we gather together for thanksgiving traditions n-s-e-w

We enjoyed a lovely dinner with friends the other night.  My favorite part is the visiting and fellowship.  There's something about "breaking bread" together that bonds people together.  A relationship can quickly go from acquaintances to friends over the course of a dinner conversation. Tonight's dinner conversation led to tales … [Read more...]

sunday supper

borracho beans recipe via mrshinesclass.com

Last Sunday, since we had lots of leftover beans, I decided it was the perfect opportunity to put some new recipes to the test and  cook a big Sunday supper. We had: ~Chopped Autumn Salad ~Arkansas green beans ~Cornbread ~White rice ~Pinto beans The salad and green beans were both recipes that I had found on Pinterest … [Read more...]

you’re invited to celebrate Thanksgiving with me

Thanksgiving traditions link party via mrshinesclass.com

Hey, hey, hey, hey...what's happening?! A LOT is happening here at MHC (Mrs.Hines Class)! Today, Jami at Freckled Laundry, one of my lovely co-hosts of the Thanksgiving Traditions: N-S-E-W is sharing a denim and dot leaf centerpiece. And just in case you've missed the previous posts in our series: Heather at Setting for Four (Canada) … [Read more...]

Features from the Traditions N-S-E-W Thanksgiving Linky Party

mantel, fall, recipe, thanksgiving, traditions,

I had so much fun sharing my family traditions, recipes and mantel decor last week! The tradition sharing continues today with Heather and Vanessa from the blog At the Picket Fence.  If you don't know them already, you're going to love Heather and Vanessa.  They are two very genuine, down to earth sisters with big hearts and tons of … [Read more...]

Thanksgiving Decor, Crafts, Recipes and more


Hey there friends!  I just wanted to take a little time today to tell you about a link party that several of our blog friends and myself kicked off this week. I'm so excited to be joining  At The Picket Fence, Freckled Laundry, It's So Very Cheri, Setting for Four, Notes From A Cottage Industry and Three Mango Seeds  as we travel from North to … [Read more...]

homemade taco seasoning

taco seasoning

Mr. Hines and I had so much fun hosting the eighth grade boys from our church youth group this weekend. One of my responsibilities was to provide breakfast and dinner on Saturday. Homecooked meals are hospitality at its best! It felt so good to get in the kitchen. If you've been following me for any length of time, then you know that to … [Read more...]

what’s all the buzz about?

Good Monday morning friends! There's a new feeling in the air. Have you noticed? There must be something magic in that old black hat they found.... or is it the smell of cinnamon wafting by? or perhaps it's the anticipation of what Mary's got cookin'. Or just maybe, the excitement is because today is the start of Christmas in … [Read more...]

saturday’s show & tell showcase

Thank you to everyone who linked up to Show & Tell this week.  I hope you took the time to visit some of the others who linked up too.  I am always in awe of everyone's skill and the fact that you all bring something unique to the party. I believe today's features will appeal to the mom, homemaker, d.i.y.-er, and crafter in all of us. ( cause … [Read more...]

show & tell 24

Well, what do you know?  It's Wednesday!  It slipped up on me this week with the long weekend, but I'm ready to see your latest Show & Tell projects.  You really out did yourselves last week.  If you haven't seen Saturday's Show & Tell Showcase, I hope you'll check it out.  … [Read more...]

Saturday’s Show & Tell Showcase

Everyone gets an A+ this week!  There were delicious recipes, beautiful room makeovers, gorgeous gardens and some great d.i.y. projects.  I get so excited when I see such variety at the link party!  I really appreciate all of you sharing your gifts and talents here at Show & Tell.  Together we make a pretty awesome team! Mary is one of our … [Read more...]

show & tell, no. 23

Hey y'all!  Ready for another week of Show & Tell?!  I sure am.  As you can see in last week's Show & Tell Showcase, there's something for everyone at this party. You can share your latest home decor, d.i.y, crafts, recipes, tips, tutorials…if you did it, you can link up.  Feel free to link up as many projects as you like as long as it is … [Read more...]

show & tell, no. 22

Hi friends!  I  hope you had a chance to see Saturday's Show & Tell Showcase...lots of great features.  As I mentioned last week, showin' off your links is my favorite part of hosting a party. I can't wait to see what you bring to Show & Tell this week! Share your latest home decor, d.i.y, crafts, recipes, tips, tutorials…if you did it, … [Read more...]

