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Three years ago, on International Women’s Day, I was standing on the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro raising money for sisters who live in the three most dangerous places in the world. This was no ordinary trip for me. We began in Rwanda, then crossed the border into the Democratic Republic of Congo, an active war [...]

Family gatherings are the best.  Maybe yours are with actual family, or with  friends who are like family.  With our clan, we most often head up to Priest Lake, Idaho, for mountains, s’mores, huckleberry picking, and paddle boarding at sunset on the lake.  Or, in the winter, we dive into knee-deep powder, hot chocolate, and [...]

Some recipes are made for the generations. Meaning, they are meant to be passed down over and over and over again. This is one of them. I first discovered this recipe in an old Jr. League cookbook. If you know me at all, you know I am CRAZY about Jr. League cookbooks. I’ve adapted the [...]

Who doesn’t love a good punch? Growing up my grandma, named Gertrude, or my great aunt, named Emma, would throw one together in a hurry.  They would freeze a ring of ice with berries or lemon slices in one of their decorative copper rounds and it made the most beautiful ice ring for the punch [...]

This is one of the most versatile breakfast casserole recipes I have ever made.  I discovered it when my mom gave me the Jr. League of Spokane cookbook, Gold ‘N Delicious.  This is still my very favorite cookbook of all time (which says A LOT since I collect them). Since then, I have adapted it [...]

Everyone thinks they have the top cinnamon roll recipe.  I get this. But this one may well rise to the top of the favorites list.  It’s just amazing.  And I’ve tried them all. Cinnamon rolls are a tradition for birthdays and Christmas around here.  I also keep extras in the freezer to take them to [...]

There’s something about an 18th birthday – no question its a mile marker, for the parent and the child now turned young adult.  It feels big, and it is.  Eighteen signals a crossing. Kids who hit this marker will be launching soon from the home, will make decisions about their futures and careers, and will [...]

Apple butter takes me right back to Lancaster, Pennsylvania Amish country where I first sampled this thick, spice infused goodness.  The laundry, hung out to dry, gently swayed in the wind next to rows and rows of corn that summer morning. A buggy driven by a stately man dressed in all black with the Amish [...]

My sister had warned me about college drop off weekend.  “Be ready. It’s roller-coaster emotional, busy, and it tears your heart to shreds.”  While my sister and I are similar in many ways, I’m the deep feeler of our duo, so if she felt that way, I forecasted double the emotions.  I knew that the college [...]

My sister was studying abroad in Sevilla, Spain when our family flew across the Atlantic to visit this country full of flamenco dancers, bull fights, and strange Gaudi architecture. But what I didn’t know is that I would fall head over heels for the national dish:  PAELLA! The first time I had it we were in [...]

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