Down the Gravel Road

Family Camp’s Brown Sugar Snaps

Galavanting from here to there and back again doesn't leave much time for cooking. So today, because of present galavanting at Shadow Valley Family Camp, this recipe comes from the camp cookbook. A dairy-free fix would be easy with Earth Balance Vegan Buttery Sticks...

Do Not Hinder Them

And they were bringing children to Him…but the disciples rebuked them. But when Jesus saw this, He was indignant and said to them, “Permit the children to come to Me; do not hinder them; for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. And He took them in His arms and...

Absurd Airport Announcements for a Fantastic Friday

Today's Fantastic Friday post was easy to choose after my recent overseas airport adventure. The adventure featured in this look back occurred in July of 2011. Not overseas, but right here in the United States. The Man of Steel and I are off to Idaho tomorrow, and...

Three Thoughts for Thursday

If you want to avoid crowds in Istanbul, schedule your sight seeing between thunderstorms on the morning Ramadan ends. The streets will be completely deserted. If you want to stay awake on the drive home from the airport after a 11 hour flight from Istanbul, schedule...

Top Ten Thoughts While Preparing for a Trip to Latvia

In a few short days, a friend and I will drive to Chicago, and board a Turkish Airline flight bound for Istambul. After a 36 hour lay over, we'll catch another Turkish Airlines flight to our final destination–Riga, Latvia–where we'll spend a week ministering to moms...

Checking Items Off My Bucket List

  I've never made a bucket list, though my list excuses for not doing so is quite extensive. Too busy. Too busy with family. Too busy enjoying friends. Too busy reading books. Too busy writing. Too busy planning the Wonderfully Made Family Camp (WMFC). Too busy...

Fantastic Friday at a Writer’s Conference

This Fantastic Friday, I'm at the Cedar Falls Christian Writing Conference once again. This time my fellow author and editor, who also happens to be my daughter, will be co-presenting a workshop about What a Manuscript Editor Can Do for You. With that in mind, what...

Three Thoughts for Thursday

  Mom was reading Us magazine in the lobby before a recent doctor's appointment. She looked at me and said, "This is a piece of junk." Proof positive that short term memory loss ≠ loss of discernment. You know your efforts to baby proof are an epic fail when the...

Non-Dairy Strawberry Crisp

Just a few weeks ago, I posted my recipe for low sugar rhubarb crisp. Until today, it was the most recent installment in a Gravel Road unintentional series of crisp recipes such as blueberry crisp, apple crisp, and strawberry-rhubarb crisp. But not anymore. Because...

Top Ten Comments Overheard at Special Needs Family Camp

Central Iowa's first Wonderfully Made Family Camp (WMFC) for families of kids with special needs was held over the weekend. It was an unqualified success as these top ten comments overheard show. 10.  From a mom: My son had 8 s'mores at the campfire last night. We got...

Absorbine Junior for a Fantastic Friday

Today's post first appeared on Gravel Road in late June of 2013. But around here, gnat season is getting an early start. If you want to stay ahead of the bugs, this Fantastic Friday offers an easy and mighty fragrant way to do it. Our shady neighborhood has been...

Three Thoughts for Thursday

I am now a barista in training, thanks to the espresso maker received for Mother's Day and tutelage of my daughter. No cute cap. No green apron. No benefit package. But I'm learning to make one mean latte. Who in the world thought a baby board book based on Les...

Hot Bacon Dressing

The cooks in the house are gradually getting used to the new meal routine. We even had time to do some menu planning before grocery shopping, so we've been enjoying having the ingredients needed for evening meals on hand. One of my cooking nights was really easy–just...

Top Ten Systems Failures of the Week

Our house has been systems failure central for the past week. Here, in order of occurrence rather than importance, are the top 10 whammies we've weathered. 10. Internet service failure from the Friday before Memorial Day through Memorial Day Monday. Not fun, though it...

The Yearning in Every Human Heart

But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared for them a city. Hebrews 11:16 Last week I visited the town where I grew up and stopped by many of my childhood haunts. The...

Courtin’ Onions for a Fantastic Friday

My parents, Harlan and Dorothea Stratton, were married on this date in 1951. Their marriage was not what either of them envisioned when they made their vows. But their love was true and their devotion to one another never wavered. In honor of them and the beginning of...