fellowship

Photography:  Courtesy of Douglas Frassa   “Let us celebrate the occasion with wine and sweet words.” –Plautus “I love everything that is old; old friends, old times, old manners, old books, old wines.” –Oliver Goldsmith, The Vicar of Wakefield As a wine enthusiast and Level 1 Sommelier through the International Wine Guild (beginner), I’ve grown to enjoy different kinds and styles […]

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A Lesson

As a child growing up on Green Hill Farm there were two things that I looked forward to the most: visiting with Grandma and Granddaddy Rieley and summer time.  One thing that I liked best was neither required dressy outfits or shoes.  I also relished the freedom of an undetermined day, one without rules or routines.  I’d run around on […]

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