Brownie Surprise Cake

Brownie Surprise Cake

I let my followers on Twitter decide what type of recipe to post and a Dessert won!  I knew right away that this Brownie Surprise Cake would be my choice. When I bake cakes, I love to doctor up a cake mix because the possibilities are endless. It is so easy to do and it changes the texture and taste of an ordinary cake mix. No one will ever have a clue that this delectable cake started with a box…

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How my Mind Became my Enemy – Part 2

How my Mind Became my Enemy – Part 2

You can find Part 1 of this series HERE. I woke up in a hospital, not the kind with private rooms and nice nurses that bring you medication. This one had a person watching every move I made. I was allowed a pillow but no blanket, shoes but no shoelaces and bathroom privileges but no privacy. My mind had officially created a battlefield in my life. Over the next few years this string of events would happen so many times…

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How my Mind Became my Enemy – Part 1

How my Mind Became my Enemy – Part 1

To say that my twenties were turbulent would be putting it mildly but to put it bluntly, I was an emotional mess. My life was out of control and the prospects of it getting better seemed slim to none. There were several things that happened in my mind that created the chaos and ultimately, my mind became my enemy. I had always been that person who looked at the floor when she walked in front of a group. I don’t…

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There is a Purpose in the Journey

There is a Purpose in the Journey

It is important to me to have hope shown in the midst of the chaos and to help people through my journey. This might mean some hard days of writing and it will definitely mean facing the fear of sharing these stories that has stopped me many times before. But I am going all in…it is time to show the true strength in my journey.


Gameday Food: Philly Cheesesteak Sliders

Gameday Food: Philly Cheesesteak Sliders

🏈 Football Season is fast approaching and I couldn’t be more excited. My Carolina Panthers first pre-season game is Thursday night (Aug. 9)! Football means several things in my house, one is that it is loud because I am yelling at the TV and two, it means good food! (It also means my husband’s complaining about me watching too much football…I didn’t even know there could be too much football!)

These Philly Cheesesteak Sliders are easy and delicious! They are a perfect Gameday finger food and they are also great to take to any family gathering.

Planning to Travel When You Have a Chronic Illness

Planning to Travel When You Have a Chronic Illness

Planning to travel when you have a chronic illness requires you to pay close attention to details that others take for granted. Even though it may be difficult, sometimes you have to put aside your fears and anxiety and just go for it. Life is too short to let time slip away without experiencing the things on the bucket list.

4 Ways to Discover an Attitude of Gratitude

4 Ways to Discover an Attitude of Gratitude

It can be difficult to feel grateful when you live with chronic illness. Sickness, fatigue and fear can make it easy to become more resentful and less grateful. It is important to find things in life to be grateful for, in spite of living with chronic illness. It may take practice but you can discover an attitude of gratitude that will change even the worst of days. 4 Ways to Discover an Attitude of Gratitude: Don’t just look at the obvious things. It is only…

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Book Reviews featuring The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

Book Reviews featuring The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

In July, my books still find me venturing into the WWII and post war eras but in a more relaxed way than in June. Both of the books I am featuring this month, The Guernsey Literally and Potato Peel Pie Society and The Secret Keeper are both from that era but are more about friendships that just happen to be set in a historical time period. Book: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society Author: Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie…

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“Nevertheless, She Persisted” – My Weekend Mantra

“Nevertheless, She Persisted” – My Weekend Mantra

The weekend wasn’t  a complete bust but it wasn’t a total success either. What I can say is that I did my best and no matter what happened, I persisted! I didn’t stop trying. Over the past few weeks, the weather has been rough. High humidity, High temperatures, storms and the barometric pressure changes have really taken a toll on me. These are all migraine triggers for me and there is nothing I can do about them…except push through. I…

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The Weather is Trying to Kill Me

The Weather is Trying to Kill Me

“The weather is trying to kill me”, this is a statement that I have repeated many times over the past two weeks. I know that it sounds like a crazy statement based on irrational paranoia but it isn’t, I promise. I do realize that the weather can’t kill me but it most certainly can make my life miserable. The past few weeks has been a proverbial barometric pressure roller coaster. The changes in pressure send me into my migraine cocoon…

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