keep Christmas

A Christmas Story that has been circling in cyberspace for years. Told of a family in the USA, in southern Indiana, who learned to celebrate the true meaning of the season. No matter the story's vintage—it brings a warm glow to my heart and a tear to my eye. In 2014 I hope there are still a…

we give thanks

My Thanksgiving Wish In my imagination our Thanksgiving dinner looks exactly like this Norman Rockwell painting. All of our children, and our children's children gather together around the table, sharing love, mutual respect, and turkey—in my imagination. In reality—D, Kai Li, KiKi, and I will gather around our dinner table to give thanks for all of our…

thanksgiving greetings

November arrives and with it comes "Black Friday, "Christmas commercials, advertisement coupons and flyers announcing another gigantic sale of the items required to "make your Thanksgiving Feast special this year". With every passing year the world outside of our cottage presents a slightly more commercial perspective on "the Holidays". Things aren't what they used to be! Thanksgiving just gets…

feel good inside

But without faith it is impossible to please and be satisfactory to Him. For whoever would come near to God must believe that God exists and that He is the rewarder of those who earnestly and diligently seek Him. Hebrews 11:6(AMP) "Lord, I'm back and I diligently seek you." How many times have we said…

calzone – crazy man!

crazy calzone Thursday D's night to cook. Football and calzone. Crazy man! Love the man. Love football. And love his calzone. Super easy and Oh so yummy...yes both the cook and his creation. Here's how: Put the pizza stone in the oven and crank up the temp. to 520° F. Yes, it's hot, but to…

be of sweet Spirit

The unspiritua* man (or woman) does not receive the gifts of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned. 1 Corinthians 2:14 * The word unspiritual here is psychikos in the Greek, and designates the person who is dominated by…

little laundry

We've lived in a small space (750 sq.ft.) since '96. We've used a small washer dryer stack during most of that time. The "little laundry" lived between the end of the counter and the fridge. It has been a great comfort to me over the years as it keeps me from having to sit for hours…

cabbage burgers today

Kraut Runza We've been making these forever. In Colorado's German-Russian communities they're known as Cabbage Pockets, Beroks, Cabbage Buns or Krautburgers. In California they appear on bakery menus as Bierocks. My husband's family, who immigrated to eastern Colorado from near Frank, Russia at the turn of the last century calls them Kraut Runza. It helps if you hold…