Fan Theories…


Now that Winter is here, I’ve been reading a lot of fan theories online and on Facebook. I’d like to share some of the most popular and I’d love to hear from anyone what you think or what your own theories might be!!  I’m just a big Game Of Thrones geek! I MUST read the books!!

Let’s start with Jon Snow….Is he going to make it to the end? Will he sit on the Iron Throne? Will he ride one of the dragons?

I know a lot of folks believe he’s a Targaryen, BUT what if he’s a Baratheon?! It is possible! Robert Baratheon was in love with and betrothed to Jon’s mother Lyanna Stark. The show has only confirmed who Jon’s mother is. It leads us to believe that Rhaegar Targaryen is Jon’s father. But what if he’s not?! 

Jon has dark eyes and dark hair…the opposite traits of the Targaryens.  Maybe Lyanna really was kidnapped by Rhaegar instead of eloping with him. I don’t think there are any DNA tests in Westeros so we’ll have to wait and see! By the way…I read The Baratheons also have Targaryen blood, so that could explain the connection between Jon and the dragons if he turns out to be a Baratheon.

It’s been theorized that the Night King will kill one of the dragons. Please…no dragon deaths! I don’t really have any Khaleesi theories other than she won’t be the ruler of the Seven Kingdoms. Just a feeling I have. If you haven’t seen any of this seasons episodes, I’ll just say one of the best scenes of the whole series (in my opinion) happens this season! Dracarys!! Don’t make me sic my dragon on you! 

Oh Cersei! She truly is turning into the Mad Queen. Who will take her out? Jamie? Tyrion? Arya? Please someone just do it! 

A popular theory making the rounds is that Gendry is the son of Robert Baratheon and Cersei. In one of the earlier seasons she talks about giving birth to a dark haired baby boy who dies. She could have had him  taken away and replaced him with a stillborn baby before Robert found out. She hated Robert so it makes sense she wouldn’t want to have his child around as a reminder or an heir. Switching him with another baby though would take some effort and leave witnesses. It would be more like Cersei to just murder the baby at birth but then again, her only redeeming quality is that she loves her children…maybe even one she didn’t want. Regardless….Gendry is back!!

I think Littlefinger will die and Arya is the girl to do the job. I don’t think Jorah will make it to the series end either. Sansa is becoming the Cersei of the North. I don’t believe Tywin was Tyrion’s father.  I feel Sam will play a major role in how the series ends, but I’m not sure how. Maybe he’s the one telling the story all along. Bran may well be the Night King…but who can tell with all the confusing time travel.

Hopefully all that going back and forth thru time will change the future and we’ll see Ned Stark and Hodor again! Let’s just hope it doesn’t result in Joffrey sitting on the Iron Throne when the series ends!

Winter Is Here…

Winter will be here Sunday, July 16….for those not familiar with the saying, that means Game Of Thrones Season 7 premiers Sunday night! I’m super excited! I can’t wait to see what stories will be told this season. 

There are lots of fan theories out there such as R + L = J….Rhaegar + Lyanna = Jon!  If I remember correctly, Varys brought Ned paper and ink when he was arrested. Could he have written Jon a letter about his mother? Does Varys still have the letter? Could Jon be a Baratheon and not a Targaryen? We know nothing…yet!

Let’s talk about Bran for a minute…Bran is now the three eyed raven. The former told him he would fly. As ravens, yes….but could it be possible that Bran is actually the Night King from the past? If Bran is time traveling “flying” is he seeing different versions of himself from different time periods? Was the Night King a Stark ancestor? Will Bran change something in the past and when he wakes up, Ned Stark will be ruler of the Seven Kingdoms? Could Bran be controlling everything that happens in Game Of Thrones? (Does the concept of time traveling and its effects confuse everyone else as much as it does me)?

Could Cersei and Jamie actually be Targaryens and Tyrion be the only legitimate son of Tywin Lannister? They are  both blonde and Tywin would turn over in his grave if Tyrion were his only heir. Or could Tyrion be half Targaryen and that’s why the dragons didn’t harm him when he unchained them?

