Mar 21, 2018


It's almost show time!!!

I was asked to play a part in Legacy Theatre's upcoming comedy production of Mary Chase's Harvey!  When I went to the read-through, I found out I had two parts!!! This has happened before.  In my first play with Legacy, Anne of Green Gables, my one part turned into three small parts! It was so much fun and was a great re-introduction to theatre for me.  I grew up enjoying speech and drama in high school and college.  The second production I did with Legacy, A Candle in the Window, gave me a lead role and I had many lines to memorize.  Legacy is a great company, and I am so excited to be a part of the cast of Harvey!

This last week, I located some props for my characters, who are quite colorful!  I am still on the lookout for the main outfits for the costumes; but I've found some great accessories for both of my characters.

I am getting so excited about my characters!  As I'm tucking the lines in my memory, the characters are coming to life.  I am Mrs. Chauvenet - a wealthy Western society woman, and Mrs. Chumley - the doctor's wife.  

I've been diligently working on memorizing lines and practices are gearing up. You could say that some are getting carried away at practice...

If you would like to find out more information about the production or purchase tickets for any of the performances, check out the Legacy Theatre website.  They also have a section of photos and information about previous performances!  Hope to see many of you on opening night!

Mar 19, 2018

Creamy Mushroom Chicken Casserole Trim Healthy Mama Review

Good morning!  Happy start of the week to you! I hope you had a relaxing weekend!  I don't know that I'd categorize my weekend as relaxing; but it was good and productive!  I do hope that you had a good weekend too.

I feel like starting off this post with the sound of a bell ringing and the words:

Winner, winner, chicken dinner!

The Salesman really liked this dish and even told a family member about how good it was! So, yes, I will be making this casserole again. The Creamy Mushroom Chicken Casserole is a satisfying meal from page 141 of the Comforting Casseroles and Bakes chapter in the new Trim Healthy Table cookbook.  It is a family serve, which means it feeds 6-8 people.  It is also a no special ingredients recipe.

As I was in the third step of the recipe, browning the chicken, our painter commented on how good it smelled.  He also tried the finished dish and liked it as well.  This recipe gave the option of using butter or coconut oil, and I used butter.

This recipe had five easy steps.  Here are all the ingredients in the pan, ready to go into the oven.

And here is the tasty casserole, hot out of the oven. Can you smell the mushrooms and onions? Yum!

Close up view.

And plated.

Now that I see the plated picture, I must share that I did not add the Gluccie to the recipe and that is the reason you see a good bit of liquid on the plate.  Even without the Gluccie, this recipe is a winner!

Not every Trim Healthy Mama dish that I makes gets a two thumbs up; but this one does!


Mar 16, 2018

For The Love of Lamp Lights - Gastonia NC Post Office

Happy Friday! I hope you have a wonder filled weekend!

The Gastonia, North Carolina downtown post office.  This is the post office I would mail packages from when we lived in the historic district.  Such beauty: the lamp lights, the architecture, the windows, the brick, the ironwork, the trees...  

Beauty is all around us.


Mar 14, 2018

Unicorns, Skittles and Daises

Upon occasion lately, I've found myself saying that life isn't unicorns, skittles and daises.  I do not mean to be Eeyore, and I realize it is not the most upbeat line; but, there have been many times when it has seemed reality.  If I dwelt on the challenges of the last few months, it would not be described as anything resembling unicorns, skittles or daises.

How about you? Can you relate?  Anyone else out there that has been facing a season of challenges?

Business concerns.
Health concerns.
Parenting concerns.
Ongoing situations.

I feel as if I experienced a real respite from reality and, this weekend, was filled with unicorns, skittles and daises!  It almost makes me laugh now, just thinking about the party that seemed to be themed on a thought that had become a staple in my mind! We traveled to North Carolina for a very special event: The Salesman's youngest niece turned seven, and her parents hosted a surprise, unicorn-themed, birthday party.  My sister-in-love deserves some kind of award for all the creative ways she celebrated their youngest daughter.  And you all know how I like to celebrate with parties!  We arrived early so I could get in on the pre-party fun! I realize that party planning and organizing may not be your thing; but, it is mine.  I enjoy every bit of it!

And family is such a blessing.  And we had a good time being with everyone.  I'm going to share some of my favorite pictures from our trip.  We did have one business appointment while in the Motherland; but, no pictures from that, I promise!

This was my favorite of the birthday girl holding every unicorn that I had carefully displayed on one of many tables.  This seven year old truly enjoyed them. It made me so happy.  And I also love how gently my sister-in-love is touching her daughters arm in this picture.

So we have unicorns, and although they are not daises, we enjoyed these blooms:

And her face says it all - she was surprised!


