Salmon with plum-basil relish

A great salmon recipe that lets the fish shine by using a plum-basil relish. It is paired here with carmelized carrots with cayenne cream sauce (Click here for recipe).
Serves 4

For the plum-basil relish:

  • 5 medium red plums, pitted and coarsely chopped
  • 1/3 cup thinly sliced fresh basil leaves
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

For the salmon:

  • 4 (6-ounce) salmon filets, skin removed
  • Olive oil
  • 3 to 4 teaspoons coriander salt (combine equal parts crushed coriander seeds and flaky sea salt)

Make the plum-basil relish:

  • Combine the plums, basil, honey, lemon juice, and oil in a medium bowl. Season to taste with salt and pepper; set aside.

Make the salmon:

  • Prepare an outdoor charcoal grill for medium, direct heat. (Can also be baked in the oven at 350 deg.)
  • Meanwhile, lightly brush the salmon on both sides with oil, then season on both sides with the coriander salt.
  • When the grill is hot, grill the salmon with the grill cover on and the vents open. When the salmon has grill marks on the bottom, flip with a flat spatula and cook until done to your liking. During this time, keep an eye on the salmon to make sure it doesn’t burn, moving it to a cooler part of the grill if necessary. The time it will take to cook the fish will vary depending on the heat of the grill and the thickness of the fillets, about 10 minutes total grilling time.

Caramelized carrots with cayenne cream sauce

Ingredients: (2 servings)
• 1 tablespoons olive oil
• ½ pound whole small carrots, peeled, tops on, and halved lengthwise
• ¼ teaspoon salt
• 2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
• ¼ cup whipping cream
• 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper

• In an extra-large skillet cook carrots, cut sides down, in hot oil. Sprinkle with salt. Cook, covered, for 10 minutes. Uncover. Turn carrots, add garlic. Cover and continue cooking for 10 minutes more or until carrots are tender and both sides are golden brown. During cooking, gently shake skillet occasionally to prevent carrots from sticking. Transfer carrots to serving plate, cover and keep warm.
• Add cream and cayenne pepper to skillet. Bring to boiling. Reduce heat; boil gently, uncovered, for 2 to 4 minutes until cream is slightly thickened. Pour over carrots. Serve immediately.

Rosemary Honey Mustard Pork Tenderloin


Pork and rosemary honey mustard mixture

  • 1 pound pork tenderloin
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon rosemary chopped

Pan sauce

  • 1 cup white wine
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon of the rosemary honey mustard mixture
  • 1 tablespoon honey optional
  • 2 tbsp Olive oil
  • 2 cloves Garlic, minced
  • 2 Zucchini, cut bite size (can use squash as well)
  • ½ cup Corn kernels (frozen or fresh)
  • ¼ tsp Dried basil
  • ¼ tsp Dried oregano
  • ¼ tsp Dried thyme
  • Kosher Salt
  • freshly ground Black pepper
  • 1 tbsp Lime juice
  • 1 tbsp fresh leaves Cilantro
  • 1 tbsp Parmesan cheese


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees with the rack in the middle. In a small bowl, combine the Dijon mustard, honey, and rosemary. Stir to combine, set aside.
  2. Preheat an oven safe skillet over high heat. While it is heating up, pat pork loin, dry with a paper towel and season generously with salt and pepper on all sides. When the skillet is hot, sear the pork loin on all sides until golden brown, about 3 minutes per side. Top with the rosemary honey mustard mixture and spread evenly to coat the pork loin, but reserve 1 tablespoon of the mixture for the pan sauce.
  3. Transfer the pork loin in the oven safe skillet to the oven to finish cooking. Cook until the meat is 145 degrees, about 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to rest for a few minutes.
  4. While the meat is resting, make the pan sauce in a skillet over high heat. Combine the wine, apple cider vinegar, 1 tablespoon of the rosemary honey mustard mixture. Stir to combine and cook until it has reduced by half. Give it a taste and add more honey to the sauce if desired.
  5. Slice the pork loin into 1/2″ thick slices, and top with the pan sauce.

