Suzette’s Bridal Shower


Saturday was Suzette's bridal shower.  It was held on the lawn at our home church.  Jessica worked hard to make it a lovely event, and she was successful!  Heather was the perfect speaker.  She is THE most gracious lady I know.  She shared precious words of marriage wisdom with Suzette, and with all of us. I would write more, but I don't have time!  Here are only a few of the many pics:   … [Read more...]

A Wearisome Time

ball jars

Well, it's less than 8 weeks until the wedding, and we are no where near ready, but I suppose the wedding will take place regardless!  Having to do every project ourselves, on top of the recent death of Carl's father, our overpriced and stressful trip to Oklahoma, and my already overloaded schedule of caring for my dad...  I am far from being myself these days.   I've been a bit concerned about not receiving the "man help" we need for the wedding, but I know the Lord will provide.  He always … [Read more...]

Bridesmaid Dresses!


I am so excited about getting Suzette's bridesmaid dresses started!  Yesterday, three of the girls (the other three are in Oklahoma) had their measurements taken by our very talented seamstress, Tinia.  She is making the dresses with only a picture to go by.  It's a very interesting process.  She takes the measurements and makes a muslin dress.  After using that to get everything right, she uses it as a pattern.  Then she makes the actual dress.   And she does this whole process through the mail … [Read more...]

Cheesy Kale Chips


Okay, I know what you're thinking.  Kale Chips?  Yuck.  Well, I guess these are just something you'd have to experience to know how yummy they really are.  I made them once before, and they were very good, but this last recipe I tried is a winner.  They have no real cheese at all, but have a cheesy flavor from the combination of ingredients.  Carl says they are addictive, and he ate almost a whole dehydrator tray of them!  Let me tell you how I made them... First, take a bunch of curly leaf … [Read more...]

Time In The Kitchen


My friend Robin was one of the first people to inspire me to eat whole foods.  I remember visiting her one day and she showed me how she made her own whole grain flour with a grain mill.  I was amazed.  I had never seen grains of whole wheat before!  I was inspired.  Another way she inspired me (she probably doesn't even know this!) is she told me one day, "I need to spend some time in the kitchen."  I didn't really know exactly what she meant.  Did she mean she needed to clean up the dishes? … [Read more...]