I've posted here numerous times that I volunteer with a local rescues and foster puppies.  Whenever I post about the rescue or the dogs, I get a number of comments about how someone wishes they were in a position to help but just can't foster for whatever reason.

That is totally fine!  I completely understand!  But there are plenty of other ways you can help our rescue that don't take more than a few minutes of your time!

Right now is one of those times.  A local business is running a facebook contest to select their "spokes-dog" and one of our dogs is neck and neck with the current leader.


Please click the link below and go to the comments section of this facebook album.  About halfway down in the comments, you'll see a picture posted by Mereth Hoffman of a beautiful red and white hound named REMMIE.



That's it!  That's all you have to do!  You don't have to register for anything.  You don't have to like the page.  You don't have to the like the album.  Just click like on his picture!

I know that with your help we can get Remmie into the top spot!  He's such a sweet dog and it would be great exposure for our rescue group in the community!

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for taking a minute to help something that is very near and dear to me.  The pups thank you too!

Favorite Thanksgiving Recipes

When I was little, it became a family tradition for each of us kids to be in charge of a dish for the Thanksgiving meal.  After a few years of each of us making the same thing every year, it would be weird if someone else made that dish.  To this day, I still am in charge of the same dishes for every family gathering!

Sweet Potato Casserole

This is by far my favorite and most-liked/complimented Thanksgiving recipe!  And it's so easy!


4 cups sweet potato, mashed
3/4 cup white sugar
2 eggs, beaten
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 tablespoons butter, softened
1/2 cup milk 
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the Topping: 

1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons butter, melted
1/2 cup chopped pecans


1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Put sweet potatoes in a medium saucepan with water to cover. Cook over medium high heat until tender (about 30-45 minutes); drain and remove skin.  It should peel off very easily.  Mash sweet potatoes. 

2. In a large bowl, mix together the sweet potatoes, white sugar, eggs, salt, butter, milk and vanilla extract. Mix until smooth. Transfer to a baking dish. 

3. In separate bowl, mix the brown sugar and flour. Mix in the butter until the mixture is coarse. Stir in the pecans. Sprinkle the mixture over the sweet potato mixture. 

4. Bake for 30 minutes, or until the topping is lightly brown and bubbly.

Caramel Apple Cheesecake

Just go here. I don't deviate from this recipe. It is heavenly. I'll be making this for Thanksgiving again this year.

Hot Apple Pie Cocktail

First you'll need to make the apple cider:

1 gallon fresh pressed apple cider
1 orange, cut into 4-6 slices
4 cinnamon sticks (4-inch)
10 whole allspice berries
8 whole cloves
¼ tsp fresh grated nutmeg
½ cup brown sugar (optional - I like mine a little sweeter)

Combine all ingredients in a large pot. Cover and heat on low for 3-4 hours or high for 1-2 hours until cider is hot and fragrant.

Once you've made your apple cider you can add the good stuff:

To make up the whole gallon of cider (approx. 16 servings), you should combine:

1 gallon of the cider from above
3 cups of bourbon (I used Makers Mark)
1 cup of Triple Sec
6 cups of Tuaca

I know that seems like a lot but remember, you are making 16 servings!

If you don't want to mix up all of it, here is the recipe per serving

1 cup (8 oz) of the cider from above
1.5 oz of bourbon
.5 oz of triple sec
3 oz. of tuaca

You can add sweetened whipped cream, ground cinnamon, cinnamon sticks, and/or apple slices for garnish


Seminole Strong #FSUnited

This wasn't what I was expecting to post today.  This isn't the first time someone has targeted a school and my heart has always ached for those cities, towns, and schools that have experienced tragedy.  But there is something surreal about the feelings you experience when it happens to your city, your town... your school.

It has been 5 years since I graduated from Florida State University.  My heart has never really left that campus, that town, or those people.  I still get butterflies when I tell someone that I am a Seminole.  The campus still takes my breath away every time I step foot there.  Hell, it takes my breath away just seeing the football stadium on TV.

It could have been much, much worse and I consider myself and my school lucky that it wasn't.  Today, please pray for those who were hurt, the professors and administrators, the current students, and all the alumni of FSU who's hearts ache today.

My younger brother made me the proudest big sister when he followed in my footsteps at FSU.  I'm very lucky to get to share the Seminole bond with him.  He put it best when he said:

"Being a Seminole means we celebrate each other in the best times, and we rally around each other in the darkest times.  There is nothing stronger than being part of the Seminole Nation."