Resurrection Rolls for Easter


A few years ago we started a new tradition at Easter time:  making Resurrection Rolls.  We usually make them with the younger girls after dyeing boiled eggs.  Last year things got so busy we didn’t make them until several days after Easter.  See?  No perfection required when it comes to family traditions.   Resurrection Rolls […]

7 Things to Do the Week After Christmas


Christmas is wonderful, but so is the week AFTER Christmas. It’s a time of reflection, looking forward, decluttering and organizing. Take advantage of the motivation of ending the year and beginning a new one. Here’s a short list of ideas for things to do the week after Christmas: Take down Christmas decorations and put them […]

Simple Planning That Works Even for an Un-Organized Christmas


Let’s face it, not every Christmas is easy and organized. Circumstances change, activities vary from year to year and we have our own personal seasons of coping (or not). The good news is that even during less-organized years you can still benefit from some simple planning. Here are some ideas for ways to prepare a […]

These Small Hours: Living Intentionally During the Holidays


  Warning:  busy times are ahead.  ‘Tis the season for extra baking, shopping, wrapping, decorating and entertaining.  Starting with the Thanksgiving holiday and ending with New Year’s, the addition of extra activities on top of our regularly scheduled lives can be a mite stressful.   I’m definitely in favor of doing the extras.  Holidays mark […]

Handy Holiday Recipe List


Confession: My recipe cabinet is only semi-organized. The cookbooks stand in a row and there’s a notebook with old cooking magazines inside, but not one of the recipes is computerized or tagged. Random recipes written on loose cards or notes and torn-out magazine pages are stored in a big zip-loc bag. That’s the extent of […]

The Thanksgiving We Almost Died


The baby was six months old and he wasn’t quite crawling yet. He happily joined in the general noise and play of his two sisters and a brother, ages twenty-two months, three and four. Four little children, aged four and under. We were living in a small white frame house while my husband went to […]