I haven’t written an article, recipe or post since 2015! Honestly, I thought that this site had been deleted, but I am actually happy to know that it is still alive. A lot has happened since 2015. The cliff-note version is…
- Still a Christian, loving Jesus everyday.
- Married to a wonderful man.
- Mom to a son. He’s currently 8 months and growing.
- Stepmom to two daughters. They are currently tweens and growing.
- Dog mom to a rescue mix from Taiwan. She is currently 2 years and growing.
- Currently working in the early learning child care field. No longer working in the restaurant industry.
- Took a break from graduate school. I ran out of tuition money and they were pushing too liberal of an agenda (more on that later).
- Volunteered and worked in several ministries, including preschool teaching, VBA (vacation Bible adventure) summer camps, and a children’s co-lead for teen MOPS.
I have many ideas that I am excited to share. My plan is to continue posting recipes, including homemade baby food recipes. My art expression has currently shifted towards crafting and my music expression has shifted towards worship.
Looking forward to journeying through a new blog-o-landscape. Thank you for stopping by! 🙂
I love eating pies, however, once a nice big pie is fresh out of the oven, the wholeness of it becomes destroyed by the slice of a knife. Therefore, sometimes I opt instead to make mini pies. They are super easy to make and you can experiment with various flavors, fillings and top crust designs all in one baking batch!
For this recipe, you will need a food processor, cupcake pan, rolling pin, knife (or pizza cutter), large saucepan, measuring cups and measuring spoons.
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 cup almond meal
1 cup unsalted butter (chilled and cubed)
1 tsp. salt
1/4 cup ice water
1 tsp. lemon juice (mixed into water)
toasted almonds (optional)
One apple (finely diced)
One pear (finely diced)
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup white sugar
1 tbsp. butter
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp. vanilla bourbon
2 tsp. cornstarch
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- In a food processor, pulse dry ingredients (flour, almond meal and salt). Manually pulse about 3-5 times until dry ingredients are blended together.
- Slowly add in ice water, while pulsing an additional 5-7 times. The mixture will look crumbly, however, should stick together when formed into a ball.
- Remove dough from food processor and form into a large ball on a clean surface.
- Use a rolling pin to flatten out the dough.
- Let dough set, while preparing the filling.
- In a large saucepan, heat approximately 2 tablespoons of butter on medium heat.
- Add diced apples and pears, stirring constantly, ensuring that the the fruit is being coated in butter.
- Add brown sugar and white sugar. Continue stirring. Add more butter, if necessary in order to keep the fruit moist.
- In a large bowl combine butter-coated fruit from saucepan. Add cinnamon and vanilla bourbon.
- Add cornstarch to create a thickened consistency.
- Focus your attention now back to the dough.
- In a cupcake pan, grease each individual pan with butter. Evenly disperse and place mini balls of dough into each individual pan. Leave 1/4 of the dough behind for the non-lattice top crust.
- Using your thumb and fingers, flatten each mini ball into the shape of a pie crust.
- Add pie filling to each mini pie.
- With leftover dough, create lattice (or in my case, non-lattice) top crusts. Use a knife or pizza cutter to cut out strips of dough. I accidentally ran out of dough, so I also used toasted almonds as a top crust alternative to a few of the pies.
- Sprinkle some sugar on top of each pie then use an egg wash (aka a whisked egg) to seal each top crust.
- Bake in the oven for approximately 20-30 minutes, or until the edges of each pie looks golden brown.
- Remove from heat and serve immediately with whip cream! Or save and reheat for a later time. 🙂
Strawberries (1/3 part)
Mangoes (1/3 part)
Bananas (1/3 part or 1 banana)
Almond Milk (3 splashes)
Passion Guava Juice (2 splashes)
Chocolate Hemp Protein (1 tbsp.)
Blend and garnish with a Rainer Cherry on top!
Happy Summer! 🙂
I’ve just finished my first year of graduate school at The Seattle School of Theology and Psychology. I’m on the road towards becoming a counseling psychologist and my dream is to help make the world a better place by sitting, serving and walking alongside others.
I’m currently waitressing my way through school and am working my butt off every day/night, however, some unforeseen external circumstances have gotten me off track financially.
I am reaching out for some tuition assistance so I can stay on track and continue school in the fall. I’ve never done a campaign like this before and feel kind of weird about it, but figure there is nothing to lose by trying. If you’re unable to make a contribution, please instead keep me in your thoughts, prayers and psychic energy channels.
Thanks so much. Have a great summer and hope to cross paths soon.
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It’s one of the worst things to feel “under the weather” on a nice sunny, spring day. However, it’s important to listen to your body when the sniffles start to rise, which usually indicates that an adjustment is needed. Instead of dousing your system with over-the-counter medications that just mask symptoms and push them deeper inside, it’s important to take a look at what’s been happening in your life externally and internally (i.e. stress, non-healthy diet, over-worked, surrounded by others who are contagious, hygiene practices, etc.) that may indicate that restoration is needed. Here’s a simple cleansing recipe that will soothe, strengthen and warm your soul.
boneless chicken thighs (chopped)
organic vegetable broth (low sodium)
red potatoes (diced)
salt & pepper
- Heat olive oil in a large stockpot on medium heat.
