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Healthy Holiday Hot Chocolate by Briana Lassiter

During the holiday months, sweets are eaten and drunk more often than any other time of the year, and the extra sugar can really do a number on an already struggling immune system. This cocoa recipe is our current favorite because not only does it satisfy that craving for a steaming cup of something sweet, it also boosts the immune system with ginger cinnamon and cloves which are all-powerful antivirals, additionally it’ll boost energy levels with the reishi and the super vitamin moringa and help you stay feeling great all season long! • heated almond milk • 1 tbsp organic cocoa • 2 tsp of honey • 1 scoop collagen powder • 1/8 tsp cinnamon • 1/4 tsp reishi mushroom powder • 1/8 tsp ginger • dash of cloves • 1/8 tsp moringa Blend all and enjoy! 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 …

Rules versus Mighty Revelation

*Revised from June 16, 2014 I have since I can remember, held firm to the belief that in any form of art, one must know the rules before they can properly break them, (thank you, Pablo Picasso). Being a person that is still learning to go through the process of things, I find that I often remind myself of this truth; learn the rules and then break them. Break them through revelation. In art, in writing, there are set rules for the ‘how’s’ and ‘why’s.’ Why does this color go with this one? Why must I tone my canvas before starting to paint? Why do I need to be concerned with the first-person narrative versus the third person? You get the drift. Creating, and being good at it, involves knowledge but it also includes a great level of instinct. Both go hand in hand. Rules will only take you so far but instinct powered by Revelation can take you to heights you never dreamed of. So what is the difference between the two; Rules and …

Get Out Of The Box!: A Challenge To Be Creative

“You’ll never think outside the box if you are constantly looking inside someone else’s…Sometimes the most incredible imagination sparks from nothing.” ~CANDICE COATES We are all inspired by something or someone. This is the chain of life and it is a good thing. As King Solomon put it, “There is nothing new under the sun.” (ECCLESIASTES 1:9) The beauty of life is that with each passing of generation to generation, what was once ‘usual’ to the person stepping into eternity, becomes something ‘unique’ for the person who experiences it for the first time. The old and forgotten becomes new again. It is a beautiful thing to glean from the creative wisdom of others, but when we no longer allow our own imaginations to spark with new creative fire, because of the shackles of fear which tell us to play it safe, we are doing nothing more than regurgitating ideas. Our Lord Jesus spoke and created from nothing (HEBREWS 11:3) and in His goodness, He gave us the DNA to do the same. Creativity takes chances. Imagination …

Treasures in Transition: Discovering the Glory of Changing Seasons

“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.” ~ANNE OF GREEN GABLES There is something so magical and wonderful about the changing of seasons. For me, I especially love when Winter turns into Spring, or my absolute favorite when Summer puts on her comfy clothes and dresses up for Autumn or Fall. Greens that have been scorched by the heat suddenly burst forth with a new vibrancy and dancy on the limbs of trees in fiery rays of ochres and reds. The scent in the air shifts to something sweet that smells of apples and smoke. The chill that kisses away the heat teases with a fresh effervescence. The season of Harvest is upon us. TREASURES IN THE TRANSITION Harvesting one last time: As I have mentioned before, there is something grand that I love about this season. It’s a moment of pause, a time to pull up from our soil the last seeds planted and turn the soil once again in preparation for another season of sowing that will come in …

Seeing Through the Fog of Fear

*Revised from January 6, 2014 “If you are willing to go where God leads, He will see you through the journey.” ~PASTOR JESSE DUPLANTIS Writing is what I love. Sharing is what I love. Creating is what I love. However even in the face of things we love there can at times be a cloud of fog that blinds our direction. We start off heading one way with excitement and hope, and somewhere down the road, we end up choking on the fog of fear. For many years I battled with the foggy fear of failure. I knew that I was capable as a writer and storyteller. I knew I had many great stories to tell, but I had stumbled on the stones that said, “What if you don’t tell the story right?” or “What if you mess up that really expensive piece of cotton rag artist paper you just purchased?” The fear was paralyzing. It kept me still and inactive in my creativity for far too many years. I wished I had pushed through …

Fire Through The Window: The Season of Preparation

  The Fall By Candice Coates, written September 28, 2015 The world looked like fire from the view of her bedroom window. The leaves on the trees had been set ablaze by the match called Fall. Life as she had known it, of thin layers and barefoot days, was slowly burning to smoke, leaving behind ashes of leather boots, sweaters and the scent of earth in the air. “I love the fall,” she said. “There is something lovely about it. It reminds me of the perfect kiss; sweet and intimate, zestful with the shock of chilled lips that slowly ebb into a warmth that leaves you hypnotized, never wanting to let go.” She closed her eyes to the warm caress of the sun’s rays sliding over her eyelids like the softest silk before she pushed away from the window. She wrapped herself within her own arms and smiled brightly. No one was there with her, no one except God, the One who had created the Fall with her in mind and heart. The Beginning. THE BLESSING …

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 …