#Recipe—Southern Corn Pudding

cornpuddingIngredients:

• 1 can cream style corn

• 4 eggs

• 1 pint of milk

• 1 cup sugar

• 1/4 stick margarine, melted

• 3 Tbsp flour

• 1 tsp vanilla

Directions:

  1. Beat eggs, sugar and flour together.
  2. Add milk, margarine, corn & vanilla.
  3. Spray 9×13 baking dish with cooking oil/Pam.
  4. Bake 40-45 minutes in 350 degree oven.
  5. Check center to see if it is done/edges will be browned.

Enjoy.

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The Romance of a #Lighthouse #Wedding

Have you ever been to a wedding at a lighthouse?

Here are some fun ideas—

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Let them eat cake

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The happily-ever-after begins

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Party Food #Recipe—Cucumber Rounds

cucroundsIngredients:

• 1 large cucumber

• 1 8 oz. package of cream cheese, softened

• 1 1/2 tsp mayonaise

• 1/8 tsp seasoned salt

• 1 loaf multigrain bread

Parsley springs for garnish

Directions:

  1. Cut cucumber in half. Peel, seed and shred 1/2 of cucumber.
  2. Measure 1/3 of shredded cucumber.
  3. For garnish, slice remaining cucumber. Cut slices in half and set aside.
  4. Combine cream cheese, mayo and seasoned salt. Mix till blended.
  5. Stir in shredded cucumber.
  6. Cut 2—2″—rounds from each bread slice.
  7. Spread each round with 1 tsp of cucumber spread.
  8. Garnish each with thin half slice of cucumber and a sprig of parsley.
  9. Can prepare beforehand.

Yield: 48 sandwiches

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Gone from My Sight

While writing Falling for the Single Dad, this poem by Henry Van Dyke was especially poignant to me when my father passed.

Gone From My Sight

I am standing upon the seashore. A ship, at my side,
spreads her white sails to the moving breeze and starts
for the blue ocean. She is an object of beauty and strength.
I stand and watch her until, at length, she hangs like a speck
of white cloud just where the sea and sky come to mingle with each other.

Then, someone at my side says, “There, she is gone.”gone1

Gone where?

Gone from my sight. That is all. She is just as large in mast, hull and spar as she was when she left my side.
And, she is just as able to bear her load of living freight to her destined port.

Her diminished size is in me — not in her.

And, just at the moment when someone says, “There, she is gone,” there are other eyes watching her coming, and other voicesship
ready to take up the glad shout, “Here she comes!”

And that is dying…

Behind the Scene #Photos from Falling for the Single Dad

Real-life places on the Eastern Shore of Virginia which inspired fictional Kiptohanock in Falling for the Single Dad

  1. Fictional Sandpiper Cafe

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2. Island House Restaurant—Sweet tea, anyone?

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Watching the boats dock

3. Virginia Institute of Marine Science

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Future Scientists

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Where in the world is VIMS?

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4. Wachapreague Volunteer Fireman’s Carnival—just in case you missed the real deal—

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inspiration for The Spider

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Cute Kids Contest aka Izzie and Max win

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My favorite ride—the Ferris Wheel

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