Seriously addicted to food blogs, and every little item that makes them ‘happen’.  (SMILE!)

I wandered into the world of food blogging on a stumble, a fumble, a cue to explore another venue.  I’d been a contributing member of a travel blog for a few years, posting a recipe every now and then, but my foodie experience with the group was limited.  After all, we really weren’t that concerned about food (exception, dining to sustain the days of lolling about on our vacations).  We held a kinship of a world, separate of this one, existing south along beaches of white sand, water tranquil blue, and sea creatures exquisite and extraordinaire.

Time came, went, and I arrived at the realization that I needed something to engage myself within, and while  I still dearly love my connections from the past, it was time for me to move to another endeavor.  With my youngest daughter leaving to attend college this past fall, and my other daughter living hundreds of miles to the west, I knew I needed to engage in something that would allow me to wallow through the empty nest, and hopefully find a creative outlet to express my new awakening.

Stumble, fumble, explore….this is what you will find me doing these days.  I trip over all things, food, and at any given moment I might just know what I’m doing.  We just never know, but if you’ll come along on this journey with me I will allow you all that comes with knowing the inner me.  I don’t pursue perfection these days.  No!  I simply enjoy the journey toward creating.   Cookies, muffins and sweet breads have always been my favorite escapes.   Within the past two  years, I’ve begun a foray into sourdough bread baking.  This experience has become my favored quest.  Flour, water, and time create a universe within a world that forever requires change.  Nothing has been more life altering for me.  I find bread a journey, an art form, a beginning, an end, and most gratefully, a renewal.



40 Responses to “About”

  1. Hi. I read your profile on the tester’s forum and it cracked me up! You sound like a great baker.

  2. I love reading your blog. Your lovely green garden is so beautiful. Thanks for the posts.

  3. Fabulous pictures and your breads are gorgeous. You left a comment on my blog that you were interested in joining HBinFive. Sorry but I could not find an email to contact you privately. But you need to send an email to ms dot bigblackdog at gmail dot com with you full name, email address, blog name and blog URL. Then I will send you some additional info. Michelle

  4. I am loving all the animal photos and your journey through Reinhart’s book (he is really a god of bread)

    Did you ever try out the cheesecake from my site?

  5. Hi, I found you via the WordPress Showcase Forum and your blog looks great! EXCELLENT to find people cooking from scratch and who are passionate about food (I can relate LOL). I have yet to master bread though, gotta try harder!
    Happy baking, Happy blogging :)

  6. It’s great to be on the blogging journey together!

  7. It is my joy to have discovered each and every one of you. I appreciate your visits and most importantly, our blogging friendships. :-)

    • My dearest friend
      So many emotions paralyze my body. You came home, wanting to protect your baby. God was holding your hand, he helped you see it was you that could harm. I could write for hours. You have stenght beyod words. Only a few take their painful experience and lobby, fight and work an initiative who will change so many lives. I’m in awe! I just want to hug you.
      I will follow the research and the new information you can use.

    • Thank you, Sweetheart. I have been gifted beyond measure. So many live in shame, uncertainty and feel they have no where to turn. The genetic testing will reveal the propensity for those who are predisposed, and will verify the truth of those who survived.

      I hope you are well, my dear. Sending you loving thoughts.


  8. Hey, just happened across your blog. Decided to give it a follow. If you like, come visit me at http://www.thatssojacob.wordpress.com to return the favor. Thanks!

  9. Thank you for following and I hope you have a great day

    • Thanks for stopping by. I’ve perused pages of your blog. There’s a wondrous amount of educational wealth to be gleaned by your training. Thanks for offering it openly and freely to your readers.

    • Sure no problem and I have no problem writing for all who will read it ,’Think not of your past but into your future for if you do .You are your future” Take care. (My words;)

    • Wise words!

