The Gift of Today

The Gift of Today

My heart swells when I hear the excitement in my elated daughter’s voice, saying, “Oh, Mommy! Mommy!” She can also cause my heart to ache, while crying out those same words when she is in pain. She asked me a few weekends ago which name I prefer to be...

The TABLE

The TABLE

I just made this comment to a friend: “The Dinner Table really is an exceptional place, isn’t it?” Not only does healthy, beautiful goodness from our garden appear on our plates, but also delicious cooking is set before us. Even the meals that the kids prepare are nutritious and...

Kids Hosting Kids

Kids Hosting Kids

Our kids are comfortable in our kitchen. They are self-sufficient and they know how to whip up a quick snack or lunch for them and their friends. After swimming for hours, they are especially hungry.Taking it a step further, we encourage our kids to be mindful of one another....

Thursday Night Dinners

Thursday Night Dinners

Our whole family looks forward to Thursday nights, starting at 5 pm. What is so special about Thursday nights, you might ask? Is it a TV show? Do we get to eat out? Does someone come over? Do we win something? We do win something. We are the recipients...

Homemade Ice Cream & 4th Celebration!

Homemade Ice Cream & 4th Celebration!

As a little girl, I would relish the moment of licking the paddle pulled out of the ice cream freezer, as my parents would make homemade ice cream on a hot summer evening. I wanted to be the first to sample the delicious, salty, vanilla-flavored ice cream that tasted...

Catch the Passion

Catch the Passion

Have you ever noticed that some people have the uncanny ability to inspire those around them? My mind goes back to about ten years ago to mouth-watering meals and magical evenings spent with friends. I walked away from those meals not only inspired, but I had a deeper feeling...

Sow and Reap (Yummy Strawberry Pie)

Sow and Reap (Yummy Strawberry Pie)

I think of these gifts that I have been handed: Eyesight, a good mind, an incredible family, leadership abilities, a home, means of providing a good meal, and a connectedness to friends around me. These numerous gifts make me so grateful. They actually increase my joy to think about...

New Summer Goal

New Summer Goal

Almost daily I feel divided or distracted. I’ve often told friends that there are seasons in life where some things are more important than others. There is a time and a place, or even a season, for hosting families for dinner. Because entertaining is such a passion of mine,...