It’s That Time of Year!!



Mulled wine is a holiday and cold weather favorite in our home! This one sounds delicious with the brandy, and a must try!


  • 1 (750 ml) bottle of dry red wine
  • 1 orange, sliced into rounds
  • 1/4 cup brandy (optional)
  • 1/4 cup honey or sugar
  • 8 whole cloves
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 star anise
  • optional garnishes: citrus slices (orange, lemon and/or lime), extra cinnamon sticks, extra star anise


Combine all ingredients in a non-aluminum saucepan, and bring to a simmer (not a boil — you don’t want to boil the alcohol out!) over medium-high heat.  Reduce heat to medium-low, and let the wine simmer for at least 15 minutes or up to 3 hours. Strain, and serve warm with your desired garnishes.

*You can also place the oranges, cloves, cinnamon, and star anise in a cheesecloth. Then simply strain and pull out the bundle when ready to serve.


Happy 2nd Anniversary to My Lion King!

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Two years ago today, I married my true love, best friend, soul mate, confidant, and the man who made me realize, dreams really do come true!

Love presents itself at the most unusual times. I wasn’t looking, and then suddenly there he was. What brought us together, a kitten and his ex fiancee’! Who knew! After taking on the responsibility of my son’s dog as he and his family were moving and couldn’t take their bigger dog Rosie. He is in the army, and they move often, so it’s always a rent house. The little dog Jimmie got to stay with the family but Rosie was to big. Patrick called me and asked if I knew someone who could take her. I told him I would take her as I was living by myself. I had actually vowed NEVER to have another pet, as losing them is just way to hard on emotions, I couldn’t let her go to some random stranger. A month later, I have a pet…again.

I was never home, never. Between work, friends and family I was on the go all the time. Here I am with this precious pup, and I felt like I was giving her zero attention. So, I decided she needed a companion. She needed a cat. I thought what the heck, I like cats she will like one too! I proceeded to throw that thought out on FB and a former classmate reached out to me.

Prior to all of the events from getting Rosie, and buying her a kitten, several of our former classmates were meeting once a month for dinner. We had all reconnected through FB and enjoyed our “How We Met” dinners. Kim, the lady I was purchasing EmmieLynn from decided to join us one evening. We hadn’t socialized much except for little things here and there on FB and then of course more recent in regards to the kitty transaction. I sat next to Kim at dinner and as always conversation among all of us was abundant. At one point Kim said to me, “There is a guy I know that I think you might really get along with if your interested.” I said “Oh, ok, how do you know him?” without hesitation she said “Well actually we were engaged at one time.” Of course my first response was “Aaaaall righty then!! Not sure how this will pan out, but ok.” She asked if she could give him my number, and my attitude was pretty much just “Sure”, and blew it off. A few days later I got a text message from him, and immediately after the text message, came the “phone call”. His name was Luke. We chatted briefly and decided we would meet up once I got back from a trip I was getting ready to go on to see my kids in Michigan. When I returned, we did indeed meet for lunch at a little diner in Tulsa called “Darby’s”. We both had an hour for lunch, and there was not a lag at any time in our conversation. It was great! We ended up going on our first “real” date the following weekend to see the Christmas lights at Rhema Bible College. As we started our walk into  the world of Christmas, I leaned over and told him “You can  hold my hand if you want to.” And so it began…

Happy Anniversary my Lion King, you are my world, and my love for you is unconditional. I could not be blessed with a better lover, protector, and man of God. You are my world.

Hugs, Love, Peace & Roars,

Lion Queen

The Wish Book!






It’s getting closer and closer….Christmas! It would be about this time every year, or maybe a couple of weeks sooner back in my childhood when we so anticipated the arrival of these two wonderful catalogs! The WISHBOOKS from Sears and JC Penney!

