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My hope with each moment is that gathering together becomes a rhythm that will eventually form as part of us, not just around the table but in those waiting moments of life when time goes slow and patience runs thin.

“eggies” for breakfast, simple directions
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“eggies” for breakfast, simple directions

Ten years ago, when we first starting keeping chickens, I learned how to make this simple dish from a Martha Stewart special episode on keeping backyard chickens. The recipe originally called for 1 egg, a few slices day-old cubed bread, butter, milk, fresh parsley or other garden herbs, salt & pepper, and a mini cast iron skillet. Ten years later, I still make this breakfast dish whenever I have a leftover baguette or bread loaf, only now I use 8 eggs, add garlic salt, and use a medium cast iron skillet in order to feed my family of five. Here's how...

oven-drying tomatoes
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oven-drying tomatoes

By the end of the summer season, cherry tomatoes can start getting a little out of hand. In April, when our little tomato plants get tucked into the soil and we anxiously await for the ripening of our first tomato, it's hard to believe, in a few short months, tomatoes will be falling to the ground before we can harvest them...

tomato confessions, part two: summer’s salad-sized tomatoes
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tomato confessions, part two: summer’s salad-sized tomatoes

Blue Cream Berries…Lemon Drops…Matt’s Wild Cherries…Black Cherries…Frosted Green Doctors…Supersweet 100 Cherries…Sungold Cherries…Gold Rush Tomatoes…Beam's Yellow Pear...Peacevine Cherries........happy (slightly embarrassed) sigh.

Yes, I have all these cherry tomatoes currently growing in my garden. In February, my sweet garden-loving, God-seeking soul friend and I started almost 1,000 tomato plants by seed in our church and...

tomato confessions, part one: summer’s cherry tomatoes
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tomato confessions, part one: summer’s cherry tomatoes

Blue Cream Berries…Lemon Drops…Matt’s Wild Cherries…Black Cherries…Frosted Green Doctors…Supersweet 100 Cherries…Sungold Cherries…Gold Rush Tomatoes…Beam's Yellow Pear...Peacevine Cherries........happy (slightly embarrassed) sigh.

Yes, I have all these cherry tomatoes currently growing in my garden. In February, my sweet garden-loving, God-seeking soul friend and I started almost 1,000 tomato plants by seed in our church and...

summer puzzle
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summer puzzle

When’s the last time you worked on a puzzle? Every summer, once the kids are out of school, and the cadence of the day adjusts to a new rhythm, we take down a puzzle that I have set aside and resisted the temptation to attempt during the busy days of spring that lead up to...

foraging for breakfast
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foraging for breakfast

I love foraging for food. Almost eighteen years ago, when my husband and I moved into our newly built home with slopes of open space, no landscape and only a variety of pesky growing weeds greening our yard, I learned of a new perspective. Our new neighbors, whose parents are from Greece, looked at my...

black cherry tomato
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black cherry tomato

We started the Black Cherry Tomatoes by seed from Baker Creek Rareseeds in the middle of February. End of June, we tasted our first tomatoes and are now picking handfuls a day. Beautiful sweet cherry tomatoes.    

gather
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gather

Gather, I love this word. For me gathering means, resting, laughing, sharing, eating, listening, and connecting. I think of a family I know and how every time I see them together, they circle up. They find chairs, tree stumps, benches, anything it takes to form a circle and they talk. While they wait, they talk...