Saturday’s Show & Tell Showcase

I like that y'all bring a little bit everything to Show & Tell: gardening, recipes, home decor, crafts, d.i.y., and various tips. It takes all of it to make a house a home, and I truly love anything to do with homemaking. So, today, I will feature one or two links from each category. Let's start with gardening. All you flower lovin' … [Read more...]

Show & Tell no. 21

Thank you to everyone who joined Show & Tell last week.  Whether you link up or do some window shopping, I'm always glad to have you! If you didn't get to see the features from last week, be sure to check them out. And now it's your time to shine at this week's Show & Tell.   Share your latest home decor, d.i.y, crafts, recipes, tips, … [Read more...]

Show & Tell, no. 20!

Last week's party was soooo fun!  It was the biggest party yet: most link ups, most clicks and most views.  Woohoo!  And like I always say, "the more the merrier."  Link parties are such a great way to meet other bloggers, build relationships and get inspiration. Just to give you an example, it is through link parties that I have discovered so … [Read more...]

show & tell, no. 19

"There's a party going on right here.  It's a celebration to last throughout the years.... So, bring your good times, and your laughter too..." 'cause Mrs. Hines Class wants to party with you! … [Read more...]

versatile blogger award

I was reading through a comment Jana left me the other day.   She thoughtfully mentioned the bird's nest at my front door, went on to say that she had a lot of projects in the works and hoped to join my link party next week...then my eyes grew wide with surprise when Jana said the real reason she was writing was tell me that she had nominated me … [Read more...]

show & tell, no. 18

This past weekend, we were all curious about the chirping and commotion coming from a bird at the front door.  Our cat was really curious. . Sure enough, when I investigated, there was a nest behind my wreath.  So how have you been feathering your nest lately?  Come Show & Tell us what you've been up to! … [Read more...]

how to keep water from boiling over

I usually just blow on the water when it starts to foam and rise up.  But who wants to stand at the stove and wait around to blow? So, this past Saturday, as I stood watch over the spaghetti noodles, I remembered a tip that I pinned on Pinterest.   I scrambled for my wooden spoon and placed it over the pot in a race against the boiling … [Read more...]

lemon fish cakes

I love seafood. When I go to an Italian restaurant, I order shrimp alfredo.  At Mexican restaurants, seafood enchiladas are my usual fare.  So, when I saw this fish cake recipe at 11 magnolia lane, it was instantly pinned to my recipe board.   Well friends, this recipe has been "pin" tested ,  and I'm here to tell ya that these fish … [Read more...]

show & tell, no. 16

I hope you had as much as I did at our show & tell party last week.  Just in case you missed it, here are some of the highlights. I had such romantic notions about having my very own greenhouse until Wendy shared her experience. I can't help but be reminded of The Wizard of Oz.  "Auntie Em, Auntie Em!" I absolutely love the beautiful frame … [Read more...]

Show & Tell no. 14

We had a great party last week!  It's my pleasure to get to show you some highlights from last week's party. There is a heart touching story behind this hand painted French tray by Fran at eleven-o-one. I can just picture Fran laboring over this tray as she wonders about the elderly man who sold it to her. Another talented artist caught our … [Read more...]

Food and Fellowship

Two of my favorite things! And tonight we enjoyed them both. It was my first attempt at another one of the recipes out of my Southern Living Slow Cooker cookbook. If I keep sharing the recipes, y'all aren't going to need to buy the book. Don't tell Southern Living. ;) Anyway, tonight we had shredded barbecue chicken, baked beans, salad, and … [Read more...]

meal planning


I've heard from a few friends that they struggle to plan dinner so that everything is ready at the same time.  Today, I'm going to offer some tips to help with that.   The other night, we had blackened fish, green bean casserole and dirty rice for dinner.  Each dish has different prep and cooking times. So, I will use this meal as an … [Read more...]

Fish Tacos

fish taco

  I just finished cleaning up the kitchen after a yummy dinner of fish tacos, with a side of black beans, and some chips with salsa and guacamole.  This is such a quick, easy and enjoyable meal, that I wanted to share our fish taco recipe with you. You will need a light, flaky fish.  I keep a bag of individually wrapped, frozen tilapia … [Read more...]

Dumplin’s Chicken and Dumplings


  About 12 years ago, I cooked some chicken and dumplings for my husband's uncle.  He reminisces over that meal as though it was the best he's ever had.  The dumplings I made for him were way too salty, but he gave me the ultimate compliment by going for seconds. And, he has been calling me Dumplin' ever since. Since then, my recipe has … [Read more...]