    • Thank you I made that up..;)

  10. Hello, dropped in to thank you for the like on my post on Lake Boga Flying Boat museum. So glad you enjoyed it and it was great to get positive feedback. GG

  11. Very enjoyable blog. ~ Dennis

    • Thank you, Dennis. I’m eager to get to your book; I’ve long enjoyed your postings. I love how you gave ‘voice’ to the many who felt their lives ‘were burnt out, they didn’t count.’ You have helped so many to see that their life DOES matter. A true friend; they’ll never forget you!

  12. Love your journey, myself and my wife are also into everything good. From every kind of international food to baking bread and cookies. Love every minute of it. Enjoy your journey.

    • There is comfort in enjoying great food, but the greatest pleasure is in mastering the creation(s).

      Welcome to my blog and thank you so much for visiting.

  13. Hi

    Thanks so much for the like. I have just started finding my passion for cooking especially sea food

    • Good for you!

      There are two places of sanctuary for me: my garden, and my kitchen.

      Have yourself a splendid day and a wonderful weekend.

      Thank you for stopping by. Please visit again.

    • I have a 3 year old, so I have no sanctuary but he does like to cook alot

    • I just returned home from helping my niece and nephew on a move. I was with a 2.5 and 7.5 year old. Their baby sister is due within the next couple of weeks.

      You are BUSY! :)

  14. Yes, I recall an earlir post showing some of the sweet breads.

  15. Hi thank you so much for finding my blog and liking one of the posts

  16. […] MB’s previous post of a few days back concerned the unhealthy lifestyle of many Arabs in the Gulf region. It prompted an interesting question from fellow blogger and resident of USA called Coffeegrounded. […]

  17. And you bake bread, too. You’re a jar of awesomesauce and I’d like more please. *grin*

  18. I saw your recent comment over at Nia Sunset’s blog, and thought — it’s another Texan! So, I came over to see what was up. I’m pleased to find your blog, since I love Texas and love food. You probably know about the blog of The Homesick Texan. It’s one of the best food blogs I know. I’m not much given to cooking myself, but I love trying things people like you offer up.

    • Thank you so much for your note, and yes, I do know the blog!!! Once upon a time I was really addicted to all things floured and sugared. LOL!

      We live in the DFW area. My husband is a native Texan and I’m a former Navy brat. I was born in Colorado, eons ago (63 years).

      Thanks so much for your visit. I love hearing from someone who discovers me…it allows me to discover them (you)!


  19. I am so glad to meet with you dear Coffeegrounded :) You know, we met very new and I haven’t explored yet your amazing blog. But I will as soon as… as I noticed that, your breads, your cats, your dogs and your flowers soooooo beautiful. I am sure I will be lost in here :) And how nice, two beautiful ladies here, I know, one is dear Linda from Texas and now you are… Thank you so much, for sharing with us the beauties of life as we all need to hear and to feel beautiful things. Blessing and Happiness, love, nia

    • Your words are beautiful, Nia. Thank you for your appreciation of my work. I have a lot of housekeeping to do, and will work on the blog this winter.

      It’s a joy to find International friends, to build bonds and invest in the love and care of others. We live in drastic times, so many people are suffering. There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t think and pray for all refugees. A person’s religion, ethnicity and creed are there’s and we should rejoice and be happy if they are on a mission to seek love and peace. Thankfully, I was raised in a family that accepted everyone. It is the cornerstone of my faith.

      Take care. We will keep in touch.

  20. Hello Dearest
    I have heard from you, all ok? We had the general thought with our last post. I’ve got some goodies, I’ll email. Can you make Chocolate Soufflé? That’s seriously yum and serious baking.

  21. I have missed you – so glad to see you again – hope all is very well with you and yours.

    • Hi Sharon, it’s so good to hear from you! I’m doing well, and dearly hope that you are too. I took a break from blogging and picked up my camera. With the girls gone, the kitchen doesn’t call my name anymore, and there is more time for my garden. I have an account on Instagram. If you look for, javanoted, you’ll find me over there. I would love to return to this blog; there’s so much “housework” to be done. There are several broken links and a desperate need to complete the task of tagging. Thanks so much for your visit. It’s wonderful to see your visit! ❤️ Margie

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