Roasted Butternut Pear Soup

Fall is all around us. Seems like just yesterday I was talking about seeing the change of produce at the farmers market and getting excited to usher in fall flavors. Now Halloween is over, the clocks have been set back an hour and we are already working through the first week of November. What better…

Dinner & Discussion, Week 10

Last Friday we had our final Dinner & Discussion gathering. Over the past ten weeks we experienced a myriad of conversations and emotions as we worked our way through Restless. It was challenging, confronting, and enlightening. We didn’t know what the end result of this journey would be either. But I am thankful for those…

Dinner & Discussion, Week 9

Second to the last gathering! Wow. Hard to believe it. What a journey. But enough of that, I’ll save that for the wrap up post. Now that some time has passed we are definitely feeling the familiarity that time can bring. Over the last month, the group has since been whittled down to the final…

Dinner & Discussion, Week 8

This week was a good week for discussion. The proverbial tide was in and there was lots to share and understand. As we near the end of Restless, this week focused on pulling together key points and our notes from the chapters we’ve discussed thus far. The book asked us to take a hard look…

Dinner & Discussion, Week 7

If I had to use one word to describe week 7 it would be the word flux. The flow in and out, where someones heart is that particular Friday night, the things that have been revealed or not revealed, this where we are at in the process. Letting God move us through this journey of…

Sweet Potato Breakfast Hash

I love breakfast. It has become a necessary part of my day. So much so that I make sure I have enough time in the morning to at least scramble some eggs with veggies. But what I really love are slow weekend breakfasts. The ones where you have time to try something new or to…

Dinner & Discussion, Week 6

Each time we gather, the night seems to take on a unique form. How can it not though? Every week we face different challenges and joys, triumphs and losses. We bring all of that to the table. Sometimes it creates celebration. Other times, heavy hearts. But we do it together and we remember we are…

Dinner & Discussion, Week 5

I am learning that two things really affect group dynamics: the kind of gathering and the number of people that attend. I don’t know if there really is a “right” number of people for each type of gathering but there is no denying that numbers do have an effect on the group. If you get…

Dinner & Discussion, Week 4

Another week, another menu. And you know how I was talking about finding a groove last week? Well, this week was an interesting curve ball. How do you adjust a planned menu for ten down to five in about 24 hours? It’s very common to have people out for various reasons, travel, health, unexpected circumstances….

Dinner & Discussion, Week 3

There is something about finding a groove… I think we are starting to find it. At this point the group is comfortable with each other, the setting, and how things seem to flow. The discussion was some of the best we had yet. One thing I haven’t quite found the groove of yet has been…

Dinner & Discussion, Week 2

The second gathering has a way of flowing much better than the first. Not just in how we planned and rolled out dinner but also in the conversation around the table. The group is starting to warm up to each other and we are all starting to get a little more comfortable with the material…

Dinner & Discussion, Week 1

The first gathering. Always a little nerve wracking. I was stressed… I won’t even bother trying to deny it, especially with being responsible for the meal. As the group trickled in and I hurried to get dishes out to the table you could sense the “first gathering” jitters. Some having a sense of familiarity, others…