One way to move forward with self-care is to eat well. The easiest way I’ve found to eat well is to enjoy protein and vegetables over a bed of lettuce. While I do that almost daily, sometimes I miss the texture of potatoes or pasta and zucchini fills that need perfectly. I don’t promote one … Continue Reading
May’s theme is all about being open. Flowers are opening up, on Mother’s Day we were reminded of how Mary’s openness to God let him change not only her world, but the entire world – forever! Participants of the 6-week Pray. Eat. Move. Transforming YOU! Program are in week 4 and it’s all about Eating … Continue Reading
(Hint: It’s not sugar) I seem to do it every year. Sometimes more than once a year. And usually this time of year. You’d think after a decade, I’d just not do it. But, I’m human. And sugar is soooooo addictive. Yep, you heard me right-addictive. Just like alcohol, nicotine and meth. There are some … Continue Reading
Spotting the orange out the kitchen window, I swiped my phone off the counter and bolted for the backdoor. Then it happened. Tears welled up in my eyes as my heart opened to receive the overwhelming JOY God was showering on me. The sky was this amazing, awesome pinkish, orange set against contrasting blues and … Continue Reading
Wow! It’s November 1st already! Here in Grundy County, Iowa we’ve had our 1st snowfall and Christians across the globe are celebrating All Saints Day, All Souls Day and the Day of the Dead. The garden is all but done. All reminders that life is full of seasons, each one having its own beauty, its … Continue Reading
It’s that time of year. Gardens are abundant with cucumbers, zucchini, green beans and soon-tomatoes. People are always asking me what I do with these vegetables to break up the monotony and not eat the same thing day after day. I’m one of those cooks who rarely follows a recipe anymore–taking my dad’s advice to … Continue Reading
I was hoping for more blankets of sunshine or at the very least sundogs, but we’ve had ice and thick blankets of snow instead. As I’m writing, the wind is creating whipped cream-like drifts out of the 9+ inches of snow we received over the last few days. A good day to think about wrapping ourselves … Continue Reading
Blanket of Snow Welcome to Winter in Iowa! Across the state we’ve got blankets of snow & ice, as the temps have stayed well below zero. I don’t mind a snow day every now and again. It’s like permission to
Eating seasonally lends to many rich flavors. Throughout fall and winter, root vegetables like parsnips and carrots find their way to our table regularly–as does bacon. Moving into Advent also brings to mind other roots that run deep, namely faith and family.
As the calendar turns toward the end of October, the pumpkins and jack-o-lanterns remind me of Harry Potter. As I’ve shared in previous posts, I am a HUGE Harry Potter fan, reading the entire series at least 10 times (enough so the books fell apart!) and knowing most of the movies by heart.