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Jesus, the Oil of Joy: A Poem by Briana Lassiter

This is a poem about the symbolic oil of Joy that is made from Myrhh and only offers it’s sweet scent once it’s been crushed. Joy on the inside, joy from within. This is joy; the joy you win. Crushed and bruised, this is released, the oil of joy, the oil of peace. The joy You’ve put into me cultivated with care, now is released. It is all you, Jesus my joy. Strength, peace, confirming, fighting, killing, declaring. These are the things that joy enables when crushed beyond belief. This is it! This is the way, this is joy. A heart that is white, a heart that is clean, a heart that is trusting, what is unseen. Friendship and love, never-ending, not losing, This is the oil, pour it over everything *Photo by MI PHAM on Unsplash By Briana Lassiter I’m married to my dearest friend of 8 years and mom to an energetic 6-year-old. My greatest joys come from traveling with my little family, cooking for appreciative recipients, learning herbalism and natural medicine, and every experience I …

Mexican Fruit Salad by Briana Lassiter

I chose this recipe as the last one for the Summer Salad series because it’s the easiest and most versatile in my opinion, and I know for me at this point in the summer when everyone’s a bit tired and hanging out by the water is all anyone wants to do, easy cooling, and healthy are top priority. This fruit salad reminds me of Mexican candy and gives you a mouthful of sweet, smokey, spicy and tangy all at once! Serve it as a side with just about anything, or enjoy it on its own as a satisfying snack. • 2 cups of diced watermelon • 2 cups of diced pineapple • 2 cups of diced mango • Juice of 1 lime • 1/8 to 1/4 tsp Chile powder (I prefer ground chipotle chile for a sweet smokey taste, but any ground chile pepper is good as long as it’s just chiles and doesn’t have additives like garlic and salt) Combine all fruit and sprinkle with the lime juice and chili powder, serve immediately and …

Triple Berry Salad by Briana Lassiter

This is, hands down, one of my favorite salads EVER! Its colors make it the perfect patriotic side dish, and I’m obsessed with the taste of spicy arugula blended with earthy spinach, and the sweetness of the berries and a dressing balanced by the tanginess of the cheese. With the chicken, it’s enough to make a full meal! I hope you enjoy making and eating this salad as much as I do! • A 5oz of fresh spinach, with a handful or 2 of arugula mixed in • 5 sliced strawberries • A small handful (or 1/4 cup) each of blueberries and blackberries • 2-3 tablespoons of gorgonzola cheese • 1 tbsp of chopped red onions • A small handful (or 1/4 cup) of walnut pieces • Any type of sweet and tangy dressing like Tessamaes poppyseed honey, or Primal Kitchen honey mustard vinaigrette etc. • 1 chicken breast cut into bite size pieces (I like to use an herb rotisserie chicken) Assemble all ingredients, top with dressing, and enjoy! By Briana Lassiter I’m married …

Three Bean & Feta Citrus Salad

There is nothing like creating a salad or side dish that can be used in a multitude of satisfyingly delicious ways! This Three Bean & Feta Citrus Salad, that I invented over a decade ago, ticks all of those boxes. This salad is not only quick and easy to make, easy on the wallet, and absolutely delicious, but it is a great source of protein and can be added to anything. Use it as a side dish, a snack, a tasty touch of protein inside a breakfast burrito. Or use it in a lunch or dinner burrito with rice, chicken, beef or fish. The possibilities are endless! INGREDIENTS: 1 can drained  & rinsed chickpeas (garbanzo beans) 1 can drained & rinsed black beans 1 can drained & rinsed dark kidney beans ½ red onion diced 1 heaping tsp of minced garlic A handful of chopped cilantro (or to taste) 1 lemon (juiced) 1 lime (juiced) 1 small tub of crumbled feta cheese Salt and pepper to taste Drizzle of olive oil INSTRUCTIONS Simply take all …

Chilled Tomato & Basil Salad: by Briana Lassiter

I (Briana) can’t really remember where this recipe came from, I just remember my mom and I would make this salad together every Summer using fresh tomatoes, cucumbers and basil from our garden, and sometimes in the heat of the day, this would be all we would want to eat! Try serving it as a side for bbq chicken, a steak, grilled fish or devouring it by itself as I usually do! Chilled Tomato Basil salad • 1 1/2 medium sliced and quartered tomatoes • 1 1/2 peeled and thin sliced cucumber • 1 tablespoon chopped red onion • 3 sliced sweet peppers • Small handful of finely chopped fresh basil • Dash of salt, pepper, oregano, parsley and garlic powder to taste • Any Mediterranean type dressing for drizzling • Feta crumbles, or herbed goat cheese crumbles Layer all ingredients in a bowl and drizzle each layer with dressing, season with the salt, pepper, garlic, and herbs, and top with cheese. Serves 4. Refrigerate for 1-3 hours before serving for the flavors to come …