Unicorn horns...


 And a bonus with The Salesman's oldest niece:

I pray that in a reality that may not always be unicorns, skittles and daises, that you do experience the joys and happiness and pleasure of the good that is sprinkled along the way.  Life is challenging and difficult and reality sometimes stinks; but, I do find myself being grateful for the times when there truly are unicorns, skittles and daises.  This last weekend was proof that the proverbial does exist.  And as I settle back into my reality, I choose to be grateful for times when the LORD shows me that what I have even begun to think does not exist, truly does.

Mar 12, 2018

Cinnamon Pecan Baked Pancake - Trim Healthy Mama Review

Good morning! How are you? How was your weekend? I hope it was relaxing! We traveled out of state to see family and attend a very important 7 year olds birthday party!!! Family is a gift and this weekend was full of gifts.  Victoria Leigh had to work though, and we missed her.

And this delicious recipe made the road trip with me! When we travel, I always pack my Trim Healthy Mama foods to take with me.  I should say, I always like to pack food or snacks to take with me.  If I pack goodies, and I get hungry, or someone else does, it is easy to eat and continue traveling.

Since I first tried this recipe, not quite two weeks ago, I have made it four times.  Yes, it is a keeper.  I was a fan of the Trim Healthy Mama Giant Blueberry Baked Pan Cake; but, I think I like this one better!  Here is the link for the Blueberry baked pan cake review I did back in July.

The Cinnamon Pecan baked pancake is a family serve recipe made in a 9x13 pan and it is suggested for six servings.  I sometimes cut them smaller pieces and eat them as a dessert at the end of a meal. Yum.

From the Breakfasts and Baked Goods chapter on page 338 of the new Trim Healthy Table cookbook, it is a satisfying and no special ingredients recipe.  It is very easy to make and takes only 30 minutes in the oven to make your home smell amazing.  My friend, Cheryl, came over to visit Wednesday afternoon and she thought the house smelled wonderful!

Cindi came over for lunch last Monday.  We had planned to go out; but minutes before it was time for me to leave, a contractor that I'd been waiting on for a while came by,l and we made a quick last minute change of plans to eat here. Cindi like the cake! Lucky her, she got to sample several different Trim Healthy Mama dishes that day.

Ok, back to the Cinnamon Pecan Pancake - I would give this a thumb up.  Very tasty with butter and maple syrup.  The Salesman tried it once.  I used the Super Sweet Blend as my sweetener of choice, and it is a recipe I will make again.

On to the pictures!

Hot out of the oven and still in the pan:

On the plate before adding butter or maple syrup. It has a nice texture:

 Served with a side of turkey bacon:

 And some maple syrup:

 It makes a great meal. Or a dessert.


Mar 9, 2018

For the Love of Lamp Lights - The Raspy Peach Boutique

Happy start of the weekend to you!

I do enjoy traveling; but this week, I am looking up at lamp lights in my tiny Tennessee town. I stopped in a store this week that has moved to a new location: The Raspy Peach Boutique. I enjoyed the lights as much as the clothes and accessories and decor.  It was nice to browse.  I didn't buy anything; but I sure enjoyed looking.

I'm always encouraged when I look up right where I am.  I hope that wherever you are, you too, will look up!

Mar 7, 2018

Say Goodbye to the 1980's

Happy middle-of-the-week, friends!!! How are you? Are you having a good week? I hope so!

I am saying goodbye to the 1980's wallpaper in my laundry room! Yay!  Thanks to my dear friend, Tracy, who came over to show me how to take the 1980's paper off the walls and ENJOYED doing it!!! Get this - she also called to see if she could bring me Starbucks, and when I declined, she arrived with a plant. She is the best! And to my youngest darlin' daughter, Victoria Leigh, who stayed with me until every hint of the 80's was gone, thank you!!! My family and friends are the best!!!

The home remodeling projects continue! We started in January.  I do see a light at the end of the tunnel and I am not complaining! Things are getting done!!! This first picture shows the laundry room bathed in the morning sunlight.

 This is the best picture of the wallpaper that reminds me of the 1980's...

 And this is what the room looked like after Mr. Eddie did the drywall repair. I wish I could say that he needed to repair the drywall because of the age of our home; but there were some areas where the 1980's held on tight to the walls...

And of course I had to share this picture, look at the lamp light lines on the wall and louvered doors - I thought it was beautiful.

I do believe there is beauty to be found everywhere.

And yes, there is much work left to do.  Cabinet and louvered doors came off today.  I still have another cabinet to clean out and then all the cabinets will be empty!  Then there is painting, new flooring, windows - it's all good!

I hope you find beauty in your everyday.

Bless you, friends!