Was Jesus a New Age Hippie?


What happened to our theology between 7th grade physics class and the way we understand the Transfiguration of Christ?  How is it that we understand matter and motion, energy and force yet not consider that Christ, the creator of such things, is the greatest instructor of physics and supernatural healing simultaneously?

As a massage therapist if I am to speak in correct terminologies concerning the modalities I use many Christians get turned off.   I can say I’m balancing your electrical system but I cannot say I am balancing your energy.  Because energy is spooky!  I might as well have mumbled some voodoo chant the way I’ve seen some run the other direction. I find myself using more palatable Christianese words for the Believer.

Perhaps its time to take an honest look at how the Bible and physics relate.  Maybe that hippie coworker of yours is on to something.  Maybe that New Ager could teach you a few things about energy.  What a tragedy it is to discount the details of how God heals our bodies, transforms our lives and renews our minds because a word which can be used scientifically and spiritually interchangeably doesn’t fit into our Christian vocabulary or thinking.

Let’s talk about energy.

The definition according to Wikipedia:

In physics, energy is the property that must be transferred to an object in order to perform work on, or to heat, the object. It can be converted in form, but not created or destroyed.

How brilliant is that?  Energy cannot be created or destroyed because God is, was and always will be.  He IS the highest form of energy and He alone is the source of energy that produces light by which you are reading this blog, or that keeps your heart beating.

Are you vibing with me yet?  Another terminology many in the church have given up is VIBRATION.  However, energy vibrates at frequencies and everything in creation is made up of vibrational energy at a quantum level.  A healthy body for example vibrates from 62-72 Hz.  And each organ has its own vibration as well.  Your heart’s frequency is 67-70 MHz, liver is 55-60 MHz and a normal brain vibrates at 72 MHz.  If you happen to be a a genius reading my blog then your brain vibrates at 80-82 MHz.

Did you know that when your body’s frequency is lowered to 57-60 MHz you are susceptible to colds and the flu?  Disease starts at 58 MHz.  At 42 MHz cancer can begin to creep in, and death begins at 25 MHz.

When it comes to healing the body, soul and spirit let’s also talk about the Law of Attraction, like attracts like. Science proves that a low frequency (or vibration) attracts more negative energy and like wise high vibrations attract high vibrations.

We’ll use essential oils as an example.  I got certified in Raindrop Therapy 3 years ago and give this session to patients multiple times a week.  I have not had even as much as a sniffle in that time.  As you apply EO of high frequencies your body naturally attunes itself to those Hz. As a result the oils create an environment that viruses and bacteria cannot live.  Also food can raise or lower our vibes.  Canned or processed foods are 0 Hz while fresh foods have 20-27 Hz.

That’s the science.  But how does this relate to Jesus the Hippie?  In Luke 4:40 we read:

While the sun was setting, all those who had any who were sick with various diseases brought them to Him; and laying His hands on each one of them, He was healing them.

Can you imagine the vibrational frequency Jesus had flowing through His hands?  The SOURCE of energy!  By touching the sick he was raising their vibrations and therefore healing them. Sickness cannot exist in an environment of high frequencies.  There is verse after verse about laying hands on people and healing followed.

And they… were anointing with oil many sick people and healing them. Mark 6:13

Jesus gave YOU this authority.  When we touch a person we are essentially plugging into them and affecting their field of energy (known as an aura, also considered a new age terminology), raising it or lowering it.  Yes you can lower yours or someone else’s frequency.

Anger, shame, fear, gossip and complaining are low vibrations and eventually will inspire disease physically, emotionally and spiritually.

Have you ever been the victim of an energy vampire?  Or maybe you have been one yourself. Their negative talk leaves you drained and lifeless.  But by being a conduit of the Source of energy we are calling out the high vibrations in those around us.

Jesus says, “Come UP here, and I will show you what must happen after this.” Rev 4:1

What is UP there?  Peace at 600 Hz and love at 528 Hz.  Enlightenment vibrates at 700 Hz. Check out my previous blog:

Scientifically your thoughts directly relate to the frequency you are living at this moment.  A positive thought raises our frequency by 10 Hz and negative thought lowers us by 15 Hz.  That is why God shared this spiritual principle with us in Proverbs 22:7

“As a man thinks in his heart, so he is.”

We are also instructed in 2 Corinthians 10:5 to

“…bring every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ”

So what frequency would we be humming along at if we implemented Phillipians 4:8?

