Sunday, October 30, 2011

Organic Split Pea Soup

Tonight I made organic split pea soup... the perfect warm comfort on this cool fall day in the Midwest. I love this recipe because it's full of fresh organic veggies and the combination creates a creamy, rich soup without all of the cream and fat of traditional split pea soup recipes.

I start by rinsing and boiling the split peas in just enough water to cover the peas. Boil for 15 minutes, or until the peas soften. This cleans the peas and shortens the cooking time once in the broth.

Then rinse peas with purified water:

In a large pot add 2 boxes of organic chicken broth:

Add to broth peas, celery, carrots, golden potatoes with skins, and onion (veggies can be diced in larger pieces as soup will be pureed in the end):

Add salt, pepper, and cilantro to taste, along with 1 bay leaf:

Bring to boil and simmer for an hour and a half, or until peas and the rest of the veggies are soft:

Puree in blender until smooth:

This is one of those dishes that screams, "Don't judge a book by its cover!" Looks aren't everything when it comes to culinary delights because this soup is outstanding and tremendously healthy to boot. A must try this fall season!

Bon App├ętit!!

Monday, October 24, 2011

Our Traditional Fall Outing

Brittany and I take our yearly excursion to the pumpkin patch and high tea (when available) every fall. We love this time together! She flew all the way back to Indiana from Las Vegas just to uphold this special tradition.

This little farm is adorable! They even had a few handmade Christmas items to peak our excitement for the upcoming holiday.

After our special outing at the pumpkin patch, we went to the Ruby Pear for high tea. Wow! That was a real treat... a perfect ending to a perfect day!

This day was so special and we made memories that will last a life time. Life is too short to neglect precious moments such as these. Thank-you Brittany for the gift of our relationship! And, thank-you God for the gift of my daughter!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Physical and Spiritual Detox

I haven't checked in for a while and thought I'd stop by and say, "Hi!!"

As I was driving along this evening to take clothes and hygiene items to a family who lost everything in a house fire, I got to thinking that I don't much like crop dusters (I know, kind of random). I'm not talking about the person flying the plane, but I am talking about stooping low and spreading poison. I hope I'm not stepping on anyone's toes here because that certainly isn't my intention and I don't want to get into an argument over whether or not we should crop dust (quite honestly, I'll never change my opinion on that subject anyway, so it wouldn't be worth the effort to even discuss it).

The crops are laced with toxins, they're harvested, placed neatly in rows like sardines in the produce section of our grocery store, and we eat them (well, I don't eat them, but most do). Here's the deal... we go day after day after day consuming these toxins and our livers simply can't keep up and the end result?? We eventually get sick. And, by the way, don't think you can merely wash those puppies and expect the yucky stuff to disappear. The chemicals are a part of the very fiber that make up whatever it is we're eating, from the roots to the very core. There's no amount of scrubbing that will "make it all better." The sad part and even scary part is I believe we've been brainwashed into believing that all of this is okay, that it's necessary for our safety! Guess what?? We are kind of like the crops we eat. If we eat poison and we are what we eat... well, you get the point. No amount of scrubbing on the outside will make it all better until we get rid of the poison from within and allow our bodies to renew themselves.

I couldn't help but liken this to our relationships. Let's just say satan is the crop duster... no, NOT the person flying the plane, but the one who stoops low to spread the poison (because remember scripture even says we don't wrestle against flesh and blood, but rather satan and his demons). He goes around and laces us with toxins and we in turn spread those toxins to others and its all pretty subtle and actually seems okay for awhile, until one day we recognize there is a wildfire raging all around us and it's nearly impossible to extinguish. We become charred and the scars run deep. Just as the toxins we consume eventually spread cancers throughout our bodies, satan's poisonous arrows we shoot at one another spread cancer throughout our spirits... so sad! No amount of outward scrubbing will make it all better.

Our liver is no match for the toxins bombarding it and our spirit is no match for satan. We cannot withstand his attacks without the armor of God's protection and without an inward change. People, if we're going to live our lives to the fullest and be all we can be for God, we need to take a stand for God, both physically (after all, our bodies are His temples) and spiritually by rebuking satan. 

Instead of poison, let's spread God's fruits of His Spirit: love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control to others around us. Life on earth is too short to wallow around in sickness and disease of the spirit (and the body for that matter) when we have been called to be the Hands and Feet of Christ to the world around us. The beauty is our spirits can be redeemed by the grace of God! We don't have to be sick forever... we can get rid of the poison and our spirits can be renewed, refreshed,  and redeemed!! Amen!!

Let's not waste time spreading poison by bickering, fighting, gossiping, and on and on. For this will lead to our sickness and demise and there's no eternal value in that. Let's join forces against satan! Let's detoxify and spread God's fruit to those around us and watch satan cower and slither away!

Won't you join me... for God's sake?!!