Chorizo Sausage Soup

• 1 1/4 cups lentils
• 5 1/2 cups chicken broth
• 2 precooked chorizo sausages
• 1 1/2 cups diced tomatoes
• 16 oz bag frozen seasoning blend vegetables (onion, red peppers, green peppers, celery, parsley)
• 1/2 of a cube of vegetable bouillon
• 1 tsp Badia brand complete seasoning
• 1 cup tomato sauce
• 1 cup collard greens

In a rice cooker or on stovetop, saute and simmer lentils in 1 1/2 cups chicken broth until lentils are tender.

Add frozen vegetables, remaining chicken broth, complete seasoning, 1/2 of a vegetable bouillon cube, diced tomatoes, and sausage chunks and continue to simmer on medium-low heat or (saute and simmer setting on a rice cooker) for 10 minutes.

Add tomato sauce and collard greens and simmer for an additional 2 minutes. Remove from heat and serve!


Ham and Biscuits

A few years back, my great Aunt Sis invited me, my mom, and my Mom Mom to her beautiful country home in Pennsylvania for lunch. She made us a delicious ham and biscuit stew that warmed our hearts as well as our bellies. ❤️ Here is an adapted version of her recipe…

Stew Ingredients:
2 1/2 lb ham with bone
1 package frozen stringbeans
6 baby red potatoes (chunked)
Sea Salt+ Pepper
1/2 onion (chopped)

Biscuit Ingredients:
1 cup Bisquick
1 egg
1/8 cup water
2 tbsp butter


Place ham and chopped onion in a 6qt. pot and cover with water. Season with salt and pepper, cover slightly, and boil for 1 1/2 hours.

Chunk potatoes and place in the boiling water.  Add salt and pepper to taste.  After 10 minutes, add stingbeans and continue to boil for an additional 10 minutes. Remove pot from heat, cut ham off the bone (discard bone), cube the ham, and return the meat to the pot. Place stew in dishes.

To make the biscuits, preheat oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit. Mix the Log Cabin mix, water, egg, and butter in a bowl. If too dry, you may need to add an additional tsp of water. Drop spoonfuls of batter onto a greased baking and bake for 15-20 minutes. Place biscuits ontop of stew and serve!

Broccoli Salad  


1- 1/2 cups chopped, fresh broccoli
1/8 cup+ 1 tsp. olive oil mayo
1/8 cup sheedded cheddar or mozzarella cheese
1/8 cup white vinegar
1/8 cup uncured bacon bits
Sprinkle of black pepper


Add all ingredients to a tupperware container, put lid on, and shake until combined. Enjoy as a healthy side dish! (Makes one serving)

Tying the knot: Ultimate limitation? Or ultimate freedom? (To clear up Gen Y’s misconceptions about marriage)

To some, the word “marriage” can be one of the most frightening words used in a sentence. In fact, I used to not even like it. At least for me, it seemed to have a negative connotation and brought to mind the thought of “settling down,” and “losing one’s freedom.” But when I really started thinking about it, I realized how messed up this view was and began to wonder who was putting these thoughts in my head? Sure wasn’t God! And I didn’t like that. So here’s an alternate view:

If you take the time to educate yourself, (which is exactly what I’ve done), you’ll realize that marriage is defined as the “legitimate union between husband and wife.” Ok, makes sense. But if you dive deeper and break that apart, what does it mean?

* Legitimate- or “legit.” We all know what that means. Synonyms include “real,” “accepted,” and “allowed”

* Union- “reciprocity,” “closeness”

* Between- “restricted to,” “among,” “linking”

* Husband- “man,” “guy”

* And- “and… lol”

* Wife- “woman,” “girl”

Isn’t that what we want? To be “married!?”…”Merry-ied,” “Happy?”

And if you still hate the word, then don’t you like the idea of “finding your other half,” and having your love be ACCEPTED, REAL, and ALLOWED? How about having CAREFREE love, that is, not having to worry about someone ditching, giving up, or bailing?

At least for me, it sounds pretty sweet. Ideal, in fact. And if you’re a Christian, you’ll realize that this “legitimate union between girl and guy” is a reflection, (but never replacement of) God’s love for us. God wants us to be happy and designed this union to give us a glimpse of the pleasure, security, commitment, and happiness that He provides.

When we dull God’s ideal creation with hookups and the union of body and soul before marriage, it only hurts us… I know from experience. I, and others I’ve met, have tried to cut corners and leave legitimacy out of the picture, and it’s only left us a mess. Our love wasn’t “real,” or “accepted,” by God, our families, and even ourselves.

And if we do think we’ve met our other half…someone that we would enjoy waking up to each day ☀️, going on vacations with ✈️, cooking meals for 🍔, making love to 😍, joking around with 💁🏽, helping 🙇🏽, guiding 👫, listening to, 🎤, etc., then why not get the ball rollin’, and set your sights on the possibility of marriage! And until you can get your lives in order, by finishing school, getting a job, etc., find healthy ways to deepen your connection with each other, and save the union of body and soul for when you’ve really made your love legitimate.  It will only make the possibility and transition to marriage easier, leave you with peace of mind in your decision to commit, and give you something exciting to look forward to.

