The article from the Gazette’s Metro Kanawha Travel & Tourism section is available online now! You can find the entire article here, and here’s the video! (It was SO cold that day. This was taken in January.)
Recently, someone made an order for an address about 15 minutes away. Instead of shipping it, I stopped by on the way to the post office and delivered to a very sweet older lady. I really enjoyed giving the box directly to the recipient, plus when I got home, I was able to refund the shipping cost to the buyer. Who was so pleased that she placed another order for another nearby address. I delivered that box today, to a very sweet older man, who came to the door very excited to tell me that he knew who I was, he’d read my book, and he knew what was coming in the box! I talked to him for several minutes then gave him a hug and went on my way. I really enjoyed that, too! Not that I want to run around all over creation hand-delivering, but in this case, the addresses were very close, and it was very rewarding to actually give the gift directly to the recipients.
When I came home, I had this new review posted on my Etsy shop. It was from someone who had ordered pepperoni rolls as a gift. “I got these as an early Christmas present for my dad, who’s from West Virginia and loves pepperoni rolls, and he literally started crying when he opened the box. Thank you so much he loved them!” That was SO NICE. That is my favorite review EVER. When people are so happy to receive, it makes it so satisfying to create things for them.
Meanwhile, when I was at the post office today (shipping 8 packages!), I asked if they expected to be on track for priority mail deliveries next week. They told me, yes, they expected to be on schedule next week. That means I can ship through Wednesday for 3-day zones (from me), Thursday for 2-day zones, and Friday (for West Virginia locations) and still get boxes delivered before Christmas. It’s not too late to order if you’re still looking!
How about authentic West Virginia pepperoni rolls? They come in 12 large or 24 mini rolls.
Get them here. This is my top-selling, most insanely popular item. I’m making pepperoni rolls every day.
Biscuit of the Month or Muffin of the Month come in 3, 6, 9, or 12 month subscription choices, and the price INCLUDES shipping for the duration. You can also choose the varieties your recipient receives each month. Varieties include sweet and savory options like Cherry Almond, Cranberry Orange Pecan, Blueberry Lemon, Cinnamon Raisin, Fruit Medley, Blue Gouda & Pepper, Pepperoni and Mozzarella, Onion & Chives, Roasted Garlic, and the list goes on and ON. You can choose the varieties, or tell me to send them a random choice each month. Your gift begins with a gift announcement letter printed on my lovely shop letterhead, which can be either sent to you to give to your recipient yourself, or for me to mail to the recipient directly. For Christmas orders, the letter will be sent immediately on order, and the first shipment will be sent starting in January.
I also have goat’s milk fudge in Peanut Butter-Chocolate, White Chocolate Mint, Chocolate, Chocolate with Walnuts, Snickers, Vanilla Toffee, and Caramel Chocolate Sea Salt. See all the goat’s milk fudges I have here.
I also have all kinds of made-from-scratch-made-easy mixes.
Everything from Meatloaf & Meatballs, Pancakes & Waffles, Oatmeal To-Go Breakfasts to Tex-Mex Chili Gravy, Chili, and Stoneground Cornbread or Funnel Cake mixes PLUS White, Yellow, Spice, and Chocolate Cake mixes. See all my mixes here.
And, of course, soaps, lotions, body butter, and more! Come see me at my Etsy shop here. I’m still taking orders and shipping every day. Let me make your Christmas special!
I went to Jackson’s Mill this week to speak to the “Purposeful Reading” group at a WVU Extension Service conference. They were a great group, very curious, and bought nearly every book I brought with me. If you’ve never been to Jackson’s Mill, it’s a neat place. It’s an historic 4-H camp, once the homestead of Stonewall Jackson, and now the home of the state 4-H camp every year. It’s near … Continued…
It was interesting timing that I caught this incident (which surprised me) on camera several days ago:
I haven’t seen Moon Pie get under Glory Bee in a very long time. Generally, these days, how I wean is that I don’t wean. Once mama gets pregnant again, the older baby will give up to the younger one. For example, when Moon Pie was born and … Continued…
I am loving having a mother hen with chicks running around the barnyard. There was a time or two back in Stringtown when a hen managed to hatch a chick or two in secret, but the chicks never seemed to make it. They’d be there one day, gone the next. Which made me not want to let them have chicks. It was too sad when the chicks disappeared. This time … Continued…
They are calling it the “thousand year flood” in this area, and I know many of you have seen the pictures on the news. It was the worst flood here in recorded history. We have been out of power until yesterday, and are trying to get cleaned up here and deal with the situation in which we are on day 7 with no water. (Water, water, everywhere, but not running in the pipes.) … Continued…
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Just tried this recipe, and I have to say they are by far the best I ever tasted! My mother used to make scalloped potatoes but I never liked them because the potatoes were always undercooked, and too many onions. Your pre-cooking method works just right. Thank you! I will be making them often now. brookdale on Perfect Scalloped Potatoes
Thank you! I am a new SAHM and wanted to cook healthier foods for my expanding family before my daughter begins eating solid food, but I grew up on boxed foods so I didn't know where to start as it seemed overwhelming. My family loves Rice-a-roni Spanish Rice so I will take a leap and use your method to recreate and compare. I am not a blog reader, but I really like how you write and break things down, so I will begin reading yours. I appreciate the work that you have done to help people like me feel like they really can make healthy quick meals for their families. JennyCup on Making Homemade Side & Seasoning Mixes
Oh man her Mini-me... will that be unusually hard because Taco looks like Mommie? Roooth on Mommy and Baby Time
Too funny! And how cute are they!! I just want to rub their fuzzy ears. beforethedawn on Mommy and Baby Time
You always write the best recipe posts and make the most difficult ones seem so easy! I don't have the time or patience, just wish I could order one of every edible item you sell on Etsy. I've only been able to order fudge so far, and it was delicious - the best I've ever tasted. I'm sure these croissants are to die for! yvonnem on How to Make Croissants from Scratch
You may just have the cutest pair of cows ever. I can relate to the need for 'just me' time with my offspring, that's for sure. Sometimes I have to tell her to mooooove on over. cindymouse on Mommy and Baby Time
Those look yummy. Might have to get brave and try to make them myself. Thanks for the great directions. I tried making them a long time ago ad they didn't turn out very well. This looks like a better way. Louise on How to Make Croissants from Scratch
I hope there are babies coming! They haven't told me.... Suzanne McMinn on All Heads In
Nice little herd ya got there. Oh yes, are there any babies growing in the bellies? beforethedawn on All Heads In