light turkey meatballs


{{ light turkey meatballs }}

my husband loves this recipe.  just not sure where it came from. 

Stock the freezer with these healthy meatballs and, when the mood strikes, try them over pasta, on a sammie, or even in salad.
3 slices whole-wheat sandwich bread*
¼ cup whole milk
1 ½ pounds ground turkey ( 93% lean, dark meat )
3 scallions, finely chopped
2 small garlic cloves, minced
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
1 large egg
1 ½ teaspoon coarse salt
½ teaspoon ground pepper

Place bread in food processor; pulse until fine crumbs form.

In a small bowl, mix breadcrumbs with milk; set aside.

In a large bowl, combine turkey, scallions, garlic, parsley, egg, salt, pepper, and breadcrumb mixture; mix gently with a fork.

With hand, form mixture into ball, each equal to 2 level tablespoons; arrange in a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

To freeze:

Place baking sheet with meatballs in the freezer, and freeze for about 1 hour to set their shape; transfer the frozen meatballs to an air-tight container or resealable plastic bag, and freeze for up to 3 months.

For sliders:

Heat broiler, with rack set 4 inches from heat.

Lightly oil a rimmed baking sheet; place meatballs on sheet. Broil, turning occasionally, until cooked through, 10 to 12 minutes.

Place meatball inside slider rolls, and top with your favorite BBQ sauce.

For Spaghetti & meatballs:

In a skillet, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil over medium-high heat. Cook frozen meatballs until browned, 5 to 7 minutes.

Add 1 ½ cup store-bought marinara sauce and ½ cup water; cook until heated through, about 5 minutes. Cook 8 ounces favorite spaghetti; toss with sauce.

*You can substitute dry ( boxed ) bread crumbs, but it won’t be the same.
I think about 1/3 cup of dry crumbs might provide a similar amount of “filler” as the 3 slices of fresh bread.


Pumpkin Cake


{{ pumpkin cake }}

a fall favorite.
1 package yellow cake mix ( I like Duncan Hines )
¾ cup sugar
½ cup oil
1 – 15 oz. can pumpkin ( not pumpkin pie mix )
1 teaspoon cinnamon
¼ teaspoon nutmeg
4 eggs
Preheat oven to 350°F.

Lightly grease and flour a 10″ bundt pan ( or muffin pan, or two loaf pans )

In a large bowl, mix together the cake mix, sugar, oil, pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg and eggs.

Beat at high speed with electric mixer until well blended, about 4 minutes.  Pour into pan.

Bake 40 to 50 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

Cool in pan 25 minutes.  Invert onto serving plate.  Cool completely.

Oh, and if you want to get fancy, sprinkle on a little powdered sugar and pumpkin pie spice!
These are great as muffins too.  Just fill cupcake liners 3/4 full with cupcake batter and bake for 25-30 minutes until toothpick comes clean from center. Let cool completely.


Recipe courtesy of my friend, Liz Beavers.

carrot juice


{{ carrot juice … our daily energizer! }}

4-6 large organic carrots ( that will give you an 8 oz. glass )

1 organic granny smith apple, cored and cut into large pieces (optional // and if not organic, the apple should be peeled)


Juice and enjoy.

NOTE:  Always strain carrot juice before drinking.


{{ macaroni and cheese }}


This recipes comes from the Food Network / courtesy of Rachael Ray.  We’ve tweaked it a bit … here’s our version:

1 tablespoon olive oil
2 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons flour, or corn starch
1 1/2 cups whole or 2 percent milk
3 cups shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg, ground or freshly grated
1/4 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper, a couple pinches


Heat a medium, deep skillet over medium heat.

Add oil and butter. When butter melts into the oil, add flour and combine.

Gently cook, whisking flour and butter together, until smooth and flour has had a chance to cook, about 3 minutes.

Slowly add milk while continuing to whisk. Gently bring milk to a bubble while stirring frequently.

