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Extinguish the Pilot Light

Posted by on 8:38 pm in Food addiction recovery | 2 comments

(c) by Emily Boller


Image credit: Flickr by Samuel M. Livingston


I grew up on a farm. My dad always planted a large garden every spring.

It produced a bountiful harvest, and they preserved greens beans, tomatoes, tomato juice, cabbages, beets, carrots, corn, and pickles . . . enough to feed a family of seven through the winter months.

In fact, some of my favorite memories of summer were snapping beans and shucking corn.

Many farmhouses had a “summer kitchen.” It was a second kitchen–a large room away from the main part of the house–that was used for the hot process of canning glass jars of fresh produce. The house stayed cooler by not heating up the regular kitchen. (more…)

Making Healthy Food Convenient; Part 2

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Making Healthy Food Convenient; Part 2

(c) by Emily Boller

Last week, I explained how to make bean dips, bean spreads, and hummus convenient and inexpensive. Making Healthy Food Convenient; Part 1

Let’s face it, one of the reasons why “fast food” has become popular is it’s easily accessible and relatively cheap (although “relatively cheap” is rapidly changing!).

I want to bust the myth that eating healthy is too time consuming and expensive. (more…)

Radical Versus Middle-of-the-Road

Posted by on 12:50 pm in Food addiction recovery | 1 comment

(c) by Emily Boller


Wormsloe Plantation, Savannah, Georgia     Photo credit: Emily Boller


I had been tampering with impulsive lapses in judgment regarding food addiction for the past couple of weeks.

My schedule had been out-of-sync. I was carelessly participating in way too many social eating occasions back-to-back. [There’s absolutely nothing harmful about social eating–unless one continually eats when not hungry. When I am engaged in countless conversations while eating, I mindlessly put extra food into my mouth.] (more…)

Making Healthy Food Convenient

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Making Healthy Food Convenient; Part I

(c) by Emily Boller


I raised five children in the fast lane of soccer games, dance practices and performances, and a myriad of activities that required this mother to spend more time behind the steering wheel of a van than in a kitchen. (more…)

I Am Not a Suicide Loss Survivor

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(c) by Emily Boller


Photo credit: Yaro Photography


September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, and for the next thirty days my Facebook newsfeed will be inundated with articles related to the topic.

Unfortunately, I automatically joined a club several years ago that I never signed up for—and somehow through the algorithms of Faceook my name was added to the spam list for suicide loss survivors. (There’s even a day set aside annually as “National Survivors of Suicide Day.”) (more…)

A Bowl Full of Life

Posted by on 4:37 pm in recipe | 6 comments

My daughter recently made a scrumptious meal-in-a-bowl for my lunch. It was fabulous-tasting! Each ingredient was also full of life-giving, nutrient-dense foods that fuel the body with everything needed for optimal health and well-being. (more…)

The Beauty of Horticulture

Posted by on 5:41 pm in horticulture | 4 comments

It is the end of August in Northeastern Indiana. I sauntered throughout our property this morning to soaup the visual beauty and sweet fragrances of horticulture–God’s gift to the world.

I shot pictures during my stroll (except for the baby collard seedlings uploaded directly below). With great excitement, I snapped that picture the first morning they sprouted, because watching plants grow is magical and never gets old to me! (more…)

Anyone Can Learn to Draw

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Rosiland & The Way
photography composition by Yaro Photography / drawing (c) by Emily Boller



Earlier this week, my son-in-law asked if I would have time to sketch a “gesture drawing.” He’s in a band (Rosiland & The Way), and he’s been in charge of designing the cover for their new album.

I taught a beginning drawing class for adults two years ago, and he was one of my students. He really liked my gesture drawings of people, so that’s what he wanted for the album cover. (more…)

Canning Day

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Canning Day

(c) by Emily Boller


Yesterday was my first official canning day.

I picked tomatoes the night before–enough to fill a large laundry basket, a mixing bowl, and partially fill a Rubbermaid tub. (more…)

Let’s Set the Record Straight

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Let’s Set the Record Straight

(c) by Emily Boller

In recent years, there have been some misconceptions floating around cyberspace, and today I want to set the record straight.

Many Americans have food addictions; dependency on, and entanglements to high-fat/high-salt processed foods, sweets, sodas, and foods/beverages that are unhealthy for the body’s best performance. (more…)