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Canadian Rockies Tour

Canadian Rockies Tour: Of Glaciers and Grizzlies I am currently in the Canadian Rockies with my four children and my parents. Oh yes, Taido got a relief driver and gave us the slip so he could study without interruption for the final two weeks. So far he has missed a lot of time in the …

look out your window and i’ll be gone

One night this summer we were camping at a fairly crowded campground near a beach on the Oregon Coast, and I became keenly aware of something that has been missing from my camping summer. I was walking back from the bathroom with Mary Polly and as we passed the different groups and families camping around …

Berry Picking in the Pacific Northwest, Family Vacation, Fun Family Outings

Berry Picking

  Berry picking has got to be one of the greatest pastimes ever. Besides being great entertainment, the reward for your work is so great. If you love berries like I do, then you should definitely make plans to visit the Pacific Northwest the last week in July or the first week of August one …

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Trader Joe’s Camping Menu

If you are going camping this weekend or sometime soon and you happen to be near a Trader Joe’s, as I happily happen to find myself again, then you might like to discover, as I have, that you can get several days’ worth of relatively easy and healthy camping meals in one quick stop. Cooking …

strawberry rhubarb crisp

Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp

Things I Love About Canada: Rhubarb Ok, I’m pretty sure Canada didn’t like invent rhubarb. In fact it isn’t even indigenous to North America, strangely enough, but Canada is where I have been lovingly introduced to this enticing vegetable, so I’m counting it as one of the things I love about Canada. Taido and I …

finding our way

I finished a book this morning that I have been slowly reading since just before I left home. It’s called Finding Our Way Again. Isn’t that a great title? It’s about restoring to our lives some of the ancient traditions of faith that have given both sanity and sacredness to so many who have gone …

Souvenirs

Souvenirs from Glacier National Park If I could magically give you a gift today via the internet it would be this, To sit you down on a bench in the Trail of the Cedars, And to fill all your senses with Glacier National Park. You would feel the mountain sun touch your face as it …

Spring Cobb Salad

Recipe for Spring Cobb Salad with Bacon and Turkey This spring cobb salad recipe can serve as a reminder to go to your local farmers’ market tomorrow. I now have markets north and south of the river, which makes for a full and glorious Saturday morning of marketing.  I brought home four different kinds of …

God digs camping.

this quote near the end of the book may be the greatest encouragement i receive from reading irresistible revolution, since it speaks to where i am right now. we leave in 23 days for our summer adventure and there are a whole lot of details that we are continuing to just leave to God. at …

A Mediterranean Menu

A Mediterranean Menu Hummus Curried Lentils Tabbouleh  Homemade Chapatis Roasted Cauliflower, Carrots, Chickpeas and Couscous (perfect if you are trying to teach a lesson on foods that start with the letter “C”) This Mediterranean menu is a meal I’ve been making a lot lately, from several different cookbooks combining lots of similar flavors and grains …

Atonement by Ian McEwan

every once in a while, as i read a book, i am compelled less by the actual story than i am by the sheer beauty of the words that seem to lilt across the page and create images in my mind as crystal clear as the flowers that are blooming today outside my living room …

Read To Me

the single most important activity for building the knowledge required for eventual success in reading is reading aloud to children. from a report by the commission on reading, as quoted by jim trelease in the read-aloud handbook i think i have talked before about how much i love to read aloud to my kids, how …

The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai

it is a superb day for a blanket and a good book. since school was canceled because of the rare appearance of snow in arkansas, i spent nearly two hours in the tub this morning finishing the inheritance of loss which i started over christmas. i don’t know why it took me so long to finish, possibly …

Who is Great?

Who is Great?  Matthew 18. In the moments of clarity between the clouds of sickness, i have been thinking a lot about what it means to be great. This has been a conversation on my heart for a while now. Last weekend, a friend and I spent a late night talking about how we celebrate …

Goddess Dressing Like Annie's

Goddess Dressing

How much do you love Annie’s Naturals goddess dressing?  It’s so yummy, right? I’m pretty sure my mother-in-law introduced me to it one year in Taos. My friend, Natalie and I have done everything possible to get this premium dressing for less money. We took turns driving to Whole Foods to buy it on sale. …

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Swedish Pancakes

Here is our recipe for Swedish pancakes.  Taido makes this at least once every other week at our house. We got it from some precious friends from our Chicago days, and they are melt in your mouth good. Our kids eat these so fast they burn their tongues. There has been much debate in our …