Too Much Tradition?

Too Much Tradition?

I’ve been reading articles and stories about how other women minimize the stress of the holidays. Even television shows hit on this, with simple timesaving tips and ideas. Wrapped up in all of the hub-bub of the holidays, yet trying to keep things simple, I find one hitch as...

Savoring Time Together

Savoring Time Together

We met with friends in the high desert this past Thanksgiving weekend. A feast we had, but what we really savored was our time together. My goal was to plan, organize and prepare before we arrived.Whatever was left behind – we’d do without. Whatever dish didn’t turn out –...

Making Butter with a Thankful Heart

Making Butter with a Thankful Heart

I tried to complicate my Balcony Girls lesson this week by looking for the perfect lesson. I finally came up with having my girls make their own butter, and we’d spread it over warm rolls. At first it seemed like a “cooking lesson,” without a spiritual application. But then...

Do I Have to Reciprocate?

Do I Have to Reciprocate?

Hospitality gives without expecting something in return.From past emails I have received from readers, this is a hot topic! Earlier this year, when I wrote my Ten Commandments, here is an excerpt from my Commandment #1: “My husband and I have served meals around our table for 16 years...

No More Store-Bought Jams! by Abby Coughlin

No More Store-Bought Jams! by Abby Coughlin

Hello, my name is Abby, the daughter of Sandy, and my mom asked me to write this post today. I am here to tell you why my family does not like store bought jams and jellies. My first reason is that my mom spoils us with her famous strawberry,...

Fresh Flowers

Fresh Flowers

Plant a seed of friendship; reap a bouquet of happiness. -Lois L. Kaufman Earlier this year a special friend came to lunch at my house, Dottie J. In her hand was the most beautiful bouquet of flowers. Fitting – because Dottie J is one of those colorful people in...

Double the Trouble (& Chicken Pot Pie)

Double the Trouble (& Chicken Pot Pie)

Let’s face it, moms! To put a meal on the table for the family takes planning (take meat out of freezer?), organizing (what time do I need to start preparing?), shopping (what do I need to get at the store?), and just plain ol’ trouble sometimes. But we all...

Okay to Cancel?

Okay to Cancel?

Have you ever looked forward to an upcoming dinner date, and then at the last minute the hostess cancels on you? Or are you the Reluctant Entertainer who has planned a dinner party for a long time and a couple hours before the dinner, the family you’ve invited over...