Olive Garden Inspired Summer Salad by Briana Lassiter

I don’t know about you, but every summer I become obsessed with salad and the endless ways to make it. It can be the perfect cooling addition to any meal, or it can BE the meal depending on what you create. This summer we, here at ICFTS, will be sharing our absolute favorite salad ideas, and encourage you to use our recipes loosely as inspiration to build your own salad creation that suits your palate! I hope you enjoy our very first recipe, created by me (Briana) and my 6-year-old, and inspired by our favorite things as well as Olive Garden’s famous salad! Olive Garden inspired salad • 3 cups Baby spring mix • 2 tablespoons chopped red onion • 1/2 cup herbed croutons • 1/2 cup grape tomatoes • 1, 1/2 tablepsoons deli sliced pepperoncini peppers • Crumble feta cheese, as much as your heart desires • Top with a sprinkle of raw sunflower seeds • Any Mediterranean type dressing drizzled to your liking (we love Primal Kitchen Green Goddess dressing or their Greek …

Simply Beautiful: Micro-Fiction by Candice Coates

It was a simple room, done up in a simple state and yet it was nothing short of simply beautiful. The wood floors were well worn and just as well loved. The darkness of the grain showed signs of wear but also echoed with the song of yesteryear that tickled her ears and made her heart dance with each click of her low heeled shoes. This was a blessing. She had prayed for a place of her own, no matter how grand or small and God had answered her. Her prayer, much like King David’s, “Not too much Lord, lest I forget You. And not too little that my hands itch to steal.” Those were her words and He had answered ever plea of her heart. “Thank You,” she whispered with a sigh as the lacey sheer drapes blew into the room on the gentle spring breeze as if the hand of God was hidden within their folds welcoming her to her new abode. “I’m glad you are pleased,” the older woman, Ms. Mcnaughten, answered …

On the Mend: A Short story by Candice Coates

Written April 14, 2014 I got something for you.” Milly smiled at the threshold before entering the room and walking toward Garnet’s bedside box in hand. Garnet studied her curiously, mouth slightly agape. Milly’s smile only brightened. “May I?” she asked, pointing at the bed. “Certainly! Have a seat, Milly.” Garnet tried to offer her a smile in return but he just couldn’t get his face to work that way. He was still too astonished by her being there…on his bed…in his room. Technically it was their room but he had used it alone for so long that he had forgotten how to let her in. He had forgotten how to let her into his heart as well. Milly had been guilty of that as well. The box made a hollow sound as Milly moved it about in her hands. She wanted to be comfortable but not so much that she bumped Garnet’s leg. He had broken it and broken it good. His femur bone was split right in two! It was going to take …

He Bought the Farm by Candice Coates

He wasn’t hiding. He wasn’t the type to do so, but he was the kind to slip away to think. He needed to think. Milo, his four-legged shadow followed him, nestling close by, gazing back at the house as if he too was weighing his options. Blake scratched behind Milo’s warm fuzzy ears earning himself a grateful dog-grin. “What do you think, buddy? What should we do?” As usual, Milo had no answer. He only licked his chops, gave a contend yawn, before bedding down deeper into the grass. Blake smiled. Maybe that was Milo’s answer. He was happy right where he was. Truth be told, so was Blake. They’d, Blake his wife Paisley and Milo, had happily moved out to the quiet country nearly five years ago. Happy may have been an overstatement. They not so simply needed a change of pace, a change in their reality. Past decisions had caught up with Blake leaving an unrelenting stain on Paisley’s career. Her employers had said as much, she was guilty by association. She needed to distance …

Like a Sapling through Soil: Flash Fiction & Musing

You’ve gone quiet,” their words weren’t condemning, still, it drew her attention with enough force to make her spine go rigid. Forcing her nerves into a sense of calm, she shook her head. “I haven’t really gone quiet.” “No?” “No. I’ve been in the dark, much like a seed.” Without looking at them she could almost feel their interest peek and a smile bloom with interest. “Explain if you can. I like seeds, so much potential there.” This made her smile. “Like a seed I’ve been in the dark. I have a lot of things pressing on me from every side, but the pressure is only promoting change. I have much to say. The words are on the tip of my tongue but I need to allow the right moment to arrive.” “Like a sapling through the soil,” “Precisely! Like a sapling through the soil. Seeds planted in Fall burst forth in the Spring.” “Spring is right around the corner you know?” Another smile. “Yes, it is. I can feel it in my bones.” THE …