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Cheer Up The Lonely Day

Hey everyone! We hope that you had a great 4th of July! Pull up a chair, and let’s have some coffee! To our delight, more new research has shown that coffee is good for you. Yay! 🙂 Also guess what… this week on July 11th is “Cheer up the lonely day!” Yes, so if you know of someone who you think might be battling loneliness please reach out and talk with them, take them out, or offer some kind words.

Together as community, as Americans, we can unite this country and take care of our beautiful people! Have a wonderful weekend everyone, Encourage, love and shine!

~Connecting America with a Heart of Patriotism~



LET FREEDOM RING

Happy 4th of July weekend everyone! WOO HOO! Happy Birthday, America… as we all embark on celebrating our great country and its independence, let’s start the grills, and get out the RED, WHITE, and BLUE!!! What an amazing time to get together as community and honor this country and all those who have protected it over the years. The ring of freedom can be heard from every state from parades, cookouts, the essence of the American spirit, as one big family! Celebrate! Have fun… and from us to you, have a great and safe Fourth of July!!!

REMEMBERANCE

It was like an ominous colorful storm lingering behind the white wood farm house. Silently it peeked past the old oak trees whose leaves were laden with humidity, and the winding red dirt road and “no trespassing” signs. Nestled back beyond the back forty, there it stood. A staunch red barn, worn by the sun’s blessing and reflecting a rusted silver tin roof that invited all the critters of the night. To him, though, it was redemption, life, breath, and an escape from what the preacher calls, “daily perils of life.” The sawmill. Over the years he had saved his money to buy the equipment to inlay, and create from these simple cuts of wood. He didn’t have a favorite, he found them all mesmerizing. Sometimes he would just sit in the loft of the barn, in the October cold, and watch the moon’s own shadows of art, an inspiration of silent music that played within his heart to be heard through the grains of wood. He would spend hours and hours cutting and sanding, blowing the sawdust to the side. Tilting his head side to side, he would stand back and acknowledge his creation. He will never forget the night of his favorite piece. The dew set a precedence upon the saw, but he slowly dried it off and proceeded. His boots sank into the Georgia red clay, “art,” he said with a sly grin to the side… He held the small cross with its intricate inscriptions in his palm, for he had a lot of “time” in the veins of his hands. He will pass this on. A memory of complete dedication and honor to his son who had died fighting for America. Fourth of July. Freedom. Sacrifice. Tears of remembrance from a dad in an old saw mill down a red dirt road.

~Connecting America with a Heart of Patriotism~



SOARING ON DREAMS

Hey everyone! We hope that y’all are having a beautiful week, it’s Fridayyy, Yayy!!! So, today we want to talk about dreams… most all of us have “a dream”.., A dream that we want to achieve, and that propels us onto a directive path of knowing where our passion and gifts are… In our book, Grandpa states, “New beginnings all start from caring ideas.” These “new beginnings” give strength and the “caring ideas” are springboards that connect us with our community! This makes all the difference in the world. America embraces the entrepreneurial strength of the human spirit that connects us all. We appreciate and honor all the great military men and women who have bravely fought for our “New Beginnings”… our dreams… our passions, the essence of who we are as a nation!!! Hold onto your dreams, and together let’s make a difference! Smile, encourage shine, and we will chat again soon!

~Connecting America with a Heart of Patriotism~



Happy Father’s Day!!

We want to wish everyone a very blessed Father’s Day! Have a beautiful weekend. My father is, and always will be, my hero!! He taught all of us five kids to love God, and to love others. He taught us that life is all about giving, doing your best, never giving up, and having character in every situation. He was a taller than life example of all this to his family. We love and miss you so much, Dad, and we know there is a great football team up in heaven that you are coaching right now! Happy Father’s Day everyone! Love, encourage and shine!

~Connecting America with a Heart of Patriotism~



OLD GLORY WAVES WITH FREEDOM

Hey everyone! Happy Flag Day!!! We hope that you all had a wonderful week, and are enjoying your summertime fun! Yessss, today is Flag Day!!! 🙂 We treasure our beautiful flag. Its colors and majestic presence represent our nation’s community of strength, freedom, and endless patriotic spirit!!! Its rich history is woven within the 13 stripes and 50 stars!!! Go U.S.A.!!!

We honor our amazing American flag with an unending respect for what it represents… the land of the free!!!

SING, DANCE, AND SALUTE!

Love, encourage, and shine! We will chat again soon, Blessings.

~Connecting America with a Heart of Patriotism~



 HELLOOO SUMMERTIME!

