Sunday, January 26, 2014


It has been a crazy/lazy month here at the school house.  There has been lots of sniffles (the flu didn't respond so well to my homeopathic remedies) and plenty of snow!  

Lately I have been spending lots of time reading.  Each morning for my quiet time I purpose to focus on the WORD and not the world (read: Internet).  Less internet time has really opened a door! I highly recommend Nancy Leigh DeMoss's book- A Quiet Place of Rest.  It's been my instruction book for morning devotions.  

I very been knitting lots but have nothing to show- there will be plenty of spring and summer babes this year and every babe deserves a hand knit!!  Blankets and sweaters, oh my.  Now I just need to finish them up!!

Friday, December 27, 2013


This year I hosted CHRISTmas eve at our new schoolhouse.  It was such a blessing to make a meal for our family.  One thing I truly looked forward to when we moved from tiny schoolhouse to our very own schoolhouse was hospitality.  
However, in the mix of holiday bustle and hustle (and rolls that flopped) I forgot what it was *really* all about.  So I phonto-ed my CHRISTmas mantra to help me remember.

I was thrilled to have the snow begin as we were opening gifts by the fire- there is something about a white CHRISTmas.

On CHRISTmas morning we hit the road, down past the lake to the farm to celebrate some more.  We ended up by the wood stove of dear friends.  

Now we are recovering from the busy-ness and nursing the flu here at our homestead.  Many more days reading by the fire for sure!

Monday, December 9, 2013

Wintering in the kitchen

As the seasons turn from summer to autumn I always get inspired in the kitchen.  Chili, soups, stews! And then the days get shorter and shorter and darker and darker. And sometime at sunset my kitchen inspiration dies.  I'm left tired and hungry after a long day at work with my little blessings.  Trivia Wednesday at our favorite local pub-bakery-cafe or taco Thursday at the only decent restaurant (ahem, sports bar) anywhere near our new-old schoolhouse have relied upon by the chief chef (me) a bit too often.   

This past summer we joined a local CSA for the first time.  I always wanted to join one before, but circumstances were never right- we were living in a tiny schoolhouse or had the wonderful farmers market right in our back yard.  This year was different.  I really enjoyed picking up the produce each week even though I have eaten more potatoes than I ever have before in my life.  We decided to continue our membership through this winter and then make the big, scary, overgrown garden in the back yard our own personal CSA this summer.  All this was a long story to say I now like Brussel sprouts thanks to their arrival in the most recent CSA baskets.  And because of these baskets I have been getting creative in the kitchen (most of the time).  

A favorite quick midweek meal of balsamic glazed pork tenderloin (found the recipe on Pinterest--then adapted it to a non-crock pot version), homemade applesauce, and Brussel sprouts roasted with olive oil and freshly grated Parmesan!  

Of course, we still do hit up dollar tacos on Thursdays....just to keep it real.

Thursday, November 28, 2013


Happiest Thanksgiving!
I try my best to live each day with a thankful heart.  It's not always easy- I'm human.
But today, as I sit down and think about all I have to be thankful for this year i am overwhelmed. 
What a blessed life!!

Sunday, November 24, 2013

As of late...

 I live farther away now, in our new-to-us school house.  The drive could be a burden, but I am trying to see it as a blessing.  Further to listen to podcasts or worship music on the radio.  Further to be quiet and think.  Further to just be and observe.  Though it doesn't always feel like that on the drive to the grocery store...

I gave found myself quickly falling into the rhythm of winter.  Suddenly the urge to knit all.the.time has arrived and all that yarn I have been looking at is slowly being turned, one stitch at a time, into pieces of love to give away.  

A and I are found here, by the fire, with a good book in each of our hands most nights.  This school house is such a blessing! 

(On a complete side note- wow, blogging has changed! Posting from apps on my iPad and uploading pictures from the cloud! So much easier than the "dark ages" of firing up the laptop, connecting the camera, and editing photos!)