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Guest Post by Linda at Savoring Every Bite: Carrot Beet Cupcakes (Gluten Free)

Brief health update: Thank you all for your well wishes and prayers! Today I am two weeks post-surgery and recovering remarkably well. We had he best possible outcome, minimal disturbance to my pancreas removing the tumor, and my blood sugar is normal—yay!—God answered prayer at every step. There are several weeks of healing still ahead, but […]

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Egg & Sausage Casserole [GF]: A Hospitality Series

  A few months ago I hosted a birthday brunch for a friend and the moment we were all together it was like a breath of fresh air. Most of the ladies around the table were part of the group warmly, yet reluctantly, referred to as the Elephant Ladies—a few friends who got together for […]

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Inspired Reflection at Easter: Soul Food

Inspired reflection—that momentary pause when thought and emotions intertwine to consider the profound. Whether prompted by human touch, written word, nature’s beauty, allegory, or song, you are keenly aware you were just given a glimpse of something transcendent. Today, this video, this song, did just that. Glenn Packiam serves our church as pastor, teacher, author, […]

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Barrel Aged Balsamic Vinegar: Modena Magic

Years ago I used balsamic vinegar for marinades and salad dressings, thinking I was a culinary genius (ah, youth). Although I still use what we call balsamic in the U.S. for these same applications, our trip to Italy opened my eyes to true balsamic vinegar. The sweet, tangy, complex, thick syrup garnishing our cheese plate […]

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Grilled Lamb Loin Chops with Béarnaise Sauce

Tender lamb chops cooked over a fire accented with a Bearnaise Sauce turns a Saturday evening into a special occasion every time.  Bits of rosemary and garlic cling to the loin chops, roasting along with the meat creating a fragrant, succulent lamb dinner.  It is so easy to prepare you’ll wonder why you waited for […]

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Painted eggs / Oua vopsite (via Droopi’s everything but the kitchen sink): Feature Fridays

While browsing Friday Potluck this morning, these beautiful eggs caught my attention. I thought they looked like stained glass, reminded of a time when our kids gathered around cups of jewel-colored water or joined friends to make Ukrainian Easter eggs.  I can still see their faces, wide-eyed and ready to witness the transformation from egg […]

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A View of The Thorn: Behind The Scenes

The Thorn has been a central part of the way New Life Church has reached the Colorado Springs community during the Easter season for a number of years now.  Our daughter, Kristen (14), was six when she was cast as the little girl Jesus swings around during the scene where he is playing with the children, […]

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