Ghee – Liquid Gold

just made gheeThis is how I make ghee:


  • 1 lb. of organic, unsalted butter (4 sticks of butter)


  • 1 quart pan
  • 1 spoon (a soup or cereal spoon works great)
  • 1 pint mason jar and lid
  • 1 canning funnel
  • 1 non-bleached coffee filter
  • 2 small clips (to hold the coffee filter on the funnel)
  • 1 small bowl

Make the Ghee: Melt the butter in the pan over medium heat.  Reduce the heat to medium low.  The milk solids will start to separate and foam will rise to the top.  Spoon the foam into the small bowl.  After about 10 minutes, skim more of the foam in milk solids off the top without disturbing the golden liquid below the surface.  Repeat this process as milk solids rise to the top for the next 20 minutes or so.  When the ghee stops bubbling the ghee is ready. Remove the pan from heat.

Tip: If the milk solids at the bottom of the pan start to burn, the heat is too high. These burned milk solids will make your ghee smell and taste burned and this is not awesome. Transfer the ghee to another pan and discard the burned milk solids.

Store the Ghee: While the ghee is still warm/hot and liquid, it is ready to transfer to the mason jar.  Place the coffee filter in the funnel and secure it with the clips. Place the funnel in the mouth of the mason jar.  Slowly pour about half of the ghee into the funnel.  As the ghee filters into the mason jar, pour more ghee.  Repeat this process until no more ghee is left in the pan.

When all the ghee has been filtered, close the lid and your are done!

I love Titly’s video:

If you have questions about ghee, please feel free to leave comments or ask me any questions.

Much love,



Simple Chicken-less Chicken Noodle Soup

Serves 2 – 3

Ingredients (all organic if possible):

  • 1 tablespoon ghee
  • 3 stalks of celery (must be organic) chopped
  • 2 small, thin carrots chopped
  • 1 yellow onion chopped
  • 1 box 32 oz. chicken bone broth
  • 1/4 cup small egg bowtie noodles
  • Pepper to taste

Heat up the ghee in a medium to large saucepan (never let ghee smoke). Once ghee is melted, add the celery, carrots, and onion to the saucepan. Cook until the onions start to become clear. Immediately add the broth.  Once the soup begins to boil, add the noodles and pepper.  I don’t add salt, but please feel free to add to taste at the end.

Enjoy this filling yet light dinner.

Love, peace, and joy,



2017, Thank You and Goodbye

New Year’s Eve was fun. My mom, dad, and awesome nephew Sean came over.  My mom brought black eyed peas and corn bread.  She brought crackers and cheese, too.  She also brought macaroni, hot dogs, smoked sausage (all uncooked to be cooked fresh – just in case Sean wanted some).  She brought sweets including chocolate chip cookies and two cookie tins with lots of cookies.

Mom, Dad, and Sean arrived around 1 o’clock and ate the black eyed peas and corn bread. James and I had already eaten leftover pizza so we weren’t hungry quite yet.  The Cowboys were playing the Eagles. It didn’t matter who won or lost because the playoff spots had already been secured, and unfortunately the Cowboys were out.  Then 3 o’clock rolled around, and I asked Sean if he wanted to play Clue…. I was so sure I had it… nope.  So instead I tell him, “Scattergories is fun!”  He got excited and said, “Let’s play!”  So all of us play 6 rounds of Scattergories.  Sean comes in second place to James.  (We’re convinced James cheated.)  Later that evening Sean says, “Scattergories was really fun.  We should play again.”  I am so glad he liked the game!

Then I started making a Chickenless Chicken Noodle Soup.  While I am cooking, I hear my mom and Sean playing hide and seek.  Sean called it “Advanced Hide and Seek.”  I can’t remember all of the rules, but I do remember that if the Seeker comes around and makes a noise, the Hider has to make a noise (like in Marco Polo).  It was so cute to hear him and my mom playing.  He told my mom she had to be the Seeker because she couldn’t hide.  Later on he and I played and switched roles each round.

As the soup cooked, I made an Ayurvedic apple crisp from The Everyday Ayurveda Cookbook.  This is a wonderful book, and I highly recommend it. After dinner, we had the apple crisp, and then we played another game Sean suggested: Charades!  I had never played.

