Even your kids can help make this easy recipe.

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The holidays, especially Thanksgiving, just aren’t the same without pumpkin and pecan pie. I rarely make either of these any other time of the year, so I’m especially giddy when the holidays roll around.

This pumpkin pie recipe is so easy, which I’m thankful for because the holidays are so full of cooking, and this one comes together in no time. It’s also a great one to have your kids get engaged with and help make it.


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1 (15 oz) can pumpkin

1 (14oz) can Eagle Brand sweetened condensed milk (I use fat-free)

2 large eggs

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 tablespoon “pumpkin pie spice” — my personal preference
(or you could use 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger, and 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg. Reduce amounts by 1/4 if you are not a spice…

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Photo by Dorne Marting on Unsplash

My Personal 12 Must-Have Essential Oils

Essential oils have become a popular home remedy for many health ailments not to mention some can be used around your household for cleaning purposes. There are many benefits and these 12 most popular essential oils, used singly or combined, or some that are already a blend will become your go-to for a multitude of reasons.

What are essential oils?

Essential oils are natural plant extracts from roots, seeds, flowers, and bark. They are made by distillation or mechanical pressing various parts of the plant which produces its fragrance. …

Moving forward after an emotional hell

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Photo by Joshua Rawson-Harris on Unsplash

Why? What happened? What did I do? These are all questions I have asked myself for the past several months. My closest friend’s circle was made up of Becky, Jane, and myself. We are (correction…were…tight). We did so much together. We united for coffee every other week. We talked nearly every day. We even vacationed together.

Until we didn’t.

Jane started ghosting me. She stopped initiating contact and when I did, I got a short but polite response. The woman abhors phone calls so our conversations were either via text or in person. Our back and forth on social media suddenly ended…no more liking posts or pictures, no comments, or tagging which had always been a normal and constant thing. …

And why you might like it too

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Nature speaks to me. The woods and trails call my name longingly like a lover to come back. Drawing me back into its arms and enveloping me in the canopy of trees, meadows, streams, and mountains. When we are in tune with nature, we are in tune with ourselves and our world outside of our home and work.

Hiking is cathartic for me. I hike with my husband and, at other times, a friend or two. We usually make a day of it, taking breaks for photo opportunities and grabbing a bite to eat from our backpacks. There’s usually chatter about our past week’s life experiences, what’s on tap for the upcoming week, or where the next hike might take us. …

the good, the bad, and the ugly…and the beauty of it all

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I was first asked to volunteer at our local homeless shelter a few years ago and I was nervous about saying yes. In fact, I was actually scared. I didn’t know what to expect. I had only seen homeless folks on corners, under bridges, and trolling the streets. Would I be safe? What would I talk to anybody about? Further, I didn’t want my privilege to overshadow their misfortune and while I’m very much an empath, I didn’t want to exude any unconscious “higher than thou” attitude. If that even makes sense.

The overflow shelter in our area opens its doors for the winter months December 1st through March 31st. Our “guests” start arriving at 7 pm. They are cold, hungry, tired, and downtrodden. How could you not be under those circumstances? It was a bitter slap in the face and a rude awakening my first time after I had just come from my warm home where I’d had a hot meal and jumped in a warm car to drive to the shelter. These guys had all of their belongings in a backpack or trash bag. …

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Photo credit: Kelly Sikkema on Unsplash

I’ve been under the weather and the blankets for the past few weeks in what started as a two-week solid, 24-hour round-the-clock headache. The headache was unlike anything I’d ever had. Nothing I took would even take the edge off and when I lied down the pain was worse and on the side in which I was lying. I had come to the conclusion by the second week that I either had a brain tumor or an aneurysm. Funny how your mind starts delving into the abyss. But I was getting worried when it wouldn’t go away. I’ve had migraines all of my life until I went through menopause and thankfully haven’t had one since. …

When Times Were Simpler

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Fall is the time for cooler weather, raking leaves (a chore I detest), bonfires, and jackets. But Fall brings around my favorite holiday, Halloween. October brings spooky movies, haunted houses, scary stories and treat or treating.

Halloween time, in our house, was always celebrated all month long. My sister would watch a television show every Saturday night called Shock Theater hosted by “Count Shockula” and later, “Dr. Paul Bearer.” It was comprised of 52 classic horror movies that ran on late-night TV.

My mother insisted I was too young to watch and it was too scary for me. But I couldn’t be deterred and would sneak out of bed, crack open the closed door to the den and watch the entire movie through that crack. Sometimes my sister would notice and let me sneak in to watch with her if our parents were asleep. …

WTH Happened to me

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Image by Robin Higgins from Pixabay

Do you remember how we all felt invincible when we were young? Heck, I was still invincible 10 short years ago when I still produced some form of hormones, had hair everywhere it was supposed to be and none where it wasn’t. I could get up off the floor without groaning, snapping, and popping. And I could wake up in the morning and get going without having to ease into the day accompanied by a pot and a half of coffee.

I was determined that I would never “become” old. Oh sure, my age would increase but that’s all that was going to happen. I would keep my mind, my spirit, and my body young. I vowed if I kept my mind sharp and kept my body in great shape, I wouldn’t have to face the downhill slump of “being” old. Who am I kidding? I did none of that, basically because I was lazy. But you know what did happen?

My journey through the death of my family

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Photo by Karim MANJRA on Unsplash

The truth is I can not get past it. Every day is a constant barrage of I need to remind Mama, I need to tell Mama, Mama would find this funny, Mama would like to try this spaghetti because it’s not too spicy…and so on. It’s been 4 years this coming January. It literally feels like only a few days.

Let me SCREAM this out loud…I FREAKING HATE CANCER! Cancer took my sister at age 58 in 2010, then it came back for my dad in 2013 and, then, yes indeed, it reared it’s ugly head again and claimed my mom in 2017. …

An easy recipe that you’ll make again and again

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Blueberries are sweet and delicious. Not only are they oh-so-tasty, but they are also rich in antioxidants, which are believed to help prevent and repair cell damage, as well as thought to help with brain function. How much more perfect could the beautiful little blueberry be? Tiny but powerful!

My family eats blueberries in mass quantities, so I try to develop different ways to use them in our diet. Below is one recipe that’s requested frequently. Once you make it, you’ll see why it’s a favorite whenever it’s served. This easy dessert is a cake-like consistency with blueberries bursting in each mouth full. …


Carla Sharpe

Writer of various topics, stories, and life. Lover of all things nature. Come kick your feet up and sit a spell with me. Personal blog: www.parkitontheporch.com

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