BBQ Meatloaf Burger, and an Opportunity to Choose Kindness Instead

To some, a BBQ meatloaf burger sounds utterly mouthwatering and delicious; and yet to others, it may perhaps seem a little over the top. Certainly our tastes can differ on all things in life, because we each experience and process things in a unique way, which is actually wonderful grounds for interaction between us. The hope is that our interaction can be done in a spirit of kindness, compassion and curiosity rather than judgement ....more

Apricot Sugar Cookie Pies, for a Little Taste of Something Sweet in Summer

Fresh out of the oven, nothing smells more buttery and sweet than soft-baked sugar cookies. But apricot sugar cookie pies filled with wonderfully sweet and tangy apricot preserves…? Now that sounds like the perfect summer season sweet treat to offer up! ...more

Crispy Prosciutto Flatbread Pizza, and Getting Comfortable Expressing All the Aspects of Yourself

Just like a crispy prosciutto flatbread pizza has many different delicious little components that make it the colorful and unique mosaic that it is, so do all the colors and flavors that each of us contain make us who we are, completely. Are you willing to share who you are? Part of the utter beauty of humanity is how different we all are, and how we choose to express that difference, or those unique inner qualities and sensibilities that we’ve each been given, to the outside world that observes us ....more

Sweet Cornbread Cake, and Taking Sweet Bites of Inspiration from a Golden Moment

The soft, warm, pale-yellow glow that envelopes all of us growing and sprouting creatures is something that I simply can’t help but to draw copious amounts of pleasure and inspiration from. Just this afternoon, this late afternoon with its breeze, its scents of blooms, its buzzing little beings, its green grass swaying, I took a cup of warm, lemony-blueberry green tea as one companion, and my little dog Lola as another, and off I went into the back yard to daydream for a just a smidgen of a spell. And as I sat there on the little brick ledge just below the heavy-with-fruit, drooping branches of our precious apple tree, our fruit-bearing girl, slowly and leisurely sipping my fragrant tea, I felt an overwhelming moment of connection to my longings and my desires ....more

Honey Mustard Chicken Chopped Salad, Anything But Dainty

As the weather slowly begins to warm up and the days are filled with more bright and happy sunlight, my cravings begin to gravitate towards the colorful, crisp, and fresh. And often, it’s a lovely salad that fits that bill, scrumptiously. I’ve always been a real sucker for a good salad; I mean, I truly love them all, including even the slightly dainty, micro-green-y, leafy ones with just a sprig of this over here, and a sprig of that over there ....more

White Chicken Chili, and How Staying Present Can Potentially Create a More Peaceful Now

We so often live in either our memories of the past, or in fantasies about the future, without even realizing it. But when we cook, when we prepare a dish such as this delicious, from-scratch White Chicken Chili with white beans, tender chicken, fresh, ripe avocados and vibrant green limes, being present in the process is a necessity—the food requires it. No matter how I slice it, the freeways of southern California are no joyride; and pretty much each and every time I attempt to merge onto one, I’m reminded of that ....more

Pan Seared Salmon, for When the Simplest Things Just Make You Happy

For as long as I can remember now, I’ve been closing out my days and ushering in my evenings with a warm bath. Ah…the simple pleasures. For me, a freshly scrubbed, clean bath tub, some gently-running warmish-hot water, and a few squeezes of an aromatic body wash or bubble bath to foam and make things all sudsy makes me a very happy girl ....more

Lemon Chicken Salad, and Savoring Those Things of a More Delicate Nature

I’ll admit that I’ve always been a real softy. I’m the type of gal that easily cries when others cry; that gets swept up into someone’s story while they’re telling it; that feels things really deeply; that just wants to smother everyone whom she cares about with love; and who’s heart gets broken at the thought of someone feeling ashamed, hurt, or bullied. I’m a bit of a delicate soul, and I say it proudly these days, because I wouldn’t want to be any other way ....more

Smoked Sausage and Red Rice Skillet, and Giving One Another the Freedom to Just Be

If there’s anything that I’ve learned about human relationships so far, it’s that each of us desperately needs the freedom to be who we are, in whatever part of the journey that we find ourselves in, in any given moment. In being a wife, I’ve learned that in order for my husband to be able to realize who he is, and to continue to evolve and to grow, he needs my support and understanding, my encouragement, when he has the desire to ask his own deep questions about who he is, and his own place in the world; he needs the freedom to grown out of his old shell, and into a roomier one that’ll better suit him wherever he finds himself next. And one of the greatest lessons I’ve learned through the amazing opportunity I’ve had of being a mother, is that no matter how much I’d like to provide all of the information and the protection that’s needed in order for my son to avoid making painful mistakes in his life, it’s not really my place to eliminate all possibility of that; that he, too, needs the freedom to grow in his own understanding (with guidance, of course), and to experience what his Creator has in store for him, and to slowly mature into his own adult life ....more

Zesty Chicken Fajitas Pizza, and the Brilliant Things That Come out of the Refiner’s Oven

We recently found a wonderful little pizza place in a nearby community that we absolutely love frequenting when the craving hits us. Their prices are amazing, and their service is great. But the really fun part is watching as our pizzas, heaping with all of our favorite toppings, get slid into the large stone oven that blazes away, and then come out only minutes later completely gooey, caramelized, bubbling and steaming fresh ....more