• Weekly Salad Prep

    Weekly Salad Prep Starters

    Take a lesson from the ants, you lazybones.  Learn from their ways and become wise!  Though they have no prince or governor or ruler to make them work, they labor hard all summer, gathering food for the winter. (Proverbs 6:6-8) Hello, my friends!  We had a wonderful weekend family reunion in Tennessee, and I got some large doses of Vitamin P.  P is for pleasure, which gives us a shot of positivity, fun and laughter, good food, and great times with friends and family, making memories with those we love.  I hope you had a great weekend, too. When thinking of Vitamin P when I’m at home for “regular” life…

  • Ten Veggie Salad

    Flavorful Ten Veggie Salad, Easy ‘n Quick

    Since everything God created is good, we should not reject any of it but receive it with thanks. (1 Timothy 4:4) It’s very easy to survive at my house – as long as you like leafy greens and healthy veggies! Making a colorful, delicious salad begins way before putting it all into a bowl.  It begins at the grocery store. Shop the produce aisle for color. First, we begin with four types of lettuce.  Many grocers sell a mixture of pre-washed baby greens of some sort (and sometimes more than one choice).  Look through the leaves and notice the different shapes and colors.  I counted three different greens in my…

  • Natural Shampoo Recipe

    3-Ingredient Easy Natural Shampoo

    I don’t remember where I found this shampoo recipe last year, but I was in the process of learning the medicinal qualities of essential oils at that time in my tough season of illness.  So many of our products sold in stores these days are loaded full of harmful chemicals under long, ambiguous names we don’t recognize as harmful.  Since my shampoo recipe includes using essential oils, I thought I should spend some time covering some general information for you. The original recipe for my shampoo probably came from either Dr. Axe or from Dr. Eric Z.  Dr. Eric Z at Natural Living Family  is an expert, among other topics,…

  • Almond Joyous Healthy Hack

    Almond Joyous Healthy Hack

    Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him! (Psalm 34:8) Before we get all springy with making salads with fresh garden veggies, let’s pause to splurge on a sweet treat I relied on last Christmas.  Why do you need this now?  Well…..mostly because I shared the base to start this recipe last week – the Sugar-Free, Dairy-Free Sweetened Condensed Milk. The whole reason for that post last week was because I discovered quite by accident when making this candy that I was actually making the sweetened and condensed milk in the early steps of the process.  So, for today, we…

  • Sweetened Condensed Milk Substitute

    Sugar-Free, Dairy-Free Sweetened Condensed Milk

    “Kind words are like honey — sweet to the soul and healthy for the body. (Proverbs 16:24) This dairy-free, refined sugar-free sweetened condensed coconut milk is the basis for some sweet treat recipes I’ll share in the future.  This sweet concoction will healthfully replace your usual sweetened condensed cow’s milk.  Hurrah! I learned over the Christmas holidays that it’s extremely hard to resist the unhealthy treats unless you have your own healthy alternatives within arm’s reach.  If you allow yourself even a small amount of processed sugar, the cravings are ON!  Don’t we regret the decision of one simple cheat resulting in a full-blown hard-to-resist pull of addiction?  The cheats…

  • Banana Nut Sweet Bread

    Delicious Banana Nut Sweet Bread for Health

    Give us this day our daily bread (Matthew 6:11). This portion of the Lord’s prayer is a wonderful reminder to ask and praise God for His perfect provision.  I celebrate the goodness of our Lord with this sweet, nutty, flavorful, moist cake labeled as bread.  You will be amazed with the taste of this bread that is free of refined sugar, gluten, and dairy.  I’m dancing in celebration already! Enjoy this recipe for breakfast, a snack, or even as dessert (delicious with a dollop of coconut yogurt on top).  You can’t go wrong with this banana nut bread or the recipe.  My results with my recipe are consistently delicious every…

  • Soft and Fluffy Gluten Free Flour Mix @ EmbraceThisSeason.com

    Gluten-Free Flour Blend – Soft and Fluffy!

    “I have heard the Israelites’ complaints.  Now tell them, ‘In the evening you will have meat to eat, and in the morning, you will have all the bread you want.  Then you will know that I am the Lord your God.'” (Exodus 16:12) Do you often begin with a recipe you find on-line and then tweak it?  That may describe you if you have any food issues, sensitivities, or health goals, and I’m with you.  What is your process for tweaking recipes? My Process For Making Recipe Changes Recipe Evaluation:  As you read through the original recipe’s list of ingredients for the first time, make mental notes of things you…