 

 Welcome back everyone! Pull up a chair, and let’s sip on some coffee and chat about summertime! Pour me another cup 🙂 Yes! That great time of year… where you can smell the fresh cut grass, and feel the waves of the beach at your toes 🙂 What are your summertime plans? We would love to hear your favorite vacation getaway places to go! …The beautiful Florida beaches are always a fun destination, catching waves, building “drip sand castles” ….and also the lake! …Eating watermelon, skiing, and “attempting” to wake board” lol 🙂 Along with the summertime is the heat 🙂 …so we thought we would share some cool refreshments with you to share with all your friends. These are perfect for cookouts! Please send us any recipes you enjoy!

FUN IN THE SUN 

So as we all venture out into the sun this season, remember to be safe, and have fun! Encourage, smile, shine on! Happy summertime everyone, and chat with you again soon!

~Connecting America with a Heart of Patriotism~



THE WAVE OF FREEDOM

Happy Memorial Day weekend everyone! As you fire up the grills and slap on the bar-b-que… we pray you all have a safe and great holiday! …In addition, as we approach a new season of summer, and get together with family and celebrate this great weekend, let’s all bow, give endless thanks, and remember! Remember all those in our military family that have fallen and are no longer with us. We are so thankful for you, and your sacrifice for our freedom and country. There are no words to express our appreciation and admiration of your bravery and we are forever grateful!!! The crosses that lie in rows paint a picture of pure patriotism. and we. love. you. all. Love and Blessings everyone!!!

WE REMEMBER

Looking forward to chatting again soon. Encourage, love and shine!!! 🙂

~Connecting America with a Heart of Patriotism~



A NATION OF THANKS AND APPRECIATION

Hello everyone! Happy Friday and cheers of cold lemonade. I remember growing up and pouring lemonade in the ice tray to make the best frozen lemonade slushy ever! 🙂 …We’ve got the window half open, to let in a constant breeze carrying dandelions and mixed with summer-like heat. The beautiful aroma of honeysuckle and flagrant flowers fill the room, and grace the kitchen table. Thankful for nature, and it’s beautiful seasons …. ahhh, summertime awaits. Guess what…. Another thing we are FOREVER grateful for is our brave military! It is Armed Forces week! We celebrate, with a heart of gratitude, and endless appreciation in your honor…. We are a nation, connected, and thankful for each and every one of the brave heroes and their families that serve in our great military, Thank you!!!!!

How does your town celebrate Armed Forces week? We would love to hear from you, and appreciate you sharing your stories with us!!

We look forward to hearing from you, and chat with you soon! Love and Blessings!

~Connecting America with a Heart of Patriotism~



Skillet Apple Pie Recipe

Enjoy baking this apple pie in your cast iron pan! Since I (Kathy) was raised mostly in the south… Southern California that is… I love the authentic southern feeling of cooking in a cast iron skillet… since we now live in Sweet Home Alabama the beautiful! Enjoy baking and eating this absolutely delicious, picture-perfect apple pie!

Skillet Apple Pie

  • 2 lbs. Granny Smith apples
  • 2 lbs. Honey Crisp Apple (Or any sweet variety)
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup butter
  • 1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 1(14.1-oz) package Pillsbury piecrusts
  • 1 egg white
  • 2 Tbsp. granulated sugar
  • Vanilla or butter-pecan ice cream (If desired)
  1. Pre-heat oven to 350. Peel apples, and cut into ½ inch thick wedges. Toss apples with cinnamon and ¾ cup granulated sugar.
  2. Melt butter in a 10-inch cast iron skillet over medium heat; add brown sugar, and cook, stirring constantly, 1 to 2 minutes or until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat, and place 1 piecrust in skillet over brown sugar mixture. Spoon apple mixture over piecrust and top with remaining piecrust. Whisk egg white until foamy. Brush top of piecrust with egg white: sprinkle with 2 Tbsp. of granulated sugar. Cut 4 or 5 slits in top for steam to escape.
  3. Bake at 350 for 1 hour and 10 minutes or until golden brown and bubbly, shielding with aluminum foil during last 10 minutes to prevent excessive browning, if necessary. Cool on a wire rack 30 minutes before serving. Serve with vanilla or butter-pecan ice cream if desired! ENJOY!!!

There is something magic about this melted butter and brown sugar in the bottom of the skillet that finds it way into the apples as the pie bakes in the oven!



HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!!

Welcome back and Happy Mother’s Day weekend everyone! The weather has brought us sunshine and warm days, just in time to celebrate this wonderful time! We want to wish everyone a beautiful and blessed Mother’s Day!! Yayyy… Every day, I am so thankful for the blessing of being a mom to four AMAZING kids!!! Also, my mamma is awesome. She has always loved and encouraged me. Her strength, shine, and character is a constant inspiration! …We would love to hear about your mom!!! Please remember to reach out to those who may be missing their moms this weekend, and offer encouragement. God Bless, and Happy Happy Mother’s Dayyyy! Much love and blessings!

Be blessed everyone… and chat with you soon!

~Connecting America with a heart of Patriotism~



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