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…

Labor Day 2020

Labor Day this year is different like everything else this year. What is a day of rest for some is the official end of summer. For us it’s about the food. We love to plan and prepare tasty meals. For me, setting a beautiful table is as much fun as the meal. I call it…

Chocolate Chip Sunbutter Cookie

Tonight we started talking about math, science, and cooking. My little baker and I decided to make cookies after dinner 🍪 I’m always on the lookout for recipes I can covert for my daughter’s allergies. In cookies I tend to use a flax egg but the last few times I tried earthyandy’s seltzer water suggestion…

One year as Virginians

One year of amazement summed up in two words: ONLY GOD! That’s correct. I can not possibly mention everything over the last year but I can share a few examples. Everything fell into place perfectly as only He could. From the job offer to move in 40 days! 40 days from praying, packing, researching, learning,…

Happy Birthday Wina 🎂

August 11, 2020 Tonight we celebrated Wina’s 7th birthday. We talked about what we thought it might be like in East Indonesia. We realized after googling that it’s 8:30am on the 12th there. We were late! We wondered if her cards we mailed months ago made it on time. We know that we take for…

Squeezing Out Every Drop of Summer 🍋

Today was a luscious lemony day 🍋 We relaxed, cooked, and ate this first Sunday in August. It’s hard to believe school starts in a few weeks. The Lemon Caper Artichoke Chicken is a version of my friend Elizabeth’s. Elizabeth is a fabulous cook who doesn’t love to cook. I named it E’s surprise chicken…

Christmas in July 🎄

Christmas is five months from today! 152 days to be precise. We are all ready to speed up this year with this pandemic; seeking peace. If ever we needed sweet baby Jesus it is Now! The Christmas season we are focused on others. We are nicer to each other. We give freely to others. So…

Recharged and Refreshed

What does it mean to be recharged and refreshed? Less stressed? Are we kinder to each other? Are we seeking God in everything we do? The even bigger question…How do we stay recharged and refreshed? How do we live our faith in everyday life when we are back to our overcommitted over-scheduled life? How can…