Butterscotch Muffins

I love the taste of butterscotch cookies, but hate how unhealthy they are.  This lower fat recipe has less sugar and fat than it’s cookie counterpart, so it’s perfect for breakfast! Butterscotch Muffins Yields 12 || Preheat oven to 380˚ Mix the following ingredients in a medium mixing bowl: 3 cups… Read more“Butterscotch Muffins”

Whole-Wheat Crusty Bread

Crusty Bread Ever wondered what to do with a cast iron Dutch oven? Or if your cast iron skillet could be used to make bread? 2 ½ cups whole-wheat flour (my personal favorite is Wheat Montana Prairie Gold) ½ cup vital wheat gluten* 1 teaspoon yeast 1 teaspoon salt 1… Read more“Whole-Wheat Crusty Bread”

Creamy Potato Leek Soup (Vegan)

Creamy Potato Leek Soup (vegan) Serves six This creamy potato soup is perfect for a cool winter evening. Boil 2 cups of water in a 4 quart sauce pan and add 1 lb potatoes (I used gold minis) chopped into small chunks Return water to a boil and turn the… Read more“Creamy Potato Leek Soup (Vegan)”

Six Ways to Prevent Caregiver Burnout

Cancer Caregiving 101: Take Care of Yourself and Prevent Caregiver Burnout “Now you must realize,” the doctor straightened the papers into the already thick folder as he finished summarizing the diagnosis, treatment protocol and prognosis, “with a best-case scenario, we’re in for a long haul. You two must take care… Read more“Six Ways to Prevent Caregiver Burnout”

Vegan Pancakes

  Pancakes! My family LOVES pancakes, so when we started eating healthier, our pancake mix was the first item we revised. If you’re starting out in your healthier eating quest, you may want to use half white flour and half whole-wheat flour.   2 cups whole-wheat flour (my favorite is… Read more“Vegan Pancakes”

What You Need to Know Before Spending the Night in the Hospital

Emergency! Time stood still while the lights of San Francisco flashed by the back windows of the ambulance. “How long until we reach UCSF hospital?” I asked the EMT. “It depends on traffic,” she answered, and then she continued to try to take Pedro’s medical history. “He has non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma… Read more“What You Need to Know Before Spending the Night in the Hospital”

Butternut Coconut Soup

I’ve discovered that our family of four can’t eat a whole butternut squash as a side dish in one setting, so this is a creative way to serve the leftovers up the next night. This is how I prepare the butternut squash the first night: I cut it in half, scoop… Read more“Butternut Coconut Soup”

Healthy (er) Choices Manifesto

While many of the recipes that I post are vegan, I am not a vegan. I believe that making choices that are better for our health is more important than following a strict ‘vegan’ or ‘vegetarian’ diet. What matters most is striving to eat a healthy, balanced diet that gives… Read more“Healthy (er) Choices Manifesto”

Pumpkin Scones

Ever wonder what to do with all of those cans of leftover pumpkin from the holidays? Here’s a healthier alternative to a store-bought scone that’s easy to make. Yields 24 Preheat oven to 370˚ In a large mixing bowl, mix together: 3 c. whole-wheat flour 1 c. brown sugar 1… Read more“Pumpkin Scones”

How to Find What You Really Want on Google

Use Google to narrow your search from 3.8 million results to a manageable number. Fourteen years ago, when we shared Pedro’s cancer diagnosis with our church family, the advice flowed in like the tide. “Carrot juice enemas!” the sweet church lady patted my arm and clung to it at the… Read more“How to Find What You Really Want on Google”