Cilantro Lime Shrimp and Cauliflower “Rice” Foil Packs


  • medium-large head cauliflower (or 4 cups frozen cauliflower rice thawed)
  • 1 1/4 lbs large (21/25) shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 (14 oz) can black beans, drained and rinsed well
  • 1 ear corn, shucked and kernels cut from cob, (or 1 cup frozen corn, thawed)
  • (4oz) can diced mild green chilies, drained*
  • 1/2 cup sliced green onions, white and light green portion
  • 1 Tbsp minced garlic
  • 2 1/2 Tbsp olive oil
  • tsp lime zest
  • Tbsp fresh lime juice
  • tsp ground cumin
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/3 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1 small avocado, sliced


  • Preheat a gas grill over moderately high heat to about 450 – 475 degrees.
  • Cut cauliflower florets from head, leaving behind as much stem as possible.
  • Working in 2 or 3 batches, pulse florets in a food processor until cauliflower is finely chopped (it should look similar to couscous). Measure out 4 cups and transfer to a large bowl.
  • Add shrimp to bowl along with black beans, corn, green chilies, green onions, garlic, olive oil, lime zest, lime juice, and cumin. Season with salt and pepper (about 1 tsp salt 1/4 tsp pepper) then toss gently to evenly coat.
  • Cut 4 sheets of 15 by 12-inch heavy duty aluminum foil. Lay sheets individually on a flat surface.
  • Divide shrimp mixture evenly among foil sheets, placing each mound in the center of the foil.
  • Bring sides of foil inward then fold together twice and to seal, then fold ends up (and work to leave a little extra space inside for heat to circulate so everything cooks evenly, I like to pull up on the top crimp).
  • Grill packets until shrimp has cooked through (it should appear pink in color), about 9 – 11 minutes.
  • Carefully open each packet and toss in cilantro. Serve warm with avocado slices.
  • Recipe source: Cooking Classy
Nutrition Facts
Amount Per Serving
Calories 503Calories from Fat 153
% Daily Value*
Fat 17g26%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 357mg119%
Sodium 328mg14%
Potassium 1305mg37%
Carbohydrates 46g15%
Fiber 16g67%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 38g76%
Vitamin A 405IU8%
Vitamin C 108.7mg132%
Calcium 301mg30%
Iron 7.1mg39%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Nutrition values are estimates only.

The way out of this mess…

The Founding Fathers believed in God and called on Him to create this nation.

Yes, they used men to go to war and draft the Constitution but always prayed to God for His guidance and His support. God loves to use people to bring His plan to fruition.

Ask yourself, “should we pray for His help to save our nation and for a renewal?” Absolutely!

We cannot stubbornly continue to try to fix this ourselves, we must humbly come to God and ask for forgiveness for the evil we’ve tolerated around us.

What’s In A Name?

We see that God appears to Abram and says, “I am God Almighty, El Shaddai”, as He affirms His covenant with him. What does that mean? God Almighty? What is the depth and breadth of this might? We also see that God Himself later asks him, “Is anything too hard for the Lord”? We know that nothing is too hard for God!

What would you do if God Almighty, Creator of all that ever was, is, or will be, appeared before you? Would you do as Abram did and fall on your face?

“Abram fell facedown, and God said to him, “As for me, this is my covenant with you: You will be the father of many nations. No longer will you be called Abram; your name will be Abraham, for (I have made) you a father of many nations. “I will make you very fruitful; I will make nations of you, and kings will come from you.” Genesis‬ ‭17:4-6

There are many things we can learn from just this bit of scripture. The nugget I appreciated today is in God’s words “I have made” and “I will”. When God says “ I will” then it is already done.

Let that sink in. When we realize this, it grows our faith in what has already been accomplished by Jesus on the cross.

Matthew 1:21 tells us the Jesus will save His people from their sins. And we know, it has already been done-it is finished!

The good news is that when the Holy Spirit draws us to the Lord and sets us apart for God, we can have that same assurance that God gave Abraham. He gave him a new name and a symbol of His everlasting covenant.

“Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who is victorious, I will give some of the hidden manna. I will also give that person a white stone with a new name written on it, known only to the one who receives it.” Revelation‬ ‭2:17‬ ‭

We also will be given a new name from God Himself. How intimate and personal is that? For us, we must have faith and peace in the waiting. It’s like a future appointment, a promise that God will fulfill because it also has already been done. It is finished! Praise the Lord!

