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NOTE: Sorry it’s been such a while since an update. I started this post on June 2, and then life got crazy!!

This is a soup I dreamed up that I originally intended to be somewhat healthy and even vegan. As you can see, neither goal was met….but this soup did turn out quite good. I warn you this is SPICY SPICY SPICY!! Even my husband and friend who ate it, who both like spicy foods, agreed this was SPICY-and that was AFTER I tried to tone it down. So if you don’t like Indian flavors or spicy foods, this isn’t the soup for you. But if you do, you are in for a TREAT! 🙂 Read the rest of this entry »


Hello readers! I am sorry I have been so silent lately. With only four days of student teaching left, I plan to be updating much more! In the meantime, please check out my friend’s blog. She has some really great thoughts and updates it regularly!

Graceful Nutrition

Have you ever felt like a failure because you had a meal in which you did not eat healthy?  Have you ever said mean things to yourself because your body doesn’t look the way you want it to?

I’m sure many of you, including myself, have felt this way.  You try and try to take care of yourself, only to run into failure at some point.  Then you become upset and maybe even depressed and conclude that there is no use trying any more because you always fail.

The sad news is, we will always fail.  We’re human!  There is no possible way for us to escape failure.  It is in our DNA.  After the fall, we were doomed to always fail at some point in our lives.

However, there is good news.  God is graceful.  No matter how much we mess up, He is still there when…

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Welcome back, readers. And Happy New Year!!

I was recently given a good bit of deer meat by the father of a girl I tutor. Now, I have eaten deer meat before and know that I like it. But I have never actually cooked with deer meat before. And I had no idea what to do with it. Read the rest of this entry »

Close your eyes. It’s time to embark on another journey. This time, we are travelling to the Outer Banks, N.C. Imagine it is your first time visiting this amazing spread (it was my first time). The Outer Banks stretches across several towns, from Duck to Manteo-meaning you might decide to go to dinner and drive half an hour to your restaurant of choice! As you drive down the main stretch connecting this series of towns, you will find a dizzying number of restaurants, shops, and at least two dozen Wings stores (for those unfamiliar, these are huge, cheap beach shops offering everything from sunscreen, batteries, sunglasses, swimsuits, hoodies, coffee mugs, beach chairs, oversized sun hats, boogie boards, and everything in between). Along this trek you may also come across people flying kites on the enormous sand dunes in Kitty Hawk. Keep driving (take a right turn) and you will discover the charming (less corporate overwhelming) town of Manteo, boasting the most impressive Christmas shop I have ever encountered (this shop also offers candy, jewelry, candles, house wares, a whole floor of Halloween items, and if you can’t find an ornament for the most hard-to-shop for person in your life, you just aren’t looking hard enough). Turn left, and you may come across Jennette’s Pier or some smaller, more private beaches. Across this stretched out smattering, you will encounter many tourists and a moderate amount of traffic, but not an unmanageable number of people like what one might find at other beaches in peak season. I fell in love. Read the rest of this entry »

One of the biggest complaints I have about the area in which we are currently living is the lack of good restaurants. I’m originally from the Columbus area, where if you can think it when it comes to food, you can find it. I grew up with no end of delicious, unique choices when it came to food. I then spent four years in Huntington, WV (see “Black Sheep Burrito And Brews”). Huntington certainly had fewer places than Columbus, but still offered plenty of variety to keep me happy.

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Yesterday, my friend and I decided to take advantage of the local Greek festival. I am a huge fan of Greek food, so I was delighted when my friend confessed to never having tried many of the amazing Greek dishes available. We chose to taste a variety of what the festival had to offer, and that inspired me to write a quick introduction to the many delights we tried, in case any of you might be wanting to explore this new food but are not sure what you might be getting yourself into. Just so you can appreciate the sheer amount of food we conquered, here is a picture of our buffet:

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Today I am taking you on a journey to Huntington, West Virginia.

Now, I have to tell you I am quite biased toward this city. I lived in Huntington for four years as I was earning my degree from Marshall University. I made many close friends in this city, and I also met my husband here. I ate many a great meal in this city. I had quite a few laughs in this city. Simply, I love this city.

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