Speaking of Jamie…I have a feeling he will hold the title of Queenslayer along with Kingslayer! He and Cersei’s inscestuous love affair has come to an end. Of that I’m certain!

I’m not sure what to think about Daenarys anymore. She’s still one of my favorite characters and I always wanted her to sit on the Iron Throne, but I’m not sure she’s going to get there. Sure, she’s got an army AND dragons…three of them, but is it a enough? 

At this point I’m hoping Jon Snow comes out victorious, but as we’ve learned from the past six seasons, no one is safe. It’s anyone’s guess as to who will sit on the Iron Throne?! Could it be Sam? Hold the door…that would be a twist!

I just hope the dragons survive. I haven’t read the books, but I’ve heard that there will be three dragon riders. I’m guessing in order to tame and ride a dragon one must have Targaryen blood running through their veins. I think we can all agree, Dany is not the last, surviving Targaryen. Who will the three be?

….Let’s just hope that the Night King doesn’t come flying in on one of the dragons. Now that would give new meaning to the title A Song Of Fire And Ice!!

I’m anxious to see how it all plays out and if any of the fan theories are correct….only time (travel) will tell!

Leave some of your own theories in the comments if you’d like or let me know what you think of mine. Enjoy season 7! 

Beach Vacation…

I just returned from a fabulous vacation on Florida’s Emerald Coast in Destin. I was a little concerned about the weather due to the fact that Tropical Storm Cindy had just blown thru the area a few days before we arrived…my worries were in vain. We had a few rainy days, but overall the weather was great! 

We spent every day at the beach. Even on the days it rained, it didn’t last all day and we were able to go after it stopped. We spent our days floating in the Gulf, soaking up the sun, boogie boarding, and jumping waves! 

I got pretty good at jumping waves by the end of the trip. We’d go out just past where the waves broke, wait for the next one to come in, and jump into it and “ride” it just before it broke. Sometimes they fizzled out, other times we judged it wrong and got smacked in the face by the wave, but the times we got it right were awesome! 

We even saw a sea turtle swim past us while we were playing in the Gulf! That was exciting! We found out later from the lifeguard that the turtle was probably waiting for it to get dark so she could come ashore and lay her eggs. Fun sea turtle fact…the female sea turtle always returns to the beach where she hatched to lay her own eggs. Conservation officers keep watch at night during the months of June thru October and mark off the nests to be sure they aren’t disturbed by beach goers. It would be so exciting to watch those little turtles make the journey from their nest to the Gulf once they’ve hatched. A new bucket list entry perhaps?!?

We ate at a few restaurants while we were there. The Donut Hole has some of the best donuts for a quick and easy breakfast to take back to your condo or hotel. If you’re ever in Destin, try the peanut butter filled donut or the vanilla or chocolate filled powdered sugar angels. 

The Back Porch is a big tourist favorite with seating overlooking the beach and the Gulf. I had the steak and crab legs and it was very good. A bit pricey, but hey, I’m on vacation so I made an exception…plus the view and atmosphere were awesome!


Merlin’s Pizza is a great place if you want something quick and easy. Some of the best pizza I’ve had in a while and their cheese bread is amazing….a meal in itself! We had the chicken bacon ranch pizza.

Now for my favorite place…Bric a Brac restaurant. It’s a quirky, fun place. The decorations are a sight to behold, they have a dance floor and live music on certain nights of the week, the atmosphere is amazing and the food is out of this world! I had the manicotti which comes with a salad and roll and for dessert I had their bread pudding. Best. Manicotti. Ever!

If you ever have the opportunity to visit Destin or the surrounding area, I hope you will. Get a little sand in your soul and have fun!!

Pear, Walnut, and Blue Cheese Flatbread…

I had an amazing flatbread at The Cheesecake Factory not long ago and I recreated the recipe at home. The ingredients compliment the others so well and it’s very delicious. I’d love to share it with you and as always, please let me know what you think.

