Cooked Carrots with Maple Syrup Glaze

cooked carrots

Cooked carrots. Cooked carrots are easier for kids and older folks to eat than raw carrots. Adding a touch of sweetness helps with flavor and enjoyment. A hint of butter with a touch of glazed real maple syrup over the carrots is a dainty way to put it up a notch. For this recipe, I’ve used regular carrots and I have used baby carrots. Sometimes I cut the carrots into rounds, and sometimes I slice … Read more

When Submission Means You Speak UP


To begin with: The road of submission has two ditches. Before you begin reading, let me remind you that our fallen nature has folks on both sides of those ditches. I realize there are women who are subtly domineering; women who are controlling, and women who are blatantly disrespectful of their spouses. This post is not talking about any of those women. Nor is it an encouragement to these women to continue this behavior. There … Read more

The Hazy, Lazy Daze of Summer

Ah, summer! School is out, and summer is here! What are you going to do all summer?  How do you keep your kids from getting bored?  Where can you find things to do that will occupy your time and the time of your kids? How do you teach your kids that life goes on, that summer isn’t all about them, and that they can make their own memories without constantly needing to have something to … Read more

Creamy Broccoli Bake

Broccoli casserole. This creamy broccoli bake is one of my family’s favorites. I’ve never yet met a child who did not like this vegetable in this casserole. Oh, that’s right; I have one kid who never cared for it – the picky one, but that’s because he doesn’t like mushrooms and not because he doesn’t like the green stuff. [Sorry, kid. I’ve tried for a quarter of a century to get you to like mushrooms.] … Read more

Inside Voices are for Parents, Too

inside voices

Inside and loud. When your child is pitching a fit and raising the roof, the last thing a parent feels like doing is speaking quietly, using a quiet voice. To be heard above the din, one must raise it up a notch, right? Wrong. You do not want to know how often I did this wrongly. Too many to count, that’s for sure. When your child is not within eyesight, raising a voice is used … Read more