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A Gin Show, No Tonic or Limes — What Happens at a Cotton Gin Show

It has been a joke told for years in the cotton industry. In fact, each March (if you live in the Mid-South) and April (if you live in Texas) the giggles are heard as people who work in cotton say they are spending their weekend at the gin show. Some of our friends (and sometimes […]

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Lots of Differences from One Grocery Store to Another

We all have these connections to grocery stores that we rarely even think about. Whether you love them or hate them or, like most people, fall somewhere in the middle, we all have some opinion. For me, grocery stores have always been a touchstone of sorts. You Learn A Lot from a Grocery Visit I […]

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How many acres of cotton will U.S. farmers plant in 2018?

This is one of those weeks where it is easy for me to wish I was traveling even though I am so excited to have spent the weekend at home. The reason I kind of wish I was traveling? The National Cotton Council held it’s annual meeting this weekend and you know how much I […]

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Things I Learned on an Avocado Farm – Video

Every time I see an avocado at a grocery store or in a dish, I grin as I remember the time I got to go to an avocado farm. I came home and shared some videos on Instagram, etc but I am just getting around to blogging some of the tips I got as Mimi Avocado […]

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Human Hungry Hungry Hippos — My Family’s Game Night on Video

Yes, this is another one of those posts where I show you the hilarity that my family brings when we get together. And yes, this is my extended family… mom shakes her head at her crazy kids, grandkids and the folks we have all decided to share so much of our holidays, etc. with. The […]

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Hard Working Guy at My Favorite Place

Over the years I have talked about my favorite place time and time again on this blog — it is the campground I went to as a child with dear friensd and family. But rather than let ourselves outgrow it, my family has grown it into a place we also use as home-base for our […]

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Looking Back on 2017 while Looking Forward to 2018

A couple of years ago, my cousin Jon-Eric shared that he makes a memory jar each year by jotting down notes and placing them in a jar. It’s a chance to capture the positive things — small moments alongside the big ones. Evenings pent laughing with friends over a burger or a chance venture to […]

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Thinking Back to the Earliest Days of My Career & My Mentor

Seeing this business card recently while I was cleaning house, I was immediately compelled to write & share: It has been slightly less than a million years since I handed anyone a business card with this logo on it. Yet, when I saw it in the corner of a drawer, I flashed back to the […]

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Human Foosball Makes for an Awesome Family Game Night

By this point, I think my family Thanksgivings have become legendary. My extended family gets together every other year and we go big — big fun is a key piece of it every time. At the last one, we played our first games of human foosball and human hungry hungry hippos. And I have to […]

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Holiday Gifts Straight from the Farm!

Each year as the holidays roll in, I see lots of gift guides online and I enjoy going through the various ideas people offer up. The ones I enjoy the most include gifts that you don’t see very often, unique gifts always grab my eye. This year, I decided to work ahead and pull together […]

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Join Me in Showing a Love of Cotton with an Online Shop

Walking through airports, chilling at a concert or just wandering the aisles of the grocery store, I’ve long loved wearing t-shirts to share my favorite farmers, crops, etc. It is such an easy way to start a conversation. I’ve bought quite a few from various sites and some beautiful people have given me some. With […]

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It’s Been a Long Time Coming — JPlovesCOTTON Has a Logo!

Sometimes I still shake my head in disbelief that my coming up with something to uses on Twitter, has stuck with me as a personal brand of sorts. But once JPlovesCOTTON started to stick, I embraced it, have even purposefully encouraged it. That takes a new step now. If you are seeing this in your […]

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An Easy Chicken Tortilla Soup Recipe for Instant Pot

Chicken tortilla soup is something I find myself ordering time and time again in restaurants. I love it. The flavors and textures come together and I smile from ear to ear. finally I decided to try to make some, but as usual, I didn’t use a recipe. I bought chicken breasts without a plan or […]

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