Site Down for Maintenance



I have  been blogging for over a year now and have decided that it is time to change up my blog. After spending a lot of time looking at all my options I have decided to stay with WordPress for now and change themes, which also changes the layout, image sizes and navigation too, etc.

My plan is to take the site down starting sometime Thursday evening and I hope to be back up no later than Tuesday but sooner if I can. I hope I am giving myself enough time to get this done, so be patient. You might start to see some minor changes before I take the site down.

I’ll be back so please check back on Tuesday or sooner for a fresh new look!

Clemson Tigers play the Georgia Bulldogs on Saturday.  Go Tigers! Clemson tiger paw

I hope everyone has a wonderful and safe Labor Day Weekend!


Beach Birds


Just a few birds, pictures taken at Hilton Head, South Carolina.






Did you make it to the beach this year? What is  your favorite beach to vacation?




Garden Moths


This is an Imperial moth (Eacles imperialis) that I found in our garden yesterday evening. I usually find 10 or more of the Imperial moths in the garden every year but this is the first one this year. Lunar moths are also popular in our area too but I have only  seen one of those this year too!


Do you often find the large moths in your garden?

It’s Friday! 🙂 Enjoy your weekend!

A loving heart is the beginning off all knowledge.
– Thomas Carlyle

Custom Cutting Boards


I wanted to show you a custom board I finished and shipped this week. Sometimes when I pull out my lumber to begin making a new piece I can tell that the wood is beautiful, this time it turned out more beautiful than I initially thought. Walnut has ever rick color.


The customer wanted a large board made from walnut to use in his kitchen. This is a custom size board, 20 x 30 inch and made using American Walnut. I am not sure exactly how they plan to use the board other than he mentioned that he does a lot of baking.


Since he lives in California, it will take 3-4 days before FedEx delivers the board,  I sure hope he likes it!


wood conditioner, spoon butter, board butter or wood butter in tins, made from mineral oil and beeswax, spoon butter

As a gift with every board I send a free tin of Wood Conditioner. My Wood Conditioner is homemade combining a mixture of food-grade mineral oil and pure beeswax. It will help you maintain the finish on your boards, reviving, condition and help protect your boards from moisture and drying out. To learn more, visit my Wood Conditioner page.

Enjoy your afternoon! 🙂



Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie


I love peanut butter and often eat it by the spoonful right from the jar! Jeff  Peanut Butter is my favorite, so if you love peanut butter this recipe is for you. It’s very  easy to make, no baking and very little waiting time before you can eat.


1 cup creamy peanut butter
1 package 8 oz. softened cream cheese
1-1/4 cup powdered sugar
1 package 8 oz. Cool Whip thawed
For the Crust:
I took the easy way and purchased a ready made Oreo pie crust. I you would like to make it yourself it is very easy.
25 whole Oreo cookies
4 tablespoons melted butter

Start with the crust by crushing the Oreos until they are fine crumbs. Pour crumbs into bowl and add melted butter and combine with a fork. After butter is combined press into pie pan and then bake at 350 degrees F for 5 to 7 minutes. Remove from oven and let it completely cool before adding filling.


For the filling, beat the peanut butter with the cream cheese until smooth. Add powdered sugar slowly and beat until smooth. I remove from the mixer and fold in the thawed Cool Whip and mix until smooth and combined. Be sure to scrap down the sides and bottom so all ingredients are combined. Pour into the completely cools crust using your spatula and spread evenly in the crust. Chill for at least an hour before serving.



Once I changed up this recipe and added a layer of bananas on the bottom of the pie shell before covering with the filling. 🙂 I have also made this pie using a graham cracker crust.


This recipe took me a total of 10 minutes after the cream cheese was soft and thawing the Cool Whip. Everyone who loves peanut butter will love this pie!

I originally watched Ree Drummond, Pioneer Woman make this pie on her show back in 2009. Since then I have made at least 50 or more of these pies, it’s perfect ever time and so delicious!

Have you made this pie before?


Southern Pound Cake



Huge Black Bear

huge black bear

We have had more black bears visiting us this year than I can count. This is a huge black bear that I have seen before during early evening hours just before dark. As you can see the picture was taken at 9:22 PM.

I really enjoy my trail camera!!!  Do you have a trail camera? What animal pictures are you capturing on your trail cam?