Miscellaneous

Verb(ing) – XVI

Reading I’m enjoying two horse books at the moment – no surprise there. The first is American Pharoah by Joe Drape. I’m about halfway through and would definitely recommend it. I love learning the back story and behind the scenes of our 12th Triple Crown winner!   I also just started The Sport of Kings […]

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Verb(ing) – XV

Reading As always, I’m reading a few books at a time. The first is The Guineveres, by Sarah Domet, and this one is for the book club that I’m a part of. I’m almost finished, and while I’d recommend it, it is sad and a bit depressing. There are chapters that seem to drag a […]


Merry Christmas!

Hello! This is my last day of work before Christmas, so it will probably be my last post before then too. I am done my shopping, but still have some wrapping to do – I ran out of bags and gift tags! I also need to throw in a trip to the grocery store as […]


Walt + Disney

Hi friends – I’m back! Last week I was in Walt Disney World with some friends and family. I hadn’t been since 2009 and had forgotten how purely and utterly amazing yet exhausting it is. We had an unbelievable amount of fun, and we also averaged around 20,000 steps per day. I can’t complain though […]


Gluten Free Banana Bread

Full disclosure – I have not made this bread yet; a friend made it and gave me some to take home. Delicious does not even begin to describe it!! She followed the recipe below but added in a bunch of mini chocolate chips to kick it up a notch. I highly recommend doing that – […]


GF Peanut Butter Pie

My brother-in-law made this pie for the family a few holidays ago, and it was an instant hit! I made it recently for a party, and no one could tell it was gluten free! Ingredients For the Crust – 1 package (10.6 ounces) gluten-free chocolate sandwich cookies (I used Glutino) For the Filling – 1 […]


Verb(ing) – XIV

Reading As always, I’m reading a couple things at once. I’m enjoying some summer chick lit, Distant Shores by Kristin Hannah. This is the first of her books that I’ve read, and I’m really liking it! After this, I’m going to start the mega-hit, The Girl on the Train, by Paula Hawkins. I see that […]


GF Hashbrown Casserole

I know people typically use their crockpots during the winter so they can make fun stews and whatnot, but in my house, we break it out during the summer. We are outside people, so if the sun is shining, we’re out. That means we usually don’t come in for the night until it’s dark – […]


Verb(ing) – XIII

Reading Right now I’m reading George Morris’ autobiography, Unrelenting. I’m only a few chapters in, but already I’m enjoying it – it’s classic George!   Writing I’m SO happy to have finally published my first novel, Where the Bluegrass Grows! What’s interesting is that I started working on its kind-of sequel a year ago, during […]


El Dorado Casitas Royale

It’s cold and rainy here in Maryland today, so I’m reminiscing about our trip to Mexico earlier this month. As with any trip, I can’t believe it’s come and gone already. Since my husband is a travel agent (as well as a photographer), we have been pretty spoiled with our recent vacations! We stayed in […]


Recipe – Derby Pie

I am doing some serious research for my Derby Party menu – the first Saturday in May will be here before you know it! A friend on Instagram sent me this recipe for Derby Pie – it looks delicious! And I think I can make it gluten free as long as I can find a […]


Verb(ing) – XII

Reading As usual, I am reading a few books at once. Right now I am really enjoying Jane McIlvaine McClary’s 1972 novel, A Portion for Foxes. It is set in “The Valley,” aka, Middleburg, Virginia, and is about foxhunters, civil rights, scandal, and everything in between. I’m finding some parts to be a little slow, […]


Gluten Free Pumpkin Bread

For those with a gluten allergy like myself, the holidays can be rough. But there are some great GF recipes out there so you won’t feel like you’re missing out! My BFF made this gluten free pumpkin bread for me last year, (just before finding out she’s allergic too – I must be contagious!), and […]


Verb(ing) – XI

Reading I just finished Dick Francis’ Silks – look for the review coming soon. Now I’m getting ready to pick up these two babies: Show Barn Blues, by Natalie Keller Reinert, and Patrick Smithwick’s, Racing My Father. Smithwick currently lives one zip over in my beloved Monkton, Maryland. Maybe I can score an interview with […]


Happy Labor Day!

What a perfect representation of America: the flag, a barn, the country life. I hope all of you have a wonderful holiday weekend, and please, take a moment to thank the brave men and women who have, and continue to, serve and make our country great. God Bless America! +34   


Verb(ing) – X

Reading I just reread, for the third time, I believe, To Kill a Mockingbird, and I had forgotten how absolutely exquisite is was. I’m getting ready to dig into Go Set a Watchman and can’t wait! Also, because I typically read more than one book at the same time, and because I, apparently, enjoy crying, […]


A Holiday Weekend

Hi all! I hope everyone had a nice July 4th – my favorite holiday of the year. It’s also my anniversary; James and I celebrated 10 years this year. It’s crazy how time flies so quickly when you’re having fun! This year my in-laws came up to ‘camp’ in my backyard again. This is the […]


Verb(ing) – IX

Reading After reading Michael Korda’s Horse People, I purchased Country Matters, which was published two years before Horse People, and details the big move from the city to their fixer upper farmhouse in the country. It is a very in-depth look at their house, the renovations, and their new town. Also, it’s answering quite a […]


Cucumber Salsa

For those of you who don’t know, I have celiac disease, which means I’ve had to kiss the lovely gluten goodbye. Actually, this hasn’t been too hard for me because I’m one of those ‘eat to live,’ not ‘live to eat’ sort of people. I will admit, however, that my life BC (Before Celiac) was […]


Verb(ing) – VIII

Reading I’m reading two books at once, which is becoming pretty typical. First, I am enjoying Ruffian, by Jane Schwartz, even though I know what’s coming. It’s like watching Titanic. But this filly’s story is unbelievable and deserves to be told. I’m also reading In the Hamptons, by Dan Rattiner. I went to the Hamptons […]


Mexico

Did you miss me? Last week I left for Mexico on Wednesday and returned late last night. I know, I should have told you I was leaving, but I think it’s a little unsafe to advertise to the world that I’m away, and that my home is empty! James and I were in Riviera Maya […]


Verb(ing) – VII

Reading I’m currently reading Erika Robuck’s Receive Me Falling. This is the first of her 5 books (her 6th is coming in May) and this is the only one she self-published. According to my Kindle, I’m 40% through, and it’s very intriguing! I have also read (and enjoyed) two of her other books, Hemingway’s Girl […]


The Lexington Company

I stumbled across one of Lexington Company’s shops last year while wandering through East Hampton, and it was love at first sight. I will be honest with you – what initially drew me into the store was its name. I had hoped that this Lexington was referring to my beloved Lexington, Kentucky, and that there […]


Koukla’s Korner LLC

I recently received some sample candles from Koukla’s Korner’s Spring Collection, and let me just say, their 5 scents were perfection. The owner of Koukla’s Korner LLC, Alexis, has an interesting story about how her candle company came to life. “I make 100% all natural soy wax Mason jar candles. I have always collected Mason […]


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