Peace in the Storm

On our last trip to Oklahoma, we got to experience our first tornado warning since buying the farmhouse. Down to the storm shelter, we went to wait out the pounding wind and rain. Our tiny 8×8 underground room designed to keep us safe has only one drawback. It is about fifty yards from our front…

Creamy Roasted Red Pepper Chicken

Crockpot to the rescue again. The time to start cooking the evening meal, and the hottest point of the day at the farmhouse happen to be the same. Boy, do I want to skip it, but the family has other ideas. When we are in Oklahoma, it is our practice to come together for supper…

Summer of Change

The end of another summer break has come, and we have delivered our eight-year-old granddaughter, Hero, back to her parents and a new school year. Time does seem to fly away even when you are looking. The good thing is, we have enjoyed every minute of it and made lots of memories. For the past…

Salsa Pork and Beans

Another full day in your life? Here is another Dumping Dinner recipe that is so easy. I really needed it yesterday. We had lunch plans after which we were meeting my youngest daughter, Elena, and her husband to look at a model home they are interested in. On top of that, we had a few…

Village Life

It’s been several weeks now since we brought Baby J home from the hospital. Life has taken on a rhythm of sorts. We have grown accustomed to disrupted sleep. We have new routines and priorities. It’s incredible how such a small person can impact a household in such a big way. But we were not…

Dumping Dinner: Chicken Tortilla Soup

Sorry, no picture of delicious soup. I was much too distracted to snap one. Most of us know what Chicken Tortilla Soup looks like anyway. Instead, I have included a picture for your baby gazing enjoyment. Life with a newborn demands simplicity. My crock pot has been well used over the past few weeks as…

Our Full Life Gets Much Fuller

Life It certainly has a way of surprising us in the most extraordinary ways. As of late, my seems a little topsy-turvy. Just when we think we have things all figured out and set out on the ‘Path of Our Plan,’ that’s when God puts up a detour sign right in the middle of the…

Knit One, Purl Two

I have knitted several cocoons for some babies who will make their way into the world this spring. It has been such a pleasure weaving yarn together to create something beautiful. I love the process of knitting. It satisfies my artistic soul. Often as I work along, I stop to check the progress of my…

Crustless Quiche

Easter is on its way and so is the family. If you are gathering to celebrate the holiday, you may be interested in this brunch recipe that is a favorite at my house. Enjoy! Ingredients 4 eggs 1 ¼ cups milk, anything from whole to 1% 3 slices whole wheat bread, crusts removed, cubed 4…

Be Astounded

If we did all the things we are capable of, we would literally astound ourselves. Thomas A. Edison I came across this quote one day painted on the wall of an elementary school that bears the name of its author. It’s a very good question. If we just did the things, we were capable of…