Even my son Brian remembers them and it's been about 20 years since he ate one. Heavenly diamond shaped butter and cream cheese dough pastries with a dab of fruit filling in the middle. Brian fondly recalls cherry. I have a strong memory of apricot. My Mom's family Christmas gatherings wouldn't be the same without... Continue Reading →
Almost a year ago, I honored the life and passing of Don Reinhart and so many friends who were suffering from loss of loved ones. I recently spoke with Don’s wife, Jan, who is valiantly walking through this painful journey. For Jan and others, this season warrants a life reset with one person painfully missing from the family portrait. Interestingly, this piece about grief was 2016’s most viewed and shared post on my blog.
“We were promised sufferings. They were part of the program. We were even told, ‘Blessed are they that mourn,’ and I accept it. I’ve got nothing that I hadn’t bargained for. Of course it is different when the thing happens to oneself, not to others, and in reality, not imagination.” C.S.Lewis in A Grief Observed
I’m a bit of an eclectic reader, so I’m not surprised that I picked up a book that I knew might depress me. It turned out to be one hard read.
Only Spring is the journal of a father who lost two sons: one to suicide at the age of 22 and the other to leukemia at age 6. You can only imagine the pain that bled through each page.
At different times throughout the book I asked myself, why am…
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Just a few days ago I was bemoaning the fact that I "needed" to come up with not one, but two Christmasy outfits. After all, we would be attending both the Christmas Eve service and Sunday morning worship on Christmas Day. Wanting to be extra-holiday-ish, I complained that I owned only one festive outfit. And... Continue Reading →
English novelist and poet Dinah Craik got it right when she wrote "a way to an Englishman's heart is through his stomach." This adage that finds it's origin in her 1857 book, John Halifax, Gentleman, definitely rings true for my husband. Jim never ceases to tell me how much appreciates my good (and not-so-good cooking), especially when I... Continue Reading →
I usually don't like oatmeal, but I took a risk and tried out this healthy breakfast for steel cut oats from Well Plated. Turns out this recipe is true to its name and the "banana bread" twist with cinnamon, nutmeg, and mashed banana is delicious. If you're having a crowd for breakfast, the amounts given... Continue Reading →
Words on walls are definitely IN with the HGTV crowd, especially with those fine folks from Waco, Texas. (In case you're not a fan, I'm talking decorating shows on cable tv, with a nod to Fixer Upper filmed in Waco.) Not wanting to be a designer groupie copycat, I determined to find a pretty piece... Continue Reading →
Almond Butter Dip and Apple Slices Not everyone at holiday parties is able to eat decadent desserts. So for those watching their sugar intake, I brought this almond-cream cheese dip to our neighborhood Christmas coffee this morning. And I came home with an empty platter! Ingredients: 1/3 cup almond butter 3 ounces cream cheese 2... Continue Reading →
We barely moved into the neighborhood and we were already the talk of the town. Ridiculous, monstrous, and ugly were adjectives freely thrown around in our presence. Truly, for our "benefit." Basically, The Three Trees in OUR YARD were the culprit in the conversations. I had no idea there could be such disdain for trees.... Continue Reading →
(I wasn’t going to order anything new, but the book lists from today's post and yesterday’s are too tempting. We all need more books, right?) From Joanne: Artful Advent – a Facebook group that sketch journaled each day along with a weekly theme, Scripture, and songs The Greatest Gift by Ann Voskamp For Andrew... Continue Reading →