Canning Ketchup: signs that Fall is here

I began my canning education as soon as I started gardening. Armed with my Complete Book of Home Preserving, I canned anything and everthing I could. Now I only can my favorites, among them Dilled Pickled Green Beans, Spicey Garlic Pickles, various jams, salsa, peaches, pumpkin, apple pie filling, relish, and of course Homemade KETCHUP. Once […]

A good day for a baptism.

As a baby, I was baptized then raised in the Lutheran church. I spent Sundays in Sunday school, learning the stories and creating my own narrative of Jesus. Then in later years, I would take my turn as a Sunday school teacher, passing along the stories, and teaching the amazing grace that I had come […]

Harvests in September

These last days of summer have been busy with harvesting, gardening, pruning, house projects, canning, and baking. It wasn’t until my 5 and 3/4 month old son started crawling (um excuse me, WHAT?) that I had a moment of refection and awe over the last six months. In the last six months, I have become […]

Late Summer Tea Party in the Garden

The girls and I decided to throw an end of summer tea party in the garden. We invited a bunch of friends from the neighborhood and everyone pitched in. The result: a relaxing afternoon with good company and good food.     “To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow” Audrey Hepburn  Sheela ROSE […]

Saying Goodbye To Malina + Sabrina

Permenant Change of Station (PCS) is part of Army life. So as a group of Army wives, we knew that these friendships might start here, but that we would most likely part ways. That’s just part of the game. Today we had a potluck on the lake at Ft. Steilacoom Park to say “goodbye” to […]

Baby Taylor’s Magical Shower

Yesterday, we were showered with love by our sweet friends and family. It was beautiful. We feel completely spoiled. The baby’s room is Harry Potter themed (surprise surprise) and so it was a natural choice for the shower as well. Normally, I man the camera the whole time, but I was very controlled and only […]

Halloween 2016

October is my birthday month, and this year the family came down for a day of pumkins, football, and food. Here are a few photos from our day. LUKE! My ever- goofy daddy! I don’t know why, but I LOVE this photo. It slays me. We love Spooner Farms! These wild ones wanted to do […]

Ovulation Day! Thundercats HO!

Tonight, I took a test and saw that I have reached my high fertility window. Seeing as the clinic closed about four hours ago, now I have to wait until tomorrow to schedule my insemination and pray that they have an opening for me before noon. I think my body and mind have reached this […]

Mother’s Day Brunch

It was a lovely day here at the Taylor Homestead. We had my parents and brother over, and for the very first time, Grandma Myrna and Aunt Cynthia. Food is my love language. What better way celebrate a few of the mothers in our life. Mom’s famous egg dish. When she asked if I’d like […]