Category Archives: Family

The Nostalgia of Tomatoes and Culinary Tradition

Garrison Keillor said autumn is the season of nostalgia, and truer words have not been spoken. In the warm sunshine of this early October day, I worked in the yard for a couple of hours. Part of it was puttery work, and part was hot and sweaty. I pulled out the tomato vines – in […]

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Past Blast: The Happy Camper Returns

October 7, 2000: When last we spoke, I was still an interested but apprehensive virgin camper. We got back from our 2 week vacation tonight (the first seven days we camped) and I am here to report my experiences. We planned to spend two nights in a state park just north of Columbus, OH and then […]

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Past Blast: Channeling Olivia Walton, and Other Ways My Life Operates

We begin a new series today called Past Blast, in which I plan to share some of my writing from before In My Kitchen, In My Life existed. From 2008: It occurs to me sometimes that I have probably never had an original thought. What I think and what I do is a direct result […]

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Book Review and GIVEAWAY: Work Shift, by Anne Bogel

  Surely one of the greatest challenges for Christians is to step outside their culture (even the culture within the community of brethren) to accurately determine God’s best plan for their families, and once they have understood it as well as they can, to live it in the middle of the culture in which they […]

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September – Summer’s Swan Song

Summer is winding down. It has been an awfully rich time for my family – a big trip “out west” including a week-long family reunion at Yellowstone National Park to celebrate my parents’ fiftieth anniversary, then home to continue the celebration with a party to honor them, more time with extended family, visits from friends, camps, time alone with The Husband, garden revamp […]

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The Best Thing You’ll Eat This Summer: Tomato Basil Pie

Tomato Pie is apparently a famous Southern dish, although nobody in my north Alabama family ever ate it, as far as I know. Perhaps it was more the province of men who went to work in offices and ladies who bathed a couple of times a day in the hottest weeks and ate their pimento […]

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I have been spending more time than usual thinking about what others like, and in many ways I find it hard going. Me, I’m easy – I know what I prefer – but when I am in charge, how much of the deciding how things will be ought to be what I think best and […]

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In Praise of the Middle-Aged Marriage

Yesterday was our twenty-seventh wedding anniversary, and the ways in which The Husband and I spent the day are illustrative of what it means to be at this stage of our lives together. We are together while we are apart. The Husband was at work, doing what he does to help keep the country safe […]

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{pretty, happy, funny, real}: Staycation? Close, But Not Quite

Staycation is a new-ish word in the American vernacular, but it doesn’t quite describe what happens when friends or family visit you and you clear your calendar for that period in order to be able to spend as much time as possible together. As far as I know, we don’t have a word for that […]

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Cerebral Homemaking, Part 1: Wrapping My Mind Around My Work

I’m a thinker – not necessarily a deep thinker, you understand – but I am a thinker. As I go about my life my mind is always working away at this or that idea or conundrum or situation. All of us want to improve ours and our loved ones’ lives, but at the risk of […]

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