Let's go way on back to 2010... My husband and I got married that April, on a Wednesday morning, at the county courthouse. No, it wasn't a shotgun wedding, we just really wanted to be married, and unfortunate family circumstances led to us choosing super low-key elopement over the formal church wedding I had spent … Continue reading Transitioning to Stainless Steel
I'm a huge fan of perennials because they're generally hearty, difficult to kill, and low maintenance. However, I'm really good at growing them... Like, too good. I mean the silly things take over!! Incidentally, I also love "forage food" and "wild edibles". So in order to cater to both issues, I determined to grow extra … Continue reading Forage Food: Hostas
24 Jacob was left alone, and a man wrestled with him until daybreak. 25 When the man saw that he could not defeat him, he struck Jacob’s hip socket as they wrestled and dislocated his hip. Genesis 32:24-25 Jacob is one of the most personally relatable people in the Bible for me. Not the whole … Continue reading My “Jacob” Life
It started out as a way for my mother-in-law to do a left over make over turning what was left of the corned beef into shepherd's pie. That turned into a bit of a family tradition of eating exclusively Irish (or Irishy) fare the week leading to St. Patrick's Day in celebration of our family's … Continue reading Irish (food) Week!
This post is a little ironic because my middle child was in bed with a pretty high fever as I wrote this... But, I know several stay-at-home moms who almost avoid getting together because every time they take their children out in public, they return home with some kind of viral or bacterial illness. It's … Continue reading How I keep my Children Healthy
It's a question I get at pretty much every social gathering. It used to give me outrageous social anxiety. Will my abstinence from this food offend the hosts? Will eating this out of politeness result in a month of migraines and gastrointestinal pain and discomfort? (The answer to question 2 is always "yes.") I had … Continue reading But What Can You Eat?
Instruct them to do what is good, to be rich in good works, to be generous, willing to share, storing up for themselves a good reserve for the age to come, so that they may take hold of life that is real. 1 Timothy 6:18-19 HCSB There is a "hoarder" element of the "Prepper" mentality … Continue reading Christian Hospitality: Preparedness
"Above all, love each other deeply because love covers a multitude of sins. Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling." 1 Peter 4:8-9 After my husband's injury, we received a heap of generosity from our friends, family, and neighbors. Everything from childcare while I went to be with my husband in the hospital, to lawn … Continue reading Christian Hospitality
I've just sort of accepted the fact that my physical body is temporary. My body is broken and I struggle with chronic health issues stemming from autoimmunity triggered by prescription medications and birth control usage. God has redeemed many of the issues I faced in my initial confrontation with sickness 5 years ago, one of … Continue reading What Keeps me Going
I'll just go ahead and say what everyone who's ever eaten with my family is thinking: I hate meal times. I do. I hate them. Christian culture makes meal times out to be this glamorized period during which smiling, laughing, families gather around a large table to share a hot meal and good conversation. That … Continue reading Managing Mealtime Madness