Total Eclipse of the Sun

Unless you live in a cave, on the far side of the moon, and you don’t have internet there, I am sure that you are aware that today there will be a total eclipse of the sun for certain parts of the U.S.

But!  Here is something that you may not know about this momentous occasion.  If you were a wild-child of the 1980’s like me, you will know immediately the song I’m about to reference.  Bonnie Tyler had a hit in 1983 called “Total Eclipse of the Heart”.  See the video here.

Today, August 21, 2017, she is aboard a Royal Caribbean cruise ship bound for the path of totality.  She will surprise all of the guests on board with a performance of her hit at the apex of the eclipse.  Denton!  We could have gone and relived our teenage years.

More fun facts:

  • Did you know that Jim Steinman wrote the hit?
  • He also wrote “Making Love out of Nothing at All” sang by Air Supply.
  • And “Bat Out of Hell” sang by Meatloaf.
  • There won’t be another total eclipse until April 2024 according to NASA in the U.S.

Enjoy the eclipse, and wear your glasses!

Oven “Fried” Green Tomatoes

Have you ever had fried green tomatoes?  I love them.  My Mamaw’s made them for years and every time I see them on a menu at a restaurant I have to have them.

I rarely (never) make them at home because I think they are too time consuming.  Until now.  Let me show you how I discovered an easy and pain free way to make this scrumptious appetizer.  Or meal.  Yum!

Beat two eggs with 1/4 cup of milk, salt and pepper then take a blurry photo.

Mix a cup of flour with salt and pepper in a separate bowl.

In yet another bowl, mix 1 cup of panko, salt and pepper with 1/4 cup of corn meal.

Slice the delicious green tomatoes around 1/4 inch thick.

Dip the tomatoes into the egg wash….

Coat them in the flour mixture….

Back into the egg wash….

Then into the panko mixture….

Looking so yummy already.

Place all the coated tomatoes onto a liberally greased baking pan.  I used canola oil.

Bake for 45 minutes at 400* until cooked through and crispy on the outside.  You can flip them halfway if you would like.  But, I am lazy and did not.  They were still crunchy and perfect!  Enjoy!

Oven “Fried” Green Tomatoes
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  • 2 green tomatoes
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup of milk
  • 1 cup of flour
  • 1 cup of panko breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup of corn meal
  • salt
  • pepper


  1. Slice the tomatoes into 1/4 inch slices.
  2. Beat the two eggs with the milk, and add a shake of salt and pepper.
  3. Mix flour in one bowl with a shake of salt and pepper.
  4. Mix panko breadcrumbs in the last bowl with corn meal, and a shake of salt and pepper.
  5. Dip the tomatoes in the egg mixture, flour mixture, egg mixture again, and then in the pakno mixture.
  6. Place on LIBERALLY greased baking sheet.
  7. Bake for 45 minutes at 400* turning once if you so desire. Or not.
  8. Let cool slightly if you can and enjoy!


Word Nerd | Confabulate

I love words. When I come across a word that I don’t remember reading before, it just makes me happy. Stephen King is good for this. So is Michael Crichton. Reading in general just makes me happy.

This morning I received my word of the day from It was Confabulate.

kuh n-fab-yuh-leyt verb

1: to converse informally; chat.

2: Psychiatry. to engage in confabulation.

E: In the large room, where several different groups had been formed, and the hum of voices and of laughter …

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Words. They’re good to know. 😉

When you hear a strange sound, sometimes it really is something.

Earlier this week, Hayden and I were standing outside of the bedrooms chatting.  No one else was home and we heard something down the hall in the living room.  We almost always attribute things like this to one of the cats.  Until we realized they were ALL staring off down the hallway, wondering what that sound was too.

My family and friends got a big kick out of that.  Me and Hayden, not so much.  It also triggered another memory of my pets acting strange.  This happens quite often at our house, by the way.

It was June of 2006.  I know this because it was the day before we left to visit with Denton’s parents that summer.  We had just gotten two new kittens for the kids.  Denton worked terrible hours back then and he had left for work about 4:30 AM.  Hayden was out of school so we didn’t need to be up before daylight ourselves.

When I did wake up, the sun was streaming into the bedroom and I realized that I was hearing a strange clicking sound.  I looked at the foot of the bed where the kittens usually slept and both of them were staring up at the ceiling fan of the bedroom.  Intently.  Completely focused.  Even when I called their names they wouldn’t look away.  It was very odd to say the least.  We had no attic in our house in the Kingdom, it was just the roof, the insulation and then the ceilings inside the house.

After a few minutes the weird clicking stopped and the kittens came out of their trance and started acting like normal psychopathic cats.  You know, attacking people from out of the blue, demanding food from their human slaves, fighting amongst themselves, etc.  We went about our day, preparing to leave for Florida the next morning.

We went to bed early that night so we could get an early start the next day.  Denton and I had been asleep about three hours when I felt something crawling on me.  Well.  In complete darkness – because who can sleep if it’s not completely dark – I got out of bed and turned on the walk-in closet light that was next to my side of the bed.  Flipped back the covers…..and almost had a heart attack.  I’ll show you a photo of what was crawling up my leg to devour me.

Yeah.  I know.  Seriously.  I thought I was going to die.  Imagine a nickel beside it.  That is not an exaggeration.  That’s how big this thing was.  A scarab beetle.

