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Loaded Steak Nachos

Life is busy. I mean not just kind of busy but really busy. At times I find that even though I LOVE TO COOK and I THINK ABOUT COOKING all day-I don’t have the TIME TO COOK. If I find myself not having enough time surely my readers don’t have enough time in the day which leads me to my loaded skirt steak nachos. I know nachos aren’t the first thing that comes to your mind when you think dinner but they should be and […]

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Eye on the Storm

Summer means swim team around our house. Summer also means thunderstorms in the South. Swimming and thunderstorms don’t mix. For those of you unfamiliar with swim meets, they are somewhere between 3 and 4 hours long with your child swimming for 30-60 seconds at a time…3 to 6 times. What the math really says is there’s a lot of waiting around…usually in humid heat. Not too long ago, we were scheduled for a home meet, and it was already pouring down rain. I showed up, dutifully, because […]

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Are the Lazy Days of Summer a Thing of Your Past?

One of the saddest moments when you’ve become an adult is when you realize that summer is not what it used to be. Gone are the days of playing hopscotch, climbing trees, and getting on your mother’s nerves. Gone are the days when the only deadline is getting home in time for supper. The lazy hours reading Laura Ingalls Wilder’s “Little House” books, or playing King of the Mountain with the kids next door, has become a thing of the past. Long afternoons sprawled out […]

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The True Meaning of A Word

  May I have a word?  And a rather serious one. We need to have a conversation about some things. Because humans are the only beings in creation capable of verbal communication, words, talking, conversing are essential to our existence. The manner in which we use them is ever shifting. Hence: im.ing,  posting, texting, messaging, “Facebooking”??? I don’t know about you, but I’m finding it to be somewhat a challenge to keep up with language’s ever and often customizing, overwhelming tide! Yet, I’m savvy enough to […]

Winning an INSPY . . . and Confessing My Praise Addiction

I try not to care too much about winning awards. Really I do. But I’m the girl who made straight A’s in school. The one who liked taking the SAT and becoming a National Merit Scholar. Every tassel or medallion I was able to add when I graduated college made me feel a little bit more successful. I strive for good performance reviews at work. I long to see the number of hits on this blog climb. I even (gasp) read reviews of my books, […]

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Bacon Wrapped Pork Chops with Balsamic and Brown Sugar Glaze (And a Give-a-Way!)

Hey, y’all and Happy Friday! By the time you’re reading this, I’ll be on my way to the Big Easy to speak to the Louisiana Farm Bureau state wide convention. I’ll have my good buddy and partner in crime with me (shout out to Rhonda Perry!) and we’ll be set for a wonderful girlfriend weekend. We’ll also have our mouths set for some good eating. I mean, it is New Orleans! So, with that in mind, (and let’s be honest, because I’ve been meeting myself […]

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Hello Summer, 90 Degrees and “Let’s do something.”

My husband and I were standing outside the house. He was taking out the trash and I was scooping dog poo off the sidewalk. Yes, I was… The day was hot, blue and beautiful. As we walked back inside, I said, “It’s summer! Let’s do something. Go swimming. Go to the beach. You know, have a summer!” Remember when you were a kid, and Lisa talked about this on Monday, you couldn’t wait for school to be out. Couldn’t wait for the pool to open. […]

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Life or Death: A Mother’s Journey

Life and Death. I understand very little about either. What I do know, is that I’d welcome death without hesitation if it meant my children could have life. I imagine every mother knows this feeling. We open ourselves–physically, emotionally, spiritually–in order to conceive. Then, our children grow within our wombs for more than nine months. We give them breath. We give them nourishment. We give every cell of ourselves to bring them into this great, big, wonderful world — and in doing so, we open ourselves again, […]

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Grace In Transition

I walked into the bedroom, my arms laden with another pile of folded laundry, and saw that the white duvet was strewn with chocolate pearls and abalone shells—the remnants of the necklace I’d received from my husband for my twenty-third birthday. My eldest daughter, three and a half, sat behind this gleaming pile and grinned up at me. She was oblivious to the fact that she’d broken something of sentimental value. I tossed the clothing into the suitcase on the floor, which my younger daughter, […]

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Once Upon a Summer

  Happy Monday!  Does anyone else have the feeling that summer is slipping by way too fast? Around here, we’re preparing for a family move. That could be part of the reason time seems to be rushing by, but in truth, I think it’s more the case that the farther along you go in life, the faster a day, a week, a month, a season slips by. When I was young, summer days were endless. The most pressing problem we kids faced was figuring out […]

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A Weekend Visit from Susan Sands

Wherever this weekend finds you, I hope it finds you enjoying some of the wonderful things summer has to offer. There’s no better way to wile away the long, lazy hours of summer than with a down-home, small-town Southern read. Today, Susan Sands has stopped by to tell us about her debut novel. For a writer, there’s not more exciting time than when that first book hits the shelves, so I’ll give Susan the floor and let her tell you about Again, Alabama. Welcome, Susan! […]