“Fix your thoughts on what is TRUE, and HONORABLE, and RIGHT, and PURE and LOVELY, and ADMIRABLE.”

You might even start to glow! After all you are called to be light to the world, right?

Jesus, again, is THE example.  He is the LIGHT of the WORLD  and the Transfiguration of Christ helps us understand this.

“As the men watched, Jesus’ appearance was transformed so that his face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as light.” Matthew 17:2

As light is energy it can be measured in hertz.  Light seen as red begins at 430 trillion Hz to violet at 750 trillion Hz and extends to frequencies I will spare you from listing that are beyond what is even visible.

What did Jesus let the disciples see that day on the mountain?  He pulled back his flesh that we might have a glimpse of the highest vibration, energy, our source and light.  We too can plug into Him and shed our fleshly ways (Romans 12:1).  He also lived a life that exemplified spiritual principles you and I must implement into our conversation, our thought life and our actions in order to be healthy.  Be light.  Be life.  Be a conduit of healing.


Is this thing on?

I will make a covenant of peace with my people … Then they will be able to camp safely in the wildest places and sleep in the woods without fear.  

Ez 34:25 NLT

Solo camping became a calling, a craving, after moving to Oklahoma. Being from Alaska I rarely set out on camping excursions, and certainly never alone. I already lived in the woods. However city life in Tulsa had me thirsting for the rhythm of water lapping on the shores.

I’d rafted the turquoise, glacial waters of the Kenai river where you might not see a soul for days but the Illinois river was packed raft to raft living out a version of an Okie Mardi Gras, beads and all. The Last Frontier tucks away its beaches in places only a float plane can touch. Yet there I was, in stark contrast, sleeping in packed campgrounds and waking to the sound of an unknown neighbor vomiting last nights campfire meal.

I knew this sort of camping was not it, and I could still hear Him calling to solitude.

Then the LORD God planted a garden in Eden in the east, and there he placed the man he had made. The LORD God made all sorts of trees grow up from the ground—trees that were beautiful and that produced delicious fruit. In the middle of the garden he placed the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. A river flowed from the land of Eden, watering the garden and then dividing into four branches.

Gen 2:8-10 NLT

When the cool evening breezes were blowing, the man and his wife heard the LORD God walking about in the garden. So they hid from the LORD God among the trees. Then the LORD God called to the man, “Where are you?” He replied, “I heard you walking in the garden, so I hid. I was afraid because I was naked.

Gen 3:8-11 NLT

God designed a lush, vibrant garden for us to live that meets every need, yet when He comes in the cool of the day desiring to spend time with us we hide. We bury ourselves in busyness and noise, in relationships and sometimes even in the very ministry He has placed us. The idea of being alone with our thoughts, naked with our traumas, sends us into hiding. We fear that if we sit in the silence of the Garden the incessant self talk will drown us, judgements will be deafening or the biting words of those who were supposed to love us may tear us to pieces. He calls. He searches. We hide.

Song of Solomon is a love story between a Shulammite woman and her king. This erotic poetry speaks of a sensuous courtship and is symbolic of the love between us and our Lover.

My dove is hiding behind the rocks, behind an outcrop on the cliff. Let me see your face; let me hear your voice. For your voice is pleasant, and your face is lovely.

Song of Solomon 2:14 NLT

All of history is evidence that our loving God desires intimacy with you and me. Pursuing us He spares no expense to free us of the shame and disgrace we often attempt to suffocate with the noise of activity. Despite our minds knowing of His vast affection on many occasions this knowledge does not travel the 18 inches to our heart. We wear exhaustion and the bags under our eyes like a badge making ourselves appear to be in such high demand. It is our way of adding value to ourselves but it is a false sense of value. The truth is we are clothing our emptiness with rags while He desires to dress us for our wedding day; a bridegrooms garland and a bride’s jewels.

After gaining the courage to camp solo I took baby steps by sleeping in the back of my SUV, mostly because I was afraid of the venomous cottonmouths that lived by the lake only a few feet from my site. I am familiar with dodging moose and bear, but snakes, suffice it to say, we don’t have snakes in Alaska!  Piece by piece I collected all the necessities to survive in the woods and meet God there: in the Garden, also known as Oklahoma State Parks. I assembled a kitchen tote to include a shiny new percolator that I couldn’t wait to turn black over campfires shortly after watching the sun rise. Despite not being a morning person He would wake me to show off. As if to say, “Look what I painted for you today, Love!”

