Thursday, May 26, 2016

I have heard this verse TWICE today, from two different speakers. I think the Lord is trying to get me to pay attention to it! 

When we are discouraged, when we are lonely, when we are down, when we desperately need *something* . . . the Bible tells us to encourage others! Refresh someone today! It will encourage them and be a blessing to YOU!

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

YumVs Probiotic (with probiotic fiber) Review

Received my first @Influenster box in the mail yesterday. Lots of goodies inside including YumVs Probiotic (with probiotic fiber). The flavor is good. Very similar to a white chocolate, but a little chalkier than I like. Still, if my kids were small, and they needed additional fiber, this would be a definite contender.  #YumVs #contest

I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Not your Momma's Turkey and Dressing

Trader Joe's, you have put your culinary hooks in me again...Turkey and Stuffing Seasoned Kettle chips, my new favorite reason to drive across town! The cashier told me I'd be back. I should have bought two bags!  #traderjoes #turkeyandstuffingchips #justintimeforthanksgiving

Friday, June 12, 2015

Super Simple Pound Cake

One of the things I love so much about pound cake is that crispy, crunchy "crust" that forms. One of our favorite ways to eat Pound Cake is with freshly sliced strawberries and whipped cream. . . .a favorite summer treat!

Super Simple Pound Cake

  • 6 eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 cup butter, at room temperature
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


  1. Grease and bundt pan.
  2. In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar until smooth. 
  3. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating for one minute after each addition.
  4. Sift the flour. Add it to the creamed mixture with the whipping cream. 
  5. Mix until fully incorporated.
  6. Stir in vanilla.
  7. Pour into prepared pan and place in a cold oven. 
  8. Turn the oven to 300 and bake for 80-90 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool completely before removing from the pan.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Beef & Broccoli

Our daughter Allison loves to cook and this is one of her "new" favorite recipes. Simple to prepare, great with a little marinating. Spectacular with overnight marinating. We serve with steamed white or brown rice, or with riced cauliflower.

If you enjoy dinner with an Asian flair, this is a good one. 

Another note, don't look at the list of ingredients and pass on this one. 
I promise you will be glad you did it! :)

This is actually what Allison cooked, not a stock photo. Looks good right? 
Beef & Broccoli

  • 2/3 cup reduced sodium soy sauce 
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock 
  • 1/4 cup honey 
  • 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar, packed 
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced 
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil (we use vegetable oil)
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch 
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce, to taste (optional, but good when included)
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger 
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional, we have never included these)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil 
  • 1 pound flank steak, thinly sliced across the grain 
  • 1 head broccoli, cut into florets (Allison uses steamed broccoli, rather than fresh.)

In a medium bowl, combine soy sauce, stock, honey, vinegar, brown sugar, garlic, oil, cornstarch, hot sauce, ginger, red pepper flakes and 1/4 cup water; set aside. (If you are marinating the steak before serving, add steak and this marinade in a zip top bag or sealable container and store in the fridge.) 

If you can't wait for the steak to marinate, proceed.

Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add steak and cook, flipping once, until browned, about 3-4 minutes. Stir in broccoli and soy sauce mixture until tender and slightly thickened, about 3-4 minutes.

Serve immediately.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

What Five Minutes Can Do. . .

If you are interested in signing up to test drive a brand new Ford vehicle in our Drive 4 UR School Promotion, that is scheduled for Saturday, October 19, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. click on the link below.

We will have a drawing for lots of great prizes for everyone who takes a test drive, including two tickets to the ECU/NC State game in November, a car detailing from Deacon Jones Ford, and many more.

Every person who drives will earn our school $20, up to a grand total of $6,000! Please take just a few minutes to come out and support Faith Christian Academy by signing up below.

Please click here: to sign up for FCA's Drive 4 UR School on @VolunteerSpot today!

Many thanks to Scott and the wonderful crew over at Deacon Jones Auto Group for making this possible!

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

My daddy

Dewey and Sharlene, circa 1967
My daddy turns 69 years old today.

I know that it is true, that he's actually 69, but in my mind . . . he's still 34 and holding. (Am I the only one who refuses to think of their parents as growing older?)

In honor of my dad, here are some thoughts about him (and for him) listed in no particular order:

  1. My dad *loves* to laugh. Some of my earlies memories of my dad are that of laughter.
  2. My dad is (and has always been) a good man. Ask ANYONE who knows him. He is a man of integrity and honor. He was invited to church by some friends when I was in first grade. He attended all services and was even very faithful to give to the church, even before he became a Christian.
  3. My dad overcame his childhood circumstances. Born to a single, teenage mom almost 70 years ago and raised by his grandparents, my dad had every "right" to be bitter and to allow his life to go in a downward spiral. He did not. 
  4. My dad was in the Army. Not only was he in the Army, he is a decorated sniper. 
  5. My dad started his career in finance right out of the army, but realized as soon as mom found out she was pregnant with me that he wouldn't be able to support a family on that salary. He made the decision to enter the coal mines. Although the money was much better, the job was very dangerous (especially 42 years ago . . . when he started there)!
  6. My dad adores my mom. They have been married for 45 years. In the good times and the not so good, I never wondered if my dad and mom were going to split up. I KNEW that they were in it for the long haul.
  7. My dad adores my sister and me. You will never meet a more supportive, loving daddy. I promise.  he used to bring us a "surprise" home from work...a little Debbie lunch cake that mom had packed in his lunch  bucket the night before.
  8. My dad thinks the sun rises and sets in his grandbabies. 
  9. My dad is a godly leader. My daddy was never called to full-time Christian service, but he has been the biggest cheerleader for every pastor he has ever sat under. He has also been a deacon, treasurer, sat on many a board and everything in between.
  10. My dad is generous to a fault. I saw this as a kid and it continues today. I have seen my dad and mom buy groceries for needy families, when they could barely afford to buy groceries for us. I have seen him hand a credit card to our pastor and say, "Go have a good time on vacation, your gas and snacks are on us." 
My Main Men, Christmas 2012

Fooling around at CFA

Dewey and Erica

Dewey and his momma, Janovee 
The whole crew at Mama Miller's house

Us, Summer 2013

The list could go on, but suffice it to say, I love my dad. He was the first man I ever loved.

Happy Birthday Dad! (6 foot 2 with eyes of blue!)

I hope your day is as wonderful as you.