Easy Pressure/Slow Cooker Vegetable Soup Recipe

I recently began a 21 detox (no meats, grains, refined carbs or processed food. Just fruits, veggies, nuts, and legumes!) and have had to pull out some classics & revamp them. One of my favorites so far is a twist on my vegetable soup. I have a Cosori Pressure Cooker (like Instant Pot) which makes cooking a breeze for many things but especially rice (which I am not eating on my detox) or soup!

The main difference in this soup from what I normally do for vegetable soup is that I decided to thicken the base (and I typically . Instead of just using diced tomatoes, I heated cauliflower with almond milk & earth’s balance + lemon juice & 2 tablespoons Nutritional Yeast to thicken up the base/ make it a little creamy / tomato bisque-ish. I am not going to tell you how to season (as I often do not measure many things ha!)


1.) Using the Sautee function on your Pressure Cooker : Sautee garlic, onion, and seasonal vegetables (I put zucchini I had in the freezer, one 14.5 oz of can sweet corn, one 14.5 oz can of sweet peas, one 14.5 oz can of black beans, carrots, diced sweet potatoes).

[also a delicious addition is lentils & kale – I prepared these separately & just threw it in the bowl when I warmed it up to have after making it !]

2.) Add in fresh thyme, salt/pepper. I use Tony’s seasoning in everythingggg! Trader Joe’s Garlic Salt, garlic powder, and onion powder

3.) Turn off your Pressure Cooker. Place cauliflower in a stock pot with almond milk, earth’s balance (vegan butter), and seasonings (garlic powder, garlic salt, Tony Chachere’s Creole Seasoning) and 2 tablespoons of Nutritional Yeast along with 1 tablespoon of lemon juice.

4.) Once the cauliflower is softened power in one 28 oz can of diced tomatoes and either place an immersion blender in the pot to blend or pour the mixture into your blender and blend. Adjust seasoning to taste (e.g. more nutritional yeast, Tony’s Seasoning or lemon juice)

5.) Pour base into instant pot & select the “Beans” Function on your Pressure Cooker + Cook for 6 minutes.

One Beat: Q Tape

My sister in law produced a project, pulling together a group of creatives for a 60 second song challenge. One beat. One theme: love.

My muse: my husband and our journey to learn what reconciliation looks like – what’s the motivation : that in reconciling God and man Jesus reconciles me and you ! Because of this we celebrate each others differences. We are fearfully & wonderfully made ! Check out the other dope creatives on the tape !

In the Clouds

“To lie and cringe beneath one’s load means death, but life and power await all those who dare to rise above. Our burdens are our wings; on them we soar to higher realms of grace; without them we must ever roam on plains of undeveloped faith”  – Mary Butterfield 


There’s a cloud looming overhead

God did not intend for it to harm

But to shape my heart’s dependence to the safety of His arms

In the cloud God awaits

In the loneliness, He is friend

In the sorrow, He is comfort

Amidst the chaos, He is peace

So take courage my heart and plunge into the cloud, for He is near to the brokenhearted (Psalm 34)

Rejoice in these trials as you partake in Christ’s sufferings (1 Peter 4:12-13)

Lean on the rock and know 

On the other side of life’s storms

A glory of no comparison awaits (2 Cor4:16-18)

When I am afraid, troubled, and my heart is faint lead me to the rock that is higher than I ( Psalm 61:2) 

Count it all joy – these trials- for this is not your home ! 

“[You are a pilgrim and a sojourner in this strange land of woe

Though The path is rough & steep

You’ll be going to see Your Savior

You will see the hope of faith’s promise come to pass !

You will be free and live forever in Your home with God] !”


“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God” (Hebrews 12: 1 – 2)”

God gives us trials and disciplines us that we might share in His holiness. So may we count it all joy – these – trials, for without them we’d roam through life on plains of undeveloped faith !

Hope in the Face of Partiality

Today I had several moments where I thought “I am so tired of the pressure I feel/have felt living in a world where you are judged and evaluated. Your value is determined largely on a monolithic set of ideals and how well you are able to meet them!”

