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Welcome 2011! I hope you and your family enjoyed your winter holiday. Ours was fun-filled and delightful. My work-load was a manageable amount, which allowed me to enjoy some much needed play-time with the kids. We filled our days with baking and playdates and Christmas preparations. We snuck in a trip to the bowling alley…

Crockpot Pork for Fall

Tis the season… for rushing and running and wrapping. In the hectic mayhem that is our Christmas season, conjuring up the weekly dinner menu can seem like a formidable chore. There is a point where my feeble brain cannot take on one more to-do item. So, you can imagine my glee, this weekend, when my…

Stewardship

The Christmas tree is up. It sparkles with its twinkly lights and a lifetime of special ornaments. Ours is not a tree of complementing colors and shapes, but is, instead, a hodge-podge of treasures collected over the years. The decorations are as likely to be cut paper as they are to be cut glass. Kids…

Ah, Arugula

The thing about winter in the Pacific NW is that it is often very gray.  The sky is gray, the trees are gray, everything seems to have a gray tone to it.  Sure, we have our moments of brilliant blue… but much of the winter is gray.  That is why I was so excited to try growing arugula…

A New Purse

I bought a new purse the other day and so I emptied the old one to load up the new one. Out of my old purse I pulled a stick, three rocks, the top to an acorn, two seashells and the cone from a Douglas-fir tree… no wonder the old bag was bursting at the seams! These…

Thanksgiving Pizza

Thanksgiving is one of my three favorite holidays.  There is nothing better than to gather those that I love around the dining room table (and the living room table and the kitchen table… as the group grows and grows) to enjoy the fall harvest and to give thanks for our many blessings.  For many years…

Falling Leaves

My kids and I were heading to school the other day amidst a flurry of falling leaves.  Our property is a small city lot, but it is surrounded by six, giant, 80-year-old silver maples.  Their branches reach high into the sky, providing a shady canopy to our yard and playground to the woodpeckers, raccoon and…