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Thankful Thursday – Are you Really?

thankful for you Hello friends,

today is Thankful Thursday which has me thinking, what am I truly thankful for?   I know I always end my post with, “I am thankful for my family, my friends and of course my faith” but really is that all?

How about you, what are you REALLY thankful for?

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Sending text messages and emails are fine, but do you have someone that you can pick up the phone and call for a friendly and fun conversation?

Be thankful for that.

Do you live in a house, apartment or condo and when you come home there is someone there to greet you or meet you later in the day?

Be thankful for that.

 Do you drive or commute to work oftentimes doing the same boring task over and over again, yet you get paid to do so?

Be thankful for that.

Do you go to the grocery store, gas station or mall, spending way too much money on items, but in your wallet there is cash, a debit or credit card to pay for it?

Be thankful for that.

Does your kids or grandkids make you laugh and sometimes cry?

Be thankful for that.

Does sunshine on your face feel good and rain on a Sunday morning lull you back to sleep?

Be thankful for that.

Does a good workout, a few pounds lost or looking good in your favorite outfit make you smile?

Be thankful for that.

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I woke up this morning in my right mind, a healthy body and a good spirit so for that I am truly thankful.

Now it’s your turn, what are you really THANKFUL for?  

Stay Blessed ~ No Stress in 2014!

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Weekend Wind-Down Party | Holiday Edition

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Happy 4th of July my friends and welcome to the holiday version of the Weekend Wind-DownParty!



I hope you are enjoying the day with family or friends and have an opportunity to relax, rejuvenate and reflect on all of your blessings.


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10+ Awesome Patriotic Recipes & Crafts

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Belle of the Kitchen

Belle of the Kitchen

I am looking forward to reading more holiday posts between episodes of The Twilight Zone marathon!  I hope you will take the time to visit at least 3 other sites and follow your hosts on at least one social media network.  

Enjoy the Holiday and Be Safe – See Ya Soon!!!







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TAG I’M IT | Get to Know Me!

Hello Friends and Happy Sunday!

I've Been Tagged

Thank you Louida, it was a fun way to learn a bit more about you and to share a bit more about myself.  

Cindy, Dawn, Pam and Sarah, whenever you get a chance to respond that is fine, as there is no need to rush!

Please click on the name of each lovely lady to read their blog!

Have a wonderfully blessed Sunday!


Thankful Thursday | Featured OWNer

Hello Friends and Happy Thankful Thursday

I am writing this post Saturday night a few days before hubby’s surgery, and deep in my heart I know that he will do well and all the cancer will be removed. #InJesusName and for that I will forever be THANKFUL.


I am also thankful for being chosen as a Featured OWNer for the Oprah Winfrey Network, you can read the entire feature here and I would appreciate a comment as well.

I love most of the shows on the OWN Network and The Haves and Have Not is currently my favorite, I even wrote a post about it when it first debuted, remember this (click here).


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This week as always, I  am thankful for my family, friends and faith.  I am also truly thankful for all of you and for your well wishes and prayers!  Being a blogger with followers and friends such as yourselves is truly something to be thankful for.  

Now it’s your turn, what are you thankful for this week?

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Weekend Wind-Down Party #10

Hello Friends and Happy Fri-Yay

This has been a week of highs and lows and I am not even going to talk about the zany weather.  Life is so very fragile, I am asking each of you to tightly hug and tell someone that you love them tonight before the clock strikes midnight!  I also want to say, “thank you” for being part of my life, I will probably need to borrow some of your strength as time goes on…but we’ll talk about that later, in the meantime. please say an extra prayer for the “Blake Family”.

Can you believe that this is the 10th Weekend Wind-Down Party?  It has been so much fun, reading, sharing and laughing at all the wonderful posts each week.

BTW – this is the last weekend to enter to win the $50 Gift Certificate to Midnight Velvet!

Enter to Win $50 Gift Certificate

Enter to Win $50 Gift Certificate

 Congratulations to last week’s Featured Bloggers!

Product Review Mom

Product Review Mom


The Casual Craftlete

The Casual Craftlete

Mums Make Lists

Mums Make Lists

Kennary Ideas For The Home

Kennary Ideas For The Home

From this Kitchen Table

From this Kitchen Table

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Welcome back vets and Welcome all newbies – the rules are as follows:

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Please follow and comment on at least one of your host’s social media network accounts.