Allow the milk to thicken a bit, then stir in 2 cups of shredded cheddar cheese a handful at a time.

Season sauce with nutmeg and cayenne. Taste and add a little salt, if you like.

Add cooked pasta to sauce and coat completely by turning over and over in the cheese sauce.

Transfer to a baking dish and top with remaining cheese.

Place baking dish under a hot broiler and brown the cheddar cheese on top.

Serve and enjoy!
Yield: 4 entree servings, 8 side servings

2013 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 4,800 times in 2013. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 4 trips to carry that many people.

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Soul Sunday


A Whole New Mind



I just finished reading a phenomenal book entitled “A Whole New Mind” by Daniel Pink. In the book, Pink discusses how, over the last 20 – 40 years or so, we have been slowly moving from a left brained society, into a right brain society, and how those with “right brain” thinking will be the powerful thought leaders of the next 100 years. I will be writing more on this subject, because I think that the church in America is far more “left brain” than it may understand, and certainly more than it ought to be. But for now, here is the letter I sent back to the author. I think it will unveil a little more about me as well. To preface this, Pink talks about the six attributes of a right brain thinker: Design, Story, Symphony (the ability to see the big picture across many domains), Empathy, Play and Meaning. Hopefully many of you possess similar qualities. I highly recommend this book, and would love to dialog with you if you choose to read it. Here’s the Letter:

” I just finished reading A Whole New Mind, and like Godin’s Tribes or Ferriss’ 4 Hour Work Week, I began recommending this book to others long before I finished it. I found it fascinating on many levels, specifically because I find myself so in tune to the these six areas, and for the first time, this book was more affirmation than inspiration (although I was highly inspired by book!). Here’s a synthesized version of my story.

– I am a graphic designer and have run design agencies for the past 25 years. (current agency is – DESIGN, PLAY

– I spent a year on hiatus and wrote screenplays during that year (Story by McKee was my biggest influence). – STORY

– I am known in various circles as the “Word Picture” guy, able to take complex ideas and situations and synthesize them into easy to understand pictures or stories. – SYMPHONY and MEANING

– I created an online organization/tshirt line called “Live Intentionally” strictly for the purpose of helping people understand each other stories, empathize with each other, and inspire one another. I’ve included a shirt design here (don’t worry, I folded the company so I’m not looking for endorsements or sales). – DESIGN, EMPATHY and MEANING

– I have been told I can see the “big picture” in a variety of arenas including culture, technology, faith and neuroscience, and have spoken at conferences, churches and schools to that end. – SYMPHONY and MEANING

– I am in the process of building an online community that, using a myriad of assessment tools, helps individuals (especially the unemployed) uncover their (sometimes latent) talents, leadership skills, personality traits and spiritual giftings, turning them into one collective two page narrative used to determine future employment and life visions and present a potential employer with a crystal clear picture of the possible candidate before even the first interview. – SYMPHONY, MEANING, STORY

– I just finished a book unveiling how, through the power of modern day parables (such as the phenomenon of the DVD director’s commentary or the plot line of Invasion of the Body Snatcher type films), the Christian faith not only resonates with all areas of reality (especially neuroscience and law), but also unveils the holistic intent and resistance for and against humanity. My goal for the book is to help this very L-Directed Christian body to stop thinking religiously (and predominantly morally) and start thinking empathetically, holistically and (most importantly) strategically. – SYMPHONY, STORY, DESIGN, MEANING and EMPATHY

None of this is to brag, but hopefully to encourage that books like this will inspire those like me, providing us a hook on which to hang our R-directed motivations and passions. With every page I turned, I found myself saying “yes! yes!” excited that you had put into words (words both well written and well researched) these many R-Directed visions I’ve carried for years.

Hopefully you will be receiving similar email responses from those to whom I have recommend this book. I strive to surround myself with and to search out what I call “Men and Women of Understanding;” those that are R-Directed, spiritually rich and strategically minded. I believe that, like me, they will burn through many a highlighter as they read and notate in your book.

