Quick and Delicious: Spaghetti alla Carbonara

I still remember how delighted I was when I first learned that there was a recipe that combined spaghetti and bacon.  What a fabulous idea!  😉 This version is based on one from the Joy of Cooking, but I’ve left out the cheese (I know this may sound like a terrible idea to some of…

I Wake and Feel the Fell of Dark, Not Day

by Gerard Manley Hopkins I wake and feel the fell of dark, not day. What hours, O what black hours we have spent This night! what sights you, heart, saw; ways you went! And more must, in yet longer light’s delay. With witness I speak this. But where I say Hours I mean years, mean…

Ash Wednesday: A reminder of what’s to come

Not that long ago, I had the chance to walk through a couple of historic graveyards.  You couldn’t help but notice the skulls carved into so many of the tombstones.  Not so popular on headstones today, but maybe not a bad reminder that death is a little closer than we’d usually like to admit… Ash…

When things are shifting…

In the unsettling that is life, whether things are good, bad, or just changing, I’m learning to be helped by remembering the prayers that are wrapped around me.  I often forget it, but I know they’re there, a silent, invisible, but very real offering rising as incense to the Father from dear ones scattered across…

Out of our depth

When we would consider the love of God in Christ, we are as one approaching the ocean: he casts a glance on the surface, but the depths he cannot sound. R.C. Chapman This weekend, I got to witness again how God’s love can bubble over from people’s lives and in its wake people come together…

Soup’s On: Curried Peanut Pumpkin Soup

This recipe got bumped from last week’s menu plan due to a lack of time and unexpected leftovers. I finally got around to making it tonight, and enjoyed every bit of it, in spite of our unseasonably warm weather. Pumpkin soup recipe #1 came from one sister; pumpkin soup recipe #2 came from the internet,…

Thoughts on a Friday

I awake each morning with the desire to improve the world and the desire to enjoy the world. That makes it hard to plan my day. ~E.B. White