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  • Hi Friends!

    Thank you for stopping by my little home on the internet. My name is Marlece. I am a Jesus lovin' country girl. A wife. A momma of 4 boys. A cook. A hairstylist. And well... I wear many other hats depending on the time of day.

    You can read a bit more about me and my family on my "About Me" page.

    While you're here, I hope you find something that inspires you to whip up a yummy recipe, try a new hairstyle, call up your sisters, or just hug your kids. I hope you will reach out and say "hello" too. I would love to connect with you on Facebook or Twitter.

  • At My Table

    This is where my heart my table feeding people. Not only does cooking bring out the artsy in me again for I love to try new things, it also gives me pleasure to have many at my table. The Lord blessed me with a table that has been passed down from many generations and I know that many have sat at it before my time to fellowship together. I want to continue that heritage in my home. The Lord gave me the gifting of hospitality and I have a huge desire to please Him in this area. So enjoy a recipe or two when you go to "At my table"

  • In My Chair

    My salon is a place that I can create. I love to see transformation and usually not just in a look, but the way someone might feel. It is a place where I get the privilege of having one on one with someone. I consider it my ministry. I always feel an incredible sense of blessing when someone chooses to sit in my chair and share a little of themselves while I get to use my artistic ability. I like to share some of my work and time spent when you go to "In my chair" at Tame Your Mane Hair Salon.

In honor of my mom and recipe

Yesterday was my mom’s birthday, I miss her even though we always seem to have really good conversation every time we meet up on the phone. I look forward to touching her in the near future. (smile)

Mom loves Texas, Mom is a very patriotic girl and Texas does not lack any of that. She loves the southern way,  I think it kind of brings her back to her Kentucky roots a bit. I’m just waiting for the day that I call her and she sounds like my grandma who you could still hear that drawl from the accent even though she didn’t live in Kentucky anymore. 

So here is a reminder of a happy place my mom was in about a year ago. Fun time for us 3.

So in honor of your birthday today, I thought I would post my salad that I’m in love with. I got the recipe and did some of my own version, and I’m glad I did.


  • 1/2 cup packed cilantro, (finely chopped, ~1/3 a bunch), packed
  • 1 Avocado, ripe (I’m not a huge avocado fan so I slice them to sit on the side, I so wish I was it’s so good for your skin)
  • 3/4 cup Bell peppers, assorted sweet
  • 1 cup Black beans
  • 1 cup Cherry tomatoes
  • 1 cup Corn
  • 1/4 tsp Garlic salt
  • 1/4 cup Red onion
    1 finely chopped jalapeno
  • 5 tbsp Lime juice, squeezed fresh
Pasta & Grains
  • 3 1/2 cups Farfelle pasta, mini
Baking & Spices
  • 2 tbsp taco seasoning
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp White sugar
Oils & Vinegars
  • 3 tbsp Olive oil
  • 3 tbsp Rice vinegar
    1/2 cup real mayonaise
    1/2 cup sour cream
Cook Pasta and let it cool.
Give the veggies a good chopping and bring together with the corn and drained beans all these ingredients while preparing the dressing. Add together the lime juice, seasoning, salt, sugar, olive oil, vinegar, mayo, and sour cream. Then add all together, pasta, veggies, and then the dressing.
Place in the frig for 1 hour to make it cold and all the flavors mesh and oh my………
Happy birthday to my Texas momma. I hope you enjoyed your day if I was there I’d make you this salad, make us some sun tea, sit on your porch and solve the world problems.
Love you bunches, Your #1

30th Reunion weekend

I didn’t get that many pictures of the weekend, I think I must have been ‘in the moment’ and that is a good thing right? You know, I came home from being in my home town with 5 hours of processing as I drove back to Olympia and I realize, I really do have such a genuine love for these people. I felt like a cheerleader all over again when I’d hear that people who I hadn’t seen for many years, some since graduation, are doing real good in their life. I wanted to get up and just clap and sing them a cheer. Most all have changed for the better. By this point, I don’t think anyone was out to impress but be honest and really just take in enjoying each other. Very comfortable.

Where do you think we are? Well…..of course we are at the horse races! 

I got to spend some quality time with my girl Dena Leigh, there on the left. We pretty much were hooked at the hip thru school and I was reminded again why she was my girl for all those years. We kind of just get each others quirkiness. She has become a natural beauty with a radiant smile.

Got in on some of the boy talk. I think I was just standing here thinking in my head, “they just ALL have become some genuine lovely gentleman.” I’m just so incredibly proud of them. They are all working men with beautiful families and they were all just so happy to share about them with each other. So cool!


Anyway, there were some really lovely moments. 

I’m really grateful to have had this time reconnecting, thank friends!



