Grieving Over Grapes

Last night, Andrew and I had to work on McCall’s diet plan once again. After meeting with a nutritionist and reading through some literature and research, we are removing more foods as we are in this waiting period before we decide on his treatment. The specific foods that we removed last night are: grapes, raisins, honey, refined sugar, pork, sausage, beef, potatoes, and caffeine. I feel like I should revise my earlier post on his diet, because that has now changed!

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God Will Go Before

excerpt from the family’s CaringBridge Journal—written May 6, 2012 I’ve always known God is in this. We have always believed that. We know that ultimately, in the end, God will get the glory. But, being really honest, that does not necessarily make the everyday struggle very easy. Most days I wake up and say, “I […]

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Hearty Vegetable Soup

There’s nothing better in fall than a bowl of hearty vegetable soup. It’s the kind of meal that makes you warm inside just when life outside is getting crisp! To my friends in northern states—yes, it’s the middle of November here in South Carolina, and it’s just now getting crisp—in fact, I wore a short sleeved shirt today. We eat our hot bowl of soup and pray tomorrow will bring a chill 😉
When choosing vegetables for this soup, use local ones if possible. If local vegetables are not available, choose organic vegetables so you can limit your exposure to pesticides and chemicals! Organic frozen vegetables are fine too—and in fact, they are sometimes even better, since they are frozen within hours of being picked and therefore don’t travel and lose nutritional value!
Pair this soup with a large salad and maybe some of your favorite cornbread (with organic cornmeal, of course!) and you have a perfect, savory meal!

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Collard Green Soup

I can’t believe I’m typing a Collard Green Soup recipe—you know I’ve come a long way in my food journey when you see this one! Now, after years of transition, I crave greens, and collards are one of them. I use them in my smoothies, as “bread” for my sandwich wraps, sautéed as a side dish, and now in a soup. If you have leftovers from your garden, this is the perfect way to use them up before they spoil. This recipe is packed full of nutritional goodness and will get you a great serving of your dark leafy greens! I paired this soup with a Grilled Goat Cheese Sandwich on Sprouted Bread. Amazing!

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Creamy Roasted Red Pepper Soup

Two years ago, I would spit my food across the table (ok, that’s a little dramatic), if I saw or tasted a red pepper in my food. Now, I’m creating soups ON PURPOSE that are packed full of them! I say it all the time, so this time is no different. Your taste buds do change and you start craving vegetables, and even ones you never liked! Roasted red peppers are not just great in soup, try topping a salad with some or adding them to a sandwich! I love having a rainbow of colors in my meals so I know I’m getting a wide variety of vitamins and nutrients! Now, if I could just get myself to like celery!!! There’s always next year, right??

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