Enjoy the Haze

                     “Enjoy the Haze”
                       By T. Clark
 Sitting near……..                            ……..but far away
               I think of you, within the haze.
         I long to touch,     
                      your flaxen hair
            Run my hands,
                        along the locks
                  Drift in the sea 
                               within your eyes
                       Be one in time                            
                                      your soul & mine
                   To ride within 
                                your paths and waves
                 Feel each beat 
                              within your heart
                Hear the song 
                             and sing the tune
                   Sweep through your mind
                                   understand each part
                        Wash myself 
                                  within your soul
                Be with you
                         Til’ gray and old
 But sitting near……………..                    ……………………….still far away
                          The haze is gone, 
                        but the dream will stay.


 By T. Clark
 What’s the meaning of a friend
 Will I ever know
 By your side until the end 
 Or in the shadows dark and low
 For some, family’s the closet
 To a true-blue pal for them
 But it’s so damn sad to know
 There’s no one you call friend
 Or are there people in this world
 With honesty for all to see
 Are they real, not make believe
 Truthfully, it’s hard to know
 Maybe friends are those
 That are with you from the start
 But then again, you know they know
 What tears your heart apart
 Maybe they will use it 
 To rip you into shreds
 Maybe they will hold it
 Right above your head
 The false hearts and lies
 Can push you to the edge
 Don’t let them make you jump
 Push them off instead

Carpe Diem

 Carpe diem 
 By T. Clark
 Like a rose not yet in bloom,
 Careful not to come to soon.
 Will the frost show up late? 
 Or by the bugs will I be ate.
 In the sun I warm and grow,
 Hope I’m seen when people mow.
 Pretty and tall, that’s what I’ll be,
 Others will smile when they see me.
 Maybe one day I’ll be the pick, 
 To impress a date or cheer up the sick.
 All too soon, I’ll wilt and die, 
 Tears will fall from every eye.
 Memories of beauty, all that remain,
 In hearts and minds, all I can claim.
 The sad, harsh truth, I’m fading away.
 Why, oh why, didn’t I cease the day. 


 By T. Clark
 Backstabbing bitches, throughout all of time
 Working in secret, these cruel bitchy girls
 Their sweet and then harsh, this untested youth
 Pissed off, they turn, to flip off the world
 Friend now enemy, poor immoral gals
 They’ll hunt you and stalk you, they’ll make your life hell
 Women preying upon women, especially while young
 Tongue lash you to tears, and sleep with your man
 Not knowing no better, unworldly, they’ll learn 

Baked Ziti

Baked Ziti

Okay… first off, unless you’re cooking for an army, don’t use the entire box… lol… I tend to cook too much food when I make some thing. especially something new. If you do decide on a smaller batch, remember to cut your ingredients… I would start by cutting everything in half…

I’m sure there are any number of brands of noodles. The question is ??? Is there a ziti recipe on the back of them all, and is that recipe the same… here is the recipe I used…

This was my first attempt at baked ziti, but I thought it turned out well. sadly, I prefer spaghetti noodles. I now have bucket loads of ziti to give away… lol… Just follow the instructions, and the recipe is easy enough. I served my ziti with cheese covered garlic bread.

get cooking y’all and enjoy 😛

Best Ham ever!!!

Okay… just to let ya know what you are seeing in the pic, on the top is the croissant, next row is flat green beans and mashed potatoes, last we have corn, ham, and baked beans… 😛 but for this post we are focusing on the ham (or any oven back meat really)

The secret to fall apart meat? lower the temperature and up the time!!!

For the Ham, I put the oven on 275 degrees (which is about the temp I usually use, but the rule is half the temp.) I went a little above half for my temp because cooking below 275 seems insane to me, but you are welcome to try.

a Ham is a good meat to start your experiments with.. most of the holiday Hams come pre-cooked. In fact, some people just cut and serve (which I would never do. I like to up the taste)

Getting a cookie sheet, I place a disposable aluminum pan on the cookie sheet. Placing the Ham inside, I am ready to start.

                 Ingredients: for a smaller ham, can double if needed
              Ham (I use superior tavern ham)
              can of Pineapple slices (as many as you want)
              juice from Pineapples
              1/2 cup of brown sugar (I sometimes use sugar-free)
              1/2 stick of butter
              Diet coke (about half a can)

With toothpicks, I arrange pineapple slices around my ham. I half a dozen slices to a full dozen. Basically, I used different numbers depending on the size of the Ham. Some times I also stab into the Ham so that the mixture will soak in more.

Melting my butter, I then add in the pineapple juice and sugar, and stir well. Last I pour in my diet coke and mix a little before pouring over my Ham.

