Grilled Lemon Chicken Skewers, and Flinging Open the Windows in All of Our Dark Rooms

Grilled Lemon Chicken Skewers |

The spring encourages us to enjoy fresh, vibrant fare, like lemon chicken skewers with charred cherry tomatoes; it inspires us to open up our windows to feel refreshed, healthy and whole thanks to the healing sunlight and gentle breeze. Spring is a time of fragrant and lulling afternoon breezes and bright, invigorating sunlight that seems to seep straight down to the core of us and inspire a desire for newness. It is a time of year that carries with it much opportunity to begin again, and ... {more please!}

Cashew Chicken Curry, and the Cleansing Effect of a Spring Rain

Cashew Chicken Curry |

A rainy day is one of my favorite kind of days; it refreshes us and creates in us a desire to comfort ourselves, and to curl up with a warm and fragrant bowl of cashew chicken curry. As if right on wonderful, perfect queue, the precious raindrops just began to fall from the sky as I sat down to write. Ah, how I love the sound of the rain. It often begins with just those few initial, intermittent drops that fall, creating a sound on the ... {more please!}

Chicken Tortilla Casserole, the Tasty Result of a Little Creative Collaboration

Chicken Tortilla Casserole |

Good, creative collaboration is a wonderfully inspired thing; it brings two people together, often yielding some delicious results, like a cheesy chicken tortilla casserole, if you're lucky. First things first, I must confess to you that I cannot take full credit for coming up with this zippy and delectable little comforting recipe, and must give some credit where credit it due: my hubs. Thanks, Hubs! Typically when I recipe develop, I get an idea that sounds like something that I (or we) would really enjoy partaking ... {more please!}

Spicy Guacamole Chicken Burger, and a Heart’s Desire for Something Even Greater

Spicy Guacamole Chicken Burger |

The bold flavors of a spicy guacamole chicken burger can provide the palette with much needed flavor and zest to keep things interesting and fresh; and so it is with our heart, which reminds us of the deeper desires within us, and urges to keep moving, and to keep looking for that greater, richer experience. Lately, my heart has been craving more. It's been aching with a desire for a long time now, truth be told, to experience levels beyond what it's been experiencing, and to ... {more please!}

Teriyaki Salmon Noodle Bowls, and Extending Another the Freedom to Fly

Teriyaki Salmon Noodle Bowls |

The twirly and twisty noodles of a teriyaki salmon noodle bowl remind me of the complex feelings one feels when releasing a loved one into the world to fly on their own. I suddenly got a bit of a nervous stomach and felt that sweet-sorrow type of flutter in my heart, that quickening pulse, when I heard the flick of the light switch as it was turned off in our son's room. As his quick-paced and full-of-intention footsteps came down the hall and approached the living ... {more please!}

Italian Meatball Sandwich, and Learning to Quiet the Chatter

Italian Meatball Sandwich |

With all the “buzz” that life provides us with, preparing and enjoying a delicious meal like this Italian Meatball Sandwich is a good way to quiet the mind and simply focus on what is front of us; it is an opportunity to be present, and to listen to a deeper part of one's self. There never seems to be a shortage of things that vie for our attention and create the constant “background noise” that can become the soundtrack to our daily lives. Whether it's money ... {more please!}

Mini Mexican Pizza, and Relishing Life’s Light and Crispy Moments

Mini Mexican Pizza |

The light and crispy qualities of a Mini Mexican Pizza bring a lot of fun and whimsy to a meal, and a lot of pleasure to the one partaking; and those are just the qualities that can open us up and inspire us a little in our everyday lives when our spirit needs some uplift, too. I so adore and appreciate those wonderful little unexpected moments in life that bring that touch of joy, inspiration, warmth, or inner peace at exactly the moment that they're most ... {more please!}

Crispy Chicken Strips Flatbread Wrap, and the Sauce That Makes It Special

Crispy Chicken Strips Flatbread Wrap |

We've all got those foods—a Crispy Chicken Strips Flatbread Wrap, for instance—that we love to partake in, especially when they happen to have that amazing sauce that takes them up another level, making them so enjoyable. And we all have that special something within each of us that makes us uniquely amazing—so what's yours? Have you ever given much thought to what it is that makes you uniquely you? Is it your quirkiness, your laugh, your sense of humor, your pin-point intuition, your zany-ness, your dependability, ... {more please!}

Vegetable Curry, and Stepping out Boldly in Faith

Vegetable Curry |

A bold and spicy Vegetable Curry gets the energy flowing the same way that stepping out in faith can be thrilling and wonderful for one's spirit and one's life. It's hard to fathom that it's officially been four years since my husband and I decided to embark on the unique journey of starting this blog together. So much has happened since The Cozy Apron was born, namely that we've gotten older (and hopefully!) wiser, and that we've raised our son who was only fourteen at the ... {more please!}

Mediterranean Power Rice, and the Power in Knowing to Whom You Belong

Mediterranean Power Rice |

Good, healthy food like Mediterranean Power Rice fuels our physical body and gives it the energy and the necessary sustenance it needs to be at its best; but our inner spiritual life also needs to be empowered, and we gain that precious strength through understanding that we belong to a spectacular Creator. Do you ever wonder Who it was that dreamt up beautiful, special, unique, and perfect you? Have you ever considered the possibility that every detail of who you are—what you've been endowed with, how ... {more please!}

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