Homemade Baked Beans

I know there are many choices of beans that a person can buy if they want to serve baked beans for a picnic or a potluck. Let me tell you this: after you’ve made this recipe, you won’t want to be just opening up a can of beans anymore. I got this recipe from my friend and neighbor Joyce who concocted it with a friend a few years back.  They were providing baked beans for … Read more

Our Kids and Their Toys


Toys – Delight or Detriment? Giving our kids everything they want is one of the worst things we can do for our kids, even when it comes to their toys. I am a firm believer in having kids learn to enjoy play. Children who know how to play are ingenious, creative, and smart.  Making Do In the late 1940s, my friend spent three and a half years in five refugee camps in Denmark. During those … Read more

An Omer at a Wedding – Devotional #4


There is no right or wrong way to study or read through the Bible; yet, following a pattern can help us find gold in the stories. Finding these treasures will help us apply truth to our own lives. An omer was a biblical unit of measure for dry grain. During their wilderness travels, an omer of manna was God’s provision for each person each day. The Background The first miracle Jesus performed was at a wedding. … Read more

Ham and Scalloped Potatoes

ham scalloped potatoes

When there’s a mess of ham leftover from an event or you want to use up extra ham in your freezer, here’s a recipe that is tasty and filling. You can change the amount of ingredients to suit your fancy. I prefer to use a recipe that doesn’t require flour for thickening, and this one works for me. You can substitute Greek yogurt for sour cream, or skip that altogether and just use milk. If … Read more

Marriage: Being or Doing?


Being or Doing? When it comes to marriage, is it more important to be, or to do? The answer is both. Yet it’s easier to focus on doing rather than on being. That’s because we can more easily measure what we do than who we are. Doing Daily tasks (making your bed, tidying the house, running an errand for your spouse, shopping for groceries) are easily measured. They are things we can put on our to do … Read more