Father, thank you for your truth, the Holy Bible. Thank you for giving us the hunger to spend time with your living word and learning about your love and compassion, and how to walk with you while experiencing your joy in our lives. In Jesus name, Amen

Where Does Our Power Come From?

I saw this post this morning. with some comments about positive energy and sparking power in others. All to be used for our joys and our goals. How sweet – right?

So where does true power come from? Not from us. If we believe that then we are deceiving ourselves and others.

Ephesians 3: 20-21
Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all.

This is Paul talking about praying for others to have the Power of God, supernatural power. It is the very energy of the life of God himself. It is supernatural energy that emanates from God’s being. All to bring Glory to God (not for our joys or our goals). However, God is so good, He is abundant in love and lavishes His love on us. He is faithful, keeps his promises – he sustains the sun and the moon and the stars, day after day! His blessings are abundant – we must just take a few moments each day to reflect on how He has loved us and blessed us! Once you start to consider this, you will see so many blessings.

If we want to spark power and energy, first we must tap into the Power of God ourselves through Jesus. There is no energy or power that we can muster up and sustain on our own. The only way to get God’s power is to first admit that we are nothing but lost sinners. If we can not admit that, then He will leave us lost in our sin forever. And also give us up to our depraved mind! To me that means to not even recognize that our thinking is wrong! That’s a huge problem in our world today!

The scriptures tell us that in Romans 1:28. “And just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a depraved mind, to do those things that are not proper.”

And it goes further than that too. We not only need to acknowledge that God exists but give our lives to him. “ Even the demons believe—and shudder! The “faith” of demons is useless, even though they tremble at what they know to be true. People who say they “believe” in God while showing no evidence of faith have a level of “belief” similar to that of demons.

So when people post these statements, they not only are misrepresenting how to have power in our lives but they are also misguiding us for our eternity. We all need to pray that God open our eyes to these modern untruths so we can get back to the basics of His word! We need to acknowledge God and the truths of His words in the Bible.

Have a blessed day friends!

A Warning Regarding Modern Prophecy – Do not handle! Do not taste! Do not touch!

I’ve been thinking about how much we are all trying to seek truth in this current environment of propaganda and blatant lies by people and organizations that we were taught to trust.  Once your eyes are open, there is no way to not continue seeing it!  So we start frantically digging for the truth.  For a source of truth.  We turn to people that are sharing what we want to hear.  The things that resonate with us.  Remember, what you focus on you will find–whether truth or not!

There are many podcast and alternate situation update videos accessible to us.  Some come in the name of ‘God’.  There are many of these components in these daily updates – scripture shared, hope, miraculous healings, projections of the future, and prayer.  Do not be fooled! The only truth is that truth which comes from the Word of God!  We must pray for discernment and we must stay in the Bible.   Proceed with caution!  Many of these are harmful!  They draw us away from God and what the scriptures say.   Here are some biblical scriptures with a few key points to consider as we all search for truth.

Modern prophecy is unbiblical and spiritually dangerous. 

  1. It accepts fallible prophets and prophecies that don’t meet biblical requirements.But a prophet who presumes to speak in my name anything I have not commanded, or a prophet who speaks in the name of other gods, is to be put to death.” You may say to yourselves, “How can we know when a message has not been spoken by the Lord?”  If what a prophet proclaims in the name of the Lord does not take place or come true, that is a message the Lord has not spoken. That prophet has spoken presumptuously, so do not be alarmed.  Deuteronomy 18:20-22

    SpecifIcally note this scripture that tells us that sometimes false prophecy will take place but it is not from God.   The Lord could be testing us.  So turn away and find your truth in God’s word.  Trust him that He is sovereign.

    If a prophet, or one who foretells by dreams, appears among you and announces to you a sign or wonder, and if the sign or wonder spoken of takes place, and the prophet says, “Let us follow other gods” (gods you have not known) “and let us worship them,” you must not listen to the words of that prophet or dreamer. The Lord your God is testing you to find out whether you love him with all your heart and with all your soul. It is the Lord your God you must follow, and him you must revere. Keep his commands and obey him; serve him and hold fast to him.  That prophet or dreamer must be put to death for inciting rebellion against the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt and redeemed you from the land of slavery. That prophet or dreamer tried to turn you from the way the Lord your God commanded you to follow. You must purge the evil from among you. Deuteronomy 13:1-5
  2. It degrades the true miraculous nature and purpose of prophecy and miraculous gifts.

