Tag: From my House

  • Seasons of Hospitality

    In my childhood home, hospitality was both an art form and a well-developed science. With up to 4 teenage daughters at once, my mother could host dozens or just a few with style and grace. We were quite a team – one daughter loved to prepare gourmet meals, another’s specialty was homemade rolls. My younger…

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  • 6 Things I’ve Having A Blast With This Week

    1. I was privileged to be one of the recipe testers for Kate’s soon-to-be-released e-cookbook, “Against the Grain” Delicious recipes for the Whole Food and Grain-Free Diet. It was a blast helping her test and refine a few of the recipes – first, because it was like someone else took over menu planning for me…

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  •  I’m going in depth with one of the topics from the list of “12 Things That Work For Me” in my posts about living intentionally. We don’t vaccinate our children. This is a highly personal topic, and the only reason I’m posting about it is because I want to make sure you know YOU have…

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  • Progress in the Master Bathroom Remodel

    My husband is the Craig’s List King. I may have mentioned that he got almost everything for our master bathroom off of Craig’s List, including this double basin granite sink for $100. Yeah, it, it was broke in half, but he told me he could fix it. I believed him. He called me upstairs the…

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  • 1. Jesse: Mom? What’s Valentine’s Day?Me: It’s a day you say ‘I love you’ to people you love.Jesse: Oh. Me love yours hair, Mommy! 2. Heart cookies – I made a small amount of pastry, rolled it thin and helped Jesse cut it into hearts, which he placed on a cookie sheet. I will dust…

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  • The Beginning of the EndIt all started on a beautiful day in October. I was in the suburban with my husband and our 2 month old baby, on our way to our first destination on a little getaway for our 5th anniversary. We were listening to Kirk Cameron on Focus on the Family as we…

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  • A Peek Into Our February

    I finally got around to learning how to upload photos on the laptop, and so I present these latest cute-kid-pictures along with a little personal update on our little family… Jesse is learning to make bread with me. How I have looked forward to this day, and the opportunity to pass on my knowledge in…

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  • How’s That Working For You -Part 1 – On Living Intentionally Here’s a list of things that are a part of my life that ‘work for me’. Again, my purpose in sharing these things is not to debate, or to show you how right I am and how wrong you are – that’s not it…

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  • I’ve been on a ‘how to blog better’ kick for a couple months now, and this whole thing with my desktop dying every time I try to upload a photo (yes, it’s the actual photo posting that makes it faint dead away!) has me really focusing on the words I put here on the blog.…

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  • I have a busy weekend, folks, and no more forseeable blogging time until next week. But I didn’t want to leave you without something to chew on for the rest of the week, so I give you two links… A dear friend of mine, Katie, has recently turned her passion in the direction of some…

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  • Of Elderberry, Humility, and Volcanoes

    We’re a little under the weather here, folks. I feel like a volcano boiling away but unable to erupt. I lost my voice – woke up this morning and it was gone. I wasn’t surprised – I’d had a cold all week and, though I hadn’t felt that bad, it had lodged in my throat…

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  • I’m not actually sure why I called it that. It felt like a night off, though I did more chores after dinner than I usually do. I guess it really is true that, ‘a change is as good as a rest’. Jeremy was gone till 12 – he was doing ski training for the ARISE…

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  • Whimsical and Shiny – My Christmas Decorations

    Several years ago I saw this lovely silver and gold themed Christmas tree in Pottery Barn’s catalog. I LOVED the mini picture frames with family photos all over the tree. I started watching stores for similar frames. Finally, I found them at the dollar store this year! Hooray! The sliver balls were in my stash…

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  • Holden Family Christmas Letter

    Here’s our 1st annual Christmas letter! Part of YLCF’s Christmas Post Card Exchange. Dear Friends, It is time, once again, for my annual Christmas – wait, what’s that? I’ve never done a Christmas letter before? Oh, forgive me… Hi, folks! I decide this year to prove my sanity by sending out a picture and a…

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  • A Christmas List

    1. Christmas Baking has begun. I start with Biscotti ’cause it lasts the longest. 2. We got our tree yesterday afternoon after church and are going to decorate it today, which I’m totally excited about because it’s actually the dutch Christmas holiday, “Sinterklauss“, on December 6th. A quick and easy buffet display before I officially…

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  • Table Makeover

    Oh, it had gotten so bad. The plastic table cloth I was using to protect our stolen Stickely dinning room table was wearing out. It was stretched out and stained and it had a hole that Claire kept stuffing food into… It took me forever to get around to replacing it ’cause I used to…

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