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Tortilla Soup

Spring weather. Some days it is really nice and warm, and some days it is just a bit chilly. (But no more saying the “S” word in April!) On those cooler days I love the warmth and comfort of soup but don’t really want some of the heavier soups and stews I tend to make in the winter.  I created this recipe by combining and editing 2 or 3 others.  If you skip the sour cream and cheese – which I do – it is totally vegan.  Otherwise, it is still a vegetarian option and no one missed the meat. If you know me at all, you know that measurements are only suggestions.  This never turns out exactly the same, it just depends on my mood and what I have on hand that day. But it is delicious every time. View full article »

I have been promising for some time now to start posting some yummy recipes that make the transition to an alkalarian lifestyle easier. This is an easy recipe I got from allrecipes.com that cooks quickly after a long day at work. Experiment with the penne pasta — try wheat, buckwheat, or quinoa pasta to make it even healthier. You can leave off the parmesan cheese if you want to make it dairy free also, but I honestly don’t believe that much is going to hurt you. So yummy, I may have to make it again real soon!

Spinach and Sun-Dried Tomato Pasta

  • 1 c. vegetable broth
  • 1/2 jar sun-dried tomatoes packed in oil, chopped
  • 1 (8 oz.) package  penne pasta, cooked al dente
  • 2 tablespoons pine nuts, lightly toasted
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 bunch fresh spinach, rinsed and torn into bite-size pieces
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese

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Health Care Reform

It seems the dust has mostly settled and most of us have gone from arguing about whether or not this should have been passed. Now the task at hand it to figure out how it really affects us. Personally, I am not a lawyer, so trying to decipher the new law is no easy task.

One thing I can do, and feel that it is my responsibility to do, is to take care of my own health. I really don’t think it is fair to expect anyone else to be more responsible for our health than we are. But when we continuously make poor lifestyle choices and very poor diet choices, then expect doctors to cure us of what ails us, that is exactly what we are doing.
The problem is, doctors really aren’t in business to cure us. They deal with the symptoms and make us feel better. But as long as we keep doing the same things, and eating the same type of foods, the disease keeps coming back (if it ever went away).
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Amazing Easter!

Every year sometime during the Easter season, I try to watch “The Passion of the Christ”. My husband thinks this is a gruesome tradition. But he doesn’t quite understand what I know.
You see, Jesus didn’t deserve to be beaten. He didn’t deserve to be crucified on a cross like a common criminal. He was (and IS) God after all.
I can try to convince myself that I’m a pretty good person, I’m not all that bad, I should deserve…. What I really deserve is punishment. Romans 3:23 reminds me that everyone has sinned, even me. And because I have sinned, I deserve the punishment that Jesus suffered.
So why do I watch that movie every year? Because it never ceases to amaze me that he allowed them to be that awful, so that he could fulfill the plan that would make it possible for me to have eternal life with him.Think about it. In Mathew 26:53-54, Jesus says “Do you think I cannot call on my Father, and he will at once put at my disposal more than twelve legions of angels? But how then would the Scriptures be fulfilled that say it must happen in this way?”
He certainly didn’t have to. He knew exactly what would happen when he chose to come be one of us. But he loved us so much, that he chose to do this for us. And HE IS RISEN!!! View full article »

Suicide is a major, preventable health issue. It seems to be one of those things that ‘other people’ have to deal with. But being aware of the problem can not only help us to deal with it more effectively, it can help us prevent it. Check out this link Suicide Prevention Wow. It made me cry as I could almost feel the despair in Terry’s story. View full article »

I recently became aware of the Butterfly Project.  The Holocaust Museum in Texas is  collecting handcrafted butterflies to make a special exhibit to represent the 1.5 million children killed during the holocaust.  You can read about it at Holocaust Museum Butterfly Project.
I think this would make a great family project.  The kids can have fun creating some beautiful art while learning a bit about history and humanity. View full article »

The weather keeps teasing us with thoughts of spring.  The prospect of fresh spring air and sunshine is enough to make anyone smile.  (Especially because it helps us to produce some much needed Vitamin D!) I love everything about spring, but my favorite thing is the prospect of fresh veggies for my salads! I pack a fresh salad for my lunch almost every day. There is something about eating a salad that just makes me feel healthier.  Could be all those enzymes those veggies that keep my digestive tract working properly.  But honestly, I am getting tired of the same cardboard tasting vegetables that have been appearing in my grocery store for months.  I am eagerly anticipating the opening of the local farmers market with all that fresh-from the garden taste.  Of course, most of the stuff around here won’t be ready for a while. But it does seem that this time of year, even the grocery store offerings are a bit more palatable and varied. View full article »

We’ve all been there at one time or another.  Some more often than others. But having a lot of debt is so detrimental to us, it is important that we find a way to get out and stay out.

When we are in debt, we are stressed. When we are stressed, our health suffers.  Unfortunately,  our debt can affect our ability to get the health care that we need. Which then causes us to be more stressed…. View full article »

Did you know that what you eat has a direct effect on your personality?
As I began to learn about a healthy lifestyle, one of the first things I learned about is acid/alkaline balance. In their book The Chemistry of Success: Six Secrets of Peak Performance, Susan Lark and James Richards tell us that in is normal, healthy state, the body is slightly alkaline. Our blood must maintain a specific level of alkalinity (7.35 to 7.45). If blood isn’t alkaline enough, it takes minerals from the bones and other body parts to maintain its alkalinity. When the rest of our body starts getting more acidic, we tend to be more prone to disease. Being acidic makes us get tired easier and affects our ability to think clearly. It also tends to make us more pessimistic. View full article »

Don’t Be a Crash Dummy!

I am almost ready to put my third licensed teenage driver on the road. My husband and I have spent many hours in the passenger seat, teaching our kids to drive safely and defensively. It amazes me how often we see people who think it is okay to multi-task while driving. We have seen people driving while eating, smoking, texting, even putting on make-up. But most often, we see people with a cell phone up to their ear. We all know that every one of those things is dangerous. If you only have one hand to drive, it is harder to react if and when you need to. Texting while driving takes your eyes off the road to look at your phone. The one that amazes me the most that people are still doing while driving though, is just talking on the phone with their cell phone held up to their ear. I am not advocating that you should pull over to the side of the road to talk on the phone. Some people spend a lot of time in their cars and that is valuable time. If I have a passenger in my car, I can carry on a conversation with them and still drive responsibly. I am also able to listen to the radio, even sing along sometimes, and still drive responsibly. But when I talk on the phone, I always use a bluetooth device to keep my hands free. View full article »