Our house with violets

How I Felt When You Complemented My Home

I really do have a lovely home. It’s not huge or new or rich, but it is pretty and cozy. It’s about “average” as far as houses go around here, but so much more than most people in our world would ever dream of. We picked it over twenty years ago, and I can still […]

30 Day Pilates Body Challenge

I Can’t Resist Sharing This Ten-Minute Pilates Challenge With You!

OK. I wasn’t going to do this, but I simply can’t resist! It’s already Day #3, but I’d still like to invite you to join me for this 30 Day Pilates Body Challenge hosted by my new friend, Robin Long. You see, I don’t know Robin, but after just a couple of days, she seems like a kind […]

green smoothie in mason jar

How To Make a Simple Green Smoothie (It’s more simple than you think!)

Recently, I explained how I freeze bananas to use for baking and smoothies. Well, my wonderful and insightful sister thought that maybe some more detailed information on what to do with frozen bananas would be in order. Perhaps she’s right. So let’s talk smoothies. I use banana (especially frozen bananas), in almost every smoothie. We […]

hanging bananas

Life Cycle of a Banana

I’m sure I now have you all on the edge of your seat, breathlessly awaiting an in-depth study about how bananas are grown and harvested, but that is not the topic of this post. (Sorry.) Neither will I discuss what happens after you ingest bananas…..(no further comments necessary!). Today’s post is just about the life cycle […]

Proverbs 16:3

Flourishing Plans

  …or as the NLT (New Living Translation) states,   “Commit your actions to the lord, and your plans will succeed.”   Well, that sounds simple enough. So if I just pray about my plans every day, God will make me succeed?   On first glance at this verse, it would seem that if we […]

community, city

Responsible Reasons for Buying Local

I am all for bargains. In fact, I think that most of the time doing everything we can (within reason),to save money is not only smart, but often necessary, in order to stay within our budgets. But once in awhile there are legitimate reasons for doing what is expedient, such as buying local. And I […]

iced coffee and rose

If You Love Them, Let Them Go…..Eat !!! (Valentine’s Day Edition)

Happy Valentine’s Day!!! If there’s one thing I’ve learned as a wife and mother (especially with three tall men making up my family; my husband, a teenager, and a young adult), it is that one of the best ways to show love is to feed them. You know the old saying that the way to […]

Country-Style Potato and Onion Pie

How To Eat an Egg Part 1 – Country-Style Potato and Onion Pie

I’m all for quick, easy meals, especially for supper at the end of a long, busy day (as in, most of the time). But I also want to serve my family as much real, healthy food as possible, without driving myself insane. One way I accomplish this is to rely on some easy, quick meals […]

stone well with bucket

The Well Is Deep

    This morning in my Bible plan reading of the day, Oswald Chambers, author of the well-known and loved devotional, My Utmost For His Highest, talked about the story of the woman at the well. Jesus stops along his travels at a village in Samaria, and surprises a Samaritan woman by not only speaking to […]

snowy pine tree

One Thing I’ve Learned in (Almost) 50 Years…..

Today we got the snow that we’ve been waiting for all winter (well, some of us, at least). We’ve only had a little snow so far this winter, and any we got has melted away within days. In fact, it’s been unseasonably warm for New England. But today we got about six to eight inches […]