Category Archives: Home and Family

Gift Guide for Ladies

Just sharing some of my favorite items. 

Amazon Gift Guide for Ladies





amazing grass






oil diffuser


Helpful Household Hints ~ Orange Peels

It’s summertime and who doesn’t want their home to smell like citrus?

Here’s a great household tip for those orange or citrus peels.

Household Hints

Check out this nifty citrus peeler.


Beautiful Gulf Coast ~ Setting Sun

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Some places are hard to leave behind.

Gulf Shores sunset framed

Spring 2015 ~ Randomness

Some peeks into my Spring.


The hostas I planted in 2013 and forgot about came up again.   Love me some hostas because they’re so easy to grow.



Eating supper on the front porch can be so relaxing after spending the day inside.



My oldest daughter has fallen in love with gardening.  She has planted so many beautiful flowers this Spring.  Now I need to get her interested in veggies. 🙂



After an extensive search, I was so excited to find this cute owl mug for only .25 at the thrift store!



I love it when my hubby cranks up the grill.  I know some yummy food is on the way.  He prepared enough for us to eat on through the week and when the grilled veggies were gone, I pan roasted these in the oven.  Real food and good eatin’!



After my last post on that beautiful Spring day,  I found out my oldest brother had died suddenly.  He left a void in the lives of his daughters, grandchildren, siblings, and father.  I think of him often and miss him daily.  Some of my family made the trip to Reelfoot Lake in his memory.

Thanks for stopping by!

Helpful Household Hints ~ Coffee Grounds

It’s Springtime and many will be starting their gardens.

Here’s a handy hint for your compost pile.

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Coffee grounds can be an excellent addition to a compost pile.

The grounds are relatively rich in nitrogen, providing bacteria the energy they need to turn organic matter into compost. About 2 percent nitrogen by volume, used coffee grounds can be a safe substitute for nitrogen-rich manure in the compost pile.  (Provided by ScienceDaily.)

Behr’s Silver Strand paint

So I decided to go with Behr’s Silver Strand paint in my kitchen.

Do you think this was a good choice?


What color is your kitchen?

See my Kitchens board on Pinterest.

Vintage Recipe: Sausage Casserole

Sometimes you run across a draft post that you forgot to publish.  This is one of those times.  From 2009…

This recipe is courtesy of my very good friend, Laura, and is a great mid-week dinner casserole.

Years ago, supper get-togethers were a big thing for us.  On Tuesday nights or possibly Thursday nights, Laura and I would make supper together and after eating, we’d play Trivial Pursuit.   Those were the days before kids and rushed evenings of homework and laundry, laundry, laundry!

When we tried to choose our menu for the evening, Sausage Casserole was always among our choices.  Sausage Casserole or Pizza Potatoes.  Decisions, decisions.

If we had a little extra money, we’d go big-time and have homemade Enchiladas with a side of Mexican Rice and Rotel Cheese dip, which we would pour over everything!

I don’t get to eat like that very often.  I try to make healthier meals nowdays.

Those were the days before internet…or even cell phones!  It was just us friends sitting around, having a good meal and a good time together playing board games and visiting.  Sometimes I long for those quiet, easy in some ways – harder in other, days.

So, I go to my old recipe box and pull out one of these vintage recipes and the first taste takes me back.

This version is made with Dreamfields Penne Rigate pasta.  It was delicious!  Add a salad and crusty bread if you like and you have a meal.

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Sausage Casserole

1 lb mild sausage
1 bag egg noodles, cooked and drained (I used Dreamfields pasta instead)
12 oz cream of mushroom soup (homemade recipe – see below)
2 cups mozzerella cheese

Cook sausage and drain.  Mix noodles with soup.  Pour in 2 qt casserole.  Top with mozzerella cheese.  Bake for 40 minutes at 375º.

Serves 6-8.

COOK’S NOTE:  Now that I’m trying to avoid wheat, I’m thinking this might be good with layered zucchini sliced real thin instead of the pasta.  Maybe with a sprinkle of Parmesan.  Yeah, why not!  add a little more cheese!  🙂

On Linda Sue’s site, there’s a great recipe for Homemade Cream of Mushroom Soup. 

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Happy Valentine’s Day to you all and…

Happy 14th Birthday to my Valentine baby!

Helen Marie

Sorry for my extended absence.

My precious mother-in-law passed away quite suddenly

after a harsh round of chemotherapy for a quick growing lung cancer.

She will be sorely missed.

What a lady.

She took 8 little kids, 6 sons and 2 daughters, away

from an abusive relationship

and raised them with the love and help

of a wonderful man, our Papa Freddie.

She was our strength and the glue that  kept our

family together.

She kept her kids on the right path with her tough love.

Gone too soon.

We love you both, Grandma and Papa.

Rest in Jesus.

My Valentine

I’m busy planning a birthday party for my Valentine baby

who is turning 13!

Yummy food and delicious birthday cake to be had by all!

Happy Valentines Day!

To see our party food from last year, go here.

Kitchen Style

So many beautiful looks!  So little time and money!

I’m trying to remodel my small country style kitchen,

but what’s my style?!

I see one kitchen and I think, “That’s it!” only to

be awestruck by another style.

