Sep 20, 2017

Chai Tea Spice Mix

Chai Tea Mix (spices only) Recipe

I have made my own Chai Tea mix before using the spices, sugar, non dairy dry milk, non dairy dry vanilla creamer and powdered tea. This makes a nice mix but I am always trying to find healthier and cheaper options. I'm not a fan of those non dairy powdered milks, etc…

So I made this nice spice mix that enables me to use any milk and tea of my choice. Although regular Lipton or black tea works best for this chai tea. For a healthy option use coconut or almond milk.  

This mix is also a great addition to your coffee. Add the spice, milk and sugar to your coffee and make a lovely spiced latte to get you going in the morning. Just use hot coffee instead of tea in water.

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This is a standard sandwich baggy.
You will need; ground cinnamon, ground ginger, ground cloves, ground cardamom. Traditionally chai is made use additionally black pepper, nutmeg, anise and fennel. But I wouldn't like it with these so I am not including it here.

You will also need black tea, water and milk.

Measure and mix;

4 tsp Cinnamon
4 tsp Ginger
2 tsp Cloves
2 tsp Cardamom

Add all the ingredients together in a dry container or zip lock bag. Mix well. Now you have your own chai spice mix.
This makes about one ounce of mix.

How to make your Chai Tea (makes one cup)

  1. Take a regular size mug and add ¾ cup hot water leaving room in the mug for milk. You can make it as milky as you like by the amount of water you are using. NOTE; You can just add the water to the mug and then microwave for 3 minutes.
  2. Steep 1 tea bag of black tea (Lipton regular is good) in your hot water for 6 min. If you are trying this recipe in coffee do not use the tea.
  3. Then add ⅛ tsp of your spice mix. You can use up to ¼ tsp mix if you like it strong, or you are using a a mug that is more than 8 ounces.
  4. Add the sweetener of your choice. I find 2 tsp of sugar works well and you can definitely use honey or agave. Adjust the sugar accordingly. The sweetness is up to you.
  5. Stir to let spices dissolve well.
  6. Add desired milk to fill the remainder of your cup.

Enjoy :)

This makes a great breakfast tea or a warm and cozy ending to your day. We love Chai Tea in the fall and winter months the best. Not only that, Chai Tea is good for you. Organic is best if you can get it.

What are some of the health benefits of Chai Tea?

The spices that are used in chai are healthy additions to your daily intake. Hot drinks like tea are a great way to provide your body with the medicinal qualities of herbs and spices. Cinnamon and ginger are known for their anti-inflammatory actions as well as their ability to lower cholesterol. Cardamom is said to benefit the lungs and kidneys. While Cloves have antiseptic and pain relieving attributes.

If you haven't figured it out by now all of these spices together with your favorite black tea is a powerhouse of potential health benefits! You can use any wholesome tea or tea drink like chai as a substitute for coffee throughout the day. I for one am a tea drinker. I love green. oolong, or chai tea in the morning sweetened with honey or agave.

I hope you will be making this. It is super easy and nice to have on hand. Drink regularly for possible health benefits.

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Thank you :)

Chai Tea
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Apr 10, 2017

Jesus is waiting for a visit with you!

 Jesus is Truly Present body, blood, soul and divinity in The Eucharist (Jn 6) and He is waiting for you to come to Him. The world does not recognize Him in The Eucharist, Do you? You can come and see Him, and be with Him at an Adoration Chapel ask at your local Catholic Church.

He says to us through His word...

“I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. Yet a little while and the world will see me no more, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. In that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you. Whoever has my commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves me. And he who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and manifest myself to him.” (Jn 14:21 ESV)

"Therefore, my beloved, flee from idolatry. I speak as to sensible people; judge for yourselves what I say. The cup of blessing that we bless, is it not a participation in the blood of Christ? The bread that we break, is it not a participation in the body of Christ? Because there is one bread, we who are many are one body, for we all partake of the one bread. Consider the people of Israel:d are not those who eat the sacrifices participants in the altar?" (1 Cor 10:14-18 ESV)


Please check out my bible study articles on The Eucharist...

The Eucharist in Scripture 

I give them life Everlasting

God bless!

