• Four Seasons Cafe,  From My Kitchen

    Puny’s Potato Salad

    I can't believe how many emails I've gotten from people asking me to post the potato salad recipe I made for Sabrina's graduation party! So I've posted it to Four Seasons Cafe, for those who are interested… it is truly the best-tasting potato salad I've ever tasted, and it came from the book Jan Karon's Mitford Cookbook & Kitchen Reader.…

  • From My Kitchen

    Cobbler!

    I finally got around to dusting off the Four Seasons Cafe blog and posting a recipe. I've been in a crazy baking mood lately, and this time I chose Rhubarb Cobbler from Pioneer Woman. If you'd like to hear how it turned out, head on over! If not, then I guess I'll be et fer a tater. (If you like…

  • Family,  Gardening

    House-Sitting

    One of the many reasons my girls love to visit my parents' house is bc they have the most beautiful yard, full of happy gardens, well-fed birds, and one joyous Golden Retriever. I had the pleasure of house-sitting for my parents recently, and one of my duties included keeping my mother's flowers watered. (Usually she also writes "deadhead all 4…

  • Crazy Kids,  Travel

    Summer Trip (and a video)

    Right after graduation, my sister whisked Sabrina off on a whirlwind summer vacation that included places like the Alamo, shopping, Sea World, shopping, beaches, Schlitterbahn, shopping, Six Flags, cupcake shops, and finally a little bit of shopping. I know there were other places in there as well, but I can't think of them all on only 3 cups of coffee.…

  • Family

    Good News

    I can't thank all of you enough who took the time to write in and leave comments about Sabrina's surgery. How nice it is to know that people are thinking about us and praying. Thank you! It was a long day at the hospital, and Sophie was looking forward to getting up early and going with us; however, I do…

  • Crazy Kids

    School’s Out

    This was Sophie's last year of elementary school, and she's extremely glad of it. It's time for sleeping in late, hot summer days spent at the pool, and best of all: she can now say she's a middle-schooler. On the last day of school, the entire student body, faculty, and parents lined the hallways and entryway of the building for…

  • Crazy Kids,  Family

    Surprise, Sabrina!

    I'm a little late in getting this posted, but I wanted to share with you some pictures from Sabrina's surprise graduation party. I say "surprise" bc she didn't know we were going to make it into a celebration; she knew we were going to have a family barbeque, but she was unaware of the balloons and gifts she'd be receiving,…

  • Stitching

    Finishes!

    I've been couch-ridden with the stomach flu these past 24 hours, but hopefully I'll be better by tomorrow… I'm taking Sabrina to Lincoln to enroll for the fall semester, and it's a full day's agenda for the incoming freshmen. But before I crawl back over to the couch, I thought I'd share some finishes that some of you have sent…

  • Family

    A Gnome in the Hand

    Mike made a third and final trek to Kansas this past week to bring home the remainder of his parents' belongings. Among all of the boxes and totes crammed inside the Uhaul was a container full of lawn ornaments that I'd specifically stated he did not have to bring home. However, Mike has never been one to throw anything away,…

  • Photography

    High School Sweethearts

    Just last week, Sabrina said to me, "Mom? I'm really bummed. There's only a week left of school, and I never had a sweetheart. Which means I can never say, 'I married my high school sweetheart.'" I didn't feel the need to remind her that there were plenty of sweethearts begging to be hers, but she poo-poo'ed every one. Can…