• 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…

  • Berry Crunch Recipe

    Healthy Berry Crunch Recipe

    “I saw the Lord always before me … therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body also will live in hope.” Acts 2:25-26 NIV Of all the foods from my healthy friends in my high-school girl’s trip group, this one is my summer favorite.  I’ll share some savory recipes like Turmeric Soup later as weather gets cooler.  You know . . . when it feels more like soup weather. 🙂 Fresh blueberries are now in season (yay!), but they won’t last forever.  The organic frozen fruit medley from the grocer makes the perfect quick and easy berry crunch, no matter the season. Breakfast Ideas with Berry Crunch…

  • Tooth Brushing Powder

    Amaze Your Dentist In 3 Steps With This Tooth Brushing Powder

    “Then I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean.  Your filth will be washed away, and you will no longer worship idols.” (Ezekiel 36:25) I went to the dentist last month for my yearly oral check-up.  It was the same story this year as it was last year.  As my dentist examined and dug all around in my mouth, trying to find anything worthy of clearing or scraping away from my teeth, he commented on how well I clean my teeth. And then he said the most surprising thing. I’ll give you the obligatory teeth cleaning as part of your normal yearly exam, but you really…

  • Are you where you need to be_

    Are You Where You Need To Be?

    “You make known to me the path of life; you fill me with joy in your presence. (Psalm 6:11) I saw this Facebook post by someone I follow on Instagram as a health enthusiast: I am exactly where I need to be.  In every aspect of life – physically, spiritually, mentally, emotionally. (by Erin Parekh) It hit me.  Maybe what she said is something I should ask – of God. Lord, am I exactly where You want me to be – physically, spiritually, mentally, and emotionally? If I had asked this question a couple of years ago, I wouldn’t have been so sure.  In many ways, God did me a…

  • Blueberry Muffins

    Good Morning, Blueberry Muffins!

    “Kind words are like honey — sweet to the soul and healthy for the body.”  Proverbs 16:24 In this post that I published after my high-school girl’s trip, I told you I was inspired by my healthy-cooking friends to try their recipes and share them with you.  As always, life happened, and I have not had time to get into the kitchen for those projects.  But, I wanted to share this recipe that was on top of my “want to make this” stack even before the girl’s trip.  I’ll get to the other recipes as soon as possible (pinkie promise). You’ll love these refreshing blueberry muffins I’m sharing with you…

  • Embracing Spring . . .

    Embracing Joy in the Hard Seasons

    I hope you had a wonderful Mother’s Day! When it comes to embracing seasons, we don’t want to miss out on the beauty of our calendar seasons when we are in the midst of a hard season of life.  We can get so bogged down with the tough seasons that the beauty in our surroundings can escape us if we’re not intentional with our focus. After missing the joy of spring last year, I was somehow surprised at the blessing of our daughter visiting two weeks ago and planting my porch pots with beautiful flowers.  I wasn’t able to do that last year, and I’d nearly forgotten how much I…

  • My Favorite Smoothies

    7 Healthy Layers For Flavor-Filled Green Smoothies

    Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. (Matthew 5:6) Now that spring has brought warmer weather, I’m back into making smoothies again – especially with my favorite ingredient – Chocolate. If you don’t want chocolate every day, the orange-flavored creamsicle smoothie is a flavorful option. It was a little harder to get excited about drinking these frosty, frothy concoctions during winter, but it’s not hard AT ALL in warm weather.  I think you’ll love these green smoothie recipes featured today – two chocolates and the creamsicle. Yes, greens go into these smoothies, but they don’t all turn out to be green in color. …

  • 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…