Sweet Baby Pea Salad with Cashews and Bacon.

Sweet Baby Pea Salad with cashews, bacon, watercress, water chestnuts, and scallions in a vinaigrette - nice holiday side dish.

Sweet peas. Spring. New life.

Food, family meals, nourishment.

As nutrients enter our bodies, health.

As prayers whisper from our lips, grace. Continue reading

Cheesy Chicken and Cauliflower Orzo Bake

A delicious casserole filled with meat, pasta, veggies, and creamy white cheese sauce. Special enough for company and holiday dinners too!

Um, so cauliflower seems to be whispering to me from the supermarket seven blocks down the road in the produce aisle.

It somehow manages to taunt me through the double sliding glass doors – the same ones I happened to knock off the tracks with the giant race car shopping cart my daughter was riding in the other day.

And, well, this cheese sauce seems to be trailing me too. Continue reading

Candied Citrus Peel

Candied Citrus Peel from Home is Where The Cookies Are. A simple candy made from fresh oranges, lemons, and grapefruit..

Guys – I just discovered I own a pair of jeggings.

No, not my toddler’s jeggings.

MY jeggings.

I’m not sure how I feel about this.

Ashamed or proud?

It’s a toss-up. Continue reading

Roasted Cauliflower and Asparagus Soup

Roasted Cauliflower and Asparagus Soup| Home is Where The Cookies AreThis soup makes me think of segues.

We’ll get to why in a minute, because once I started thinking of the soup, I started thinking of segues, and that took me here:

Whenever I say “This morning”, what actually comes out of my mouth is, “Thi-smorning”, all mushed together.

It’s actually what is going on in my brain too, because way too many times I’ve actually set out to write the word, “smorning”.

I know. Shame.

So anyway, the “s” is the segue between “t-h-i” and “morning”, right?

“Smorning” is much like the word “nother”.

Except that I don’t think anyone else thinks that “smorning” is a word. Continue reading

An Impacted Life – Mark Bender; Day 6 Update


OK Guys ( and Gals. . .)

Here is the man himself, speaking from his hospital bed in Hawaii.
I’m sorry I couldn’t make the photo a little bigger, but I am somewhat YouTube/video embedding handicapped, and this is the best I could do at 6:45 AM on a Wednesday morning!

Just click on the pic – it will take you to the YouTube video, it’s about 10 minutes long, but so worth it. Such a courageous attitude in a time of trial.

He is amazed by the fundraisers going on for him – he says he always thought those were for really cool people.

Guess that means Mark is officially a “really cool people”!

“This is where I’m at and, things are good, you know?” said Mark.

If he can put today in perspective like that, so can we, right?


In case you didn’t see the original post about Mark and his family, click here to learn more.

And if you want to buy some totally awesome roasted coffee to help support them, go here and click on the “Bender Family Fundraiser” button.

If you’d like to just straight up donate some fat cash – go here – to their church’s website, where they have a fund up and running for the Bender family.

How Coffee (Cold Brewed or Otherwise) Can Answer a Plea for Help

Cold Brewed Coffee| Home Is Where The Cookies Are

Sunday morning an email from my sister with the subject line, “A shameless plea for some help” sat staring at me from my inbox.

My sister is many things – a mom, a physical therapist, a friend to many, a professionally sponsored cyclist, and an unassuming yet passionate philanthropist.

In her email – sent to friends, family, and cycling teammates – she told the story of a couple from the Northwest – Mark and Sarah Bender.

They’re loving and committed parents of four boys, avid cyclists, faithful churchgoers, community leaders, and happily married for 15 years.

Last week they were celebrating their anniversary in Hawaii.

On the final day of their trip Mark played in the splashing waves one last time, just hours before they were to board their plane and return home to their children.

But something went terribly wrong.

Mark’s neck broke when he suffered a catastrophic injury in the surf. Continue reading

Toasty Coconut Wedges (Oat & Coconut Shortbread Cookies)

Toasty Coconut Wedges | Home is Where The Cookies Are {www.wherethecookiesare.com}

There is a recipe of my Great Grandma’s that has been floating around in our family for generations.

It’s one that remains on the regular cookie rotation in our house today, and when I share those cookies, it never fails that friends fall in love with them too.

When I started Home Is Where The Cookies Are, I was sure this recipe of Great Grandma’s was one I would share, but then I came to realize that secret family recipes are a treasure to be closely guarded. Continue reading

A random list of books, blurbs, projects, nuts, & cheese

Yup, like the title says.

It’s random, and it’s a list.

Sometimes such lists are necessary. . .

. . . like when I have things I want to tell you and they don’t apply to a recipe.

So here we go:

Book Stash

1. I am giddy over this stash of books that arrived for me from the library – and this one sucked me in by page 19.  Right here, in fact:

“Hide,” came Lynnie’s whisper.

Martha pulled back and looked at Lynnie. The face showed nothing.

Martha leaned in once more.  “Hide,” Lynnie said again, and added, “Her.”


Want to read with me? Continue reading