When you’re journeying through a long Holy week, when you’re going through a hard patch in life, when you’re working through difficult decisions, it’s good to be reminded of this joyful news.  I’m finding these words to be a beautiful encouragement during this week–this season of my life.  I hope they are for you, too.  Be of good […]

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My mother had hand-embroidered tea towels like these when I was growing up.  She gave me a pattern so I could make my own set when I was in middle school, and I discovered it recently while I was cleaning.  If we gathered all the projects that I had ever gotten or begun and never […]

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If you’re in the mood for a little chocolate bread to accompany your tea or coffee, this might be just the perfect thing.  Inspired by this recipe I’ve created a lovely and not-so-sweet treat for your morning or afternoon snack breaks. Mix with beater on low: 1/2 cup coconut cream (from the top of a […]

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This week: 1.  Best serenade from my love 2.  Best successful (and independent) use of a power tool 3.  Best date night

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I’ve recently discovered the best soup in town, and I am thrilled!  Not only do they have super-cute shop with high-quality and delicious soups, they also have several gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan options everyday.  This has been perfect for Lenten season.  Also perfect is their location in the Eastown/Cherry Hill area on Wealthy, which is […]


Part of an on-going photography project, in which I ask people to tell me what they need and then let me take their picture. Photos taken in downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan. All photos taken with my Canon EOS Rebel and edited with Lightroom 4.


Francis Marion Hotel, Charleston, South Carolina.  Visited March 2014 The stately hotel was built in 1924 and named after Revolutionary War hero Francis Marion–best known for his ability to hide in swamps.  It was restored in the late 1990′s to it’s full 1920′s glory.  It’s the only historic hotel in Charleston, that was originally built […]

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I have to confess that I am in love with this recipe from Against All Grain.  I finally got around to making them because of Lent, but these will be a favorite all year long.  The recipe might seem a bit daunting because there are so many components to make, but it’s truly a simple […]

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I’m not typically much for beer-drinking, but my brother was in town and he’s quite a fan.  After a short dispute about Grand Rapids trying to steal the title of “Brewcity” from Milwaukee, we decided to hit up Founders–one of the most popular breweries in the city.  The atmosphere was relaxing, and I can see […]

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These cupcakes are far and away the best Lenten dessert I’ve come across.  The secret ingredient that makes them extra healthy and delicious is only the icing on the cake.  Quite literally.  So grab some avocados and get ready for a vegan chocolate treat.


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