Day Four of Our Seven Day Plant Strong Challenge! Main Goal: Eat More Veggies! For an introduction to this challenge, go here. So how is your meal planning going? Are you eating more vegetables? These two questions are the focus of the series, but I'm switching that up a bit in this blog. In a FB... Continue Reading →
Day Three of Our Seven Day Plant Strong Challenge! Main Goal: Eat More Veggies! For an introduction to this challenge, go here. For Day 1, you were encouraged to listen to a sermon about sacrifice, service to our Lord, and commitment to taking care of our bodies. For this inspiration plus a simple way to... Continue Reading →
Day Two of our Seven Day Plant Strong Challenge! MAIN GOAL: EAT MORE VEGGIES! For an introduction to this challenge, go here. For Day 1, you were encouraged to listen to a sermon about sacrifice, service to our Lord, and commitment to taking care of our bodies. For this inspiration plus a simple way to add... Continue Reading →
Day One of our Seven Day Plant Strong Challenge! MAIN GOAL: EAT MORE VEGGIES I'm glad you stopped by here today. Take note that our purpose for seven days is to add more vegetables to our daily menus, not prescribe diet plans, nor give advice. See yesterday's introduction here. Need a little conviction, inspiration, and... Continue Reading →
Dear friends and family, So many of you have shared concerns with me about your desire to lose weight. In the past two weeks, I can easily count five people who wished out loud they could shed unwanted pounds. Extra weight is both a personal and complicated subject. It can be an emotionally charged issue,... Continue Reading →
Still in my flannels, cocooning with Christmas lights and my favorite afghan, I decided to approach the day slowly. Goldberry Midnight Clear coffee blend and a frivolous mystery novel would be my morning fare. Jim was stretched out on the couch, shivering under blankets due to ice packs wrapped around his knees to aid in... Continue Reading →
I’m making these once again for family and friends this Christmas. One side note~ It’s recommended to freeze leftover filling, but the consistency does change upon defrosting.
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 them.
The holiday dessert table at my Aunt Bertha’s and Uncle Sam’s never failed to offer dozens of these little Eastern European gems. We called them kolachkys, a.k.a. kolaches. A bit of research reveals that Bert’s recipe probably was of Polish origin, and therefore spelled kolaczki. Who cares how they are spelled or what they are called, I was just glad they were a holiday staple! (Well, if you do care, check out this post by Eastern European food expert, Barbara Rolek. as well as a brief biohighlighting her culinary career.)
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This repost is a result of editing feedback from my good friend Kim Moraghan. Feel free to offer writing suggestions.
the exquisite melodic line of Die Moldau, an orchestral symphonic poem
(This is the sixth post in a series written for families struggling with cancer and other difficult issues.)
Cancer is hijacking individuals in four families that Jim and I have lived “life together” with for many years. We’ve been traveling companions, in ministry together, worshipped at the same church, played, and cried together. We are reeling. But most importantly, is how each of these dear ones is bearing the weight of the diagnosis.
Our friends and family admirably walk this unanticipated road with hope. They cry out with a blessed assurance because they know to whom they belong. They are gifted with communities who listen with love as they attempt to articulate this unwelcome guest called grief. Of course, cancer is not our only nemesis. Losses of all kinds bring universal heartaches.
Sometimes I see a space within the…
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