choosing hospitality

November 21st, 2014 | Posted by Cathe Laurie
The house looked like it could have been featured on the pages of House Beautiful. Mario, Ina, or Bobby would certainly have approved the menu. Every carefully placed crystal goblet, each piece of sterling silver would have passed the white glove test. read more...


how to bake a pie

October 24th, 2014 | Posted by Cathe Laurie
In my opinion, the secret to a great pie is a great crust. I think a filling is important too, but the crust . . . ohhhh, that flaky, buttery, light, melt-in-your-mouth crust . . . now that isn't as easy as pie. It takes some real expertise to pull that off. read more...


trying to be good

September 24th, 2014 | Posted by Cathe Laurie
Little by little, he was edging slowly, silently closer to the curb. He had one eye on me and his other eye wistfully glancing at the street. To little Christopher (Keefer, as his sister has named him), the street promised all the freedom, adventure, and fun of big boy life. His glances toward me were not as wistful. read more...


grow in grace

August 26th, 2014 | Posted by Cathe Laurie
Who doesn't want to grow? As most things that are worthwhile and good in our lives, growth is a process that takes time. A fruitful garden requires planning, attention, and patience! read more...


i will not forget you

July 24th, 2014 | Posted by Cathe Laurie
It is 6 years, and Christopher's face flashes like brilliant snapshots through the years: the fragile tiny 5 lb.10 oz. infant swaddled in my arms . . . the 2-year-old golden-haired toddler, with those huge hazel eyes, read more...