All-Clad Cookware

I spent the first 15 years of my married life constantly buying a new set of pots and pans every few years. One of the reasons for that was that many cookware sets only come in a nonstick version. I don't care if manufacturers of nonstick cookware advertise that their product will stand the test … Continue reading All-Clad Cookware


Years ago I heard a pastor share that his staff had sent a questionnaire out to parents of the youth asking them what their greatest fears were and consequently where they needed the most support in regard to raising their kids. Drugs, premarital sex, all the usual suspects were listed, except for one that this … Continue reading Laziness

Philosophy Face Cleansers

I have used Philosophy Purity Made Simple and The Microdelivery Exfoliating Wash for many years. There are a couple of ways to utilize these fabulous face cleansers. You can use Purity Made Simple at night to remove makeup and the Microdelivery Exfoliating Wash in the morning. However, over the last couple of years, we've ¬†been … Continue reading Philosophy Face Cleansers

(Maybe Not) The Happiest Time of the Year

I think marketing dictates so much of how we think we "should" feel. And when it comes to the holidays, we should feel all warm and fuzzy. At least, that's what advertisers would have us think. When our circumstances do not offer that, we often times try to artificially manufacture those feelings. As many of … Continue reading (Maybe Not) The Happiest Time of the Year

Food for Thought

This is an anonymous prayer that appeared in our Sunday Bulletin years ago and I recently ran across it. It speaks of the gift of life itself. I personally take that gift for granted most of the time. Each time I read this it helps me refocus and think about what is really important. Here … Continue reading Food for Thought

Walmart Grocery ~ Shop Online, Pick Up at Your Local Walmart

Our mid-size community has two Walmarts. One is close to our home so I decided to try their new online grocery service with pick up at my local store. First I have to confess, I am not a Walmart fan. I won't go into why but let's just say it is not my favorite place … Continue reading Walmart Grocery ~ Shop Online, Pick Up at Your Local Walmart

One Pot Taco Skillet

This is a great one pot meal. Brown your ground beef and onions, and then throw everything else in. It's that simple and your husband and kids will love it. One Pot Taco Skillet (slightly adapted from Iowa Girl Eats) Ingredients: 1 pound ground beef 1/4 cup onion, chopped 1 taco seasoning packet, don't add … Continue reading One Pot Taco Skillet