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Where will you place the talent you’re given?

May 21, 2015

This past week has been AWEsome. Stars have seem to align, signs are landing square in my lap and I have been feeling full of life. But nothing prepared me for Sunday.

After all my introspection of late, I was floored when this was in our church bulletin as words for meditation. 

Where will you place the talent you have been given?… Where will you focus the potential for creative action that is yours? Those are the questions before the man and woman of our time. I think we do not improve on the answer given by Isaiah twenty-five hundred years ago, “Here I am, Lord, send me.” – Dwight Judy

Prior to my diagnosis, I always asked myself this question. During some periods of my life I desperately clawed for the answer, others I wandered aimlessly in search of it, sometimes I simply ignored the burning question and most recently I am deeply aware of it but experiencing commitment issues and quite frankly, looking for the answer in the wrong places.

Then my angels doubled down to be sure I was paying attention and our call to worship read, 

God wants our lives – not Sunday morning shiny, but all the fragments of our failures, the shards of our struggles and the sins that we’ve gathered and hidden away…our pains become gifts to be used for others. Our weakness becomes the dwelling place for the Spirit’s strength. Our broken-open lives become bearer’s of God’s grace.

And in that moment I really began to let go of the shame of all the messy, crazy, unpretty stuff of the past and present and clear some space to allow me to receive. I got really, really still. Silence in a room full of people. And for the first time, I understood what this advice from my dear friend, Amy D, really meant. (Thank you, Amy.)

But, just to drive the message home, our unison prayer went in part like this, 

Grant me the awareness of all I have been given – the courage to give back in full measure – and the wisdom to see both of these as blessings.

Grant me the awareness of all I have been given – the courage to give back in full measure – and the wisdom to be grateful for both of these blessings

Grant me the awareness of all I have been given – the courage to give back in full measure – and the wisdom to gratefully acknowledge gifts given and blessings received.


There I sat. In awe of the words being spoken to me. I am not any closer to knowing where I will place the talent I have been given, but I know exactly where to place my trust. And that’s all I need to know. The rest will be shown to me when it should and I’ll be ready to receive it.

So, where will you place the talent you’ve been given? If you’re not sure what that talent is, maybe you just need to make some space in your heart for it. Who knows? It’s at least worth a try.

Be well.

Recipes Simply Wholly Eating Simply Wholly Living

Crunchy Salmon Burgers & Honey-Vinegar 3-Bean Salad

May 19, 2015

This was a labor of love but so worth it. Perfect for a spring/summer lunch or dinner. Pair this with your fave white wine (or water, like I did) and greens and you have yourself a patio worthy meal.

Salmon Burger Ingredients

Salmon Burger Ingredients

Salmon Burger Ingredients

1 cup whole grain flake cereal
2 tablespoons avocado oil
1/2 cup diced sweet onion
1/2 cup red bell pepper
2 tablespoons brown rice flour
3 tablespoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 (14 oz.) can Wild Alaska pink salmon, drained and bones picked out
Unrefined sea salt or Himalayan salt, to taste
Cayenne pepper, to taste
1/4 cup fresh flat leaf parsley
1/4 cup fresh cilantro cilantro
1/4 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese

Salmon Burger Recipe Steps

  1. Do yourself a favor and get all your ingredients diced, measured etc. before starting this recipe.

    14oz. can Wild Alaska pink salmon

  2. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Lightly oil a baking sheet and set it aside for a bit.
  3. Put the cereal in a blender and blend into fine crumbs. Then split the contents in half. (Just eye ball it.)
  4. Heat up 1 tablespoon of the oil over medium-high heat. Add the onion and sauté for a couple of minutes, then add the red pepper and sauté for another couple of minutes.  (Check that the heat is not getting to hot and turn down if needed. The onion and red pepper should be softening but not turning super brown.)
  5. Next stir in the flour and cook for about a minute before adding in the Worcestershire sauce, lemon juice and cereal crumbs.
  6. Now, add in the salmon that you have already drained and deboned. Break up the salmon really well and watch for any bone that you may have missed. Stir all ingredients together as evenly as possible.
  7. Season with the salt, pepper and then form the mixture into 4 burgers.
  8. Pour the remaining crumbs into a mixing bowl, add the last tablespoon of oil, cilantro, parsley and parmesan. The coat each burger by gently pressing the mixture into each side.
  9. Place each burger on the baking sheet and bake in the over for 20-25. They should be a nice golden brown color and crispy on the outside.