So there I was, a solo woman camper encountering varied reactions as I smoothed out my ground tarp, erecting a tent and building a fire to light up the dark nights and cook gourmet meals. (Truly I have discovered almost anything can be cooked on a stick.) Some watched suspiciously, others approached wondering if I kept a gun for protection and others God used to provide. At times I feel like Elijah after God called him into the wilderness.

The ravens did take care of him while he was there, just as the Lord said, bringing him a meal of bread and meat at sunrise and another meal of bread and meat at sunset. He satisfied his thirst by drinking from the stream.

1 Kings 17:6 Voice Bible

My provision wasn’t carried to me by ravens but by retired couples sharing their catfish bounty or bringing me a hot cup of coffee as soon as they saw my slow, sleepy body emerge from the night’s shelter.

God has prepared a garden to meet with us and the provision to do so. He is calling us away to times of solitude where there will be a flowing out of ourself to create an inward spaciousness that the Holy Spirit may flow in. This garden is a place where we are less likely to mistake our own perceptions, opinions, and agenda for reality and instead see through the eyes of Jesus. With practice we learn to burn away the manifestations of the ego so that we may walk through this life unbound, in humility and with peace. Ultimately, we will come to know our Creator in all the ways he wants to be known. As Meister Eckert said, “Sometimes we must let go of God, for God’s sake.”

During our times of solitude and silence we will encounter and practice the spiritual disciplines of mindful awareness, Biblical meditation and Christian detachment. In order to better understand how to approach these disciplines we will next discuss the anatomy of a believer and when enlightenment occurs for the believer.


Essentials and Nonessentials: Beyond Mascara, Toilet Paper and Chakras

Do you have a method for testing the spirit of things according to 1 John 4:1?  Recently I have been sharing concepts that are outside the box for some believers and way outside my wheelhouse for many years.  During my early youth pastoring years in my zeal I threw away a student’s yoga video she’d left at the church. I thought I was doing her a huge favor by keeping her from deception!  And look at me now, a Holy Yoga instructor!

My journey began with a car accident and massage therapy to assist my recovery.  I was in the midst of a major life transition.  Sometimes we must reinvent ourselves.  I look back now and graduating from college as a licensed massage therapist set me on a journey of discovering God in a way I had never known existed.  He broke me out of old paradigms and demoed walls in my heart and mind.  CS Lewis gives this colorful imagery:

“Imagine yourself as a living house.  God comes in to rebuild that house.  At first, perhaps, you can understand what he is doing.  He is getting the beams right and stopping the leaks in the roof and so on; you knew that those jobs needed doing and so you are not surprised.  But presently He starts knocking the house about in a way that hurts abominably and does not seem to make any sense.  What on earth is He up to?  The explanation is that He is building quite a different house from the one you thought of- throwing out a new wing here, putting on an extra floor there, running up towers, make courtyards.  You thought you were being made into a decent little cottage: but He is building a palace.  He intends to come and live in it Himself.”

When I write about energy, vibrations, healing and God I am not limiting Him to a disconnected, uncaring, bundle of energy that we can manipulate.  In fact I am on a journey discovering how limitless He is! Energy is simply one aspect of His multifaceted person.  To be clear:  I will spend ETERNITY exploring Him!  And in regard to healing, there are a few more ingredients in giving and receiving healing besides high vibrations, such as compassion and faith.

It’s truly a beautiful thing that God gives us the liberty to search out the depths and mystery of who He is.  There are a handful of standards I measure concepts by to determine if it draws me closer to God or compromises my relationship with Him.

Here are my ESSENTIALS:

I believe there is only one God, who exists for all eternity in 3 persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. (Deuteronomy 6:4, Revelation 1:8)

I believe that God has revealed Himself to us both through His creation and His Word.  (Romans 1:20, Hebrews 1:3)

I believe God continues to reveal Himself to His people through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:9, John 16:13-14, 1 Corinthians 2:12-14, 2 Corinthians 6:16)

I believe there is only one way to God, through His Son, Jesus Christ. (Isaiah 43:10-13, John 14:6)

I believe God made forgiveness and redemption available to all who accept Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior.  (1 Timothy 2:3-4, John 3:16-18, 1 Corinthians 15:3-5)

I believe the Bible is absolute truth.  It is the divinely authored and authoritative Word of God.  It is complete in its canonical form.  (2 Timothy 3:16-17, 2 Peter 1:20-21, Luke 24:27)


What I would describe as NONESSENTIALS are those beliefs we have that are left up to interpretation.  Some believe in speaking in tongues and that the gifts of the Holy Spirit are for today, while others believe we must never cut our hair and wear long dresses and still others believe we should not have instruments in church worship.  It is our different interpretations that give us a variety of denominations but not salvation (an essential).

