Leawood Kansas Made This Young Reader Take Down His Little Free Library, and Here’s What You Can Do to Help

(Photo Credit TAMMY LJUNGBLAD/THE KANSAS CITY STAR) Leawood, a small town in Kansas, has certainly poked the hornet’s nest. I can all but guarantee you they had no idea what they were getting themselves in to when they ordered the Collins family to remove their 9 year old son, Spencer Collins’ Little Free Library. The story is all over the news sites, and you can read more there but basically it boils down to this: Spencer Collins is an avid reader so he and his family set up a Little Free Library on the edge of their property to encourage book sharing in their … Continue reading Leawood Kansas Made This Young Reader Take Down His Little Free Library, and Here’s What You Can Do to Help

Southern Holiday Traditions: New Year’s Black Eyed Peas and Cornbread Waffles Recipe

Growing up in Oklahoma, I was always told to eat black eyed peas on New Years Day so I would have luck all year long. I never really liked black eyed peas. I never really liked plain beans of any kind, and that was the only way my family cooked beans. Bleck. Even though they were ick, I would always choke down at least a spoonful to make my dad happy, and besides, maybe, just maybe it actually works. Who couldn’t use some extra luck? As I’m sliding in to adulthood (kicking and screaming), my family’s traditions are starting to … Continue reading Southern Holiday Traditions: New Year’s Black Eyed Peas and Cornbread Waffles Recipe

Leftovers Sorcery: Wilted Kale Recipe

Kale! Who knew it was so yummy!? I had kale for the first time this New Year’s Day when I added a handful to my Good Luck Black Eyed Peas recipe. I assumed it would be similar to the greens I grew up with (Poke salad, Collard and Mustard Greens), but it is so much better. It is heartier and much less bitter, so I was definitely ready to go another round with Kale and use up my leftovers from the black eyed peas. Usually when I’m trying to get ideas of how to use new-to-me ingredients, I Google until my … Continue reading Leftovers Sorcery: Wilted Kale Recipe