Cloistered Away

is a lifestyle blog, focused on simple, purposeful family living, written by Bethany Douglass.
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Finding Gratitude in Hard Places
The last eight weeks have had an unexpected thread of familiarity for me, like a found trinket from childhood or an old pair of running shoes. Holding them provokes something deep within me, a small
Gluten-Free Carrot Cake with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting
Spring is in full bloom here, a delightful gift while we are kept at home. Here is another beloved recipe from my sister Kristen to brighten each of your homes right now. These images are
Being Neighborly During Shelter in Place
The most healing aspect of national or international crises is the way it seems to unite humanity in the best ways. Somehow in our own distress, we wake up to the needs of others with
Nine Favorite Read Aloud Books for Spring
Springtime is my favorite season for read-aloud outdoors. In light of the current quarantine, turning our attention to the new life outside our windows feels all the more precious. For those of us fortunate enough
Helpful Pivots for the Homebound Weeks Ahead
I have spent the last few weeks checking in with friends and family alike to see how everyone is doing. Phone calls. Email. Facetime. Zoom. Marco Polo. Voxer. Etcetera. As one who is always looking
Tortilla Soup | Comfort in a Time of Isolation
When the nation was first moved into isolation last week with COVID-19 and the grocery stores emptied of basic staples, all I could think about was soup. Not really, but partly. It was overcast and
Homeschooling in Pictures | February 2020
an indoor hammock morning lists snuggly afternoon reading a playful self-portrait laundry day first cotillion and an award for Mr. Mannerly (aka “Mr. Manly”) paper revisions in the waiting room focused Algebra work Images by
Nurturing Wholeness | Aging with Grace
Wisdom comes with winters. ––Oscar Wilde I wonder if we are not too eager to erase or avoid the parts of our bodies that reveal we are human, whether stretch marks, surgery scars, or smile
Grain-Free Chocolate Cupcakes, Four Ways For Valentine’s Day
I’ve been making these cupcakes for years, and they are still my most requested treat to contribute to any event with friends. If you are looking for a Valentine’s Day treat made with whole foods