1947 posts by Jennifer Kiko

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

Wildfire Devastates But the Human Spirit Burns Brighter

Sunrise like wildfire at Tuckaway Farm
Each of us has a place to call home. No matter the size or structure, location or zip code, we tend to view home with nostalgia and a bit of pride. One day we're doing what we do, knowing what we know, loving what we love, and the next? Gone. In minutes, our lush livelihood could be transformed by wildfire into nothing but smoke and debris. Continue Reading

What Lies Beneath Is Your Story Waiting To Be Told

January thaw
Our whole story never shows ... but it's there, isn't it? Living, breathing, growing, stretching just below the surface. Waiting for a warm day when sparkling sun gets the ideas and enthusiasm flowing for our good. Continue Reading

Standing At the Gate of A New Year

Gate of the New YEar
So heart be still: What need our little life Our human life to know, If God hath comprehension? Continue Reading