Sunday Confession: Honest Thoughts About Christmas & Creative Ideas for Budget-Minded Souls

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Are you excited for Christmas? she asked. No. I nothing it.¬†The words tumbled out before I knew I felt them. Been there before? Not sure how you felt until someone asked you and suddenly, whelp, there it is. I’m dreading Christmas, actually. We’re on a slim budget. I want to throw big dinner parties and the reality of opening our …

Sunday Confession: Take THAT Salmonella

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There once was a girl who loved baking chocolate chip cookies. Any chance she got. Her mother cautioned her not to eat the dough for fear salmonella would sicken her dessert-obsessed spirit. While the girl spooned scoops onto the baking sheet, she simultaneously (and secretly) scooped raw dough into a Tupperware, promptly walked upstairs and put the bowl under her …

Sunday Confession: Reclaiming myself in the Kitchen

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Yesterday my friend Crystal invited me to (in)courage’s event, (in) real life Friended,¬†surrounding friendship. I was struck by the words from one of the speakers- was it Kristen Strong or Jen Schmidt? My memory escapes, but what I remember was this: “People are inspired by our strengths, but they connect to our failures.” Boom. Isn’t that the truth? But here’s …