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Cinnamon Roll Cake

Cinnamon rolls are the king of breakfast pastries... well they are in my book at least! So, there was no doubt in my mind that this Cinnamon Roll Cake was one that was a must try.  This recipe is made from scratch, but you could easily use box cake mix if you are short on [...]

The First Steps After Divorce

  • By: Bill Apple
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Finally, after months (or in some cases, years!) of working your way through the process of separation, dividing your property and debt, and divorce, you take a deep breath, and sigh. But for many, that sigh is not one of relief, but rather one that arises out of a sense of loneliness and uncertainty.  You [...]

Practicing Gratitude

  • By: Suzy Carpenter
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During my divorce, I read a lot of books about maintaining your mental health through the divorce process. Many suggested practicing gratitude, recognizing things in your life for which you are grateful.  While it isn’t a cure all for the roller coaster of emotions one goes through while ending a marriage, it brings to light [...]

Great Family Weekend Getaway

Warmer weather is finally here and that means it is a great time to plan a spring family getaway! The one place that has remained in my mind after our visit was Cass Scenic Railroad in West Virginia.  Cass was founded in 1901 as company town for the workers of West Virginia Pulp and Paper [...]

Home Made Instant Pot Yogurt

Years ago when the kids were little and I stayed at home with them I tried all kinds of things to save some money.  One of those things was making my own yogurt.  I had to get the milk up to boiling on the stove, then let it cool down to about 120°. After that, [...]

Sparking Joy, My Way

  • By: Suzy Carpenter
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It’s hard not to be aware of the whole “sparking joy” movement.  If it wasn’t Marie Kondo’s best selling Life-changing Magic: A Journal : Spark Joy Every Day book, it’s her new series, “Tidying Up with Marie Kondo” on Netflix.  Her programs show everyday people using her techniques to downsize, minimalize and create peaceful environments. [...]