Blessed Assurance

We’ve been cycling through a 3 CD set of instrumental hymns, various artists. The kids have several favorites individual to each of them, but this seems to be hands down the crowd favorite.

I’m not generally a fan of drums in my hymns, so I do appreciate that the ones here are more subdued.

The older kids like to work and do school to it, the younger ones like to dance to it. They will put it on repeat and listen to it at great lengths. (Shades of their mother, there.)

What is your favorite hymn(s)?



I’m in a book! (And other tales.)

The blurb I’ve been sharing various places:

“I’m in a book! Releasing TODAY (!!!), Janet McHenry’s 50 Life Lessons for Grads is an excellent gift for the special high school or college graduate in your life. Fifty graduates (I’m one of them!) share short, personal stories that encourage, uplift, and pass on bits of wisdom. Now available in bookstores and online!”tmp_27239-51RbSNlu1JL1617625885

I feel incredibly fortunate and blessed to have been a part of this project. It was wonderful to work with Janet McHenry and catch a glimpse of the publishing world. One day, I hope to see it again.

But not for a while. After 4 months of not looking at it, I sat down to edit my novel for what feels like the millionth time. And I found so many typos. And I cringed, because I sent it to people that way. Oh well. Live and learn and rest and edit again, right? Continue reading

Pokado’s Dessert


Choux pastry, whipped cream filling, chocolate icing (ganache), and marshmallow fondant flowers.

A few weeks ago my dear 8 year old designed a dessert. Making it took some planning ahead, since marshmallow fondant isn’t something I make every day. Or week. Or year.

Eventually, we had all the ingredients AND a clean kitchen, and she made her creation. All by herself. I was pretty proud of her.


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It was good, too. Kind of a variation on eclairs, but with flowers, because this is Pokado.

Squeaky took inspiration and designed her own dessert, so there’s more coming soon!

Chapati (Indian Flat Bread)

It’s like a tortilla, but made partially (or entirely) with wheat flour. We’ve been making them a fair bit in recent days, and everyone enjoys them.

Chapatis can be used as a wrap, dipped in soups, or eaten with a little butter, honey, and cinnamon on top. Very versatile thing. Yummy too.


(makes 10-12)

1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 Tablespoons olive oil
3/4 cup water

1) In a bowl whisk together the flours and salt.
2) Stir in the oil and the water with a wooden spoon to create a thick dough (a little more water may be needed).
3) Transfer dough to a floured surface and knead until it comes together into a smooth ball, adding flour if needed.
4) Pull off chunks about golf ball size and roll into balls. You should have 10-12.
5) Rest 10 minutes. Meanwhile, heat up a cast iron pan on med-high heat.
6) Roll out balls as thin as you can make them. Cook in the pan 30 seconds per side, or until bubbly and browned.
7) Keep under a towel until ready to serve.

Easter Reflection

“I wish sin had never come into the world.” LK moaned the words before the stomach bug claimed his tummy yet again.

“You and a whole bunch of other people, buddy,” I said, rubbing his back in an attempt to comfort his misery.

It was not the way I’d imagined spending Easter Sunday, with three sick (one very sick), and a couple others fighting it. I very well understood and appreciated LK’s sentiment.

Half way through the day, it occurred to me that God does too. In fact, He felt so strongly about the presence of sin in the world, that He chose to rescue us from it. We need only accept it.

Being sick kind of brought the Easter story home for the kids this year, as strange as that may seem. Knowing that one day, there will be no more illness, no more sadness, because God made a way for man to live with Him in Heaven through his Son.

He is risen, He is risen indeed!


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Whole Orange Spiced Cake (Great British Baking Show; Mary Berry)

I’ve been watching the GBBS Masterclass series (in some ways, more fun than the regular show!). I have a huge list of baked stuffage I want to try, but this was high on the list and with a big St. Patrick’s Day shindig happening, I thought it was a perfect opportunity.

(Trivia: People usually associate green with St. Patrick’s Day, but that was the color associated with the Catholic church. Protestants wore orange. I don’t wear orange, but I’m happy to eat it.)

Original recipe here.

I do not have a kitchen scale (yet), so I converted to the best of my ability. It made a mighty fine cake, if I do say so.


Whole Orange Spiced Cake

Candied Orange Peels (decoration, optional, do the day before)

1 large orange
1/4 cup granulated sugar Continue reading