Now while the ESSENTIALS are the lens by which we view everything many times we throw on a cultural filter as well.  For example: tattoos.  In our American culture some view tattoos as a sign of rebellion and surely they must be an unregenerate soul marking their body for the dead! (Leviticus 19:28)  (I know this one well even as a pastor’s wife I have been shunned by people in the church for getting a tattoo.)  However, I spent a short time with an unreached people group in the jungles of Nepal whose women tattoo from their fingertips up their arm.  Every year on a couple’s wedding anniversary the wife tattoos another ornamental band.  It’s a beautiful symbol of celebration that grows each year.  These people are completely unaware of our very differing cultural view.  It’s all up to interpretation and we have the liberty through Christ to find our own path.

I believe God is the creator of everything.  His fingerprint, breath and DNA are present in all creation.  Therefore I do not believe that if a particular culture discovers a universal principle that it is only tied to that culture’s religious beliefs.  While they can integrate religion, the principle itself remains a creation of God.  For example, vegetarianism first originated with ancient Greek and Indian cultures.  Being vegetarian was promoted by religious leaders and philosophers.  To choose a vegetarian diet today however does not infer that the individual is Hindu or practices Greek Mythology, correct?  Even Daniel abstained from eating meat for a time.  I have spent many years as a vegetarian for dietary health reasons and it does not conflict with my ESSENTIALS.

There are several disciplines we practice in Christianity that are also practiced in other world religious.  Buddhists meditate, so should Christians not practice this spiritual discipline as described in Psalm 19:14?  What about prayer and fasting?

Let’s discuss yoga: a NONESSENTIAL. Did you know that the asanas (physical postures) of yoga were developed more than 5000 years ago?  Today many associate yoga with being inseparable from the Hindu culture however its roots were developed long before Hinduism coming along only 1000 years ago.  I practice Holy Yoga.  Given my essentials, who do you think I am praying to for strength when I am holding a plank for a million breaths?

Like yoga, chakras are not mentioned in the Bible therefore its’s one of those beliefs to measure against our ESSENTIALS and left up to interpretation.  Here’s my interpretation!  Our infinitely brilliant Creator saw in all His wisdom to create man with a circulatory system and this circulatory system has pathways.  He created our nervous system and it has pathways as well.  We have an energy system and it also has pathways called wheels and meridians.  If you have had an acupuncture or acupressure session then you have tapped in to these energetic pathways.  Chakras and Meridians are just as much a part of our anatomical make-up as a finger or a kidney.  Even though you cannot see your kidneys, you know they are there.  Especially when they begin to become dysfunctional and cause illness.  Same with dysfunction in our energy system.

Don’t take my word for it! I encourage each of you to know your ESSENTIALS and to test every spirit by the Spirit of Truth that has taken up residence in you!   Be confident that you are not deceived by a spirit giving false witness and able to give an answer when asked about your beliefs.  I also encourage you to allow everyone the freedom to explore their own interpretations.  Our journeys are all different.  The 21 year old Me would have called this 41 year old Me crazy!  Thank God for His grace and patience leading me into everlasting truth.



What Trump, Hurricanes And Sex Scandals Have In Common

I’m sure I am not the only one asking, Why? Why the disaster? Why the heartache? The historical hurricanes along our coasts, the earth in upheaval in Mexico and the fires devouring whole communities and me searching for God in it all. I believe what we see in the physical has its birth in the spiritual. So many times we don’t discern the spiritual atmosphere leading to what we see on the nightly news and this is why so many gut wrenching world events leave us in confusion.

In the midst of grappling with what is happening all around us I came across a word Doug Addison gave concerning my very questions and it resonated with my spirit. So I have done further research on the idea. Please understand I am not coming from a place of judgement. And I don’t believe God has judged and is punishing us. Truthfully, though, left to our own devices we do a pretty bang up job getting our own selves into trouble.

