Ready or not, graduation is around the corner.

It seems like the school year picks up speed after Spring break, especially if you have a graduating senior. I just finished putting away Easter decorations and now it is time to get ready for something else. Graduation! In just six weeks Amy will be walking across the stage in cap and gown to receive […]


7 Things To Do When MOM Gets The Flu!

If I could pick a theme song that sums up this week, it would be Kermit the Frog singing “It’s not easy being green”. Not that I felt as lucky as a four leaf clover or had an inkling to kiss the Blarney stone, but green as in YUCK to the second power. And I […]


Going Bananas! Perfect RECIPE for muffins or banana bread.

I don’t know about your family, but we eat a lot of fruit at our house, especially when we had all six kiddos at home. A LOT! Do the math.. 8  people X 2 fruits a day = 16. Now imagine a week. That’s right, 112 pieces a week! I often bought a case of […]


Happy National Sibling Day!

We have a big family. My husband, John, and I have 6..yes SIX kids. We are the original parents and for those who are already is not a religious thing. When people asked if we were done at six, I usually responded, “No, we were done at four, but the last two were just […]


What the heck is a LOQUAT, and why would I put it on my toast?

Learning to can is easy and rewarding, especially if you can use the fruit growing in your own front yard.


Bee Happy!

I am a pretty easy going gal, but there are a few things that tend to rattle me; having a bee in my shirt is at the top of my list. Last Saturday I pulled into the library parking lot and started to unbuckle my seatbelt. In the slight fold of my t-shirt was a […]

Poofta! Super simple and super yummy.

Poofta! Super simple and super yummy.

Several years ago John’s mom gave us a framed recipe card of one of their family favorite breakfasts. Poofta. It is super easy and is sure to please everyone in your family. What can I say…real butter! I just made some for breakfast this morning and it was so good I thought I would share […]

Friday the 13..more than black-eyed peas.

Friday the 13..more than black-eyed peas.

Friday the 13th is a day some people think of Freddie Kruger style horror flicks. For me, it is a time to remember my Great Grandmother, Claudia Dell Upton, a character plucked from the lush Ozarks. She was full of spunk and plenty of grit. One time she recounted  when she had baked a pie […]

Ooh how sweet and sour!

Ooh how sweet and sour!

Once in a while I make homemade egg rolls.  The deep fried wonton wrappers are crisp and the ingredients are fresh. It is a lot of chopping, dicing and assembling, but so worth it! To top it off I make an amazing sweet and sour sauce. Perfect for egg rolls, meatballs, and broccoli beef.  Seriously..this […]

President’s Day

President’s Day

Today is the day many Americans set aside to think about two of our most beloved and influential Presidents: George Washington and Abraham Lincoln.  Both men had a huge part in shaping our country and putting their own lives on the line to fight and defend what they believed was crucial to the survival of […]