Wednesday, December 27

Solstice of Sorrow

My youngest daughter Alexis has gotten one of her books published!! 
We're so very proud of her. 
My husband Bill and I received our copy (one of the first ones!) today on our anniversary! 
Congrats Alexis Elizabeth

You can purchase the book on Amazon and it's available on Kindle.

Here is her announcement of the book:

I am overjoyed to announce that my very first novella has been published! 

It's called "Solstice of Sorrow" This is by far the biggest secret I've ever had to keep, but now it's time the tell the world!

It was written collectively in 2012 and 2016. It is classified as Gothic fiction and is illustrated by Kevin Edwards. This is been a long time in the making And has taken a lot of time to put together.
My book was accepted into the Library of Congress and is available in paperback on

In a few weeks, it will be able to be purchased through Barnes and Noble and other major retailers as well.
Soon the Kindle version will be released exclusively through Amazon and sometime after that, the Audible audiobook will be available.
"A village at the edge of the Northern forest has lived in peace for centuries; free from the curse of their Ancestors. The attacks of the Beasts faded into the distant past; no more than myths and legends. One fateful night the full moon rises, the Beasts awaken from their long slumber and they are an unstoppable force. A champion is chosen to oppose them, and she travels into the forest, where she finds Gypsies, Beasts, and her own Daemons as well. A truly unique terror-filled journey into the deep woods of the human psyche and the condition of suffering. A macabre tale of the battle inside each of us. An emotional adventure that questions what it means to exist, and why. Solstice of Sorrow is a novella written in two parts, including poetic passages, internal dialogue, and terrifying illustrations to haunt your dreams."

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Author Contact information:

Instagram: @alexiselizabeth_aella
Family Blog:

Author Bio:

Alexis Elizabeth Lynch lives at Lynch's Mt Horb Farm in Ohio, and in college, she studied creative writing, human anatomy, and forestry. Alexis writes in many genres and styles including; poetry, travel journaling, screenplays, fantasy, children’s short stories, non-fiction essays, and horror. 

She has been a guest blogger at and has had poetry published in anthologies as well as the Columbus Dispatch. She has been the writer for Nikkso Productions since 2011, and is known for the story and screenplay of the horror film "Tabbott's Traveling Carnivale of Terrors.".  

"Solstice of Sorrow" is her first published novel. She is also a beekeeper, a butcher, a lucid dreamer, and loves to travel with her family. She has no children, but she does have a Goddaughter and a very long dachshund. She writes with ink and quill, and her personal library contains an estimated 3,000 books. Her favorites are Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, the Harry Potter series by JK Rowling, and the Song Of Ice And Fire series by George R.R. Martin, as well as the writings of Edgar Allan Poe & Trent Reznor.

Sunday, November 12

Chunky Applesauce

I love chunky applesauce and fondly remember nearly always having it with pork chops when I was young.
Chunky Applesauce makes a great side dish, garnish or is just yummy with a pork roast.
But these days, nearly all the commercially produced applesauce is made with high fructose corn syrup so I rarely get to enjoy it.

While spending a girl day with my daughter Alexis and Daughter-in-law Jennica, we found a small family owned farm market selling various types of apples.  The family has dozens of apple trees and sell the apples in baskets and buckets using the honor system. 

We bought a lot of apples with the intent to make our own Homemade Chunky Applesauce and also jam and oh my gosh I'm in love.  
This will now be on my list to make every fall when apples are in season!

Friday, October 20

Halloween Candelabra

I have been keeping my eye out for a candelabra and happen to come across one at a yard sale.

As a teenager and young adult, I loved old haunted scary mansion horror movies like the ones the actor Vincent Price starred in.  And they always seemed to have a woman in a flowing gown, descending a huge stone staircase, holding a candelabra!

I still love fall, Halloween, pumpkins, and good scary movies.

When I came across this old brass candelabra at a sale in Michigan, it was the end of the day and they took a $1.00 for it.   I knew with a facelift, it would work great for our annual fall party!

Tuesday, September 5

Upcycled Chalkboard Signs

OK, so yeah.  I'm a trash picker.
I will definitely stop along the road if there is something in someone's trash I can reuse or repurpose!

And that's where I picked up the drawers to make these:
Vintage Display Shelves
and where I scored the wood for my Chalkboards signs!

These chalkboard signs are actually the ends or sides of kitchen cabinets.
The cabinets already had the old, flaky grayish-blue paint, which really gives them a vintage weathered look.
You could also use an old heavy picture frame or mirror. Heavy because you don't want the wind to blow the signs over.

All I needed to do to turn these cabinets into signs was apply the chalkboard paint and add a stand or brace to the back to prop them up.
The results are marvelous!

What You"ll Need:

  • Chalkboard paint
  • Painter's tape or masking tape
  • Cabinet frame or large heavy picture frame.
  • 2 x 2 board for the brace
  • L bracket and drywall screws
  • Drop cloth

Wednesday, August 30

Honey - Cilantro Chicken Kabobs (Skewers)

This is one of my most requested recipes!

And not only is it flavorful and delicious, it's easy to make and very versatile. You can add any additional veggies or fruits you like, but the kabobs are perfect just following the recipe.

I sometimes add quartered peaches and red bell pepper or whatever is in season from my garden.

I usually serve a peach or strawberry salsa with this dish, along with roasted red skin potatoes or spring greens salad, yum. 

