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Things are getting pretty #Gravy: Fun facts about #Thanksgiving!

Posted by on Nov 26, 2014 in Featured Posts, Fun, Holiday, Humor, Poultry | 3 comments


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Your teenage reader into #zombies? ‘MYOPIA’ by Bisi Leyton

Posted by on Feb 14, 2013 in Books, Reviews, Zombies | 5 comments

A Review of a Cabin Goddess Approved Young Adult (teens) Book

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Day 9 “Journey” (#BlogFlash2012 Haiku No.7)

Posted by on Aug 9, 2012 in Alaska Living, Photos, Poetry and Pros, Writing | 9 comments

journey back in time

moments captured through a lens

like winter frozen

Day 9: Journey (Alaskan Gold Dredge Towns... history to be discovered)


History in Alaska at the click of a camera….


I am also a photographer and one thing I have learned to love photographing, especially living where I live, is Industrial Decay. It’s a window to the past. A former teacher and friend finally talked me out of my portrait shell and had me go on a historical adventure with him, complete with bears and wolves but that is in another post. Jason showed me the beauty of the decay, and the history that is found and captured with something like the above diner ticket.  Notice the date of February 4th, 1942? This pad is still there, at Cleary Hill Mine in the same spot waiting for someone to pay their balance for the week (I wonder how much it would be with interest after 70 years!). I believe many of us have photographed it “as is” without disturbing it  for at least the last 6 years. It still lays in the same spot through winters and summers, out of the sun so it is not fading, in the diner of this mining town. The mine is still active but the town is long since been abandoned. History is a journey that one should never take for granted.

Are there hidden historical finds where you live?

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Day 8 “Relaxing” (#BlogFlash2012)

Posted by on Aug 8, 2012 in Alaska Living, Poetry and Pros, Writing | 4 comments

computers turned off

their bellies full of good food

rainy days and kids

 #BlogFlash2012 day 8: Relaxing


Relaxing at our house means….

No computers, no phones.. nothing but one activity we all choose. This was taken a few years back, the twins are now 12 and 13 (Irish Twins whom we all still call the babies since they are the youngest of my five kids). No video games nothing. We had just finished playing cards and instead of plugging in the kids voted to watch a movie together. SCORE one for family time! It is so hard to relax these days, to stop checking your phone, texting, emailing… we all have to constantly be plugged-in!

What do you do to Relax? What is your idea of relaxing?

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Can Max and his Sailboat get me to Quiddity? ‘The Great and Secret Show’ by Clive Barker

Posted by on Mar 26, 2012 in Authors, Books, Cabin Commentary, Hero Worship, Musing Mondays, Reviews | 11 comments

Musing Mondays {March 26}

Musing Mondays is a weekly event hosted by MizB at Should Be ReadingEach week MizB asks a book related question and bloggers answer with their thoughts about the given topic.

This week’s musing asks…

Have you ever found a book out of the blue, read it, and then had it be surprisingly good — one that stuck with you for years? If so, what book was it?

This was a difficult one. I have been reading on my own since I was 3-years old. I have memories of my mother reading me to sleep with Where the Wild Things Are. I remember the day I read on my own for the first time, with the help I probably knew most of it by heart. The hours and days spent dreaming about reigning over my own tribe of monsters at my beck and call. (This probably is the source of my imaginary friend my own personal George my Mutant Polar Bear).  I think Wild Things planted the seed of my love for horror and fantasy.

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Rachel and her Guardian Angel to the Rescue with Chicken ‘n Dumplings (interview & recipe)

Posted by on Mar 11, 2012 in Authors, Interviews & Interviews with Recipes, Poultry | 6 comments

Recently I was able to ‘sit down’ and chat with our heroine, Rachel from Sandy Wolter’s new mystery Justice for Emily. Sandy is participating in this month’s Win With eBooks event! (I loved this book and will be writing a review later so watch for it!) 

Kriss – Rachel how do you view food it fits into your life. You have a great, ferocious and delightful appetite and you appreciate what comfort food means!

Rachael – Kriss, it’s so nice to meet someone that loves food as much as I do!  I’m blessed with a good metabolism, thank goodness, but I can’t imagine denying myself food of any kind. 

When I was a child, my mother cooked with love.  It was always a heartwarming experience to sit down at the dinner table and eat her beautiful meals.   It didn’t matter where we were, my mom loved to cook with flair. 

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Love and Friendship – For the Love of Love with Terri Guiliano Long and Friends

Posted by on Feb 17, 2012 in Books, Entertainment, Fun, Guest Posts, Indie Projects & Promotions, Writing | 1 comment

For the Love of Love: 17th February  Love and Friendship

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Today is about Compassionate and Family Love

Posted by on Feb 16, 2012 in Books, Entertainment, Guest Posts, Indie Projects & Promotions, Poetry and Pros, Reading, Writing | 1 comment

For the Love of Love: 16th February  Compassionate and Family Love

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For the Love of Love – 14th February to 22nd February

Posted by on Feb 13, 2012 in Books, Guest Posts, Indie Projects & Promotions, Interviews & Interviews with Recipes, Reading, Reviews, Writing | 4 comments

For the Love of Love: 14th February to 22nd February

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Traditional Louisiana Gumbo from Doxology author, Brian Holers

Posted by on Feb 11, 2012 in Books, Cabin Cooking, Indie Projects & Promotions, Pork, Poultry, Reading, Reviews | 5 comments

I grew up with a wonderful set of parents, I was one of the lucky ones. So many stories surround the dysfunctional aspects of childhood, the damaged people who survive and their fight to find themselves and find their way back to a place of balance. Many of these stories involve the journey to find the love of their lost faith, Doxology is one of these books.

This story is about more than simple familial dysfunction. It is tale of fathers, sons and brothers and a journey back to home to find the lost ties that are of this faith that is so deeply rooted in family. It is a story of these men and the ties that bind them together. Living with a southern man, I can say that food is one way that has always bound his family together. Geoff is an Atheist so faith and belief do not play a part in his life. But come Sunday evening when he is with his family, even if he was not at the church pew that morning,  he can be found breaking bread with them all.

It is the same with my family, we may not agree with our varying beliefs and how we practice them. Or agree with how to raise our children or how we live our lives. But we can all agree to sit down and share a meal. To share our love for each other, to feel the warmth that is not just in the bread we are breaking but in our hearts because despite it all we are family.

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