garden beet salad

garden beet salad

  Do not say “this happened by chance, while this came to be of itself.”  In all that exists there is nothing disorderly, nothing, indefinite, nothing without purpose, nothing by chance…. How many hairs are on your head?  God will not forget one of them.  Do you see how nothing, even the smallest thing, escapes the gaze of God? ~Saint Basil the Great   During the summer, we crave salads.  They are a nice cool...

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crunchy bean salad

crunchy bean salad

“Water falls from heaven as rain, and while it is always the same in itself, it produces many different effects, one in the palm tree, another in the vine, and so on, throughout the whole of creation. It does not descend, now as one thing, now as another, but while remaining essentially the same, it adapts to the needs of every creature that receives it. In the same way the Holy Spirit, whose nature is always the same, simple and...

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gluten free peach cobbler

gluten free peach cobbler

“When you sit down to eat, pray.  When you eat bread, do so thanking Him for being so generous to you.  If you drink wine, be mindful of Him who has given it to you for your pleasure and as a relief in sickness.  When you dress, thank Him for His kindness in providing you with clothes.  When you look at the sky and the beauty of the stars, throw yourself at God’s feet and adore Him who in His wisdom has arranged things in this way.  Similarly,...

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clam chowder

clam chowder

“The kingdom of heaven is not a reward for works, but a gift of grace prepared by the Master for His faithful servants. Saint Mark the Ascetic   This simple to prepare clam chowder is a favorite during the cold months of winter.  It’s a quick meal that warms and nourishes through and through.  It is a great choice for Cheesefare Week – which is just around the corner!  Since it is not a thick clam chowder, so there is no...

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warm spiced fall apple cider

warm spiced fall apple cider

“Through the Holy Spirit we are restored to paradise, we ascend to the kingdom of heaven, and are reinstated as adopted children. Thanks to the Spirit we obtain the right to call God our Father, we become sharers in the grace of Christ, we are called children of light, and we share in everlasting glory”. St. Basil the Great   Around this time in Virginia, apple cider turns up in all the stores and farmer’s markets.  This...

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fall paleo pumpkin pancakes

fall paleo pumpkin pancakes

“‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord.  ‘Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’  Jeremiah 29:11” These fall pumpkin pancakes have become a staple in our house this season.  In fact, recently we had it for breakfast every day for a week!  But in all truth we were tweeking the recipe, because we like our pancakes a little lighter and fluffier than the...

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