White Chicken Chili, and How Staying Present Can Potentially Create a More Peaceful Now

White Chicken Chili, and How Staying Present Can Potentially Create a More Peaceful Now post image

We so often live in either our memories of the past, or in fantasies about the future, without even realizing it. But when we cook, when we prepare a dish such as this delicious, from-scratch White Chicken Chili with white beans, tender chicken, fresh, ripe avocados and vibrant green limes, being present in the process is a necessity—the food requires it. No matter how I slice it, the freeways of southern California are no joyride; and pretty much each and every time I attempt to merge ... {more please!}

Pan Seared Salmon, for When the Simplest Things Just Make You Happy

Pan Seared Salmon, for When the Simplest Things Just Make You Happy post image

For as long as I can remember now, I've been closing out my days and ushering in my evenings with a warm bath. Ah...the simple pleasures. For me, a freshly scrubbed, clean bath tub, some gently-running warmish-hot water, and a few squeezes of an aromatic body wash or bubble bath to foam and make things all sudsy makes me a very happy girl. It allows me a little time to contemplate my day, and quiet my soul. A bath is truly one of those simple things ... {more please!}

Lemon Chicken Salad, and Savoring Those Things of a More Delicate Nature

Lemon Chicken Salad, and Savoring Those Things of a More Delicate Nature post image

I'll admit that I've always been a real softy. I'm the type of gal that easily cries when others cry; that gets swept up into someone's story while they're telling it; that feels things really deeply; that just wants to smother everyone whom she cares about with love; and who's heart gets broken at the thought of someone feeling ashamed, hurt, or bullied. I'm a bit of a delicate soul, and I say it proudly these days, because I wouldn't want to be any other way. ... {more please!}

Smoked Sausage and Red Rice Skillet, and Giving One Another the Freedom to Just Be

Smoked Sausage and Red Rice Skillet, and Giving One Another the Freedom to Just Be post image

If there's anything that I've learned about human relationships so far, it's that each of us desperately needs the freedom to be who we are, in whatever part of the journey that we find ourselves in, in any given moment. In being a wife, I've learned that in order for my husband to be able to realize who he is, and to continue to evolve and to grow, he needs my support and understanding, my encouragement, when he has the desire to ask his own deep ... {more please!}

Zesty Chicken Fajitas Pizza, and the Brilliant Things That Come out of the Refiner’s Oven

Zesty Chicken Fajitas Pizza, and the Brilliant Things That Come out of the Refiner’s Oven post image

We recently found a wonderful little pizza place in a nearby community that we absolutely love frequenting when the craving hits us. Their prices are amazing, and their service is great. But the really fun part is watching as our pizzas, heaping with all of our favorite toppings, get slid into the large stone oven that blazes away, and then come out only minutes later completely gooey, caramelized, bubbling and steaming fresh. Ah...the oven. It's a hot place to be, that's for sure. And it offers ... {more please!}

Pasta Primavera Lasagna, and Nourishing Your Soul with All That Is Good and True

Pasta Primavera Lasagna, and Nourishing Your Soul with All That Is Good and True post image

To gaze upon the vast array of magnificent colors and shapes that our whole foods contain is to gaze upon our Creator's art work. The vibrant green of a crisp spring zucchini; the bright pop of yellow and the curved “neck” of a squash; the emerald boldness and perfectly round and firm shape of petite peas; and the the savory-yet-sweet tanginess of tomatoes that so perfectly make up an exquisite and nourishing sauce. Healthy foods have the benefit of beauty and flavor on their side. They ... {more please!}

Grilled Lemon Chicken Greek Nachos, and the Zesty Flavors of All of Life’s Layers

Grilled Lemon Chicken Greek Nachos, and the Zesty Flavors of All of Life’s Layers post image

Vibrant, beautiful, refreshing spring; it's our Creator's amazing gift of an opportunity to begin afresh, and to add another potentially wonderful layer of experience to our ever-evolving lives. There is a vast array of all sorts of life sprouting up all around us, an abundance of living happening right before our eyes. If we open up our hearts and our souls, we may just get beautifully pulled right into that realm's extraordinary and powerful vortex, get spun around in its glorious light just a little. Spring ... {more please!}

Skillet Dijon Chicken Penne, a Little Party in a Pan

Skillet Dijon Chicken Penne, a Little Party in a Pan post image

When I was a kid on summer vacation during those hot, humid days in Michigan, my friends and I would love to jump into the lake all at the same time, gripping each others hands tightly and squealing with delight as we made our leap. We'd go through our countdown, and either do a running jump off of a long dock, or stand in a row on the edge and push our little feet off as hard as we could, to go as far as we ... {more please!}

Roasted Red Pepper Hummus Dip, and Getting the Flavor Out of Life that You Put Into It

Roasted Red Pepper Hummus Dip, and Getting the Flavor Out of Life that You Put Into It post image

Life is a lot like food, isn't it? It is open and ready—eager—to soak up all of the wonderful, amazing flavors that you're willing to infuse it with. And it's been created to do just that. When sweet, roasted red peppers, earthy olive oil, garlic, lemon, and a touch of savory and salty feta cheese are blended generously into a cool, smooth and creamy hummus dip, they infuse it with some vibrancy and a touch of smokiness, which makes for an experience that awakens the palette ... {more please!}

Tortilla Crunch Chicken Strips, and Taking a Big, Crunchy Bite Out of Life

Tortilla Crunch Chicken Strips, and Taking a Big, Crunchy Bite Out of Life post image

Sometimes, what life throws our way can be a bit intimidating and overwhelming, can't it? The things that we say and do to one another can be shocking. The surprises that get sprung on us that are not of the most celebratory variety; the relationships that end; the “hemorrhaging” of money that we didn't expect; the loss of a loved one we didn't see coming; the sickness that we had no idea was in there, hiding... You get my point. And you could probably add to ... {more please!}




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