Monday, September 15, 2014


by Robin

I love it when I have time to create good food in the kitchen.

Here is my version of the Larabar.  I made a nutty version last week.  I went to grab ingredients to make one a little more dessert-like.  This has vegan carob chips, plus dates, cherries, and coconut. Wow, I feel guilty, but I shouldn't.  It's soooo healthy.

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Then, we were watching a commercial this morning and saw something like this being made.   I couldn't wait to buy the ingredients.  Essentially, it is a manwich (or taco seasoned meat can be used too) with shredded cheese on the inside and wrapped in pizza dough.  I made up several of them and now they can be used on my busy day tomorrow.

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Speaking of busy day tomorrow, I need to go prep for class!!  I'm the teacher!

God bless!

Friday, September 12, 2014


by Robin

Only.... it isn't an old picture.  I took it about an hour ago.  It sure does remind me of the old times when they were little boys and inseparable.   Now, they're practically men (one IS!) and big enough to drag their own mattresses over into the other room.

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Saturday, August 9, 2014


by Robin

Not completely done volunteering, but we're done with the horses for now.  I definitely cannot return because I have injured my left elbow with the repetitive stress of mucking stalls.  But, we *definitely* enjoyed our time there.

To the left is "Gus" a rescue thoroughbred.  Of course, he's a beautiful guy, but what I see in this picture is a young boy who didn't want to come work in the heat and horses.  Over three months, he quit complaining about that.  He gained a sense of duty and a bond with the horses.  In the beginning, he walked right up to a horses rear and we all screamed for fear he would get kicked.
By the time we were done, he was very comfortable around the barn horses.  He still struggled with the halter, but he tried for a long time before he asked for help.

I can see us returning at some point once school settles down and my arm gets better. I see this as a complete success for building my bond with my son and for him to have some type of rite of passage in maturing.  He got structure in a very fun way.

And here he is with Nala.  Nala was also a rescue who hated people when she first came to the rescue farm.  She has a wonderful mom now and gets daily care from us volunteers.  Look at that sweet face.  He loves her and she loves him.

This was our "last day" and we were fortunate to help train our next crew.  I hope they have as great of an experience as we did.

I met a new friend along the way.  There was purpose in me going besides bonding with my son.  I had a divine appointment to meet with a hurting mom who needed prayers.  I was able to share some of my struggles and she did the same.  I hope to stay connected with her as she begins her homeschooling journey in our county.  

She was our partner on Thursdays and if we go back, we'll join up with her.

This picture is me with Nala who was falling asleep in my arms.  We were laughing because she totally put all her head weight on me.  I'm a sweaty mess from having cleaned stalls and filled water buckets, but it was too cute not to include.

Off we go to Crystal River!!  Time for the last vacation before school starts up.

Saturday, August 2, 2014


by Robin

We survived childhood and now we move onto manhood!!  LOL

Last time I blogged, I was letting you know he got hired by Publix.  He loves his job.  

He was called, the night before his birthday, to do a "sting" operation. He was so excited to go undercover and try to buy cigarettes and lottery tickets at another store. He was so nervous.  He put on shades.  He asked for them.  She asked for his ID.  He gave it to her.  She glanced down and then gave the cigarettes to him.  :(   He then pretended to forget his wallet and leave the counter.  

Sadly, the clerk was going to let him and she was get reprimanded for it.   But, for him, being a spy was like a huge gift. LOL.

College starts back soon and we're praying for scholarship money and good grades.  He is taking quite the load of science, labs and math. Not for the faint of heart! 


Saturday, June 7, 2014


by Robin

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Bet you thought I was going to talk about fast food jobs!! Right??

Our son has been trying to get on with Publix Corp. for a few months and he finally got the timing right with going in there just as they were pulling applications for interviews.  He had his first interview a couple days after graduation.  Then, we went on vacation to GA and when he came back, he was called in for the 2nd interview.  I guess he passed that very well and they took a drug test on him.  The next couple trips, he was called in to do paperwork.  Today, he goes to orientation class!!