Doug Addison’s message was clear to me that day: STOP COMPLAINING and START PRAYING! https://dougaddison.com/2017/10/prophetic-word-for-october-what-we-need-to-do-to-stop-this-angry-whirlwind/ He was asking God about the tumultuous atmosphere in recent weeks and wrote about how our speech has ramifications beyond the rise and fall of words on our lips.

Death and life are in the power of the tongue. Proverbs 18:21

In my previous blog  Was Jesus a New Age Hippie? I talk about energy and how a positive thought can raise your vibration 10 Hz and a negative thought lower it by 15 Hz. As the energy of thoughts are converted to the energy of words I believe we are certainly making an impact on our environment. And I am not talking about recycling!

For many of us the animosity, frustration and combativeness has been overwhelming. We see it on our Facebook, the nightly news and even across the dinner table with friends and family. Hot button topics ranging from protesting the national anthem to white supremacy and our president. It all adds up. All those little Hz add up from negative thoughts that beget words that beget actions beginning with you and me and our neighbor and our neighbor’s neighbor. All the complaining must create a sizable energetic snowball!

Hurricanes and fires and floods and earthquakes almost seem like a tragic poetic analogy of emotions currently being generated and released. Unfortunately its more than an analogy, it is our reality. How does our mountain of negative energy affect the earth, the waters and the wind?

Against its will, all creation was subjected to God’s curse. But with eager hope, the creation looks forward to the day when it will join God’s children in glorious freedom from death and decay. For we know that all creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. And we believers also groan… Ro 8:19-23

What grabbed my attention in that passage was “against its will, all creation was subject to God’s curse.” Not just humans. Lets look at the Fall of Man in the Garden:

Then to Adam the Lord God said, “Because you have listened [attentively] to the voice of your wife, and have eaten [fruit] from the tree about which I commanded you, saying, ‘You shall not eat of it’;
The ground is [now] under a curse because of you;
In sorrow and toil you shall eat [the fruit] of it
All the days of your life. Genesis 3:17

(Side note: ouch ladies! Lesson learned. Encourage your husband to hear the voice of God and obey!)

Back to my point, because of man’s ill choice not only do we as humans suffer the curse, but the earth suffers as well! It’s an obscure principle perhaps. I have read both those passage a million times and never made the connection until recently.

Let me hedge a little and say, yes, there are natural weather patterns and cycles of forests and such. However the voracity and unusual number of disasters we have experienced in such a short period of time and the simultaneous intense sound of complaining and animosity make me say, “hmmmm”.

Bare with me…. in physics if a negative thought lowers vibrations that lead to sickness and decay in our bodies then is it possible that the sound of an extended collection of negative thoughts can effect our atmosphere? Our thoughts are energy. The wind is energy. The tension and release of the earth is energy. Is it possible we are witnessing the rocks crying out according to Luke 19:40? Are we more busy complaining than worshiping? The Hebrew word for wind in this next passage is rûacḥ, meaning “anger”.

They sow the wind and reap the whirlwind… Hosea 8:7

Draw your own conclusions but regardless if we agree or not that our collective thoughts and words can change the earth I can tell you with certainty that the Word of God is clear about our speech!

Those who guard their mouths and tongues keep themselves from calamity. Proverbs 21:23

Remind the people to be subject to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready to do whatever is good, to slander no one, to be peaceable and considerate, and always to be gentle toward everyone. Titus 3:1-2

Remember the old saying, “If you can’t say anything nice then don’t say anything at all?” Well if you are really at a loss for positive words then I know you can at the very least say the name of Jesus. And that word is the most powerful word to come across our lips! The name of Jesus calms the storm and saves the soul.

I’ve got a Secret

It is the glory of God to conceal a matter, But the glory of kings is to search out a matter.  Proverbs 25:2

I have been trying to figure out how to express the movement I am feeling inside of me.   This is why I decided to start blogging.  I am processing out loud here!  There is a clicking and calibrating and coming into clarity.  It’s kind of a big deal!  On one hand it is BIG and life changing but on the other it is small movements and adjustments that create these changes.  I’m recalibrating my thought life and INTENTION!  Speaking of the power of intention I don’t think most of us fully understand how profoundly it changes the world around us.  I can assure you of one thing: It’s not a placebo effect!  Think about it!  How have the kind INTENTIONS of God changed your life?

He made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His kind intention which He purposed in Him.     Ephesians 1:9

I’m cooking up a blog about the power of intention and I’ll share that soon!