**note…I used pre packaged Naan bread for my crust. You can use pre packaged flatbreads as well and there are many brands to choose from. You could also make your own, but if  you’ve read my blog before regarding recipes, you know I like to keep it simple, quick, and easy. I love food, but I don’t like spending a lot of time in the kitchen! 

Ingredients:  recipe serves four


Naan or flatbread

8 oz. package shredded mozzarella cheese

1-2 ripe pears sliced and then slivered

1 oz. chopped walnuts

1/2 cups blue cheese

1/4 cups diced onions

1 tablespoon of butter

2 tablespoons of olive oil to brush crust

Sprinkle of arugula 

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Arrange walnuts single layer on baking pan. Toast walnuts in oven about 5-10 minutes. 

Melt butter in skillet over medium heat. Add diced onions and cook until carmelized, stirring occasionally…about 5-10 minutes. Remove and set aside.

Brush flatbreads with olive oil. Cover flatbreads in a layer of mozzarella cheese and distribute evenly using all of the cheese. Top each flatbread with blue cheese, pears, toasted almonds, and carmelized onions.

Transfer to baking pan. Cook until cheese melts and flatbreads are golden brown. 350 degrees Fahrenheit for about 15 minutes, but keep an eye on them so they don’t burn! (I cooked two at a time) 

Cool for 5-10 minutes, sprinkle with arugula, cut and serve.  Enjoy!  (I paired mine with fried mozzarella sticks as an appetizer and a small garden salad)

My daughter loved it, but if you have a picky eater you can choose your own ingredients and make it with whatever you like!

Travel To Tennessee…

Hey y’all! It’s been a while since I’ve written, but I’m back!

Things are going well. It’s summer and the ol’ wanderlust has kicked in. I recently returned from a trip to Gatlinburg, Tennessee….in particular, the Great Smoky Mountains and had an amazing time. 

As crazy as this will sound, I think the most exciting part of the trip was the night a bear ran across the highway in front of my car. We were heading to the ice cream parlor and as it turns out, so was he…in particular the dumpster behind the shop. Both the bear and the customers at the ice cream parlor are all ok and the folks that were there have a great story to tell!

Our first day there we took a drive through the park and just enjoyed the scenery. It’s absolutely beautiful! I’ve been there several times over the years and never tire of it!

On day two, we took another drive…this time to Cade’s Cove where we enjoyed the beautiful scenery, took in the history of the area, and enjoyed a picnic in the the picnic area by a mountain stream. We were fortunate enough to see two bears playing in a field as we drove through. They frolicked in the field for about ten minutes before running off. I got photos but they are of poor quality because we were so far away. Here are a few from Cades Cove for your viewing pleasure.

After spending several hours in Cades Cove, we decided to drive over the mountain to Cherokee, North Carolina. It’s about an hours drive. The Cherokee Indian Reservation is located there and the scenery is beautiful in this area as well! We were able to get some delicious Indian fry bread while we were there, browse souvenir shops, hike to a waterfall, and we even saw an elk on the side of the road. I had no idea how huge they are!

In the summer they have an outdoor drama…Unto These Hills and the performance is acted out in an amphitheater built into the side of a mountain. It’s depicts the life of the Cherokee in the region and their forced removal…the Trail of Tears. We missed opening day by one week, but I’ve seen it before and highly recommend it!

On site is The Eternal Flame. The Eternal Flame burns at the entrance to the Mountainside Theater. It was carried on the Trail Of Tears to Oklahoma and brought back to Cherokee from Oklahoma in 1951…it still burns.

Day three we attended the Dixie Stampede in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. It’s a Dolly Parton venture and there are many. She grew up in the area and has a very big presence there. We love Dolly and we loved the show! Included with the show is a four course meal and it was absolutely perfect…tasted great and the service is excellent! However, utensils not included. You eat everything with your hands. The show is a way to look back over the area for the last three hundred years or so and is very patriotic. Again, we loved it and highly recommend it. Definitely worth the money!

