Spaghetti Pie and Well-Known Secrets

Nan and I used to go to a little pizza place in the small town of Ceredo, West Virginia on our way home from school.  They had an assortment of Italian dishes, but their pizza is what put them on the map… that and the fact that there aren’t too many other restaurants with which […]

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Groundhogs Making Coffee

I grew up certain that groundhogs were as addicted to coffee as my mother. My father drove me to school every morning. This was partly because he is a chronic morning person (they really do exist!), and also because my bus route carried river and holler kids… A group well versed in the art of […]

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Pot Pie, Traditions, and Really Old Dogs

Growing up, the family pet was a dog that lived to be twenty-some years old. For each of those twenty-years, he kept a tradition of choking on crumbs as Popaw was blessing the holiday meal. I don’t think Popaw was ever aware of the occurrence based off of the lengthy prayers and the whistling sound […]

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30 Things I’m Thankful to to Know at 30

Last week, I was able to visit Nan in her nursing home. Nan suffers from vascular dementia (along with an array of various ailments). This is my second grandmother to suffer from a loss of mind prior to a loss of body. There is something extremely sad about watching someone who was once incredibly sharp […]

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Apple Pie and a Bit of Hillbilly Etiquette

I’ve perhaps been overly concerned in my life with expected etiquette…especially in the greeting of new neighbors (this one hits close to home (harhar) as we have moved far too much).  I regularly consult my etiquette book regarding life’s matters, and here is the rule of thumb for all of you who would like the […]

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How I Know God is Real

Mothers of toddlers know the real struggle of nap-time. My near-three year old will jump up and down on the bed with Olympic-worthy altitude. Any and all spectators (who aren’t well-versed in the art of toddler naps) would assume he was nowhere close to ready for rest. Then, that warm little body will eventually snuggle […]

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Roasted Organic Cornish Hen & Veggies

In a month where turkeys are king, I’m still all about the chicken. Fortunately for this gal (who now dwells in the well-manicured land of sidewalks, postage-stamp-size yards, and a golf-course), my parents maintain a little farm and cabin with a couple dogs, a cat (remember Boo?), honey bees and chickens.  I credit their eggs […]

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Left or Right?

I can’t help but think of my Nan when the leaves begin to change. I wasn’t a school bus frequenter. After elementary school, I pretty much required carpool or parental pick-ups for survival. So some afternoons, Nan would pick me up. She would typically point out the vibrant fall colors and say how God must […]

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Sorghum Chocolate Chip Cookies

Recently we visited Hawesville, hometown of my husband and the annual Sorghum Festival… both are ridiculously charming and sweet.   Inspired, I decided to bake something a little different using the sorghum. With limited ingredients, dessert is usually off the table. But we don’t like to give up easily around here, especially on the treats. […]

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