Shrimp Pasta Salad Recipe

This is making me hungry!

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Enjoy this delicious recipe for Shrimp Macaroni Pasta Salad, perfect for a light summer meal:


Ingredients: (Makes 12 servings)

3 cups elbow macaroni

1 pound cooked, peeled, cleaned shrimp, fresh or frozen

2 cups cubed American cheese

1 cup chopped celery

1/2 cup chopped green pepper

1 cup mayonnaise or salad dressing

1 cup sour cream

6 tablespoons vinegar

1 1/2 teaspoons salt

2 dashes Tabasco

Cook pasta according to package directions and drain well. Cut up shrimp and combine with pasta, cheese, celery, and green pepper in large bowl.  Blend. Pour dressing over shrimp mixture, toss lightly, Chill. Garnish with green pepper rings.

Hope you enjoy!

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Glimpses into my June Garden

I am borrowing this blog because it makes me feel good to see fabulous flowers and see into the heart of this author.

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A June morning in the dewy garden, with the birds singing, is a delight to the senses and the soul. I was up before the bees today. I’m no great photographer, but the garden calls, so I must go forth. My talented daughter Elise is not always here to take the images for me.

Breadseed poppies from seed I got at Jefferson’s beloved Monticello years ago in their gift shop after touring the wonderful gardens there.

Poppies and more poppies

“The glory of gardening: hands in the dirt, head in the sun, heart with nature. To nurture a garden is to feed not just the body, but the soul.” — Alfred Austin

Evening Primrose bloom at dusk, attract hummingbird moths, and fade with the day.  These flowers are the delight of children. My five-year-old nephew was so excited by the magical unfolding that he ‘helped’ the blossoms open even faster.

Evening primrose in the dew

“A garden is a…

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I Finally Baptised the Mazda

People who know me won’t be surprised that I did it, just that it took me so long!

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Last December I bought a Mazda. I have always been a Ford person, but my Taurus croaked and my daughter found me a Mazda at the right price. My cars always look as though I expect to be homeless any day. I do keep clothes for changing if I spill food or drink on what I wear out of the house. I am prepared for long waits in traffic, the kind that cause traffic to sit for hours and hours. Books for tutoring help me if I get a last minute call to tutor SAT, ACT or just about anything.

I always have drink containers I call my security blankets. A couple of weeks ago I  grabbed a cup of flavored tea from Panera. I placed that cup in a cup holder slot. I’ve tried to be careful about doing that. A few weeks ago I finally managed to upend…

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The Bountiful Harvest

This recipe looks yummy!

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June GardenHere in the Lowcountry of South Carolina, our gardens are beginning to come in. All winter long you wish for a good tomato or some fresh green beans. The only downside is that when the garden is ready to pick, the vegetables seem to multiply rapidly over night!

There are just my husband and myself, and two people can only eat so many tomatoes, cucumbers, eggplant, zucchini and peppers. I find myself giving vegetables to neighbors and anyone else who comes by — such as the pest control man and the UPS delivery person.


Trying to come up with different ways to cook these veggies can also be a challenge. Below is a delicious tomato pie recipe I hope you’ll enjoy.


Cheese Crust Tomato Pie                     Preparation: 1 hr        Bake time: 45 min.

This recipe serves 6.  [ha ha – How about 3? If there are more than 3 people eating…

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Press Release: Of Mountains and Mysteries


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Nantahala, GeorgiaJune 5, 2016.

For Immediate Release


Gilded Dragonfly Books Releases New Paranormal Romance Anthology Set in North Georgia Mountains

Gilded Dragonfly Books is releasing its latest anthology, Of Mountains and Mysteries, Sunday, June 5, in the paranormal romance genre. Tasked with writing short stories that use the mysteries and magic of the North Georgia Mountains, ten authors created stories using legends, myths, and their imaginations. Some stories have shifters (humans that change into animals at will) while others have ghosts, witches, and other supernatural elements. Some stories feature only the magic of nature and the beauty of the mountains.

Nantahala is a small fictional town steeped in legends of the Native American culture and only imaginary miles from Dahlonega. Each author created her own independent story, with each one building on the lore of Nantahala to deliver individual vignettes. Some of the authors are transplants, but all are now Georgia residents.

