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12 Days of Pumpkin ~ Pumpkin Streusel Muffins

ShareTweet These are Stephanie’s Fabulous Pumpkin Muffins. Girlie has dubbed them “Never Go Back Pumpkin Muffins” meaning to commercialized versions. I’m a sucker for mounding muffin tops.. and these muffins are worth their weight. Absolutely delightful! The only thing I changed was 1/4 tsp nutmeg for the pumpkin pie spice. The camera couldn’t capture what the eye see’s, with marbled orange and beige.. truly an eating experience. This pumpkin muffin recipe is a true keeper. Thanks Stephanie. … Read entire article »

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12 Days of Pumpkin ~ Pumpkin Shortbread Custard Parfaits

ShareTweet Mehan’s Pumpkin Custard Parfait. Please visit for the recipe. Mehan’s Kitchen: Pumpkin Custard and Shortbread Parfait via kwout … Read entire article »

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Simple Abundance: Joy {6 of 6}

ShareTweet Continuing in our Simple Abundance Series, we come to Joy. What do I keep in my Joy Folder? My Friends GedCom’s (Genealogy files) I’m working on An inspiration Folder, with photos of things I’d like to make or do Friends Websites I’m working on Clients Blogs I work with New Podcasts I’d like to listen to What would you put in your Joy Folder? … Read entire article »

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Simple Abundance: Beauty {5 of 6}

ShareTweet Continuing in our Simple Abundance Series, we come to Beauty. What do I keep in my Beauty Folder? I only keep one type of file in this folder. All photos. Its my way of seeing Beauty differently. Every picture or photo is beautiful, to me, if I think of it in the right perspective. Believe me, when I say there are so very unattractive photos in this file. Especially of myself. My friends are good to post those on Facebook. I keep them. I try to find the Beauty, in them, even when the days are rough. What could you add to your Beauty folder to make you look at things differently than your first impressions or perceptions? … Read entire article »

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Simple Abundance: Harmony {4 of 6}

ShareTweet Continuing in our Series on Simple Abundance, we come to Harmony. What do I keep in my Harmony Folder? Things I want to try Things I want to try What would you keep in your Harmony Folder? … Read entire article »

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For the Love of Home Made Soup

ShareTweet Don’t get distracted by the wonderful gingerbread or the toffee.. or the whole sweet sensation going on.. GO LOOK AT THE SOUPS! … Read entire article »

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Simple Abundance: Order {3 of 6}

ShareTweet Continuing in our Simple Abundance Series, we come to Order. What do I put in my Order Folder? internet orders schooling files hosting files things I need to return to: to-do’s blogging helps family budget text file bill paying text file What would you put in your folder named Order? … Read entire article »

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Simple Abundance: Simplicity {2 of 6}

ShareTweet (continued from Simple Abundance: Gratitude) The second folder I added to my desk top is called Simplicity. What do I put in my Folder Simplicity? Currently only one file.. a WordPress Plug-in that Simplifies my life: Copyright Feeds. I’m not doing so well with this category.  Do you have any suggestions? What would you put in your own folder, titled Simplicity? … Read entire article »

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All I want for Christmas is something slouchy and warm! :)

ShareTweet Let’s see how well Kwout can perform for us.. I <3 these: Lush Slouch Grey by megsknitshit on Etsy via kwout Handknit Stylish Neckwarmer/Cowl in a Color called by knitsnfrills via kwout TODAY ONLY SALE Hooded Scarf by Zarina2009 on Etsy via kwout Handmade wool scarfshawl blackwhitesmoke by italiacraft on Etsy via kwout and this: Cowl Hood Neck Scarf Espresso Brown … Read entire article »

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Simple Abundance: Gratitude {1 of 6}

ShareTweet A couple of years ago, I put six folders on my desktop.  These files were titled: Gratitude Simplicity Order Harmony Beauty Joy I challenged myself to put all my needs for filing into one of these folders. It forced me to look deeper into those categories and decide where to save files.  Harder was figuring out where those files were, when they needed to be retrieved.  But, today, I found some simple videos that will give you an idea of why I did this. Today, I’m focusing on Gratitude. What do I put into my Gratitude folder? Family History Files WordPress Themes I’m using WordPress Plugins I’m using Letter to Family that I printed and mailed I challenge you to try it.  File your digital self into categories that make you look deeper into how they touch you and your world. What would you … Read entire article »