I wish you nothing but the best, and would love to continue further dialog as your time permits.

Live inspired,

David Litwin “

(You can also visit his site at

Wonder and Worship.


Taken from a chapter of Parables & Parallels.

Do not bow down before their gods or worship them or follow their practices.
(Ex. 23:24a, NIV)

 Here’s a typical translation of the scripture above: “God doesn’t want you to worship anything besides Himself for He is a jealous God who hates all the other false gods that are out there, so don’t serve anything but Him.” It may evoke reverence to some, but it leaves others confused and dejected. It appears to put people in their microscopic place: God is big, and you are not, so serve Him. Consider the following quote from renowned atheist Richard Dawkins:

“The God of the Old Testament is arguably the most unpleasant character in all fiction: jealous and proud of it; a petty, unjust, unforgiving control-freak… megalomaniacal, sadomasochistic, capriciously malevolent bully.” (condensed for emphasis)

But look at what really is being said in the scripture above: “Do not bow down.” In the days this text was written, you bowed before kings, before people of authority. Or more succinctly, you bowed before people of more importance than you. And this type of bow was the ultimate form of submission: to lay prostrate before another person or deity. To say, “I am not worthy to even be in your presence, so I shall bow before you.” I suck, but you are worthy.

So what is God really saying in this scripture? Is he forcing some control-freak nature on humanity as Dawkins posited? Or, if we understand “bowing,” is he saying something like this?

“Do not consider a single thing in this universe of more importance and of more value THAN YOU… other than Me.”

What does that do to your personal worth? To your significance as a human being? You are of such ultimate value and richness that you are not to consider yourself less than any other thing in the universe – but God. The One who created the cosmos, the beauty of Yosemite, the force behind the waves on the North Shore of Oahu. And all of that creation pales in comparison to your inherent value. Now that’s liberating. You matter! You’re of immense worth! So much so that the only thing of more worth is God himself. We spend years attempting to motivate ourselves to some semblance of significance and here God is saying you can’t even begin to conceive how valuable you are. You, Christian or not, diehard atheist or agnostic, it doesn’t matter.

Now, consider the following quote in this light:

“It is not as in the Bible, that God created man in his own image. But, on the contrary, man created God in his own image.” (Ludwig Feuerbach)

How pathetic. Not in terms of this man or his quote, but in terms of your significance and worth. If there is no God, if you are just “lucky mud,” an accidental blip in this cosmic comedy, then you have such limited value. If we can’t think up anything bigger than ourselves, then how can we see ourselves as more majestic then the really beautiful things that surround us? No wonder the world is racked with nihilism and despair.

If you see God as a demagogic ruler, then the natural inclination is often to fight that authority. But if you can see just how valuable you really are, then you can begin to revere your self and your Creator in a new light. God sees us as the most valuable entity in the universe other than Him; it is time to for us to get up from whatever we have bowed down to and start to recognize and act on that powerful revelation. And then we not only worship out of recognition of His value to us, but also out of our immense value to Him.

Live Inspired.

David Litwin

He is Risen!


thankful for His love and sacrifice today and everyday. have a glorious Easter!



hello monday,  january 14, 2013


hello coffee in my new mug from my dear friend, Val.


hello grey days.  i just don’t love winter.  { #imjustasummerkindagirl }

hello green smoothies.  sooo good.

hello goodwill donation center ~ i have a truck load for you.  { less is more in 2013 }

hello “walk&talk” with my friend Cyndi.  great way to exercise and connect … together! { she’s in Naples, FL and im in Franklin, TN }

hello sinus pressure.  i’m really over you.  please go away!


hello #projectlife.  hello week 3.  loving this project.

hello to do list ~ never feel like i get enough done!

hello monday.  hello happy day.  hello new week.  hello fresh start. hello daily grace.

{{ linking up with the lovely lisa leonard for hello, Monday!  So fUn! }}

what are you saying hello to?

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