Appalachian Thursday – Pepperoni Rolls

I’m having a launch party for The Sound of Rain this evening. Because the book is set in WV and SC, refreshments will include a table of WV treats and one of SC goodies. Which means I absolutely HAD to include some WV pepperoni rolls! These rolls are so common in my home state, thatContinue reading “Appalachian Thursday – Pepperoni Rolls”

Halloween in the Hills

I LOVED Halloween when I was a kid. I’m still pretty fond of it even today. But when I was little it was all about playing dress up and eating candy. I was one of those little girls who wanted to be something pretty. An angel, a princess–something pink and sparkly. And Mom was aContinue reading “Halloween in the Hills”

Appalachian Thursday — Apple Pie Days

Early signs of autumn are showing. Ironweed and Joe Pye weed blooming along the road. Cooler nights. A few leaves beginning to turn. And . . . apples! Oh, such an abundance of apples. We’re blessed with a neighbor who has five apple trees all burdened with fruit this year. My favorite are the sweet/tartContinue reading “Appalachian Thursday — Apple Pie Days”

Appalachian Thursday – Staghorn Sumac

It’s a running joke with my husband and me. I say shoo-make. He says soo-mak. Clearly he’s wrong and just enjoys aggravating me. Oh, I know, I know. If you look up the “official” pronunciation it says that either soo-mak or shoo-mak is acceptable. There’s no mention of tagging “make” on the end. But theContinue reading “Appalachian Thursday – Staghorn Sumac”

Appalachian Thursday — Making Ice Cream

One of our favorite summertime treats growing up on the farm was hand cranked ice cream. Of course, when you have a cow that delivers lots of creamy milk, the ingredients aren’t hard to come by. I suppose we made other flavors, but good ole vanilla is what I remember best. Dad would set theContinue reading “Appalachian Thursday — Making Ice Cream”

Appalachian Thursday – Berry Season

Summer is a fruitful time in the soft, green mountains of Appalachia. The black raspberries are gone and the blackberries are just getting started. Typically we have MORE than enough to go round–even sharing with the bears! When it comes to blackberries there are pies, jellies, jams, sauces, salads, and even sweet tea. But really,Continue reading “Appalachian Thursday – Berry Season”

An Abundance of Riches–Vacation

I know lots of folks who plan wonderful, far-flung vacations to exotic locales. I’ve never been one of those folks. Vacation for me means time to do whatever I want. Which typically includes eating some really good meals (cooking in and going out), extra dog walks, watching a movie or two I’ve been meaning toContinue reading “An Abundance of Riches–Vacation”

Appalachian Thursday – The First Cutting

We’re finally having some truly warm weather with days that might even be what you would call “hot.” And as summer approaches, I’ve seen some folks in the area start to put up the first cutting of hay. When I was a kid, the first cutting typically came pretty close to the last day ofContinue reading “Appalachian Thursday – The First Cutting”

Books! Chocolate! Authors!

No Appalachian Thursday today. I’m at the RT Book Lovers Convention in Atlanta, Ga., enjoying time with readers, authors, and chocolate. Good times! If you’re in the area, here’s one of my events: If you’re not in the area, heads up that my first novel, Miracle in a Dry Season, is FREE this week duringContinue reading “Books! Chocolate! Authors!”

Appalachian Thursday – Foraged Food

Spring is prime foraging time in the woods where we hike. We often see folks out with baskets or net bags and I know they’re looking for tasty tidbits to add to dinner. Personally, I’m more of a catch and release forager. I love finding things I could eat, but I’m not really all thatContinue reading “Appalachian Thursday – Foraged Food”