Christmas Blessings

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I hope everyone is well and excited about Christmas which is rapidly approaching.🙂
I love celebrating the birth of out Lord and savior Jesus Christ!

Christmas is about Love, Laughter, Family, Friends, and of course most importantly Jesus Christ. Our God loves us SO MUCH that HE came to earth covered Himself in flesh, lived a sinless life, and died for each and Every one of us! Death could not hold Him down, in fact HE defeated death so that you and I can have eternal life at HIS side in heaven when our time here on earth comes to an end. How great is that?!!!

All He asks of us is for us to accept Him as our Lord and Savior. And ask Him to come into our hearts to live and guide us throughout our lives. And that we seek His face. As we get to know Him He FILLS our hearts with so much love, joy, & peace! Christmas is not about who gives you the best or most expensive presents. It is not suppose to be a time of stress, sales, sadness, or fear. When we let the hustle and bustle of the shopping, gift giving, cooking, etc overshadow the TRUE meaning of the season, you invite those negative feelings into your life.

The greatest gift and blessing you could Ever imagine has Already been given to you. Will you accept and embrace the gifts and blessings promised to you through Christ our Lord? Christmas blessings can be given and received throughout the year. ♥

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Update

Hey everyone! I am SOOO SORRY it’s been so long since my last post! Please forgive me.

I have been Very busy with things in my life. I have decided to get my official Certification in Holistic Health Counseling/coaching. I’m going to school full time so please bare with me. I am going to post as often as I can while I’m taking classes. I am INCREDIBLY EXCITED about making a positive difference in MANY lives, starting with my own.😀

Thank you for understanding, and feel free to post any questions and/or comments you have.😀


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Poached Eggs on Whole Grain Bread

Protein and grains, the perfect way to start your day—with enough nutritional power to keep you going.

Level: Easy Servings:1 Cook & Ready in 15 Min

Ingredients:

water

2 eggs

1 slice whole grain bread

1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar or other vinegar

A pinch of sea salt

A pinch of black pepper

Preparation:

Bring about two inches of water to a boil in a small pot. Reduce flame to medium-low, water should barely simmer. Add 1 teaspoon vinegar.

Crack egg into a small bowl. Drop eggs, one at a time, into the water. After a minute, gently turn eggs over with a rubber spatula.

Cook 2 minutes for thin, runny egg; 3 minutes for firmer egg; 4 minutes for fully poached egg.

Remove from the water with a slotted spoon, dabbing under the spoon with a paper towel to remove excess water. Gently place eggs on top of whole grain toast. Season with sea salt and pepper to taste.


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Fruit Crisp

This all-natural fruit crisp is sure to become an instant classic in any home. Granulated maple sugar provides not only sweetness, but also essential minerals and amino acids.

Level:Intermediate
Servings: 8-12 Cook time: 30 Min Ready in: 1 hr an 10 Min

Ingredients:

3 apples, washed and diced (1/2 inch)

2 pears, washed and diced (1/2 inch)

1/3 cup apple juice

1/2 cup granulated maple sugar (available in specialty shops, this dehydrated maple syrup is a delicious natural sweetener and is popular in New England and also available for purchase from maple farmers)

1/2 cup whole grain pastry flour

1 cup rolled oats

1/4 cup walnuts, chopped

1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom

1-2 cloves, ground

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/8 teaspoon sea salt

3 tablespoons cold butter

Preparation:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Lightly oil a 12×12 baking pan. Spread fruit evenly in the pan and add apple juice.

In a bowl combine maple sugar, whole grain flour, rolled oats, walnuts, cardamom, cinnamon, cloves and sea salt.

Work in cold butter until evenly combined and there are no large lumps.

Sprinkle dry ingredients on top of fruit.

Cook uncovered 35-40 minutes, until topping is golden brown and fruit is tender.


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Sautéed Collard Greens with Garlic

This southern classic goes healthy by cooking in just a little olive oil and water. Collard greens are packed with essential nutrients.

Level: Easy Servings 4 Cook & Ready in 20 Min

Ingredients:

1 tablespoon olive oil

2 garlic cloves, minced

1 bunch collard greens, rinsed well and cut into 1/4-1/2 inch strips

1 cup water

1-2 pinches sea salt, to taste

Preparation:

Sauté garlic in olive oil for 1-2 minutes.

Add collard greens, water and a pinch of sea salt.

Cook 5-7 minutes or until collards are soft.


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Caesar Salad with Grilled Chicken

A lighter, heart-healthier version of this classic meal-sized salad.

Level:Intermediate Servings:4 Cook & Ready in 20 Min

Ingredients:

2 heads romaine lettuce, chopped into bite-sized pieces

12 oz grilled chicken breast, cubed

1/2 cup olive oil

2-3 anchovy fillets

1 garlic clove, peeled

Juice of 1 lemon

1 tablespoon prepared mustard

2 tablespoon red wine vinegar

1 tablespoon granulated cane juice or Sucanat (available in health food and specialty shops)

1/3 cup freshly grated parmigiano reggiano cheese

1 cup whole grain croutons

Preparation:

Combine romaine lettuce and cubed chicken in a large mixing bowl.

In a food processor puree olive oil, anchovies, garlic, lemon juice, mustard, vinegar, granulated cane juice and parmigiano cheese.

Pour dressing onto salad and toss until coated. Top with whole grain croutons.


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Carrot Ginger Soup

The spicy ginger contrasts nicely with the carrots’ natural sweetness. This healthy soup is a great side dish or can even be the main course of a vegetarian meal.

Level: Easy Servings: 4-6 Cook time & Ready in 30 Min

Ingredients:

10-12 carrots

2 inches ginger, peeled

5 cups chicken stock

1 cup apple juice

Sea salt, to taste

Scallions, minced

Preparation:

Bring carrots, ginger, stock and apple juice to a boil.

Add 1 teaspoon sea salt (or to taste), cover and lower flame to medium for 15 minutes or until carrots are soft.

Remove carrots and ginger and puree in food processor with a small amount of liquid from the soup. Add pureed carrots back to the soup and bring to a simmer to blend flavors.

Ladle into bowls and garnish with minced scallions.


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