May 28, 2011

Enjoying Life, Day by Day

Oh man. I have been enjoying life to the fullest, and I don't feel the least bit guilty about not posting. It's been busy, and blessed, and I've gone to sleep at humane times - no more blogging as hubby falls asleep and my eyelids try to glue shut! There's so much more to life than that, I just know it.

In the past 3 days, I have embarked on many adventures, I have turned 23 years old, I tasted my first raw entree in a vegan cafe, I made spic bbq tofu squares, I realized that I cannot live on bread alone but on the Word of God, I danced in my living room, I painted as well as drew portraits, I sang worship songs to my Lord and Savior with my iPod while running 6 miles at my favorite lake (paaaaiiinn freeeeeee), hubby and I enjoyed a second raw, vegan + 100% gluten-free restaurant, and I celebrated my grandma's beautiful, purpose driven, almost-83 years of life with my family.

It's been incredible! Enjoy the sights and sounds (?) that accompanied those beautiful moments:

ahh, deep, delightful sigh.
visit these places if you ever find yourself in Seattle!
Chaco Canyon Cafe

[PS:] I'm hoping to post some of the eats' recipes 'cause I invented some funny gems (vegetable beet pancakes) and tasted some flavor-packed soups from cookbooks (lentil sniffle soup) and I really want to share those babies!

Happy three day Weekend!

But let all who take refuge in You be glad; let them ever sing for joy. Spread Your protection over them, that those who love Your Name may rejoice in You.
Psalm 5:11

May 24, 2011

Corny Bread and Spicy Chili

"Kinda" Corny Bread
Adapted from Eat, Drink and Be Vegan
Makes about 12 squares
  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 1 cup oat flour (can use any flour)
  • 1 cup frozen corn kernels
  • 1/2 cup non-dairy milk (I used rice milk)
  • 2 flax seed eggs (1 tbsp flax + 3 tbsp water, whisk and let sit)
  • 3 tbsp chia seed gel
  • dash o' salt
Preheat oven 375* and cover 8x8" pan with parchment paper, or oil if you wish (you can also use a muffin tin!) Combine half cup corn kernels, flax eggs and rice milk in a food processor. Process until creamy, pour into medium sized bowl. Add remaining corn kernels, chia seed gel, flours and salt. Stir to combine. Pour into baking dish and bake 25 minutes or so, until toothpick comes out dry. Pair with a delicious chili, these babies need a savory friend in order to be fully enjoyed!


Mexican Spicy Chili
Adapted from Larene Gaunt
serves 2
  • 2 cups cooked pinto beans
  • 1 bell pepper, diced
  • 1 cup broccoli florets, cut into bits
  • 1/2 medium summer squash, diced
  • 1 serrano chili, diced
  • 1 cup packed spinach, cut into strips
  • Mexican spicy mix: chili powder, garlic bits, onion powder, salt and pepper
Heat a medium pot to medium-high heat, add a splash of avocado oil (or oil of choice) and the peppers. Cover and let cook for about 5 minutes. Add remaining ingredients, except beans and spinach, and the spicy mix. Stir to coat veggies with spices, add beans and spinach. Cover and cook 10 minutes (you may add a few splashes of water if needed). Serve with corny bread!


happy tuesday :)


And this is His commandment, that we believe in the name of His Son Jesus Christ and love one another, just as He has commanded us. 1 John 3:23

May 23, 2011

The Missing Pieces

Oh my goodness! Is there any better way to start a Monday (and the entire work week) than this?

"But now in Christ Jesus you who formerly were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. For He Himself is our peace." Ephesians 2:13-14

This is what I had been missing. This is what I have been looking for in all the wrong places: inner peace! I knew that it comes from Christ and Him alone, but for some reason I thought He supplied it through worldly things. I would look for peace through running, fitness, food, blogging, accountability, my own actions and receiving the job I was asking for. And the peace that came along with them was short lived and un-fulfilling. Because it lasted such a short time, I was brought down constantly. I was trying to rely on them and they didn't satisfy, always fell short.

Then, one blessed day (this past Saturday, to be specific) it hit me straight on. I was looking for inner peace in things that don't even offer it! Not once did I look directly to my Savior, even though He is the only One that gives it. I am so incredibly happy that He opened my eyes to all He, not my hobbies, offers, including peace. I truly can't stop thanking Him. Felt like a full on epiphany, a break in the clouds, a giant beam of sunlight hitting my face and a low, powerful voice talking to me from the sky. Unbelievable.

I know my heavenly Father will never fail me, He is always going to be more than enough, and will always be there. I'm relying on that promise and His Word from here on out. It's so comforting!


Ah, then a (100% pain-free) run and (100% tasty) food happened. Let's partake in some photos, shall we?

• warm up
• 15 push ups
• 5 miles in 47 minutes - treadmill
• cool down
• stretch
• leg extensions - 20lbs 3x12 reps
• butterfly weights - 5lbs 20 reps
• 15 push ups

• steel cut oats
• rice milk
• water
• cinnamon
• raisins
• frozen blueberries
• banana
• homemade chocolate almond butter
• just-made-yesterday fig jam
• chia seeds
• sunflower seeds

• fruits
• veggies
• grilled veg hummus tart bits
• unpictured zucchini quinoa muffin

• cabbage bean pattie
• pinto spinach pattie
• mini quinoa rice waffle
• avocado n' lime juice
• rosemary roasted cauliflower

• spinach
• kale
• coconut water
• vanilla
• frozen strawberries
• frozen banana

and then my tummy happily exploded [6:15pm].
which eventually led to more kitchen time [8:23pm].

tomorrow looks promising, must say.

Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts,
since as members of one body you
were called to peace.
And be thankful.
Colossians 3:15

May 22, 2011

Happy Message, Happy Food

Happy Sunday! Let's jump right into food, 'cause today was delicious!

[quinoa oat cake]

[pinto bean black bean leftover grilled veg tacos]

[strawberry lemon bars]

[seitan sausage pizza with brussel sprout mania!]

[freshly made fig spread= hubby's anti-drug]

[homemade bread makin' the kitchen smell like heaven]

[a simple bowl of crunchy nuggets cereal before bedtime]


Church was incredible today. We had an amazing speaker, George Verwer, share his testimony on how he came to know Christ as His Savior, and how God is working in the world through missions. I definitely felt some super strong heart tugs to, once again, drop everything I'm doing and leave this life and dedicate my time to 100% missions. And, by "leave this life" I really just mean change this life and maybe talk to one of my neighbors. It doesn't take flights to other countries to become a missionary. Start at home! In the words of Toby Mac, "if you got to start some where why not here? If you got to start some time why not now?" or Chris Tomlin "Where you go, I'll go. Where you stay, I'll stay. When you move, I'll move. I will follow you." or, you know, Matthew 28:19, "Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit."


Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying,
“Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?”
And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”

Isaiah 6:8