Super Bloom

The desert is blooming. Here in California, even the most arid of places are awash with color. Purple carpets of tiny flowers cover the desert floor, while yellow blossoms lift their faces to the sun. Bright pinks, vivid whites, and brilliant orange join the mix to make it one spectacular view.  It will be a…

Woo Hoo!

Well, this just happened. The devotional study journal, Legacy: Living NOW for Future Generations, I co-authored with three other great Bible teachers (Beckie Lindsey, Nancy Franklin, and Marie Martinat) has been selected as a finalist for the Selah Award. It is humbling and exciting at the same time to be considered for this honor. The…

Oven Prayers

I’m kind of hooked on The Great British Baking Show. I have been binge watching on Netflix it in my spare time and so far, I have learned that I know nothing when it comes to baking. Who knew there were so many different kinds of cream puffs, breads, and biscuits and so many different…

Taco Tuesday

Well, here it is—Taco Tuesday! I don’t know if Taco Tuesday is a thing other places across the country, but here in SoCal it’s pretty popular. So, instead of heading out to the local taco place, I thought I would just create some at home. So glad I did. Chicken tacos will be on our menu. This recipe for…

Be Mine

Valentine’s Day. I remember the days of anticipation of what I would find tucked inside my heart-shaped pouch made of construction paper and glitter. Notes of acceptance and encouragement like “You’re the bomb!”, “I’m TOADally yours”, or “You’re purr-fect” came complete with pictures of explosive devices, amphibians, or furry felines to match their sentiment. Lol….

Flour Tortillas

My best friend in elementary school was a girl named Flora. She was Mexican and hanging out at her house was quite a departure from my own culture. Her family spoke a different language and had a different cooking style. Her mom made the best tortillas by hand. It was fun to watch her expertly…

Tidy Up

It’s all the rage so I had to join in. I have been watching Marie Kondo and her “KonMari” method on Tidy Up, Netflix. If you are not familiar, she takes untidy people and helps them not only clean up their spaces but find joy and gratitude in their lives as well. Her exuberance about…

Corn and Cauliflower Chowder

Potato soup is a recipe I remember my mom making often. I’m sure it was one of those things that was cheap and could expand to feed a lot of people. We always ate it with saltines crunched up in it, but now my family takes it to a new level with the addition of…

Lift Up Your Hands

I will lift up my hands toward your commandments, which I love, and I will meditate on your statutes.  Psalm 119:48 ESV Hands raised in worship. I have been part of this very common occurrence at our church at the weekend services. When a song strikes a chord in my soul, the action of lifting my hands…

Creamy Tomato Basil Soup

When the weather outside is frightful like it is at our house today , soup is a good way to get warm from the inside. As of late, it has arrived on our table a couple of times. One of our favorites is this Creamy Tomato Basil Soup. I tweaked a bit and added a…