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Health-Giving Cloves
essential oils, In the Kitchen: Recipes and More, Seasonal, Superfoods

Health-Giving Cloves

When I was young my family had this tradition during the holidays of making pomander balls. We used oranges and studded them with cloves. We'd often create beautiful designs or smiley faces and then the oranges were piled on top of each other in a bowl and put on display. After the process was done I… Continue reading Health-Giving Cloves

Family Life, Motherhood, soup, wintertime, Uncategorized

Instant Pot Harvest Italian Soup

GSD In the fall and winter when I ask my family for ideas for dinner I usually get back, how about soup? Nothing is as cozy as a steaming bowl of soup at the table on a cold winter night but I don't always have time. Soup in my opinion takes a little effort. When… Continue reading Instant Pot Harvest Italian Soup

Family Life, marriage, empty nesters

After the Children are Gone

Thirty-five years ago, I married my sweet Hart.  Fifteen months later our first daughter was born.  I was immediately thrust into a lifestyle of babies and toddlers, with three kids within five years. Then we had a five year stretch before our last two daughters were born.  This made their ages span from 1-12.  Soon I was teaching my girls from… Continue reading After the Children are Gone

Family Life, love, new year goal

Small Beginnings

I met an old farmer today who told me my eyes looked like his wife’s who had passed away. His had a grey sort of lostness in them. He was a hay farmer and when he spoke he weaved his big, worn hands in and out of each other, as if he had more to… Continue reading Small Beginnings