A couple of years ago, I visited a dear friend who was fighting for her young life.  At just forty years old with three beautiful kids and a wonderful husband, cancer was in several areas of her body.  It was mid-January, and she was having a good week between treatments.  We were able to visit … [Read more…]


Most of the blog posts here have been about recipes and food and family events.  Today, my husband Darren shares his thoughts. About 5 years ago, I was hit with the reality that I had only 8 summers left before Kathryn and and Landry enroll in college.  We were not so good about taking family vacations … [Read more…]

Calabacita (chicken and squash soup)

Now that February is over, and we’re finished celebrating birthdays for awhile, I feel like I can add another recipe here.  Calabacita, or chicken and squash soup, was introduced to me by my mother-in-law and father-in-law.  The recipe I use is actually called Calabacita San Antonio Style.  Of course, like most of my recipes, I’ve … [Read more…]

Memories of Mom

After a short, very difficult battle with cancer, my mom went home to be with her Savior in December, 2009.  When I think of my mom, besides her favorite scriptures, I think of her cooking.  I remember getting off of the bus on Wednesdays, greeted with the smells of fried chicken, mashed potatoes, and corn. … [Read more…]

Comfort food

If you grew up in the 80’s or 90’s, you probably had a lot of chicken spaghetti.  Everyone has their favorite recipe – cheddar cheese or velveeta, stovetop or oven, spicy or not…so many varieties.  This week, I made meals for a couple of families who have had hospital stays.  I decided to make a … [Read more…]