• Family Vacation: Getting Away from Speed and Noise in a Techie-World

    “Stillness of soul is increasingly rare in this world addicted to speed and noise.” –Sarah Young Oh, just editing these pictures makes me miss our time with our kids last week near Bend, Oregon. The weather was...

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  • “Pull Up a Chair” Hospitality

    As I was cooking the corn, draining the beans, shredding the cheese, slicing the onions, listening to music–all part of the dinner process in our home–I heard my daughter upstairs visiting with her new friend, Chloe.* Chloe,...

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  • Enjoying Life with Layered Enchilada Bake Recipe

    “Another key to true happiness lies in the understanding that most of life is ‘everyday.’ Most of our lives consist of a routine – an unremarkable series of events that take place day after day. So if...

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  • How to Fight After-Christmas Blues

    A few nights ago as I was in the kitchen by myself–the last of our guests had just left our home–I was hand-washing the dishes that didn’t fit into the dishwasher and a wave of sadness came...

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  • Day 1. Autumn. Gracious Living.

    Autumn. It brings a new way of living to many of us. It’s a season of work, preparation, beauty and change. To some it even brings a sense of loneliness (hand in the air! as I send...

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  • How to Prepare for 4th of July Entertaining

    I love this time of year. Now all we need is warmer weather for the week ahead. We’re laying low this year for the 4th, and I’m looking forward to a smaller celebration. I’ve already pulled my...

    • Posted 10 years ago
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  • Easy Camping and Cooking Tips

    By Sandy Coughlin– My husband and I love to get away to our favorite camping spot, about 45 minutes away. We have an older VW Westfalia that is perfect for the two of us. Well, it’s not...

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  • Why Protein Shakes Are a Healthy Breakfast

    Almost every morning I drink a protein shake for breakfast, with whatever fruit is in season. Right now, every morning, we head out to our strawberry patch and pick berries. Lots of berries. One thing I wish...

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  • Give Yourself a Pep Talk When Your Meal is a Flop

    The salad didn’t turn out like I had wanted it to. At the last minute, I boiled the eggs for the delicious Spinach Salad I had planned on serving, and I did serve it, but as I...

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  • Chicken, Black Rice and Bush’s Pinto Bean Casserole

    One of the things I love, when my kids are either home from college or they’re inviting their friends over, is to reach into my pantry and have all the ingredients that I need for a yummy...

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  • Gearing up for Garden Season in the City

    It’s wet out. Soggy, and not very fun working out in the garden. My husband likes it better than I do. But one thing I do love is taking the food from the garden and preparing it...

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  • Mom’s Last Letter and Lost Art of Letter Writing

    Last night I was inspired to write a letter. It was after I read an older book on my shelf, written back in 1971, The Hidden Art of Homemaking. Yes, the book’s outdated a bit, but Mrs....

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  • How to Plant Seascape Strawberries

    Strawberries … our family loves them. My husband just added to our garden 24 new plants to our existing beds, a few weeks ago. Did you know that strawberries are one of the simplest fruit plants to...

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  • Setting a Table for Two for Valentine’s Day

    Setting a table for two on Valentine’s Day… I recently thought back a few years to a unique Valentine’s Day I spent with my husband. I changed it up a bit and served dinner in a different...

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