From the category archives:

Series: Teaching Taste

Getting our Words Confused.

by Mindy Lockard on April 6, 2010

I had just situated myself… laptop on lap, coffee within reach, creative juices percolating.  Maggie: Mom, I’m playing church. Nose in computer Me: Great Mags! now I was in the groove…. feelin’ the manners juices flowing. Maggie: We are about to sing.  Me: Sounds good! Maggie: Will you sing with us? Oy, the Church/Mommy guilt duo. […]


Totally Chicken.

by Mindy Lockard on March 31, 2010

Underneath the pearls, skirts and heels, there is a crunchy Northwest girl who grew up playing in orchards, eating berries off of the bush and packing her mother’s homemade grape fruit leather in her lunch box.  Take it from that girl, playing in an orchard and eating fresh berries is so much fun, while trying to trade out the  fruit leather in your […]


Take to the Table Tues: Out of this World Family Night

by Mindy Lockard on January 4, 2010

During the socially slow winter months our Friday nights are set aside for Family Friday. Every Friday (you may remember this) we come together for  a new theme dinner and adventure. We use these Family Fridays as a way to reconnect as a family after the busy holiday months and as a tool to hone […]


Q&A Wednesday: Responding in style!

by Mindy Lockard on December 30, 2009

Today’s Q & A Wednesday comes from a question posted on the blog from our pre-Christmas gift opening blog Mindy- I love you, your blog and your always thoughtful suggestions. But, as someone who was (sadly) not taught proper etiquette in this manner – could there be some fear that one might find a trained […]


Christmas Gift Jar

by Mindy Lockard on November 15, 2009

The lists have started, our Christmas card is in the works, and I ‘m on the hunt for a sweet spicy nut recipe…  I can’t wait to start celebrating Christmas.  Since I’m very firm on my personal policy not to actually celebrate until after Thanksgiving, I’m simply planning ahead so when the time comes I’m […]