Thursday, May 18

Sweet Smoky Barbecue Sauce

Summer is here and we love to barbecue!  My husband even bought a smoker 2 summers ago and we smoke everything and even have what we call "Smokin Sundays"!
Years ago my sister Debra and her husband Phil came over on a lazy summer Saturday to show us how to make our own homemade barbecue sauce.  
They brought all the ingredients with them and we spent the day mixing, stirring, simmering and tossing back a few cold adult beverages.  
Once the barbecue sauce was thick enough, we generously brushed it on ribs and had a wonderful backyard barbecue.
I didn’t write down each ingredient as my sister added it to the sauce, nor could I have, without just guessing at the correct measurements.  My sister had a way of cooking without a recipe and everything every time turned out delicious. Let me tell you, I am not that person.  
I lost my sister a few years back but I'm still trying to recreate some of her recipes.  One of our favorites I was able to somewhat copy is Debra’s Stuffed Hot Peppers.

Thursday, May 4

The U.P. Pasty

The hubby and I love to travel and although we take an occasional week long trips, my favorite trips are just 3-day weekend adventures. Living in Ohio we are centrally located near numerous beautiful states with lots to see and explore.

One of our favorite states to spend a weekend in is Michigan. There are tons of lighthouses, wineries, bodies of water and beaches, ATV and snowmobile trails, historic sites, beautiful scenery, and tree lined winding roads.

A couple other trips we have taken to Michigan are Holland, Michigan's Tulip Festival, and a Lake Superior Circle Tour Camping Trip.

On one summer weekend trip, while touring wineries,  we stopped at a little roadside vegetable stand and diner. We noticed many signs advertising “pasties” (pronounced pass-tee) as we came into town, but were just not sure what they were.
We ordered one at this little roadside diner and I fell in love!
Of course, I had to immediately talk to the cook and get the entire 411 on Pasties!

Monday, March 13

Irish Corned Beef and Cabbage

A traditional St. Patrick's Day dish I make every year. 
But first, what is Corned Beef?
Corned beef is made from a beef brisket that is cured or pickled in Brine. Brine is salt water.

In North America, corned beef dishes are associated with traditional Irish cuisine. However, there is considerable debate about the association of the corned beef and cabbage dish with Ireland.

In the 1800's, corned beef was used as a substitute for bacon by Irish-American immigrants because it was cheap and considered a luxury in Ireland. Corned beef and cabbage is really the Irish-American version of the Irish dish of bacon and cabbage.

Wait, bacon and cabbage?!?!  Well, now that's on my list to make!

Thursday, February 23

The Longest Yard Sale in the World

The 127 Yard Sale
The weather has been in the 60's here in Ohio and spring is in the air so yep, I'm daydreaming about gardening and yard sales!!

The World's Longest Yard Sale is also known as The 127 Yard Sale or The 127 Corridor Sale and is a 4-day event every year. The dates are always the first Thursday of the month of August, from Thursday to Sunday.  And that's 4 whole days of yard sale heaven!
If you are a yardsaler, antiquer, flea-marketer, thrift store shopper or anything in-between, you will love this!
The 127 Yard Sale covers 690 miles of sales, through six states, from Addison, Michigan to Gadsden, Alabama and boasts thousands of vendors every year.
And it's even been featured on HGTV!

Friday, February 17

Texas State Flag Quilt

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My daughter Jami and her husband Donnie and the kids moved to Texas for a job in 2009. I hate that they're so far away (I'm in Ohio) and that I don't get to see them much. But we have taken numerous trips to Texas and we think it's a nice state to visit. We've even been to the Dealey Plaza and the Grassy Knoll in Dallas.

I have been making quilts for family members for the last year so decided to make Jami and Donnie one for Christmas gift.

I searched Pinterest for ideas and knew as soon as I saw it that the Texas State Flag would be the perfect quilt for them. And besides, patchwork is my favorite quilt pattern.  I always seem to be drawn to it the most, even before making quilts myself. Of all the quilts I've purchased over the years, I have the most of the Patchwork pattern. It just feels very homey to me and very “usable.”

Monday, February 13

Best Ever Monster Cookies

I make these cookies for different holidays, so this week, they're for Valentines Day!

Monster Cookies are not new and the recipes for making them are endless. Probably 95% of my cookies are homemade, but sometimes you just need a quick and easy recipe. 
I decided to come up with my own version of Monster Cookies which are easy and great to throw together when we have unexpected visitors or to serve at club meetings or any other last minute function I need to take something to.
For me, there will always be room in my recipe collection for a few super easy and fast recipes for busy days.

They're called Monster Cookies, I believe, because it's easier than saying “peanut butter chocolate chip oatmeal M & M super yummy cookies!”

Besides easy, did I mention they're a wonderful tasting soft chewy moist delicious cookie?

Monday, January 9

The Mercantile

A few years back I received The Pioneer Woman's first cookbook, The Pioneer Woman Cooks, as a gift for Christmas. 
I love it and have since bought for myself or received as gifts all her other cookbooks!
The Pioneer Woman or Ree Drummond also has her own blog and recently opened a shop called The Mercantile in her hometown of Pawhuska, Oklahoma.

Ree and her husband Ladd purchased an old red brick building in downtown Pawhuska and she had it completely remodeled.  And the results are stunning. I just love old red brick buildings and am always so happy to see them rescued from demolition.

According to The Pioneer Woman's website, the building was originally a mercantile beginning in 1910 and was known as the Osage Mercantile.
It was a place for trading goods and browsing. Ree and her family wanted to honor that legacy by recreating that shopping experience with hints to an earlier time in small town America.