Nervous Breakdown before Dinner | Welcome to new friends: Amy and Sara


We can’t do it all, but we do a lot…here’s just a slice

The Sisters


Sara and I are about as opposite as two people can get. We came from the same batter but the cakes turned out to be different flavors. She was my first friend and all of my childhood memories include her.  Perhaps molded from her birth placement as the oldest of three daughters, she was born to be a nurturer and caretaker .  Her one and only dream growing up was to be a wife and mother.

Like George Bailey (this makes me Harry) she was born an old soul and spent most of her adolescence caring and worrying about her friends and classmates. Spending many an hour reading young adult Christian romance novels and filling her hope chest (while her friends were out partying)  embedded a passion for a home to keep one day.

Always a late bloomer, Sara finds herself just over 40 and a mother to three boys ages 0-6.  She is a self-taught cook that turns out gourmet tasting meals from ingredients that are on hand. Cooking is her happy place and only hobby.  As a mom on a budget the only shopping she really does is for groceries but she enjoys it (as long as it’s with out the kids). She’s always been a thoughtful crafter and creative soul. I call her often to hear about her meal plans, or text her a photo of something I’m working on to get her input or advice. You’ll be inspired by her contribution to this blog and you’ll laugh at the delivery. Enjoy a “slice” of her life…

Honestly, Amy


37361_407825580761_4138254_n   My earliest memory was this little thing called, “Amy Grace” coming home from the hospital. She was a shy and quiet little gal for the first year and then…..the sparkle happened. My middle sister is a textbook middle child with a twinkle in her eye and a gift. In our teens when most people were perturbed to have their kid sister tag along-I was grateful ’cause anywhere Amy is -is where you want to be. She is an adventurous soul, she loves to entertain and adds brightness to any room she enters.

Although we started out wearing mostly “sister” dresses as children-our taste and style could not be more different. Amy has always had a great eye and been able to choose “the” piece – whether it be the addition of a scarf, vest or ring-or selecting that timeless item to build a room around. I must admit some of my best pieces are ones I’ve shopped from her home or closet!

A.G. is a busy mother of three girls. She does the real mom stuff I never do -like playing games, sledding and eating lunch with them at school.  She has been a” working outside the home Momma” as well as the stay at home kind and does them both so well. She is a natural organizer-and her closet looks like mine is always supposed to.

Amy’s cookin is spicy and full of flavor!  I love the way she cooks a few meals on Saturday to use thru the week! She is a relaxed hostess with the mostess and you always feel welcome at her home.  There is never a dull moment in her life and I know you will enjoy whatever slice she serves you.

Sincerely, Sara

The Sisters were born in Kankakee, Illinois and spent much of their lives in the Quad Cities. Amy now lives in Northwestern Iowa with her husband and 3 daughters. Sara lives in Southwestern Wisconsin with her husband and 3 sons (If only they had a housekeeper named “Alice”).

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Late summer supper and one of my best childhood memories


When I was growing up we had enough. Not everything I wanted and sometimes I had to wait for what I needed. There were times we had plenty and times we had enough.

One dinner late summer when I was 10 or 11, Mom called us for dinner. We have corn on the cob, sliced tomatoes and…fried zucchini.  I thought it was great! Like an appetizer we never ordered on the rare occasion we went out to dinner. I loved it. Mom dipped the slices in egg, dusted with flour and fried in a little veg oil on the stove. I loved them. I remember that dinner–it was before school started, we were all together in a little duplex in Bradley and I was happy. What I didn’t know then is that was all we had…..ALL we had to eat!

Today is a good day! It is a week before school starts–We have grabbed summer by the horns and lived to tell a tale! At church this week there was a table where folks brought their garden abundance to share. I saw boxes of zucchini and took a couple. I can never cook zucchini without thinking of that day. I usually grill them but today we are going to have them the ‘ole fashion way–fried.


One response

  1. Hey Thanks! We are always happy to make new friends! We love visitors–warn us next time and we’ll invite you to dinner! Love your blog(s)! Want to read your book!


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