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Burgers and Love Truffles

Believe it or not, this is the first full weekend we have all spent in Oklahoma together. Nobody got on an airplane to fly to Jacksonville or packed suitcases to make the 20-hour trek out west. In fact, we never … Continue reading

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The Big Easy, Part 2

Ever since I crossed over the Mississippi River for the first time in my adult life last year, I’ve been fascinated by it. Not necessarily by the river itself, just by being on the other side of it. So when … Continue reading

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The Big Easy, Part 1

We pulled into New Orleans around 2 o’clock in the morning. It’s a decent halfway point between Jacksonville and Oklahoma City, not to mention the disturbing affection my kid has for this city kind of forces us to give her … Continue reading

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The Mailbox is Still Standing

Elle and I roasted marshmallows on the porch over the open flame of our emergency candle and enjoyed s’mores before bed. Then she camped out on the floor next to me in the front room. There is a particular dead … Continue reading

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Let’s Go Camping!

Our campsite was surrounded by water on nearly all sides (the St. Johns River, Fort George Inlet, and the Atlantic Ocean). We (my brother Nick, Elle, her friend Taylor, Matt, and me) were situated on the north bank of the … Continue reading

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Christmas in South Carolina

My family decided months ago that we would spend this year’s Christmas holiday in Orangeburg, South Carolina, at my brother’s house.  His place is only about 3 ½ hours from Jacksonville and it’s an easy weekend drive. I especially enjoy … Continue reading

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When Life Hands You Lemons…

…bake something with them (and then you can make lemonade with any remaining juice)!! And that’s exactly what I did because, well…just look at the size of this lemon!   Lemon Cream Cheese Squares 1/2 cup (1 stick) of butter … Continue reading

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