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Mock Fish Ceviche

The title Mock Fish Ceviche sort of contradicts itself doesn’t it? I can’t help it! I am a stickler for doing anything but the ordinary when it comes to cooking. Traditionally, ceviche is raw fish that’s “cooked” by marinating it in acidic citrus juice. However, I had a plate full of amazingly delicious grilled fish from the night before and I wanted to do something different this time around. After eying my ripe mango and bright green limes in the fruit basket it came to […]

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Where I’m From…

Happy Monday, everyone!  With Easter right around the corner and family gatherings happening, I thought I’d share one of my favorite ever BelleView activities. It’s a perfect thing to do with your loved ones over the holiday or to write as a special Easter surprise for a grandma or grandpa. We did this a few years ago here at BelleView and quite a few of our reader-friends sent in poems of their own. There’s something special about thinking back to all the people, places, and […]

Show host, Robert Irvine,

You Are the Star of Your Own Show

A couple months ago, I volunteered to help with the remodeling of two restaurants in Summerville, SC as part of the Restaurant Impossible Show on Food Network. I love that show, love re-do shows anyway, and cry every time I watch a reveal. I spent a full Friday working, maybe 9am-8pm with driving time. I showed up ready to do whatever was needed, was sent to the second location, and promptly began painting three doors white. Several coats. Soon, I heard someone calling for the “art […]

Rachel Hauck, How To Catch A Prince

Don’t Be Offended

Pardon my brief Bible Study here, but I was reading Matthew 15 the other day and came across this story: A Canaanite woman who appeals to Jesus for deliverance for her demon-possessed daughter. When she asks, He ignores her! Then she asks again! Let’s pick up Matt’s account:   “I was sent only to the lost sheep of Israel.” Jesus said. The woman came and knelt before him. “Lord, help me!” she said. He replied, “It is not right to take the children’s bread and […]

A Secret from Another Era

Before my dad was sent overseas during World War Two, his mother drove more than a thousand miles to tearfully confess an awful secret. I hope Grandma, up in the Spirit World, isn’t annoyed with me for sharing it with you, but here it is: D-I-V-O-R-C-E. Christian ladies like Grandma could barely say the word aloud. Actually, it was Grandma’s mother who had ended a marriage. She’d been married with two sons when something – or a series of somethings – made her decide to […]

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Life is Real…. and Busy

Do you know a Mom who is not incredibly busy? We mamas tend to take care of a lot of stuff– maybe, the whole world. I don’t know what Congress was up to during that crazy shut-down thingy, but Moms cannot do that.  Can you imagine just deciding NOT to do your job? Yeh. Right. That may explain why most of them who do that whole government stuff are guys. Their wives and moms are taking care of the real business. Anyway, I digress… Mom, you […]


Stepping in Poop

A while back I had a chance to spend some time with my family in WV. Amongst the crowd of kin was my then nine-year-old nephew who I don’t get to see nearly often enough. We were hanging out in the family room Saturday evening when he began quizzing me from a book clearly tailored for his demographic. These were awesome questions like which would you pick: a kitchen with a live-in pizza chef? Or an ice cream parlor? (We both wanted the pizza chef.) […]


On the Legalities of Being Sued by Myself

Who’s in for a Friday Fun Day? Let’s chat… My middle sister has always said there should be a judge charged with deciding which lawsuits should get to proceed and which ones are too ridiculous to go any further, someone with a gavel that just gets to rap it and say, “Too stupid. Next!” I understand where Nana’s coming from, but we both concede that her plan needs some work. Like our fellow Americans, deep down my sissy and believe that everyone deserves their day […]

chocolate pie

How About a Southern Recipe?

I hate to cook. Hate it. Hate. It. But I like to bake. So, every so often, I like to share Southern baking recipes, especially from old cookbooks because I love to read the language. Where else can you find words like “oleo” and “pinch” and “fire.” Check this one out: Chocolate Pie Ingredients 1 sq chocolate 1 1/2 cups milk 2 eggs 3/4 cup sugar 1/4 cup flour pinch of salt 6 marshmallows 1/2 stick butter 1 tsp. vanilla Instructions Melt chocolate in milk […]


I Thee Wed: For Better or For Worse

Twenty years ago, on March 18, 1995, I vowed to love and cherish a man I had chosen to explore this life with me. We were both naïve and nervous, standing before God and those we loved, making promises we barely understood. We had been best friends for seven years, meeting when I was just thirteen years old. He was only fifteen the day he first said, “Hey,” — a cool high school Junior who was a clueless as I was when it came to relationships. I now […]


The Tale of The Black Panthers

I should’ve known when the woman referred to the barn cats as “The Panthers” that the two we were adopting were a lively pair. Instead, gullible me envisioned barn cats that were feral enough to keep the barn’s rodent population in check and yet gentle enough to curl up in my three-year-old’s lap. We acquired this knowledge quickly enough, however, as we tried loading the sleek black beasts with their jade-green eyes into the cardboard box in the back of the van. They did not […]