Low-Carb Burger Buns and the Great American Eclipse

Good afternoon, all! I am actually making it back to the blog before too many weeks have passed since the last time I was here! I tell ya, life gets busier and busier!!

Since I posted last, my little man turned 1!


We have picked over 50 pounds of figs from one tree! Yes, that is correct! This particular tree is 19 years old and has always produced well. I think it has out-done itself this year though! I quit weighing them once we reached 50 lbs. Thankfully, we are about done with the picking. The honey bees are enjoying what is left.

Speaking of the honey bees, we have also gotten some honey from our first-year hives! We have hives in 5 different locations and have discovered that honey from those hives tastes different! The honey from one of the locations reminds us all of butter pecan ice cream!


We here in the south are anticipating the Great American Eclipse coming in less than 48 hours now. My hometown happens to be in the path of totality, so we are expecting kaboodles of extra people on Monday! Actually, they are already arriving. Traffic is heavier than normal for a Saturday; hotel rooms are booked over 70 miles out; and eclipse glasses are no where to be found! I read an article today about the 12 busiest cities along the line of totality for the eclipse…the 12 cities that will see the largest influx of people for the eclipse. Three of those 12 cites are in my state! I think I will just stay home on Monday!

Since last night, I received Face Time calls from 3 of my 4 kiddlets! I love this modern technology! It is just so amazing to be able to see them at the same time I am speaking to them, even though they are so very far away.

Surprise!  Last night I actually tried a new recipe! I know…it has been forever since I did that! But I’m really trying to get back on the THM wagon and stay there! This low-carb bread is amazing. I decided to divide the dough into 8 small pieces which were the perfect size for burger buns…sliders to be exact. I made my burger patties to match the size of the buns. By adding burger toppings, we had a great meal.


Yes, that is a jar of honey with some honeycomb in the back ground. This bread would be amazing  with some local honey drizzled over the top! You can find the recipe here.  Enjoy!



Cranberry Apple Pie

Hello, and welcome to the Christmas season! I can’t believe that it has been a month since I wrote my last blog post! These last few weeks have just flown by, and now Christmas is just a week away.

This post is #400! It has taken almost 6 years to get this far, but I have persevered and have  had 22,760 views to the blog in that time. Who knows? Maybe I’ll get to 23,000 by the end of 2016!

I love Christmas, but I am also often a sentimental puddle of mush during the season. My fondest memories of my dad are from Christmas. I miss him the most during this season. Actually, I miss my mom, dad, and brother the most during Christmas.

Christmas will be a little strange since there will be only 3 of us together. Our family of 10 going on 11 will be spread out from Chicago to Philadelphia to Orlando this year. However, I am very thankful that I had 9 of our 10-almost-11 here at Thanksgiving! This is what life is all about! We spend years training our kids to become independent adults, capable of surviving life without us! It is such a blessing to see our kids marry and become parents and begin new traditions with their own little families! I have two favorite passages of Scripture concerning children. One has also been my mother-in-law’s favorite…Isaiah 54:13–“All thy children shall be taught of the Lord, and great shall be the peace of thy children.”  The other is verse 4 of the little 3rd epistle of John–“I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.”  If these are true of my children, then I feel that I was a successful mom, for this is what matters most!

Here are a few pictures that we had taken at Thanksgiving.

Now to this amazing pie recipe! Tomorrow evening we are having our special Lessons and Carols service at church. We always have a fellowship time after this service, and this year we are all supposed to bring side dishes and desserts. I had an extra bag of fresh cranberries that I needed to use, so I did a little searching for a cranberry pie. I found one on the Food Network web page that sounded really good! As usual, I made some changes by adding apples and using pecans instead of walnuts.  It is not THM-friendly, but could easily be adapted. Delicious!!

  • 2 c. fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 1/2 cup sugar (I used 1/3 cup Truvia baking blend)
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans


  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 tsp. almond extract

Spray a 10-inch pie pan to prevent sticking. Spread the cranberries in the bottom of the pan. Sprinkle with chopped pecans and sugar. Let sit while mixing the topping.

Cream the butter with the eggs and sugar. Add the flour and almond extract to the mixture until blended. This mixture will be thick. Spread the topping over the cranberries and nuts. Be sure to seal the edges. Bake at 350 degrees for about 45 minutes or until a knife inserted comes out clean.

Serve warm with whipped topping or ice cream!








I know, I know!  I haven’t posted new recipes lately.  Sorry. I hang my head in shame.  I have been busy lately doing some sewing and crocheting, and the cooking has gone by the wayside.  I do have a recipe to add to those egg rolls, though. The hubby made some cream cheese and shrimp egg rolls last week, and they were amazing! Once I write down what he did, I will share them here.  Promise!!

I’ve had this blog for a little over 4 years. It has had over 13,555 views in that time! I am so very thankful for each one of you who willingly read each post!

My sweet cousin over at harmonyspearls has nominated my blog for two awards! I feel so very honored.  While Bonnie and I haven’t seen each other in years, we have reconnected on Face Book, and we read each other’s blogs.  I love the way she writes! Each of her posts is very thought provoking.  Many thanks, sweet cousin, for the nominations! I look forward to seeing you again later this summer when the hubby and I take our Big Loop Road Trip!


sunshine-award11versatileblogger111The rules for acceptance for these awards are as follows:

1. Thank the person who has nominated you.

2. Place the award badges on your blog page.

3. Answer the 10 questions that are listed below.

4. Pay it forward! Nominate 10 deserving bloggers for the same awards!  This will be a little difficult for me since I don’t follow 10 other bloggers yet!  There are some that I do read regularly, so I will share them first. As I discover others, I will share them as well.

Now, for those 10 questions!

1. What is my favorite food?  Hmm, I really don’t have a favorite food, but I do love chocolate. Yes, anything chocolate will definitely be a favorite.

2. Who is my favorite actor?  I usually enjoy anything with Jimmy Stewart.

3. What is my favorite television show?  I don’t watch a lot of TV, so this is a little hard. Currently, I am enjoying the America’s Ninja Warriors program! (Boy, what does THAT say about me?)

4. What is my favorite “tear jerker?”  Not sure about this either!  Instead of naming a movie, I will say that what moves me to tears are all the military home-coming videos that I have seen. I love military home-comings!!

5. Tea or coffee?  Tea, hands down.  I had better never find coffee in my favorite mug!

6. What is my favorite sport?  To participate in? none! I do enjoy power walking. Is that a sport?  For watching, I love a good football game…and the Olympics.

7.  What is my lucky number?  I don’t believe in luck, but a favorite number is 7.

8. What is my favorite holiday?  I have two…Thanksgiving and Christmas.  Lots of family memories are in these holidays!

9. Twitter or Face Book?  Face Book, of course.  I am too technology challenged to even consider tweeting. Won’t happen.

10. Favorite Christmas movie?  “White Christmas” without a doubt. Again, I love any military story.

Now here are a few blogs that enjoy reading, and that I nominate for these awards!