• Give Thanks
    Christian Living,  Tough Seasons

    Hey, Friend! About Your Thanksgiving Thankfulness…

    Do you look forward to Thanksgiving and Christmas gatherings with excitement?  Or, do you have a little bit of dread tucked inside the deep recesses of your heart?  Holidays can be extra testy if you or a family member has illness, if you have a prodigal, or when you face any number of other issues.  It could be that you have just a regular ol’ normal  dysfunctional family. While I pondered this year’s festivities at my house, I wondered how it will be for you.  Thanksgiving isn’t always like the Hallmark cards and movies with happy endings, all tied up in a nice pretty bow.  I’ve already begun streaming those…

  • White Chicken Quinoa Chili
    Healing Recipes

    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…

  • Christian Living,  Healthful Season

    3 Steps to Finally Conquer Destructive Thoughts

    If you read this post and this post about damaging negative thought patterns, you may wonder how I conquered them.  I wasn’t specific about how I got rid of that mind trap, but if you struggle with damaging thought patterns, this post is for you. Block, Deflect, and Replace  There you have it.  That’s it in a nutshell.  I’m sad to say I didn’t give the process the credit it deserved in my previous posts because it’s so simple.  After putting an end to my harmful thought patterns, I looked back on the process with these questions: Is that really all it took? Just a simple block and redirect of…

  • Turmeric Latte
    Aging Gracefully,  Healing Recipes,  Healthful Season

    Turmeric Spice Latte

    Many of you asked for this recipe, and I’m so excited to share it with you!  I crave this latte every day, and it might have something to do with our finally-cool fall season here in North Mississippi.  Ahhhhh, the warm flavors of fall! This recipe comes with a WARNING.  It’s not only addictive for me but for others, as well.  I made this recipe yesterday morning and split it with my mom (her first time).  She delayed lunch beyond her normal time because she wasn’t hungry as early as usual.  Last night, Mom said she had craved another latte all day.  So, beware.  😉 We’ll get to the recipe,…

  • Gratitude-or-Praise
    Christian Living,  Healthful Season

    The Blesser

    Are you thankful October is here?  And for cooler temperatures?  Fall is my favorite season of the year.  Each day begins with praise to the Lord for His goodness, His Lordship, His gorgeous creation…the intricate design in the leaves…pumpkins…apples and cinnamon, and on and on it goes.  I savor my Lord as I end my time of praise and head to the kitchen for a soothing and delicious turmeric/ginger/cinnamon latte. How I wish you could join me for one of these completely sweet, warming, better-than-pumpkin-fall-goodness-in-a-mug fall treats! It is healing, anti-inflammatory, cancer fighting, blood sugar reducing, hormone balancing, pain relieving, plus many more benefits.  I’m thankful God has brought many…

  • A Motorcycle Trendsetter
    Christian Living,  Healthful Season

    Me, A Motorcycle TRENDSETTER?

    I love motorcycles with sidecars!  Not that I’ve ever ridden in one, but talk to me here.  Aren’t sidecars adorable?  How I wish for one of those someday.  Sort of.  I have a scary thought of rounding a corner and hubby forgetting to allow room for the sidecar, and SNIP!  I’m a goner – cut right out of the picture.  Ha!  What a fun way to go, though, right? God gave me a love for laughter.  How about you?  As I wrote my last post about our recent motorcycle trip, I laughed about what I must look like to other people.  (Here’s the trendsetter  part, y’all.) Imagine this.  You’re having…

  • Well, then. LIVE!
    Christian Living,  Healthful Season

    Well Then…LIVE!

    Why didn’t I write a post for nearly two weeks?  (Where does the time go?) My last post was for those of you in a prodigal season, The Best Remedy:  Live Your Life!  Well, that advice can apply to those in a season of illness, as well. I guess you might be wondering where the heck I’ve been and what the heck I’ve been up to. Here’s What I’ve Been Up To: I’ve found that when you eat healthy foods, you feel so good that you’re ready to start doing life  again.  Others might think you’re crazy and may advise against it.  But, I feel when you’re battling illness, you…

  • Christian Living,  Healthful Season,  Seasons of Illness

    How Can I Feel So Good While Fighting Cancer?

    It sounds strange, I know.  But, I don’t feel  sick!  I don’t even think I look sick (possible denial on my part).  Whether you’re in a season of wellness or illness, it’s possible to feel amazing!  God guides me and has proven it to me. How Can I Feel So Good While Fighting Cancer?   Step 1:  Feed Your Body It’s true what they say:  You are what you eat.  When you eat healthy foods, you give your body what it needs to function properly.  Eating healthfully gives your body strength…you have energy…your hair shines…your skin glows.  What could be better than that? Eat fresh fruit and veggies (mostly veggies)…

  • Managing Weight
    Healthful Season,  Mental Pause Season

    Change Your Eating Style for LIFE

    I barely scratched the surface in my post about losing weight in our fifties (How I Ruined My Friend’s 50th Birthday!)  A few of you fellow embracers expressed an interest in hearing more about healthful lifestyle changes.  My healthy eating journey is unusual, for sure.  But, I hope you find the information helpful in some way for your situation. The first step for getting healthy is to eliminate all sugar and processed foods, especially foods from a box.  Shop the perimeter of the grocery store.  That means skipping the processed food boxes and buying fresh green veggies, whole fruit, meat, and dairy items.  (Although, I also skip the dairy section.)…

  • Laughter Medicine
    Christian Living,  Seasons of Illness

    Meet My Friend, Cathy

    When facing surgery, even minor surgery, I try to focus on something other than the reality of what’s ahead.  You’ve heard it before. Laughter is the best medicine. The physical effects of laughter:  it boosts your energy, strengthens your immune system, and protects you from the damage of stress.  It decreases pain, decreases stress hormone levels, and improves your mood.  All are good things we need when having surgery! God tells us in His Word: A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit saps a person’s strength. (Proverbs 17:22) Introducing my new friend, Cathy! Actually, Cathy isn’t a person.  She is faceless, but I gave her a face…

  • Aging Advice for the Fifties
    Christian Living,  Healthful Season

    How I Ruined My Friend’s 50th Birthday

    Are you a menopausal mama who struggles to lose weight?  If so, I hope you’re encouraged by today’s post.  If you aren’t someone who struggles with weight, share this article with friends who might!  🙂 Do you often regret predicting what may lie ahead in someone’s life?  Why do I have to negatively share what to expect during mental pause (my term for menopause)?  Sometimes I really put my foot in it! I apologized to a friend recently for ruining her big 5-0 celebration earlier this year.  I ruined it by giving her some (unsolicited) advice about aging through her fifties.  She actually thanked me for what I said to…

  • Lemonade Stand - Life Changes
    Christian Living,  Healthful Season

    When Life Gives You Lemons, Put Up a Lemonade Stand!

      Welcome to my lemonade stand!  (Actually, that’s my daughter and her friend in our driveway many years ago with their lemonade stand.)  Lifestyle changes can be good.  Embrace This Season represents my focus on healthy living by growing gracefully through my fall season of life – and on into the winter season in future years. I’ve had a blog going for five years (at Curtain Queen Creates) where I encourage women to create the home they love to live in. It’s been a lot of fun, and inspiration flooded my soul at a feverish pitch for home projects over four and a half years. And then the flow of inspiration…