“Laughter is brightest where food is best.” – Irish Proverb


“One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.” – Henry Miller


“If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.”


When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence.”
— Ansel Adams


There are two lasting bequests we can give our children: One is roots. The other is wings. – Hodding Carter Jr.


Chili Chicken with Cilantro Pesto and a Banana Sweet Potato Mash

Recipe: Chili Chicken with Cilantro Pesto & Banana Sweet Potato Mash

Last week I asked my girls to pick a recipe that they wanted to cook, make a grocery list, shop for their ingredients, and cook dinner one night, so we began. They picked recipes and made their list, grabbed their own baskets and shopped for what they needed during our grocery run, and then… They […]

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Recipe: Kale & Sausage Penne with Lemon Cream Sauce

You’ve heard of hoarders? Well… I hoard recipes. I’ve been clipping, copying, and printing recipes for years creating unorganized masses of paper scraps stashed away in bins. Some, clipped long ago, have moved as many as nine times. Just before the last move, I’d had enough and cleaned out my biggest mess, throwing out well […]

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Recipe: Ajvar Chicken

Ajvar. It sounds like eye-var and is a wonderful condiment/sauce common in Serbian cuisine. It’s made from roasted red peppers, garlic, and eggplant and can be smooth like a slightly thickened tomato sauce or a bit chunky like a salsa. Either way, it’s delicious. Look for it in Middle Eastern grocery stores, other specialty food […]

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#prayfor… This may be unpopular, but on Sunday morning as our congregation gathered together in prayer for Paris, a different prayer was laid upon my heart. I prayed for Paris, a city that I love and a people who have only been kind and welcoming to me and my family. But I also prayed another […]

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He speaks LOUDLY

Have you ever prayed for a neon sign, then gotten the neon sign and pretended it wasn’t there? I feel like closing the blinds, pulling a pillow over my head and then, ever so carefully, peeking out slowly, just with one eye, to see if the sign is still there, brightly glowing and infiltrating the […]

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A Tribute

There once was an app. Just a small orange and yellow icon on my phone. But like the Doctor’s Tardis, it was bigger on the inside. The app contained a world and the world contained people and places and conversations sprinkled with the occasional knitting pattern and a recipe for something delicious. It was a […]

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Housekeeping is a gift.

I never thought I’d write that. Housekeeping, to me, has never been a gift. The first time I mopped a floor was in college and to this day, it’s my least favorite chore. Laundry and dishes have to get done in order to eat and wear something not pulled out of the hamper, but the […]

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Eleven: Harry Potter Birthday

It’s at age eleven that young wizards expect their letter to Hogwarts, so for Harry Potter fans, eleven is a very special birthday. If time, distance, and money had worked in our favor, we would have taken her to Harry Potter world. Since that wasn’t an option, we brought Harry Potter’s world to her. It […]

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Reflections in Coffee

The blessing of a garage sale (which I pledge to only do once, at most, during each assignment), is that I am literally forced to sit in my garage for hours on end. That may not sound like a blessing to you, but how many times do you sit in your garage? Perhaps your space […]

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Gratuitous Iris Photos

Our tiny front garden has erupted with color in the last couple days which means that while the girls are diligently working on their daily lessons, I’m finding snippets of time to play around with various lenses and capture a bit of color before they die away. These seven will join other favorites from past […]

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