Apr 3, 2017

Paleo Coconut Flour Pancakes

  Eating the Paleo way plus a yummy recipe! 

    I have been thinking a lot lately about the Paleo diet. It's not super new, but I do like what I am seeing about it. In case you don't know about it yet a Paleo style diet is essentially a high protein low carbohydrate diet. A Paleo plan is a meat/fish and vegetable protein based diet. On a Paleo plan you don't eat dairy, grains, refined or processed foods. I watched a video the other and this guy broke it down to consuming foods from the four kingdoms of life; Plant, animal, bacteria, and fungi. In other words most vegetables/fruit, any meat, fermented foods/probiotic conducive foods, and mushrooms.

Here's the run down...

  • All the Meat you want: Any beef (ground beef, steak), pork (chops, ham), lamb, duck, chicken, turkey, eggs, fish, seafood (clams, scallops, etc). Fresh or frozen.
  • Plenty of Veggies: Any fresh or frozen veggies (except potato, corn, and beans) especially green leafy veggies.
  • Supplement with Nuts/Seeds:Any nuts/seeds (except peanuts), raw/ lightly roasted and unsalted; or any nut butters.
  • Add some other Healthy Fats: Avocados, olive/almond/coconut oil, or flaxseed/grape seed oil
  • Some Fruit: Any whole fresh fruit (no juice), but in moderation (1-2 servings)

Interesting to note here as well is this style of eating is also essential for eliminating health issues such as thyroid conditions, candida over growth, etc.. Although not all meat is for everyone so if you are experiencing a health concern you should consult a good holistic natural healing book such as Healthy Healing for recommendations. Since we all react to foods a different ways it is a good idea to learn all you can and then custom made a plan that is best for you. That is what I am doing.

I have to admit in the past (when I was much younger) I looked down on a low carbohydrate diet. I have done a lot of reading into healthy eating and 100% whole grains played a big part in being healthy and they still do for many people. When I was younger I followed a low fat, high fiber diet allowing 100% whole grains. This way served me well but probably because I had no children, used more energy and exercised more regularly. Now that I am older I sense that my body has been changing and the way I used to lose weight doesn't seem to work for me anymore.

I have been running into health concerns now a days more than in the past and I feel the need to do something before something major occurs. I know from my Healthy Healing book and from other research I have done throughout the years that eating a 75% plant based diet is the key for optimal health. We also know that protein is also an important part in a healthy diet. Both food groups offer the building blocks of health and healing that we need. And we all know that we would lose weight and be much healthier if we cut out cheese, dairy creams/milks, refined sugar, processed flour, filler foods like wheat, soy, and corn. Let this be our reminder :)

The Paleo plan seems to be offering all of this so naturally I have been paying attention. Although I am going to custom make a Paleo style way of eating that fits my needs. I like that Paleo is low card, and high in plant based foods. I also like that it cuts out all of the filler foods or fooler foods that our society seems to be addicted to and is in my opinion one of the biggest reasons we are the fattest nation in the world! What I don't like about Paleo is all of the meat. I am not big on eating meat every day, but I do like fish as well. Also in my Healthy Healing book the author recommends that people with the health concerns that I have been experiencing should avoid red meat.

I also have been looking into ways of incorporating more coconut into my diet. Coconut is a thyroid balancing food and it also has many other medicinal qualities. In my Paleo style plan I will be including quinoa because it is essentially a nut and not a grain, and super healthy for us to eat. I also will allow Greek yogurt and kefir even though it is dairy and ultimately not allowed on a Paleo diet. For milk I will use coconut and almond milks which I believe is fine on Paleo.

Anyway, I will probably be doing more posts about Paleo, health, recipes and my customized plan in subsequent posts. But, for this one I wanted to just do a kinda introduction about Paleo style ways of eating and a site I found with a bunch of healthy recipes like Coconut Flour Pancakes by

Please comment to let me know what you THINK and don't forget to share this post on Facebook, etc..
Thanks in advance. God bless!

