Wellness Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Last week I shared with you the butter bean salad I made from the book Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease. This week I took the leftovers of the salad, added broth, barley, and broccoli and made soup!

Healthy, delicious, and so easy! Inexpensive, too! I think I even like this better than the original salad! It is a warm hug for the belly on a cold day. It was supposed to get down to 38° F here in Central Florida…pretty cold for this area!

What are you doing to enhance your wellness this Wednesday?

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Memories Monday, November 26, 2018

Remembering Christmas three years ago. I’m here with my good friend, Vanessa Tucker. We sang a duet in church that day. Angels We Have Heard On High. A year later we sang O Holy Night. Love singing with this lady! She’s a wonderful soprano.

I always did love singing harmony. I have a range where I can sing anywhere from soprano to tenor. But alto is my best voice.

What memories are you making today?

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Thanksgiving Thursday, November 22, 2018

Our food from Whole Foods:

Miso Bagna Cauda Romanesco

Charred Escarole with Chickpeas

Roasted Squash with Hazelnut Dukkah

Mushroom Kimchi Stuffing


I liked the escarole, but I think it had too much oil. It hurt my stomach. It’s a bitter green, which I like, but if you don’t like bitter foods, you might want to steer clear.

The cauliflower was ok, but as is said, nothing to write home about.

The squash was delicious, which is strange for me, as I don’t usually care for sweeter foods. This had enough savory seasoning to balance it out for me.

I don’t know what kind of bread the stuffing was made from. It was really dark, like a pumpernickel bread, but didn’t taste like rye at all. It had a bite, certainly from the kimchi, but I found it quite delicious, too.

I haven’t tried the blondies. I might take a bite later, but hubby says they’re not too bad (which is a complement from him!)

Hope everyone is having a wonderful Thanksgiving!

What are you thankful for today?

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Wellness Wednesday, November 21, 2018

I want to share what I made today from this book:

It’s on page 143, and because it’s copyrighted, I won’t be sharing the recipe, but this is where you can find it if you so desire.

It’s Butter Bean and Basil salad, and it’s said to be Rip Esslesten’s favorite.

I haven’t tried it yet, but it looks and smells amazing! It makes 6 servings, but I can’t eat that much in one sitting. So, unless hubby shares it with me, I’ll probably get about 8 meals out of it.

It’s full of great stuff, like the beans, corn, tomatoes, onions and garlic, as well as the basil, with a lemon/balsamic vinegar dressing. Can’t wait for dinner to dig in. Want the flavors to meld…

I may do a special Thanksgiving Thursday to review the vegan dinner we purchased from Whole Foods tomorrow. Keep your eyes peeled!

What healthy things are you doing to help your body/mind/spirit today?

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Memories Monday, November 19, 2018

This portrait was taken 28 years ago. I almost didn’t go. I wasn’t feeling very well, but Junior talked me into it. It was the first and only family portrait we ever had done.

We walked to the mall, as it was only a block away, and since it was the holiday season, to get parking, we’d have had to park in my driveway anyway.

The photographer kept trying to get Junior to smile, but he didn’t like his teeth. That’s why the rather humorous look on his face.

I’m so grateful Junior talked me into going that day. Six months later, he was killed. This turned out to be an irreplaceable memory.

What are you remembering this Monday?

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Scripture Sunday, November 18, 2018

Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands.

Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing.

Know ye that the Lord he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.

Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.

For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.

Psalm 100

What scriptures are you pondering today?

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Wellness Wednesday, November 14, 2018

It’s what’s for dinner!

A baked potato with broccoli and this delicious vegan cheese sauce! If you’d like to try it, check out Well Your World website (and check out his YouTube channel, too).

I think this is quite delicious! Fat, salt, and nut free.

How are you spending your Wellness Wednesday?

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Memories Monday, November 12, 2018

I know Veteran’s Day was yesterday, but I only post scriptures on Sunday. And I know I’ve posted these photos before, but I just want to pay tribute to my parents.

My father was a veteran of WWII and Korea. In WWII, he was taken captive by the Japanese, survived the Bataan Death March, Cabanatuan, the hell ships, and forced labor mining coal 7 days a week 12 hours a day outside Nagasaki.

When we were kids, we were taught to stand for the National Anthem, and when we didn’t want what was on our plate, my parents never had to tell us about the starving kids in China. We knew…my dad nearly starved to death. He was a football player in high school, 6 feet tall, and when he was liberated, weighed 89 pounds.

My mother was also a veteran of WWII. While she never left the states, she did care for hundreds and hundreds of returning soldiers, one of which was my dad. She knew his history of a cracked skull and broken back, of malaria and beri beri and dengue fever. She knew the emotional scars that ran deeper than the scars on his back.

I never saw my dad without a shirt on, and I always considered that a form of respect. I still do, but it wasn’t until well after I became an adult that I realized he didn’t want anyone to see his scars.

Both my parents served, not because it was the popular thing to do, but it was the right thing to do. And it wasn’t something to be complained about, just a part of life. They served willingly and selflessly, and I am eternally grateful to them for the principles they instilled in me of love of family, love of country, and love of God.

What memories are you mulling over today?

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Scripture Sunday, November 11, 2018

To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:

A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;

A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;

A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;

A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;

A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;

A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;

A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

What scriptures are you pondering today?

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