Cream of Fava Bean Soup

Fava beans — larger than lima or butter beans — are packed with flavor and nutrition. Remember Jack who sold  the family cow for a few beans — and they turned out to be a magical variety? When you think of fava beans, think of the old English children’s classic, “Jack and the Beanstalk” kind…

My Daughter’s Birthday

For the last few years in the months of January and February, we have been blessed to be in Cyprus where our daughter is on staff with a ministry. Yesterday was her birthday. I am so happy that we could spend time together on this special day. This year is special because Wayne’s sister, brother-in-love,…

6-0 is the new 2-9

Today is my 60th birthday. I sort of dreaded this day. I don’t know why because I do feel 29. My heart is full of expectation and joy for the days ahead. Below are 29 things I am grateful for. 

Pouring out Glories…

My hubby and I scooted out the door early this morning and drove to Starbuck’s for a cup of morning joe. It was morning twilight when we left — the gray time before the sun rays hit the horizon. We drove in sleepy silence, but when they started serving the coffee and we sat down,…

From Rut to Ritual

I love Starbuck’s new fall advertising slogan, “Take comfort in rituals.” With the cooler weather and holidays coming on, it sounds appealing, homespun, and almost magnetic. The mega coffee shop is hoping to sell more comfort in a cup this autumn by drawing you into the sweetness of including them as part of your daily…

Food Revolution

When Julia Child stumbled onto the scene as the “French Chef” in the 1960s, only the mavens of public television picked up her show. They took a risk, and it paid off! How Julia did stumble through those early shows. A great cook she was; but a tv star, she was not! Still Julia hit…

The Blackened Teeth of Yesterday

With triple digit temperatures for weeks, I will remember August 2010 as brutal here in Texas. When the temp finally drops to the mid-90s, it will feel like a cold front. And yes, I am complaining, even in the good ole USA where a/c units are abundant and faithfully spit out ice-cold air to ease…

Authentic or Fake?

Last night we celebrated our 27th wedding anniversary with dear friends at The Palms. The cuisine was amazing! Filet mignon, etc… down to the key lime pie. My oh my! It was restaurant week in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area, so there were so many great deals on menus at a number of fine dining places….

27 Reasons

unexpectedly I see you during the day my heart beats faster I still feel this way about my husband. Today is our anniversary.

Shifting Seasons

This morning I rose early and stumbled down the stairs with one eye opened, groggy but happy to be up to enjoy the day. My hubby and I went out for sushi last evening with friends, and then we stopped by our neighbors’ house on the way home for a glass of wine and a…