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    Healthy Eating/Clean Ingredients

    So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. (1 Corinthians 10:31) It’s been a long while since I published a healthy recipe, and I deeply apologize for that.  I could go through a long explanation of reasons/excuses, but let’s not do that.  OK?  🙂 With our current state of staying home, I reckon now might be a good time to share someone who tells us what we all need for building a strong and healthy temple.  That is, he tells his viewers what ingredients are healthy and which ones to avoid. Introducing Bobby Parrish and his wife, Dessie.  Rose is…

  • Skilled Craftsmen

    The Gift of Craftsmanship

    “Moreover, I have given special skill to all the gifted craftsmen so they can make all the things I have commanded you to make.” (Exodus 31:6b) Welcome to Faithfulness Friday!  After a dip into the New Testament last Friday, we’re back in the Old Testament this week – in chapter 31 of Exodus. I remember reading the passages about the early tabernacle tent design intently after I’d been sewing window treatments for the public for several years.  I enjoyed working creatively and liked the feeling that God had gifted me for it. I was blown away by the intricacy of God’s detailed instructions for the curtains used for temple “tent…

  • Biscuits Are Ready!

    Tasty and Clean Gluten-Free Biscuits

    You have to know I’ve been trying to make acceptable gluten-free biscuits since I created the Gluten-Free Soft and Fluffy Flour Blend.  And, it’s finally ready to share with you!  🙂 Granted, you probably prefer round biscuits.  I got in the habit of making square ones several years ago.  You waste no dough with square biscuits, and there’s no gathering bits of dough, smooshing together for another flattening and cutting-out session. Over and over again until all dough is formed into perfect rounds. The final-ending-bits round biscuits never look as good, but all of the square ones are consistently delicious.  OK, well . . . you’ll see. Cut butter (optimally,…

  • Faithfulness and Favor

    Faithfulness and Favor for 2020 Focus

    For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord bestows favor and honor. No good thing does he withhold from those who walk uprightly. (Psalm 84:11) Happy new year and decade!  I hope you enjoyed a wonderful Christmas, with lots of family time, worship of our Savior, laughs, games, blessed gatherings, and celebrations of all types. Do you ever have so much on your mind that you can’t quite put it all into words?  That’s how I feel today.  With a fresh year and decade starting, I’m nearly speechless.  (I said nearly, y’all, so we’re OK.) No better way to start than to just . . . begin.…

  • Chili with Pumpkin

    Clean and Hearty Pumpkin Chili

    If you don’t live in the South, you need to know that pumpkins last well into December here.  We have a long time to scoop the meat from pumpkins before dumping them into the treeline.  It’s not beyond our realm of possibility to use pumpkin in our recipes after Fall is technically over.  Never mind the fact that I cheat and use canned pumpkin puree.  Ha! Recently, I used part of a can of pumpkin puree (for Dani’s Mini Pumpkin Pies) but didn’t have a plan for the remainder.  Several years ago, recipes hit the scene for chili with pumpkin puree in the mix.  So, I figured, what could it…

  • Vegetable Medley Minestrone Soup

    Vegetable Medley Minestrone Soup

    You don’t have to be Italian to enjoy minestrone soup.  Dani Spies at Clean and Delicious has a wonderful recipe.  (Well, lots of wonderful recipes, actually.)  As soon as our weather cooled off in October, I could not wait to try this one!  The only problem was that I didn’t have the cabbage I needed.  So, what did I do?  Improvised, of course. I basically cleaned out my stock of all sorts of fresh veggies that needed using.  Hence the name “vegetable medley”.   And added it all into the pot.  You can’t mess up cooked veggies, in my way of thinking (wink). So, be brave.  If you’ve got something…

  • Cream of Mushroom Soup

    Homemade Cream of Mushroom Soup with Gluten-Free and Dairy-Free Options

    Can you believe I actually did it?  When I told you yesterday that I planned to use the same Cream of Chicken Soup recipe process to make cream of mushroom soup for Thanksgiving prep, finishing it was no problem.  I tell ya, this cream soup is very quick to pull together. Do you not need gluten-free and dairy-free ingredients?  I included everything I used in making this recipe.   If you have no issues with gluten or dairy, simply use your choice of whole grain flour to replace the gluten-free flour.  I don’t recommend replacing the coconut milk with regular milk, though. For starters, chop a pint carton of mushroom slices…

