Ten Ways to Add Veggies to Recipes with a Side of Wellness Coaching

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 →


Seven Day Plant Strong Challenge: Day 3

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 →

My Aunt Bert’s Cream Cheese Kolachkys

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.

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

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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Expressionless Grief (no. 6)

This repost is a result of editing feedback from my good friend Kim Moraghan. Feel free to offer writing suggestions.

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

3mm4hxbd 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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