August 12, 2017 - 12:58 pm

Dena - Marlece Shannon,

So heart warming to read your thoughts and feelings about the reunion. Though you didn’t get many photos (and neither did I) because of being in the moment, it means you got this great reflection from it plus two quality photos. So good to hug you and reunite with you my friend! To be with you and in your presence was always an honor and still was/is after 30 years! More to come:)

Dena Leigh

What a night to behold!

WHAT A NIGHT!!!! Great ceremony, great celebration, meet our 2017 high school graduate.

They also decorate their caps now, so he was sporting his Saint Martin’s University fact!


Do you like his bow tie? He is always the best dresser.

Brayden and his two buddies were the MC’s for the evening. They did a smashingly great job!

I’m getting the look, (ok, just one more picture…please!)

The ‘class’ of 2017, they were getting ready to show us some moves with a dance in celebration, it was so dang fun!

Steven and Brayden going out with a fist bump and…….

Maybe a little help from your friend!!!!!!!

Nice job Bray!

The Lasher gang

Wouldn’t be a party without our dear neighbors.

Happy family, proud family

Grateful for this moment, thank you Jesus for these years of raising this young man. I am one blessed Momma right here.


It was a beautiful day to bless the seniors as they transition from one kind of world to another. Encouraging them that they don’t have to go thru the next phase feeling alone but that they have support threw prayer and to always carry on with a relationship with Jesus is the biggest thing, He is always there in the midst. 

The service was held in the newly refurbished old school house, we were the first to have an event there. What an honor this was, I am in love with this building! This is also the first baccalaureate since 1981 in Rainier. So many firsts right here.

Each student was given for their keeps forever and ever a bible. Isn’t that the best gift ever?

Mr. Beckman, the high school principal, opened with speaking to the kids about keeping their faith with them and showing it to others.

Teacher, Mr. Mounts, was our head speaker who explained to them that the path they ‘think’ they may be headed for may not be the one the Lord has in mind for you, but it’s ok because it’s God’s plan.

The Lord planted in my heart years ago that Mr. Mounts was the man for this job and he did fabulous.

Teacher, ‘Holtie’, closed us in prayer.

Refreshments for everyone afterwards.

A few of the graduates in the bunch.

The one in the blue up there with a blue shirt and cap on wrote a poem that was just beautiful, I want to share it. He is humble and doesn’t want to read out loud his own work so Brayden read it.

Steven Roberts you have a gift sir.

It never hit me like a train

I’ve always felt You by my side

I’ve never collapsed from enduring pain

You’ve always helped me I must confide

You listen to the struggle of my thoughts

The stress of imperfection comes forward

I hear You and what You’ve bought

It’s pushed out and my inhibitions are poured

I continue to walk and sometimes forget

You’ve always stopped me when I do

I wander and fill with regret

It’s drained from me by You

There’s a pattern to my ways

I’m sad to say, You know it so well

It continues throughtout my days

You watch me falter, with anger I swell

But there comes a time when I stumble

I ask questions I know the answer

I fall until I’m stuck, then I’m made humble

You remind what I’ve forgot to insure

Things that frighten, worry, concern

It’s not my burden, You’ve taken it on

They’re irrelevant, You’d think I’d learn

I swallow my pride because I’m wrong

Back and forth like an ocean current

You call my name back to you

My faults make me deterrent

I cry as I realize, this is what I always do

I recall a story of a lost sheep

I feel alone but you seek me out

My soul is Yours to keep

You wouldn’t lose one to a wayward route

Then his support crew forever and ever, minus one.

Of course I will always take that picture with my boy, I love him, and am always petitioning to the Lord on his behalf. ALWAYS!!!!! 

This day was one the Lord had birthed in my heart many years ago, and He birthed it to reality perfectly.





Ok, yes, you can call this the brag center

This is one of the prouder moments Jim and I will have. Jordan, got top 10 academically in his school. I am so over the top. He was recognized in front of the school board, super intendant, and all schools in Yelm. It was quite an honor.

Jordan is such a hard worker who wants to succeed and be at the top all the time. I am always telling him, sky is the limit, set your standards high, work hard and it will pay off. He’s done that.

I’m  not ready to send this innocent sweet boy to middle school, I’m just not ready.

Jordan was ready for his moment, he knew exactly what he wanted to wear, practicing web to web strong hand shake like a man with his dad, got a hair cut and fixed it until it was perfection. (no help on the fixin’ part from hairdresser mom)

Jordan has really been such a hard worker and a HUGE reader this year. 

Super proud of this boy, over the moon proud of him. Please don’t go to middle school, please. (does that help?)


June 4, 2017 - 1:04 pm

Jan Johnson - This is SO wonderful!! Your precious sons are blessed with amazing parents.