We never knew exactly when they would arrive, we would just see them laying on the coffee table when we got in from school. My brother, my sister and  I. Oh, and if we got home at the same time it was go time on arguing who got to look at it first! We would anxiously sit down and head straight to the most important part of the catalog…the toy section! I immediately went straight to the dolls, then the toy dishes, then on to the games. Of course all this time circling what I wanted so  the parents would know exactly what we wanted to be under the tree on Christmas morning!

My Dad worked hard and I can’t recall a Christmas that we did not go without not getting what we wished for. Ok, so there was the real magic wand, but that story is for another time…HA!!

Just looking at the pictures of these two catalogs brings back a flood of memories. The days and hours we spent, looking, picking, wishing and waiting. Such a wonderful childhood memory! I did wonder on those days how the poor mail man felt by the end of his journey. Especially those who walked their route. But to each and everyone of those postal workers I say “Thank you, for bringing into our home, such a wonderful memory!”

Hugs, Love, Peace & Roars, 

Lion Queen

Absolutely Delicious!!!

Last week the Lion King had surgery on his foot. I took off work three days to help him get adjusted to a rather confined life he will be living for the next two months. During this adjustment we of course stayed home for all our meals and he has only been out once since last Wednesday. Saturday our dear friend Trish had seen a recipe someone posted on their FB page, after she commented on the fact she was going to make it, and then Luke chimed in and said how much he loved goulash, she said she was bringing us some. She did, and it was OUT OF THIS WORLD!!!
If you are a fan of goulash, this is a must try recipe. Ms.Trish, you did indeed “Nailed It!!!”
Old Fashioned Goulash
  • 2lbs ground beef or turkey
  • 3tsp minced garlic
  • 1 large yellow onion, diced
  • 2½ cups water
  • 172 cup beef broth
  • ⅓ cup olive oil
  • 2 (15oz) cans of tomato sauce
  • 2 (15oz) cans diced tomatoes
  • 1 Tbs Italian seasoning
  • 1 Tbs Adobo seasoning
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1 Tbs seasoned salt
  • ½ Tbs black pepper
  • 2 cups elbow macaroni (uncooked)
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • ½ cup shredded cheddar cheese
  1. In a large pan saute your ground meat over medium high heat until half cooked
  2. Remove from heat
  3. Add garlic, onions and olive oil and saute until meat is fully cooked
  4. Add water and broth, tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, Italian seasoning, bay leaves, seasoned salt, pepper and Adobo seasoning
  5. Mix well
  6. Lower heat and cover
  7. Allow to cook for 20 min stirring occasionally
  8. Add in the uncooked elbow macaroni and stir until everything is combined
  9. Cover once again and allow to simmer for 30 min
  10. Once cooked remove the bay leaves
  11. Add the cheddar cheese and mix until combined
  12. Add the mozzarella right before serving

The Simple Life….

 And because I am this old, I have great stories to share with not only my children, but my grandchildren. Every day for me becomes a little clearer in regards to the meaning of “The Good Old Days”. I am happy to be in my fifties and say I lived part of my life in the “simple” times. 


Fun Halloween Party Dip!!


Graveyard Taco Dip

First layer:
1 can refried beans or refried black beans

Second layer:
2 cups sour cream
1 pkg taco seasoning

Third layer:
2 avocados, mashed
1 clove garlic, minced
2 Tbsp mayonnaise

Fourth layer:
1 cup salsa

Fifth layer:
1 bunch scallions (green onions), chopped

In a small bowl, mix the sour cream and taco seasoning. In another small bowl, mix the mashed avocados, minced garlic, and mayonnaise.

In a small Pyrex dish or pie plate, layer the beans, sour cream mixture, avocado mixture, and salsa. Sprinkle the scallions on top.

Chill at least an hour, or until ready to serve. (The dip can be made a day ahead and kept, covered, in the refrigerator.)

To make the tombstones and tree, cut the shapes you want out of 2 large tortillas. Place the cut-out shapes on a parchment paper lined cookie tray and bake at 350 degrees until the tortillas are nice and brown. You can add text to the tombstones with a black food safe marker. Put the tombstones and tree in the dip just before serving.


Fifties and only Beginning