Vegan pumpkin scones with fresh cranberries (and very little sugar)

Doesn’t that look delicious in the morning light?  😉  I wrote previously about my experimental vegan pumpkin scones and accidentally leaving out the sugar.  It turns out that people seem to like them better that way! I’ve got a stash of cranberries that I need to use up, so one morning I decided to add…

Thoughts on a Friday

Some heartening thoughts on the day when so many around the world will celebrate in the name of the mysterious St. Valentine.  😉 My brother or sister, if you live out of the center, you win.  On a given day you might be more depressed than anything else, but when your life is hidden with…

Pumpkin and black bean curry

I was scrambling to put something together for a potluck one day, and this was the result.  It started out as this recipe, and I simplified it a bit (seeing as I hadn’t planned ahead enough to use dry beans).  It was a hit, and I’m happy to have another recipe to help me use…

Thoughts on a Friday

The Master Potter by Marlene J. Chase He moves amid the potsherds, with patient practiced eye, saves fragments of divinity shattered by outrageous winds. Plying His grand, inscrutable trade, He grinds the useless shards and kneads them into clay. … Read the rest here (p. 32).

Maple roasted chicken with carrots and sweet potatoes

The wind is howling outside, and I’ve been baking up a storm, very happy to be inside rather than out there where the temperature is dropping.  Along with trying to get back in the swing of planning my meals for the week, I’m also trying to make sure I use up things I’ve got before…

Thoughts on a Friday

I managed to get my Christmas things put away in one afternoon, but I’m never rushed about it.  I don’t see any problem with leaving the nativity and decorations up through the first week or so of Epiphany.  Anyway, with that in mind, this seemed like a good thought on which to end the week:…

The flu box

It seems like the wrong time of year, but I keep hearing stories about how the flu season is still going strong, and maybe even picking up in some places.  So, now is as good a time as ever to share my newly re-stocked “flu box.”  (It’s actually a basket now because the box got…

Epiphany cake fail (sort of)

This cake sort of came together by accident.  😉  I’d been mulling over the recipes in the December issue of Better Homes and Gardens and decided to whip up a batch of the flavored marshmallows just for fun.  I used raspberry syrup and swirled real raspberry juice on the top (definitely the most delicious bit!). …

I wanted to post this while it’s still January 11th where I live… More resources are available here and here.

Reading Colossians for Christmas

For the last few months I’ve been studying Ephesians, Philemon, and Colossians, wending my way back and forth between the books in several different settings.  I got mired in Colossians in the weeks leading up to and beginning the Advent season, which turns out to have been a fantastic thing! I’ve been enthusiastic about Colossians…

Advent Thanksgiving

The Thanksgiving holiday is over, but there’s still a lot to be thankful for: a light dusting of snow Christmas lights Christmas music Advent hope, for now and for the future flannel sheets laughter fair trade coffee at Aldi people’s generosity laundry (even if I may complain about having to wash it or fold it…

Advent Hope

Christian hope, the spirit that dominates the Advent/Christmas season, is not reserved merely for some splendid future yet to come.  It is much more than an otherworldly matter, a promise of heavenly reward after death.  Jesus does not ask us to wait until later, until the end for help and healing.  Hope is the good…