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Wendy’s Italian White Bean and Cabbage Soup

Servings: 4     Prep Time: 15 minutes       Cook time:  35 minutes Ingredients 2 carrots, diced 2 celery stalks, diced 1 onion, chopped 3 cloves garlic, minced 2 Tsp tomato paste 1/2 tsp Italian seasoning 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper 4 c vegetable broth 1 15 oz can white beans, drained 2 c thinly… Continue reading Wendy’s Italian White Bean and Cabbage Soup

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Wendy’s Mac and”Cheese”

6 servings       Prep time:  30 minutes     Cook Time:  20 minutes Ingredients 1 1/2 c sweet potato or butternut squash, peeled and cubed 1/2 onion, chopped 1/4 c water reserved from cooking the sweet potato of butternut squash 1/4 cup raw cashews 1 Tbs lemon juice 1 tsp pink Himalayan salt 1 tsp… Continue reading Wendy’s Mac and”Cheese”


Returned with Honor

Couldn’t be more proud! Love this boy!

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The story of my son  and his mission service is a little like Paul or Alma.  As a young teen he became disenchanted with the church and the gospel of Jesus Christ.  He did not attend church for many years.  It grieved my soul.  However, when I would pray about what i could do, a voice would whisper deep in my heart, “It’s okay.  I’ve got this.  He was mine before he was yours.”  So no matter his mood I would do my best to love him and invite him and support him…

Then came the day when he ask for some money to buy church clothes (he was leaving hints around so we knew he was toying with his return and his faith and testimony were growing).  He had been chatting with a couple of his good friends, one who was on a mission and was able to do…

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Unlocking Potential Through Theater Education

Come on powers that be! Put more performing arts in schools!

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Studying theatre can be a great starting point for careers such as teaching, law, and politics, not to mention broadcasting and performing. If this is the case why are classes in the performing arts the first classes on the chopping block when budgets get tight.

This week I had the opportunity to speak to the local school board about adding a theater course to the high school catalog.  Classes in theater are often considered “fluff” in the educational world.  I wish I could convince school authorities and students alike that courses in theater help students develop skills, traits and qualities of personality that will increase their opportunities in the future… whether or not they continue in theater.

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A Warrior Continues to Forgive

a never ending quest for me…

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Once upon a time I thought that forgiveness indicated that whatever action a person did was acceptable.  This thought made forgiveness hard.  As I gain more understanding and wisdom, I realize that this is not forgiveness.  I am discovering that forgiveness is letting go.  Forgiving is an ongoing practice for me.

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Adulting 101 – Your High School Grades Matter

Oh the things you can think! Serious. A little effort takes to a long way!

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Nearly all high school seniors believe that they are going to college and bad grade won’t stop them.  Have you listened to the “future plans” of graduates read as they walk across the stage at graduation?  Okay.  A large majority are heading to a community college because open admissions is a “thing.”  But are they successful?  Do they complete college?

This subject has been on my mind for quit some time.

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It is my observation that students who perform poorly in high school most likely will not graduate from college, may even not go beyond remedial course.  Did we really serve them well?  I believe there is a close connection between high school preparation (difficulty of classes offered and grades) and college completion.  I am not alone.  It would appear that researcher are seeing similar trends.

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Another Week of Success

Eating well is a gift you give yourself!

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It’s been a good week of eating… even it I tried a new recipe that I wasn’t a fan and didn’t eat much of it.  I was able to stay on track and eat healthy foods all week.

Monday I started the day with a berry smoothie for Breakfast.  I went across the street and got a salad from the salad bar for lunch.  It was loaded with veggies and I had vinegar as a dressing.  For dinner we had Pumpkin Chili.  Click here for the recipe.  This was yummy… so yummy I ate it most of the week.

Tuesday I have veggies for breakfast.  I had a salad with no dressing and a little cutie for lunch.  For dinner I had left over Pumpkin Chili.

Wednesday I had a green smoothie for breakfast.  I had salad and a little cutie for lunch.  I tried a new recipe for dinner. …

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Cultivating My Testimony of Jesus, the Christ.

We are nothing without Christ. His grace and mercy affords me the opportunity to demonstrate my gratitude and to learn to be like Him.

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A testimony is the personal assurance of Jesus Christ’s divinity, that Jesus is the Christ.  Paul wrote, “faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” (Romans 10:17).  To gain a testimony we must hear of Christ.  We must pray for divine conformation as witnessed by the Holy Ghost.  We must be willing to act on the answers we receive.  Alma taught that we must “experiment upon [the] words… even until ye believe in a manner ye can give place for a portion of [the] word” (Alma 32:27).  We must be willing to open our hearts… we must have a desire to know.


I’ve been thinking today about my testimony of Jesus Christ.

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Family Friday – Keeping Busy

I sure love these guys! Family is what makes my world go round… at a running pace. 🙂

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Winter is upon us.  Rain has become the norm.  I’ve missed rain.  It’s a welcome sight.


John installed a new water filter.  I am so glad!!!  I love to drink water, but filtered water is so much better than tap water!


I worked a couple concerts at school.


Hannah and Lilli are silly girls.  They decided to pose like this carrot.

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