Self-care and Nurture

What One Thing Would You Take With You?

Today’s Five-Minute Friday prompt? One Hell in Paradise I have friends, classmates, and former coworkers who live in Paradise, CA—or the former Paradise, CA. Many of them worked at Feather River Hospital, and barely made it out with their lives. My Facebook feed filled with photos of melted cars, garage doors where houses used to stand, flames licking both sides of the road, and stories of miraculous escapes. One of my friends helped deliver a baby during the evacuation. Her…

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The Power of Art as Self-care for Caregivers

Discover the power of art to help you negotiate the tough times in life. Nourishing your creativity provides a powerful tool for self-care for caregivers and other stressed-out people.

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Don’t Neglect the Importance of Caregiver Self-Care

The month of November marks the beginning of another National Family Caregivers Month in the United States. You may wonder what a family caregiver IS and why anyone would set aside an entire month to recognize them. You may not even realize that this month is set aside to celebrate YOU. Neglecting caregiver self-care can prove deadly, so follow along this month as we explore ways to take care of yourself during your caregiving seasons. Are YOU a Family Caregiver?…

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Celebrate with Whole-Wheat Brownies!

Whole-wheat brownies are the perfect place to hide whole-wheat flour and healthier choices. Whole-Wheat Brownies Ever since Pedro’s cancer recovery, we’ve tried to bake healthier and eat more whole-grain products. Whatever you do, don’t try to quit white flour cold-turkey, trust me, your family won’t appreciate it. Over time, you can add less white flour and more whole-wheat flour. It took us about two years to make the change. The type of whole-wheat flour you use makes a big difference.…

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Looking for a Spicy Vegetarian Burger? Try this Taco Burger!

Craving a spicy taco burger? Be bold and give this vegetarian burger recipe a whirl! Spicy Vegetarian Burger Recipe Saves Money I don’t know about you, but I get tired of the usual burger offerings at restaurants or from the frozen food section. Not to mention that prepared fake meats get pricey. I have nothing to compare it to, I guess, since I don’t buy real meat, but paying $1.25 a burger seems a little steep. For about $4.00 (and…

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Unfiltered Words Wound Worse than Swords

Do you have a family member who suffers from a mental illness? I learned the hard way what happens when I don’t filter my words. Unfiltered Words Wound Worse than Swords At the time, we thought we said the right things. We thought we spoke in love and Christian admonition. Unfortunately, in our urge to correct and to help Sarah, our daughter, make good choices, we spoke without first letting the Holy Spirit filter our words. “What you’re doing is…

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pozole or posole

This Vegetarian Pozole Recipe will Serve an Entire Fiesta

You can serve this vegetarian pozole to vegans, vegetarians, gluten-free friends, and meatatarians alike. Everyone will love it. The recipe will feed a small crowd, too! Pozole or Posole? First of all, let’s get the spelling correct. According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, the word origin is the Nahuatle word for ‘boil,’ and it’s written ‘pozolli’ with a root word of ‘pozon.’ I’m not an etymologist, but I did major in Spanish in college and I may be able to shed…

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faux meat

Instant Pot Vegan Chili con Carne Recipe Uses Faux Meat

If you’d like to cut down on the amount of red meat in your life, you could consider faux meat. I’ll explain what it is AND give you a tasty vegan chili con carne recipe that looks like the real deal. #recipe #vegan #meatlessmonday

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Don’t Let the Words Healthy Pumpkin Scones Scare You!

Don’t let the words ‘Healthy Pumpkin Scones’ scare you! These scones have all sorts of good things, like maple chips and maple glaze and fewer calories than one you could buy at Starbucks (no disrespect to Starbucks). Nothing’s Better than Pumpkin Scones with Maple Glaze! I have this habit of going to restaurants or coffee shops, purchasing something, and then thinking, “I bet I could make this healthier!” Even before restaurants started posting the calorie count of their menu items.…

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Make These Unforgettable Pumpkin Spice Waffles

Who knew eating veggies for breakfast could taste so yummy? You’ll know they’re healthy and full of good-for-you things, but you don’t have to tell your family that they’re healthy whole-wheat waffles! Just tell them they’re pumpkin spice waffles. Pumpkin Spice Waffles My husband has acted as breakfast chef around our house for the past twenty years (I act as the supper chef). Occasionally I’ll get the itch to experiment on a Sunday morning, and this pumpkin spice waffle recipe…

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