Since we were leaving the next morning, we decided to take one last drive through the mountains on a driveable trail called the Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail. It can be reached by turning at traffic light six in Gatlinburg and follow the signs. In my opinion it has some of the best scenery in the National Park. There are some old, mountain homes to visit that were lived in by the early settlers to the area and there’s even a nice waterfall by the side of the road. No hiking required. Just park in the pull off area and walk right up to it. Again, some of the best scenery the park has to offer AND some of the best hiking trails…many with spectacular waterfalls at the end.

The ending of this post brings us back to the beginning…after exiting the Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail, which brings you out on to the highway in Gatlinburg, we encountered the bear about five minutes later. He was leaving the same area we had just left…and had ice cream on his mind, too!

I hope you enjoyed reading about our little adventure and if you ever have the opportunity to visit the Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg/Great Smoky Mountains area, you won’t be disappointed! 

Stay tuned for our next adventure later this month and hope y’all have a great summer and safe travels!

K❤️

Five Years Later…

Five years ago today, I lost my mom. Not a day goes by that I don’t think about her. To be honest, there are still times when it’s a lonely world without her. However, life goes on and we’ve all learned to move on without her. 

I know I was blessed to have her as my mother. There are times I stop and think to myself…I sound just like my mom…something I swore I’d never do when I was younger by the way. Of course now that I’m older and have a child of my own, I get it. I’m thankful that she set such a great example for our family.

So even though today is a sad day, I choose to smile and look back on all the wonderful memories I have of her. My family and I will cherish those memories and continue to make new ones without her…all the while knowing, she continues to live on through us.

We were hers and she was ours. No passage of time will ever change that. 

We will see her again. She will be waiting on the other side of Heaven’s gates to welcome each and every one of us home!

Start To Finish…

God will always finish what He starts.

On the other hand, we do not always finish what we start. Our lives are filled with loose ends…books started but never finished. Promises made but not kept. Home improvement tasks begun but not completed. Intentions made but not followed thru on. Our lives are filled with should haves, would haves, and could haves.

My post is prompted by the fact that Easter is right around the corner and spring is in the air. 

In the Fall, I wrote a piece about how the seasons changing represent the seasons of our lives. It’s spring and we can see how much beauty can come from the “death” of Fall and the “darkness” of Winter. 

Nature is coming back to life and being reborn as something new and beautiful after a dark period of time. The same applies to the seasons of our lives. Feel free to go back and read it if it interests you.

Back to Easter…I’m a Christian. I’m sure not everyone reading this is and that’s okay. I’m not trying to convert ya…just trying to express some thoughts on Christianity’s most important holiday. 

Easter celebrates Jesus Christ’s resurrection from the dead. God sent his Son, Jesus, to die on the cross for our sins. Jesus died for ALL of us knowing we might never love him back. That is true love. 

I was raised in a Christian home. I grew up as a Christian, yet for a time I questioned those beliefs and rebelled. I’d have to say those were some of my darkest days. I no longer believe because of my upbringing. I believe because of my experiences and realizing that God was truly the only one there for me during those dark days. I turned to Him in my darkest hours and He carried me through. I may have given up on Him, but He never gave up on me. 

The testimonies of lives throughout history show the power of the Resurrection. Many have been delivered from addictions. Lives of the destitute and despairing have found hope. Broken marriages have been restored. He will always finish what He starts. 

Like the seasons mirror our changing lives, the Resurection shows us that all things become new through Jesus Christ. 

The tomb was empty yet filled with hope and promise.

I didn’t write the following and I don’t know who to give credit to, but I’ve read it on several occasions and would like to include it….

A lot can happen in just three days. The resurrection teaches us that God will always finish what He started. No matter how dark it looks. No matter how long it’s been. No matter how many people are trying to push you down…if you will stay in faith, God will always take you from Friday to Sunday. He will always complete what he started in you!

I wish you all the best and Happy Easter!

Fun trivia fact…the legend of the Easter bunny bringing eggs appears to have been brought to the United States by Germans who settled in Pennsylvania in the 1700s.