Homemade Scalloped Potatoes

  When I make this recipe, I am back in my mother’s kitchen on a winter evening.  I remember the day I wanted to learn how she made her scalloped potatoes.  There really wasn’t anything to it, she said.  All I needed, she assured me, was potatoes, milk, salt and pepper, and a few dabs of butter. Baking potatoes work best.  Wash the potatoes, then peel them.  Slice into thin slices and put them into … Read more

Four Ways To Help Our Kids Fight Their Own Battles


  A Mama bear battles for her kids. When it comes to things concerning my kids, I am a mama bear. Biological or foster kids, it matters not. When anyone messes with my cubs, I am a growling, pawing bear. The only problem is that becoming a maniac is not biblical – nor does it represent Jesus well. Granted, when money changers sold things in the temple, Jesus showed anger as He upset tables and drove out … Read more

Homemade Rye Wheat Bread

This recipe produces a moist, rich bread.  In addition to rye, wheat and white flour, you will need eggs, instant potatoes, margarine (or butter), milk, salt, sugar and yeast. Don’t panic because of the ingredients.  It’s still an easy recipe. You’ll dissolve the yeast in warm water, then mix the dry ingredients together.  Add the melted margarine (or butter) and milk to the yeast mixture and all the dry ingredients to the wet mixture. For … Read more

10 Things To Do When Your Power Goes Out


It’s funny how things come to a screeching halt when there’s a power outage. People get bent out of shape and find it hard to manage life. I smile because I wonder how the pioneers ever survived – back before the days of Benjamin Franklin when everyone had to draw their water from a well, carry it from a river instead of just turning on a faucet, or pump their water one push at a time. … Read more