  • 3-Minute Sinless Chocolate Almond Candy

    How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth. (Psalm 119:103) Does including the word sinless in the title of this candy make you less interested in this recipe or more interested?  Do we somehow associate really decadent chocolate candy with naughtiness? After writing this full post yesterday, I went on Facebook LIVE this morning to demonstrate the quick and easy process for making this candy.  It really does take only three minutes to stir everything together.  Surprisingly quick! Please excuse the brief camera debacle at the beginning.  It’s been a long time since the last time I made a FB LIVE video.  But, it…

  • Lemon Chicken and Vegetable

    Easy and Healthy How-To For LEMON CHICKEN & VEG Dinner

    For he satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things. (Psalm 107:9) This recipe is one of my quick weeknight go-to’s.  You’ll love the taste of eating out in a nice restaurant without ever leaving home.  It just occurred to me that this recipe is perfect as a special Valentine dinner without the hassle of fighting the crowds to get into a restaurant.  As a bonus, it doesn’t take all that long to prepare! The original recipe is for chicken with asparagus, which is usually the way I make it.  This time, though, I had fresh Brussels sprouts in the refrigerator calling out to me.  On a whim,…

  • Broccoli Stem Soup

    How to Make Broccoli Stem Soup with Kale Garnish

    “Better a small serving of vegetables with love than a fattened calf with hatred.” (Proverbs 15:17) When you buy fresh broccoli at the grocer, do you cut off and cook the florets and then throw away the stems?  I always have.  It seemed like such a waste, but I didn’t know what else to do with the stalks.  I didn’t realize broccoli stems can be so tasty – and extremely healthy for restoring our temple!  Read on ahead to find out why and how. Does this soup look dairy free to you?  I have to say, it definitely is smooth and creamy.  And, it absolutely IS  dairy-free.  There’s something about…

  • BAKED ZUCCHINI ZITI

    Healthful Baked Zucchini Ziti

    So whatever you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” (1 Corinthians 10:31) There is more to this pasta dish than meets the eye.  This zucchini ziti is not meatless.  You can choose ground beef or turkey – or even ground deer.  The American diet is overloaded with sugars and simple carbs and, worst of all, it’s lacking in ample quantities of veggies.  We are the most healthy when we eat foods close to the way God created them, adding in more vegetables to our meals whenever possible.    Zucchini is the health star of this dish! Why Zucchini is a Health…

  • Coconut Yogurt_Berries_Hemp Harts

    Four Quick and HEALTHY Breakfast Ideas

    Welcome back into my kitchen, where we discuss Restoring Your Temple.  God’s Temple in you.  Then God said, ‘Look!  I have given you every seed-bearing plant throughout the earth and all the fruit trees for your food.’  (Genesis 1:29) Last Saturday when we covered how to Boost Your Healthy Tea Time, I promised to continue by reviewing healthy breakfast ideas.  These are some of my regulars (and I’ll share others in the future individually).  These today are my faves because you can largely prepare them in advance for grab and go breakfasts later.  Don’t we all like to make mornings easier?  A little planning ahead pays off big time! To…

  • How to Boost Your Healthy Tea Time @ EmbraceThisSeason.com

    Boost Your Healthy Tea Time

    In my last post (How Anything But Optimal Health Limits Us In All Seasons), I kept thinking, “With so many healthy additions to my meals these days, where do I begin?”  God gave us His perfect food to keep us healthy.  He designed our bodies with a restorative ability gleaned from the nourishing foods we eat.  The problem is that man changed the food, insinuating that fresh fruits and vegetables are plain, boring, not tasty, and not good enough. The truth of if it is that we get very little nourishment from the popular foods of today.  It takes a targeted effort to include foods that pack a nutrient punch…

  • Christmas Tree of Hope

    Tree of Hope

    Are you ready for Christmas?  I am this year, but that wasn’t the case last Christmas.  Our daughter decorated the entire house for Christmas last December, which was wonderful!  But things were hard.  Different.  Everything was a struggle. Large sections of lights on our thirteen-year-old artificial tree were lifeless.  Working lights had to be strung.  I said to forget it and not fool with it – to not have a tree at all.  It was beyond me.  With years of decking our halls when often no family members took part, I was ready to join the ranks of the others and do the same.  Details didn’t matter anymore.  December days…

  • White Chicken Quinoa Chili

    White Chicken Quinoa Chili

    Do you have cold weather in your area of the world?  Woohoo, we finally do!  It’s time for our soup meters to be hitting all cylinders to warm our engines! My cousin shared a recipe with me that her niece had sent to her by phone image.  (What does that mean?  Is she my second cousin?  Third?  Once removed?  Twice?  Who keeps up with that stuff?) My cousin promptly sent the picture to me, and I printed the recipe from my phone.  (Gotta love technology!)  It had no notation of the source, and many changes were written in the margins.  It’s one of the most versatile chicken chili recipes I’ve…