Authors: Melba Moon, Mary Marvella, Jackie Rod, Nancy Knight, Georgiana Fields, Gina Dyer, C. C. Ansardi, Sabrina Cole,  Carol Shaughnessy, and Martha Brown

The featured stories are:

“Abandoned” by Jackie Rod: A young woman has to return to Nantahala for her grandmother’s funeral. The mystery of her father’s disappearance when she was a child haunts her.

“The Rabbit and the Fox” by Melba Moon: A bounty hunter has cornered his “prey” in Nantahala, his home town and old hunting ground.

“Jamie’s Adventure” by Mary Marvella: A mountain girl rolls her old wreck of a truck off a mountain. What happens next? (No ghosts or creatures)

“Coming Home” by Gina Dyer: Declan and Rowena return home from their separate and hectic lives in the outside world. A skull found in the water near The Falls sets them on a path to search for information about his father’s disappearance and learn family history no one knew.

“Darker than Shadow” by Nancy Knight: A tale about the appearance of a demon, Spearfinger, an avid reader, and a demon hunter.
“I’ll Be Seeing You” by C.C. Ansardi: A young woman returns with her new husband to the town that had considered her grandmother a witch. How will the town treat this bride and will she find she’s more than an empath?

“The Witch Hunter’s Prey” by Sabrina Cole:  A young witch returns to Nantahala, the town where someone just murdered her aunt. Someone murdered her mother years before.

“Tears for the Past” by Georgiana Fields:  A woman, an elf, and bear shifters seek the killer of bears and bear shifters. And there are still surprises!

“Beyond the Falls” by Martha Brown:  A chef and owner of Savannah’s Southern Restaurant literally trips over the reason for the Legend of Crying Woman Falls and a mission.

“Cherokee Rose: Once Upon a Legend” by Carol Shaughnessey: Once again, the legend of Crying Woman Falls makes its way known to Savannah, but with a very different twist.

The launch will take place June 5, 4-10 p.m. online at Of Mountains and Mysteries and will be available at in ebook format and paperback as of June 5, 2016.

Gilded Dragonfly Books publishes anthologies about small Georgia towns, as well as novels.

Other titles include: A Stone Mountain Christmas, Finding Love’s Magic, Haunting Tales of Spirit Lake, Carousel Deja Vous, Cheerleader Dad, Shaman Woman, Crimson Dreams, Crimson Hearts, When It’s Love I’ll Let You Know,  Atterwald,  Nightmare Lullaby, Little Lies, Megan’s Christmas Knight, and Mitch. 

For more information, contact Mary Marvella or Melba Moon or go to or https://GildedDragonflyBooks/

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Memorial Day Observances

This is so close to my heart today! Josie said it well!

Memorial Day is an American holiday.

On Memorial Day, the United States Flag is raised briskly to the top of the staff, then lowered solemnly to half-mast. It remains there until noon, then the flag is raised to full-staff for the remainder of the day.

Half-mast is in remembrance of the more than one million Americans who gave their lives in service to our country.  The flag is raised to full-mast in remembrance of the living, who continue to fight for liberty and justice for all.


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The hum of bees is the voice of the garden. ~Elizabeth Lawrence

What lovely flowers! Beth is so talented!

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“Gardening requires lots of water — most of it in the form of perspiration.” ~Lou Erickson~ This quote repeated in my mind while I weeded this afternoon. The sun came out after cold rainy days and the meadow shone like a green jewel in the glorious light. All was bright and beautiful.

blue iris and poppies

(Image taken by my mom)

“Gardening is cheaper than therapy and you get tomatoes.” ~ And a lot of herbs, flowers, wild flowers, vegetables, and weeds.  Many of my plants were sown by the birds, or carried in by the wind. My goal is to have a garden for butterflies, bees, birds, and people to enjoy. The cats like it too.

“The best place to seek God is in a garden. You can dig for him there.” ~George Bernard Shaw


I’ve spotted this little warbler in the back garden. They migrate through in the spring and fall, wish they’d…

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