The History Of Purses

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I promised myself when I was growing up, that I would never “dig in my purse” as I had watched my grandmother do repeatedly when looking for the house key after a day out with me. I have never seen a purse so deep and cavernous as the ones she would carry, except perhaps in Mary Poppins. It had everything …

Southern Barbecue & Grilling Cookbook

Introducing the Southern Barbecue & Grilling Cookbook

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Barbecue may not have been invented in the American South, but Southerners have certainly worked hard to perfect it. In Daniel Schumacher’s cookbook, Southern Barbecue & Grilling, you will find more than 125 recipes, including all of the fixin’s, desserts, and tools to get the job done. Whether charcoal, gas, or wood burning, fire up the grill, gather the family, and get ready …

The Glamor of Gloves on Easter

The Glamour of Gloves on Easter

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As we start moving toward Easter, I reminisce about those special days from my childhood. The Easter season and Easter Sunday has always been important to me and my family. Some of my favorite childhood memories were at Eastertime. Mom always made my dress and my sister’s dress. Careful planning went into the entire outfit, not just the dress. Now, …

Living with My Sister … Again!

Living with My Sister … Again!

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In one of my last blogs, I told you the story of our packing and getting things ready for storage. Thank you for the many comments regarding your experiences with packing! But what I didn’t tell you is that our house is not ready, and Neal and I moved in with my sister, Janice, and her husband. When she offered …

Grilled S’more Sandwiches To Share!

Grilled S’more Sandwiches To Share!

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It’s January, and that means it should be cold here! Instead, it has been more than warm here in Alabama. People are outside going about life like it is a spring day! I have a confession to make; I have never had a S’more! Every time I tell this, people stop and gasp in disbelief. “Really?” they say. S’mores are …

Moving after 25 years - The Ribbon In My Journal

What Moving Has Taught Me

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As I write this, I am taking a break from packing. Neal and I are moving in March to a home that is under renovation. Our house we are in has sold and we are very grateful for that. As I sift through 20 plus years of stuff, I have come to realize several things: Things that I knew I …

Variations on Pound Cake

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Around my house, everyone’s favorite part of the meal is always dessert. I have always loved to bake with my family, and especially love teaching my grandchildren how to bake. A simple and delicious recipe that is perfect for baking with children is Miss Jo’s Whipping Cream Pound Cake. Miss Jo was a dear lady in my childhood church who …

Fun Kids Activities: Paper Airplanes

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It is always a treat when my grandchildren come to the house! Whether it’s for a few hours or a few days, Neal and I cherish each moment we get to spend with them. One of the first things we do when the kids get to the house is put away all of the electronics. IPads are stashed and the …

American Girl by Williams-Sonoma Giveaway

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When my granddaughter was born, I immediately started collecting American Girl dolls for her. The first was Felicity, a doll that was being retired. Felicity’s story is based in Williamsburg and the her books teach a lot of American history. Then others followed! I adore American Girl as a company and brand. American Girl dolls are household items for families …

A Simple Act of Kindness - Ribbon in my Journal

A Simple Act of Kindness

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The other day a stranger complimented me out of the blue. It was delightfully unexpected and brought a smile to my face. I love moments like that, when someone says or does something that brightens another person’s day. We can all think of those moments of kindness we have experienced. Whether it’s an unexpected compliment, a hug, having the door …