Creamy Tortellini Soup

The idea for this soup My daughter (Sarah Beth) texted me the other day. “I’m getting ready to make a soup – wish you were here to do it for me,” the text said.  Not to worry, I knew. She’d do fine on her own. I texted back, “Send me photos and the recipe when you’re done and I’ll put it on my blog.” So she did. “I rigged the recipe on my own,” she … Read more

Why Duplication for Every Kid Does Not Spell Love


Every Kids Wants Duplication Most kids think they want duplication for every kid, especially when they have to be the one who lacks an item. The kiddos had come to spend the night after being gone for two weeks. During that time, I’d purchased a used Minnie Mouse cover for the bed of Little Miss. The cover was now on top of her bed, but I had forgotten about it. They found it within minutes … Read more

What DNA Has to Do With Who I Am


Belonging through DNA. Everybody wants to belong and feel important. Evidenced by the new DNA studies that are available, people (including myself) spit into a cup and send off samples so they can learn from where their ancestors really hailed. We want to know where we fit in – and how we got to here from there. [I’ve yet to find relatives I didn’t know I had, but it’s been interesting to learn that the … Read more

Easy Homemade Vegetable Dip

vegetable dip

Homemade is best I clipped this homemade vegetable dip recipe from who-knows-where years ago.  It keeps well in the refrigerator.  You begin with equal portions of sour cream and mayonnaise and add some basic seasonings:  garlic, minced onion, Beau Monde, dill weed, and parsley. There are three things I like about this dip:  1) It’s easy to make  2) It stores for a long time in the refrigerator  3) It’s delicious. I’ve substituted plain Greek … Read more

Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?!


Who IS coming to dinner?!. This story was first published in 1995 in The South Boston Banner. It was later printed in a book of compilations of my columns, Southside Glimmers in 2007. This dinner party of unannounced guests is a great way for kids to learn about people in the Bible and their stories.  They have the opportunity to guess who each character is. We often had this event in the fall of the year, when our kids were inundated … Read more