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Yield: Makes 8-10 – small pancakes
Serving Size: Serves 1-2 people


2 tbsp extra virgin coconut oil
1 tbsp raw honey
3 large eggs
1/4 cup coconut milk
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup coconut flour, sifted
1/4 tsp
cream of tartar
1/8 tsp
baking soda
1/8 tsp sea salt

  1. Cream together the coconut oil and honey. Add the eggs one at a time.
  2. Add coconut milk and vanilla. Mix until smooth.
  3. Add coconut flour. Mix until smooth.
  4. Lastly add cream of tartar, baking soda and salt.
  5. Do not over mix. Over mixing will result in the baking agents (cream of tartar & baking soda) not working.
  6. Use a ladle and pour small amount of batter into a crepe pan with grass fed ghee/butter etc on medium heat.
  7. Flip once the bottom is light brown. The pancakes will not bubble as much as “regular” pancakes.
  8. Serve immediately with a drizzle of maple syrup.

Mar 9, 2017

Today is a Good day!

    Today I am happy, joyful and blessed! It is an amazing thought to just be happy no worries, no sadness just Jesus and the peace that he is.

Today is a Good day!

We often post about the problems we face, the sickness we encounter, etc... and there is nothing wrong with that. But, in fact all to often those things make up the bulk of our conversations personally as well as digitally. Imagine a day without those posts and conversations. What would we talk about? At times it's like we have forgotten that there is much more to life. How often do we talk about that?

What will you post about now? 

I created this so we can have those days. Please share this post below #TODAYISAGOODDAY, including your happy thoughts. 
Or download this image and share on all your social sites. 
God is good thank you!


Feb 25, 2017

Don Johnson Former Evangelical on The Journey Home

Marcus Grodi interviews Former Evangelical Don Johnson about his conversion experience. Also check out Convinced and Don's radio show at


 Why would intelligent, successful people give up careers, alienate friends, and cause havoc in their become Catholic? Featuring over 20 well known Catholic converts, including Jennifer Fulwiler, Abby Johnson, Scott Hahn and Taylor Marshall. Starring:Jennifer Fulwiler, Holly Ordway, Scott HahnRuntime:1 hour, 24 minutes

Feb 14, 2017

Clement I


    I would like you to meet Pope St. Clement I and his letter to The Corinthians. I will be reading this Epistle and plucking out quotes which I personally love and feel have an important message for us. If you wold like to read this letter please refer to the links at the bottom of this post. I highly recommend that you do read it. I know you will be blessed by it! If not, you will still be spiritually enriched by the quotes that I will be providing as long as you prayerfully read and contemplate their meaning.

    Pope St. Clement I is considered to be the fourth pope of the Christian faithful. Clement "was converted to the faith by St. Peter or St. Paul, and was so constant in his attendance on these apostles, and so active in assisting them in their ministry, that St. Jerome and other fathers call him an apostolic man; St. Clement of Alexandria styles him an apostle; and Rufinus, almost an apostle. Some authors attribute his conversion to St. Peter, whom he met at Cesarea with St. Barnabas; but he attended St. Paul at Philippi in 62, and shared in his sufferings there. We are assured by St. Chrysostom that he was a companion of the latter, with SS. Luke and Timothy, in many of his apostolic journeys, labors, and dangers. St. Paul (Phil 4:3) calls him his fellow-laborer, and ranks him among those whose names are written in the book of life; a privilege and matter of joy far beyond the power of commanding devils. (Luke 10:17) St. Clement followed St. Paul to Rome, where he also heard St. Peter preach, and was instructed in his school, as St. Irenaeus and Pope Zosimus testify. Tertullian tells us that St. Peter ordained him bishop, by which some understand that he made him a bishop of nations, to preach the gospel in many countries; others, with Epiphanius, that he made him his vicar at Rome, with an episcopal character to govern that church during his absence in his frequent missions. Others suppose he might at first be made bishop of the Jewish church in that city. After the martyrdom of SS. Peter and Paul, St. Linus was appointed Bishop of Rome, and after eleven years, succeeded by St. Cletus. Upon his demise in 89, or rather in 91, St. Clement was placed in the apostolic chair. According to the Liberian Calendar he sat nine years, eleven months, and twenty days..." 

