This Christmas be still…

It’s the most magical time of the year and, for many of us, the most hectic. Advent marks not only anticipation and preparation for the miracle of Jesus’ birth, but also those last few weeks before Christmas when we collectively drive ourselves crazy with all that “has” to get done. The baking, shopping, wrapping and

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Calling all Peanut Butter lovers!

Think November and you’re probably longing for turkey and mashed potatoes. Yes, those will be featured prominently on dinner tables across the country later in the month but until then, it’s Peanut Butter Lovers month! To celebrate, grab a spoon and indulge in this delicious protein-packed snack. My boys grew up loving peanut butter; we

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The magic of ice … Sweet Potato Pie Popsicles

It’s been a while since I’ve posted a blog…I have several started but lately getting any project completed takes some time and patience. I am now the full-time nanny for my 17-month old granddaughter; the transition from a window office overlooking Michigan Avenue in Chicago to farm house in Prairie Du Sac with a lovely view of

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Island soup season has begun

This morning I made the first soup for the 2014 Island season! I’m happy to eat soup for all three meals every day so I’ve perfected the art of hassle-free soup making. Italian Bean Soup 1 pound sweet Italian sausage, crumbled 1 yellow onion, chopped 1 tablespoon olive oil 1/4 cup  dried soup vegetables from

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A Broken Dishwasher … and some Baby Food

Can you ever imagine being happy that the dishwasher broke? I didn’t think so but when my daughter-in-law’s dishwasher indeed broke, it turned out to be a lovely thing … Recently I was visiting Matthew and Melissa’s Honey Creek Farm for the weekend to see my darling granddaughter. Melissa always has some project going on

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Windowpane Thinker…

Recently, while sitting on the bus during an early morning commute, I glimpsed a young man through the reflection of the bus window and something about him grabbed my attention. He was leaning alongside a large glass building, clearly lost in thought. A thinker out for a smoke.  It was the look on his face that

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