Cool and Delicious: Freezer Jam

One of the wonderful things about summer is finding fresh fruit and vegetables on sale.  The only problem is that there’s no way to eat as much as you’d like to buy!  Unlike spaghetti, it’s not something that you can just stock up on unless you do a little processing first. Traditionally, the only way…

A bit on love

Here’s a bit that came out of some of the reading lately: Human love is directed to the other person for his own sake, spiritual love loves him for Christ’s sake.  Therefore, human love seeks direct contact with the other person; it loves him not as a free person but as one whom it binds…

What We’re Reading

Currently Reading… Energy Efficient Homes for Dummies by Rik DeGunther This book discusses ways to save money and energy whether you own your own home or live in an apartment.  I’ve never used any of the “for Dummies” books before, and I haven’t gotten far into this one, but so far it seems like it’s…

Cool and Delicious: Beet Salad

If brightly colored fruits and vegetables really are full of health benefits, then beets are surely packed with something good for you! This salad is a heavily modified version of the Creamy Beet Salad in the All New Joy of Cooking. This time, I experimented with cooking the beets in the microwave instead of boiling…

Thankful for…

beauty in unexpected places the scent of fresh peaches friends with beautiful children friends without children air conditioning new ideas and information to encounter the opportunity to learn time away from the daily grind library books! old things made useful again projects completed projects in progress help with projects ripening tomatoes garlic to harvest the…

Cool and Delicious: Sauteed Penne with Cauliflower and Chickpeas

I can’t remember where I got this recipe (although it is very similar to this one). My only complaint about it is that it looks kind of bland — white cauliflower, light brown chickpeas, and light colored pasta.  Not too visually exciting, but it tastes good!  And using the same water for the cauliflower and…

Thoughts on a Friday

The best that we can find in our travels is an honest friend.  He is a fortunate voyager who finds many. ~Robert Louis Stevenson

On the road to humility

Whatever our position in life, if our lives and works are to be of the kingdom of God, we must not have human approval as a primary or even major aim.  We must lovingly allow people to think whatever they will.  We may, if it seems right, occasionally try to help them understand us and…

Cool and Delicious: Kate’s Pesto

If you’ve got a source of fresh free basil, this is a great deal.  If you don’t, it’s probably prohibitively expensive. I had the recipe for a decade before I had the basil to make it, but it was worth the wait.  The recipe came from someone living far from easy access to traditional pesto…

Thoughts on a Friday

The aim of life is appreciation; there is no sense in not appreciating things; and there is no sense in having more of them if you have less appreciation of them. ~ G.K. Chesterton