Skillet Dijon Chicken Penne, a Little Party in a Pan

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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!}

“Bananas Foster” Baked Donuts with Buttered Rum Glaze, and the Unexpected Gift of Challenge

“Bananas Foster” Baked Donuts with Buttered Rum Glaze, and the Unexpected Gift of Challenge post image

I've heard it said that it's not until the rubber meets the road that a person can truly know what he or she is made of. And lately, I feel like life is trying to show me just that, in a myriad of poetic ways, some trivial and some a little more major. Take for a silly and simple example these delicious little "Bananas Foster" baked donuts here. They weren't quite so delicious in the beginning, you see. I found myself challenged with creating a recipe ... {more please!}

Tequila-Lime Chicken Burgers, and Embracing the Process of Becoming Brilliant, Amazing You

Tequila-Lime Chicken Burgers, and Embracing the Process of Becoming Brilliant, Amazing You post image

Have you ever considered that maybe, just maybe, we might actually fear becoming successful on some level? Sounds ridiculous and absurd, I'm sure. But what if I were to tell you that becoming the best, most powerful, most light-filled, most honest, most caring, most loving, and most empathetic human being that you could be would have enormous implications to the world around you? You'd be a force to be reckoned with! Each moment in our lives, each experience, is a layer that the next moment is ... {more please!}

Creamy Chicken & Broccoli Stuffed Baked Potatoes, and Getting Back to Basics

Creamy Chicken & Broccoli Stuffed Baked Potatoes, and Getting Back to Basics post image

I feel a bit like a woman on fire lately, and in good way. I've found myself looking around my home in the various rooms that contain those extra things that we don't use and don't need; at the various walls that hold too many paintings that don't speak to us anymore; and into various built-into-the-wall shelves that have been comfortably housing now-obsolete CD's, VHS tapes and even DVD's that we no longer have any use for, and am wanting to take it all away and ... {more please!}

Grilled Lemon Chicken Flatbread Wraps, and That Golden-Hued Evening Sky

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Have you ever found yourself a little transfixed by that late day/early evening glowing skyline as it stretches across the horizon and envelopes everything below it, and to the sides of it, in a soft splash of gold? I certainly have, quite frequently; and it's probably one of my favorite things in the world. It can be spectacular! And it can whisk me away into moody daydreams of moving pictures in my mind, punctuated by a new favorite song that plays on continuous loop as a ... {more please!}

Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes with Broiled Cheddar, Like Warm Little Spoonfuls Of Bliss On The Tongue

Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes with Broiled Cheddar, Like Warm Little Spoonfuls Of Bliss On The Tongue post image

I adore the winter months, and only wish that here in Southern California we had more of an opportunity to feel the crispness, the coldness, the briskness, and the icy-chill in a black, star-studded evening sky. But alas, we don't. For now, all I have are my memories of the frigid winters of my childhood and teen years in Michigan where I took immense comfort in being bundled up, all snuggly, in coat, hat, and scarf, and I like to keep those close to my heart ... {more please!}

Zesty Chicken & Rice Soup, and Finding Pleasure and Gratitude at the Bottom of an Empty Bowl

Zesty Chicken & Rice Soup, and Finding Pleasure and Gratitude at the Bottom of an Empty Bowl post image

Have you ever noticed the amazing things you can find at the bottom of a simple, unassuming little bowl of soup? If you've ever sat down to a gloriously steaming, fragrant, brothy, and soothing bowl of liquid-y elixir when you're hungry and hoping to be comforted and made cozy, and then taken pleasure in every little sip off the spoon as it slowly goes down ever-so easily and warms from within, then you most likely know what I speak of. In those precious, golden moments when ... {more please!}

Chocolate & Butterscotch Chip Oatmeal Cookies, for When Finding Joy in the Small Stuff is a Good Start

Chocolate & Butterscotch Chip Oatmeal Cookies, for When Finding Joy in the Small Stuff is a Good Start post image

Sometimes in life, there isn't much opportunity for replenishment of the soul, as important as that can truly be. And I always know when it's time for me to begin to draw into myself some nourishment from the external world as well as from the spiritual one, because the things that I typically so easily find to be shimmery and glowing, seem like they're beginning to lack a bit of luster and shine. And I begin to feel, quite frankly, like I'm beginning to lack a ... {more please!}