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!}

Grilled Lemon Chicken Greek Nachos, and the Zesty Flavors of All of Life’s Layers

Grilled Lemon Chicken Greek Nachos | thecozyapron.com

Vibrant, beautiful, refreshing spring; it's our Creator's amazing gift of an opportunity to begin afresh, and to add another potentially wonderful layer of experience to our ever-evolving lives. There is a vast array of all sorts of life sprouting up all around us, an abundance of living happening right before our eyes. If we open up our hearts and our souls, we may just get beautifully pulled right into that realm's extraordinary and powerful vortex, get spun around in its glorious light just a little. Spring ... {more please!}

Skillet Dijon Chicken Penne, a Little Party in a Pan

Skillet Dijon Chicken Penne | thecozyapron.com

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 | thecozyapron.com

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 | thecozyapron.com

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 | thecozyapron.com

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!}

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