Christmas Far From Home

The most wonderful time of the year? Hardly. I was doing my best to forget that Christmas was coming. Maybe if I bought no gifts, made no special food, did no decorating, we could forget that our families would be together, laughing, feasting, playing, and we were in a strange country, in a house that didn’t feel like ours, alone on Christmas day.

That Difficult Child

When our oldest was a baby, I heard a preacher say, “If you think child training is going to be easy, I want you to know it’s harder than you think. But if you think it’s hard, it’s easier than you think.” Looking back, I know now I thought it would be easy. It is a whole lot harder than I thought.

Christmas Picture Books

Christmas picture books have become one of my favorite parts of the days leading up to Christmas. So many Christmas-related activities require planning and preparation, but a stack of picture books is ready to be enjoyed as is.

Chai Tea Latte

I’ll confess that I only knew chai tea as something that came out of a box. When I first saw a recipe for chai tea and started experimenting with it, I was delighted that I could make something so delicious with spices I already had.

Homemade Convenience Food

There are different motivations for wanting to have your freezer stocked with homemade convenience food. Cost is one. Or the motivation may health since most packaged convenience food is full of additives and preservatives and has little nutritional value.  This is a list of convenience foods I’ve come to rely on when I need something quick to serve my family.

Homemade Yogurt

Homemade yogurt is one of those tricky foods that only expert cooks can make, right? Wrong. I am always amazed at how easy it is to turn a gallon of milk into a thick, creamy treat.