Category: daily thoughts

Vacations…and other reasons to travel

 It’s almost officially spring which means warmer days, and with that comes longing for vacations and getaways…. and one of the most  perfect tropical getaways I know of is The Keys.  The Florida Keys is home to five districts, each with their own personality and attractions that make visitors feel like they are…

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January Days

 NOTE:  Although this primarily is a food blog, on occasion I share my daily thoughts. This is a daily thought post. Most daily thought posts are found here: The Domestic Mama, however, with this post in particular I felt led to publish it here.  There will be food tomorrow. 🙂 It’s halfway through…

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pre holiday planner

It’s that time of year. You know what I’m talking about: We coast along, munch on our kids’ Halloween candy and then, bam! Christmas is knocking on your door before you’ve even taken your jack o lantern down.  I know, hearing songs about angels and Jesus in the stores while the shelves are…

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You can’t buy Christmas

Life lately has been full of promise. Promises once  forgotten, and promises fulfilled . Hope for the future and excitement glittering in the background, despite a darkening world. And, as dark as this world can be, it’s necessary to look for the bright spots that are still there, flickering quietly. Christmas is different…

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stepping out, stepping in

I’ve been gone for a while, I’ve been in a season of decision making, prayer and probably too much thinking. Situations happened that catapulted me out of my norm, and shifted me back to a hope that had dissipated years ago. That hope, soon became a reality and stepping into the reality of…

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10,000 steps and other journeys

   I try to take 10,000 steps a day.  there are days when it’s an easy task. Then, there are other days where each step is a journey. Days when my patience is tested, I grow weary and weak from the challenges and obstacles that lay in the path of life. You see,…

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The New Spring

I use every Springtime as a sort of “do over” for New Years. A time to clear out, not only excess clutter form my home, but also my life and my mind.   Every year, I cut out processed foods, meats, dairy, and sugars. In addition, I cut out processed society, too. I…

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Sunday school 101

For a while now, I have been the director of Children’s ministry at a small local church…  which basically means  I’m a Sunday school teacher and jr youth group leader, and I get to write my own curriculum, and lessons. Of course, I could always use a pre written curriculum, but developing my own…

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2014 flashback

Here is a slight recap of a few events of the past year, I say slight because I took close to 8,000 photographs. A majority were for work, but on occasion I had my DSLR out for family and fun. This year, it’s going to be less work and more play for my…

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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!   I haven’t missed one day of posting all year. I’m starting off with a good start, eh? Every year I intend to post more, write more, photograph more, and offer more giveaways. And, then… life starts to happen. You know, laundry, clutter, jobs, weeds, kids, husbands,(wait. make that singular…

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summer stuff

(sponsored post) Here we are full force into summer… in all it’s sweaty glory. This summer has been a lot different than previous summers in the fact that despite the heat and humidity, my daughter wants to go outside (YAY!) Yep, we have had bike rides to water parks…which meant sunblock and sweat:…

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November things

We just got into November, and now it’s the home stretch. Are you like me and wondering… what on earth happened. Something must happen to days as you get older. They are no longer a full 24 hours as you age. I’m convinced of it. There is some scientific time warp that happens…

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My mama

Yesterday, my mama walked over and handed me this snapshot of her and her friends. They had just gotten done unloading food collected from a local food drive for a food pantry my mama just started up. She used to run another, but when she was diagnosed with lymphoma, she needed to resign…

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A day on the boat….

If you are one of my regular readers, you know the scoop. We love the sea. Getting out there… away from electronic devices…and traffic…and noise…. ok, not ALL electronics… this tells us where we are at, and how deep. papa Keith at the wheel ( for now…) waiting for the zzzzzzzinnnng… land in…

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a day in the life…

I was not in a cooking mood yesterday. Do you ever get that way? Fortunately we had stuff in the fridge for leftovers…and bratwurst to grill, so I took some pics of my life. It’s soooo interesting. (not really) this stuff intrigued me at the Latin market- I thought it was a cereal, but-…

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a few words about halloween decorations

I have had this little light up house since I was 19. Funny how odd things like this manage to remain in my life for so long… Here is another little friend…. the pic behind it is me in Mexico when I turned 22 He hangs out on top of our saltwater hex…

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when I was almost Amish…

A few years back I lived in a small house that was built in 1929. It had two tiny rooms, a huge kitchen and a small gathering room. The plumbing was run on an electric well, and there was no central heat or a/c. It had character, though.. it was quaint and the…

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sights from the 50s

So, I have a few old magazines from the 1950s…..my hubby wonders why I don’t toss them, but they are a little piece of history. And good for a laugh, too. for instance, when was the last ad you saw for a can of good ol LARD?! or US savings bonds….how romantic can…

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tortoise rodeo

..if you happen to have a tortoise in your yard. he can give a tour…. just make sure he gets a thank you… …and a tasty treat! ….that’s another way to spend a day.

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favorite kitchen things…

this is my kosher salt… it dissolves in hot things… makes things just taste better. I used to use Celtic sea salt from the grain and salt society. That’s when I managed the health food store. It was $12 a 9oz jar… eeek. This is just as good…… Here are some of my…

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