So far I’ve been through the country blue and mauve

“Ducks” stage, then

on to the blue and yellow “Sunflowers” stage,

to the “Teacups” stage.

Now I’m not sure what I’m ready for,

other than I know I’m ready for a change.

I’ve been checking interiors like crazy!

I think I’m leaning more toward this pale green walls

with white cabinets layout.

Right now I have some open shelving

that is stained dark oak, so that means they would

get painted white.

Am I ready for that?!

Then I ran across this…

That blue is awesome and look at all that light!

Still, that’s a lot of white…

Here’s lots of open shelving painted white.

Beautiful and that country look that I love.

Then…look at all this color! It’s such a warm kitchen.

I love the island and all the personality!


Wow!  This is nice with pops of color here and there!

Hmmm…nice green cabinets!

I love this beadboard!


What about this French Country kitchen with all the lovely

warm woods and colors?  I love the utensil shelf.

Look at all this color!

Makes you feel happy just looking at it.

Oh!  I’m liking this

Cottage Kitchen!


Here’s a Shabby Chic Kitchen.


Here’s Lindy’s kitchen over at Cottage Hill.

I love everything about her whole house!

Love these soft green walls, too.

This girl’s got style!

I’ve ran across other kitchens that really impressed me,

but I can’t find

them at this time.  I guess you’re glad, uh? 😀

I may need to

do another kitchen post in the future!

If I can muster the energy

and everything else it takes to remodel, I will

share my own kitchen picstures with you.

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Thanks for coming along on my kitchen tour.


Ham Pecan Pinwheels

I love appetizers and this is one of the best roll-ups I’ve tried in a while!

I got this recipe from a friend who got it from Taste of Home, my favorite cook book!  I’m so glad she shared this tasty recipe.   I served these at my daughter’s birthday party, at her request.  She is a garlic lover and loves these pinwheels.


Ham Pecan Pinwheels

  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 8 to 10 slices deli ham
  • 1 package tortillas (I used lower carb tortillas)

In a bowl, beat cream cheese, mayonnaise and garlic until smooth. Stir in pecans. Spread about 3 tablespoonfuls on tortilla, add a ham slice.

Roll up tightly; cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.  Cut into bite-size rounds.  Yield:  several dozen depending on how wide you cut them.  🙂

*I used Mission Carb Balance tortillas to reduce the carbs.

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My daughter is loving photography.

In fact, I’m having to hunt for my camera lately.

She loves taking pictures out doors.

She caught her cat posing one day and snapped a quick shot.

She loves the vintage sepia look.

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Today I’m linking to

It’s finally here – Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving Ghost

The last piece of apple pie is gone;
How did it disappear?
The bowl of delicious stuffing
Has also vanished, I fear.

It happens each Thanksgiving,
When leftover goodies flee,
And each of us knows the responsible one
Couldn’t be you or me.

The only way it could happen
Is readily diagnosed;
It must be the crafty, incredibly sneaky,
Still hungry Thanksgiving ghost.

Have a safe and Happy Thanksgiving!

In Memory of Freddie “Papa” Golden

Today would have been Papa’s 83rd birthday.  He was a man that lived up to his name…he truly was golden.  He is greatly missed.

Papa & Grandma Golden

Freddie H. Golden

11-19-27 to 5-24-10



Freedom from Want by Norman Rockwell

by Edgar Albert Guest
Gettin’ together to smile an’ rejoice,
An’ eatin’ an’ laughin’ with folks of your choice;
An’ kissin’ the girls an’ declarin’ that they
Are growin’ more beautiful day after day;
Chattin’ an’ braggin’ a bit with the men,
Buildin’ the old family circle again;
Livin’ the wholesome an’ old-fashioned cheer,
Just for awhile at the end of the year.
Greetings fly fast as we crowd through the door
And under the old roof we gather once more
Just as we did when the youngsters were small;
Mother’s a little bit grayer, that’s all.
Father’s a little bit older, but still
Ready to romp an’ to laugh with a will.
Here we are back at the table again
Tellin’ our stories as women an’ men. 

Bowed are our heads for a moment in prayer;
Oh, but we’re grateful an’ glad to be there.
Home from the east land an’ home from the west,
Home with the folks that are dearest an’ best.
Out of the sham of the cities afar
We’ve come for a time to be just what we are.
Here we can talk of ourselves an’ be frank,
Forgettin’ position an’ station an’ rank.

Give me the end of the year an’ its fun
When most of the plannin’ an’ toilin’ is done;
Bring all the wanderers home to the nest,
Let me sit down with the ones I love best,
Hear the old voices still ringin’ with song,
See the old faces unblemished by wrong,
See the old table with all of its chairs
An’ I’ll put soul in my Thanksgivin’ prayers.

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About the painting: Norman Rockwell’s Freedom from Want appeared on the pages of The Saturday Evening Post on March 6, 1943. This was the third installment of Rockwell’s famous Four Freedoms series. The painting was also originally reproduced on a poster promoting the sale of war bonds during World War Two. This painting is also known as Thanksgiving Dinner.  Many people consider this the definitive Norman Rockwell Thanksgiving Painting.
Information courtesy of  The Best Norman Rockwell Art dot com.