Build a Mega Spice Rack


I’ve been searching all over the place for a spice rack that can actually hold a bunch of spices.  I’m convinced that the spice rack manufacturers don’t actually cook anything, because if they did, they’d realize that the racks they make and sell at the big box retailers only hold about 25% of the spices any cook really has!  And that’s not counting all the duplicates I bought because I couldn’t see in the cabinet where they’ve all fallen over and rolled behind all the other stuff that was crammed in there! Continue reading

“I am a woman troubled in spirit”

I woke up early again this morning, my sleep fleeting and evasive.  It’s still dark, peaceful and quiet outside, contrasting with the turmoil in my soul.  The floor is cold on my bare feet as I slip quietly down the stairs, into the kitchen.  The gurgling of the coffee pot sounds louder than it should and any light, no matter how faint, is too bright. Continue reading

Awesome DIY Cork Art Project


I’ve been saving wine corks for as long as I can remember.  I can’t bring myself to throw them away – the natural ones – because I just think they’re cool.  I even find myself picking bottles of wine based on which ones have real corks vs. synthetic.  There’s something tactile and visceral about them that totally intrigues me, from the smell of the wine-soaked end to the elastic resistance I feel when I roll them about with my fingers, to the almost limitless variation of patterns and colors.  And I’m amazed by the fact that cork comes from trees and start out living and organic. Continue reading

How I Built the World’s Worst Website and Still Made $1,500


You’ve got to be kidding right?  Why would anyone want to read about this?  I mean, last month alone, Pat Flynn made almost $120,000 so who cares about a measly $1,500?  Most people think that ‘www’ stand for World Wide Web, but I have a special URL where it stand for World’s Worst Website.  Here’s the start of my story. Continue reading

DIY Farmhouse Bed: King Version

King-Bed-GraphicI’ve had a number of questions about converting my Farmhouse Bed post plan to a king sized version (the original plan is a queen).  While the construction techniques are the same, the king version changes quite a few of the measurements to stretch the headboard and footer.  This post is a detailed plan for the king version.  To give full credit, the original version of this plan is from Ana White’s website (the queen version) which you an see here.  I think Ana has done a king version as well, but this plan is a little bit different.   Continue reading

Listening to God

Listen-and-you-will-hear-His-voiceI woke up this morning at 3 o’clock to the sound of a thunderstorm.  As I laid in dark, listening to the sound of the rain drone on, my current struggles and anxieties began rolling around in my mind like the thunder outside and I questioned God, “what do you want me to do?”  I go there too fast, thinking that there must be some answer, some thing that I can do to alleviate the trials that I’m experiencing.  I’m so quick to speak, so fast to pull the trigger.  Fire, ready, aim…   Continue reading

New (& Free) PrayerDevotion App

Prayer Devotion AppI’m pretty excited that my son Jon just had our PrayerDevotion App approved in the App Store!  We’ve been working on this one for quite a while.  The concept is simple: a prayer journal app for the iPhone to keep up with all the things that I’ve told people that I’d pray for with every great intention, but poor execution. Continue reading

Walking Around Birmingham

I was talking with my neighbor from California the other day and he was remarking how there aren’t any good resources online to find out where to go walking around Birmingham.  In addition, he said that while he’s met lots of people from California who’ve moved to Birmingham (who knew?!) that there wasn’t any way to connect with them.  As anyone who’s “not from around here” knows, it can be challenging to plug into a community like Birmingham where it seems like all the insiders know each other and if you didn’t grow up here, you feel like a real outsider! Continue reading