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A New Year to Savor

For all the best laid plans, Christmas came to town and captured my full attention. No blog posts of Merry Christmas wishes or family photos shared on Facebook. The only photo we snapped this year was when we piled in the car in search of a Christmas tree on the 21st (yes, just four days […]

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An Estes Escape

Of all the pictures in my head of how we would celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary, I never imagined it would be so close to home as Estes Park, CO. Five years ago, we were in Italy for our 20th. When we returned from that trip we decided Paris would be wonderful for our 25th. […]

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5 Ways to Make Room for Hospitality in a Busy Life: A Hospitality Series

Before you even think about arranging some sort of gathering at your house, there is one thing you must have … The phone number to your local Chinese, pizza, or sandwich delivery joint. Really? Absolutely. And you must be willing to dial the phone. Everyone needs a back up plan and the good sense to […]

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Entertaining & Hospitality ~ Performing vs. Serving: A Hospitality Series

This series on hospitality will offer practical advice for being ready when the doorbell rings, recipes to fit any occasion, and creative ideas like the Pinterest boards shared below. Before we get too far down the road of practicality though, let’s first talk about what motivates us to open our doors, get the house mother-in-law […]

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My Super Fan & Having the Final Word with a T-Shirt

The famous have their fan clubs, people who follow their every move anticipating their next song, movie, or interview. I have a few folks who LIKE my Face Book page, subscribe to this blog, share tweets from time to time about the recipes here, but fans? Only one that I really know of—my husband—and he […]

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Puppy Fun and Trial By Fire: From Vacation to Evacuation

Two weeks ago my daughter and I concluded a visit with family, ready to return home and sleep in our own beds. Our time in Missouri gave me a chance to proof recipes at a lower altitude and higher humidity, something I’ve been wanting to do for a long time. I learned that more flour […]

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Waldo Canyon Fire: Too Close to Home

Five Pies in Five Days has been interrupted by the Waldo Canyon Fire currently burning in Colorado Springs. Tuesday I was welcomed home from a trip to a mandatory evacuation. We are just 4 of the more than 32,000 who have evacuated their homes, helpless to watch the smoke plumes and pray. I had been […]

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Driven to Distraction

  Getting ready for a trip, the last thing I want on my list is getting a new driver’s license for one of my kids. That doesn’t make the top ten on a normal schedule, but when all the requirements are met and the stars have seemingly aligned in your daughter’s favor, how do you […]

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Oh Hail, Adrenal Fatigue is No Garden Party

  For Mother’s Day, all I wanted was labor (no pun intended), help to get the gardens cleaned up and planted. Matt took me shopping for the flowers, the kids provided the labor to do the planting. If we can keep the deer out of the backyard we will enjoy the produce and flowers all […]

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Tears of Gratefulness and Grief Roll Off the Same Cheek

We have had tons to celebrate over the past few months … four weddings, three showers, four birthdays, three graduations, one engagement, and two birth announcements makes for an abundant season. Most of these events centered on friendships forged during our years of homeschooling, through the community of families attending enrichment classes. We raised our […]

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