America the Beautiful ~ Our Summer Vacation

America the Beautiful ~ Our Summer Vacation

Our summer vacation took us through five states within a week’s time. Our main destination was Colorado, because we had never been there before, but our route took us through other new areas, as well. We did an awful lot of driving and within that short time span the vistas changed dramatically, as did the …

Seasons of Parenting

Seasons of Parenting

When I was expecting our first child, I read a lot of books to prepare myself for the new world of parenting. I didn’t know much of anything about taking care of babies and raising children, so I wanted to learn as much as I could. Little did I know that parenting had different seasons, …

Roadfood ~ The Roadtripper’s Companion

Roadfood ~ The Roadtripper's Companion

My husband and I both enjoy road trips, watching the scenery go by and being in control of our route and schedule. We also prefer eating in diners and local joints as a way to further experience the areas we visit. When I saw Jane and Michael Stern’s book, Roadfood, on Blogging for Books, I …

Mid-Life Blogger’s Peach Cobbler

Mid-Life Blogger's Peach Cobbler

I managed to salvage some peaches in my battle with Brown Rot and I wanted to make a cobbler. There are lots of recipes for peach cobbler, but I was looking for one with more of a crunchy topping, versus a “cakey” one. I ended up combining two different recipes. I was really happy with …

Brown Rot is the Pits

Brown Rot is the Pits

I wasn’t sure if we’d get peaches this year because we had a late freeze right in the middle of blooming. A lot of peaches formed, but most of them fell from the tree. The tree has grown by leaps and bounds this season and has a lot of foliage. A few chickens have taken …

A Passion for Seeds ~ Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Company

A Passion for Seeds ~ The Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Company

I’ve wanted to visit Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Company for a long time. For at least ten years I’ve received their catalogs and watched Jere Gettle’s business and family grow. Their festivals have always looked like so much fun, yet I never found the time to make the 2 1/2 hour trip. My contact there, …

Let Homeschool Freedom Ring!

Let Homeschool Freedom Ring

When we first started homeschooling, I was full of anxiety and self-doubt. As time passed, however, I relaxed and started to enjoy the freedoms it had to offer. I truly treasured them and am thankful that we were able to spend more time with our kids during their fleeting childhood years. At a time when we …

A Tribute to Homeschool Fathers

A Tribute to Homeschool Fathers

Father’s Day is a special occasion for honoring fathers. All fathers are worthy of respect and appreciation for the things they do for their family, but I wanted to narrow my focus to the homeschool father. Homeschooling isn’t a popular choice to make or an easy road to navigate, and although it’s a blessing, it …

The Rabbit Mystery

The Rabbit Mystery

My daughter came in the front door, calling, “Mom! Come here! Hurry!” I might’ve panicked, but the tone of her voice hinted at something pleasant. Again, she urged, “hurry!” As I came downstairs, “I said, ‘It’s not something that’s going to get loose in the house, is it?” She and her cousin giggled. What greeted …

Garden Tour ~ My Mother’s Garden

Garden Tour ~ My Mother's Garden

I inherited my love of gardening (and porches) from my mother. I recently visited my parents at their home near Livingston, Texas, and my mother’s garden was in full-bloom. I thought you might enjoy a tour, seeing some new plants, and learning a few stories behind her decorations. Mama’s Style My mother describes her garden …