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This weekend I look forward to sitting back chillaxin, reading and commenting on your posts (only if I see that you have linked back to the #WWDParty)…oh and doing my income taxes – yuck! 21911001Banner (1)

Thanks you for stopping by and sharing, have a fantastical weekend and think Spring!




Thankful Thursday | Car Buying with AAA

Hello Friends and Happy Thankful Thursday!

Thursday is the best day of the week because it gives me an opportunity to share one of my many blessings and to also read some of yours. I am not shy when it comes to talking about being blessed by the best, nor acknowledging that I know from where those blessings flow.

I do not discriminate and respect all cultures, beliefs, and religions.

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Last week as I was leaving work the TCS warning light illuminated on my dashboard, it was the 2nd time in less than 2 months.  I have had a 2005 Hyundai Sonata with over 187K miles and it’s timing belt should have been replaced at 120K miles.  I drive 100 miles per day, every day in all types of weather, and that car has gotten me safely to work in West Chester, PA every day since 2005 with no problems.


2005 Hyundai Sonata

2005 Hyundai Sonata

I drove the car directly to Middletown Car Care to be serviced and the next day anxiously waited for the diagnosis and repair cost.   Fortunately, the timing belt could wait but there was another more severe problem, the engine needed replacing – long story short, she wasn’t coming back home.  I must admit that the Sonata gave me more miles than expected and for that I will always be a loyal Hyundai car owner. Hyundai logo

Not anticipating the urgent need to purchase yet another vehicle on an already tight budget, I took to Twitter to ask AAA and AARP to assist me in finding car buying savings. In 2005 I used the AAA online car buying service to purchase the Sonata and once again they came through with an immediate response.  The link directed me to not only another Hyundai, but in the exact price range that we could afford and at a dealership I knew and trusted. #blessed

New Car Purchase at Carman

Less than 5 mins after completing the online contact form, I received a phone call from a friendly representative and made an appointment to see the vehicle that evening after work.  My husband and son met me at Carman Ford Lincoln in New Castle where we spoke to Doug Walton, the Sales Consultant,  and he along with the business manager, Bob made the purchase a pleasant and stress free experience.

After giving Doug the AAA Car Buying Certificate which contained the guaranteed, no hassle price, in less than 2 hours we were home with our new/used car with a payment that we could afford. #blessed

Thank you AAA and Carman Ford, it was by far the best car buying experience given the fact that we were totally unprepared to make this major purchase, no buyer’s remorse here!

Yes, I am sad that my car died, but feel truly blessed knowing that it could have been worse.  The Sonata could have died while I was on the road traveling to or from work, in a snow storm, at night or not even having the funds to replace it.

I am truly thankful and blessed by the best!

Hyundai 2005 Sonata

Bye Bye 2005 Sonata – thank you – you will be missed!

Hyundai 2010 Accent

Hello Accent – welcome to the family!

As always, I am thankful for my family, friends and faith.

Now it’s your turn – what are you thankful for this week?

I’m a socializing this afternoon over at Katherine’s for her weekly

Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop

Be Blessed – No Stress in 2014!


Snow Day Slow Cooker Day

Hello Friends and Happy Thankful Thursday

If you read my post yesterday you know that we were once again hit with a major snowstorm on Tuesday.  It took me over 5 1/2 hours to get home from work and I definitely didn’t want to be in the car anytime soon so I stayed home on Wednesday.  At 10:00 a.m. Governor Markell lifted the Level One State of Emergency but it was highly recommended to stay off the roads so that the snowplow operators could do their jobs with minimal interruption from cars.

So on this day, I am thankful for my family, friends and faith…for getting home safely…for having a warm home to live in…and for scrounging around to find these ingredients to make this easy peasy Crock Pot Meal!

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  • 1 can of Kidney Beans
  • 1 can of Black Beans
  • 1 Package of Smoked Turkey Sausage
  • 1 Package Frozen Peppers and Onions
  • 1 Pack of McCormick Fajita Seasoning
  • 1/2 Cup of Water
  • Rice and Cornbread

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Spray Crock Pot with Cooking Spray for easier cleanup.  Cut Turkey Sausage into bite size pieces and add seasoning to a 1/2 cup of water.

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Put sausage into Crock Pot and pour in Fajita Seasoning mix.

