Archives for March 2014

Fun and Frugal Double Date Ideas

Some time ago we looked at why it benefits couples to have friendships with other couples (read about the benefits of couple friendships here). There are lots of ways to spend time with couple friends, but it can be particularly fun to go on double dates. It’s not always easy to come up with … [Read more...]

Tips on Tipping

While I was traveling recently I realized that I’m confused about the finer aspects of tipping. In the U.S., it’s considered proper etiquette to tip a number of individuals, including wait staff, bellhops, and taxi drivers. Why do we tip these individuals and not others? We tip pizza delivery … [Read more...]

Spring Home Maintenance

Though our temperatures have been slow to warm up, the calendar does indicate that spring has arrived. We’re finally stowing our snow shovel and pulling out our lawnmower. This change serves as a reminder that it’s time for us to complete spring home maintenance tasks. Our home is a huge blessing … [Read more...]

Sun-Dried Tomato Vinaigrette

I love salad dressings. In fact, they’re probably my favorite part of salads! Unfortunately, many commercially available varieties are laden with corn syrup, hydrogenated oils, and other ingredients that my family tries to avoid. Because of this, I’ve been trying to prepare some at home. I’ve been … [Read more...]

Why Not to Complain About Husbands Like They Are All the Same

I’ve long observed the tendency of married women to commiserate with one another by sitting around and complaining about their husbands as though the men all have the same weaknesses and flaws. Whether this is done in a public venue like Facebook or a private venue like a quiet conversation … [Read more...]

Are Reusable Grocery Bags Really Green?

Like many of you, I have a hodgepodge of reusable grocery sacks that I keep on hand to carry my groceries. Though eco-minded shoppers rave about the benefits of these bags, some recent reports have indicated that they may not be as “green” as they appear. The not-so-green side of reusable … [Read more...]

Italian Sausage Bruschetta

I love when I create a dish that looks and tastes sophisticated, but is very easy to make. Italian sausage bruschetta is definitely one of these dishes. It’s perfect to serve at parties or it can be used to make an everyday dinner feel special. Ingredients 2 mild or spicy Italian sausage links, … [Read more...]

How to Revitalize Your Quiet Times

I have found that having a daily quiet time—time set aside for prayer and Bible reading—is essential if I am to faithfully live out my Christian faith. I wish I could say that I feel refreshed and inspired every time I have a quiet time. However, the truth is that sometimes I don’t. Sometimes … [Read more...]

Spring 2014 Menu

Our winter has been so cold and snowy that we’re incredibly eager for spring! Though we’re only getting a small taste of warmer weather, we’re ready to begin using our spring menu. As I’ve shared previously, I periodically develop monthly menus. We use each for 3 consecutive months before … [Read more...]

Making Friends as an Adult

When I’ve written about friendship in the past, I’ve received comments regarding how challenging it is to make friends in adulthood. It seems that the ease and excitement that once accompanied the process of making friends grows wearisome as we get further from childhood. My husband and I … [Read more...]