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Warm Winter Salad with Brussels Sprouts

Warm Winter Salad with Brussels Sprouts A lot of my cooking these days is being influenced by Heidi Swanson’s cookbook, Super Natural Every Day, which I happily added to my bulging cookbook shelf this past Christmas. She frequently mixes whole grains into her cooking, so I’ve added a few more to my pantry and am …

Simple Chinese Chicken Salad

Simple Chinese Chicken Salad I’m going to interrupt the Christmas baking posts with a salad. Taido and I have been eating many variations of this salad over the years, ever since we first had Chinese Chicken Salad at the Cheesecake Factory in Chicago, many, many years ago. I used to deep fry rice noodles to …

Chilaquiles

  Chilaquiles are the Mexican equivalent of lasagna, according to Crescent Dragonwagon. This casserole is similar to making a pan of enchiladas, only easier since you just layer the tortillas like pasta. Since this version is vegetarian, if you can open cans, you can make it.  Easy peasy. I served with it chips and extra …

Curried Lentil Potato Pot Pie with Pumpkin and Tomatoes

Curried Lentil Potato Pot Pie with Pumpkin and Tomatoes Conversation overheard at this week’s football game: My mom: What did y’all eat for dinner tonight? Ben: Lentil Pot Pie My mom: Hmmm, how was that? Ben: no answer Mary Polly: Interesting. Translation: I am a filo dough amateur.  My filo crust top on this dish …

Chop Chop Salad

Chop Chop Salad. Perfect for Summer. The temperatures in Arkansas are staggeringly high.  The heat index and humidity are out of control. We have basically moved in at the pool and when we wander home in the afternoon all sun-dazed and lightheaded, I simply cannot  be bothered to cook. We have reached the season where …

Black Eyed Peas

How do you turn two bags of frozen black eyed peas into dinner in an hour? Start with a big vidalia onion.  Chop it up small and saute it in the bottom of a heavy pan in a tablespoon of oil. Get a thick slice of Petit Jean peppered ham at the deli.  You can …

Hiking with Kids, grateful for silence

Grateful for Silence

I’m so grateful for silence this week. It’s necessary to my sanity. I got to escape to the woods on Saturday for some quiet time. A silent prayer retreat with friends from church. My favorite part of the camp was a prayer garden that was a path deep into the woods with lots of little …

Fresh Peach Cake

  Fresh Peach Cake I’ve had my eye on this fresh peach cake for a while.  I really like my cake with fruit. And Ina Garten is the queen of cake with fruit.  Her lemon pound cake is my favorite.  Her flag cake is always a big hit at a party. So I knew when …

Rainy Monday Morning Grateful

Rainy Monday Morning Grateful. Cultivating Gratitude in the Morning. My kids go to school in this beautiful building. This morning it was dark and rainy when I dropped them off.  Everyone was so sleepy.  The clock in the car said 6:30 because I hadn’t changed it yet for daylight savings. It was kind of brutal, …

Enchiladas

  Whitney asked me for my recipe for enchiladas yesterday, so I’m sharing here for all. Enchiladas are such a great meal for a crowd.  You can make them the day before, which gives you more time to do other things on the day of an event, like scouring the floor for the tiny legos …

Tomato and Cheddar Potato Soup

  Tomato and Cheddar Potato Soup Today we are moving very slowly. In fact, one little Chino missed the departure for school this morning due to an overwhelming need to despair in a puddle on the floor. She is now outside planting bulbs, because well, it worked for me. Next up, laundry and unpacking. We’re …

Rosemary White Bean Soup

Rosemary White Bean Soup Around August of this year, we decided that we were going to eat beans once a week this year to save money on groceries. The pot of beans has varied each week.  We’ve had purple hull peas and cornbread many nights.  Also, I’ve previously posted about how wonderful I find a …

Lentil Soup with Sausage

Today was wonderfully cool. I spent a lot of the day outside, and it was as pleasant as its been in weeks. When the temperatures drop about 10 more degrees, I’m going to make this soup. Unfortunately, I think they are going back up this weekend, but soon, very soon, we’ll be eating soup! I’m …

almond biscotti

Almond Biscotti After a long summer (maybe longer) of eating whatever I wanted I am really trying to cut back.  Plus I’m trying to add consistent yoga back in to my life.  My living room is evolving into a mini yoga studio, which is a mini fulfillment of one of my life dreams!  Super exciting. …

D Camp

D Camp Oh Discipleship Camp, lovingly referred to as d-camp. Where should I even start? So much could be said about the 6 days of being at camp with over 100 middle school students during one of the hottest Junes ever recorded in the history of this fine state of Arkansas. Really, the amount of …

Crested Butte Yoga

Crested Butte Yoga in Colorado at Yoga For The Peaceful If you’ve been following me since our last visit to Crested Butte, you know that I enjoy some mountain yoga.  I went to four different classes the last time I was here, and wrote about every single one of them. (See yoga archives.) When we …

New Baby Dinner

  New Baby Dinner: What to Take to Parents Who Have Just Had A Baby There are a few seasons in a person’s life when people rise up around them.  When a community of people who enjoy loving in ways they can feel with their hands gather around to make life a little easier for …