Happy Birthday, Mama, and “To Mama with Love”

(L to R) Back Row--Candace, Jeri, Jason, Trey Front Row--Amber, Me, Mama) Today is Mama's 93rd Birthday!!! Mama is 93 years old today! She's been saying for six months that she's "93", but in reality, she did not cross that marker until today, January 6th:) Because of the threat of a winter storm coming to central Arkansas, we decided on Wednesday (Jan. 4) that we would get together instead of waiting until today. And, just as the weather forecasts had indicated, we did get snow this morning. We began planning on Tuesday. I baked the white birthday cake, and Victoria frosted it. Didn't she do a great job? It was a hit for sure! We ALL loved it! And, all the girls at Candace's shop signed a card for Mama:) She was so touched by that! … [Read more...]

Angels and Shepherds Dinner: Celebrating Christ in Christmas

Celebrating Christ in Christmas . . . Our society, for the most part, focuses on Santa Claus, shopping,  gift giving, and the other aspects associated with Christmas more than on the birth of Jesus. Interestingly, this is not a new problem. St. Francis of Assisi saw it as a problem in 1223! For the sake of clarification, there is NOTHING wrong with the before-mentioned Christmas activities. But, the real meaning of Christmas is, of course, the birth of Jesus Christ. This dinner, "Angels and Shepherds Dinner: Celebrating Christ in Christmas" is the first of four dinners for the Christmas season where the focus is on Jesus. Angels and Shepherds Dinner to Celebrate Christ in Christmas! The story of the birth of Jesus never gets old. It is … [Read more...]

The Twelve Days of Thanksgiving: Teaching Your Children About Thanksgiving and Thankfulness

Teaching Your Children About Thanksgiving and Thankfulness . . . The focus has been on being thankful in many of the posts this month . . . an attribute that is so important in our lives. It's important to have a thankful heart, not only during the Thanksgiving season, but every day. Psalm 100:4 says, "Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name." God wants us to be thankful for all our blessings, many of which go by each day unnoticed. The Twelve Days of Thanksgiving . . . the "Why" Last year, as I was thinking about the Thanksgiving season, an idea came to me to write a book to help teach children about Thanksgiving and being thankful. I have been concerned for … [Read more...]

Favorite Food Blogs I Follow!

Today I'm sharing five of my favorite Food blogs with you. Some I've followed for years . . . some for months . . . but all are great resources for recipes and other information. Several years ago, when I first began working on writing my cookbooks, and actually before I started my blog, I found some favorite food blogs online: The Pioneer Woman Brown Eyed Baker Southern Plate The Pioneer Woman The Pioneer Woman, Ree Drummond, has fabulous pictures for her recipes and updates regularly about her life on her "frontier". Candace gave me one of her cookbooks for Mother's Day before I ever knew she had a blog. Now, she is on Food Network, and is my husband's favorite cook to watch. Of course, that's probably because of her cowboy … [Read more...]

Ludwig van Beethoven . . . a Forte Post!

If I had a music hero . . . If I had a music hero, it would be Ludwig van Beethoven. He was and has always been my inspiration since I was taking piano lessons as a child. Beethoven, as he is commonly referred to, had a pretty difficult childhood, but became one of the "Three B's" as my piano teacher, Miss Virginia Sheffield Holtzendorff, told me. The Three B's, according to her, were Johann Sebastian Bach, Ludwig van Beethoven, and Johannes Brahms, all of whom were exceptional composers and musicians. I remember how excited I was to finally get to learn "Fur Elise", one of Beethoven's earlier piano compositions. It is still very popular even today, being heard on commercials and even ring tones! Wouldn't he be surprised that this little … [Read more...]