For Weekend Living

Recipe: Oven Roasted Potatoes

My country-dwelling friend, Natalie, sent me a recipe this week for over-roasted potatoes that turned out delicious. It called for a package of dry ranch mix, but I found this recipe for homemade ranch mix and had everything on hand. The boys helped me mix it together and pour it on.

Directions: Wash and quarter about a half bag of red potatoes. Mix together in a baking dish (I used a large glass casserole dish) with about 1/4 cup oil (I prefer coconut oil), then pour on all your ranch seasoning. I baked mine at 400 for about 35-40 minutes, stirring occasionally. Thank you, Natalie!

Practical Advice Filled With Hope.

Oh this is so good. September McCarthy is a fellow writer at and has a flourishing ministry of her own. She is a mother of ten, and has also endured several miscarriages. She shares such wisdom in Heather's podcast on motherhood, grief, controlling temper, and living life with your children, not always just for them. Thank you, September and Heather!


Ten Second Kiss for Wedding Bliss

I've been a forever lover of Ann Voskamp's writing and wisdom.  I was particularly intrigued this week by her post The Daily Vow of a Ten Second Kiss for Wedding Bliss. All I can say is give it a read. 

Excerpt from the post:

Yeah, I know: Time is a supreme gift — and the one thing nobody really wants to give to anybody.

But I’m slowing down for you. The way the waves slow down to kiss the shore. The way time used to slow down when you looked into me and I looked into you and our hearts about stopped, ridiculously alive.

As we parted ways this morning we were smiling by second 3 and laughing by 7. Kept me grinning all day long.


Charles Marville: Photographer of Paris at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

My heart may have fluttered when Kristian showed me pictures from this current exhibit at the Met. 

(photo source) Charles Marville (French, Paris 1813–1879 Paris). [Rue de Constantine], ca. 1865.

Happy weekend, friends.