Anthony and Daenel {living outside the stacks}

The Hubs and I celebrated our 26th anniversary on 11 March. Yes, we got married the day after my birthday. What was I thinking? I don’t really have a story about how we met because it’s one of those stories that is best heard rather than written. And it has to be told by the both of us because we each have our own version {mine is accurate} but I like to give him space to share. However, I do have a story about how he rescued my daughter and me from a truck stop in the middle of Nowhere, Louisiana. Do you wanna read it? Click here.

THE THEME: Do It Yourself

I’m not a do it yourselfer. At all. So I wasn’t sure how I was going to participate in this month’s linkup. Then I thought I’d just share a few recipes:

Lemon-Lime Chess Pie

Lemon Lime Chess Pie {living outside the stacks}

A few years ago, I was scrolling Instagram when a picture of the most delicious looking pie jumped out at me. like I started drooling on my phone delicious The more I looked at this pie, the more I wanted a slice. Well, that’s not possible considering Kristin {from Chicken Librarian} and I don’t live anywhere near each other, but I thought of another possibility… Why don’t I just learn to bake my own pies?

So I joking told Kristin that I wished she lived near me so that I could learn to bake. After a few conversations on Instagram, Coffee and Pie Chat was born. We kept it going for a little while and then life got in the way, then we were all on lockdown, and while we had more time, it felt like I didn’t have enough time, so I let it go. Kristin still bakes and shares on her blog and Instagram and I still drool and look at my pie pans longingly. I do plan to pick it up again because baking was one of those things that I didn’t realize how much I’d enjoy until I started doing it.

Meatloaf Mice

Meatloaf Mice {living outside the stacks}

I made these meatloaf mice for a Halloween work party for The Hubs a million light years ago. You can tell this is old because of the awful picture… Still, it was one of the most creative things I’ve ever done. Basically, you use any meatloaf recipe, but instead of making a giant loaf, you form little bodies. I shaped mine kind of like ovals but with a pointy end for the face and a rounder end for the tushy. For the ears, I used sliced mushroom {uncooked so they’d stand up} and boiled spaghetti noodles for the tails. The “grass” is spinach. You can use ketchup for “blood” if you want to go totally ewwwww. When my kids saw it they were appropriately grossed out and my day was made.

So that’s about it for me. Are you a do it yourselfer? Are you crafty? I’d love to read about it. Leave a comment and let me know what you do.



Style Imitating Art is hosted by Salazar {14 Shades of Grey}, Terri {Meadow Tree Style}, and me. Style Imitating Art challenges us to draw style inspiration from pieces of art. Every other Monday one of us selects an inspiration image and we each post the image on our blogs. The following Monday we share our art inspired outfits. Participants submit their art inspired outfits with the curator by 10 PM Tuesday and, that Wednesday, the curator shares all of the submissions on her blog. For the current theme, see this post. And if you’re looking for something else to read, here’s a post I wrote for a local shop called Addie’s Boutique. In the post, the I share some tips for developing your personal style.


Welcome to the monthly edition of Where Bloggers Live. It’s kind of like HGTV’s “Celebrities at Home,” but…Bloggers! Who doesn’t like to peek behind the scenes and see inside people’s homes? Over the next few months, a group of seven bloggers will be sharing their work spaces, their homes, towns and more!

I should note – because this is super important – the creative brain behind this project is Bettye at Fashion Schlub! Love her!

The Celebrity Bloggers

Bettye at Fashion Schlub
Daenel at Living Outside the Stacks
Em at Dust and Doghair
Jodie at Jodie’s Touch of Style
Iris at Iris’s Original Ramblings
Leslie at Once Upon a Time & Happily Ever After

Make sure you visit everyone to see where the magic happens!

Side note wherever you see words in bold italics and a different color, those are clickable links. Those links will either take you to related posts or links for purchase. If you decide to purchase something using those links, I’ll earn a commission at no extra charge to you. 


Daenel T {Living Outside the Stacks}





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