I quickly flipped the covers back over it, because you know –  that will surely keep this thing contained.  Then, I ran around the foot of the bed to Denton’s side, where I would surely be safe and shook him awake.  Denton!!  Wake up!! There’s a giant creeping thing in the bed with us!!

Now keep in mind that in the first tender years of our marriage Denton believed that I overreacted to things.  Ahem.  Maybe because back then I did have a tendency to do just that upon occasion.  But, in my defense, he is also the man who told me at 5:15 in the morning “No, go back to bed, your water hasn’t broken, Liva isn’t due for another three weeks”, when in fact, YES, my water had indeed broken and she was born at exactly 7:30 AM that very same morning.  So there is that to consider.

When I finally convinced him that there was something to investigate and he got out of the bed, he whipped back the covers to show me that there was nothing there so that he could please for the love of all that is holy go back to sleep – scream!  Yep, it was still there.  Denton is always calm.  In the face of bears, yes but that’s another story, angry men with guns, another story, horrible life-changing events, another story, smash his thumb to oblivion and be transported to the ER by ambulance, another story, with all of these things, he is always calm.  He wasn’t very calm that night, standing beside the bed, staring at this hideous, THING, crawling around in our bedcovers.

He quickly flipped the covers back over it – because that will contain it for sure! – and we stood there staring at each other.  I honestly cannot remember how he got that thing out of our bed that night.  What I do remember is that he took it outside and threw it into the yard beyond the deck and then of course Sampson got ahold of it and played with it until it died.

Wasn’t he adorable!!! I miss him so much.

So what did we learn?

  1.  Obviously, scarab beetles have some magic way of entering ones home through ceiling fans.  Denton still doesn’t believe that’s how it got in, but really!?!  I wake up to a strange sound that morning, the kittens are mesmerized, and that night this horror-show winds up in our bed.  Coincidence?  I. don’t. think. so.

Second, I didn’t know that we had beetles that large in Virginia.  According to National Geographic, they can get up to 6.7 inches!  And they can live anywhere on the planet except the oceans and Antarctica.  Gahhh!  If we had already been to Florida and back, I would have sworn that we brought it with us.   Just like the scorpion in my hairbrush, alas another story for later.

Thirdly, take pictures of everything, Tracie!!  I don’t know why we didn’t think to take a photo.  Oh wait.  Yes, I do.  There was a freaking BEETLE the size of my fist in my BED!!  That’s why, no photo.

IV.  When you hear a weird sound in your house and your animals are looking around like aliens are invading….they just might be.  Just don’t hide under the covers unless you check them.  Thoroughly.

Weird things like this seem to happen at our house quite regularly.  Do things like this happen to you?  Inquiring minds want to know.








FREE Friday Download from Kroger. 08.18.17

If you have a Kroger (on the East coast and Fred Meyer on the West coast) you can score a  FREE PowerBar with their Free Friday Download.  Woo-hoo!  It must be downloaded today, but you have until September 3, 2017 to use the coupon.

Free PowerBar

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Pike Place Market

On August 17 in 1907 Pike Place Market opened in Seattle, Washington.

I keep a running list of things to see and do when I visit a certain place.  Seattle is on my bucket list of cities to see and I absolutely want to visit this farmers market when I go there.

Have you been?  Did you love it or hate it?  Anything special about it that I need to know before I visit?  I can’t rest until I know all the facts!

One thing I do know about it is that it is one of the oldest continuously operated public farmers’ markets in the United States.  Woohoo!  I love things like this.


The day that Elvis died.

On August 16, 1977, Elvis Presley died.  I remember that day, because my best friend sobbed and sobbed.  We were only four and I didn’t have any attachment’s to musicians, actors, or anyone really except my family.

You can read more about his life here or buy his music here.  I love his Christmas album’s.

Do you remember that day?  Were you born yet?  Inquiring minds want to know.

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All the Things. 07.08.17

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Still behind as you can see by the date.  As usual.

Here’s what I found that weekend.  There are some awesome finds!

I have been slowly replacing everyone’s worn out luggage.  This is a new overnight bag and I love it.  It has a red interior!  And you can’t tell by the photos, but it is huge.  I could fit a human inside if I wanted to.  Yay!

I found a yard sale, and everything they had was a quarter!  I love those types of sales.

Dresses for Liv.

A Danskin jacket, black skirt and navy scarf and a black top. Jeans, jeans, and jeans with some leggings and skirts thrown in.

A lovely new frame that already has the mat.The Hours.New shower gel and body lotion.

Philosophy shampoo, shower gel and bubble bath.  I LOVE this stuff.

Taste of Home magazines.

Cinnamon candle.Black and Silver dress for Liv.

A new sleep shirt for me and a Victoria’s Secret bag.

Well then.  $8.50 after they added up everything with their discounted to a quarter sale.  Not bad at all I’d say!

Did you find anything awesome in your wanderings?





FREE Friday Download from Kroger. 08.11.17

If you have a Kroger (on the East coast and Fred Meyer on the West coast) you can score a  FREE KIND Single Bar with their Free Friday Download.  Woo-hoo!  It must be downloaded today, but you have until August 27, 2017 to use the coupon.

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