Book review

Review of Frontier Women: “Civilizing” the West? 1840-1880 by Julie Roy Jeffrey

Frontier Women: "Civilizing" the West? 1840-1880 by Julie Roy Jeffrey My rating: 2 of 5 stars As a historian, I could hardly make it through this book. I would not consider it a reliable secondary source because it is tainted with opinions and 20th century feminine ideology. Also, many of the author's sources are from… Continue reading Review of Frontier Women: “Civilizing” the West? 1840-1880 by Julie Roy Jeffrey


Reasons NOT to join NaNoWriMo

Surprise! I am not doing NaNoWriMo this year and I may not do it ever. Why? First off, for those of you who don’t know NaNoWriMo, National Novel Writing Month, is a writing contest that takes place in November. It started as a contest among a few writing friends to encourage them to begin a first… Continue reading Reasons NOT to join NaNoWriMo

Book review

Review of A Place Called Home by Lori Wick

As a young girl, I loved Lori Wick, Janette Oke and Jane Austen.They were wholesome and lighthearted. In writing my own books, I realized how much they influence my own writing style. So I picked one up. Researching similar writers is one of the best ways to improve yourself and understand the market. A Place… Continue reading Review of A Place Called Home by Lori Wick

Book review

Review of The Meaning of Wife By Anne Kingston

The Meaning of Wife: A Provocative Look at Women and Marriage in the Twenty-First Century by Anne Kingston My rating: 3 of 5 stars With women moving out of the home into the career world, the definition of wife has changed. One of the main reasons this book received three stars is it is dated.… Continue reading Review of The Meaning of Wife By Anne Kingston

Life advice

Diagnosed with Depression: Freeing

Any stranger on the street would think I was crazy for saying one of the best days of my life as been the day I was diagnosed with moderate depression. And I don't blame them, because when I walked out of the doctor's office with sleeping pills and hormone stabilizers (not mood stabilizers. More on… Continue reading Diagnosed with Depression: Freeing


Fried Egg and Mexican Rice

Mmmm...... Meatless Monday. I believe my husband cringes at the dreadful thought of no meat. In his mind, they are transcribed as "I am going to starve." Tonight was different. In fact, he loved this meal. Our kids, 1 out of 3 but hey, they may just be tired of the Mexican kick Momma has… Continue reading Fried Egg and Mexican Rice

Book review, Writing

Review of Back Trail of an Old Cowboy By Paul Young

When I first started my research, I didn't think I would need more than google and the archives from the University of Wyoming. I mean I was a history major after all and had been raised riding horses and moving cattle. Little did I know that when you are trying portray a time a hundred… Continue reading Review of Back Trail of an Old Cowboy By Paul Young

Life advice, Recipes

Prepping for Whole30 (Round 2)

Many of you have been asking questions about Whole30. What is it? First of all, this is not a diet for weight loss and Melissa Hartwig, the co-creator, specifically asks you not to weigh or take measurements during the month you choose to do this. The goal of the Whole30 Program is to understand how… Continue reading Prepping for Whole30 (Round 2)


Three Ingredient Pancakes

Breakfast at our house is an important meal of the day. And no, I don't mean the kind that has a cartoon tiger running around saying, "they're great!" and then quietly adding "part of a complete breakfast". Our breakfasts need fruit, veggies or protein to last us 'til noon. Sometimes I can get all three… Continue reading Three Ingredient Pancakes

Sewing, Uncategorized

Bind a quilt with a sewing machine

Quilt binding can be simpler than you think. There are a few ways you can do. In this tutorial I will show you how to create binding from your leftover fabric and sew it on using a sewing machine. Cut 2 inch strips of the material you would like to use for binding. To calculate the… Continue reading Bind a quilt with a sewing machine