42 Years: A Love Letter From My Dad to My Mom

::Today’s post has been written by my Dad, Les, it’s a love letter to my mom, Becky, for their 42nd wedding anniversary today. <3 Happy Anniversary, I love y’all!::


The days of our life

OK, this doesn’t have anything directly to do with the TV show of the same name. These are a few of the days that are central to my life

mom and dad's wedding picture
23,298 days ago – My bride of 42 years was born and without a miracle she would not have lived to meet me. Thank you Lord.
23,123 days ago – I was born, beaten by 175 days and never looked back, ADHD you know.
16,422 days ago – I first saw my bride at Eastern Kentucky University on the first night of freshman orientation. She was standing by a US postal service mailbox with a guy from my high school I didn’t like and I was wearing the dumbest beanie you have ever seen. Love is truly blind!… 

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cooking t'mates on the grill for salsa

This Week in Happiness {Week 18}

“Be an encourager.  The World has enough critics already” ~ Dave Willis One of my favorite things happening this past week has been my delivery of more del campo t’mates {for whom I am a recipe developer}.  I have been blistering and blackening them on my grill for the most ridiculously mouth-wateringly, deliciously, rich, smoky,… 

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Toasted Bacon, Guacamole, Tomato Sandwich on Asiago Cheese Bread

The Ultimate B.G.T {Bacon Guacamole Tomato} Sandwich

You can say goodbye to your BLT, because you’re never going to go back to a plain ol’ BLT after getting a taste of this Bacon Guacamole Tomato Sandwich on Toasted Asiago Cheese Bread.   I have a long standing love affair with BLT’s. When I was pregnant with Princess, I was a restaurant manager,… 

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monkey rides a dirtbike

Mouthwatering Mondays {Week 50}

Happy Monday, y’all. Hope you had a tremendous weekend!  Ours was filled with the best volleyball games that Princess has played to date, a volleyball team party, Monkey’s first umpired baseball game, Goonies on the house, burgers on the grill, dirtbike riding, sleepovers, homemade buttercream (adapted from and inspired by I Am Baker’s back to… 

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Beginning Focus: a Photography e-book by Karen Walrond

This Week in Happiness {Week 17}

  It isn’t what you have, or who you are, or where you are, or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy. It is what you think about. Read more at http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/d/dalecarneg140941.html#hHBA0LaYEr8hTYlI.99 It isn’t what you have, or who you are, or where you are, or what you are doing that makes… 

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Rice Krispies Treat Dirt Cake

Dirt Cake Rice Krispies Treats

Do you remember Dirt Cakes? Chocolate cake and pudding topped with crushed chocolate sandwich cookie crumbs and candy worms?  Both shudder worthy and totally delicious. What kid doesn’t love pretending to eat worms and dirt?

The Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe Round-Up and How To Guide

The Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe Collection

Is there anything more cozy and comforting than walking into a house that smells of freshly baked chocolate chip cookies? There’s a reason that real estate specialists and home stylists pop a tray of chocolate chip cookies into the oven prior to open houses and showings…. Chocolate Chip Cookies are one of the ultimate feel… 

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Granny, Monkey, and Princess

Mouthwatering Mondays {Week 49}

Wasn’t it just Monday? How does this keep happening? I hope y’all had a wonderful weekend filled with delicious food, family, friends, and fun.  Ours was nice, but I’m glad to be home. I love spending time with you each week – checking out your recipes, seeing what you’re cooking, what kinds of foods inspire… 

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Saying Goodbye

Today, we say goodbye to one of the most important Moms in my life, my Granny. Mary Cecil Trew April 18, 1920 – April 16, 2014 Today, family and friends will gather in a small stone chapel in Bryan, and celebrate a woman who celebrated life and all that it had to offer.  We will… 

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DIY Rustic Mason Jar Wall Lanterns

Rustic DIY Mason Jar Wall Lanterns

Hey y’all, today’s post isn’t a recipe, but it’s definitely Southern!  I have an affinity for mason jars, DIY crafts, and making your house your home through decorating that fits your personality. I met Rae last year, and we hit it off over some drinks and our mutual love of all things Southern – hell,… 

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Kelly and The Tuxedo Men Project |Mocha Momma

This Week in Happiness {Week 16}

“Yesterday is History, Tomorrow is a Mystery, But Today is a Gift, That’s Why We Call it the Present.” ~ Winnie The Pooh This week has been filled with so many moments.  Moments of happiness that have involved family, friends, and virtual strangers.  Moments of beauty, and moments that have taken the breath from my… 

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Mango, Strawberry, Avocado, Habanero Salsa | A Southern Fairytale

Mango, Avocado, Strawberry, Habanero Salsa

I remember the first time I made fruit salsa – it was Recipe Girl’s Strawberry Avocado Salsa from her cookbook:The Recipe Girl Cookbook: Dishing Out the Best Recipes for Entertaining and Every Day My mom raised her eyebrows in suspicion, my neighbors raised their eyebrows in doubt, and then everyone tried it and fell head… 

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Color Fun Fest 5K in Houston

Mouthwatering Mondays {Week 48}

Happy Cinco de Mayo!   How was your weekend?  Did you do anything fun? We got a bit dirty and did a 5K as a family, it was a blast! #ColorFunFest #EpicTour I can’t wait to see what you’ve been sharing with your families and friends this week!  Bring on the delicious recipes, but first,… 

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Flank Steak Street Tacos with Chipotle Avocado Slaw

Food Truck Style Street Tacos with Chipotle Avocado Slaw

I’m just a bit obsessed with Food Trucks and Street Tacos. Seriously, if there is a food truck and the possibility of Food Truck Tacos… I am there!!! While playing around with my California Avocados this past month, and wondering what to make with them – I realized Cinco de Mayo was just around the… 

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Food Photography and recipe inspiration pinterest board | A Southern Fairytale

This Week in Happiness {Week 15}

“See the light in others, and treat them as if that is all you see” ~Dr. Dwayne Dyer These past 15 weeks of focusing on happiness, finding the silver lining, releasing the negative, and surrounding myself with things, and people who make me happy has made it easier to find happiness, and I am a… 

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