cooking, family, gardening

Sugar or Starch?

How could something so sweet be good for you and yet stick to the bowl like starch? July and August may be the dog days of summer because of the heat but they are our time to ‘put up corn.’ Sweet corn is my family’s favorite vegetable.  When the family gathers for Sunday lunch or… Continue reading Sugar or Starch?

faith, family, gardening

Fake Strawberries

John 15:4-6 New International Version (NIV) 4 Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. 5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will… Continue reading Fake Strawberries

faith, family, gardening, Legacy

Which Season Are You In?

One of my hobbies is color analysis. I enjoy the process of helping someone discover what colors are best for them to wear.  Each person can be categorized in one of the seasons of the year - fall, winter, spring or summer.  It is amazing to see how one’s hair color, eye color, eye pattern,… Continue reading Which Season Are You In?

faith, family, gardening, Grandparents

Dogwood Winter

I failed to take the hint. Admiring the Dogwood blossoms on my way to church made me think they were a bit early. Don’t they usually bloom at Easter time? Easter is almost two weeks away. However, not having John’s folks to remind me I just admired the dogwoods and that was it. It snowed on… Continue reading Dogwood Winter

cooking, family, gardening, Grandparents

How to Make Nana’s Sweet Pickles

Chopping cucumbers to make sweet pickles, I realized “when I am gone no one in the family will continue this tradition.” My husband’s mom canned her nine day sweet pickles and my husband and our sons could finish off a pint at a meal. A lady in my husband’s first church made the best sweet… Continue reading How to Make Nana’s Sweet Pickles

gardening

How to Garden in a Drought

It is so dry. According to the National Weather Service we are in a severe to extreme drought. We have had a few brief sprinkles of rain in the last three weeks. Our grass is not growing, but our garden continues to thrive thanks to a layer of wood chips. We were introduced to Back to… Continue reading How to Garden in a Drought