Hospitality Grandmother’s Way

I spent lots of time at my grandmother’s kitchen table. In fact, the table pictured above is her kitchen table.  It now sits in my library.  I recently sat down to plan out my holiday meal and began reminiscing with my mother and aunt about how much we learned  about the heart of hospitality from…

Purpose and Passion Interview: Sanctified Wellness

Last fall I went to a Faith and Fitness Retreat at Camp Timberline in Estes Park.  This may be a surprise to some that know me because… fitness? But my kids go to summer camp at Timberline. It’s a beautiful place and I thought a women’s retreat in the Colorado Rockies sounded lovely. And it…

Fancy Pencils

  My kids have a full week of school under their belts.  All those fresh new binders and composition notebooks are labeled and have begun to take on the challenges of 5th, 8th, 9th, and 11th grade. I’m sure they will be filled with essential knowledge throughout this school year and studied throughly before every…

Lemon Cookies

  A couple weeks ago my girls put together the cutest lemonade stand.  They spent days painting signs and banners and looking for the best lemonade stand decor.  They had tons of fun and made a little money.  It was a fun way to start off summer. After all their hard work I made Lemon…

July Interview: A Journey of Creativity

There are some people you don’t have to know for long to realize they are worth having in your life.  Laura is one of those people. I met her several months ago in a Bible study group.  I am always impressed with how measured and thoughtful she is.  One of her gifts is encouragement and…

Am I An Artist?

My children are artists. They create everyday. From the time they were small they created with paper, crayons, paint, and markers.  They created stories, costumes, and dances.  They created obstacle courses, games and contests.  They created with blocks and legos and cardboard boxes. They created elaborate worlds of their own in the woods around our…

Favorite Easy Scones

This post required  a proper pot of tea, a stack of cookbooks, and the fortitude to sift through various and strong opinions on scones. First we have the difference between a true British scone and what  you will find in a typical American coffee shop.  According to a Cook’s Illustrated article  it’s a fat to flour…

Vacation Recovery

Just back from our summer road trip to Northern California to the Redwood National Park and up the Oregon coastline to participate in a jeep event.  It was amazing! We spent time among the trees, explored miles of beaches,   did a little off-roading,   a little camp cooking, and made quite a few trips…

Summer 2016 Conference

Summer vacation is upon us. The last day of school was one week ago on Friday.  Lockers were cleaned out and by 1:00 we were celebrating with ice cream.  Finally!  Summer is here.   Saturday morning, hanging out in pjs, enjoying breakfast. Ahhh…good ole summertime. At approximately 2:00 I heard it.  I knew the words…

Homemade Ricotta Cheese

Last week I made ricotta cheese.  It took 4 ingredients and about 20 minutes of my time.  It’s so easy!  Ricotta is one of those ingredients that comes in a container on the dairy aisle.  It never occurred  to me that  I could make it at home.  I made it for the first time last…