Pepper-Crusted Cowboy Rib Eye Steak, a Happy Father’s Day, Indeed

Pepper-Crusted Cowboy Rib Eye Steak | thecozyapron.com

Good fathers are incredibly special people. And when their strength is coupled with a tender mercy, they're one of the best, first teachers we have when we're growing up and developing into the people that we will one day become. We rely on Dad for guidance, for wisdom, and for love, and Father's Day is that wonderful opportunity to honor the men in our lives that carry that special title of “Dad” by showing them just how much they mean to us through sharing with them ... {more please!}

Sweet Cornbread Cake, and Taking Sweet Bites of Inspiration from a Golden Moment

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The soft, warm, pale-yellow glow that envelopes all of us growing and sprouting creatures is something that I simply can't help but to draw copious amounts of pleasure and inspiration from. Just this afternoon, this late afternoon with its breeze, its scents of blooms, its buzzing little beings, its green grass swaying, I took a cup of warm, lemony-blueberry green tea as one companion, and my little dog Lola as another, and off I went into the back yard to daydream for a just a smidgen ... {more please!}

Honey Mustard Chicken Chopped Salad, Anything but Dainty

Honey Mustard Chicken Chopped Salad | thecozyapron.com

As the weather slowly begins to warm up and the days are filled with more bright and happy sunlight, my cravings begin to gravitate towards the colorful, crisp, and fresh. And often, it's a lovely salad that fits that bill, scrumptiously. I've always been a real sucker for a good salad; I mean, I truly love them all, including even the slightly dainty, micro-green-y, leafy ones with just a sprig of this over here, and a sprig of that over there. Hey, I'm even happy to ... {more please!}

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

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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 | thecozyapron.com

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

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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 | thecozyapron.com

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

Chicken Fajitas Pizza | thecozyapron.com

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 | thecozyapron.com

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!}




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