Rainbow Taco Salad

Rainbow Taco Salad

July is National Black Bean Month.

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Do you ever feel like you are in the Chopped Kitchen?  This salad came from such an experience.  After opening the cupboard below the sink, I realized that my sweet potatoes had to be used ASAP.  However, I desperately wanted a salad.

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Top Ten Tuesday: K is for Kind

Top Ten Tuesday: K is for Kind

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Let’s play a game to break the ice.  Everyone say your name and say an adjective that starts with the same letter of your name.  Everyone ready?  I’ll start!  I am Joyful Joanne!

^^^Raise your hand if you can relate to that situation.  What adjective did you use? Amazing Allison?  Beautiful Brittany?  Charming Courtney?  Sweet Sarah?

I’ve always been Kind Kat.  It’s generally the only adjective that comes to mind since I am not kyphotic or kittenish or kyrgyzstani (although I may be kooky).

Kind Kat is a bit of a misnomer, though.  Most days, I am more fluent in sarcasm and judgment than I am in kindness.

God does not ask me to speak words of sarcasm.  He commands me to speak words of grace, charity, and kindness.

Ten Verses for When You Are Feeling Kind

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Butterscotch Peanut Butter Brownies

Butterscotch Peanut Butter Brownies

July is National Black Bean Month!

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Last week I warned you that this recipe includes a weird ingredient, but there are just some risks you have to take when celebrating National Black Bean Month.

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Top Ten Tuesday: J is for Joyful

Top Ten Tuesday: J is for Joyful

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So far, this series has been a little heavy, but today, we are going to lighten it up!  Put a smile on your face because I have 10 verses about being joyful!

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Simple Joy Saturday #37

Simple Joy Saturday #37

Every Saturday I share three simple things that brought me happiness during the week.  These posts may grow or change as time passes.  Please feel free to share your own simple joys in the comments section!

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1. Village Juice Company and the friends who love it as much as I do

2. The Chronicles of Narnia

Who would have thought that I would get to read children’s fiction in grad school?!  Here’s one of my new favorite quotes from The Magician’s Nephew:

“‘But do not be cast down,’ said Aslan, still speaking to the Beasts.  ‘Evil will come of that evil, but it is still a long way off, and I will see to it that the worst falls upon myself.”

3.  Goggles and a new swimsuit

This week I learned that the right equipment can make all the difference.

Hide and Seek Waffles

Hide and Seek Waffles

June 29 is National Waffle Iron Day!

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Although it was not my intention, it has been the year of weird ingredients.  January started with oatmeal-coated chicken, and February progressed to chocolate hummus.  You were skeptical about my powdered-peanut-frosting, and now I bring you something even more unusual.

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Top Ten Tuesday: I is for Insufficient

Top Ten Tuesday: I is for Insufficient

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The authors of self-help books (and most calligraphers on Pinterest) constantly tell us that we are enough.  We are strong.  We are smart.  We are brave.  We are capable.  We are sufficient within ourselves.

Can I propose that maybe we aren’t enough?

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