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Pat is a certified ELA, speech, and drama teacher. She enjoys writing, reading, baking, gardening, and crafting. Top writer in Food and Cooking.

Former teacher, lifetime learner, helping others first.

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My name is Patricia Davis, but my friends call me Pat. My family called me Patti Jane, and still do. Since I’m not a little girl anymore, that hardly fits, but I could never change it until I went to college. …


When I use this simple tool, I banish distractions. You can, too.

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Have you ever had one of those days you really needed to banish distractions? Yesterday morning, at 4:00 AM, my husband got out of bed and howled in pain. He could not put any weight on his foot. Pain radiated up his leg. Neither of us had slept much during…


I’m a feminist, even though I’m a traditional woman.

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We’ve come a long way, baby!

“I can bring home the bacon, fry it up in a pan, and never let you forget your a man!”

Wait! Maybe women haven’t come as far as we think. Is it a woman’s responsibility to validate a man’s virility? …


Getting thinner means feeling better.

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I found myself gaining weight during this pandemic. In fact, I gained well over the much discussed quarantine 15. The more weight I gained, the worse I felt, both physically and mentally. I’m sure I’m not alone.

In my mid-30s, I complained to my doctor about gaining weight and asked…


One story of a blue norther and a failing power grid.

My house after more than a week of winter storms and temperatures near freezing This is the first time I dared venture outside my front door. The snow on top of ice made walking a delight! Photo by Patricia Davis.

I woke up a week ago last Tuesday and decided to place my order for groceries, just in case there was a run on everything like there was in March of 2020 when COVID-19 lockdowns began. …


Recipe

A versatile meatloaf you’ll love. I promise.

My meatloaf recipe. Photo by Patricia Davis — author.

When I was growing up, my mother made meatloaf at least once a week. Since that was one of her seven standard menu choices, I soon grew tired of it. She made it the same way every time, and it was boring. …


American’s should be angered and saddened

This is the scene I am watching on my TV as I write this post. Photo by Patricia Davis

As I sit here tonight watching the news coverage of today’s election certification vote, I am horrified. I have to ask myself, How could this happen?

Not, How were they able to get into a secure building?, but How could this take place here, in the U.S.? But we have…


It was a difficult year, but we can feel hope.

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This year has been so difficult for so many. We have lost so much — family members, jobs, businesses.

But we have many things for which we can be thankful. In a year when depression and anxiety has increased (at least mine has), I find comfort when I make a…


Recipe

My grandma’s oatmeal bread recipe is a family favorite.

I made this loaf using wild yeast levain (aka sourdough starter) instead of store bought yeast. Photo by Patricia Davis — Author.

When I was a little girl, I remember waking up to the smell of fresh bread that my mother had baked that morning. She would cut me a thick slice, still warm, and generously smear butter on it. …


Recipe

Make these delicious sourdough discard cinnamon rolls, or use my non-sourdough alternative

Fresh baked cinnamon rolls. Photo by Patricia Davis-author.

I am fascinated by sourdough and using sourdough discard in recipes. I’ve developed a whole list of dishes that use it just so the discard isn’t wasted. I first developed a recipe for biscuits. …

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