- Saute minced garlic and shallots for 3-5 minutes, stirring occasionally (do not burn).
- Add chopped chicken breasts. Stir and coat in oil.
- Add oregano, thyme, rosemary and black pepper. Stir occasionally. Cover and let simmer on medium-low heat for approximately 7-10 minutes or until the chicken is browned (but not all the way cooked).
- Add diced potatoes and carrots. Increase heat to medium and stir for approximately 5 minutes.
- Finally, add chopped celery. Simmer for approximately 3-5 minutes.
- Add 1 quart of vegetable broth (I used the low sodium Pacific Organic brand). I know this is not the authentic way to make chicken soup, but sometimes time is of the essence!
- Increase heat to medium-high/high to allow the soup to boil. Once the soup reaches boiling, reduce heat back down to simmer (medium/medium-low).
- Add salt to taste.
- Garnish with cilantro.
- Serve hot and let your system be cleansed and nourished!
Click here for another immune strengthening soup recipe.
During the transition from winter to spring, there are often a lot of emotions that come up. Winter represents a dormant time of rest, stillness, and death; while spring represents a season of birth, germination and an opportunity for a tiny seed to grow into a little bud. Though spring brings new life and resurrection, it can also be a reminder of what has been lost or what needs to be let go of in order to allow space for fresh sprouts to flourish. As I take inventory of my personal losses and situations I wish could have been different in the past, I also continue to move forward towards a future of unbounded faith, while attempting to maintain an appreciation for every moment that comes my way… in the present here-and-now.
It’s quite easy to get lost in the clouds and dream of “better” days, however maybe the times we all long for are taking place right now; here on the ground and underneath our own two feet. Perhaps heaven doesn’t exist in a far away land off in the distant sky. Maybe glimpses can be seen and revealed in everyday moments with ordinary people. So the question is.. what do you see in your life? Are you able to see glimpses of heaven or are you living in a personal hell? Sometimes the pendulum can swing pretty wide, and it’s often not always a black and white scenario. Shades of gray mainly permeate the air and sometimes it’s hard to know how to navigate. However, instead of trying to take control of a situation and jump in the driver’s seat to get to the next destination or solve the existing riddle, perhaps allowing oneself to float within the spectrum of overcast pigments can allow room for a kaleidoscope of colors to shine through.
All this to say that spring is arriving, I’m stoked about it and here are a few songs I’ve chosen to represent this time of transitional shifting and change.
Just discovered these guys. Super sweet song.
Jamestown Revival – Golden Age
Recently went back to re-discover the tunes of this leading lady.
Alison Krauss & Union Station – Paper Airplanes
Our local Seattle hometown heroes.
The Head & the Heart – 10,000 Weight in Gold
This duo is hilarious. That’s all.
Shovels & Rope – The Devil is All Around
Super epic worship band. This is a great acoustic version of this anthem.
Hillsong United – Oceans
Here’s a fun and tasty recipe that’s guaranteed to be a party-pleaser. I guess you could call it a Mexican spin on an Italian classic.
boneless chicken breast (1 lb)
black beans (1 can, drained)
red bell pepper (chopped)
tomato sauce (1 can)
white onion (chopped)
garlic (1 bulb)
tortilla chips (optional for garnish)
- In a large stock pot, heat approximately 1 tbsp. olive oil on medium heat.
- Add garlic cloves and chopped white onions.
- Add approximately 1 tbsp. of chili powder and oregano.
- Slowly saute onions, garlic and spices together (stirring frequently).
- Add boneless chicken, fully coating chicken with oil and spices. Lightly brown, then add 4 cups of water.
- Cover and boil for 25-30 minutes, or until chicken is cooked thoroughly.
- Remove chicken from broth and pull apart with two forks. Set aside.
The enchilada sauce..
- Heat approximately 1 tbsp. of vegetable oil on medium heat.
- Add approximately 3 tbsp. of chili powder and 1 tbsp. each of cumin, garlic powder, and oregano.
- Stir together to create the flavor base for about 2-3 minutes.
- Add one can of tomato sauce. Stir on low to medium heat.
- Add 1 tbsp. of brown sugar and salt.
- Add sprinkles of flour to create a smooth consistency.
- You want the sauce to taste sweet with a hint of spice.
- Keep stirring on low to medium heat (you don’t want the sauce to burn).
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- In a 9 x 14 baking pan or casserole dish, coat bottom of pan with a layer of enchilada sauce.
- Take the remaining sauce, and mix it with the pulled chicken in a large bowl. Make sure the chicken is fully coated with sauce.
- Cut corn tortillas in half. Layer the halves on top of the sauce in pan.
- Add one package of roasted corn, one can of black beans and a layer of chicken.
- Add another layer of tortilla halves, enchilada sauce and chicken.
- Add chopped red bell peppers and a layer of cheese (3 cheese grated blend).
- Bake uncovered for 35-40 minutes.
- Let cool for 5-10 minutes, slice and serve! Also stores well for leftovers the next day.
- Optional: garnish with tortilla chips around the border and call it good.