• Coconut Yogurt_Berries_Hemp Harts
    Aging Gracefully,  Breads and Breakfast,  Christian Living,  Health and Wellness Season

    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
    Beverages and Smoothies,  Christian Living,  Health and Wellness Season

    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…

  • Health Limits Us
    Aging Gracefully,  Season of Illness,  Seasons of Wellness

    How Anything But Optimal Health Limits Us In All Seasons

    Neighbors, Welcome Into My Kitchen! Excuse me while I freshen things for company.  I have my face on this morning, so no more Instagram pictures  like I shared last weekend, surrounded by Christmas clutter sans make-up.  (Horrors!  And, please follow me.)  Dusting my hands off now with Christmas decor all boxed up (woohoo!).  All I lack now is bribing hubs to pack away the Christmas Tree of Hope. A question for you:  As you look back at the long line of hills and valleys of your life, through hard seasons and celebratory times, can you agree that you needed God’s strength most of all and also good health?  As Christians,…

  • TO BE or NOT TO BE in 2019?
    Aging Gracefully,  Christian Living,  Seasons of Wellness

    TO BE or NOT TO BE in 2019

    Happy New Year!  It felt good to flip over my calendar this morning to a fresh new day, new month, and brand new year.  I hope you enjoyed your holidays (holy days) with family and friends.  I so enjoyed the chats with you on my Tree of Hope  post.  You continue to bless me with your sweet, supportive comments, prayers, and encouragements. I’m not one for New Year’s resolutions, but I continually ponder and pray about what God has for me next.  How about you? Surely you know that you are gifted with many talents.  Even if you think you lack talent for anything much, God equipped you with specific…

  • Christmas Tree of Hope
    Christian Living,  Health and Wellness Season

    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…

  • 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
    Soups and Stews

    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,  Health and Wellness Season,  Season of Illness

    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,  Beverages and Smoothies,  Health and Wellness 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,  Seasons of Wellness

    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,  Health and Wellness 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,  Health and Wellness 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,  Health and Wellness Season,  Season 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
    Health and Wellness 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,  Season 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…