• 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…

  • Spaghetti Qiunoa Boats

    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…

  • Waffles and Blueberry Jam

    Sugar-Free Blueberry Jam/Syrup

    “How sweet are Your words to my taste!  Yes, sweeter than honey to my mouth!” Psalm 119:103 As I pinkie promised yesterday when sharing my Buckwheat “Buttermilk” Waffles, today you see how to make this quick and healthy (and sugar-free) fruit jam.  Well, I like a jam anyway.  You can also make it more runny to eat as a syrup. The sweetness of this jam/syrup is largely from the peaches.  Peaches?  Yes!  Blueberries for sure as the main fruit.  And a few peach slices are added for a tad more sweet and creamy-ness. When peaches and blueberries aren’t in season, simply use the frozen variety.  Easy to find organic frozen…

  • Waffles, Jam, and Almond Butter

    Buckwheat “Buttermilk” Waffles, Gluten- and Dairy-Free

    “Your beauty … should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.”  1 Peter 3:3-4 NIV I love food that has a crunch when you bight into it.  Crackers, chips, nearly-burnt toast, and waffles with a bit of crisp texture.  Yes, soft inside, but crunchy on the outside. I was hankering for a batch of crispy waffles enough to finally bite the bullet and make a batch by adapting Mom’s recipe for oat pancakes.  My kids always love her “cake-cakes” and still call them that.  Sweet memories! Buckwheat grouts offer a wonderful gluten-free flour when…

  • Salmon and Bean Salad

    Pan-Grilled Salmon and White Bean Salad

    “Show me Your ways, Lord, teach me Your paths.  Guide me in Your truth and teach me, for You are God my Savior, and my hope is in You all day long.”  Psalm 25;4-5 NIV This is my close version of a recipe a high-school friend cooked for us on our girl’s trip in May.  It is very light and refreshing – and deliciously healthy.  My friend offered a choice of chicken or salmon.  I didn’t actually taste her salmon, but I’m sure it was as tasty as the chicken.  Neither did I pay attention to her process for cooking either of the meat options.  Honestly, you can’t ruin this…

  • Salsa Beef Stew with Deer Meat

    Salsa Beef Stew

    I visited our kiddos in Atlanta in early June for a wedding and a week of R&R.  The following week after the wedding, I visited the bride’s mother (a dear and treasured sister) with another dear and treasured sister.  We call ourselves “The Birthday Club”.  “2 AM Sisters”.   As we travel through life’s seasons, our name list grows to too many to list here.  The wedding was beautiful and a very special day! The heartfelt counsel of a friend is as sweet as perfume and incense. (Proverbs 27:9) In the picture above, G (Mom of bride) is on the left, and D is on the right.  There is so much…

  • Faith, Fitness, and Fellowship

    Truth Sisters For Support in Faith, Fitness, and Fellowship

    “And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.” Hebrews 13:16 How we need our Christian sisters.  Rather, I should say, how I need my Christian sisters!  I appreciate very much all the prayers and support you give me here.  It is such a blessing.  YOU are such a blessing! I have wished for more energy (and time), for ways to support you and encourage you in the tough seasons.  And also for ways to support you in the healthy lifestyle journey we all need to take for caring for our temple in the way God desires. Do you find…