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Fresh Friday – Creamy Vegan Tomato Soup


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Originally posted on Right Now Raw:

tomato soupDark clouds have been teasing The Circle City where I live, obviously displaying nimbus clouds, but not surrendering any water. Days like this, that refuse to let the sun shine, make me want to cook some savory soup for my family. Nothing brings me back to my Southern roots quicker than tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwiches! This was always a quick comfort meal growing up.

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On this Fresh Friday I want to share a delicious tomato soup that the family loved. I can’t take credit for this recipe, because I found it on a wonderful blog, The First Mess. Yes, this beautiful vegan is brilliant! I did not modify anything. It was fun to cook, and the soup speaks for itself. Click on this link and enjoy. I know you will love it.

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I absolutely love what I am finding in so many vegan recipes; the use of soaked…

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A cracked pot makes for a scenic journey


The story of the cracked pot is a cool one when its not your story. When you feel like your the cracked pot its sometimes easy to focus on all the negative things in your life and loose site of the positive. There is times where I feel like a little kid hiding in a giant cracked pot and someone will see through the cracks and see me and some days I feel like I don’t know who that is myself.  Why is my son autistic why do I have the struggles I have etc. On those days it doesn’t seem to matter what people say I am just in a funk and I need to get out of it. 

So how do I get out of it? I read my Bible and I ride my bike. This won’t be the same for everyone but it’s what helps me focus on the positive things in my life and not the negative. The guest speaker talked about how we are a culture that compares our lives to everyone else’s.  If we always compare ourselves to other people we can never be content. I choose to be me be a good father, husband, employee and athlete. I won’t use other people’s scale I will just do my best to move forward in all these areas. 

What is your hobby or exercise that helps you center yourself?

Fresh Friday – Raw Power Bars


These look amazing.

Originally posted on Right Now Raw:

right now rawI love when friends share with me recipes that they think I would like. Well, this one friend in particular could not have been more right. I love these raw bars. The recipe she made was from the Forks Over Knives Cook Book, as usual, I tweaked the recipe a tad to satisfy my raw appetite.

I love this friend, (a.k.a. Coach Beast) she literally went from eating steak one night, to vegan the next morning. I love all my friends, but vegan friends are extra AMAZING! I wanted to share this recipe with you for Fresh Friday, I will be eating these all weekend, and enjoying every bite!

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  • 1 cup pitted dates
  • 1 cup raw walnuts
  • 1/2 cup raw cashews
  • 1 banana
  • 1 vanilla bean (cut lengthwise and scoop seeds out)
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • dried shredded coconut
  • 1 orange
  • handful raw pumpkin…

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Water or Gasoline


Great article on a store bought juice.

Originally posted on Right Now Raw:

right now rawSometimes it can really be difficult to choose the healthiest juice when we are bombarded with so much advertising that proclaims their product is best. One thing I learned from Joe Cross when he was answering questions about the freshness of juice is that he has scale. At one end of the spectrum is water, at the other end is gasoline. One is great for us, and one would kill us! Where does your juice fit on his scale?

I have my beloved Breville Juicer and I place my juice right up there at the healthy water spot. But, there are times when we need to grab a juice on the go. What’s a raw mom to do? I always hunt for a fresh juice bar, if I fail to locate one, it is off to the store. This is where it gets complicated.

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Juice Speaks Louder Than Words


Great blog check it out.

Originally posted on Right Now Raw:

right now rawDo you ever make promises like…”God, please get me out of this and I promise I will be a really good person!”? I have, and the funny thing is once I am rescued out of my distress, I forget about my promise, and I go back to my regular old self. Now that’s a problem, because I want to be better than that!

I love how much I am learning about living a healthy life. There are keys to optimum health that work if we are willing to infuse them into our daily life. Proper amount of sleep, hydration, exercise, eating organic real food, and loving yourself are my top five.

