Thoughts on a Friday

Lord, how can man preach thy eternal word? He is a brittle crazy glass: Yet in thy temple thou dost him afford This glorious and transcendent place, To be a window, through thy grace. ~George Herbert in “The Windows” Advertisements

To be honest

I’d given up hope that this vine would bloom. I started the seeds before the last frosts ended, soaking them in water so they’d be sure to sprout, planting them in tubs before a warm windowsill. And they sprouted, and grew, and I transplanted them to the front flowerbed. All summer I waited for the…

No use crying…

…over spilled oatmeal. The floor really needed to be swept anyway. And there was enough in the cupboard to finish making both the homemade granola bars and the easy energy bars. At least it wasn’t the jar of honey!  😉

Finding hope again when things have gone sour…

When you end up with sour milk, perhaps it’s time to bake some bread.  And what was ruined ends up exercising your muscles and warming the kitchen, and nourishing us, all of us broken. And with this simple action, we begin to mend, to reclaim what was lost, to find wholeness again through the wounds…

Anticipating autumn…

As summer winds down, here are some reasons to rejoice that fall is on its way: no more mowing the lawn! wearing scarves again cooking and baking without overheating in the kitchen wild sunflowers no more instant sweat bath upon walking out the door a few more weeks warm enough for growing things making pots…

Thoughts on a Friday

We have to take the initiative where we are, not where we are not. ~Oswald Chambers in My Utmost for His Highest

What We’re Reading

A few of the things I’ve recently finished are: Energy Efficient Homes for Dummies by Rik DeGunther I have to say that I didn’t find it as useful as I had initially thought it would be.  A lot of the advice concerned situations I doubt I’ll ever encounter (how to install a solar-powered pump and…

Cool and Delicious: Tofu Salad

While summer hangs on just a bit longer, here’s one more cool recipe that is also incredibly quick and simple to prepare. My sister’s friend from China taught her to make this salad, so I suppose that qualifies it as authentic Chinese food! Ingredients: 1 box firm tofu (but not the kind sold in liquid…

Thoughts on a Friday

To love a person means to see him as God intended him to be. –Dostoevsky  

The milk in the microwave

When you come home to find the milk in the microwave, you’re glad that the day is book-ended with Psalm 37, and you wonder what you’ll have for breakfast tomorrow. You decide it’s probably good that you live alone so there’s no one to yell at, and wonder if you would have prayed this prayer…

Now I lay me down to sleep…

This photo-essay showing children and their bedrooms around the world, is stunning.  (View it using the full-screen option, if you can.) You can check out more images from the book here. I originally came across this story at the Non-Consumer Advocate.  

Cool and Delicious: Easy Energy Bars

This recipe originally started out as Z3 High Octane Bars from a Hy-Vee magazine.  I changed up the ingredients to use what I had on hand, and enjoyed the result. They’re easy to take to work or school and don’t require any baking like these homemade granola bars do (although I think they’re great, too!)….