• Kids,  Thoughts

    Christmas Lunch at Mrs. Rose’s

    This past weekend I had the wonderful experience of enjoying a (rather late) Christmas lunch at Mrs. Rose’s house. Mrs. Rose is a fabulous cook that attends our church. She and her husband have been a part of the church since the building first went up back around 1964! Every year, during the Christmas season, she and her husband (Bernie) invite us over for a scrumptious meal and simple gift exchange. This has been a tradition for my family for many years. When my siblings and I were younger we would always look forward to the two or three times a year that she would invite us over for Sunday…

  • Kids,  Thoughts


    Today Kendrick is one month old. He is just beginning to do the “coo-ing” or *sighing* noises. I think he’s trying to have a deep conversation… but we are still working on his communication skills. 🙂 They are a little too basic just yet. 😉 But as I was thinking about this, my mind wandered back to my (and my siblings) childhood; all the fun, fond, and not so fond memories of that time. It’s interesting to think back on all the things we did as kids before all this technology entered our lives. All the running around we did outdoors and the busy-ness that we had, which we never thought twice about.…

  • Kitchen,  Recipes

    Mustard Sauce

    *Guest post by Jacque Granquist This recipe is my paternal grandmother’s.  She was an excellent cook, and we enjoy many of her recipes yet today. Mustard Sauce (for over hot ham)    – Evelyn Buwalda 2 eggs, beaten 1/2 c. sugar 1/4 c. vinegar 1/4 c. water 1/4 c. butter 2 T. dijon mustard Put all ingredients in a double boiler and cook until thick.  A strong dijon or Dusseldorf style mustard should be used if you can get it.

  • Household

    Its the little things

    A family from church had a house fire caused by their dryer a few months ago.  This got me to thinking about our dryer, and the fact that I haven’t really cleaned it out (other than emptying the lint screen with every load) since we bought it 10 years ago.  Lint catches fire so easily, and I know the screen doesn’t catch everything!  I went downstairs today armed with a screwdriver, Q-tips, rubbing alcohol and a microfiber cloth. When I took the lint screen housing off, it was amazing how much lint was inside. Unfortunately, the main part of the housing was attached to the dryer by some wires that…

  • Kids,  Thoughts

    Inspiration for Patch the Pirate

    As you may already know, Ron Hamilton often takes familiar voices, phrases, tunes and put his own twist on them and uses them in his Patch the Pirate stories.I was listening to The Custard’s Last Stand while working and for the first time connected the dots between these two songs and found it quite interesting.