7 Recipes to Help You Embrace the Fall Season

I love autumn. It's one of my favorite seasons, but it always sneaks up on me. One day, I'm enjoying the mountain sunshine and eating lunch outside on the patio. The next, I'm throwing on a coat on my way to work in the 40 degree morning air. I look up at the trees one day and wonder when the red started peeking through. I'm not exaggerating the sudden cold where I live, so I try not to look back in longing on those hot summer days. One of the best things about fall is FOOD! I'm pulling out my best fall recipes, and some new ones, to help you embrace the fall season. Ease yourself into your jeans and sweaters with this menu. Dinner: Italian Sausage and Onions This favorite of Italians everywhere is a hearty gluten free dinner option. Slow-Cooker Favorite: Chicken and Sauerkraut  A tangy German staple that you can set and forget for a convenient dinner by Rajean Blomquist Soup or Lunch: White Bean Chicken Chili Fresh chicken, garlic and cilantro combine for a tasty comfort … [Read More...]

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Pumpkin Maple Pie with Fresh Pumpkin

Pumpkin Maple Pie with Fresh Pumpkin

Every year, my husband starts to ask for this as soon as the pie pumpkins come to the produce stand, so I adapted their recipe to include fresh … [Read More...]

Halloween Party for Kids

A Halloween Party to Scream For

Having a daughter who was born in October is fun. We've done a variety of activities for her birthday party, including a corn maze, pumpkin patch, … [Read More...]

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FREE PATTERN: Crochet Wine Bottle Hat & Scarf Cozy

Merry Christmas! As a gift to all of you friends, I'm offering my pattern for a wine bottle hat and scarf cozy for FREE for a limited time! It's for … [Read More...]

Easy Christmas Homemade Treats

Easy Christmas Treats You Can Make Today!

If you're anything like me, this holiday season is jam packed and busy! My whole family performs in The Nutcracker Ballet every year so rehearsals … [Read More...]

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Devotion: How is Carving a Pumpkin Like Being a Christian?

I used to be completely against acknowledging anything about Halloween. When I learned the true origins based in Paganism, I was convinced that by joining in any of the traditions, I would be condoning paganism, and opening myself to demonic activity. (I do feel that, at this time in my life, I gave way too […]

Overweight People: Perry Noble Can Tell You're a Sinner

Overweight? Pastor Perry Noble Can Tell You’re a Sinner

Dear Perry Noble, You think you’re being “progressive” and “tolerant,” but you’re really just being ignorant and judgmental. Noble’s most recent blog post sought to clarify a statement he had made in a previous post. I think he made things worse. The world would change in an unbelievable way if the church would attack the […]

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What’s The First Step Toward Foster Care Adoption?

A  few years ago, our family had the opportunity to take in a young boy who had suffered abuse and neglect. He stayed with us for about five months. Since it was a crisis situation, there was no question but that we would open our home. My husband and I have always tried to respond […]

Shaming Women in the Evangelical Church

Shaming Women in the Name of Modesty

My heart is very heavy tonight, and has been for some time, when I ponder how women are often seen in evangelical Christianity today. Not just by men, but by other women as well. And I wonder what Jesus would say if he walked into one of our churches on a Sunday morning, or a […]

A Calloused Heart and The Love of God

A Calloused Heart and the Love of God

Last week, I saw a touching Facebook post by my friend Mandy Southern. It moved me so much that I asked if I could publish it as a guest post, and she agreed. If you’ve got some callouses that you think are protecting you from harm, I hope that God’s Spirit will speak to you. […]

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Maleficent: Should Kids Watch The Movie?

When the making of the movie Maleficent was first announced, I expected the usual mildly entertaining, slightly darker, live-action retelling of a classic fairy tale, ala Mirror Mirror,  101 Dalmatians, Hook,  Enchanted, or Snow White and the Huntsman. My husband and I watched in the theater on opening night, and what we saw was so much […]

Kids’ Craft: Turn a Toilet Paper Roll into a Pumpkin

This is a really easy, quick pumpkin craft that even the youngest kids can make! With simple craft supplies and about 10 minutes, you can do this! This family fun project idea is great for Toddlers, kids in Preschool, or Elementary!  You can make this to celebrate Halloween, Fall Holidays, Birthday Parties, School Crafts and […]

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The Words that Describe Her Dreams

My middle child, now eleven years old, has always daydreamed. Looking in the rearview mirror in the car, I’d see her staring out the window. Her eyes would be fixed, but engaged and filled with emotion. She literally didn’t have the words. She would schedule times in the day for dreaming and I could tell […]

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My husband and I have a special marriage. Over the last 17 years, many friends and some strangers have commented that our relationship blesses them, saying, “You two are an inspiration” or “What a perfect couple!” And I think “if you only knew how many times I fail.” But Judd and I have a lot […]