Using aluminum foil, I pull off two pieces a little longer than the pan. Placing them on top of one another, I fold the edges over a few time so that when opened there is an extra wide piece. I then place the foil over my Ham and secure the edges tightly. This gives a cooking bag effect (pressure cooker).

Finally, making sure the shelf in the oven is on the lowest level, I cook my Ham for 7-8 hours. The longer you cook the Ham, the more you increase the tenderness of the Ham. I learned this technique from my aunt, after eating a Ham she cooked that was so tender it was falling apart.

The end result is definitely worth the longer cook time. And on the plus side, any leftovers can be frozen to eat on their own, or used in things like white/brown bean, vegetable soup, etc… use your imagination!

Chicken Tortilla Soup

Okay… this is a pinterest pic, mainly because I forgot to take a pic when I made this dish for mom… she was in a faze where she wanted to (I think the restaurant was called Max & Erma’s but not sure)… the point is, every week she wanted to drive up to Huntington (an almost hour drive) to have a bowl… so I decided??? I’ll just make it myself… after looking through some online copy-cat recipes on the internet, I settled on this one. Enjoy

 In a large stockpot combine and whisk together until smooth: 
 1 can each of the following Campbell soups: cream of mushroom, cream of chicken soup, cream of celery soup, and 10 oz of Salsa Con Queso Cheese dip (I use the medium).
 2 cans (15 oz ) chicken broth
 1/2 - (15 oz.) can diced tomatoes
 1/2 cup Pace brand medium salsa
 1 (4.5 oz) can Ortega green chiles (I only used half but then it wasn’t hot enough so I added some more.. really this is up to you)
 1/2 medium onion, chopped
 2 cloves fresh garlic, minced
 1/2 tsp. red chile powder, more or less to your taste
 salt and pepper to your taste
 Bring to a full boil, reduce heat and simmer for 1 hour.
 2 cooked chicken breasts, cut into small chunks (then shred… I didn’t like having bite size pieces, but again it is your call)
 Simmer another hour.
 While soup is simmering, make your soup toppings:
 Cut 1 pkg. flour tortillas into small thin strips and deep fry in hot oil until lightly browned. (mom liked fritos on top, also the grocery sells tortillas toppings in salad aisle )
 Shred 1/2 lb. longhorn style colby cheese (package sharp cheddar works too)
 To serve: 
 Ladle soup into bowls, top with shredded cheese and fried tortilla strips. Yummm 

Sadly, I am hit for miss with this recipe… with mom my only taste tester… lol… I think I screwed up the second time by shredding the chicken instead of just cutting it up bite size… hope you enjoy

I Wonder of the Day

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 “I wonder of the world”
 By T. Clark
 I wonder of the world 
 That happens all the day
 The innocent abyss
 That comes when children play
 I wonder how they stay 
 In their place and time 
 While climbing the mountains
 Or swimming the ocean wide
 I wonder if they know 
 There’s no one really there
 I wonder if they see 
 Their friends are made of air
 I wonder if they feel 
 Their mountain is a hill
 Or that the ocean blue
 A rocky shore that’s still
 I wonder what they see 
 When in their jungle hut
 Or how they learn to tame 
 Their wild jungle mutts
 I wonder of this world
 That happens all the day
 I wonder how I lost 
 My innocent days of play

Author Tracey Clark

Hey guys… Tracey Clark here…


I am the author of the Finder’s Keepers series… I have one book out and a second in the final edits stage… woowho… Southern Discoveries (Finder’s Keepers: book 2) has an awesome cover that I am waiting to reveal until next month… Finder’s Keepers is a paranormal/fantasy romance series… I also have a contemporary romance that will come out later this year, Skymann series… book one is tentatively titled Artistic Beauty …

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My arts and crafts do more than just relieve my downtime… I like to create my own swag… instead of ordering bookmarks and such, I like to try to make them… I’m sure there will be somethings that will be beyond me (like those huge banners… lol… I wouldn’t even know where to start…)… but bracelets and pendants, booklets and bookmarks… those I can do…

Drop in from time to time, to see what I come up with…. not all of my art is for swag bags and selling at the author table… some will be just for me… and frankly hard to transport!!!


I got bored and decided that I needed a tree on my wall… I swear I will finish it someday soon… I have a number of art projects to beef up my swag scheduled for next month… hopefully I will have the time to share some of the projects with you, starting with the various bracelets mom and I have been working on…

I also hope to make key chains, necklaces, and maybe a few bookmarks and booklets… what crafts do you guys have planned???

happy wordage 😛 Tracey Clark