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...

Confidence Builder

Confidence Builder

We are all faced with great opportunities brilliantly disguised as impossible situations. You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing which you think you cannot do. —Eleanor RooseveltMy husband recently took a...

Teaching Over a Box of Pears

Teaching Over a Box of Pears

I don’t usually think of myself as older, but today I did. My niece came over today to learn how to can pears. I remember as a child watching my mother’s hands work a knife – she had such a talent for peeling a pear perfectly, wasting very little....

An Unexpected Lesson (& the RE Message is Spreading!)

An Unexpected Lesson (& the RE Message is Spreading!)

I didn’t think I’d write a post about Balcony Girls this week. But two things happened. A thrill for cooking was reignited in me. And the girls learned a powerful lesson again! Our time started off in my home, sitting together and discussing what it means to be a...

Thank You Notes Required?

Thank You Notes Required?

Each time I entertain, do I anxiously await a thank you note from my guests? No.When I receive a “thank you” in the mail, or even a phone call or an email the next day, it always comes as a surprise, because I’m not expecting it. I savor the...

A Simple Happy Birthday

A Simple Happy Birthday

“Where thou art, that is home.” —Emily Dickinson A child can feel at home anywhere, especially if she is loved, accepted and treated well. And particularly when it’s a birthday, no matter where the party is held and friends are surrounding, you’ll see a glow of happiness on a...

Teen Talk

Teen Talk

We’ve learned that hospitality in our home really pays off, especially around our dinner table. I think back to an article I read in The Washington Times, back in January of this year, where Cheryl Wetzstein writes about statistics taken from Child Trends Inc., regarding kids who come from...