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

Why Chocolate, Roses, and Cards Do Not Spell Success


I came downstairs Valentine’s morning to a beautiful card and two large Hershey’s Milk Chocolate bars. I ripped open the card and read the sweet things my hubby wrote on the inside: things such as, “I don’t want to be a Dead Sea; I want to be like the Sea of Galilee  and keep giving to you.” I also had one sample (40 calories) of the Hershey bar and put the rest in the freezer … Read more

Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix

Granted, I think there’s nothing better than real hot chocolate made from scratch.  I’ll share a recipe for that later.  But if you’re low in milk or need an easy way to mix one cup at a time, here’s a tried-and-true recipe I’ve used for years.  You can decrease the sugar as much as you’d like, and you can buy low-sugar or no-sugar Nestles Quick if you’d rather.  Use what works best for you! This … Read more

I Want To Grow Old With You

  It’s Valentine’s Day, and young lovers are enjoying the freshness of their relationship. I watch them, and I remember how it was with us. I treasure the memories of our beginnings, for there is nothing quite like the fragrance of an opening flower. Yet the fragrance of our love is deeper and richer than that of a fresh blossom. We’ve weathered storms and seasons because we are committed to each other. I want to … Read more