Summer Cooking: Lemon Poppy Seed Zucchini Bread

Yes, it is that time of year that I've heard (jokingly) is the only time Mennonites lock their cars at church. It's full-fledged zucchini season. Seemingly overnight, the tiny doll's-arm-sized vegetables swell into gargantuan human-arm-sized ones, and they replace themselves faster than an army of ants finding a sugar bowl in spring. This spring my … Continue reading Summer Cooking: Lemon Poppy Seed Zucchini Bread

Real Life Still Life: One

As a mom to four children age almost-eight and under I happen upon odd little scenes all the time. For instance, a set of old cat food containers arranged by the back door with little nests of grass neatly tucked into them. A scattering of animal teeth by the welcome mat. Or, I happen to … Continue reading Real Life Still Life: One


I can hardly let May pass by without mentioning strawberry shortcake. We've been having a hard time finding strawberries to pick around here--apparently the rains hit at just the wrong time this spring. I feel bad for the strawberry farmers who had a short, wet season last year too. We did find some already-picked strawberries … Continue reading Shortcake