Candied Peanuts

Candied Peanuts

I'm exhausted today, but not from working so hard (I enjoy working and it feels good to be purposeful), from lack of sleep. See, last night I had a dream. My son has an upcoming trip to Disney World with his band for a special band event. He plays french horn in the school symphonic band and mellophone (which is like a giant trumpet) in the school marching band. This upcoming trip takes place ... Continue Reading

Grandmama’s Bon Bons

Grandmama's Bon Bons

This is going to be our first Christmas without Grandmama and we sure do miss her. But as much as our hearts ache, we have so many wonderful memories of laughter, generosity, and smiles that we are still talking about her as if she is in the room - and we really feel she is sometimes. She sure did leave a lot of good behind and I'm so grateful that I got to see how she lived her life. I ... Continue Reading

Christmas Cookiepalooza 2013


Christmas means lots of baking in our house, along with family, hugs, gifts, and gratitude for all of the blessings in our lives. A must have for all of us, though, are our traditional Christmas Cookies. Today, I'm sharing with you some of the recipes we have gone to for generations! Cut Out Cookies For Santa (click cookie name for recipe) I've had a lot of folks ask what my favorite cookie ... Continue Reading

Aunt Louise’s Cheese Ball

Aunt Louise Cheese Ball

ย  Louise was my Grandmama Lucy's sister. She always had a twinkle in her eye and a mouth that curved up every so slightly at the corners, as if she were going to burst into a smile at any moment. She was a good hearted person who, like my grandmother, had lived a hard life but always came out on top because she chose to focus on the good ย instead of amplifying the bad. I wrote about her in ... Continue Reading