Extract Beginnings

This week has been a mix of contradictions. Sunny skies have been lighting up these early May days, the warmth nearly tricking us into thinking that summer has arrived. We spent much of yesterday relaxing in the backyard as we donned swimsuits, enjoyed sprinkler-running and bubble-blowing, and ate our dinner in the grass. Better weather hasn’t been seen in Seattle for quite some time, and while I don’t yet know what the rest of this season will bring, it has, up to this point, completely exceeded my expectations. In contrast to the beauty of my surroundings, I’ve found myself in …

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Easy Raspberry Sauce

These last few weeks, I’ve been getting back to my roots in the kitchen. No fuss or complicated blah blah blah, just enjoying the process of cooking for my family and friends, even if “cooking” means running to Safeway for a last minute birthday cake for Eowyn because I botched the homemade one (true story). Honestly, though, it’s been a good thing for me to step away from blogging for a bit and from the silly pressures I was putting on myself. Living life in the flesh is way more gratifying than writing about it, and I’ve needed to dig …

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Bittersweet Surrender

This is a blog post I’ve been meaning to sit down and write for three days, but I’ve had neither the time nor the focus to make it a reality. In my last post, I told you about how God’s been working on this ragged heart of mine to bring healing and wholeness, freeing me from the bonds of bitterness, anger, and depression, and I’m grateful for the physical improvements that have also taken place. It has become evident to me that my pain is directly correlated to my activity; the more I move, the more I hurt. Rest allows …

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Roasted Beet and Greens Salad with Pistachios and Goat Cheese

It’s been a good several weeks here in the Ellis house, and while I’ve shared with you the highlights of my cooking with some amount of regularity, a personal update has been a long time coming. In considering where to begin, I suppose it makes sense for me to start with myself. You all know about my struggle with depression, fatigue, and chronic joint pain, right? These issues hit me hard last summer and, when combined, were almost completely debilitating. Even “simple” things like caring for my kids at home seemed like an overwhelming task. At the time, I recall …

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Sesame Ginger Cabbage with Carrots and Chicken

Have you heard about the film, A Place at the Table? It was released last month by Magnolia Pictures, and I had the opportunity to watch it about a week ago; I’ve been chewing on the content ever since. The premise is this: 1 in 6 people in this country are food insecure at some point in the year (I’ve shared this stat here before), and this means that even hardworking, employed individuals are sometimes not earning the income needed to provide sufficient nutritious food for their families. The movie addresses issues of education and how some folks are working …

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