Advent-Right on Time 2020

If we ever needed Advent it is NOW. In this year of unexpected challenges, heart break, and isolation. Advent means the coming. The coming of Christ. We wait with anticipation for the coming of Christ. We celebrate His birth and hope for His return someday. We mark this season with several traditions. The Advent wreath,…

The Jesse Tree Tradition

The Jesse Tree is a tradition from 1949 and celebrated the four weeks of Advent. Key events in the history of salvation are recalled from scripture and repented by symbols. These ornaments are hung on a tree in order of the story’s development. The tradition recounts God’s grace at work in history and heightens the…

Thanksgiving 2020 🦃

I’ve learned a few things this Thanksgiving. First, it takes just as long to prepare Thanksgiving dinner for three as it does for a group. Second, I still eat too much even when making tiny portions. Third, I am grateful for technology to see my family for the prayer even if I cannot hug them….

Thanksgiving Memories

I know we are all experiencing the new normal but when it comes to Thanksgiving I am not ok! I miss the house full of people. Waiting my turn for the bathroom. Long hot baths in the deep porcelain tub with the hottest water on earth. The early morning sounds of a walker before the…

Yes Please, Thanksgiving and Christmas

I love Thanksgiving and Christmas. For me it’s not one or the other it is both. I’m slowly decorating for Christmas and keeping Thanksgiving up too! My goal is to have everything done by Thanksgiving. After Thanksgiving dinner I can swap the table to Christmas and enjoy every moment without stressing out trying to get…

Apple Cider Donuts

We are definitely in apple cider county. We consider ourselves connoisseurs after only a year living here. We’ve had the opportunity of sampling many varieties of this tasty mix of apples and spices. A true connoisseur never buys apple cider with added sugar. We’ve had apple cider hot, cold, and even had blind taste tests….

Birthdays are to be Celebrated

I’ve always believed that Birthdays are to be celebrated. I’ve loved planning parties for my girls based on a theme they selected. Last year we were new in town so we surprised Shelton with a train trip to DC. Wonderful meals, surprise visitors, and a family party at the American Girl Store. This year due…

Sweet Potato Baby

I never met a sweet potato I didn’t like. In fact I believe they are a year-round staple and not just for Thanksgiving. I grew up eating them for Thanksgiving and Christmas every year. Each year we gathered for the 4th of July, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. Sweet potatoes were served in the fall and winter…

Butternut Squash, Apple, and Pumpkin Pasta with Fresh Sage

We are in full fall food mode! Many of our meals have fall squash, pumpkin, apples, and sweet potatoes all locally grown in Virginia. Today we made apple cider donuts, butternut squash, apple, pumpkin pasta with fresh sage, and sweet potato pie with homemade whipped cream. This post is about the pasta! I will post…

Minestrone Soup

It’s been raining for a few days. Cool fall day and prefect to make soup when outdoor activities are not possible. Sunday afternoons I love to rest, read, and cook. Soup is my favorite. All kinds of soup. I love the warm comfy feeling of soup. Using fall vegetables make this minestrone even better. I’m…

All Things Fall 🍎🍏🍂⛰

Fall always meant swapping out the wardrobe and sweating to be fashionable. Since moving to Virginia fall means 40 degree mornings and 60s in the day. Fall also means picking apples and not sweating at the pumpkin farm. This weekend it was brisk at the apple orchard. Pony rides, carriage rides, and our first cup…

Pumpkin Protein Oatmeal

Yesterday I opened a can of pumpkin purée to make a pumpkin spice latte. So what to do with the rest? I’d made a pumpkin pie protein shake, pumpkin bisque, so why not pumpkin oatmeal. It feels like fall. Warm, yummy, and healthy. Ingredients: 2 cups water Pinch of salt 1 cup gluten free oatmeal…