• 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…

  • 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…

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