We are Amy and Gail Shingler, sisters-in-law and friends!

We are passionate about living authentic and intentional lives!

We are enthusiastic about healthy eating!

We created a space to share our favorite recipes & the life philosophies from which they stem!

Our desire is to inspire,

may you be edified by what you read here!

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Beans, Beans, the Fountain of Youth!

Almost every Sunday or Monday  I make a huge pot of beans in my crock pot.  I add pinto, black, white or adzuki beans and then fill the crock pot with water until there is about 1-2 inches of water over the beans.  I cook them all day on low (or if I had a crazy morning I will set it on high for 4-6 hours).  After that point, I will add them to a recipe.  Or my favorite thing to do is add 1-TBSP minced garlic and some sea salt to taste and blend it up in my cuisinart until it is "refried".  Sometimes I add a little water to make it the right consistency.  YUMMY!  My family will use this big mother load batch all week for nutritious snacks and lunches using whole grain wraps or corn tortillas.   Click on the link below to watch this short clip about the benefits of eating beans on a daily basis.  It is informative.  Increased Lifespan From Beans | NutritionFacts.org

Saturday, October 5, 2013

state of grace

We make assumptions every day: 
about people within our own circles, 
the "others" around us, 
the president, 
about why they do the things they do, 
say the things they say, 
what they are thinking, 
what their motives and intentions are, 
we presume we understand where it ALL stems from. 
It gives us a 'misperception' of being 'in the know,' 
and so, being somehow 'in control' or 'of interest and import'. 
When we or someone else make a statement of assumption about another, 
it is fair and kind and loving to ask,
"Do you know that to be absolutely true?" or 
"How can you know that?" or 
"Do you KNOW that person?" or 
"Have you spoken intimately with him or her?" 
The answers to any or all of those questions define an assumption 
and help us see what is worthy of our time and energy to comment on.