4 Cozy Vermont Restful Getaways

Dec 26, 2019
Hygge Living

There is nothing more cozy, or "Hygge" like and wonderful than sitting around an open fireplace with a hot cup of cocoa on a cold January day. I love New England retreats to get away by yourself or with family to have fun, recharge and find ways to enjoy the long, cold winters up here. 

In my next story, Love Paints the Way, Rebecca Campbell, a high profile business woman from Boston, listens to her heart that calls her to these mountains though she wasn’t sure why. In surrendering to her heart’s longing, love shows her the reason...

Riding on the subway during a stressful time at work, she sees an ad for a cozy retreat in a mountain village near a ski lodge and senses that this is what she needs. A time for rest and some fun on the slopes.

Despite her boss’s objection, Rebecca packs up and goes on a much needed trip. In surrendering to her heart’s longing and her body’s need for renewal, she finds love and a different reason to get...

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3 Easy Crock-Pot Meals to Warm Up To

Dec 23, 2019
Warm Up With These 3 Easy & Healthy Crock-pot Recipes

Chicken Lemon Orzo Soup


  • 1 1/2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into 1-inch chunks
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 6 cups chicken stock
  • 1 medium sweet onion, diced
  • 3 medium carrots, peeled and sliced
  • 2 celery ribs, sliced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 1 sprig fresh rosemary
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 cup orzo pasta, uncooked
  • 4 cups baby spinach
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice

Slow Cooker Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup - The best kind of comfort food you can make right in your crockpot! Even the uncooked orzo cooks in the slow cooker!


  1. Heat canola oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Season chicken with salt and pepper, to taste. Add chicken to the skillet and cook until golden, about 4-5 minutes.
  2. Place chicken into a 6-qt slow cooker. Stir in chicken stock, onion, carrots, celery, garlic, thyme, rosemary and bay leaf; season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  3. Cover and cook on low heat for 5-6 hours. Uncover and stir in pasta; cover and cook on high heat for an additional 30...
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3 Ways to Work With More Passion

Dec 19, 2019
 Lean Into Your Passions

There are so many times have I heard someone tell me: “I hate my job. I hate that I am always so tired after work. I hate that I never get much ‘me’ time.” I totally get that. I’ve been there many times. When my health deteriorates and I’m not happy to get up and start the day’s work, I am just miserable. Something always seems to be missing.

Learn how to find passion in your career and how you can align your life, work and passion to experience joy. Visit the blog and I will walk you through the steps to evaluate your passion and create goals that will help you find more passion in your career.

In my winter 2020 short story series, Love Paints the Way, my main character Rebecca certainly can attest to that. She has a great career as a Lead Talent Acquisition Manager for an International Finance Corporation in Boston. She enjoyed her work and made a great income. But somehow she didn’t feel that her job gave her much meaning and purpose. Something in her snapped one day in the office with her boss and for the first time, she began to lean into her passions inside.

So often we don’t align our jobs, our health and our happiness with our passion. In...

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How to Leave What's Behind for a New Beginning

Dec 14, 2019
New Beginnings in 2020

January first! Every year on this day - the first day of a brand-new year and a brand-new decade - always excites me! It makes me me think about all the first days of my life. What are yours?

  • The first day of marriage?
  • The first day you held your first child?
  • The first day on a new job?
  • The first day after a major loss?
  • Your first kiss?
  • Your first slow dance?

First days are both wonderful and sometimes challenging. And here we are, ready to take on another new beginning of the year and a decade. I have been thinking about all my firsts in the last 10 years, and goals for this coming year and decade. I’m sure most of you have begun to think about this too.

  • What were you doing 10 years ago?
  • How have you changed?
  • How has your life changed? 

Every decade is a fresh new beginning to create the next ten years of our lives, almost like a brand new chapter in a book. It seems the older I get, the more I see how each decade is an...

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4 Ways to Unlock Self-Esteem & Boost Your Happiness

Dec 13, 2019


Be Merry & Still

December always brings mixed emotions, though I love Christmas. I know that it also can trigger many emotions with many of my readers, some of which are sadness from loneliness or missing someone you have lost. For that reason, my focus has been on a value that I cherish especially during the holidays. It is learning to be still and to just be with emotions without judgment. When I do that, doors of God’s love open, giving way to peace and joy. All month I’ve sought ways to share ‘just be’ moments where stillness is honored, and joy is nurtured.

Advent, a season of reflection and being still is one that I have a vague memory of growing up. For a long time, Christmas made me feel both excited and anxious, not just because of childhood memories, but because of the extreme pressure we put on ourselves to make the holidays perfect.

