Christmas in Space

As I write this, two astronauts of the six man crew on the International Space Station are outside the safety of their spacecraft, replacing a malfunctioning pump that’s part of the station’s cooling system. This is the real thing, in real time, not a Hollywood movie. The space station is traveling 17,227 miles per hour, completing over 15 orbits around the earth daily....more

Holiday Banana Pudding

In the middle of this summer I got the idea for Holiday Banana Pudding using Speculaas cookies instead of vanilla wafers. I waited for almost 6 months to finally make it.Speculaas cookies are one of my favorite cookies. They are thin and crunchy shortbread biscuits from Northern Europe (Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, France), so fragrant and full of almonds and Christmas spices like cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, nutmeg, ginger, and white pepper (similar to Black Pepper Cookies). Wooden stamp is used to decorate the cookies with images of windmill, elephant, mermaid etc....more

Christmas cookies

That's What I Use to Think by Karen Campos,

 We remember the birth of Jesus, the Christ.Christmas is originally about Jesus, right?Stories of old, prophecies throughout the Bible, giving witness to who Jesus really is....more

While I Watch Her...(A Caretaker's Cooking Journey)

Chewy Ginger Spice Cookies...more

The Day After Christmas

It’s definitely Christmas.I know this because my mother-in-law has already baked a peach cobbler and a fruitcake today and also made up food boxes to provide Christmas dinner to two local families who are desperately poor, one with three children and the other with seven....more

Conversations With Kids...A Vegetarian Christmas

Actual conversation I held today with several 5th graders:Kid #1: "So, you're a vegetarian, right?" Me:  "Yes.  And what does this have to do with the reading lesson?"Kid #1:  "Well, so you don't celebrate Christmas then." Me:  "Being a vegetarian doesn't have anything to do with Christmas.  It just means I won't be eating ham for Christmas."...more

Are My Christmas Card Photos a Lie?

I have a confession. The Christmas cards currently lying on our kitchen table, half addressed and still needing stamps -- while lovely -- are a lie. Okay, maybe they are not completely a lie. They just don't tell the whole story. ...more
Last year we sent out Christmas cards with the "bad" pictures we had from previous year's ...more