Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Stuff, Do we need it or not?


My home doesn't have an attic.  I use my basement as storage.   For years it's continue to grow into a pile of stuff that sometimes we used it -- sometimes we didn't.   It became such a clutter I  was overwhelmed to get down there and clean it out.

In March I started -- I worked in one corner of a room until it was emptied out and then moved to another corner.  I made progress.

I went from 33 totes of stuff - to 13.  I am now down to 10.   Out of those 33 totes 8 were Christmas decorations.  Come on who needs 8 totes of Christmas decorations?!   Not me -- I cleaned them out to our favorites.  I now have 4.

Once I get finished I will share true pictures (the above is from Canva).   

So I ask you -- how much stuff do you have?   How much stuff do you use?   How much stuff do you really need?

In the process I have cleaned out books.   This is a huge step for me because they are one of my passions.  But who needs 6 bookshelves full of books in their home?   Not me.   In releasing these books to others, I have found freedom in my home to move them around, to remove furniture I don't need and create new spaces.

I am excited to be finding this new found freedom from stuff!   I have a ways to go, but by summer of 2021 I plan to be free from many other items that I truly do not need in my life and be enjoying my new spaces in ways I never imagined.

Monday, August 24, 2020


I opened my own cottage law business in January.  When I had talked to my husband about this business, I thought it would be a part time bakery for at least a year or more.    I never imagined the support that I receive.  From purchases, to teaching new recipes, technics, to sharing my page, to standing beside me and saying you can do this.   I am truly blessed.

I am a substitute at our local school system.  For the past three years I have been a long term sub, which means I take a job and stay at that school for longer then 30 days.   I made a decision Friday to take this year off -- it was a choice the school board gave substitutes to work day by day (which is what I thought I was going to do), long terms or not at all.       I love to sub and love the kids.  I will miss the teachers, the kids and the co workers.

My decision was not an easy one.   I like the security of the money, I am not going to lie.  

I need to be home to nurture my husband and my boys, this is my first calling, that gets lost in the shuffle often.  I feel God gave me my business so that I could be a light for him in my corner of the world.    

A friend of mine shared this out of the blue on Saturday:   When I was a baby I got choked.  Her dad came and saved my life.   God had a plan for my future then and the purpose is being brought to life now.   I have thought alot about what she said and there is so much truth to this statement, it's a confirmation to me, a reminder that my family is my true purpose and everything else will come along beside of it.

The goals I have for my business are followed up with a solid business plan and I can't wait to see the future!

Wednesday, August 19, 2020


 We used to camp often with our boys.  Then life happened, we got older , we did a pop up camper for a while, and then we just started renting cabins.

We recently purchased a tent and pulled our camping stuff out.     Our first trip was to Camp Creek State Park in WV.  

We enjoyed the weekend!   But we sure realized quickly sleeping on the ground is too tough for us now!

We picked Camp Creek because we have never been up there and it was not too far from the house.  We drove up and got to the camp sight -- we were alittle disappointed in the camp sight because it was small (it was a buddy sight), but we moved the picnic table and made do and it worked out great.   We stayed in Bluejay which is primitive (no electric but did have what I call the "pits" for a bathroom).

The sights were along the creek which was very nice.  The kids saw alot of fish and caught a very large crawdad in there.    Hunter walked along a tree branch that was over the creek and fell in.  I so which I had my camera!

We didn't do any hikes because most were moderate or hard and frankly I am not up for those yet.  We did walk up to the falls.  It's a beautiful spot with alot of good fishing holes along the way in the creek.  The boys walked the creek back which was fun to stay cooled off (although it was about 10 degrees cooler there then here).


The water at the falls was ice cold and the "hole" drops off about mid way so that you can swim.  Beautiful spot.

We saw a wedding taking place while we were there and the deer were abundant.   These twins played for a long while in the field early one Saturday morning.

The park has another water fall along Mill Creek and it wasn't running very strong, but there were some kids playing in the water that was there.   

This little fella hung out with us all weekend at our camp sight -- we kept finding him all over the place!

I love history and am working on learning the history regarding the mill that was there many many years ago.  I recently ran into some pictures of stone that is deeper in the forest up there.  Would like to learn the relation to history in that also.   When I put this together I will share it.  In the mean time here is the little bit of history the park shares.

Monday, July 27, 2020

Southwestern BBQ Chicken Meal

I decided Saturday I really wanted BBQ Chicken.  But the rest of the family really doesn't like BBQ Chicken.   It was too hot to fire up the grill.   So I opted for a casserole dish.

I purchased a rotisserie chicken and shredded it.   I add pepper and garlic to it. 

In the bowl I dumped the chicken, a can of black beans (drained) and a can of cream of corn.  Then I cut up a few green bell peppers.

I added 18 ounces of Thick and Spicy BBQ Sauce.  Mix this all together and place in a sprayed (or greased) 8x8 pan.   Add 1/2 cup cheddar cheese and 1/4 cup (or less) Monterey Cheese.  Seal tight with foil and bake for 25 minutes at 375.

Then.....take it from the oven and top with 

We love onions so I added alot -- but you can add as much of less as you want.  Remove the foil and return to the oven for 7 minutes.

Serve it as a meal, or a soft burrito, to with sour cream and tomatoes (or not!) I included Jasmine rice with ours.

Monday, June 15, 2020

Summertime Memories

Summer evenings are meant for enjoyment after a long day, whether you work from home or outside of the home.

When I was a kid we lived in the "city" and didn't have many fires -- we did have a fire pit out back that we used some but usually only for cooking out.  

We always had a 'lightening bug" contest -- every summer through out the neighborhood.  We played spot light often.    Sunsets and the dew on the grass are an extra bonus.

I was blessed to grow up in a neighborhood full of kids.  We had so much fun growing up on the "street".  

What was your favorite summer evening pass time?  My kids love to eat popsicles, roast marshmallows, sit by the fire and play laser tag.

We all like to come out and see what star formations we can see.

Sunday, June 14, 2020


Welcome to my new blog!  A place you can find recipes and ideas for your kitchen. 

I grew up and still live in my home town in the Appalachian region in WV.  I can't wait to share stories with you of small-town life.   Just for a little Appalachian fun.

I hope to help you find some adventures of your own, by sharing hidden gems we have found in WV while camping and traveling the state.

I hope you find some nugget of help through the twists and turns that my unperfect life has to offer on this new venture I am taking into the blogging world.

Come back & visit soon.


Stuff, Do we need it or not?

  My home doesn't have an attic.  I use my basement as storage.   For years it's continue to grow into a pile of stuff that sometime...