Spiced Up Steak & Imposter Potatoes

May 27, 2015

Grilled Tri-tip with mashed cauliflowerI’ve been on an organizing spree lately. I’ve brought order to the pantry, the grocery list and the calendar. I know when to thaw meat and when to buy fresh produce. I know what we’re having for dinner two weeks from now — and I love it. No matter what else is out of my control, I can still prepare a good meal and for the most part, ensure my family is sitting down about 6 p.m. for time together — but more on that later. Right now we need to talk about dinner.  Continue Reading…

Don’t You Dare

May 25, 2015

Memorial DayIt’s a reprimand for me, my children, my family. It’s a reminder for you and for every citizen or non-citizen living in these United States of America. Don’t dare forget that our lives — however idyllic and ordinary, peaceful and painful — are happening because of God, and the men and women who serve and protect us each and every minute of every day.  Continue Reading…

Bloom Where You’re Planted

May 24, 2015

Woodland bloom

The wilderness and the solitary place shall be glad for them; and the desert shall rejoice, and blossom as the rose. It shall blossom abundantly, and rejoice even with joy and singing: the glory of Lebanon shall be given unto it, the excellency of Carmel and Sharon, they shall see the glory of the Lord, and the excellency of our God. Strengthen ye the weak hands, and confirm the feeble knees. Say to them that are of a fearful heart, Be strong, fear not: behold, your God will come with vengeance, even God with a recompence; he will come and save you. ~ Isaiah 35:1-4 Continue Reading…

Everybody Pause!

May 23, 2015

Flint pits dug by Indians can still be seen at Flint Ridge State Park.We headed south a couple of hours to hang out in a museum for the day. We had opportunity to watch flint knappers at work, and to hike a few short trails along Ohio’s Flint Ridge. My son ran ahead of us. Continue Reading…

Coffee Bar Convenience: FlexBrew 2-Way

May 19, 2015

FlexBrew 2-way Coffee MakerOptions are everything. Not sure about you, but I like to have options — you know, in case I change my mind or uncover some great truth that takes me in a new direction. I may arrive at the coffee pot and a single mug will do; or I may need to guzzle the whole pot for enough get-up-and-go. Oh, and speaking of mugs … Continue Reading…

When Raindrops Keep Falling On Your Head

May 17, 2015

Raindrops on a perfect peony

Remember to … Listen, you heavens, and I will speak;  hear, you earth, the words of my mouth.  Let my teaching fall like rain and my words descend like dew, like showers on new grass, like abundant rain on tender plants.

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