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My idea of Blue

ShareTweet I’m not a real “blue” fan. I think the Mauve and True Blue of the 1980’s burned me out.  But, there are some blues that I do like and I thought I’d show you some of them. I mentioned this in the post about why I wist, that I’d work on some blues. Heidi getz the Bluez by carolinadreamz … Read entire article »

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Best Blog Background Sound I’ve ever heard

ShareTweet I’m very anti blog background sound. I, usually, surf, with my sound muted. I love music. I just don’t love being scared silly, surprised, or even offended by someone elses different choices.. so I choose to avoid it. I had one blog that friends had loved the piano self-started background sound.. but that was an exception to my rule of background sound. Now, today, I happened on a site, browsing for digital scrapbook paper, and I started to hear birds.. and it started so subtly, that I thought they were outside my window, and not on my speakers! Here, you listen. Doesn’t it make you feel a little warmer?  I think I’m already ready for Spring. … Read entire article »

Filed under: Creative Chaos, Everyday Nothing, Featured, Inspiration, Unexpectations

I’ve been blogging five years now! Amazing..

ShareTweet I began blogging in 2005. It took me a little thought to think of that date.  (Luckily its programmed in the html of the widget.) I never would have thought five years and three laptops later, I’d be at the beginning of a new blogging life.  The big blog hack and crash, of 2010, has had its toll on my patience and some days its hard to remember all the hundreds of posts are not here, anymore. I’ll continue to dig through the back doors, and bring forward some of those lost treasures. As the holidays are in full swing around us, I almost refuse to leave my house, to sit in traffic or wait in any lines. IF I can’t have it easily, I won’t have it at all! I’m thankful for … Read entire article »

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Another year is flying past us..

ShareTweet Tomorrow starts December.  When did the whole year just go away? So much has gone on in this last year.  My head spins just thinking about it. I think the whirlwind started, for me, about 18 months ago, when my father passed away.  Nothing has been really “right” since then.  Its not that I had this great relationship with him or was very close to him.. its just that he’s gone and there is no chance, anymore, for any of that. I got back in touch with some of my cousins and some of my mother’s cousins.  Erin just had a sweet little baby girl.  That changes you and she’s all grown up and married now.  (I’m old.) I added Tracy and Brandi to my Facebook.  I look forward to more communication from them.  … Read entire article »

Filed under: Creative Chaos, Feeding the Needz, Inspiration

Serrapeptase Lowered my Cholesterol 32 points!!

ShareTweet Image via Wikipedia Its strange to write about a topic that isn’t new to my blog, but is new because its lost somewhere in the crashed blogs. I first ran into the name “Serrapeptase” when researching for natural remedies for sinus troubles/infections. Serrapeptase, in case you aren’t aware, is the enzyme silk worms use to get out of (dissolve) the cocoon. I tried several different products and found some amazing relief from the particular brand called Doctor’s Best.  Each coated tablet is 40,000 Units, which is really foreign greek, to me. I’m just the messenger. :)  It is coated so it won’t dissolve in your stomach, but wait to get to your intestines to work.  If you eat with it, it will work on dissolving the food you eat with it, instead of … Read entire article »

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The new form of DeadBeat Parents..

ShareTweet I’ve been wanting to blog about this subject for over a year but it was hard for me to consider that I really might tick some people off by what I’m going to say. Wednesday, I pulled into CVS, next to a car that was running, with rather loud music playing. The ONLY real problem I had about this is there was a child in the back seat, by himself. I want to say he was five or six.. but what is wrong with people? You can’t just leave them to run in and get something at a pharmacy. I’ve, recently encountered a worse situation, outside of Blockbuster and BB’s attitude about the “problem not being their problem” pissed me off even more. Both of these times I didn’t have … Read entire article »

Filed under: Creative Chaos, Everyday Nothing, LowCountry, Personal Protection, politics and religion, Stand For Something, Unexpectations

Blissdom ’11 Contest Giveaway from One2One Network

ShareTweet I want to tell you a little story.  I have these wonderful girlfriends who live inside my computer. :) Sometimes we have opportunities to see each other in real life at conferences.  Blissdom is one of those conferences that is coming up in Janauary that I would love to attend.. but just can’t work it into my budget. One2One Network is sponsoring a contest to help some of us get together in Nashville,  at the Opryland Hotel. I really would love to see my friends. I would really love to learn better blogging techniques. I would really love to learn all that I can to be better in my everyday.  That’s what these conferences help me to do and be. These ladies have given me new hope in the idea that women can be … Read entire article »

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I didn’t fall off the Face of the Earth.. at least, not quite..

