30 Days until Launch..part 1

Several months ago I began thinking of things that are part of our family traditions. Last year our two older boys married amazing young women and I wanted to a pass along a few things we did as a family when the kids were younger. One of the first things that came to mind was baking […]


Dog-gone amazing!

“Dogs have a way of finding people who need them, and filling a hole we didn’t even know we  had.”   Thorn Jones Rusty was just a ball of soft fur when we got him from a friend whose dog had just had a litter of pups. We weren’t really looking for another pet, after […]


Happy National Aviation Day

“Once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward ~ for there you have been and there you will always long to return.”     Leonardo DaVinci This is Scott’s favorite quote..probably because it isn’t just words ~ it captures his life passion. Flight was something he dreamed […]


Roasted Corn Salad

Talk about the amazing taste of summer! I just made this super easy and scrumtious salad from field fresh corn, tomatoes, limes and cilantro. The key to this salad was putting the corn on the grill. It not only cooks the corn perfect, you are not boiling a big pot of water in the house. […]


Watermelon-Basil Granita

You know summer is official when you see bins of watermelons at local farmer’s markets and grocery stores. I remember my parents buying watermelons on our way camping and putting them in the stream to keep cold. That was in the day when watermelons were the size of something shot out of submarines and big […]


Sarah Sundin and her recipe for Boston Cream Pie

Little did I know when I met Sarah Sundin at Mount Hermon Writer’s Conference in 2002 that we would become close, lifelong friends. I was taking the article track and she was taking the major morning, track on fiction writing. While I have to admit I am not much of a womance (woman’s romance) reader, […]


Fire On The Ridge

I don’t know if they wear capes or have embossed letters across their chests, but I DO know this – real heros can fly. Cal Fire pilots are like rodeo clowns in the sky; skirting flames, skimming over tree lined terrian, and dodging smoke so thick it blankets the sky with an opaque quilt of […]


A Military Mom’s View of Memorial Day

Although it has been over 7 years ago, it feels like yesterday that we stood on the hot tarmac at 29 Palms before the 2-7 Marines left for Afghanistan. The soldiers filed into their lines for final roll call, surrounded by those of us who had traveled to send them off. Young wives, in the […]


Cookies – My Family’s Love Language

My family’s love language can fit into a jar.. a cookie jar. No matter how busy life gets, our kids and their friends know that my cookie jar always has something home-baked in it. From chocolate chip, oatmeal craisin, to  peanut butter cookies, we love them all. But I would have to say that gingersnaps […]

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Spicy Sweet Potato Fries

I have heard it said that dinner time is the arsenic hour, you either want to give it or take it! I totally believe that! When the kids were young, it didn’t matter what time I started dinner, there was going to some kind of melt down or mishap. I had to be on my […]