Soup’s On: Pumpkin Curry Soup

I was thinking of making the other pumpkin soup recipe but didn’t want to spend the time cooking up some sweet potatoes just for making soup, so I went looking for a different recipe.  I came across this one and liked the idea of the Thai twist of coconut milk with curry. This soup doesn’t…

Thoughts on a Friday

God all-bounteous, all-creative, Whom no ills from good dissuade, Is incarnate, and a native Of the very world he made. From “Hymn 32” by Christopher Smart A very Merry Christmas to all!

Advent: Re-focusing…

…be still and know that I am God… It seems like I was just here, but how quickly my focus wanders and I forget that this season is not.about.what.I’m.doing. Not about cookies that get burned (or don’t get baked), not about finding the perfect present or singing the right songs or cards that aren’t mailed……

Advent: Getting ready to give!

If you’re still working on getting the right presents for all the people on your list, here are a few suggestions. Fairly-traded items For unique gifts with an international flair, you might try something from one of these online fair trade retailers or from a local store in your community that offers fair trade products….

Soup’s On: Chipotle Black Bean Soup

A vegetarian colleague of mine passed this recipe on to me. The beans and rice make a hearty meal, and the crock pot makes it an easy way to cook dry beans (without soaking them ahead of time). Ingredients: 1 Tablespoon olive oil 2 medium red onions, chopped 2 medium bell peppers, chopped 4-6 cloves…

Thoughts on a Friday

Annunciation by John Donne Salvation to all that is nigh; That All, which always is All every where, Which cannot sin, and yet all sins must bear, Lo, faithful Virgin, yields himself to lie In prison, in thy womb; and though he there Can take no sin, nor thou give, yet he will wear Taken…

Advent: Keeping Christmas

Recently, a friend of mine who comes from a different faith tradition, asked if I do anything special during Advent.  I didn’t really know what to say, but later I realized that much of what I take for granted about this season, might not be so obvious to everyone.  So, here’s my answer to the…

Thanksgiving Redux

We’re now into Advent, and the decorations with a fall theme are getting replaced with those for the new season.  So, as we turn this page, here’s the list of thanks from my thankfulness tree before the leaves get turned into compost:  tomatoes gifts to give rain peppers fall colors unexpected invitations money blue skies…

Fall Favorites: Butternut Squash with Sausage and Apples

Tart apples, sausage, and squash, with just a hint of brown sugar, are a wonderful fall combination.  It’s not very photogenic, but it’s delicious! This recipe is a modified version of one from the All New Joy of Cooking.  In the original, the squash shells are stuffed with the filling, but that always got messy…

Thoughts on a Friday

If instead of a gem, or even a flower, we would cast the gift of a lovely thought into the heart of a friend, that would be giving as the angels must give. –George MacDonald