If you don’t have avocado oil. No biggie, Use olive oil or another of your fave oils that can be use do to cook at medium-high heat.
If you are not a parsley or cilantro fan, it’s not a problem. Use whatever you prefer or don’t. This recipe is really flexible which is my favorite part.

3-Bean Salad Ingredients

2 tablespoons avocado oil (not shown in picture)

Black beans, garbanzo beans and kidney beans

Black beans, garbanzo beans and kidney beans

2 large shallots, minced
2 tablespoons peele and grated fresh ginger
2 tablespoons minced garlic
3 packages (10 oz.) BPA-free beans (like Jyoti’s pictured) rinsed and drained
2 cups frozen organic corn, thawed
2 teaspoons honey
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
Unrefined sea salt or Himalayan salt, to taste


3-Bean Salad Recipe Steps

  1. Heat the oil over medium-high heat in a skillet. Add the shallots, ginger, and garlic and sauté for 2-3 minutes or so until everything softens nicely.

    Rinsed and drained beans

    Rinsed and drained beans

  2. Add the well-drained, 3-bean mix and corn to the skillet and stir well. Then put into your favorite serving bowl.
  3. Mix together the honey and vinegar and pour over the beans and coat well. Season with salt. Serve as-is, at room temp, or chilled! Any way you prefer.






And there you have it! Crunchy Salmon Burgers & Honey-Vinegar 3-Bean Salad

Crunchy Salmon Burgers & Honey-Vinegar 3-Bean Salad

Crunchy Salmon Burgers & Honey-Vinegar 3-Bean Salad


Recipes Simply Wholly Eating

6-Step Snack: Almond Butter Chews

May 17, 2015

Whipping up this treat is super easy and super fast. And my son loves them. That’s a recipe trifecta!
This recipe was actually part of my Purple Carrot delivery that was gifted to us from one of my husband’s former clients. Incredibly kind and generous and we are very grateful.

Almond Butter Chew Ingredients

Almond Butter Chew Ingredients

Recipe Ingredients

1/4 cup almond butter
1/4 brown rice syrup
1 cup puffed brown rice cereal
1/4 raisins or cranberries


Recipe Steps

  1. Add all of the almond butter to a microwave safe bowl and melt for about 30-40 seconds.
  2. Pour in all of the brown rice syrup and give it a stir.
  3. Gently fold in the puffed brown rice cereal.
  4. Add your raisins or cranberries and mix gently to form a dough.
  5. Roll into balls by taking about 2 tablespoons of the mixture and coaxing into 1 inch balls. You should be able to make about 14-15. (The instructions that came with the recipe said to wet your hands before rolling the balls, but I didn’t. Probably why I thought the “rolling” was a bit difficult.)

Tip: Wedding bands, rings, etc and this dough are not friends. Take the jewelry off.

And voila! In 6 steps, you’ll end up with a batch of Almond Butter Chews just like this…

Almond Butter Chews

Almond Butter Chews

Just Because

My yo-yo spirtituality

May 12, 2015

I hit a wall these last fews weeks and fell victim to some old self-defeating ways also know as my “overachiever” complex. I took some time and listened to the wise, sage advice of my dear friend, Amy and “got quiet” for a bit.

Then tonight I received a gentle reminder from Molly Hamill to get back on track and accept the little step backward as a fresh opportunity to start anew. It struck a chord. I hope it does for you too!

Check it out: Break the cycle of yo-yo spirituality with these 3 steps