raspberry vinaigrette salad

There’s something about the light these days that hints at the season to come. Summer is waning and yet another August comes to a close. August is such a marker month to me, because it was always the last month of summer vacation and the last hurrah for laid back schedules and long warm nights.

This summer has been something else. Truly amazing and hard and fun and encouraging…and hard. I’ve gotten tan, and my arms are on the verge of gun-likeness. I’ve deepened relationships with friends often through late night talks that went into the early morning hours. I’ve learned to be patient and punch selfishness in the face before it turns into an attitude of annoyance. I’ve gotten beaten up physically by gnarly plants, and I’ve gotten beaten up emotionally by words and looks that make my stomach turn. I’ve cried and felt alone, and I’ve laughed until I cried while surrounded by those I love. It’s been quite the summer!

Today while cleaning leeks (I’ve deemed them Rich Man’s onion), I noticed someone wandering around, so I asked him if he was looking for someone or something. Jokingly he said, “I’m looking for the solution to all of life’s problems. Do you know it?” I responded with, “Trust and obey.” What a truth I so often lose sight of!

My heart and mind are overflowing with new convictions and questions (sooo many questions) that have grown and multiplied this summer, but when it all funnels I know that I need to trust and obey. It’s really easy for me to build up walls so thick after I’ve put too much trust in someone, but it’s yet another reminder that I really only have One to put my trust in.

I was reading The Valley of Vision and was struck by this line, “Open for me the wondrous volumes of truth in His, ‘It is finished.’” Sin has no power over me and whatever fear or hurt I have is only smoke and mirrors to distract from what Christ has already done. I find myself easily wanting someone to tenderly comfort me, strongly lead me, joyfully serve with me, and humbly love others alongside me. The thing is…I already know HIM!

So when I sat down to give this post another try (third to be exact) I hoped for it to be fun loving and light hearted…sorry. I suppose I should write what the Lord has put on my heart, which sometimes means sharing lessons He’s taught me in order to encourage whoever can relate : ) So I leave you with another excerpt from The Valley of Vision,

“Help me to guide my affections with discretion,
to owe no man anything,
to be able to give to him that needeth,
to feel it my duty and pleasure to be merciful and forgiving,
to show to the world the likeness of JESUS.”

Raspberry Vinaigrette
1 c raspberries (frozen and then thawed, or fresh)
1/4 c extra virgin olive oil
1/4 c apple cider vinegar
1/4 c balsamic vinaigrette
1/4 c raw honey
1 t Celtic Sea salt
1 t black pepper

This dressing is so simple to make and when paired with a salty cheese, a nut, and raisins (if you like) you’ll want to eat more salads! Just blend all the ingredients and enjoy!

oatmeal raisin breakfast cookies

Oatmeal Raisin Breakfast Cookies
2 c oats
1 c almonds (soaked and dehydrate)
1/2 c brewers yeast
1/2 c psyllium husk
1/2 c honey
1/2 c raisins
1/2 c coconut oil
1/2 c water
1/4 c Irish moss gel
2 T cinnamon
1 t Celtic Sea salt
1 t vanilla

Process almonds into flour. Add oats and pulse to a more fine but still coarse texture. Pour into a mixing bowl along with remaining dry ingredients. Process or blend all wet ingredients. Mix wet and dry ingredients and add raisins. Dehydrate on ParaFlexx at 115 degrees for an hour then flip, remove ParaFlexx and continue at 105 degrees until dry but chewy. For a sweeter cookie add more honey or raisins. Enjoy with a glass of milk!