Advent Resources for Young and Old (er)

Good-bye Autumn Aren't these porch pieces fun? Thank you, Sheila Anderson for blessing me with the two wicker chairs and iron table. I gladly took these off her hands since she didn't have a space for them anymore. Lucky me! They used to look like this: Hello, Advent   I finally got around to putting... Continue Reading →


Spicy Black Bean Chili

If you're stocked up on stock from your Thanksgiving turkey carcass, now is a good time to make this Black Bean Chili. This is one of my favorite University of California Davis MenuBook recipes. I changed it up a bit to take the spiciness down a few notches. This makes a nice hot meal for those... Continue Reading →

Stocking Up

Last year’s post. Making a lot more vegetable stock these days. Both are good for you and a fresh alternative to butter and oil in your sauté pan.

Season Six(ty): life in the 60 something years

Happy Thanksgiving to all! Today we celebrated with Jim’s mom and sister. I used homemade turkey stock I had on hand in the freezer for the turkey gravy (gravy recipe courtesy of Pioneer Woman.) More on that later . . .


If you haven’t embraced making your own chicken, turkey, vegetable, or beef stock, now is a great time! Save that Thanksgiving turkey carcass, or ask your holiday hosts if they want to part with theirs. Stock is healthy, easy, delicious, and economical.

I got hooked on making homemade stock thanks to Lisa Leake’s encouragement on her  100 Days of Real Food blog. Basically, real food to Lisa means bypassing food purchases that boast more than five ingredients on the label. Anymore than that and, Lisa contends,  you will probably be eating chemicals. Homemade stock requires only real food ingredients which is a necessity for Jim and…

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Vegetarian Stuffed Peppers

Vegetarian Stuffed Peppers (inspired by University of California Davis Integrative Medicine Menu Book) Looking for a lighter selection for your meal planning? In between heavy holiday meals and cookie laden Christmas parties, you can pace yourself with a nod to vegetables, whole grains, and fruit. This recipe yields four half stuffed peppers; I ate two halves... Continue Reading →

Four Ways to Keep Christmas Simple in ’16

A little piece I wrote last year~ Perhaps in this tumultuous election season a little simplicity with a healthy dose of quiet prayer will help to center us.

Season Six(ty): life in the 60 something years


“So, are you ready for Christmas?”

It seemed like almost every other store clerk I encountered this past Advent season asked that question of me. The implied message was obvious. December is busy and stressful, so getting all those Christmasy to dos done by the 25th is nearly impossible.

The truth of my answer, yes I am ready, never failed to surprise the folks that waited on me while I shopped. I was ready a long time ago, because I forced myself to keep it simple. The usual temptation for me is to decorate everywhere, cook more than I need, and squeeze in just one more gift into the “budget.” But the past few years I’ve come to enjoy the less is more theory. So, yes, thanks for asking, harried sales people! I am ready and calm and focusing more on Jesus and less on stuff.

In talking…

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