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Add frozen veggies and both cans of beans, which can be drained and rinsed to remove some of the sodium.

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 Stir, cover and cooked on high for 4 hours.

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This Snow Day Slow Cooker dish was served with Jasmine Rice and skillet Cornbread.

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It was a perfect meal for my men after a few hours of shoveling and an all-day of television watching!  I measured the snow on the back deck so I’ll say that we unofficially got 11″ of snow….can’t wait for Spring to arrive!

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The Pool is not looking too inviting these days!

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Snowy Street in Summit Farms (our neighborhood)

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We are truly blessed, and I am thankful to have a warm home during this cold winter season.  I pray for those with less to be safe and removed from harm’s way.

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Okay, it’s your turn – what are you thankful for this week?

Stay Blessed ~ No Stress in 2014!


Thankful Thursday

Hello Friends and Happy Thankful Thursday

This week there are several things for which I am thankful and of course it begins with my family, friends and faith.  I am also thankful that my youngest son is learning a few hard lessons while still at home.  Ever since we gave him a car he has tried to add options to jazz it up, some good…others not so much.  The latest was a set of rims that he received from a friend that I told him not to put on, did he listen? Nope.  Unfortunately, they were too large for his vehicle so he had to pay our mechanic to remove them! #hardhead

Early Monday morning, he slowly followed  me to Middletown Car Care to drop it off and then I had to drive him to school.  Needless to say, it was early morning and you know I am NOT a morning person!

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I was not happy nor was he because he had to take my pictures!  Oh well, a small price to pay for the cost of having to have those dang tires taken off his car!  #teenagers

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I am also thankful that my son understands that even though I nag him, I do it only because I have his best interests at heart.  Does your children appreciate your nagging, nope, but are you thankful for the nagging your parents did with you?


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Okay, it’s your turn, what are you thankful for this week?

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Thankful Thursday

Hello Friends and Happy

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This week I am thankful for so much including:

 watching my son win a Silver Medal in his first wrestling tournament

 capturing a beautiful  Saturday Sunset

 attending a Festive Family Holiday Party

attending Sunday Service and getting out before the big snowstorm

making it safely to work in the snow despite the 3 1/2 hour commute

 of course my family, friends and faith!

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Now it’s your turn – what are you thankful for this week?  

Come on over and link up with other Thankful Divas 

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Middletown African Market

Hello Friends and Happy Fri-Yay!

In today’s Friday Foodie I am featuring the Grand Opening of the Middletown African Market located on 725 North Broad Street. Owners Abena Mansah and Kwaku Duah are recent transplants from the Bronx, by way of Ghana.  In partnership with other family members they also owned an African Market in Yonkers, NY.

During their many visits to family and friends in Delaware they were often asked to load up the car with food items to bring with them. These visits also highlighted the need for a place to purchase authentic African and Caribbean foodstuff.  However, in not finding anyone who was interested in doing so they decided to take a leap of faith and left New York to open the Middletown African Market in the Middletown Square Shopping Center.

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Abena and Kwaku along with their son came to visit Delaware, fell in love with Middletown and never left, “we love it here”, says Abena, “the people are friendly and the school district is wonderful”.

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The Middletown African Market hopes to meet the needs of the large African population in Delaware so they no longer need to travel to Philadelphia or as far north as New York.  The Market’s shelves are fully stocked with African and Caribbean food items, clothing, music, movies, jewelry, beauty and novelty items.

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Freezers are stocked with smoked fish, turkey, chicken, beef, cassava and other root vegetables.  Long shelves contain canned meats, fruits, vegetables, bags of rice, wheat, potatoes, dry beans and snack foods. Authentic oils, spices, canned goods as well as fresh Sweet Yams and Plantains are available.

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Kente Cloth, Waist Beads, Kufis, and beauty products including lotions with Shea Butter and Coconut Oil, Black Soap, shampoos and conditioners are neatly displayed across the back shelves.

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Saturday’s Grand Opening was both exciting and lively with many customers, both African and non-African shopping, sharing and filling their baskets with food items to be used for Sunday’s dinner.  

Middletown African Market accepts all major credit cards, EBT and is open Monday to Saturday, 9:00 am to 8:00 p.m., closed on Sunday.

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Abena offered to teach me to cook a few authentic African meals, so expect to see them showcased in a future Friday Foodie Features.

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 Have a wonderful day – Smooches!