Author Archives: Patti

Best. Mango. Smoothie. Ever.

Some of the best things occasionally happen by accident. Today my son just threw together a bunch of fresh and frozen fruits in the Vitamix because he didn’t want another omelette (what I usually make for his Papa.) OMG! This one is so good!mango smoothie

If you like mangos or smoothies, you have to try it:


equal parts:

frozen mango chunks

frozen pineapple chunks

one fresh nectarine (pitted)

one fresh mandarin orange (peeled)

enough purified water to blend


mango smoothie2yummers…

The Homestead In Photos…

The last few sunny and rainy, stormy days in photos…

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Singer-songwriter Steven Curtis Chapman writes song for Charleston

Christian music artist Steven Curtis Chapman released a song on Saturday via social media about the shooting in Charleston that claimed the lives of nine people. Chapman posted the video recording on Facebook with a message about the victims of the shooting:

“Hello friends, It’s with a very heavy heart that I come to you with this post. As I have prayed for and grieved with the people of Charleston SC there’s one part of this terrible and tragic story in particular that continues to stir me. It’s the fact that Rev. Pinckney and the other believers gathered at Emanuel AME Church to worship, pray and study God’s Word opened their hearts & made room in their “circle” for a stranger…unknowingly but willingly inviting in the very one who would take the lives of many in their circle. They chose to love…and Love never fails…Love always has the last word! As I read Romans 12:18-21 I’m struck with how profound those words are in this situation. Ultimately evil has been and will forever be overcome with good…and there is no more powerful “good” than the love of God! As we continue to pray for comfort and peace to fill the hearts of all affected by this terrible tragedy may we be inspired by the love and the lives of Rev Pinckney and the others in that circle…& may we remember that the story is far from over. Love cannot and will not fail! With that thought I wrote this song for the people of Charleston…and to remind all of us…Love conquers all! With a heavy but hopeful heart, scc.”

Source: Singer-songwriter Steven Curtis Chapman writes song for Charlest – FOX Carolina 21


Friday Favorites

While teaching on the subject of Pain and Suffering earlier this week, our Pastor cited this C.S. Lewis quote, that really stood out and impressed me:Pain C.S. Lewis

I recently finished reading this book, which I found hard to put down, and left me feeling as if I’ve always known these people (and I noticed, this morning, that World Magazine just included this book in it’s newest Four Books of the Year list as one of two runner ups in their fiction category.)

This clip made me LOL!

Love how graceful and gorgeous this skirt is…

This is a great site if you’re looking for beautiful hikes, waterfalls, etc. in the greater Asheville/Blue Ridge Parkway area.

Have a great, beautiful weekend!

Western North Carolina Skywatch

I had just run out to the store this evening to grab a few things before I made dinner- and this is what greeted me at the far end of the parking lot:mountain & cloudsI only had my phone, but I couldn’t pass up such a spectacular display of light, clouds and blue mountains…blue mountainsThis is why I love the mountains…sky and mountainsLinking with skywatch friday.

Wordless Wednesday

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