You’ll Love This Fresh and Easy Bean Dip for New Year’s

Fresh black bean dip recipe from

It’s been awhile since I’ve shared a true confession on the blog. True confession. This wasn’t initially intended to be a dip. But when I made it yesterday to go with the delicious arapas that my son was making, we all fell in love. I knew that it would also be perfect with chips or […]

Delicious & Fun – How to Make Danish Christmas Pudding

Risalamande | Danish Christmas Pudding |

We’ve been enjoying all of the beautiful Christmas traditions Milly has brought back from Denmark. This one made our Christmas Eve celebrations so much fun! Risalamande is a rice pudding that the Danish traditionally serve on Christmas Eve.  It’s so much more than a delicious desert. It’s also a game that friends and family play […]

How to make Beautiful Danish Heart Baskets – Free Template

Danish Christmas Heart Baskets | Julehjerter |

Let me start by saying these are far more than little heart baskets made from paper. These Julehjerter are Christmas therapy. They’re a key to recapturing the nostalgic Christmas celebrations you long for. I have a theory that what makes us feel like Christmas has lost some of its magic isn’t really all of the extra […]

Introducing An Adorable Danish Nisse – Free Printable Tags!

Wrapped Christmas Gift with Printable Tag - Danish Nisse

Ages before you had an Elf sitting on your shelf, Danish children had the family Nisse. Milly spent last year in Denmark, and assures me that the Danes know better than anyone how to celebrate Christmas. She was absolutely enchanted when the family and guests danced around the Christmas tree, lit by tiny candles. This year we’re […]

4 Faith-Promoting Quotes for Father’s Day

And all thy children shall be taught of the Lord and great shall be the peace of thy children.

It was the scariest thing that had happened in all of my few years. The doctor had decided to take my tonsils out. My mom stayed up all night the night before and made me an amazing robe that felt like a warm hug, and my dad took me to the hospital in “the big city,” […]

The Day I Found A Brand New Heirloom To Treasure

Tracery oval dish by Wendell August with Florentine cookies

I received a package in the mail last week with these beautiful boxes in it. I love the kind of boxes that you simply tie a pretty silver ribbon around, because they’re just too pretty to wrap. Note the “hand hammered” paper effect that offers a hint at what’s inside. Brilliant. I mean that literally. […]

Whole Wheat Pancakes for Spring Resolutions!

Whole wheat pancakes with whipped cream and berries

As I’ve mentioned before, spring is my favorite time for making resolutions. Everything is new in spring! While we’re celebrating the Easter story and it’s significance in making changes and moving forward in our lives, it just feels like the right time to take a good look at life and make a few course corrections. […]

24 Simple Ways to Create A Christmas Advent For Your Home

Christmas Advent For My Home | 24 days to a peaceful Christmas home |

When I was a small child my grandparents brought us little chocolate advent calendars from Germany for Christmas. Another countdown was a quilted candy cane that my mother made,  with one candy each day for the 24 days in December leading up to Christmas. In a family of six siblings, somehow we survived the exquisite torture of waiting […]

The Spiral Jetty – Places to See

The Spiral Jetty on the Great Salt Lake | Places to See |

The world is such a beautiful place!  Some lucky people explore as many nooks and crannies as they can – soaking up cultures and languages and adventures wherever they go.  Homebodies (like me) may explore new places through  photos and books and travel blogs.  However we choose to experience the world, I think we often forget […]

Making Memorial Day a Family Affair

Making Memorial Day a Family Affair |

Since the Decoration Days of the 1860s, Memorial Day in the United States has evolved from a day to honor those who fell in the Civil War, to a celebration of summer.  Some purists want to strip away the traditions that have crept in to overshadow the original purpose, but I think we can do […]