Salad Love and Then Some

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Salad Love: 260 Crunchy, Savory, and Filling Meals You Can Make Every Day by David Bez

About This Book: “Salads take the spotlight in this visually arresting cookbook that showcases a year’s worth of weekday recipes so exciting you’ll want to eat salads every day.

At the request of his co-workers who were constantly admiring his lunches, David Bez started the photo-driven blog Salad Pride, embarking on a year-long challenge to create one new salad every day. The blog instantly gained popularity for its creative salads that require no special cooking skills. The cookbook Salad Love pairs his vibrant photographs with accompanying recipes arranged around seasonal produce.
Recipes include Egg, Asparagus, Croutons, and Pecorino for Spring; Crabmeat, Avocado, Nori, and Cucumber for Summer; Kale, Raspberries, and Blackberries for Fall; and Manchego, Dried Apricots, Fennel, and Radicchio for Winter. Many salads in the book require only a cutting board and a knife, so lunches can be made fresh at your desk. With an emphasis on fresh, whole foods, and innovative flavor combinations, these salads truly excite and inspire.”

A Phone Tree Healthy Living Review: Can you fall in love with a book? I am here to tell you that you totally can. This book is absolutely amazing! I L-O-V-E it. The pictures are colorful and inviting. The recipes are simple and adventurous. The author’s words and guidance are so rich and honest. I felt both educated and inspired as I read through this work of art.

What I Adored About This Book…
– The author showed me a way to make my salads exciting versus ho hum.
– The author presented super simple salad combinations that could be created realistically without breaking the bank or without compromising on taste.
– The author provided excellent suggestions on the basic truths of salad making.
– The author taught me how to make the most of my salads via dressings and spices.
– The author showed me the tools I would need for my salad masterpieces.
– The author opened my eyes to a whole new world of salad love possibilities.

I confess that this book is one of my new favorites. I plan on referring to it often. I cannot wait to tell my clients about it. Wow! I am over-the-moon on this one.

Rating: 5/5
Recommend: Yes
Audience: All
Category: Food, Healthy Eating, Salads, Health/Fitness, A Wellness Lifestyle, Nutritious Meals

A complimentary copy of this title was made available for review in exchange for an honest critique. I was not required or expected to submit a positive review. The words I have expressed are my own.

BREATHE|A Phone Tree Bible Study Experience ( Week 8)

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Thoughts… (My Reflections & Considerations)
So much came from my reading this week that I don’t even know where to begin! In order to make things simple enough to digest, I have decided to share the main points I learned as “Hear Me” points.

Week 8 “Hear Me” Points ->
1) We are loved by the eternal God who is not only the LORD God Provider, but He is also the LORD God Truth.
2) We can always trust God to communicate AND orchestrate His perfect plan, which will forever be THE perfect plan.

Words… (Scriptural References and Study Points)
– Read and study Exodus 16.
– Identify at least three ways that the LORD manifests His presence and provision in these verses.
– What is it important for us, as a people of God, to learn from Exodus 16:28?
– What do these verses teach us about trusting and depending on God?
– Reflect on Psalm 23’s “I shall not want” message and the LORD’s Prayer words, “Give us this day our daily bread.”
– What is the underlying Sabbath principle focus for this week?

Actions… (Life Application)

Recite these words out loud daily…”LORD, I trust You to provide the just right amount of what I truly need.”

“Listen for the rhythms of God’s grace and live according to its cadence – easy, light, full of mercy.”

Bible Study Helps and Tips from Kim Cash Tate

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Hi All!
As a Bible study enthusiast and lover of the Word of God, I am always seeking out resources, helps, and aids that can assist me, as well as others, in growing in the faith. With that in mind, I wanted to take a moment to share some wonderful videos from Christian author Kim Cash Tate. In the videos, Kim does a magnificent job of educating Truth seekers on what they can do to improve their study efforts. Please do yourself a favor and watch.

Many Blessings,

BREATHE|A Phone Tree Bible Study Experience (Week 7)

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Thoughts… (My Reflections & Considerations)

I absolutely adored this week’s reading! I walked away with a new appreciation for the word no. I knew that there was power in it, but Priscilla helped me to better see the freedom that comes with it as well. She helped me to see how the inability to say no impacts my God-love stance. She also helped me to see what that inability to say no reveals about my relationship to other things, people, etc.

The message that stayed with me could be wrapped up in three words…rest, rely, and respond. I understand that if I do these things – rest in the LORD, rely on His Spirit, and respond to His will – I can, indeed, go to that sacred place of worship where I can both breathe in and savor the Most High in the way in which He deserves.

The Spirit of God lives in us, not only to enliven us, but also to empower us to regain control. We need only to surrender to His work in our lives. Yes, that’s right. The Sabbath is about surrender. To the extent that you and I yield to the Spirit’s control, that’s the extent to which we will begin to see His fruit flourish in our lives. He will empower us to be self-controlled and have the courage to say ‘no’ without guilt, shame, or worry.”

