Book Review: Angels in the Bible for Little Ones

I received this book from the publisher to review. I did not receive any additional compensation for my review, and all opinions are my own, and are an honest assessment of my views on the book. Angels in the Bible for Little Ones written by Allia Zobel Nolan and illustrated by Alida Massari is board book designed for 5-8 years of age. The book feels weighty in the hand but is a nice size (about 7 inches tall) in the hands of a younger reader. Continue reading →

Setting a tone: gratitude and thankfulness

Today’s post is about setting a tone of gratitude and thankfulness in your home. First, let’s start with a reflection: What are the top 3 things you complain about? Are these things that only exist as a consequence of living in a country where you, by definition, are in the top 10% of wealthiest people in the world? Is there anything you can do to change any of those things? If you want me to be conservative, let me suggest that if you are reading Continue reading →

Book Review: Baa! Oink! Moo! God Made the Animals

I received this book from the publisher to review. I did not receive any additional compensation for my review, and all opinions are my own, and are an honest assessment of my views on the book. Baa! Oink! Moo! God made the Animals written by Rhonda Gowler Greene and illustrated by David Walker is board book designed for 0-5 years of age. The book feels weighty in the hand and may actually be a little unwieldy in the hands of a toddler. I am a Continue reading →

Book Review: I’m going to give you a Bear Hug

I received this book from the publisher to review. I did not receive any additional compensation for my review, and all opinions are my own, and are an honest assessment of my views on the book. “I’m going to give you a Bear Hug” by Caroline B. Clooney and illustrated by Tim Warnes is designed for children aged 1-6, offering an opportunity for parent and child interaction while also enabling children to wind down and be readied for sleep. Published by Zonderkidz in 2016, it Continue reading →

Molasses Cookies

These are one of those classic recipes. I haven’t tried to make these Gluten free yet, but sometimes you just have to make a couple of quick batches of these. This is one of those recipes handed from friend to friend. This was given to me by my lovely friend Jill, who lives in the thumb of the mitten that is Michigan. It’s a beautiful part of the world, and these are very tasty. _______________________________ Molasses Cookies What you’ll need 1 c sugar 3/4 cup Continue reading →

Some homes are for a season

We’ve moving again. As the title says, some homes are for a season. In this case that season is Fall (Autumn) and Winter. We’re only moving a little way – about 15 miles – to military housing that was not available when we arrived here last August. But, because we just moved we are pretty exhausted by the thought of moving again within 6 months, even it is in the same city. So, we’re purging again, which is kind of our pre-PCS go to, and Continue reading →

Minimalism isn’t a dirty word

If you’ve read any of my posts here or on Not a Pedestrian Life, you’ll know that traveling and moving is part of the story of our family. You’ll also know that I feel strongly about the value of carefully chosen items which remind us of who we are and where we come from. Nevertheless, every year hundreds of books are published about decluttering, organising, downsizing and otherwise ridding yourself of stuff. There’s something very western and very consumptive about this phenomenon. In order to Continue reading →

Dear Kat: On spice and comfort food

My friend Kat and I are trying this thing on our blogs. What we want to do is a series of letters to each other about food and life and whatnot. We became friends in the kitchen over food and gin and photography while we were graduate students in Scotland. She was my maid of honour at my wedding. Now Kat lives in Germany and I live in the US. We miss cooking together, so this is our way of reframing that part of our Continue reading →

Chicken Pot Pie (Gluten free)

Like hundreds of other people in our local community, I ended up with the Flu two weeks ago. The actual influenza flu. It was not fun, but it was also quite different from a bad cold. Needless to say I was craving comfort food, and specifically Chicken Pot Pie. Research has shown that chicken soup contains antibacterial properties. I’m not sure if the same can be said for Chicken Pot pie, but nevertheless. Gluten Free pastry is still a bit of a mystery to me. Continue reading →

From This Valley They Say You Are Going

Originally posted on 13 March 2012 on Goannatree.com. To be fortunate enough to have a friend for over 40 years, who makes you laugh with his jokes and stories, whose heart is pure gold and who loves your children, grandchildren and great grandchildren as his own is fortune indeed. My heart cries out for my grandfather today. To lose a friend is hard. Poppy Jim, We will miss you for own sake. We will cry tears of sadness at your passing. We will smile broadly Continue reading →