• How To Tell A Story Through Decorating

    You know,There are many ways to approach decorating but something that has helped me create a cohesive feel in my home is to tell a story. I want to tell a story that is unique to my family. I know people who decorate to tell the a story of their family’s beliefs. Their walls are covered with scriptures or phrases that reiterate their ethos. Okay, I do a little of that too. Others enjoy decorating with things that point to activities they love. For example,  we have many fond memories spent at a lake house located in North Georgia that’s been in the family since the 1970’s. It was decorated…

  • Southern Style Biscuits

    Big Batch Southern Style Biscuits made from Scratch

    Southern Style Biscuits are good for so many things. Grab some southern style biscuits and slap an egg and some bacon in the middle. Cut one in half and slather it with sliced strawberries and whipped cream. There are chicken biscuits, biscuits and gravy or cheddar cheese biscuits. But the thought of making biscuits from scratch can pose a problem… Are you intimidated by the idea of making biscuits from scratch? I was for years. I’m not intimidated by many things, but my timidity in making authentic southern-style biscuits and meeting new people took some intentional effort on my part to overcome (I’m still working on the meeting new people…

  • The Blue Castle

    Book Review: The Blue Castle By L.M. Montgomery, A Classic Filled With Timeless Relevancy

    What kind of story does a book titled The Blue Castle make you think of? It may evoke images such as… girl meets a prince. They get married. He whisks her away to his kingdom to live happily ever after. But the story of The Blue Castle isn’t a fairy tale. What would you say is an emotional issue people struggle with today?   So many people are plagued with self-doubt. We say the mantra’s we are told to recite like, “I am beautiful” or  “I am enough”. But saying it doesn’t mean we buy into it. Our real subconscious thoughts often sound more like, “Does anyone see me?”, “Am I…

  • Pumpkin Muffins With Crystallized Ginger

    Yeah For Fall! I just took the last bite of the last PUMPKIN MUFFIN WITH CRYSTALLIZED GINGER that remained from a recent batch I made on the first day of October.  Fall has sneaked in almost unnoticed here in the Southern Appalachian Mountains but still it calls for some baking and nothing says FALL IS HERE to me like a pumpkin muffin. Who doesn’t enjoy the smells of lovely spices floating through the room. I sure do. It simply adds to the hominess (Don’t know if that’s a real word but it works for me). So, I went on a hunt for a new recipe to try. It’s not that…

  • Developing An Idea For A Children’s Book Can Be Harder Than You Think

    Children’s book ideas don’t always come easy I can’t speak for other authors about how they approach writing a children’s book, but this is my personal experience. I have come up with children’s books based on ideas that just popped into my head (and I assure you this happens on the reg). Another approach I use is biographical, like Serenading Jesus. This book was based on my mother’s example in my life. I love this story to distraction because I am who I am because of this amazing woman’s influence in my life.  This book was also my attempt to publish using a vanity press and their art department.  That…

  • Speech therapy for better communication

    Speech Therapy May Be Just What Your Child Needs

    The curly headed four year old sat attentively eating apple pieces at the granite counter as her mother cooked. The child swiveled her stool and looked over to the opposite edge of the counter where a gray shirt sat folded. A rambling of odd sounds flowed from her mouth, ” ih tah ti tee tuh?” The questioning tone caught her mother’s attention, ” What?” she calmly replied. ” ih tah ti tee tuh?” The little girls eyes shifted to the counter edge and the mother’s eyes followed. “What are you asking me, honey?” The sounds became frustrated and her body language took on hints of a game of charades. Pointing animatedly…

  • Are You Ever Too Old To Start Something New?

    The little girl walked up the sidewalk to her Grandparents house. She didn’t get to see them very often. Usually, she just watched their game shows with them and sometimes they played cards. But this visit was going to be different. The door opened to smiling faces. Hugs were exchanged and after a few moments her grandparents excitedly invited her to see what they had been up to lately. They rounded the corner. The one that had a curio cabinet that housed their collection of beautiful china teacups and saucers collected from their worldwide travels. The little girl admired the delicate patterns and pretty colors. Then she saw what they…

  • Top 6 Websites That Sell Homeschool Curriculum For “Learning Challenged” Kids

    Tara watched her 14 year old daughter, Haley,  get out of the car. She threw her backpack over her shoulder and waved back at her mom then walked over to a set of large double doors. She entered the building but not before turning back to wave at her mom. The person who had made sure she didn’t give up. The one who gave her the chance to do what she loved. Theater. Tech week was almost over . Tara knew Haley would be sad when the play was over.  She always was. But today the teenager was electric with excitement. Only three more days and she would show the…

  • Five Oldies But Goodies Suspense Novels Worth Re-reading

    Step. Step. Step. Each time his shoe hit the ground  his pace increased until he was all out running. A worn out black and red duffel bag hung from his shoulder. One of his hands held firmly to the canvas strap so as not to lose the bag and it’s precious contents. Sweat streamed down his forehead as he glanced from side to side at the miles of hot white sand. The ocean stretched out in front of him as he continued forward.  Suddenly he stopped and looked around. He leaned over as he caught his breath. No one had followed him. He was certain. As he turned to look…

  • A Year Filled With Milestones

      … I watched as my husband helped carry the old metal desk that had lived in our son’s room. Jay was on one end. Our son Joey was on the other. They lifted it into the truck. That was it. The last piece of furniture to go to Joey’s new home a few hours away. He towered over us. Young and tall. Ready to learn what he needed to know to fulfill his dreams of becoming a professional animator. It felt right. He clearly has the raw talent. Now we were seeing the raw determination. This is a milestone that will make an impression on the rest of his…

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