The Secret to Fluffy Whole-Wheat Hamburger Buns: Vital Wheat Gluten

Do you want to know how to make fluffy whole-wheat hamburger buns? You don’t need a magic wand (or white flour) to make homemade whole-wheat breads that don’t act (or taste) like bricks. All you need is a little vital wheat gluten flour. Whole-Wheat Hamburger Buns Whole-wheat breads don’t have to have the consistency of sawdust and weigh as much as a brick when you bake them at home. Maybe you may have tried making whole-wheat hamburger buns, or bread,…

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Who Does Your Body Belong to?

Who does your body belong to, and does ownership matter to understanding healthy self-care? Does it Really Matter What I Eat? Who could imagine that healthy eating is a form of self-care? I didn’t realize this until after my husband’s bout with cancer. Sure, I’d grown up vegetarian, and could recite the benefits of a plant-based diet from the cradle. But that didn’t mean that I actually used food to nourish and care for myself. Instead, I used it as…

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Looking for Quesadilla Ideas? Try these Sweet Potato Quesadillas!

If you’re looking for quesadilla ideas, try something unusual and tasty sweet potato quesadillas. They taste great without the queso, too. Sweet Potato Quesadillas Don’t get me wrong, I love a super-cheesy, crispy quesadilla, but I also know that all that cheese isn’t good for me. That’s why I invented a savory-with-a-hint-of-sweet alternative. Sweet potato quesadillas taste great with our without cheese. Nine times out of ten I forget to put cheese in them, and no one complains at all.…

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Wondering what to Make with Barilla Red Lentil Pasta?

Have you seen the new gluten-free, vegan pasta from Barilla? It pairs perfectly with my creamy chipotle sauce with tofu! Barilla Red Lentil Pasta I should let everyone know up front that I don’t have a wheat sensitivity, nor do I suffer from celiac disease. I do have friends who do, though, so I’m always on the lookout for things that we can eat together. Especially tasty things. Companies have come a long way in the past decade in developing…

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Make This Easy Instant Pot Cuban Black Beans and Rice Recipe

Some call it ‘congri rice’ others call it ‘moros y cristianos.’ Whatever the case, this easy Instant Pot recipe for Cuban black beans and rice tastes great! Cuban Black Beans and Rice Recipe Pedro lived in Cuba until shortly after his third birthday. His dad had to work for two years in Castro’s sugarcane fields in order to acquire visas for the family’s exit. From there they went to Spain, and then on to Jamaica, Costa Rica, Puerto Rico, and…

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How to Make a Haystack (the Kind YOU Eat)

This post will teach you how to make a haystack (the kind YOU eat, not your livestock). This easy haystack recipe should NOT be confused with a taco salad. How to Make a Haystack I write this post tongue-in-cheek. Mostly. Haystacks were a staple in our home growing up. So by the time I entered the work force and had my first conversation about haystacks, my preferences had set in cement. “What will you serve for bunco next Thursday night?”…

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How to Avoid Winter Weight Gain

This week’s Self-Care Sunday installment focuses on physical wholeness and will help you avoid winter weight gain. How to Avoid Winter Weight Gain I know, talking about winter weight gain on the day after fall is like stores selling Christmas decorations before Halloween. But trust me, planning self-care routines ahead of time pays off big. The older I get, the more difficult it is for me to keep off the extra pounds when I stop my regular routine. What about…

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How to Give Your Busy Brain (and Weary Soul) a Rest

  Today’s Self-Care Sunday guest author knows all about growth mindset. She also knows the pitfalls of constantly taking on new things and soaking in knowledge like a sun-parched Iowa cornfield. Jennifer Dukes Lee shares with us the connection between stilling our minds and surrendering our hearts. How to Find the True Rest that Your Soul Needs I know how this noisy world can get in the way of me hearing God’s still, small voice. So, in the past few…

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Why Jesus Made the Woman Talk to the Crowd

The Woman and the Crowd The woman slunk through the crowd, knowing full well her uncleanliness made her a pariah. What if a neighbor noticed and raised a ruckus? What if she brushed against someone else, passing her uncleanliness on to unsuspecting spectators in the jostling crowd. Physician after physician had prescribed their questionable remedies. Eat this. Don’t eat that. Purge your heart of unrepented sins and offer sacrifices in the temple. Nothing helped. If only she could quietly reach…

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Improve Your Photography, Improve Your Day

This week’s Self-Care Sunday post has tips that help you improve your  photography skills. So pull out your cell phone or your DSLR and get ready to make your day! How Improving Your Photography Can Improve Your Day Ok, I can’t actually promise that when you improve your photography techniques your day will magically improve as well. But I can tell you what works for me. Taking a walk with my camera—whether I lug along my DSLR or tuck my…

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