Accomplishment With Purpose

January 25, 2015

Snowy tree“As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.”

~ Isaiah 55:10-11

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Sweet Potato Pumpkin Soup with Ham and Cheddar

January 23, 2015

Sweet Potato Pumpkin Soup with Ham & CheddarImagine a chilly January afternoon. Snowflakes the size of half dollars fall silently outside the window. Flames snap and crackle in the wood stove. Chilly toes are plunged into woolen socks, and thick sweaters keep shivers from washing over shoulders and spines. Something thick and warm, brimming with spicy goodness, simmers on the stove. Young people are huddled over the table, working sums or memorizing The Children’s Hour,  a third grade poetry assignment.  Continue Reading…

Archery for Kids Begins with Genesis

January 17, 2015

Archery for kids #BullsIDidItDisclosure: I was given a Genesis Bow to share with my kids and promote archery shooting sports. All opinions are my own.

In 2010, I enrolled my daughters in archery lessons at the local YMCA. They took to to the sport immediately! Unfortunately classes were canceled due to low attendance (the Hunger Games fervor had not yet hit). Sensing their sincere interest, the instructor made an amazing offer: lessons on his front lawn every Thursday. Over the course of several summers my girls learned form, function, and the importance of anchor point. Eventually, all three of my kids graduated from the lawn to friendly archery competition at another YMCA with the same instructor. But it was a long, long drive …  Continue Reading…

I’m A Cast Iron Cook

January 13, 2015

Cast Iron CookingI started married life with a brand new set of wonderful stainless steel pots and pans — a wedding gift from my aunt. I loved them in all their shiny glory, and we continue to use the saucepans. Then one day my new husband told me a cast iron tale — probably right after he declared us a ‘butter only’ family (the two seem to go hand in hand). I purchased a Lodge cast iron skillet for him (the one up there in the middle) and we have been using it ever since (16 years and counting).  Continue Reading…

Monday Essentials: Homemade Shampoo

January 12, 2015

Homemade Shampoo with Essential OilsI love homemade … handcrafted … old-fashioned … tried and true. 

Maybe it’s because I’m 40 and I’ve learned to slow down a bit, be kinder to myself, and focus on what matters most. Or, maybe I’ve become weird and wary — subscribing to theories that suggest simpler can be better. Whatever the cause for my evolving {and some say ‘backwoods’} philosophies, they intrigue my senses. I’ve found a new outlet for whimsical creativity, and my entire family is Continue Reading…