Blessings and a bountiful sufficiency!

Late yesterday afternoon, we were grating potatoes and onions, mixing them with enough flour and Panni Potato Pancake mix to hold them together, frying them up in canola oil and thinking of Baerbel Gunderson. It was Baerbel – German, she said, for Barbara – who introduced us to what she unfailingly called “First Advent” Bavarian style. … Continue reading

Begin Advent with a blessing

With Advent beginning this Sunday, Nov. 29, the Advent wreath frame — the first messenger of the season,  has been retrieved from the “Christmas Closet.” After dusting the wreath frame off, it rests on the library table in the living room awaiting its star turn this weekend when it will be perked up with fresh greens … Continue reading

The Advent Cookie Recipe Exchange

Send us your holiday cookie recipes! Join in the Advent fun by submitting your favorite Christmas cookie recipe to the first annual cookie recipe exchange at Keeping the Feast! E-mail the recipe and a short remembrance of how the cookie became an Advent favorite at your house to Lois Rogers at or post in the … Continue reading

Check out “A Home Made Life”

With upwards of 35,000 food blogs to choose from, it’s always stunning when one emerges as a trend in itself. “Orangette,” the award winning-blog by Molly Wizenberg was one of those. Hailed as “downright addictive” by the Chicago Tribune and “mouthwatering…witty and eloquent” by the Daily Telegraph, the blog was a moveable feast. It comes … Continue reading

Fit for a Queen

Fit for a Queen The Feast of St. Elizabeth of Hungary is Nov. 17. Renowned for her grace, beauty, generosity and great faith, she died at age 24 in 1231 after dedicating her life to service to the poor.  Over the centuries, Elizabeth, the patron saint of bakers, has been the subject of many paintings … Continue reading