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Slow Cooker Beef Ragu

Life around here is getting into a making-it-through-fall-with-1-broken-foot-and-a-pregnant-woman groove. Basically, that means we're always on the hunt for recipes that are tasty, nutritious, easy, and economical. Now that we've become one of "those families" with a...

From Gravel Road to Home Again

From Gravel Road to Home Again Jolene Philo and Anne Fleck September 22, 2017 Good news, readers–The Gravel Road is back! Well, sort of anyway. Here's what happened. In January of 2017, we moved from our big, roomy farmhouse along a quaint, gravel road on the edge of...

Ready for Change

The counsel of the LORD stands forever, The plans of His heart from generation to generation. Psalm 33:11 On the last Wednesday of October, I took Mom for a little drive. The trees, dressed in fabulous fall colors, put on quite a show. Every so often Mom would point...

Three Thoughts for Thursday

Can someone explain why Mom can spend an afternoon mercilessly teasing me about dropping my phone down the throne, but she can't remember what she ate for lunch? During the lunch she can't remember, she once again offered tastes of her ice cream. "Mmmm," she said more...

Top 10 Signs Your Family Is Full of Tolkien Fans

The Man of Steel and I are proud of our kids for many reasons. One of our faves is that we turned them into J.R.R. Tolkien fans before the movies came out and remain so to this day. 10. Our family food fave analogies always follow the same formula: I like...

Keep Kindness Alive

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. Galatians 5:22–23 You is smart. You is kind. You is important. Aibileen Clark says these powerful words over and...

Three Thoughts for Thursday

An unusual combination: Brightly colored autumn leaves landing on spring green grass. That's what happens when September in Iowa includes monsoon rain one day and chilly temperatures the next. A reason to be thankful: All the recent rain means the grass seed planted...

Clean Out the Vegetable Drawer Bolognese Sauce

Once again, this recipe comes to you courtesy of multi-generational living, via my daughter. During July and August she prepared this bolognese sauce whenever the tomatoes threatened to take the kitchen hostage. The wide variety of vegetables make the sauce a banquet...

Three Thoughts for Thursday

When your day begins with a sunrise walk under a harvest moon so bright it makes a dusty gravel road into a shimmering silver pathway, you know it will be a very good day indeed. For the next two Saturdays I'll be teaching teachers. Teachers who know their stuff. And...

No Futter Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

Along our gravel road, cookies are considered an art form. Within that art form, chocolate chip oatmeal cookies sit at its summit. I thought I had scaled that particular peak with a wonderful dairy-free recipe that uses "futter," Gravel Road's affectionate term for...

Young Frankenstein Top Ten Quotes

Gravel Road's Gene Wilder memorial screening of Young Frankenstein was a great success this weekend. The movie was as funny in 2016 as it was in 1974, thanks to these top ten quotes, at least in my humble opinion. 10. Inspector Kemp: Need a hand? Dr. Frankenstein: No,...

Three Thoughts for Thursday

  On our last really rainy day, it started to pour. I was stranded in the grocery store. Until the man in line behind me opened his stadium umbrella and walked with me to my car. How's that for Iowa nice? A few hours later, the hostess at Applebee's stuck her...

Chicken Salad

Sharing the kitchen with my daughter and her family has many advantages. One of the greatest advantages is that I am in charge of only half the meals. Another is the opportunity to learn new recipes from the cook who's in charge of the other half of the meals. Here's...

Notebook Neurosis

Today's post comes from a fellow resident of our dusty gravel road. It's a pleasure to turn the keyboard over to Anne Fleck who happens to be my daughter. Once you read what she has to say, you may see a family resemblance. And you'll understand the significance of...

Three Thoughts for Thursday

Good news for those who haven't mastered the art of painting happy trees. The entire Bob Ross PBS series is now available on Netflix. In my entire life, I have never purchased a Dolly Parton 45, LP, 8 track tape, cassette tape, CD, or iTunes download. And yet, ads...