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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 [...]

Most seniors headed into their freshman year of college are ready for their independence and new experiences.  As they stretch out toward a new beginning, it is comforting and assuring for them to know that the people back home are thinking of them and praying for them. We can do this in many ways, by [...]

Summer comes and we can hardly wait for the lazy days of river floating, picnics in the park, and sleeping under the stars.  Yet, we quickly realize that while these may happen at certain times during June, July, and August, summer is also full of sibling squabbles, too much screen time, and bored children. In [...]

If you are planning to head into the wild wild woods backpacking this summer, use this handy checklist to make sure you have everything essential. I recently did a podcast on The Open Door Sisterhood about why camping and backpacking is good for you and your family.  My husband joined me, who is an avid [...]

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