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”

Vegan Zucchini Muffins

Preheat oven to 380˚ Yields 12 muffins In a medium-sized mixing bowl pour: ½ c. boiling water over 2 Tbs. whole flax seeds Let this combination cool a little, and then add: 1 1/4 c. brown sugar 1/4 c. oil 2/3 c. applesauce (unsweetened) 2 c. grated zucchini 2 tsp…. Read more“Vegan Zucchini Muffins”

Four Tips for Being the Bookie (Caregiver Bookie, That Is!)

“He’ll need a Port-a-cath installed, we’ll schedule that for this week,” the doctor droned while my mind whirled with the shock of my husband’s non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma diagnosis. “We’ll follow the CHOP-Rituxan protocol.” “Chop rituxan? Sounds violent.” I thought to myself. “And I’ve heard of Port-A-Potties, but a port-a-calf? Protocol? Isn’t… Read more“Four Tips for Being the Bookie (Caregiver Bookie, That Is!)”

Cream of Broccoli Soup (Vegan)

    My non-vegan, meat-eating students love this soup (even though it’s vegan and gluten-free). Serves 4 Blend the following ingredients on high speed in a blender (a Blendtec or Vitamix work the best): 1 1/2 cups water 15 ounces Great White Northern Beans (drained and rinsed if you’re using… Read more“Cream of Broccoli Soup (Vegan)”

Six Tips for Balancing Boundaries (#4 Was the Hardest for Me)

“I could have done that!” my friend grumped as I carried a stack of laundry into Pedro’s hospital room. I cringed inwardly and smiled outwardly. “I didn’t have a lot to wash.” I set the neatly folded and wrapped stack of clean clothes in my suitcase and shoved it into… Read more“Six Tips for Balancing Boundaries (#4 Was the Hardest for Me)”

Creamy Corn Chowder (Vegan, Gluten-Free)

    Creamy corn chowder that’s vegan and gluten free?  Just what the doctor ordered! (tweet this) Heat 1 teaspoon olive oil in a medium sauce pan over medium heat. Add 1 clove garlic, chopped 2 Tbs. chopped onion 1/2 jalapeño, chopped While the garlic, onions and jalapeños sauté, blend the… Read more“Creamy Corn Chowder (Vegan, Gluten-Free)”

Enchilada Casserole (GF, Vegan, Quick and Spicy!)

Have you ever wondered what to do when friends or family come to visit and they have dietary restrictions?  (tweet this) Try this spicy enchilada casserole–it’s gluten-free and can be made without cheese for the vegans or with cheese for the vegetarians! 2 lbs extra firm tofu (drained and pressed and grated—see… Read more“Enchilada Casserole (GF, Vegan, Quick and Spicy!)”

Solutions, Not New Year’s Resolutions

For years I made New Year’s resolutions: lose weight, give up chocolate, start an exercise program, have better health and myriad other impossible proclamations.  While my husband recovered from his stem-cell transplant, I spent all of my spare time in bed—grumpy and depressed and fifty pounds overweight.  All of my… Read more“Solutions, Not New Year’s Resolutions”

How to Help a Caregiver at Christmas

A Caregiver at Christmas Feels Double the Stress Contrary to the song, Christmas is NOT “the most wonderful time of the year” for caregivers. It’s that time of year when all the ‘what ifs’ pile up in their brains as they silently mourn Christmases past and what to do in… Read more“How to Help a Caregiver at Christmas”