The Heart of the Home

One of the things we really wanted to do to our new house was remodel the kitchen. It screamed for updating. So six weeks ago the demolition began. We are still in the middle of the project. Everything everyone has ever said about redoing a kitchen seems to be true: It will take longer than […]

The Fall and Favorite Birthday Meals

I love this time of year. When I was a kid, I called the fall “jean-jacket weather” since I looked forward to pulling my favorite jean jackets out of the back of the closet and wearing them to school. I relished penning my Christmas wish list, and, along with the holidays, I dreamt of my […]

Can There Be a “From Scratch” for a Working Momma?

For twenty years I was a stay-at-home mom, until a few months ago when I landed a part-time job as a part-time Spanish teacher. So I plan lessons all morning, teach all afternoon, and when I come home this lanky teenager of mine says, “Hi, Mom. What’s for dinner?” I’ve barely kissed him on the […]

A Homemade Christmas and Chocolate Sauce Recipe

One of my favorite things about the Amish is their commitment to create homemade items. From food, quilts, crafts, furniture, clothes, they do it all by hand in their homes, barns, and workshops. The traditions and knowing how that is passed down by them makes up a richness lost in today’s mainstream, plastic, throwaway mindset. […]

Pay More for Coffee? On Purpose?

Pay more for coffee? On purpose? Oh, the horrors! We in North America do like our deals on food and other things, don’t we! Why would anyone choose to pay more money for something that we can get for less elsewhere? We may even think it’s prideful to think one should purchase the higher cost […]

Baked Apple Custard Dessert

I had the hardest time coming up with a way to start this post. There’s a wonderful, old family recipe I wanted to share with you, but if I told you the name of it right away, I feared no one would continue reading; and, well, that wouldn’t do. What good is the written word […]

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