The best place to gather with friends and family. Join our conversation as we chat about life in the kitchen and around the kitchen table.

The art of yeast bread making

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The scent of bread baking in the oven is probably one of the best aromas ever; one of the best tastes ever is a slice of homemade bread with a dollop (or dab) of butter. My mouth waters just thinking about it! For the first few years of my early married life, I did battle… Read More

3 Ways to Plan Simple Menus for Busy Nights

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I don’t know about your life but ours is a little chaotic sometimes. Between my pastor-husband and cheerleader-daughter, our calendar can get pretty chaotic.  And when our schedule is crazy, the first thing we tend to do is eat out more.  When the ball games start at 4:30 p.m., you can’t really eat before the games… Read More

Tips for a Safe and Healthy Kitchen

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The start of a new year is a great time to do a health and safety check on our kitchens. For most families, the kitchen is the most popular room in the house. In our home it sure is. It’s used for food preparation, washing hands, chatting with friends over a cup of coffee or… Read More

So to Honor Him … Bake an Amish Gift: Banana Bread

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“Our finest gifts we bring/Pa-rum-pa-pum-pum/To lay before the King…” The Little Drummer Boy When I was growing up, I stood in my church’s Living Nativity scene. Every year, for four nights up to and including Christmas Eve, I dressed up as any character needed. Since we stood in half-hour shifts, we needed two Josephs, two… Read More

Gingerbread and Holiday Cheer

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I can’t believe it’s almost Christmas! I know, I know, I say that every year. I think most of us do.  But this Christmas has a special event for me. Not a trip to see the Nutcracker, or Trans-Siberian Orchestra, it’s the release of my very first novella. And it’s a Christmas novella. Now, I… Read More

Eight Simple Strategies for a Healthier Holiday Season

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Eight Simple Strategies for a Healthier Holiday Season The Holiday season is here, and with it an avalanche of calories, fat, and sugar finds its way into the typical American diet. Amish or not we find ourselves tempted at every corner with holiday offerings of pies, cookies, candy, snack mixes, and other not-so-healthy foods that… Read More

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