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Homemade Vanilla Extract Made Simple

This is the time of year many folks, homemaking vanilla kinda-folks, start thinking about putting vanilla beans in jars with vodka or rum, storing them away in a cool dark place for a few months, then having a delicious, much sought after Christmas gift on hand for their friends and loved … [Read More...]

OMT! Blogs

Post-Breast Cancer Treatment Collateral Damage

My public journey through breast cancer is well-documented on this site.  (Key the words "breast cancer" into the search bar and you'll find the posts.) Today, I'm yapping about the collateral damage that can accompany a diagnosis. You know, cause having breast cancer is just. not. hellish. enough. To start, when newly diagnosed, you focus on the right now of … [Read More...]

When We Falter, Where Do We Turn?

There are so many new readers here that I thought I'd share a few posts from my early days, starting with this one. When I write, I try to keep at the forefront of my thoughts that we are the same, you and I. We are the same, even if we don't believe in the same politics or follow the same religion or even if we can't agree about wearing white after Labor Day (is that even … [Read More...]

Super Soaker Lifehack: How To Kill Wasps Naturally

Um, a Super Soaker Lifehack? What have we become here at OMT? Brilliant, is what! (source: Amazon) ~ A gentle reminder: OMT! uses Amazon referral links. When you do your shopping through the Amazon links on this page, you support the blog at no cost to yourself. It’s much appreciated!~ This weekend, while trimming the vines on the front of the house, I … [Read More...]

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Homemade Vanilla Extract Made Simple

This is the time of year many folks, homemaking vanilla kinda-folks, start thinking about putting vanilla beans in jars with vodka or rum, storing them away in a cool dark place for a few months, then having a delicious, much sought after Christmas gift on hand for their friends and loved ones. Are you homemaking vanilla kinda-folks? ME TOO! Well, to be … [Read More...]

Break Out the Iron Skillet for Peach Crumble Coffee Cake

I love the smell of ripe peaches, don't you? The last batch I brought home, I held up to my nose, greedily inhaled, smiled in sweet peachy happiness, then made Garry do the same. Nirvana. After the fruity smellathon, I got to bakin' a peach crumb coffee cake in a cast iron skillet with those badboys. I'd stowed away this recipe years ago, but didn't know its … [Read More...]

How To Make a Hungry Crowd Happy and Keep Your Sanity

This post is sponsored by The Women Bloggers LLC, owner of Texas Women Bloggers and Megaphone Influence, on behalf of Riceland Foods. All opinions and recipes (yurm!) are mine. #ProntoPerfectRice You've got a crowd...they be hungry. What to do? WHAT. TO. DO? How about Slow Cooker Chicken Fajitas over a bed of Riceland Boil-in-Bag Rice? I am a from-scratch meal … [Read More...]

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Protecting What You Gots: A Review

I have entered the hallowed land of iPhone owners and after slapping my hard-earned money down (my service is Boost, so I pay outright for the phone), I knew I needed serious protection of the Otterbox sort. ~ A gentle reminder: OMT! uses Amazon referral links. When you do your shopping through … [Read More...]

My Latest Obsession: Fiestaware

Most of us have something that we just can't get enough of. Garry loves carry-on bags and jackets; I'm a sucker for kitchenware, but most especially, Fiestaware dishes. ~ A gentle reminder: OMT! uses Amazon referral links. When you do your shopping through the Amazon links on this page, you … [Read More...]

Super Soaker Lifehack: How To Kill Wasps Naturally

Um, a Super Soaker Lifehack? What have we become here at OMT? Brilliant, is what! (source: Amazon) ~ A gentle reminder: OMT! uses Amazon referral links. When you do your shopping through the Amazon links on this page, you support the blog at no cost to yourself. It’s much … [Read More...]

OMT! Grown-Ups

Summer PSA: Drowning and Secondary Drowning. Do You Know The Facts?

Once a year I write about the signs of drowning and secondary drowning (who knew that was a thing?!) because A) Most people think drowning looks like the Hollywood version of struggling about in the water and B) the post serves to educate  or refresh all of us as we enter into the summer season of … [Read More...]

Duolingo Spanish Lessons

I used to be bilingual; I spoke West Texan and broken German. It has been years since I conversed in German, yet there is still much I understand when I hear it spoken. Today, I'm no longer bilingual, but I'm hoping to change that with the program Duolingo. Sweet E attends a Spanish immersion … [Read More...]

Melanoma Awareness Month: Check Yo’Self!

As a melanoma survivor, I feel a strong responsibility to share this post every year. It's important information that can save your life. Melanoma is on the rise. This is a scary cancer (aren't they all?), as it can be tough to treat. Don't mess around if you think you see changes in a mole … [Read More...]