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Friday Feast: Cauliflower Soup

 Among the many gifts of the Autumn season, hot soup in warm mugs on cold afternoons and evenings sits at the top of my list. I wait for this all year. In my house, (as is probably true for many of you too), we have a variety of dietary constraints. I've got nut-free, people, dairy-free people,...

Grief, Gratitude, and Turkey Stuffing

Thanksgiving was the first holiday we celebrated after moving to this old red-brick farmhouse in southeastern Pennsylvania. Tomorrow, we will celebrate our fifth Thanksgiving in this place. Is it any wonder I am looking back? Every year, we have roasted a turkey bought from a local Lancaster County farmer. I no longer attempt complicated new...

Friday Feast: Cauliflower Soup

 Among the many gifts of the Autumn season, hot soup in warm mugs on cold afternoons and evenings sits at the top of my list. I wait for this all year. In my house, (as is probably true for many of you too), we have a variety of dietary constraints. I've got nut-free, people, dairy-free people, people who only like chicken nuggets or pizza, my husband eats a Keto diet, while I am...

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Simple Hospitality

I walk through the freezer section of the grocery aisles and consider what foods might be an option for my family over the next few days. I don’t have the fire within me to make something fresh, and if I’m honest, it feels like that flame has flickered low for awhile now. I prefer things from scratch and my heart longs to give my very best in everything while doing...

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Letting the Nativity Inspire Our Celebrations

I’m hosting Christmas dinner for the first time this year. As soon as I found out I was going to host, I began thinking through the different menu, decor and guest list possibilities. For as long as I can remember, I’ve loved the details of planning a meal- finding the perfect combination of foods that reflect the season, choosing the prettiest flowers at the grocery store for the table, inviting...

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Grief, Gratitude, and Turkey Stuffing

Thanksgiving was the first holiday we celebrated after moving to this old red-brick farmhouse in southeastern Pennsylvania. Tomorrow, we will celebrate our fifth Thanksgiving in this place. Is it any wonder I am looking back? Every year, we have roasted a turkey bought from a local Lancaster County farmer. I no longer attempt complicated new recipes because these turkeys are so flavorful. There are many reasons to take good care...

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Finding Your Place At God’s Table When You’re Grieving

It was nearly five months ago that I saw a group of EMTs wheel my grandmother into the back of an ambulance. She hadn't been able to eat much and her body had become weak and frail. She often complained of stomach pains and said nothing tasted like it used to. We seemed so far from the days when I used to watch her standing in front of her seventies...

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Love at the Table

I still remember the first time I met her, emerging from the shadow of her garage to meet us at the car. Her eyes were the same piercing blue as his; or rather, I suppose, his, hers. I think I told her so right then. I don't know if he and I were in love yet but we were headed in that direction; he brought me home to meet his parents, after all. Obviously, something was...

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Become a Relational, Confident Cook

 When I listen to women lament of their kitchen struggles; I want to empower them to become a confident cook who attends to the importance of relational connectedness at the table.   If eating is the sixth love language, then mine is cooking for that person.  I understand what Eric Liddell meant when he said, “God made me fast.  And when I run, I feel his pleasure,” because when I get...

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On the Practice of Ruminating to Save Your Sanity

Back home in London, after traveling through five states for a book tour in the US, I stand in the kitchen and gaze through the window, watching pedestrians wrap arms around waists. Attempting to harness warmth that a brisk wind violates, their boots and wool coats reveal any hope of a lingering autumn. Staring at strangers out the window as wine sauce reduces on the stove is required mental work...

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On Sacrifice and Greater Love

I knew the conversation was not going well when she crossed her arms and leaned back in the chair, but I was not prepared for how far off the rails the train was going to go. She asked questions trying to poke holes in my every word and I answered each one with as much honesty as the moment would allow. How do you answer with stark honesty when the...

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Happy Birthday GraceTable~A Letter To Our Readers (Plus A Giveaway)

Dearest readers, It's hard to believe it's been 2 years since the table was set in this quiet space. In the midst of the flurry of fall and working on other projects, I forgot that November is GraceTable's birthday month! In fact, it didn't even occur to me until one of our host writers made mention of it in our private Facebook group. Sigh.  This month marks the 2 year anniversary of this...

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