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Good Morning December

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Good Morning the first day of December and what a beautiful start.
I never am prepared for the ending of November and the start of December.  Every year my plan is to have the house decorated, the goody boxes ready to mail, and the Christmas cards signed-sealed-ready to mail.  But, as always I have resolved to prepare things as they come.
In the meantime, I have a great recipe to share, 'Apple Cranberry Cake'.  It is easy and one that I have adapted using goat's milk butter and strained goat's milk yoghurt (this has the consistency of sour cream).  It is a beautiful dessert.
Ingredients:
12 oz. fresh cranberries, rinsed and check for stems
1 apple, peeled, cored, and diced (I used Arkansas Black.  They
are a little tart and a little sweet.)
1/2 cup light brown sugar, lightly packed
1 Tablespoon grated orange zest (about 2 oranges)
1/4 cup fresh squeezed orange juice
1 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon, divided
2 large eggs, room temperature
1 cup plus 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
1 stic…

One Month Ends & Another Begins

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The past few weeks have really just been a whirlwind of activity.  October is the month when all the Apple Houses open up.  There is apple picking, festivals, and all kinds of happenings that center around apples.  I, myself, have been to 3 apple houses in these two weeks to get my fill of apples.  And with all these apples I have been canning them, drying them, and trying new recipes.  Apples are one of my favorites.



And let's not forget Halloween.  October always goes out with a bang (well, in my world).  I love Halloween - decorating, the kids in the costumes.  It is always fun.  This Halloween was the best time this year.  I was able to go Trick-or-Treating with 2 of my grand kids.  I just want to send kudos out to their neighborhood.  These people know how to celebrate Halloween - there were houses with great decorations; families sitting out in the yard or drive with their fire pits going and handing out candy; fun pumpkin carvings, music and driveway parties complete with co…

Go! Go! Gadget Tuesday - Let's Talk Popcorn

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I'm not sure if I have ever let it be known, but I love popcorn.  It is one of my favorite snacks, well, besides chips (regular, bbq).  I am not really a sweets person I would rather go for salty.  Now, this leads me to this new gadget (I have had for a while) I found at Sur La Table.  
It is a very great popcorn popper for the microwave and no oil is needed.  It is so easy to use and clean-up is a snap.  I cannot have the conveniently packaged popcorn because I cannot have dairy  (the butter) and a few other ingredients (which is a discussion for another time).  The 'poptop' popcorn popper allows me the fun of a popcorn snack without making me sick.
If you are looking for an easy-to-use popcorn popper.  This is definitely the ticket. 
**this is not a sponsored post
Have a Happy Tuesday!






Impossible Dream?

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In the mornings I try my best to have a quiet time.  Though not always successful I read a devotional, my Bible, and have a time in prayer.  I also keep a book handy to write in; not necessarily a journal, but an everything book.  In it is my schedule for the day; goals for the week/month; inspirational quotes.  You get it - an everything book that I keep with me all the time. 
I was looking through my book for a little inspiration and came to this reading that I had copied and glued in the front.  It was a reading from 'Guidepost 2016' about pursuing ones dreams (something I am still working towards today). It reads:
“For with God nothing will be impossible.”  -Luke 1:37 (NKJV) “A speaker at church talked about the courage to pursue our dreams.  “What dreams I have, God put in my heart, so that makes it a mandate that I respond to them because they’re from God.  And remember, you will not know how the dream will be fulfilled, only that through your actions it will be”. I thought …

First Day Of Fall 2017

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Welcome the First Day of Fall 2017






Go Go Gadget Tuesday

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It has been a while since Gadget Tuesday.  I wanted to bring it back because there are so many fun kitchen/cooking gadgets out there (good and not so great).  This day, this gadget is one of the best.

I have made the most wonderful gadget discovery.  I was at my favorite stores, Bread Beckers. (The Becker family has a wonderful store of whole grains, natural foods, cookbooks, classes, on-line videos, and more.  Check out their web site - www.breadbeckers.com.)  As I was checking down each isle to see if there could possibly be something that I needed (ha, ha, there is always something I find that I need), this little number jumped out at me.   It is a 'Chef' Salad Dressing Emulsifier.   Why is this gadget so special?  Well, the first reason is, I am a salad lover.  I could eat some type of salad for lunch and dinner.  The second reason is, I love to make fresh dressings and vinaigrette.  This little gadget makes it fun and easy (oh, and in my opinion you need more than one).
All …

5 Months of Happenings or My How Time Flies

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There is an old saying that is, oh, so true for me right now; “My, how time flies when you’re having fun.”  And boy have we been having fun.  This post is going to quickly recap the craziness that has been my life for the last 5 months.

Let’s get this calendar of events started with the month of February. February was the month that we moved from the home we have had for 14 years (Do you know how much stuff you accumulate in 14 years?) to our new home we had built in the North Georgia Mountains.  We broke ground in June of 2016 and the house was completed on February of 2017.

Moving on to the month of March.  This month did not slow down.  It was moving at warp speed.  There were boxes to unpack, getting settled, and making our new place look like home.  And the fun did not end there. 

March 25th I was on the road to a very special baby shower in Tennessee. Then leaving Tennessee for a Food Photography Workshop in Charleston with 2 of my favorite people in the world - Helene Dujardin and…