Pineapple Chicken Lettuce Wraps

If you keep a can of beans and a can of pineapple in your pantry... You are well on your way to this delicious meal. It's a fantastic use for leftover chicken. Don't skip the cucumber mango relish! It provides a refreshing kick! Ingredients: Shredded roast chicken (I used approx 3 cups; the more you [...]

Enough and Not Enough

We are in the thick of toddler emotion. Knee high and everything an emergency. He cries when he wants something and cries when he gets it. He asks to be picked up and then begs to be set free. And it can be all too easy to grow tense and tired. Our desperation is surely [...]

Avocado Cucumber Salad

I wanted to document this before I forget how I made it. I didn't actually measure anything, but this is a close estimate. It turned out bright and refreshing, with a satisfying blend of creamy and crisp. It's salty, tangy, and just a little spicy/sweet. In other words, it hits all the notes and leaves [...]

Kumquat Chutney

For me, kumquats bring back memories of my grandparents' backyard. They'd tell me I could pick as many as I wanted. I would walk back in through the garage (that always smelled of my grandpa's pipe tobacco) gnawing on the tart skin, juice dripping down my chin, and holding at least a handful more for [...]

Maple Oat Bourbon Punch

Somehow, this is the first cocktail recipe I've ever posted. How can that be? I take it as a sign of it's utter deliciousness that it inspired me to say, "This definitely should be on the blog." Give it a try and let me know if you agree... Perhaps more cocktail recipes will be posted [...]

Ready for God

“I wasn’t ready yet for church, but I was ready for God. And I’ve always believed that the ocean is one of the surest places to find Him.“- Shauna Niequist, "Cold Tangerines” . I did find my way back to church. And I’m so glad I did. At some point you must go deeper than [...]

Lead With Love

I took this picture this morning. Both of these boys had been put to sleep in their own beds. And both had found their way into ours during the wee hours. I am a firm believer in discipline, boundaries, routines, and structure. We, as human beings, need it. We actually crave it. Kids especially will [...]