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… Read More

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

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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… Read More

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…. Read More

Pay More for Coffee? On Purpose?

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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… Read More

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… Read More

Whoopie Pies | The Legend Continues

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As some of you know, I am currently working through the first book in a new series. The series is a bit different for me, as most of the characters are Amish who live and work in town. They own furniture stores, restaurants, and bakeries. And what’s an Amish bakery without Whoopie Pies? Mention Whoopie… Read More

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