use your preserves: strawberry lemonade

We don’t eat oodles of sweets around here, but a cold glass of lemonade is pretty close to perfection on hot afternoons. A good portion of our homemade sweet preserves (blueberry, peach, strawberry) get used for summer beverages – blueberry limeade, peach tea, and her favorite – strawberry lemonade. Strawberry Lemonade makes 1 quart ½ […]


in excellent order

The celebrating of my birthday begins today! It’s not till Monday, but birthdays are embraced with significantly more revelry than most other holidays ’round here. I’ve been content with no-fuss the past few years, preferring to idle in bed a bit late and letting the day just happen, but something feels really different this year. […]



This is the morning (12 years ago) that I realized that 3 months and 4 days had passed without a single thing remembered. Yes, it was the morning of September 11, forever marked by the awful things that happened in the sky, but it was also 3 months and 4 days after my father had […]