Spicy Goodness

I was excited this evening to try a new recipe. I’ve continued on my healing journey, with fruits and vegerables as the foundation of my diet. Adding cooked veggies, after the 28 day hesling cleanse, has been wonderful this week. 

I discovered that at Cheddars Restaurant I could request the chicken tortilla soup, without chicken or tortillas! What was left was a vegetable soup in a spicy broth. I was delighted to find this recipe for Tortilla Soup in the recipe booklet on The Healing Path website. 

I used store bought vegetable broth, although I will be making my own soon, to freeze in batches for future soup making. 

And I sauteed the onions and garlic in 2 tablespoons of olive oil until soft, before adding the chopped and cubed carrots, celery, potatoes and cauliflower. Cumin, paprika and chili powder were added, along with the 8 cups of vegetable broth and 1 tablespoon of olive oil. 

The soup is simmering for 45 minutes or so, filling the house with a spicy, mouth watering aroma. I’m preparing the soup for meals tomorrow and Monday. I’ll top a bowl of soup with chopped avocado. 

I enjoyed my time in the kitchen this evening, chopping vegetables and measuring out spices. Cooking is creativity in action for me, a type of meditation that centers me and fills me with deep joy and peace. My iPod was playing and I sang as I worked. 

I happened to glance out the kitchen window and caught the gorgeous sunset in the west. Grabbing my phone I climbed up onto the picnic table in the backyard, to snap a pic. Sunsets teach trust, Anthony shares in a Healing Path audio. The sun disappears every evening. But we learn that it returns every morning, whether it shines brightly or is hidden behind clouds. 

It was a beautiful end to the day. A stunning reminder to trust. And a pot of spicy goodness simmering on the stove. I am caring for myself, body and soul. I love how that feels. 

Click HERE for The Healing Path recipe book and lessons. 

Historic Moment

School began this week across the area and tonight the first Friday football games were played at local highschools. Carl Junction had their first home game, against fierce rival Webb City. When the Bulldogs are home the marching band provides the halftime entertainment, along with support for the football team with rousing songs during the game. 

Home game, marching band…that means this Yaya was on the sideline, cheering for the Bulldog team and the band as my grandson Dayan marched onto the field. 

This first game was huge. The rivalry between these two local schools is friendly and intense, which created a record breaking attendance this evening at the Bulldog Stadium. 


At the half, the score was Carl Junction 10, Webb City 0. And the Marching Bulldogs took the field. I loved watching the halftime performance. The band performed World War II, Remembering an Era, expertly moving together across the field as they played. The band then brought the crowd to its feet with the Bulldogs Fight Song. It was an excellent halftime show! 

When the football game began again, it was obvious the Bulldogs were all business. They only allowed the Webb City Cardinals one touchdown. As the second half ticked down on the clock, the energy within that stadium soared. Last year, Carl Junction lost to Webb City by one point, in the last seconds of the game. The Bulldogs were not about to repeat that situation

It’s been 39 years since Carl Junction won in a football game against Webb City. Many of the players’ parents weren’t born yet the last time CJ claimed victory over WC. Fans were on their feet. There was cheering and screaming and thunderous applause. I was part of that, carried along by the wave of excitement. 

Yes, it was a high school football game. And it was a historic moment, not witnessed before in the lifetimes of most of the crowd. 

The Carl Junction Bulldogs prevailed, winning their opening home game, 23-7. 

What a fun evening. I’m proud of the Bulldogs, both the football team and the marching band. They gave their best tonight, and much deserved celebrations were rampant after the game. I’m so glad I had the opportunity to witness a game that will be talked about for years to come. 

Go Bulldogs! Have a great rest of the year. 

Watch the wonderful halftime performance HERE