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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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things our mothers used to say

July 24th, 2014 | Posted by Cathe Laurie
We remember the things our mother used to say. And then we catch ourselves: Did I just say THAT? At the time, I was a just kid and I didn't get it. My world revolved around the universe made up of me, myself, and I. So we say the things we do because at times it feels like the only recourse we have. All moms wistfully wait for the day when our adult children come up to us at some point, wrap their arms around us and say, "I get it, Mom." read more...