Prayers for the strength and courage to do what’s right in God’s eyes from nowon.Xo,V.

Mexican Stuffed Peppers (Gluten Free)


1 lb. ground turkey
1/2 onion (diced) 
1 packet gluten free taco seasoning
Cooked brown rice (about 1-1/2 cups) 
4 green bell peppers 
1 can black beans
Mexican cheese for topping 


Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. 
Cut bell peppers in 1/2 and boil for 5 minutes. Remove from water and arrange in a glass baking dish.
In a non-stick skillet, add ground turkey, onion, and water. Cook thoroughly, adding water as needed. Add taco seasonings, drained black beans, and cooked rice. Stir and spoon into pepper halves.  

Add a small amount of water to the bottom of the baking dish, cover peppers, and cook for about 20-25 minutes. Remove from oven, top with cheese, and serve!

Be Satisfied With Me Prayer By St. Antonio

I’ve always had a deep connection with St. Antonio and recently came across this prayer as I was working a night flight from Seattle to Miami. It’s a prayer for anyone whose looking to find a deep soul connection with another… that is, a relationship that brings you both closer to God. Its beauty brings tears to my eyes everytime I read it, and it gives me hope for finding my other half.  I pray it gives you as much peace as it did for me and opens your eyes and heart to God’s plan for relationships.

“Everyone longs to give themselves completely to someone, To have a deep soul relationship with another, To be loved thoroughly and exclusively. But to a Christian, God says, “No, not until you are satisfied, Fulfilled and content with being loved by Me alone, With giving yourself totally and unreservedly to Me. With having an intensely personal and unique relationship with Me alone. Discovering that only in Me is your satisfaction to be found, Will you be capable of the perfect human relationship, That I have planned for you. You will never be united to another Until you are united with Me. Exclusive of anyone or anything else. Exclusive of any other desires or longings. I want you to stop planning, to stop wishing, and allow Me to give you The most thrilling plan existing . . . one you cannot imagine. I want you to have the best. Please allow Me to bring it to you. You just keep watching Me, expecting the greatest things. Keep experiencing the satisfaction that I am. Keep listening and learning the things that I tell you. Just wait, that’s all. Don’t be anxious, don’t worry Don’t look around at things others have gotten Or that I have given them Don’t look around at the things you think you want, Just keep looking off and away up to Me, Or you’ll miss what I want to show you. And then, when you’re ready, I’ll surprise you with a love Far more wonderful than you could dream of. You see, until you are ready, and until the one I have for you is ready, I am working even at this moment To have both of you ready at the same time. Until you are both satisfied exclusively with Me And the life I prepared for you, You won’t be able to experience the love that exemplified your relationship with Me. And this is perfect love. And dear one, I want you to have this most wonderful love, I want you to see in the flesh a picture of your relationship with Me. And to enjoy materially and concretely the everlasting union of beauty, perfection and love that I offer you with Myself. Know that I love you utterly. I AM God. Believe it and be satisfied”

Peanut Butter Cheerio Bars


4 cups Cheerios
2 cups Rice Crispies Cereal
2 cups dry roasted peanuts
2 cups M&M’s
1 cup light corn syrup
1 cup sugar
1- 1/2 cups creamy peanut butter
1 tsp. vanilla extract


In a large bowl, combine the first four ingredients.  Set aside.  In a saucepan, bring corn syrup and sugar to a boil, stirring frequently. Remove from heat, stir in peanut butter and vanilla and pour over cereal mixture. Stir to coat evenly and spread into a greased 9 x 13 in. pan.  Cool completely and cut into bars.

Bunny Pops

Chocolate melting wafers
(or 1- 12 oz bag chocolate chips+ 3 tbsp vegetable oil)

Place lollipop sticks in molds. Set microwave to defrost setting. Melt chocolate in microwave safe bowl for 45 second intervals. Stir chocolate and spoon into bunny molds. Cool in freezer, pop bunnies out of the molds, and insert into mouth. Mmmm.

Tea Tree

Happy National Women’s Day! Celebrate a special woman in your life by making her this adorable, flavorful tree decoration!

Styrofoam tree
Tea bags
Hot glue gun/ glue sticks
Tree topper of your choice

Use hot glue to attach packaged tea bags and topper to styrofoam tree.

Chicken Noodle Soup (Mom Mom’s Recipe)

My Mom Mom made chicken noodle soup for me a few weeks ago when I was under the weather and it was by far the most flavorful soup I’ve ever had in my entire life… Made me feel 100% again in no time!  Here’s her recipe:


6 chicken thighs
1 1/4 cups chopped celery
1 onion(chopped)
4 quarts water
1 teaspoon black pepper
2 teaspoons salt+ additional to taste
1 cup chopped carrots
1 1/2 teaspoons dried parsley Cooked rotini noodles (optional)


Bring water to a boil in an 8 qt. pot. Add chicken thighs, onion, salt, pepper, celery, and parsley. Cover pot partially and boil for 2 hours. Add water as needed to retain original water level and salt to taste.

After two hours. Remove chicken and separate meat from the bone. Throw away bones and place meat to the side. Add carrots to broth and boil for 20-25 minutes until carrots are tender. Add meat to your broth and serve as is or with cooked rotini noodles.