How to Find the Perfect Gift

The Christmas I was ten was the year I didn’t get the gift I wanted. No one saw me as I closed the door to Mama’s bedroom. Throwing myself onto her bed, I let the pillow absorb my tears. Somehow, it didn’t seem right to be crying. Not on Christmas! But you see, I didn’t get the purse I wanted for Christmas. Oh, I got a purse, but not the one I thought I was … Read more

Refrigerator Mashed Potatoes

The cool thing about this mashed potato recipe is that it can be made several days ahead and kept in the refrigerator. When you’re ready  working on the remainder of the meal, you can pop these into the oven and they’ll be ready by the time you’re done setting the table and completing meal preparation. You’ll need 6-8 potatoes, sour cream, cream cheese, salt and pepper, garlic and onion, and butter. I’ve often substituted Greek … Read more

Three Things a Mom Can Do When Her World is Spinning Out of Control

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I remember those days when my world was spinning out of control. Oh, how I remember those days! I learned a few things (the hard way). Those older women telling me, “Enjoy them now because they grow up so fast!” were not encouraging to me on those I-am-so-weary days. What helped me most was the time my husband wrapped his arms around me, looked me in the eyes and said, “Figure out what upsets you, then … Read more

How Being a Pilgrim is a Way of Life


The way I see it, anybody can be a tramp. But not everyone is a pilgrim. The other evening over dinner, I asked my kids for their definition of a pilgrim. “A traveler, a vagrant, or a wayfarer,” one of them said. “How about someone on a journey?” another replied. Still another one answered, “Those people dressed in black and white with those strange hats.” “A pilgrim is a wayfarer.  He moves from place to … Read more

Best Ever Pork Chops

If you’re looking for a low-calorie or low-carb recipe for pork chops, keep moving.  This is not for you. If you’re looking for scrump-dil-i-icious, then hang with me and I’ll show you what I do. I make this dish once (or twice) a year.  The way my man works, he deserves this when it’s his birthday. I used to serve it when we had our kids’ teachers come for an end-of-the-year meal.  It was fun … Read more