ShareTweet I’m finally feeling better and then yesterday a huge tooth filling fell out. So in I went for an emergency walk-in with my wonderful dentist, who told me in Facebook Message that he’d be in at 8:30am. This tooth is behind the eye tooth, desperately needs a crown and probably needs a root canal first, because of the pain problems that it has. So, we had a couple of options. First, we could root canal the tooth and temporary crown it until January, with more insurance available and do a three tooth bridge. Second, we could extract the tooth, leaving the eye tooth (that also needs a crown) and the molar behind, that also needs a crown, as the major holding spots for a four tooth crown. When weighing the financial options, now that I have … Read entire article »

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30 Days of Truth.. Day 30 → A letter to yourself, tell yourself EVERYTHING you love about yourself

ShareTweet We’ve reached day 30 and now the most difficult challenge. Dear Heidi, I’m very impressed with all that you take on to try to accomplish. You are doing a good job keep your studies straight and taking your prescribed medications on time. You’ve gone back to school and you are doing well in your courses. I love your integrity. I love how no one can sway it. I love how its the most important thing in your mind, about yourself. I love that you are a family historian and you learn about those that lived before you. I love that you share your knowledge with others and volunteer to help them, too. I love that you’ve scheduled a family history class and I hope that goes well for you. … Read entire article »

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30 Days of Truth.. Day 29 → Something you hope to change about yourself. And why.

ShareTweet My only major malfunction is the chronic pain I live in.. so I hope to do something about my back issues and help myself feel better. I’m going to seek out a surgeon and ask for a lot of advice. I could also lose 20 more pounds and be a little more comfortable. But, mostly, its pain reduction on the plan.. … Read entire article »

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30 Days of Truth.. Day 28 → What if you were pregnant or got someone pregnant, what would you do?

ShareTweet Well, the obvious choice is have a baby. At age 41, with my back condition, that would mean complete bed rest. I would probably cry for a while, while I adjusted to the idea. But there is no other option. Its all in God’s hands at that point. … Read entire article »

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30 Days of Truth.. Day 27 → What’s the best thing going for you right now?

ShareTweet Day 26 was just a blatant “no.” so we are here at Day 27. I have many things going for me right now, so choosing the best is really hard. I guess I would have to say that working on my degree, again, is a really wonderful thing I have going for me. Having my iron infusion and being properly medicated so I can function as a decent human being is a wonderful thing for me. I have three great kids, who know right from wrong, no matter what they choose. They know they were born with agency. I’m still a “mommy.” I have some terrific friends whom I adore. I’m blogging again and nothing is crashed. Life is good. … Read entire article »

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30 Days of Truth.. Day 25 → The reason you believe you’re still alive today.

ShareTweet This is going to sound bad.. but bear with me while I try to explain. I know the reason I am alive, today, is because I’ve seen attempted suicides fail, numerous times, as a child, and I’d never choose to hurt more. I am not suicidal.  I just know the way I’m not going out. I’d never leave that type of mess for someone else to have to endure. Maybe those are the blessings of the difficult and sometimes traumatic childhood that I had.  I never have to consider whether I would take my own life or not.  There is just no way.  I don’t trust that I’d succeed.  And that is not an option. I took on a responsibility when I became a mom.. a calling of sorts.. to be there for … Read entire article »

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30 Days of Truth.. Day 24 → Make a playlist to someone, and explain why you chose all the songs.

ShareTweet Katie Lynne, Matthew, and Morgan.  I am so proud to be your mom.  Thank you for all the time you try your best and do so much for me.  Life without you would be impossible.  I miss you when you are away.  I love you everyday.  I love you forever.  Love, Mom … Read entire article »

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30 Days of Truth.. Day 23 → Something you wish you had done in your life.

ShareTweet I wish I would have continued my education when I still had more brain cells than I do today. Its been really hard going back to school at 41. I’m a learning coach to a high school student, too. And forget about all my business responsibilities. I’m tired all the time and I’m hoping this lessens as I make more hemaglobin and ferritin, since the IV infusion, last week. I have hope. I just have a lot of reading to do and my comprehension isn’t as good, today, as it was when I was 18. I should have figured out financial aid way back when. … Read entire article »

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