How Thrivent helped my MOMSnext group give back

On Dec. 17, I still had Christmas shopping to do. I had gifts to buy, stocking stuffers to purchase and more than 40 purses in my basement that were filled for homeless women, but needed finishing touches and gift bags....more

Leaving my mom legacy

As I sit on the airplane, it rocks back and forth, lurches and lifts and fights the turbulence. It’s one of the ways I imagine I’ll die, a plane crash. So, is this it? Actually I’m writing this as it happens so either some day this will be posted online or it will sit forever swallowed by the Gulf of Mexico....more

Recipe: Apple Bread

We still have so many apples from our recent apple orchard trip. I decided to make some apple bread. It was a tasty, easy and made such a nice little treat for after dinner and in my kids' lunches that week. It was so yummy that it didn't require any apple butter or anything else on top. It was cake-like and delicious all on it's own....more

Recipe: Easy, homemade apple pie

Our bushel of apples from a recent apple orchard visit was still looming. After making apple sauce, I still had a lot (a LOT) of apples so I went for the fallest of all fall treats--an apple pie! Making an apple pie is surprisingly easy. It's even easier if you don't make your own crust. Thankfully, a had two pie crusts in the freezer so I went that route. I thawed two, one for the bottom and one for the top, and set to work on the filling....more

Recipe: Food Mill Apple Sauce

We recently went apple-picking and brought home way too many apples. Of course. So, I did what any apple-lovin' person would do...I set to work making all sorts of treats from the fruit--including  food mill apple sauce.My apple sauce is easy. It's so easy that it's ridiculous actually. In previous years, I would core and peel the apples, bake them and then use the food processor to blend them. And that is why I hated making apple sauce....more

Fall means all things apple

Nothing feels more like fall in Michigan than apple orchards and cider mills. The smell of donuts, the crisp feel to the air, the tractor rides, the unpredictable weather--it's all symbolic of the changing seasons....more

Raising cheerleaders

I'm raising girls, and I want them to be cheerleaders. I’m not talking about the ones on the sidelines at football games. That would be fine too, but what I want goes deeper than that. Let me explain....more

Summer break fades as fast as childhood

Summer is fading fast. The temperatures are cooler, the days are shorter and school is back in session. I miss it already. I feel like I'm getting ready to hibernate for the winter--storing up food, getting out the mittens and preparing to stay in my toasty warm house during the cold, cold days. But this summer---it was a good one. It's just that it symbolizes how quickly childhood fades as well.My soul goal this summer was to spend time outside and with the kids. Based on their tans alone, I'd say I was successful in at least one of those tasks....more

Why I fear Chiropractors and other irrational things

I have really irrational fears about stupid things.You know, things like my air plane falling out of the sky, the garbage disposal turning on while I have my hand too close, tooting at the chiropractor....more