Category Archives: My Girls

Java Cafe

Java Cafe is a cute little spot in Germantown that I went to with one of the teen girls I mentor.

DSC_0890 copyMe and Elise from the Princess Party last year. Isn’t she precious?

java cafe germantownJava Cafe is Elise’s favorite spot. Over the summer she went at least once a week for a quick lunch. She raved about it so much that we decided that we should go together.

java cafe germantownThe menu

java cafe germantownThey had so many options for treats and desserts

java cafe germantownThey have cowboy coffee… how cute is that? 🙂 All their menu items had cute names!

boss of the mossI got the Boss of the Moss which is turkey, bacon, swiss, honey mustard, tomato, and lettuce. It was delightful! A great ratio of meat to veggie to bread. Mmm… so good! At $7.99 it’s not the cheapest sandwich I’ve had, but worth every penny.

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Love Rach


My Grandmother’s Rolls

I was blessed to grow up with all four of my grandparents living and even a great-grandmother on my dad’s side. I’ve talked about my mom’s dad and how he taught me about cereal mixing and the proper way to eat molasses.  And I’ve mentioned my mom’s mom and how she left me her china collection. But I haven’t shared with you one of my favorite things about my mom’s parents from when I was growing up.

momma billie and daddy ken(yes that is me at age 15 on the left and age 16-almost-17 on the right when I graduated high school)

As a little girl, I used to love going to their house because every morning, I would wake up to the most amazing and familiar aromas: homemade blueberry muffins baking in the oven and  bacon sizzling in the skillet. I would bounce out of bed and rush to the kitchen to see my grandparents standing at the ready –  aprons on, spatulas in hand. After huge hugs, Momma Billie would pour me a large glass of milk while Daddy Ken would ask me how I wanted my eggs prepared. I would watch with fascination as the eggs sizzled and cooked just perfectly every single time. No one made eggs like my Daddy Ken. 🙂 And the best part was that I could eat as much as I wanted. My family was always amazed at my ability to down half a dozen eggs in one sitting. What can I say? When it’s good, it’s good! 😉

dk and mb (Looking for style inspiration? I love both of these looks! Daddy Ken in 1977 and Momma Billie in 1960)

My other favorite food-related memory with my grandparents would hands-down be my grandmother’s homemade rolls. I love bread and especially warm, fresh-from-the-oven rolls. And I have eaten a lot of bread in my lifetime, but I have never had rolls as good as hers. I’m sure much of that is wrapped up in sentiment and the fact that I grew up eating them. But truthfully, they are the best rolls I’ve ever eaten.

homemade rolls

I made the rolls for my girls tonight and they absolutely loved them! I mean my girls pretty much love all the bread I make and there are seldom leftovers, but more than half the girls said that these rolls were absolutely the best I’ve made!

homemade rolls

It may seem strange that these are rolled out and cut with cookie cutters like biscuits are, but that’s the way Momma Billie always made them. And you don’t mess with a good thing. 🙂 In fact, I talked to my mom about this today and she said that it wasn’t until she was an adult that she even knew there was another way to make rolls. Love how those things we were raised with stay with us. 🙂

momma billie's rolls

momma billie's rolls

momma billie's rolls

I know many people keep family recipes a secret, but I’ve never known anyone in my family to not share a recipe when asked. When you have the best-of-the-best… why not share? 😉 And trust me, friends, these rolls ARE the best! At least in this girl’s completely biased opinion. 😉
Love Rach


Momma’s Minestrone

Went for my follow up visit to the oral surgeon this morning and it turns out that I have dry socket in 2 of the 4 surgery sites. Explains why I have been so miserable and recovery has been so hard this past week. They gave me miracle drugs (little medicated strips that go in the gum) so I should be set for a few days. Already I feel SO much better than I have all week. Such a blessing! And I’m so excited to finally be able to eat something besides mashed potatoes and soup, haha!

Speaking of soup, though… I made minestrone last night with my girls. I grew up eating minestrone so it has never occurred to me that it might be a “foreign” sounding soup to my teen girls. All but two of them had never even heard of it before! Thankfully most of them enjoyed it so it was a win! 🙂

minestrone soup

Momma’s Minestrone


½ cup olive oil
1 clove garlic, minced
2 cups onions, chopped
1 small can tomato paste
8 cups beef broth
4 cups water
1 cup cabbage, shredded
2 whole carrots, sliced
1 can French style green beans
1 tsp salt
¼ tsp black pepper
1/8 tsp ground sage
1 can red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1 cup elbow macaroni


1. In large soup pot, sauté garlic and onion in olive oil until soft.

2. Stir in tomato paste, broth, water, cabbage, carrots, green beans, salt, pepper, sage

3. Mix well, bring to a boil. Lower heat, cover and simmer slowly 1 hour

4. Add beans & macaroni. Cook 15 minutes until pasta is tender

Recipe from my mom, Pam M.

Thanks for the prayers and well wishes with this whole wisdom tooth thing. I am so thankful that all four are done now so I never have to go through any of this again, haha! Happy Friday, friends!