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This loving yourself can get in your way if you don’t nurture it daily. Sometimes it can feel wrong if we spend too much time on ourselves. I know I have shared this before, but the golden rule is; 

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Every time I see God’s providence through our prayers, it’s so emotional. Every night Andrew and I pray over Hezekiah in bed. We ask for God to help him communicate, talk, and understand more. I used to think that “I” was the one doing all of these things for my children. This year I have realized “I” have nothing to do with anything good that happens in this life. It is truly only that God has chosen to use me. I used to pray over Hezekiah and think to myself, why does God not hear me? All along, God was asking me to draw nearer to Him and have complete trust in Him. When I decided to trust in God more completely that is when he started moving more. I pray to God now and I see Him moving according to His will. Hezekiah has made significant strides with his progress! He talks more and understands more and it has nothing to do with me and everything to do with God.

Should they stay or should they go


Every parent asks the question but it is always in the forefront of a parent with a special needs child. How do you decide when to take your kiddo that may brake dance, scream or interact with people. Every kid is different so no one can tell you, it’s a decision you have to make on your own and it’s not always easy. Where I currently stand is you have to try and take your kid\s with some regularity so they get use to it but not so much that you feel overwhelmed. Here is a quick list that I run through though.

1. Will your child enjoy it if you don’t know give it a shot
2. Do you have things to distract your child
3. Do you and your spouse need some time away?
4. Could you make this a learning experience. Remember sometimes you may not know how much your child is retaining.
5. Can you keep your cool in a melt down. I really encourage you to flex your “chill” muscle because if u can stay calm your child will almost always get something out of it but be honest with yourself it won’t be good for either of you if you both loose it. The more you use that “chill” muscle the more you can handle the more your child will have the opportunity to grow.

Hope this helps someone.

Monsters talk


It’s never fun climbing those hills in our lives but it’s always worth it.

“Monsters Talk” by John Mark McMillan
“There can be 2 sides to the reality that we live in. The first reality is that life is hard, brutal, sometimes outright terrible, but the other reality is that life is beautiful, full of wonder, and hope. But both these realities are true. The question I had to ask myself was, which reality am I going to make friends with. Not denying either one or pretending that one didn’t exist, but which reality was I going to talk to, which reality was I going to listen to.”

A case of the Mondays


Remember if you are having a bad day to multiply your age X 365 and know only one of those is today.

Do what you can and know the leaves will fall as they may.

Selfie=self centered society

I’ll be the first to admit I have done my fair share of selfies. So as I wrote this I am writing about my own conviction. I am by no stretch of the imagination perfect, I have my own demons and sins to fight every day. So I ask the question- why do you post selfies?

As a mom and wife, I have asked myself this question many times. Turning inward and towards Him to answer this question for me. Not that I blame society for why I took selfies but it sure hasn’t helped. And if my attention is directed towards God and leading an example for my kids then I have no reason to post selfies. This generation should be labeled “Generation Selfie”. We can’t blame society for not teaching our kids to have self respect for themselves and we can’t blame society for not teaching them to have respect for another person’s life. We see shootings, selfies, and sickness. How are we teaching our kids the coping skills to deal with a non-perfect life? I never learned those coping skills coming from a broken home and so as an adult I have had to learn these skills and it’s been a hard road.

See the thing is… we will never be rid of insecurities, sometimes they just change, evolve, or become less. The only thing we do is be self aware and not let those insecurities hurt those around you that you care about and love. We think to the fall of man, and you think… Darn you Eve! See we could have been in the garden enjoying the freedom of a sinless life. But it wasn’t the plan for man, and so sometimes we have a very painful life. One that includes so much hurt. If I didn’t have faith or belief in a God that turns the ugliest parts of me and wants to make them beautiful, I would be a disaster. I have hurt people that I care about and I wish I could undo it, but that isn’t the plan. The plan is for me to take those experiences and turn them around for His use.

Anyway, as a result of my own conviction. My husband and I have decided to disconnect from the world of social media as much as we can. I deleted my Instagram and Twitter accounts. I kept my Facebook to connect with family from other states and the friends that I still interact with in person and every one else has been removed. I hope people are not offended by that but to say that I have “Facebook friends” only is a ridiculous concept so I removed it from my vocabulary. It’s a false feeling to think I have 350+ friends when only 80 of those ACTUALLY care about me and my family. So if you get a text or an actual call from me it’s because I actually want to be friends with you in person not just on social media. I love all my family and dear friends who have stuck with me through all life’s ups and downs, I cherish you!


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