New life doesn’t always cooperate with the calendar.

March 18, 2023

It is March. Which means in Texas wildflowers dot the side of every road, tiny green buds are emerging from our empty tree limbs, and I put my lawn care guy back into rotation because here comes the grass. A few weeks ago, I was talking to the kids about…

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Cheers to these mocktail recipes that come with a secret kick

March 18, 2023

I did dry-ish January and I felt so good doing it. But you know I love a good cocktail, so I put some mocktails in high rotation and I didn’t miss a thing. But, I have been packing my mocktails with a punch — a teeny secret ingredient that is…

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I’m really not a Valentine Grinch.

February 11, 2023

Oh, February. You are out here doing the absolute most every year. I am deeply in love with a man, and even I am like, okay that’s enough, America! Have some chill! Good reader, I am a Valentine’s Day vagabond. I spent 26 years as a Valentine Wife married to…

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What does love mean to you?

February 6, 2023

I have mixed feelings about the manufactured holiday that is Valentine’s Day. And this goes way back. But, what I have no mixed feelings about is love. Love that lasts might be a spouse or a partner, but it might very well not be. Love might be the faithfulness of…

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I don’t want to be a soldier. I just want to be a person.

January 19, 2023

I am a member of several communities — preachers, writers, the King family – in which the Venn diagram crossover includes the following: fixation on metaphors, hyperbole, and melodramatic storytelling. We love a symbolic, inspiring narrative where the three key points all begin with an M. Give us literary devices…

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Enneagram Gift Guide 2022

December 6, 2022

To all my Enneagramateurs, your gift-giving is now handled. Here’s what to get every number on your list. Type 1: The Perfectionist Gifts for cultivating organization and the perfectly imperfect. This delicious Holiday Gift Box of nut-based rubs is the perfect addition to any savory or sweet dish. FORTHELOVE saves you 15%. The…

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On accidentally writing a cookbook

October 22, 2022

I accidentally wrote a cookbook that doesn’t follow any rules and has some swears in it. It is for normal people who like/need to cook but also have a medium amount of damns to give. It will especially work for people who want to read a recipe, definitely laugh, maybe…

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Not Your Mom’s Roasted Veggies

August 28, 2022

My friend just popped over to pick something up, and she was like, “Are you just roasting vegetables in the middle of the day?” Well, yes, because what had happened was that I overbought vegetables. And then today I was like, if I don’t cook these, my veggie drawer is…

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Creamy Tomato and Basil Soup

August 28, 2022

This is a great soup recipe when you need to clean out your veggie drawer of old celery and carrots and a half-used container of half-and-half. Celery Carrots Onions (^ the amount of these veggies is however much you have. I had half a *checks notes* bunch of celery, five…

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French dip sandwiches

August 28, 2022

Got a bunch of folks to feed? This is one of my favorite recipes for a crowd: French dip sandwiches! Get out your handy dandy crock pot, drop in a huge chuck roast heavily salted and peppered, and… just dump a packet of McCormick’s pot roast seasoning right on in…

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