Shoo Fly Cake

Shoo fly cake. This a great breakfast cake or dessert for any meal. It favors its sister, shoo fly pie, but it doesn’t have the crust on the bottom. Both the pie and the cake have a combination of brown sugar and molasses for the sweetener. Flies are attracted to this, and in pioneer day […]

The Downward Spiral of Not Asking

The Spiral Over and over in scripture, God pronounced judgment on the Israelites because of their apathy and neglect.  He used prophets to get His messages to the people. One day He sent word to the Israelites through Zephaniah, warning them of coming destruction. The reason? Their worship of Baal. Idols, idolatrous priests, worshipers of […]

A Different Storm than Florence (and A Lesson on Serving)

The Hurricane Hurricane Florence never made it to our place, but the threat of the storm made certain that one of our offspring and friend did. Along with them came perishable items from their refrigerators. The kids took their stuff with them when they left (except for what they left behind for me to keep). […]

Homemade Chicken Noodle Corn Soup

Pennsylvania Style Chicken Noodle Soup I confess that I keep several store-bought cans of chicken noodle soup in my cupboard, specifically for the nights someone is getting over the flu and I don’t have time to make this from scratch.  However, you and I both know that there’s no comfort soup like homemade chicken noodle […]

Love Means (Never) Having to Say You’re Sorry  

Love Means Never Having to Say You’re Sorry First published in Discover Southside in 2009, this article is also listed in “The Attic” of this Blog. Our kids are grown and mostly gone now, but I still remember those days. Maybe reading about my failures will encourage you to watch out for these mistakes.   Caught Red Handed Just […]

Does Knowledge Have a Fragrance?

Recognizing a Fragrance The doctor for whom I worked had me stymied. “You know,” he said. “She’s the patient who always wears turquoise and Este de Lauder.” “Huh?” I asked. “How do you remember that?” “I just remember fragrances,” the doctor told me. “Do you know how many patients we have coming in here who […]

Skillet Lasagna

Lasagna Born of Friendship More than twenty years ago, my friend Shirley shared this skillet lasagna recipe with me. When I make this dish, I remember her and all the fun times we shared. At the time I met Shirley, both of our families lived in the Charlottesville, Virginia area.  Shirley and I met in a […]

Adorning* with Good Works

Doing Good – a Service My nursing supervisor came up the hallway of our unit carrying a bag of dirty laundry. Opening the laundry chute with the key, she heaved the stuffed bag from the floor and aimed for the opening. From the nurses’ station, I heard it swoosh six floors down to ground level. […]

Struggles of a Foster Mom

  Top of the 1st Every time a foster child comes to my house, there are some things I  know I must do. Every time, my world is turned upside down. So is the child’s. There are some things that must happen for a win/win. Batting practice is over and the game has begun! Get […]

Apple Oatmeal Bars

Apple Oatmeal Bars  It’s a new recipe for me. On a whim, I tried this recipe. I had some extra apples that needed to be eaten or used up, and it’s just that time of year when apple-anything is good. This recipe is a keeper and I’ll be using it a lot! There’s a crumb […]