Often, we get so wrapped up in all the Christmas activity, that by the time Christmas day...

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What is the One Thing True Hospitality Needs?

Dec 01, 2019
Heart of Christmas 

I love Christmas. I love everything about it from the Christmas lights to the baby in a manger. I don’t even mind the hustle and bustle of these busy days as we prepare for bringing our families and friends together. We open our doors, our kitchens and our lives inviting people in, so we want to bring a sense of hospitality. But what exactly is true hospitality? And what does it mean to be hospitable? I know that if I’m not careful, I can easily burn out as I get ready for Christmas.

What I’ve found is that as I prepare my home that I want to look at its best, I can get so busy giving that I don’t necessarily prepare my heart to receive. In receiving the love, peace, hope and joy of Christmas, we receive the best of what hospitality is all about. My husband and I decided not long ago…to SLOW… it…down. Savor the moments of December day by day and bring the best of ourselves to our children, friends and family. What...

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Cinnamon-Sugar Snickerdoodle Cookies

Nov 27, 2019
Snickerdoodle Cookies

The kid in me always comes out during the holidays when I make a round (or two) of soft & chewy cinnamon-sugar snickerdoodle cookies! My girls also devour them! Who doesn't love to snuggle up with a good holiday read , a warm beverage and something sweet to eat while they read? Or while they line up their favorite Hallmark Christmas movies? I know that is my favorite! Here is my absolute go-to recipe from Modern Honey.

Snickerdoodle Cookie Recipe
  • 1 cup Unsalted Butter (softened)
  • 1 1/2 cups Sugar
  • 2 large Eggs
  • 2 teaspoons Vanilla
  • 2 3/4 cup Flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon Cream of Tartar
  • 1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
Cinnamon-Sugar Mixture:
  • 1/4 cup Sugar
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons Cinnamon
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

  2. In a large mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar for 4-5 minutes until light and...

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2019 Holiday Series Part II Excerpt

Nov 23, 2019

The Perfect Christmas

Cassie loved Christmas and for years she worked hard to make it perfect for her family but her husband wanted something more from his wife. Something that she was just too exhausted to give - time and attention that he craved - and to see her smile again. She knew she was not giving the marriage 100% and yet, she felt like he didn’t appreciate her efforts. Her efforts for a perfect Christmas were born out of deep hurt many years ago - a hurt that she didn’t want to face, until an accident that would turn her life around.
John had been spending longer and longer nights away at “work” and when Cassie met his new employee, she knew why. But then the unthinkable happened one cold night - Cassie had an accident while taking a walk outside of their daughter's school. She was in a coma at the hospital where John discovered what he had right in front of him as they prayed and held his wife's hand. While sleeping, he saw the pain in...
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3 Ways to Find Stillness During Christmas

Nov 22, 2019
It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Christmas is a one of my favorite times of the year! I love the lights, the colors, the carols and hymns and all the fun we have creating a joyous Christmas for our family and friends. I simply can’t wait to begin.  But, somehow in the flurry of activities, a part of me longs to slow down. To savor the moments of each day before Christmas Day. So I began to search for ways to do that even while creating Christmas at home.

When I wrote my memoir, I learned the value of knowing how to just be, especially after experiencing trauma and grief. I learned that the doors of healing open when I can ‘just be’ with my emotions without judgment.  To find stillness within and know God is present opens the door to peace and joy - which is why I LOVE this devotional journal! 100 days of doodling and inspiration! Give it a try ------->

Just Be Moments

I have created what I call ‘just be moments’ throughout the...

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Dark Chocolate Raspberry Cups

Nov 11, 2019
Dark Chocolate

The best words to ever pair together are: chocolate and improving your mood! Dark chocolate in particular, has mood and brain boosting benefits that you can't ignore. Dark chocolate is now considered an anti-aging, anti-inflammatory “superfood” for the brain and body! For Thanksgiving, or any special dinner - bringing these delicious dark chocolate and raspberry cups will check both off the list!

What is Dark Chocolate and it's Benefits:

Chocolate itself is made from the fermented, roasted, and finely ground seeds of Theobroma cacao tree. When purchasing chocolate, look for chocolate that is ANTIOXIDANTlabeled “70%” because this means it contains 70% ground cacao and roughly 30% sugar (however 60% for baking desserts is what I personally use because it makes a difference in "sweetness" for taste). The ground cacao is comprised of cacao butter (a natural oil) along with ground particles of the cacao seed. The ground cacao contains a...

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