Steal Like an Artist – My Favorite Creative Textbook

Steal Like an Artist Book by Austin Kleon on top of a stack of books

Most of my favorite books are fiction, but this little, charming, easy-to-read textbook from my design classes is one of my favorites. It’s nearly spring, and the sun is starting to peek out, and I couldn’t wait any longer to share Steal Like an Artist, by Austin Kleon, with all of you. Before you run […]

The Blue Castle – An Unlikely Love Story

Book club sign with stack of books and cover of The Blue Castle by L. M. Montgomery

It’s February, the traditional month for celebrating love. L. M. Montgomery is one of my favorite authors, and when I stumbled across this story it quickly became my favorite of hers. Nothing Left to Lose At 29, Valancy has given up hope of ever having a home (the Blue Castle of her dreams) and family […]

Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow: A Book to Read on Frosty Days

I’m a little bit enchanted with fairy tales, and especially love comparing different versions of my favorites. I ran across Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow by Jessica Day George when looking for something else entirely. And I fell in love. Nothing is as it seems The hero of this story doesn’t save the princess. […]

Tempting Tacos al Pastor for a Family Meal at Home

Recently I was thrilled to have the opportunity to review an advanced copy of the new Eat at Home Tonight Cookbook. Because of the Taco Tuesday truck on campus this summer, street tacos have become one of my favorite things. So when I saw this recipe for Tacos al Pastor I knew I had to try […]

The French Impressionist – Dreadful Secrets, Desperate Lies, & Love

The French Impressionist by Rebecca Bischoff with Nutellas and Bananas |

Once upon a time Rebecca and I were inseparable. Literally, for about three months in the city of Torino, we spent all of our time together as missionaries. We used to dream of owning a book and gift store together someday where we would read and chat all day long. Instead, she wrote a book called […]

3 Ways An Island Girl Inspired a Girl in the Mountains

Autumn leaves with Anne of Green Gables Text

What could a girl from a tiny little island in eastern Canada possibly have in common with a girl growing up over 4,500 miles away in the desert mountains of Wyoming? Once upon a time a mutual friend introduced me to Anne of Green Gables, and I’ve never been the same. The Magic of Words […]

Win the Cookbook That Will Make You Fearless in the Kitchen

Cook's Illustrated Cookbook Giveaway

It had to be some kind of magic. Not dark magic, the good kind. The kind that fairy godmothers had. And my mother had it too. We watched in awe as she added several not-so-tasty ingredients to a giant bowl and mixed them together. We were entranced as she kneaded, allowing the day’s frustrations to work […]

5 Book Series That Will Inspire Summer Adventures

5 Book Series to inspire summer adventures | Janitors |

I always looked forward to summer vacation as a child.  I looked forward to it even more as a mother of young children. The freedom to explore and experience life with fewer boundaries and time constraints has always made it a little bit special. I tend to bristle a bit when researchers prescribe continued educational exercises over […]

The Librarian’s Daughter – A Mother’s Day Tale

The Librarian's Daughter - A Mother's Day Tale plus printable bookmarks |

Once upon a time with just an apple and a book to keep her company, a young girl rode Babe the horse to a quiet spot for a heavenly, peaceful afternoon of literary adventure.  I hope she enjoyed it while it lasted. A few years later, with a whirlwind of children surrounding her, she must have desperately grasped […]

Of Bumble Bees, Apple Blossoms and Emily Dickenson

It's all I have to bring to-day by Emily Dickinson | Bumble Bee and Apple Blossoms |

One recent evening I found myself out underneath our apple tree, and was fortunate to capture a photograph of this delightful little visitor to our garden.  The scent of the apple blossoms was so sweet, and the snowy white blossoms so beautiful, I couldn’t help thinking of one of my favorite Hans Christian Andersen stories, […]