In some ways I feel I am moving away from the rigidity of the church i grew up in.  It is such an unfamiliar place to me these days. Yet my relationship with Christ is deeper and more exhilarating than ever before.  The old ways gave me a foundation but left me wanting.   I’ve had questions creating friction inside me.  When I ask those questions I am often answered with limitedness and information that isn’t always accurate.  It takes on a box like shape.  But God does not exist in our box.  We put him there so that we can explain away things we are afraid of or uneducated about.   I calculate the ideas I grew up with and in some ways it doesn’t add up to me.  There’s more to the equation.

Can you discover the depths of God? Can you discover the limits of the Almighty?  Job 11:7

For example: Hasn’t God told us to lengthen the cords of our tent?  (Is 54:2) He is expanding our territory.  God used the Israelites to redeem land that was once dedicated to foreign gods.  Everything God created is good yet some of it has been given over to misplaced intentions.  Instead of looking at dark things and getting spooked about it, why don’t we see the light and intent for which it was created and see how it could be redeemed?  After all He is in the business of restoration, renewing and redeeming.  To do a word study on the prefix “re” would give us great insight into God’s character and intentions.  He is beginning a great redeeming of people and concepts and we need to be ready to REceive them.  Better go buy some 2x4s and sheetrock.  He’s going to expand our hearts and minds in order to ready us for kingdom expansion!


It is He who reveals the profound and hidden things; He knows what is in the darkness. And the light dwells with Him.  Daniel 2:22

We’ve been given a beautiful and intricate blueprint to guide us into the vast mysteries of God.  It is an anchor to our soul and the lens by which we view everything!  I hold tightly to the design that Jesus is the Son of God and that through His death I can have life.  But to live solely in the blueprint leaves me craving more.  This is why He sent the Holy Spirit.  We need the nuts and bolts but we also need the oil.

Father of Lights, illuminate the unlimited mystery and depths of You.

Abbie’s Alaskan Halibut Tacos

Abbie is the truest of Alaskans. None of this transplant business. She was born in Soldotna and marked by the Big Dipper and North Star in freckles on her shoulder. Abbie’s uncle took her deep sea fishing out of Homer towards Seldovia and she caught a 30 pounder. Reeling in a Halibut is like pulling a sheet of plywood off the ocean floor. While everyone loves bringing home a trophy it’s the smaller catches that have better texture and flavor. Abbie’s Alaskan Halibut is the perfect reason to make fish tacos!

We’ll start with the tangy sauce:

1 jalapeño chopped (with seeds if you want more heat) 

1/4 c chopped cilantro

Juice of 3 lemons

1 c mayonnaise 

Salt and pepper to taste

Chop a quarter of a green cabbage like you would for coleslaw and set aside. 

I prepare my corn tortillas heating them on a griddle with butter and set them aside for assembling. Raw corn tortillas are no fun. 

While heating 1/4 c coconut oil in a skillet slice the Halibut steak into strips about an inch thick. Sprinkle with the following spices to taste: 

Cayenne, cumin, chili, onion and garlic powder, salt

Place Halibut in hot oil and rotate until cooked through, crispy and carmelized on all sides. Remove fish and allow the oil drain. 

To assemble Abbie’s Alaskan Halibut Tacos layer on top of your tortilla: cabbage, Halibut, cheese, avocado slice and a generous drizzle of the tangy sauce. Top off with a lime squeeze. 

Lastly be sure to let Abbie know you made her tacos. She’ll be totally jealous because it’s her fave! 


Homesteader’s Honey

So the story goes…. honey was a difficult commodity to come by in the Alaskan homesteader days. Out of necessity they got creative and cooked up what would become an Alaskan staple to slather on those cast iron biscuits on a cold morning. During summer months fireweed and clover grow in abundance and sugar was available at the local frontier supply stores. If you put bee honey and fireweed honey side by side and offered it to guests they’d never know the difference. Give it a taste for yourself. 

My daughter, Abbie, and I walked up the road to the Hall homestead where her sister-in-love, Nicole,  has fields of clover and fireweed blossoms.  We gathered: 

50 red clover blossoms

10 white clover blossoms 

30 fireweed blossoms 

While bringing 3 cups of water to a boil I picked all the leaves off and rinsed the blossoms with cold water in a colander. 