  • Home-Made Healthful Cream of Chicken Soup

    “Better a small serving of vegetables with love than a fattened calf with hatred.”  Proverbs 15:17 Gone are the days when my recipe box was filled with casserole recipes requiring canned condensed cream soups.  You know the ones.  Cream of chicken…cream of mushroom…the two most popular of all.  Are you wondering, “Why not use canned cream soups?   What’s wrong with that?” As food is medicine for building your temple to be strong, the quality of food we eat is ultra important.  Fresh, well-chosen, and without chemicals.  Does that sound hard to achieve?  It can be, but it doesn’t have to be.  Filling your pantry with high quality ingredients is a…

  • Thanksgiving, Vegetables

    Healthy Thanksgiving Cheats and Links – Part 2

    “Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.” (1 Chronicles 16:34) My first post of Healthy Thanksgiving Cheats and Links was getting too long, so I broke things up a bit and made two posts.  Today, we’re covering three popular Thanksgiving side dishes you may be interested in having in your recipe arsenal – or rather, a healthier version than your current “oldie but goodie” (wink).  Shhhh…  I won’t tell. No. 1:  The Famous Green Bean Casserole. (Yes, you know the one.)   An all-time favorite at my house (and maybe yours, too) is Green Bean Casserole.   Leigh Anne at Your Home Based Mom has…

  • Thanksgiving Meal, 2018

    Healthy Thanksgiving Cheats and Links

    As of today (this day of publishing), we have two weeks and one day until Thanksgiving.  Are you preparing your recipes?  Are you feeling the squeeze? I hope what I share will help you get it all together with health options you may be seeking. Last year, I was determined to have Thanksgiving dinner for my immediate family, with at least as close as possible to our usual Thanksgiving dishes.  The challenging part was making the recipes in a way that I could eat most everything – and taste like normal to everyone else. Gluten-free and dairy-free and sugar-free.  Yes, it’s a thing.  No diet plan fits perfectly.  Not keto,…

  • Healthy Halloween Entertaining

    Healthy Halloween Entertaining

    Fourteen years ago, little did we know our future Fall seasons would be so different than what we knew and loved in our old neighborhood in Marietta, Georgia. Before moving to what I call The Land of Making Do, Halloween was a huge neighborhood deal.  Not in a creepy way, but in a family fun way.  How sad we were when we realized, after moving to the country, miles away from our then-new-to-us small town, we would have NO little goblins visiting, bag-in-hand for candy additions.  None.  Ever.  Again.  Zilcho.  Wah! Hubs and I visited our two adulting, boomerang kids over the weekend for their housewarming party at our son’s…

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    Spaghetti Zucchini Boats

    I hope you are enjoying some cooler weather this week, as we are – finally!  October is one of my favorite months.  Crops have been harvested, and the fields surrounding our house are a clean slate, so to speak.  Harvest time is so fun with all the new choices of pumpkins and gourds.  Such fun shapes and colors. I’ve been a little zucchini crazy lately.  It is more plentiful at my local grocer these days, so that prompts me to have it as a regular. After reading the 12 Health and Nutrition Benefits of Zucchini, how can we not include it in healthy eating as a regular? Dani Spies at…

  • The Name God Gives You

    God Names Us As The Thing Before He Equips Us For And Transforms Us Into That Thing

    Does God tickle you in the way He works sometimes?  I swanee (clearly a southern term, y’all), how I enjoy His sense of humor!  When God places a certain verse in front of you time and time again, all in different settings, from separate sources, within the time frame of only a couple of days, whether in a tough season or a triumphant one, sometimes I want to say, OK, God. I got it!  🙂 I’ve been reviewing Annie Downs’ book, 100 Days to Brave, a second time and read this verse again recently regarding Gideon. The angel of the Lord appeared to him and said to him, ‘The Lord…

  • Breakfasts You Will Love!

    Healthy Breakfasts – Ketchup on Eggs Not Included!

    “The house of Israel named it manna, and it was like coriander seed, white, and its taste was like wafers with honey.” Exodus 16:31 When my brother was a kid, he loved the idea of ketchup and eggs!  My uncle introduced it to him, and he was enamored.  It wasn’t a thing for me, so I didn’t even try it.  Never really hungry at breakfast, I rarely bothered to eat more than a bite of something quick (and not nutritious).  That is, until a couple of years ago when I began a health journey with Trim Healthy Mama’s food freedom. By the way, this is the cheapest I have ever…

  • Gluten-Free Veggie Fritters

    Delightful Veggie Fritters

    “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.” Matthew 5:6 Last month, I joined my long-time Christian women Facebook friends who formed a group for supporting others (and one another) in their quest for better health, fitness, weight-loss, or whatever their goals may be, health-wise, and also for fun and fellowship. Isn’t it always easier to do the hard things when we have our friends along? While I don’t follow a “diet plan”, I strive to feed my body what it needs for the most healing benefits (for MS and lung cancer).  The weight-loss goals of most women are understandable.  It can be such…