Warm Roasted Sweet Potato Salad, and Remembering all the Things to be Thankful For

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With the Thanksgiving holiday fast approaching, my soul begins to sense a wonderful opportunity to reflect and become filled with gratitude over all of those precious and amazing gifts that I have in my life. When we're in the midst of challenges, or when we're simply running on what seems like fumes as we navigate through all of the must-do's in our daily lives, it can be all too easy to place focus on what is uncomfortable, or what makes us stressed or overwhelmed. There never ... {more please!}

Orange-Honey Glazed Roasted Turkey Breasts, and the Sweet Taste of the Present Moment

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At some point or another, we've all most likely found ourselves in the rather uncomfortable state of limbo, or in a place of feeling insecure because of a lack of information. Perhaps you're in the midst of experiencing that this very moment in your own life. It can happen in regards to our health, our finances, and our relationships, and we find ourselves trying to navigate what feels like uncharted waters, in the dark, and on our own; or groping around what feels like a room ... {more please!}

Hot Roasted Butternut Squash & Spinach Dip, A Warming Comfort On A Cool Fall Evening

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Evenings in the fall are quite a magical time of the day for me. They remind me of what it must feel like to enter into a fairy realm, where the golden-purple light twinkles ever so softly, and the slight haze creates an almost dream-like blur of anything in the distance. Fall evenings are my favorite time to go for a walk in one of my husband's and my favorite near-by neighborhoods, the kind of neighborhood where the people get into the spirit of the season ... {more please!}

Pumpkin Patch Spice Bread, and Adding a Touch of Sweetness to a Day

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I very much adore the unexpected sweetness that a simple day can hold within it. Many mornings, it can be a challenge just to wipe the bleariness out of the eyes, to get the spirit uplifted, and to get that little inner motor roaring and ready to function at full capacity, never mind with gusto, style and a little flare. But it sure can make a difference in our day when we mercifully experience those little hints of sweetness, those palette pleasing flavors that are like ... {more please!}

Cheesy Breakfast Bake, All The Best Things In One Dish

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For a while there, it almost felt like this day would never come. I can't believe that I'm sitting here writing at my desk, dressed in my sweats and my hoody, with a cup of hot herbal tea, looking out of my window into the grey, dankness that is an overcast and chilly fall morning in Los Angeles. Finally, I feel like I can breathe. Could it be that fall has actually arrived for us? Is it here to stay? I've been waiting for so long ... {more please!}

Fall Harvest Pumpkin & Beef Stew, a Bread Bowl’s Best Friend

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There are many things in life that make the best of friends. Certain things partner up in such a way making them better together than they ever could've been apart: a cool evening and a blanket; a good movie and some fresh, hot popcorn; a golden-pink hued sunset and a contemplative walk; a heart filled with love and a warm embrace or a kiss. The things that go together give a little extra definition to life, and create warmth and preciousness; they offer color and a ... {more please!}

Apple & Brown Sugar Snickerdoodle Cake, and Knowing When Something Is Perfect Just As It Is

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I'm pretty sure that each and every one of us have our own ideas about how something should be. We imagine in our mind's eye the qualities that should make up a thing, and we decide whether or not those qualities are present based on some (often hidden) standards that we have. Or sometimes, we have actual knowledge of how something should be based upon real experience and previous observation, and surely that counts for something. It seems like it's often a balancing act trying to ... {more please!}

Pumpkin Cream Sauce Fettuccine, & Keeping Things Together When They Want To Come Apart

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Ah, the best laid plans... My heart desired nothing more this morning than simplicity: to sit down at my computer, quiet my mind for a moment, and then connect with the writer side of myself and put to paper (or to screen, in this case) my thoughts in order to see what essence or mischievous imp wanted to be unleashed. But alas, things wouldn't go quite as planned, as our water heater decided to fritz out this morning just a little bit, in turn placing my ... {more please!}

Hearty Italian Chicken and Autumn Veggie Soup, and Gratitude for the Simple Pleasures

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It gives me a lot of joy and contentment to find pleasure in something simple. Just before sitting down to write, I decided to spend a few moments sitting in a chair in the back yard in utter silence just listening to the world around me, soaking up the milder rays of the warming sun (and some much needed vitamin D). And just from those few, precious moments that I gave myself for refreshment, my spirit feels calmed and quieted; it feels lifted up. I feel ... {more please!}