A Marine For Christmas, Recipes, writing

Gratin Dauphinois- The Best Potatoes!

Food is essential to romance. Regardless of where the food comes from- a fancy restaurant, a cool dinner, or from home. The old saying "the way to a man's heart is through his stomach" has a lot of truth to it. I don't know many women who are impervious to a man who cooks for… Continue reading Gratin Dauphinois- The Best Potatoes!

Faith, writing

The Power Is Yours

Thank God! My healing, your healing is not in anyway dependent upon the one who did the wounding! Think about that a minute. Your healing is not in anyway dependent upon the one who did the wounding. This is so great because I have no control over the other person. Neither do you. Neither does… Continue reading The Power Is Yours

A Marine For Christmas, Out of the Shadows, writing

My Leading Man

Every writer has to have an inspiration, a muse, or archetype from which they draw. Because I am an incurable romantic, I write romance. In real life, I WANT everyone to get that happily ever after. When it comes to the leading man in a story- regardless of the genre- I am only drawn to… Continue reading My Leading Man

Family Fun, island life

Ghost Stories in Galveston

I'm not one who believes in ghost stories. I most certainly believe in the supernatural. I'm a particular fan of the Holy Ghost. But since I have moved to the coast, I have seen some creepy things. It's easy to see why ghost stories are so common around these parts. The other night, Tony and… Continue reading Ghost Stories in Galveston

All Year Round, For The Kitchen, For The Medicine Cabinet, Herbs, Homemaking, Homesteading, Organic Gardening

Herbs: An Overview

When thinking of gardening, cooking, eating healthy, one cannot get away from the beauty and necessity of herbs.  Regardless of your goal- to grow healthy food for you and your family, to attract butterflies, to make your gardens beautiful or to simply delight your senses- herbs fit the bill. For the most part, herbs are… Continue reading Herbs: An Overview

A Marine For Christmas, writing

A Marine For Christmas- Cover Reveal

As I promised, this is the over reveal! Well, sort of- I have two covers and you get to vote on your favorite! #1 #2 Leave your choice in the comments!

Galveston Gardens, Homesteading, Organic Gardening

Choosing and Planting Fruit Trees

Fall is prime time for planting trees, shrubs, & roses.  The heat of summer has passed and the cooler weather stimulates root growth.  This root growth gives the plants a great start to the growing system and provides them with a buffer to withstand a Texas summer. Any type of tree, not just fruit trees,… Continue reading Choosing and Planting Fruit Trees

Galveston Gardens, Organic Gardening

A Few of My Favorite Roses

Roses are  wonderful and everyone should have them in their gardens.  Below are pictures of roses that are great for Texas.  These Roses are easy to care for and are tolerant of our hot summers.  All of these photos are taken at my home, not in a nursery that has been controlling the environment.  All… Continue reading A Few of My Favorite Roses

Faith, Marriage Mondays

Do This One Thing To Make Your Marriage Stronger

The one thing my husband tells our children and any other young person who askes is this, "Move at least 3 hours from both sets of parents." I have to say I agree. Lest you think we hate our parents, let me set the record straight- we don't. But, with that said, if parents are… Continue reading Do This One Thing To Make Your Marriage Stronger

Faith

Guaranteed Encouragement

When my heart or my mind or my soul or all of the above are troubled, I remind myself of the promises made to my by the King of kings and the Lord God Almighty. Here's how I read this out loud (I like to read it out loud on my balcony so that these… Continue reading Guaranteed Encouragement