In a large pot combine 5 lbs of sugar, 3/4 tsp alum and the blossoms. When the water is boiling pour it on top of your sugar and blossoms stirring until the sugar is syrupy. Let the mixture steep for 10 minutes. Bring to a boil and cook for 10 minutes stirring occasionally. 

Using a cheesecloth I poured the hot honey into a bowl straining out the blossoms. And immediately ladled the honey into jars and put them in a hot water bath to seal. 

Abbie is perfecting her biscuit recipe and I’m happy to contribute honey for breakfast. I can’t wait to break in to a jar. Looking for excuses tonight but I’m stuffed from our Alaskan Halibut tacos. I’ll save that for the next blog though! (My daughter caught the Halibut!)

Alaskan Gumbo-licious

More life has been shared over a bowl of gumbo in our family than most other recipes. So when I come home to Alaska it’s always on my daughter’s “mom-must-cook” list. Our gumbo is one of those recipes I have scribbled in a notebook with no measurements but always seems to turn out just right. 

I am primarily a vegetarian, rarely touching red meat, but I cannot resist reindeer sausage when I’m home. Gumbo is the perfect opportunity to satisfy my craving for a little Rudolph in my diet! 

Mostly I’ve made 15 minute white roux but our friend, Larry the Cajun, came to check on his cows and inspired me to go the scenic route with roux this time.  Larry also shared a piece of Cajun history when he visited that day: Acadians who were kicked out of Nova Scotia were marked with an X at the end of their sir name and sent south. Roux ends with an X.  Canada’s loss our gain. 

Tonight I lovingly stirred this roux for an hour until it was the creamiest peanut buttery colour. The ratio is easy: 

3/4 c oil or butter

3/4 c flour

Heat your fat of choice and slowly incorporate the flour. It’s a labor of love constantly stirring over low heat. The longer you cook your roux the more flavor it will give your gumbo. You can go as far as a copper coloured roux and even brick roux. Low heat and movement are your best friends as your roux is at risk of burning if you take short cuts. You’ll know it’s burnt if black specks appear and then you might as well toss it and start over. 

Once your roux is as dark as you like add your spices:

Salt, cayenne, sage, rosemary, oregano, 2 bay leaves and lots of thyme 

Next add chopped veggies and cook until softened:

1/2 onion

1 bell pepper

4 cloves garlic

4 sticks of celery 

Now toss in 2 chicken breasts and reindeer sausage cut into bite size chunks. If you don’t have access to reindeer, andouille sausage is traditional. 

Once there’s a caramelization on the meat add a 14 oz can of chopped tomatoes, 32 oz of chicken broth and a bag of frozen okra (or fresh if you have it).  

Let simmer for 30 minutes while you cook white rice. 

A scoop of rice in the bottom of the bowl and a scoop of gumbo on top will set everything right in the world. Enjoy your family. Make memories. 


The Lighter Side of Lasagna 

I’ve gotten a few requests for this recipe so as promised I’ll share this clean but satisfying morsel.  It will definitely make a second appearance at our house and I’m sure it will at yours as well!! 

Typically when I’m trying a new recipe I research. I Google, I Pinterest and I pull out the entire contents of my spice cabinet imagining the perfect marriage of flavors until I’ve created a meal that I’d serve to my best guest (aka Roy). 

(4 servings)

First I set the oven to 400 degrees and prepared the 2 acorn squash from our hay bale garden. They’re ripe when glowing orange shines through the green. 

After washing the soil from the skin of the squash I cut them in half , scooped out the seeds and bathed the flesh in olive oil placing them skin side down on a baking sheet.  I’m always liberal with my salt sprinkling. To me there is no quicker way to flatten flavor than to be salt stingy. It enhances every other flavor. Including the following which dusted the squash next:

Garlic powder, Cayenne, Nutmeg 

Place the acorn squash flesh side down and bake for 12 minutes. Rotate flesh side up and bake another 12 minutes. 

While the oven is working away it’s time to engage the stovetop. Heat a couple tablespoons of olive oil in a skillet. Add half a chopped onion and 4 chopped garlic cloves sautéing until carmelized. Add your pound of ground turkey with heaping handfuls of basil, oregano and fennel and hit it again with the sea salt. I like to add a sprinkle of white sugar too.  No measurements here. Adjust to taste. After the meat is browned add a small can of tomato sauce and cook until all flavors are well incorporated. You can tell a lot from smell but it’s fun to taste to make sure the heat and the sweet are just right. 