Words… (Scriptural References and Study Points)

“In your own words, rewrite and expand on this idea: The Sabbath is about surrender.” (P. Shirer, p. 49)

Actions… (Life Application)

This week, make it a point to read, review, study and meditate on the fruit of the Spirit. At the end of the each day, journal about what you have learned and about what you come to realize about yourself and your response to the Spirit’s fruit.

First Look Blog Tour|HEARTFELT: A Woman’s Guide to Creating Meaningful Friendships

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Title: HEARTFELT: A Woman’s Guide to Creating Meaningful Friendships

Author: Dr. Joneal Kirby

About the Book: “Every woman longs for good conversation, a safe place to be vulnerable, and wisdom from women who are ahead of us on the journey. In previous generations, women lived in close-knit communities and encouraged one another in marriage, parenting, and spirituality. In today’s world, we often feel isolated. Yet our God-given craving for connection remains.

In Heartfelt, Dr. Joneal Kirby shows us how to embrace the joy of emotional intimacy with other women. Her practical wisdom and personal experience, combined with dozens of real-life stories, equip us to cultivate meaningful relationships with women in all seasons of life.”

The Phone Tree Book Review: Heartfelt is the type of book that provides a framework and model for women to build upon. Based on the biblical teaching of Titus 2, it encourages women to both teach and be taught.

As I read Kirby’s words, I could not help thinking about the concepts of Mom’s Night Out and Girls Night. The suggestions that she made and the information that she presented seemed so much like that, in my opinion.

What I Liked…
– She encouraged women to engage in healthy relationships.
– She urged women to seek out environments that proved to be a safe place, a nurturing place, a Bible-rich and godly place.
– She gave examples of women from various backgrounds and need areas. (These women expressed themselves in their own words.)
– She provided varied “Heart Check” scriptures and questions.
– She ended each chapter with a prayer.
– She included many meaningful and relevant quotes within the pages of this book.
– She expounded upon a Bible lesson and made it functional for everyday life.

Thanks to Worthy Publishing for my First Look. A complimentary copy of this title was provided in exchange for an honest critique. I was neither compensated nor expected to submit a positive review.

Learn More About This Book: HEARTFELT|WORTHY Publishing


Top 10 Lessons of the Week (#truth15.1)

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1) No matter what, God knows the heart.

2) 1 Corinthians 13 should be read as often as possible and serve as a reminder of what should be.

3) When an opportunity to help someone – anyone – presents itself, do not hesitate to serve.

4) Other people besides you need encouragement and prayers.

5) Raising a child can teach you more things about yourself than you think. Cherish the lessons (the easy, sweet ones and the hard, prickly ones).

6) No evil, no matter how dark and menacing, will ever overcome good or God.

7) __________ (fill in the blank) tries to steal the air that freedom breathes. (Inhale. Exhale. Don’t forget to draw breath from the Most High.)

8) Bible study can look different in different seasons and that’s okay.

9) No is the best yes!

10) Your life is not about you. (To understand the purest and deepest meaning of this, study the following concepts: surrender, glorify, servitude, and love. Consider all as it relates to God.)


The Top 10 Lessons of the Week are a part of my #TRUTH walk for 2015. Throughout the year, you will be seeing more. I cannot wait to see what’s next! May I encourage you to compile your own list of top 10 lessons; you will be blessed through the experience.

(Top 10 photo courtesy of magicwordsquare; OneWord photo courtesy of Traci Michele)

BREATHE|A Phone Tree Bible Study Experience (Week 6)

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“…the Sabbath would help them remember they were free. Free to say ‘no.’ Free to rest. Free to no longer be controlled by that which they were previously mastered. Free to enjoy their relationship with Yahweh.”

Thoughts… (My Reflections & Considerations)

The lessons I have learned over the last few weeks have been so interesting. They seem to repeat themselves. Over and over again, I have been reminded to make God my top priority. I have been encouraged to rest. I have been instructed to draw nearer to the LORD. I have been urged to decline those things which add to my stress and that subtract from my peace. At the end of the day, it all points back to the Sabbath margin or Sabbath principle (if you prefer). Behind that, there is only God.

There are two main ideas that I seem to be brought back to every time I try to simplify and get to the meat of the matter…on life, on Sabbath, on making room for the LORD.

1) Quiet time with the LORD brings back focus to what should have been the focus all along. Daily quiet time-rest breaks are critical if one is to be spiritually nourished and fortified. These moments are great opportunities to praise, to glorify, and to bless the Most High.

2) Despite the type of captivity one finds himself in, freedom can still be found. It comes by way of saying no in order to say yes. One must choose to say no to the extra fluff and stuff of life (the things which we tend to think of as important or that the world tries to push us into accepting as important) and say yes to more God (more time with Him, more service and works as unto Him, and more study on the entirety of who He is and who we are in Him.

Words… (Scriptural References and Study Points)

Answer the following question in as much detail as possible. What did Paul say no to in order to say yes to God?

Actions… (Life Application)

Say no to what you must in order to say yes to God.