Charades is really fun.  I pulled out our Cranium board game for us to have ideas for the game of Charades.  We didn’t keep score, and just focused on each round.  Sean and I started off simple, using words like “bicycle” and “mummy.”  Then James stepped in and played a round, showing us how it was really played.  Then my mom joined, and we spent the rest of the evening laughing so hard.  My mom got a huge kick out of me acting like Elvis, curling my upper lip, pretending I was singing into a microphone, and shaking my hips.  The word to guess was “hound dog.”   Sean had already guessed “dog.”  My mom won the round and had a blast doing it.  (I had only seen Elvis on a YouTube video once, and I was a bit shocked thinking, “Oh my! He shakes his hips a lot!” :)) I guess I am a bit conservative.

The evening was drawing to a close, and I asked if we could take a picture. Everyone thought it was a good idea.  Sean grabbed Benjamin (our mini-schnauzer) and I held Gwenevere (my schnoodle).  We all hugged in close for a selfie pic.

Happy New Year 2018

Happy New Year from my family to yours.   2017, thank you for all the lessons you brought.  Welcome 2018!

Personal highlights for 2017:

  • Started yoga teacher training
  • Cataract surgery
  • Positive pregnancy test
  • Miscarriage
  • Yoshi (our cat we adopted in July 2016) started sleeping in the bed with us on December 30
  • Texas A&M-Commerce won the National Championship in Division II football
  • Benjamin learned to sit and shake
  • James graduated with 4.0 Summa Cum Laude in Mathematics and Computer Science

Spiritual Heart Burn


In a nutshell, Christ help me love myself, love others, and love the life God gave me.  Before I understood how much God really loved me, I thought he would leave me.  I thought my salvation could be lost.  Despite all the Bible verses that told me the truth, that God loved me unconditionally and would never leave, I simply didn’t get it (verses like Hebrew 13:5, Psalm 86:15, and of course John 3:16).  I lived from and in fear.  Now, I am completely different and live from gratitude and walk with confidence in these truths … but how?  What happened to me?

In 2014, I was compelled to listen to preachers who spoke the radical grace message.  The Apostle Paul teaches us that we are saved by grace and nothing can take us from Christ’s hands.  There is so much more than that, like God’s unconditional love, but knowing (really knowing) that nothing could take me from him changed me forever.

When I really understood what being unconditionally loved meant, my heart relaxed.  Literally, my heart physically felt at ease.  Imagine holding something tightly for a really, really long time.  When you set it down, imagine feeling the blood rush back into your hands.  The sensation might feel so strong it burns.  Well, this is precisely what happened to my heart — or possibly my heart chakra — the energy center in the middle of my chest.

Have you ever been in love and experienced “butterflies” in your stomach?  When I truly experienced how much God loved me, I felt something physical like these “butterflies” in my heart.  But this feeling is much better described as a burn.

This burning sensation is biblical.  When I first experienced it, I asked God to help me understand what was happening.  Several days later I read Luke 24:13-25, an account of two disciples who encountered Christ on the Road to Emmaus.  When Christ left them, they asked each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while He was speaking to us on the road, while He was explaining the Scriptures to us?” (Luke 24:31).  When I read this, I said, “Bingo! Thank you Lord for guiding me to this scripture and answering my question.”

The initial spiritual heart burn lasted two weeks non-stop.  After that, it came and went, on and off.  One woman speculated that the feeling was me burning off old spiritual residue or emotions that no longer served me.  I am still not exactly sure why I feel this burning sensation, but when it does happen, I welcome it and patiently wait for God to reveal the reason.

If anyone else has experienced this spiritual heart burn, I would love to hear from you.

Love in Christ,



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Yoga Nidra – 15 minute practice



22279783_10101742944322589_8228673667666612923_n Yoga Nidra is a guided meditation, a tool rather, that helps the conscious mind move to a state between sleep and wakefulness.  Nidra means “sleep.”  In Yoga Nidra, the body sleeps and the consciousness remains aware.

When I began practicing Yoga Nidra, my conscious mind usually fell asleep.  I believe I fell asleep because I needed it.  Since high school, I slept fewer hours than was healthy for a growing mind and body.   I continued the pattern into college.  In my late 20’s and early 30’s, I tried to get quality sleep; however, my dreams were often of work.  Rarely did I have the much needed down time and rest.

Yoga Nidra is a wonderful tool that has helped and still helps my mind and body get the rest it needs.  Sometimes I prefer Yoga Nidra practices with music, and sometimes without.  Sometimes I want a long, 60-minute session, and sometimes I want a 5-minute, traditional 61-point session.  I believe our bodies let us know what we need.  I hope you enjoy this 15-minute Yoga Nidra practice.

If you have questions about Yoga Nidra or would like to invite me to lead a live session, please contact me.  I am glad to help.