Swimming with Hellbenders On the Banks of Yellow Creek

Holding a hellbender for release
It's not every day a boy gets the chance to hold a snot otter. It's not every day a boy is invited to participate in something so cool and boyish and wet and muddy and ideal that he now looks for unique creatures in every body of water he visits. Continue Reading

Pumpkin and Sweet Potato Soup with Ham and Cheddar

Pumpkin Sweet Potato Soup with Ham and Cheddar Cheese
This soup is the perfect combination of leftover summer sunshine, delightfully cool autumn afternoons and the promise of fall's colorful display. Enjoy! The leftovers are as tasty as the first spoonful. Best served on a brisk autumn day! Continue Reading

Where the Wind Comes Sweepin’ Down the Plain

PW Lodge Visit
Who has the cutest kitchenware, the longest concrete counter tops, and the grandest prairie views I've ever seen? Need a hint? Her cooking show airs Saturday mornings on Food Network. Continue Reading

Make Lilac Syrup For A Taste of Spring

Lilac Syrup
Lilacs are one of Spring's loveliest attributes! The heady perfume of my lilac bushes is intoxicating; the blooms prolific and stunning. My bushes are old and battered, slightly overgrown and yes, out of control. They resemble many of the lilacs to be found nestled near farmhouses and lining the byways to old barns. I can't seem to bottle the lovely scent to enjoy year-round, but it is possible to capture the essence of lilac in a sweet syrup for pancakes. Here's how! Continue Reading

Enjoy Good Friday Green Pastures and Navigate Muddy Water

Pasture play on Good Friday
The requirement for peace that passes all understanding is so very simple. And yet we plod along, feeling our way and doing the best we can to keep our paths straight on our own. We're always unsure of the next step and it fills us with worry and fear, perhaps a longing we can't understand. And we fall ... will always fall ... will always be thirsty. Unless we find our way to the source. Continue Reading

Finding Silence In Dirt, Dead Trees and New Beginnings

Old greenhouse, new life
When we do not, our paths wander aimlessly. We're askew. We focus on "picture perfect" and "share-worthy" and never stop to truly "like" our own journey. We seek satisfaction in a vacuum and spend our time adrift in a sea of unnecessary noise. We focus on the weeds in the background, but the stark blooming beauty directly in front of us is always out of focus. Continue Reading