I know this is a LOT of work for landing a bagger/stocker position but I think it shows what type of care Publix puts into picking out their employees. As we have journeyed along the past month and shared his story, people have told us over and over again about how wonderful it is to work for Publix.

We couldn't be happier that he has a job that he can grow with and keep as he continues college.  Even if he transfers, we are hoping that he will be able to transfer to another local Publix near his college campus.  Of course, I don't like to talk about that day because it will make me cry to think of the day he leaves home, but it is a good thing.

Thank you Publix for choosing our son.  I'm pretty certain that he'll be one of your hardest working kids.  I know he is my right hand here when his father is gone to work.

Love Ya Son!

Saturday, May 31, 2014

GARDEN UPDATE - In no particular order!

by Robin

Dried Black beans
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Broccoli seeds.

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I'll show you later how we went from the bundle to a container but it was pretty simple and we captured more seed then we ever have before.

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You used to be able to read the sign that said "Lulu's Garden", named after our bunny.  The herbs and lettuce are growing great in here.

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The Ugly Ripe have faded due to the heat and so these are taking it's place.  We call them Big Tasty Maters.  They're coming in, just in time.

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Okra are going crazy with the heat.  They always do.

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I had a trellis for beans to grow up but it was completely taken over by the Campari and Cherry tomatoes. I may even see a little cucumber vine getting in on the trellis action too.

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These are the Mayflower drying beans.  Not very successful this spring.

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6 ft, at least and growing.

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I have radishes that are over 3 ft high and blooming but have not produced a single bulb at the bottom.  I'm thinking we'll try that again in the fall when we can have cooler weather. My onions are monstrous.
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What a tangled mess of yellow squash, sweet basil, jalapenos (got choked out), radishes, tomatoes and bell peppers.  I'm desperately trying to save the bell peppers from being choked out. There is no foot space here when I come in to get the tomatoes.

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Well, ok, that is the main spring garden.  My acorn squash and pickling cucumbers were all ruined by larva eating them.  Yuck.

Thanks for visiting!


by Robin

Ok, so we finished up with graduation, then took a vacation to Georgia to see my nephew graduate!!

Here are 2 of the 3 graduates in our family. My S. Carolina niece is going to graduate next weekend too.   photo 2014-05-22075448Graduates.jpg

My niece was part of the special music for the ceremony. She'll be a Senior next year!

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Here we all are together. My sister, me, nephew, son and youngest niece.  Missing a few kids, but that's how it goes sometimes when they walk off.

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Awww, love this.
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My youngest Rock Star.

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Again, I have hundreds more photos, but they all need to be downsized before they can come here and well.... there's just no time for that at the moment.

Taking care of critters and doing mounds of laundry!!

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But, it was always my promise to myself that once life slowed down this summer, I would go back to eating my plant-based diet again.  I would stop eating fast food and go back to drinking more water and less sodas. Get rid of the processed foods and turn to whole foods.

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Yesterday morning, I picked fresh organic blueberries, then stopped at the local market to get many goodies for the weekend so I wouldn't have an excuse not to eat healthy.  Above, you can see me in front of my 6 ft tall tomato plants.

Here is my plan for sides tonight, thanks to the inspiration of Pion 'r Wom'n.  Corn on the cob with a seasoned bell pepper and fake butter topping.  Wrap and foil and put on the grill.

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Here was another take on something she made, but I added Brussel Sprouts to my potatoes. This will go in the oven easily.

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Yesterday, I made slaw and deviled eggs for the boys.   I think we may thaw a packet of some Red Grouper from back a couple months ago.  Jack and I picked up these beauties in the Gulf of Mexico.

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Ok, well, I had my share of fun bringing them in too!!

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So, that's the nutshell of how May went down.

Blessings to you all!

MAY GRADUATION! - Simon Peter's

by Robin

CONGRATULATIONS to my son!!!  We are so proud of you!!!

