We’re planning a New Year’s Eve party, so there’s a lot of list making going on ’round here.  The fun kind–we need cheese and chocolate for fondue, balloons and glitter for decorations, glowsticks and bells for the kiddos.  I’ve already printed out some 2016 resolutions papers for the kids to fill out–you can find those here: Kids 2016 New Years Sheet  and we’ll print these great questions out and take some time to hear about everyone’s 2015, too.  It’s time… Read more »

There are those, however, who look at the empty places on the calendar with weariness. This year drawing to a close has been a hard one, draining hope dry. Sweet one, can I ask you to look away from despair for a moment? Or maybe you wouldn't characterize your feeling as being nearly that dark; in that case, may I call you from even your weariness, the exhaustion that comes with simply living a poured-out-life well?

  “Why go I mourning?” (Psalm 42:9). “Canst thou answer this, believer? Canst thou find any reason why thou art so often mourning instead of rejoicing? Why yield to gloomy anticipations? Who told thee that the night would never end in day? Who told thee that the winter of thy discontent would proceed from frost to frost, from snow and ice, and hail, to deeper snow, and yet more heavy tempest of despair? Knowest thou not that day follows night,… Read more »

We invited friends over for a simple luncheon and I wanted to share these favorite recipes with you–one new favorite and one old! Spinach Bacon Mushroom Quiche 1 deep dish pie crust 4 strips bacon 1 cup chopped mushrooms 1 cup baby spinach 1 cup shredded cheese; monterey jack, cheddar, or any combination you like! kosher salt to taste (I used about 1/2 tsp) black pepper (I used about 1/4 tsp) 8 eggs 1 cup milk Preheat oven to 375…. Read more »

The little boys had hurried themselves loudly out the door, bundled up like snowmen, anxious to jump deep in the sparkling new-fallen snow with all the neighborhood children giddy over a snow day.  A few moments of quiet tempted me to the old piano in our foyer.  Pulling out the cheery, bright-red-covered book, I sat down on the bench, hoping to sneak in a smidge of practice while I knew no ears would be offended by the sure-to-be-sour notes. Turning… Read more »

It’s true, I’ll admit it: I’m not ready for Christmas. Oh, I’ve done all the baking, the caroling and shopping, the tree trimming and wrapping, the reading and snuggling and even the waiting and watching. I’ve sat here through dark mornings and read Scripture by the lights of the tree (all 2,000 of them!) for all of Advent (and then some!).  I’ve “prepared Him room.”  But I’m still finding myself digging heels in, willing the season to slow, to give… Read more »

Dodging icy spots, I hurried into the store for a few more things for the third time that day.  The snow, having fallen a few days before, wasn’t so pretty in the parking lot, and what sparkled in pristine white was now packed, browned from salt and pressed with the tread of so many tires. Passing the bundled elderly woman picking her way over the treacherous piles, the tired ringer at the door, the temptation of the coffee bar, I… Read more »

Here’s a lovely, tasty favorite around here (one that would be perfect for a Christmas breakfast, if one weren’t already addicted to Egg Scramble and Pioneer Woman Cinammon Rolls … 😉  )I give you … raspberry streusel coffee cake! Raspberry Streusel Coffee Cake 3 ½ cups unsweetened raspberries 1 cup water 2 Tablespoons lemon juice 1 ¼ cups sugar 1/3 cup cornstarch BATTER: 3 cups all-purpose flour 1 cup sugar 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 cup… Read more »

Happy Monday! If you’ve been around here awhile, you might know how much I love snow. Here’s a quick Periscope I did when I “snowed” my bedroom tree this weekend!  You can follow me at Misty Krasawski on Twitter and Periscope (lots of fun, if you haven’t added it yet!)  Learn to make snow for your Christmas here:   Sometimes I like to share the fun things I’ve been finding around the internet! Ann on housecleaning–plus the bedding I have… Read more »

Last night we attended Victoria’s winter concert. As usual, it was a wonderful mix of on-the-radio favorites and traditional choruses, the stage and aisles abuzz with color and movement.  I’d share a picture but honestly found myself so enthralled watching the kids present all they’d worked on that I never even thought to pull my phone out to capture it! Turning down one cold, busy street after another, my husband and I hunted down a parking spot in downtown Denver… Read more »