Among his writings are his Letter to the Corinthians, the same Corinthian church that St. Paul wrote to recorded in the bible. He wrote to them regarding many of the same problems that Paul was faced with. His letter to the Corinthians was viewed by Eusebius (a Greek hostorian of christianity 3rd-4th century) "as an admirable work." The letter was ranked next to the canonical books of the new testament and was read in churches. It was found in a "very ancient Alexandrian manuscript copy of the Bible, which Cyril Lucaris sent to our King James I, from which Patrick Young, the learned keeper of that king's library, published it at Oxford in 1633." (quotes from an article titled St. Clement, Pope, Martyr A.D. 100 to read more click the link)

    In this letter St. Clement begins with a most beautiful introduction or godly praise really, such as seen in the letters of the new testament.

"The church of God which sojourns at Rome, to the church of God sojourning at Corinth, to them that are called and sanctified by the will of God, through our Lord Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace, from Almighty God through Jesus Christ, be multiplied."

He begins his letter by reminding them about those who have fallen away into schism, warning the Christians not to be like them. It seems from the first chapter that the Corinthians had enlisted the council of Clement for dealing with some of the problems they were having,"especially to that shameful and detestable sedition, utterly abhorrent to the elect of God which a few rash and self-confident persons have kindled to such a pitch of frenzy, that your venerable and illustrious name, worthy to be universally loved, has suffered grievous injury."

In addition to the reminder of how not to be Clement praises the Corinthians for their good conduct as taught to us through the good news. Quoting from the old testament stories Clement warns in this letter about envy and how it will destroy their faith and virtue. He blames their problems on envy and has much to say about it in this letter talking about how the martyrdom of Peter and Paul were made possible because of envy/jealousy.

Of course all of this talk about sin and envy leads him to discuss repentance reminding them and us that we need Jesus. "These things, beloved, we write unto you, not merely to admonish you of your duty, but also to remind ourselves. For we are struggling on the same arena, and the same conflict is assigned to both of us. Wherefore let us give up vain and fruitless cares, and approach to the glorious and venerable rule of our holy calling. Let us attend to what is good, pleasing, and acceptable in the sight of Him who formed us. Let us look steadfastly to the blood of Christ, and see how precious that blood is to God which, having been shed for our salvation, has set the grace of repentance before the whole world. Let us turn to every age that has passed, and learn that, from generation to generation, the Lord has granted a place of repentance to all such as would be converted unto Him." 

He reminds us that we have many saintly examples that we must pay attention to in order to do the Will of God! "Wherefore, let us yield obedience to His excellent and glorious will; and imploring His mercy and loving-kindness, while we forsake all fruitless labors and strife, and envy, which leads to death, let us turn and have recourse to His compassions. Let us steadfastly contemplate those who have perfectly ministered to his excellent glory. Let us take (for instance) Enoch, who, being found righteous in obedience, was translated, and death was never known to happen to him. Noah, being found faithful, preached regeneration to the world through his ministry; and the Lord saved by him the animals which, with one accord, entered into the ark."

St. Clement has a lot to say about following the Will of God, and the examples of the Saints. He talks about humility and how Christ is The Example of humility. And of course a letter concerning all of this would not be complete without preaching on the resurrection which he does in chapters 24-27 especially. He very interestingly reminds us about some of the examples in nature that point to the resurrection. "Let us consider, beloved, how the Lord continually proves to us that there shall be a future resurrection, of which He has rendered the Lord Jesus Christ the first-fruits by raising Him from the dead. Let us contemplate, beloved, the resurrection which is at all times taking place. Day and night declare to us a resurrection. The night sinks to sleep, and the day arises; the day [again] departs, and the night comes on. Let us behold the fruits [of the earth], how the sowing of grain takes place. The sower goes forth, and casts it into the ground, and the seed being thus scattered, though dry and naked when it fell upon the earth, is gradually dissolved. Then out of its dissolution the mighty power of the providence of the Lord raises it up again, and from one seed many arise and bring forth fruit."

For the sake of having a shorter post I will stop here at chapter 27 and continue my study of this letter in another post. You can follow along with me by clicking one of the links to this letter below. I have offered you two sources but reading the one from New Advent will be sufficient. I hope you have enjoyed this so far. Please like and share on Facebook, twitter and Pinterest below.

Thanks for reading! God bless!

Clement I, Letter to The Corinthians: New Advent, and Early Christian Writings

Clement I