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(Above, we have just finished handing him his diploma and watched a 3 minute video of his baby to teen pictures over-layed by our speaking blessings, words of gratitude and Scripture to our graduate. It really was so hard not to cry.  I think Jack may have shed a few too.  Luckily, he didn't have to worry about mascara running like I did.

I am so thankful for the beautiful weather we had and the blue skies as the backdrop for our hat toss.  Awesome!  My silly boy is on the far left.

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Twelve families came together to throw one terrific graduation ceremony and reception!! It was so much fun.  We started early with fundraising yard sales, bbq & pizza nights!  Then, we all chipped in some $$.  Before you know it, we had secured a location, ordered diplomas, caps & gowns and then we planned the food and decorating.  As you can see below, my area of volunteering was the food, specifically fruits and veggies. We filled the entire truck with goods and then had a chopping party with all the young ladies from a couple graduate families and my boys.  Believe it or not, we knocked out washing, cutting & bagging all this food in less than 4 hrs.

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The morning of graduation, we had this spectacular spread of food.  Thank you to all the Junior Moms who helped us pull this off while we were busy.... um....

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..... doing hair and visiting with out-of-town family.    (I even had a good friend make my hair super-special for the ceremony. Thanks J!!)

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There are hundreds more photos and even some coming from our professional photographer!  That was such a smart move so that we didn't need to focus on blurry pictures but enjoying the moment.  After all, it is monumental to get a kid from pre-K to 12th grade (& almost through an AA) and the tears flowed freely.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014


by Robin

Today is my calm before the graduation storm of busyness. So, I'm picking things and going to can and pickle today.

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I'm going to donate the red ones to our graduation ceremony reception. This will save some $$ and taste a LOT better.
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I may have picked my radishes too soon but it was an honest mistake since the tops were over 3 ft high. The packet said you could pick in a month but obviously the truth is more like 3 months.

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Happy Gardening and Graduating!


Thursday, May 8, 2014


by Robin

Had another great morning out there.  Even thought some stalls were completely a mess, I feel like we worked pretty quick and a couple stalls needed less attention.

So, when my son was cooling down the truck, I thought it would be great to walk down to the back of the operation and snap some pictures.  I have no idea what these horses' real names are so I made up my own for them.  LOL.

I call him/her Maybelline because of that flowing mane!  Sweet mini-horse.

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This is a rescue Thoroughbred.  Blaze (Red) trying to become  Maybelline candidate.

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This pinto was a bit lame. Very pretty though.  The horse behind her was definitely above her in the pecking order and was bossing her around.

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This is Big Red.  Very friendly and wanted all my attention.

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This is a small horse, but definitely not a Miniature Horse.  Buckskin Beauty!

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Here is another very tall Red Thoroughbred.  I may have to call him/her Legs!
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Ok, one more tail flip from my Buckskin Beauty.

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And while I'm being totally impartial, Big Red gets another portrait on the blog.  How can you say no to this face?

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The other horse from Monday who bit off part of his tongue was Chief and they were telling me that he did receive veterinary care that afternoon and will recover nicely.  Apparently, he started a fight and was kicked in the face.  Ouch!

God bless and Happy Horsing around,

Wednesday, May 7, 2014


by Robin

One of the ex-racing horses.  Rainbow??

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Here is Fuego, gorgeous paint.

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I can't remember the name here. Still learning who's who.   We did see a horse bite part of his tongue clean off but there is no photographic proof for it.  Trust me, there was no time for cameras.

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Harvest from Sunday! Wow.
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I had my friend over for a few hours and he helps me with gardening. Today, we played in the pool, but as I was working with tomatoes, he had special time with Lulu.

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When we cleaned the pool filter, we kept hearing little chirps. This little guy thought he could fly out of the nest, but wasn't quite strong enough to get back up there. We put him on the other side of the fence to keep him safe from big hens and dogs.

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Studying for finals. So far, it is going well.  Three down, one to go!

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Well, except for this moment. Glad the camera was in hand to capture it.

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God bless all the kids during their final tests!  We're back to the rescue farm again tomorrow.