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Family Photos and Updates

Family Photos and Updates

It’s been a while since I updated this space with family updates so this post will be news-y. Our biggest life update is that our daughter Emily is engaged to be married to her childhood friend, Sam. Sam surprised her by proposing two days before […]

Strawberry Lemon Scones

Strawberry Lemon Scones

This is my go-to scone recipe. Until our recent kitchen renovation, this recipe was taped into the cupboard door where I could have quick access to it. I made it so often over the years whenever we needed a pick-me-up during a long, tedious school […]

Weekend Edition: Copycat Shepherd’s Pie, Natural Cures, and Favorite Things

Weekend Edition: Copycat Shepherd’s Pie, Natural Cures, and Favorite Things

I hope you are all having a great weekend. Some newsy stuff:: We’re in the middle of construction again and I’m super excited about this part of our renovation: my kitchen makeover. It feels surreal to be getting new kitchen cabinets and to be able […]

Weekend Edition

Weekend Edition

This weekend I’m sharing a few links that I think you’ll enjoy, so grab yourself a cup of coffee or tea and enjoy. I’ve been doing all the planning that comes with another school year: meal plans, curriculum choices, Bible study plan, etc, so it […]

Homemade Fried Rice and New England Style Duck Sauce

Homemade Fried Rice and New England Style Duck Sauce

My friend, Ruth, had the greatest recipe for fried rice on her website, but the flipgram is now disabled!! (Ruth, we need another tutorial!!) I’ve made her recipe so many times because my kids love Chinese Rice and this recipe is quick, easy, and inexpensive. […]

Favorite Things Friday

Favorite Things Friday

It’s been a while since I did a Favorite Things Friday edition. Did I mention that life has been just a bit busy? All last week was spent searching for a wedding venue for my oldest daughter. {We got one!} It was a tad overwhelming, […]

Top 10 Favorite Recipes for Youth Group Activities

Top 10 Favorite Recipes for Youth Group Activities

If you work in youth ministries, you’ve probably prepared a lot of food. Of course, youth ministries is more than food.  It’s about encouraging hearts who are often trying to navigate the turbulent waters of adolescence, affirming the love of God to kids who often […]

Two Favorite DIY Holiday Cheese Spreads

Two Favorite DIY Holiday Cheese Spreads

I had a group of friends over this week for fellowship and food and one thing they all had in common was their love for these cheese spreads: Garlic and Herb, and Blue Cheese, Walnut, and Cranberry Spread. I love this recipe because it’s inexpensive […]

Friday Favs

Friday Favs

Are you all enjoying this beautiful fall weather? I can’t help but pull out my iPod whenever I am out and about and spot a beautiful autumn scene. When your weeks are the busiest, I’m telling you, it’s important to notice the little things of beauty […]

DIY Italian Ice  {Lime, Lemon, Orange}

DIY Italian Ice {Lime, Lemon, Orange}

Today I have a refreshing summer recipe for you! If you’ve ever been to the North End in Boston, you’ve most likely tasted Polcari’s lemon ice. When the weather’s hot, Polcari’s hundred-year-old barrel of lemon ice appears on the corner of their family owned store. For around $2 you […]