Down the Gravel Road

Our Latest and Greatest Fake Butter (also known as Futter)

A new conundrum has arisen in our Gravel Road kitchen. In addition to having several adults in the house who have dairy allergies or lactose intolerant, the toddler has begun to sprout a terrible diaper rash when he's fed soy. So the most available version of Earth...

Exciting Times on Our Gravel Road

The Summer of 2016 will go down in history as a most exciting one. The Man of Steel's basement project, with its main components being large dirt piles, big holes, and large equipment, has been an ongoing source of wonder for our three young grandchildren. (The above...

Geranium Whispers on a Fantastic Friday

This Friday's post from July of 2009 was selected for two reasons. First, it shows how much life has changed in the last 7 years. Second, I love this picture. Rarely does this geranium plant produce such a perfect bloom and even more rarely are the blossoms so...

Three Thoughts for Thursday

The first fresh peach pie of the season was worth the wait. Thanks to our son-in-law for requesting it for his birthday dessert! Decorating tip: It's a good idea to measure doorways and hallways before purchasing a sofa sleeper for an upstairs bedroom. Otherwise, your...

Shrimp Tacos

It's takes a village to feed a high maintenance eater like me. So I'm thankful my village is populated with people like my big sister who keep their eyes open for delicious dairy-free recipes. She's the villager who sent an email with this recipe for shrimp tacos. The...

See Jane Wait

Poor Jane. Poor patient Jane. The protagonist of my South Dakota mystery novel has suffered a setback. She was turned down by editors in the nice, cozy publishing houses I had hoped would give her a good home. Now, there's no need to worry. Jane is not dead or...

The Demise of a Barbie Zipline on this Fantastic Friday

Hard as it may be to believe, our staid yard used to be home to a zipline that provided ours of entertainment for our daughter and her friends. This Fantastic Friday post shows how a tree, a clothes hanger, a toy, and two creative little girls can make memories to...

Three Thoughts for Thursday

I'm reading Richard Russo's Everybody's Fool and loving it. What's not to love to hate about Sully, the down-and-out character first introduced in Nobody's Fool? Sesame Street wouldn't be the same without Bob, Gordon, and Luis. Thanks to the powers that be for...

Lemon-Blueberry Zucchini Bread

For the past week, our refrigerator has been playing host to a pint of blueberries, a large zucchini, and some lemons that need to be used. So when a recipe for blueberry zucchini cake with lemon buttercream frosting appeared in my Facebook news feed, it caught my...

Top 10 Down to Earth Moments Since Arriving Home

10.  Grocery shopping. 9.  And hot on the heels of #10...cooking. Every. Single. Day. 8.  No one follows me down the street yelling "La-dee, hey, La-dee, want to buy a purse? A rug? A scarf? Natural Viagra tea?" like they did at the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul. 7.  Meals...

What Does It Mean To Be Baptized?

“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, 
baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, 
teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; 
and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:19–20 Before...

Red Hot Chili Peppers for a Fantastic Friday

This Fantastic Friday post was selected for one simple reason. I like stories that show off the wit that once defined Dorothy (a.k.a. Mom). Our lunch date at Chili's was in July of 2014. Two years later, Mom can't count out her own money,  but her sass still makes an...

Three Thoughts for Thursday

The fact that media news outlets spent almost an entire day hashing, rehashing, and hashtagging who would gavel in a major political party convention is proof that 24/7 news coverage is a bad idea. In 1997 the oldest woman in the world, Jeanne Calment, died at age...

Cucumber-Onion Salad Encore

Thanks to our weekly CSA share, the vegetable bin is overflowing with cucumbers. So cucumber-onion salad is gracing our table almost daily.  Because today is my birthday and I'm celebrating by not experimenting with a new recipe, I'm rerunning this one that was first...

Top Ten Reasons I Don’t Mind Turning 60

Tomorrow's my 60th birthday, and I'm looking forward to it. Really I am, and for these 10 good reasons. 10. Ordering off the 55+ menu at IHOP will be easier. Five years ago, doing so made me feel like an imposter. Now I feel like I've earned it. 9.  The AARP has...

No Sweat for This Fantastic Friday

This Fantastic Friday post looks back at a favorite camp memory...four generations of family enjoying a magical evening on a houseboat. Though that was our one and only houseboat adventure, my camp job is still photographing the week's events while other people sweat...