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The Legacy of Coffee

McCafe Hazelnut Stuffed French Toast Featured

Hey, YOU! Nice to see you! I’d love to, you know, hang out a bit more. So you may want to subscribe to my weekly email with fresh content and a FREE ebook. Oh, and do come back! This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone….

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How to Start a Podcast in Two Weeks

Want to start a podcast? Check out this simple list to start a podcast in two weeks.

Here are my tips on how to start a podcast in two weeks (because that’s what I’ve been doing the last two weeks instead of blogging). You absolutely can do it, but it takes a crazy amount of crazy and hard work. But it’s much easier or faster than you’d think! I will officially launch at…

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Candied Hormel Pepperoni Cupcakes

Want to have a surprising and delicious treat for your next party? Candied Hormel Pepperoni Cupcakes with molasses cake and a light whipped cream.

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #PepItUp #CollectiveBias I don’t know about you, but I’m tired of bacon stealing the spotlight. Bacon this, bacon that. Where is pepperoni in all this? Let’s get pepperoni in the spotlight. You can start with these Candied Hormel…

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Healthy Stuffed Peppers

Delicious and simple stuffed peppers.

I love to eat. Oh? Is this surprising to you? You must be new around here. Because if you’ve been following me, you know that I like to make food and then I like to eat it. Things like Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cake or the Best Sugar Cookies Ever. But I’m always trying to find…

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The Riptide of Parenting

  Lately, I’ve been posting some lovely photos of my kids. Who am I kidding!? My kids are always lovely. (At least to me.) But I love these pictures that I’ve shared on Instagram. Like all these. But there is something important for you to know. I don’t post these because I think my kids are amazing…

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Quin Log: Month 8

caged quin

Quin Log: Month 8  Feeling: Contemplative My mother was going to write this update. But seeing as how she thought I was 7 months old, not 8 months old, I decided to take over. How could she forget how old I am? One month is 1/8 of my life. One month ago I didn’t know…

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Faith & God

Sickness by Association

sickness by association

I am lying on the floor of the living room, on a blanket that is on a sheet that is on a rug. Such are the precautions you take when your 3-year-old has the stomach flu. I am spooned up against his feverishly warm back, but not too close: “You’re making me hot, Mommy.”  …

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Creative Tension or Creative Frustration?

Every artist and writer will face frustrations. Consider it creative tension and learn to embrace it to grow as an artist.

This weekend I got to spent two whole days in a big room full of weirdos. IT WAS AMAZING. Every person is a little weird I think, which is to say unique. Writers are our own brand of weird and we are not all weird in the same way. So a writing conference like Re:Write…

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Read Me! Read Me!

A short story about two boys and a dare that might change their friendship and lives.

If you subscribe to my weekly email, you know that I went to a writing conference called Re:Write last month and it rocked my world. (If you don’t know this, you should probably subscribe to my weekly email. It’s not spammy.) I walked into the conference feeling all jaded and unsure why I had come,…

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Snag My Easter Devotional Books!

Easter Devotional Books

***The free promotion on Amazon ended March 1, but the Kindle version is now only $2.99 and the PDF journal is still free on Noise Trade!*** I am fighting off two little girls who are trying to put their feet on the keyboard, so this will be short. Do you like free books? ME TOO!!…

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Roller Derby

De-Funk Your Derby Gear!

Two-step process to get the stink out of your roller derby gear.

Ever wondered the best way to clean your roller derby gear? (Or your other athletic equipment like yoga mats?) Over the years I’ve tried a number of different ways to clean my roller derby gear and especially my pads, which can stink and also collect bacteria like staph. Some girls wash their derby gear in…

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Behind the Scenes at Roller Derby


This weekend marked the 2014 Houston Roller Derby championship bout. I played in two championships, called lineups in two, and have now coached two. There is nothing quite like the feverish excitement and the fervent drive to bring home that trophy. And there is also nothing quite like losing and watching that trophy go to…

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