Kale Salad

My friend, Sue served this salad when they joined us for lunch. I had never eaten kale before but I enjoyed this recipe. In fact, I ate two helpings. And it’s good for you! Sue adds her directions  for making it. Dumb me! I didn’t know what Pecorino was. Sorry, all my Italian friends. 🙂 Kale … Continue reading

Who’s on the Throne, Mama? Crumbs for Instructions for Living #3

 “Out of the mouths of babes and sucklings hast thou ordained strength . . . . ” Psalm 8:2 KJV   “To make your children capable of honesty is the beginning of education.” John Ruskin                                                     “Sin is the missing of a target, a wandering from the path, a straying from the fold. . … Continue reading

Who’s on the Throne, Mama? Instructions for Living #3

Children are refreshingly real, aren’t they? They’re insightful, curious and sometimes brutally honest. According to Desmond Tutu, “Children are a wonderful gift . . . They have an extraordinary capacity to see into the heart of things and to expose sham and humbug for what they are.” In Psalm 119:9-16, the Psalmist presents a teaching … Continue reading

The Best Oatmeal Cookies

You may remember last fall we went to Poland to work with our friends, Paul and Sue Johnson. This is a picture of the four of us eating a wonderful meal in a Polish restaurant. Yesterday, they came for a visit. What a great time we had catching up with them and reliving special memories. For … Continue reading

Instructions for Living #2 Are You Happy Yet? Crumbs

                                                                       “. . . I imagined my body parts flying off my torso in order to escape the volcanic core of unhappiness that had become: me.”Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love                                                         “The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself.”  Benjamin Franklin “Statesmen, my dear Sir, may plan … Continue reading

Are You Happy Yet? Instructions for Living a Godly Life When You’re Not God #2

                                                                       There’s an old song that says, “If you’re happy and you know it, then your face will surely show it.” How many happy faces have you encountered lately? I look in the mirror and all I see is “old.” And yet, we all want to be happy.  Our founding fathers believed in our right … Continue reading

Maple Brined Chicken with Cranberry-Apricot Chutney

Hello food lovers. Check out this chicken recipe from Cuisine Lite, March 2012. I made it for dinner tonight and it was delicious! I know the recipe looks long, but it’s really easy. Remember, I only do easy! So, try it. I think you’ll like it.                                                       Maple Brined Chicken with Cranberry-Apricot Chutney (makes 6 servings) … Continue reading

Crumbs for Instructions for Living #1

“If we ever forget that we are One Nation under God, then we will be a nation gone under.” Ronald Reagan                               “A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots. Marcus Garvey “We have staked the whole future of American civilization not on the power of … Continue reading

Instructions for Living – How to Live a Godly Life When You’re Not God #1

A society built on shifting sands cannot survive. What about our society? Do you sense the sands of today’s culture shifting under your feet? I do. Perhaps that’s because we live in a world where moral absolutes seem to be extinct. There’s definitely been an increase in the number of people who blatantly disregard the … Continue reading

Greek Salad Dip and Picture of Payne Family

Here’s a recipe for a delicious, easy appetizer. Our daughter, Katie made it while we were visiting the family in Ft. Leavenworth, KS. Great visit! I took this picture just before we left to come home. I took it under protest because they had just crawled out of bed to tell us goodbye. I think … Continue reading