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Heirloom Recipe: Colonial Queen Cakes

  I found this recipe for tea cakes in a cookbook called Southern Cakes.  It features some of the most delightful and delicious desserts associated with Southern baking:  everything from sweet potato pound cake to red velvet cake.  Reading this cookbook and admiring the lovely photographs of beautifully baked cakes so reminded me of Grandma Rieley.  My grandma was a wonderful […]

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“The Weekly Bleat: Just a Thought”

*These quotes are taken from Karen Salmansohn’s book, instant HAPPY. *Photography by Tonya Rieley Hengerer “Trees that endure the stormiest times grow to be the STRONGEST and MOST BEAUTIFUL.  Ditto how your stormy times can encourage you to thrive and BLOOM INTO YOUR MIGHTIEST YOU.” “Everything you’ve ever done, every person you’ve ever met, every experience you’ve ever had is […]

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The Virtual Blog Tour Award

I would like to thank Edwina from Edwina’s Episodes for the compliment of having been nominated to participate in a “Tour Through Blogland,” also recognized as “The Virtual Blog Tour Award.”  I am happy to accept and appreciate the consideration.  It is a privilege to be counted amongst such a distinctive group of nominees.  Edwina’s Episodes is one of my […]

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More Than A Memento

In life, we often go through our days interacting with others, but not really connecting.  It’s just the way it is.  Most days we are busy, stressed, and distracted–replaying yesterday and worrying about tomorrow.  It can be difficult to be in the moment, to observe and listen, to be present–to look and actually see.  Not that we mean to or want to, but sometimes we operate on a superficial level.  This is partly because we are so engaged in our own worlds, disconnected and unable to relate to something outside of ourselves. I’m reminded of an experience I had this summer while visiting my most favorite place–England.  My husband and I were spending the day in a Cotswolds market town in Gloucestershire, a charming place with honey-colored, stone architecture and baskets full of colorful, cascading flowers adorning the front of every other building.  As we made our way along the busy street, a courtyard with shops and galleries caught our attention.  We walked into the brightly lit space, sunlight streaming down from the skylights above, illuminating the shops before us.  I immediately noticed the simple but stunning jewelry in one of the galleries.  I walked in and began to browse.  My gaze landed on an understated, wide, silver band with an anticlastic shape.  It was lovely.  I wanted to try it on, but I didn’t see anyone.  I looked across the hallway, and sitting opposite the gallery, in a studio, […]

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I Have a Confession….

I have to admit that I find this time of year a little drear.  Not only is it gray and bleak outside, but it’s also freezing cold.  And, to make matters worse, the sun goes down around 5 p.m.  The combination of gray, bleak, cold, and dark is somewhat of a downer.  Plus, all the merry-making has come to a […]

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Premio Dardos Award

I am honored to have been nominated for the Premio Dardos Award by Linda Bethea, the wonderful and humorous writer of the blog Nutsrok.  I always look forward to reading her posts as she is able to find the humor and humanity in life’s journey.  Please take some time to check-out her blog.  You’ll be glad you did. Below are […]

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