Meal Planning & Grocery Shopping April 3-15

Ever feel like you have fallen off the bandwagon with something?  It’s typically dieting or exercise or quitting smoking that you hear about, but I have fallen off of the “grocery shopping on budget” bandwagon.  I mentioned in a previous post some ways that we save money on groceries.  While those still apply, I have been […]

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Mini Muffins

I find myself baking more than ever before.  Most week days, I pack 3 lunches (for my husband and 2 kids).  As I have gone through the grocery stores, even the less expensive ones, like Aldi, I have become more and more aware of two things regarding snack items: 1) pre-packaged almost always costs more […]

New Year Re-Start Part 2: Write More. Read More.

I mentioned before that I started my New Year over on Feb. 1st.  Why? Because I can.  You can too! Seriously though, I realized I set some goals, but some steps towards achieving those goals are to try some new things/learn some new skills and to write more and read more.  You can read about the […]

Finding Words

I hesitate, picking up my pen and putting it down again. I hang back – safe in the shadows of Black Walnuts and weathered boards. I stumble as I try to find the words – the words of your story. Is it possible that I am not suitable to tell this story? The story of […]


Learning to bake bread On my hand-me-down board With my hand-me-down pans; Kneading while thinking Of the hands before me, doing the same. Calloused hands. Aged knuckles. Pouring love into their labor. Slicing apples for a pie. Warm, inviting pie. Served from a hand-me-down plate That has circled an oval table Many times over. Where […]

A Tribute to District No. 5

A few have seen this little old shed that I often photograph.  I am passionate about our area and its history and as I visited the old schoolhouse lot this morning, I felt a need to share the story of this brave little shed that has weathered the elements for at least a century…. At […]

Homemade Laundry Detergent

We live on the second floor of a big old farmhouse.  The washing machine is located in the cellar…2 flights of stairs below….exactly 29 stairs if I take the front way or 28 stairs if I take the back way.  That being said, there are days that I do not do laundry because I don’t […]