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Heirloom Recipe: Red Velvet Cake

The first time I ever had red velvet cake was when Grandma Rieley served it for dessert at a family dinner when I was a child.  I had never seen such a thing as red cake, and I loved it!  It’s not a dessert that’s often found on restaurant menus–even in the South.  And, grocery store versions just aren’t as […]

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Eggs, Eggs Everywhere!

Growing up on a farm as a child afforded many wonderful experiences.  Meaningful experiences that shaped my values and inspired me.  I remember when I was about 6 or 7 years old, my dad decided that it would be nice to have fresh milk and eggs.  So, he bought a Holstein cow named Bessie and ordered chicks.  I remember sitting in our living room early in the morning before school with an old towel on my lap, carefully cradling a warm, fuzzy chick in my hands–marveling at its tiny body and feet as well as the soft, little sounds it made.  Every morning over the next 2-3 weeks, I would hurriedly get dressed and eat breakfast so that I could hold one for a few minutes before the school bus came.  I loved those little chicks! As the chicks grew into hens, they would free range all through the pastures and even around the house; but, for some reason, though, they didn’t like to lay their eggs in the coop.  Much to my surprise and joy, I would walk along outdoors, and just FIND an egg laying out in the yard or under a bush. It was like an Easter egg hunt!  After making the discovery that the hens were laying eggs ALL OVER the place, I remember enthusiastically running into the house and searching for my Easter basket.  “This is going to be fun!,” I thought.  And it was. […]

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Discovering Texas Vineyards

Originally posted on Talk-A-Vino:
About 10 years ago, one of the people I was working with was living in Texas, and I remember he mentioned in one of the conversations – Texas makes world-class wines. I said – really? He insisted that he knew some people visiting from France who were literally raving about the Texas wines. This stuck in…

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Versatile Blogger Award and Very Inspiring Blogger Award

I was nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award by Judy from Edwinasepisodes and Prajakta from An Armchair Perfectionist.  Edwinasepisodes is a blog about the humorous look at the life of an everyday woman.  This blog’s hilarious views on life and whimsical poetry will keep you coming back for more.  An Armchair Perfectionist is a blog where you’ll find beautiful photography, well-written […]

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Embracing Life

“When you STOP WASTING ENERGY on worry and fear, it’s like removing emotional static from your mind and getting a cable hookup to the rest of the world.  Not only is the picture of your life clearer; YOU HAVE MORE VIEWING OPTIONS.” ~ Karen Salmansohn, instant HAPPY I’ve always been a bit of a worrier by nature but never to […]

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