Making a home in West Virginia

Pretty as a Picture Even though pictures never quite capture the magnificence of nature, here are a few that may come close. I hope you enjoy seeing them as much as I enjoyed taking them. continue reading.

The Journey One of the things I love about living in the Eastern Panhandle is that just about anywhere where I go, the scenery is so beautiful. Even going to the dentist is more enjoyable when I get to take in the likes of this: continue reading.

Made Me Smile When I saw these, I had to have them. Aren't they cute? continue reading.

Along my Morning Walk

Spring is Officially Here! The Farmers' Market opened in Charles Town today! continue reading.

Rainy Days and Mondays For those who remember the sensation singing duo the Carpenters, the title of this post probably has you humming the rest of that line. But I have to say, rainy days don't get me down. Sure, if I had a great picnic planned or an outdoor wedding to attend, I might be slightly bummed. OtherwiseI find rainy days to be rather productive. I guess that's becasue when it's gray and wet, I'm not distracted by the desire to be outdoors. It's easier to hunker down and focus on indoor tasks when the sun isn't... continue reading.

Recipe Testing I enjoy cooking and baking. I find them both to be challenging yet relaxing. I enjoy the creative nature of the work and satisfaction of a job well done – at least according to my taste buds. Over the years I’ve developed some kitchens skills by being somewhat adventurous and trying new things. Although I do have fond memories of the oven catching fire the year I roasted my first Thanksgiving turkey. You’ve probably heard the warning - don't make a recipe for the first time to serve to company! I guess ideally you don'... continue reading.

Transition I made a big crock pot of overnight oatmeal for some folks to have for breakfast recently. It was chock full of apples, cinnamon and cranberries. There’s nothing like waking up to a house that smells like an apple pie! As I was adding the finishing touches – a little maple syrup for good measure – I got to thinking about my crock pot. Specifically about the fact that this may be the last time I use it for a while. You see, spring is here (despite some of the winter weather we’ve been having) and... continue reading.

Winter’s Last Hurrah?! We had been a little spoiled the last couple years with rather mild winter temps and not much snow. This season was decidedly different with lots of cold AND lots of snow. Now that it's over (most hope), was it really that bad? Sure there were school cancellations and empty bread shelves at the grocery store, but are we really any worse for the wear? We survived! Great people worked to clear roads, staff emergency vehicles, and reconnect downed power lines. We made a lot of soup and spent more time with our families. The very best thing to... continue reading.

Fall in Love with Christmas…Again! The turkey is gone, the tree is half decorated, and the to-do list is already a mile long! If your holiday stress level is destined to approach full capacity any time soon, check out this article (page 12 via the link below) by Marty Copeland. I first read it three years ago and pull it out each year about this time. It reminds me about the true meaning of Christmas and helps me keep priorities in perspective. I hope it does the same for you. Fall in Love with Christmas continue reading.

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