"I'll Pray for You"

How often do we tell a friend that we will pray for them and then it slips our minds?  Do you, like me,  find yourself, in the midst of a task, when a friend comes to mind and you feel terrible that you haven’t remembered to pray for her during a time of suffering? Image: paul david (busy running!) via Flickr ...more
I recently tweeted a comment about this and it is so true.  One of the most impactful moments of ...more

Back-to-School Tradition: A Fancy Dinner

Our Fancy Back to School Dinner allows us to come together as a family to enjoy a meal and pray for the upcoming school year. We call it a “Fancy Dinner” because it gives us a chance to set the table for a multi-course meal with real dinning ware, get dressed up and practice our manners....more

What Mom Taught Me About Getting Dinner On The Table

When I was a little girl, I had dinner with my family—my mom and whichever older siblings were still at home—every night. I don't remember my mom ever making a big deal about it, and as a divorced, working mother running a daycare out of our home, she certainly didn't spend a ton of time in the kitchen. But it was an accepted fact: at 6:00 PM, dinner would be on the table, and we'd all be sitting around it. In the midst of my fairly unpredictable and disjointed childhood, family dinners came to be something I could rely on, a ritual that shapes my memories of growing up. ...more
Love this post. I can totally relate. I'm often frazzled at dinnertime, and we do have the ...more


I saw my mother struggle with weight her entire life. She made impassioned –albeit short-lived— forays into nearly every diet fad –Jenny Craig, Atkins, and the Summer of Fat-Free (a quasi-national movement that took place around 1995).  These diets never made her particularly happy.  One evening, when I was rather small, she did battle with a piece of steamed fish (while we undoubtedly ate Hamburger Corn Casserole)....more

Best Picture Dinners: The Tree of Life

I'm going to admit it right up front: Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life is not my favorite, by far, of the nine Oscar Best Picture nominees. It's a complicated, often allegorical film, at times beautiful and poetic, at times, to my eyes, utterly weird. The movie examines the inner life of a family in Waco, Texas, and the bonds between them, whether those bonds are spiritual, tenuous, tender, or all three at the same time....more

Chicken and Butternut Squash Cassoulet

Oh that sounds good.more

Pulled Pork Tacos with Pumpkin-Chipotle BBQ Sauce and Cilantro Slaw

In preparing to make the up-coming week's meal plan, I asked DH to go through the freezer and inventory its contents. He found, among other things, a pork belly, a pound of turtle meat, a couple of packs of chorizo, a chunk of canadian bacon, and several bags of pulled pork that we had put in the freezer after Labor Day. Needless to say, we'll be eating out of the freezer for the next couple of weeks, starting with the pulled pork....more
Would you believe that the second most popular post on my blog is for turtle soup? We buy ...more

Spinach Salad with Curried Almonds

I would like to have this for lunch! It looks really good :)more

Curried Chicken Burgers with Chutney Mayo

I would love to try one of these - it sounds delicious!more