Who doesn’t love a great easy holiday treat?   My husband and daughter whipped up some sea salt caramel last night. After letting it cool overnight, the rest of the girls helped wrap them up. Of course, we had to eat some as we wrapped them.  Add to that some “quality control” tasting we ended up with a little more than 2 1/2 lbs. of pure deliciousness!  These individual caramels are perfect for gift giving or for your own personal sweet tooth stash.  Enjoy it!   ...

This is what I do every week.  There are so many things that come my way that need to be tracked or worked on or engaged with.  Generally, I’m an organized person even though I have four little saboteurs buzzing around me every day.  But every year as my children grow older and they become more considerate and helpful around the house, my happy little list-making self is becoming more and more productive.   So I just wanted to share with you something that has been a HUGE help to me in the last year.  It...

  In the political world and in our culture, there is a new term called the “snowflake” generation.  It has become one of Collins Dictionary’s 2016 words of the year, and it means, “the young adults of the 2010s, viewed as being less resilient and more prone to taking offence than previous generations.”1  There is a wider connotation to mean that these are young people (teens through early adult-hood) who not only are offended easily, but seem to think it’s ok to melt down in...

How to be a follower The humility and discipline of submitting to those over us has a subtle and unique power.  It is not power over the leader, but power over self. Power over selfishness.  To place my desires and perspective and opinions below that of another person (husband, parent, pastor, teacher, rules, etc.) is not only a freeing thing, but an empowering thing.  Modern feminism, even “Christian” feminism, rebels against this.  This militant...

  “Receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls” (James 1:21).   This Wednesday night, I happened to pull out the lesson about the Sower and the Seeds to teach to our Summit Bible Club because of the connection to harvest time (Matthew 13:3; Mark 4:3; Luke 8:5).  Little did I know that I needed to hear the lesson as much as, probably more than, the kids needed it.  The lesson was very simple, but so difficult to hear. ...

This was a fun quilt to design.  It wasn’t so easy to piece together, though.  In the end it was worth the effort. I’m in the mood to use up my scraps and stashed fabrics, so I wanted to do something with all of those old jeans I had saved.  The hexagons and triangles gave a nice texture to the quilt.  It gives it a kaleidoscope look.  I really love that!  The hard part was just getting that denim material to cooperate.  Some jeans were thick, some were thin.  Some were stretchy and some...

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