    We must pay the most careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away. For since the message spoken through angels was binding, and every violation and disobedience received its just punishment, how shall we escape if we ignore so great a salvation? This salvation, which was first announced by the Lord, was confirmed to us by those who heard him. God also testified to it by signs, wonders and various miracles, and by gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to his will.  Hebrews 2:1-4

  3. It elevates the subjective leading of the spirit to objective revelation from God.  (They attach “authority’ to the revelation.)
  4. It leads people away from the centrality of obedience to scripture and away from spiritual growth.

    Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth.  John 17:17Do not let anyone who delights in false humility and the worship of angels disqualify you. Such a person also goes into great detail about what they have seen; they are puffed up with idle notions by their unspiritual mind.  They have lost connection with the head, from whom the whole body, supported and held together by its ligaments and sinews, grows as God causes it to grow.  Since you died with Christ to the elemental spiritual forces of this world, why, as though you still belonged to the world, do you submit to its rules:  “Do not handle! Do not taste! Do not touch!”?  These rules, which have to do with things that are all destined to perish with use, are based on merely human commands and teachings.  Such regulations indeed have an appearance of wisdom, with their self-imposed worship, their false humility and their harsh treatment of the body, but they lack any value in restraining sensual indulgence.  Colossians 2:18-23 

  5. It gives no sure basis of discernment and makes one susceptible to error. 

    But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let them be under God’s curse!  As we have already said, so now I say again: If anybody is preaching to you a gospel other than what you accepted, let them be under God’s curse!  Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ. Galations 1:8-10

    *The Scriptures are God’s sufficient, present voice to us.

    For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. 13 Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.  Hebrews 4:12-13


    The law of the Lord is perfect,
        refreshing the soul.
    The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy,
        making wise the simple.
    The precepts of the Lord are right,
        giving joy to the heart.
    The commands of the Lord are radiant,
        giving light to the eyes.
    The fear of the Lord is pure,
        enduring forever.
    The decrees of the Lord are firm,
        and all of them are righteous.

    They are more precious than gold,
        than much pure gold;
    they are sweeter than honey,
        than honey from the honeycomb.
    By them your servant is warned;
        in keeping them there is great reward.     Psalm 19:7-11


    *God’s perfect and complete revelation to us.

    All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness 2 Timothy 3:16


    The heavens declare the glory of God;
        the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
    Day after day they pour forth speech;
        night after night they reveal knowledge.
    They have no speech, they use no words;
        no sound is heard from them.
    Yet their voice goes out into all the earth,
        their words to the ends of the world.
    In the heavens God has pitched a tent for the sun.
        It is like a bridegroom coming out of his chamber,
        like a champion rejoicing to run his course.
    It rises at one end of the heavens
        and makes its circuit to the other;
        nothing is deprived of its warmth.

    The law of the Lord is perfect,
        refreshing the soul.
    The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy,
        making wise the simple.
    The precepts of the Lord are right,
        giving joy to the heart.
    The commands of the Lord are radiant,
        giving light to the eyes.
    The fear of the Lord is pure,
        enduring forever.
    The decrees of the Lord are firm,
        and all of them are righteous.

    10 They are more precious than gold,
        than much pure gold;
    they are sweeter than honey,
        than honey from the honeycomb.
    11 By them your servant is warned;
        in keeping them there is great reward.
    12 But who can discern their own errors?
        Forgive my hidden faults.
    13 Keep your servant also from willful sins;
        may they not rule over me.
    Then I will be blameless,
        innocent of great transgression.

    14 May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart
        be pleasing in your sight,
        Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.

        Psalm 19




God’s Plan is at Work – He Hears Our Prayers – It’s a Time of Trusting and Waiting!