Once the squash halves are soft dollop about 2 tablespoons of ricotta cheese in the well and shred a couple tablespoons of mozzarella on top of that. Begin heaping the turkey mixture into the cheesy well until domed and won’t hold anymore without crumbs falling away. Sprinkle the tops with shredded mozzarella and bake another 10 mins. 

Here’s your grocery shopping list: 

2 acorn squash

1 lb ground turkey


Shredded mozzarella 



Tomato sauce

Olive oil

White sugar

Salt, cayenne, nutmeg, garlic powder, oregano, basil, fennel

For serious. This satisfies my craving for Italian food without breaking the carb-bank. 



Awash in Squash

My Granny had to hide the pickled squash when I was a kid. I’d sit at her dining table in my grandparents’ humble home in the southern Arkansas heat sneaking one more. She was the queen of her acre garden and a master at canning and freezing the summer bounty for hearty winter meals. 

So when Roy gave me his first jar of pickled squash I knew I was home.  If you have squash in your garden this is a must have for your winter pantry. Although ours may not make it till the end of the year since Granny isn’t here to catch me before eating a whole jar by myself. Roy has generously shared his recipe with us:

The vinegar measurements are fluid dependent on how many squash you’re canning. If you want less tart cut the vinegar with water. On a stovetop combine the white vinegar, salt and however much sugar you’d like to find that perfect sweet-sour balance. Bring to a gentle boil and remove from heat. We packed our jars with squash (sliced in rounds or sticks), sliced red onions, jalapeños, peppercorn, bay leaf, and whole cloves of garlic. Pour the hot vinegar liquid over your veggies in the jars to the tippy top and tighten the lids. To store long term break out the canner. If you’re like me though storing in the fridge is adequate since they’ll be disappearing rather quickly.  

Dig in ya’ll!! 



Possums in the Peach Tree

Lately I keep finding myself in the book Song of Solomon, a sensual love story between the Shulammite woman and King Solomon. It beautifully paints a picture of the love Christ has for His bride. I have been meditating on chapter 2 verse 15.

Catch the foxes for us, those little foxes that menace the vineyards, For our vineyards are so vulnerable when they are in full bloom. (The Voice Bible)

This is the second year I have watched our peach tree bloom and produce the most delectable fruit. Last year we lost most of the harvest due to pests but this year I insisted with Roy that we be vigilant so as to not lose another crop. I have plans for those peaches! So we harvested the fruit slightly before they were fully ripe and let them finish maturing inside the house. Otherwise once ripe they would have been picked off one by one thanks to the wild animals. The result? Peach butter to smother my breakfast biscuits. (Recipe below. You’re welcome!)
When God brought my attention to the passage about little foxes spoiling the vineyard I felt I could completely relate to the Shulammite woman! In fact if the love story had been written by Okies it may have read more like this:

Catch the possums for us, those little coons and squirrels that menace our peach tree, for our tree is so vulnerable when the peaches are ripe on the branches.

Fruit is the excess energy a healthy tree or vine produces. Just as we deeply root ourselves in Christ, drawing nutrients from the soil of His Word, we will produce desirable fruit. In the days of the Shulammite woman in Israel vineyards produced wine and wine has always been symbolic of the Holy Spirit.

The Holy Spirit produces a different kind of fruit: unconditional love, joy, peace, patience, kindheartedness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self control. Galatians 5:22, 23 (the Voice Bible)

As I meditate on these passages I have asked the question: what possums are stealing my peaches? What coons are devouring my peace or gentleness? And I ask my Lover-King to show me that I may produce in abundance and protect the tastiest fruit.
We harvested about 50 pounds of peaches off that generous tree. Roy took over the tedious task of blanching and peeling the skin and removing the stone. But I got to make the peach butter!

Purée about 12-15 pounds of ripe peaches and pour into a stockpot or crockpot.

3 Tbsp ground cinnamon

2 tsp ground ginger

1/2 tsp nutmeg

1/2 tsp cloves

1/2 cup brown sugar (more or less for your taste)

Sprinkle of salt

Simmer until reduced (about 1 hour) or let the crockpot work away at it for 8 hours roughly.

I canned mine in jars to enjoy through the winter months. It will be a tasty reminder of summer days.
So mind your peaches! Be vigilant to not let wild things devour your fruit. Let your kindheartedness be plentiful and sweet.