A “why don’t you do this?” Or “why don’t you do that.” The subtle suggestions, the critical gaze. the microaggressions, slights and statements that assume that there is only ONE RIGHT WAY to do things. One right way of the person who is offering the implicit but obvious put-down. For me the specific microaggression that sends me spiraling down this column of anxiety is:

Questioning the credibility of my story and denying the validity of my personal experience

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Special Surprise !

I’m super excited to share how much journaling has blessed my life.  It’s a lifestyle 🙂

I have many friends who journal (we buy one another journals) and share page excerpts with one another/ jot down prayer requests… I’m always jotting down art, scriptures and summaries, & prayers and adding images with these drawings – especially in my bible journal. Then there’s my recent obsession with lettering. I thought it was time to share !  Click on the Link below !

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2019 – 2020 Classroom Setup


Tomorrow will mark the beginning of my 3rd year teaching high school science. This third year will also be the beginning of a new journey as I am in a different school system and school ! I will be teaching in a biology teachers classroom who is currently out on maternity leave and will be teaching physics upon her return. Fortunately there was already some posters up (bio) and a very large periodic table so my set up was much more of an organization operation ! Oh by the way – there was a tank with cockroaches in it in my classroom but we opted to have them go and live in another bio teachers classroom!

A Literary Great: Many Lessons to Learn

I have been reading a lot more lately and I got married last month. One of the things that attracted me to my husband, a shared interest, is our love of reading. And in our short time married I have already been blessed to discuss, read with, and listen to thoughts about what he is reading and share with him the same. We have a shared understanding about and a respect for time reading- the Bible and other literature. We have both agreed that one must not ever assume they have arrived in terms of knowledge because there is always something to learn and something that the Lord is teaching us.

Toni Morrison’s recent death bought me here. Revisiting things she said and wrote  prompted me to get back to being more diligent on here. Why? Because writing is not just for me. It’s not just for me – the thoughts that swirl around in my head; the analogies that help me understand a concept (yes I don’t just use these in the classroom).

Toni Morrison famously touted the idea that freedom is not just for yourself. Making a difference in this life must go far beyond self improvement. You find knowledge, you share it. You become empowered, you empower someone. If you are freed, you should help free someone else.

I love this. As Christians, is this not what we’re called to do? Making disciples… Living in community…

This is something that is getting lost in many church cultures. It’s unfortunate but many do not know how to disagree and still extend compassion; how to show grace when someone falls; and how to correct and rebuke in a manner that builds up. How can we cultivate change without sharing, praying, reading and coming together ?

I have never stopped writing but the conviction to share has begun to come from not just my heart but from others.

Longing for Love: Enduring Uncertainty with Grace !

Hey ! It’s been a while since I wrote Longing for Love: Waiting, yet Satisfied. And the man that I was praying for (yes, those hypotheticals were spoken out of experience :-), is now my boyfriend. We’ve been dating for a year and a half, and we’ve known each other for 3 years (the first of which was mostly hi and bye). Some may think – prayers answered, job well done, you’ve got the man of your dreams – well actually NOOOOOO – THE JOB IS NOT NEAR DONE ! The praying cannot cease and if anything it has got to go on all the more!

Guess what! The uncertainty I encountered in waiting to see if my feelings were reciprocated – is NOT nearly as painful + anxiety riddled as the uncertainty I have experienced in dating.  And this is especially true when you enter into a relationship with A LOT of fear and hurt. It’s easier to walk away- hurt ? Yes, but not as scathed as one would be in a breakup- so there’s fear of that happening … As difficult as some of the moments in waiting were and are, I often had to task myself with remembering the moments of rejoicing more – rejoicing in what the Lord was doing in my heart and eventually finding out ways he’d been moving on my boyfriend’s heart as well(I still have to do this). Most importantly I love what the Lord was and is teaching me about suffering, waiting ,& finding my all in Him. Continue reading