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

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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!}

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!}

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!}

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!}

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

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

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!}

Bourbon-Glazed Salmon, and The Sweet & Spirited Exterior that Holds Within a Tender Interior

Bourbon-Glazed Salmon, and The Sweet & Spirited Exterior that Holds Within a Tender Interior post image

There's very little for me that is more inspiring than being in the presence of a human being who whole-heartedly loves life, and chooses to see the brighter side of things in this often-tumultuous experience we call “existence”. The kindness, the joy, the love, and the gratitude that such a person exudes is utterly contagious, and tends to bring out the best in those that have the pleasure and the privilege of being in their presence. And I thank God for these beautiful people, and admire ... {more please!}

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