Three Things for a Tuesday


You know Karen Edmisten, right? If you don't, you need to start reading her beautiful books. Karen is one of my all-time favorite bloggers and just an all-around delightful lady. Christy and I tried not to fangirl TOO MUCH over her when we interviewed her for the podcast. We covered a LOT in this episode including Karen's beautiful wisdom on miscarriage and loss, her conversion, homeschooling, … [Read more...]

Rob Bell’s “Tribe”, MacLaren’s Pub, and the Homeless Guy I Have (Almost) Nothing in Common With

Rob Bell's "Tribe", MacLaren's Pub, and the Homeless Man I Have (Almost) Nothing in Common With // Carrots for Michaelmas

My 22-month-old daughter had made it through most of evening Mass, but after receiving Communion I was holding her in the back of the church so she could wave to her favorite statue of St. “Shoesoff”“ (Joseph) and kiss his “feetsies.” She waved and beamed to the parishioners walking back to their pews. “Hi!” she grinned at an unkempt man wearing an old military coat and multiple bandanas around … [Read more...]

The Isolation of Food Allergies and The Gift of Hospitality

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Today you can find me over at Kitchen Stewardship chatting about how to host families with food allergies and how to be a helpful guest: "Whatever the cause (or causes) may be, food allergies seem to be everywhere these days. If no one in your immediate family suffers from them, you probably know someone who does. When my oldest child was diagnosed with food allergies, it wasn’t the end of … [Read more...]

For your listening pleasure…


We're halfway through the week, friends. And if your floors are as sticky as mine are, perhaps you need something inspiring to listen to while you mop? Lucky for you, the wonderful Hallie Lord agreed to chat with Christy and I on the podcast this week and share some of her wisdom on love and marriage. You can hear her tips for surviving those rough patches of marriage and hear us squeal over … [Read more...]

This Week’s Miscellany: Vol. 111 (St. Nicholas Day Edition!)

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Happy St. Nicholas Day! Life has been so busy busy. With Thanksgiving, launching our new book, starting Advent and just the usual crazy, it's been nonstop. I'm ready to start the Advent sloooooow dooooown. Last weekend we picked out our Christmas tree at the farm we always go to. It was Gwen's first year in the thick of it and she loved it. She also sported the nerdy Christmas sweater … [Read more...]

Blog Tours, Invitations, Shows About Dresses, and More!


First of all you are cordially invited to a Facebook Party to celebrate our new ebook launch on Thursday evening (9:30 pm EST) to chat liturgical year traditions, Advent, and whatever strikes our fancy! Oh, and I have tons of giveaway prizes to give out (including candles, beautiful prints, picture books, print copies of Feast! and, of course, a few copies of our new ebook!. It'll be like a hobbit … [Read more...]

Five Random Things


This picture has nothing to do with this post. But look how cute these sisters are on our trip to the museum (where we simply HAD to go because Day 3 of being cooped up inside while it rained and poured outside isn't good on anyone's sanity). Grandma's attic in the Museum of FL History is the place to be. Ok. Moving on. Five notable things have happened in the last few days: one tragic, two … [Read more...]

Why Do We Still Love Jane Austen?

Why Do We Still Love Jane Austen? // Carrots for Michaelmas

It’s been 200 years since Jane Austen’s novels were published and yet, Jane mania is still in the air. If you don’t believe me, just look to the 12ft inflatable Mr. Darcy (eerily favoring Colin Firth) floating in London’s Hyde Park last summer. (Clearly, I’m not the only one who loves the 1995 Pride and Prejudice miniseries.) Modern Janeites remain captivated, but do we know why Austen’s so … [Read more...]

Slowing Down Around the Table (My first post over at Kitchen Stewardship)


Remember how I told you that I'll be contributing to one of my favorite blogs, Kitchen Stewardship, once a month? Well my first post is up! "...But dinnertime is about much more than cramming wholesome calories into our families (although that’s a worthy goal!). It’s not just about consuming the “right” things, it’s about savoring the ingredients, process, and connections. It’s about … [Read more...]