How is God’s plan working today?  Sometimes it’s easy to wonder in all this evil and chaos that we are experiencing.   Especially since we know that God is a God of order.  We can see that for ourselves just through God’s creation of the heavens and earth and everything in it.  For God created everything ithat ever was, is, or will be.  The awe of creation!  

Yet, during the building of The Tower of Babel when man was attempting to make a name for themselves, to have more power, and more wealth for the sake of pride and greed, God brought chaos.

The Lord said, “Behold, they are one people, and they all have the same language.  And this is what they have started to do, and now nothing which they plan to do will be impossible for them.  Come, let us go down and there confuse their language so that they will not understand one another’s speech.”  Genesis 11:6

Then we see also during Pentecost, when God ‘undid’ exactly that and everyone could understand each other though they knew only their own language.  This was intentional to begin to build God’s church.  The Church of Christians.  Those who believe and put their trust and faith in Jesus Christ.

 All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues[as the Spirit enabled them.  Acts 2:4

And here we are once again today, we all have the ability to understand each other’s language.  We have instant translations on our phones.  And again, we definately are in a time a chaos! 

Don’t let that chaos fool you.   Don’t let the evil distract you to the point of not having faith, confidence, joy and peace that knowing Jesus brings.   We must acknowledge that God is Sovereign.  He is in control of absolutely everything.  For if you do not believe that God is sovereign then you might be fooling yourselve about your eternal security.

Though we can not understand it with the level of detail we desire, God’s plan is at work.  His will is being done here.  And with that, we can have peace.  We know the end of the story.  We can rest in the assurance of our salvation and eternal life with Him regardless of what happens during our life time here on earth.

And remember. God is good ALL the time! He confused those people at the Tower of Babel to help them get back on track.   God showed His love and compassion to redirect them away from the evil plots of men.

We must wonder–how is God showing His love and compassion during this time. Only God knows but we can choose to trust and live in His circle of peace.  And be assured – He hears us! He hears our prayers–our crying out for help and his will. 

“This is the confidence which we have in Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.  And if we know that He hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests which we have asked from Him. 1 John 5:14-15
With this we can have hope and peace!  We know this because the Bible tells us so – The Bible is Truth!   
When in doubt, go to your bible. The bible has everything we need to follow Jesus and live our lives in truth! God, through the bible, has already shown us His standard which we should do our best to live up to! What is truth, what is right and what is wrong, what is sin and what is not. The eternal ramifications of sin, how to remedy that through faith in Jesus’ redemption on that cross. Only His standard matters – not the standard of sinful men.
Remember God is in control. His standards and truth will prevail! It’s just a waiting game. God’s got this!

God is Sovereign – Take Refuge in Him!

We can take comfort in God’s word here in Isaiah.  God is Sovereign!  Knowing this we can be courageous and take refuge in him!

“No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is of me, saith the Lord.”  Isaiah 54:17

Here is some commentary that I was resting in recently that really settle well with me.  I wanted to share it for others to rest in as well:

“The LORD will not allow the weapon formed against His servants to prosper. Sometimes this means the LORD takes the weapon out of the hand of the enemy of His servants. Sometimes it means that God allows the weapon to strike, but brings a greater good out of it than the pain of the immediate blow. In allowing this, God will not allow the weapon to prosper, but transforms the violent sword into a trowel for building His kingdom.

The tongue which rises against you can really hurt. “Satan leaves no stone unturned against the Church of God. He uses not simply the hand; but, what is oftener a sharper weapon, the tongue. We can bear a blow, sometimes, but we cannot endure an insult. There is a great power in the tongue. We can rise from a blow which smote us to the ground; but we cannot so easily recover from slander, that lays the character low.” (Spurgeon)

Yet, we can trust in the LORD’s triumph. “The more accusers, the more acquittals; the more slander, the more honor; so the enemy may slander us as much as he pleases.” (Spurgeon)

This is not a blanket promise for any churchgoer.

The LORD specifically says, this is the heritage of the servants of the LORD. Are you a servant of the LORD? Then you can rest easy in His promised protection.

The LORD also says that this is a promise for those whose righteousness is from Me – from the LORD Himself – and not from themselves. When a person understands that their righteousness is really from the LORD, they are much more comfortable in letting the LORD protect their righteousness!”