a different kind of perfect

i'm a mom...on a mission...to enjoy life everyday...appreciate the little moments...try not to get so easily annoyed...raise my kids with a faith legacy that leads them to continue to be amazing people...and to make my husband feel as special as he makes me feel.

What is Cystic Fibrosis?

CF is an inherited chronic disease that affects the lungs and digestive system of about 30k children and adults in the US (70k worldwide). A defective gene and its protein product cause the body to produce unusually thick, sticky mucus that both clogs the lungs and obstructs the pancreas and stops natural enzymes from helping the body break down and absorb food. [www.cff.org]

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Help CF Research by submitting a recipe!

I think Jim will be the first to admit I've become a little obsessed with food over the past few years.  It took a switch over to a plant-based lifestyle to train my palate to enjoy whole foods that were not chemical laden and processed but it is what I learned along the way that kept my interest and keeps me experimenting in the kitchen. 

I love to find the perfect combination of foods that will please all 6 of us.  We do a lot of stir-fry's and veggies but time permitting, I love to treat my chopping board, blender and skillet as a blank canvas and just go for it.  I have lots of fails but occasionally "make it again, make it again" is chanted.

Call me cheesy but I get excited to create something with healthier fats that is nutrient dense and loaded with protein.  Bonus if the kids enjoy it! 

So usually we're asking you to support us in some type of way, joining an event, donating to a cause, etc.  There is a different way to help over the next 6 weeks.  You can read the press release for more details but for every recipe submitted to an online cookbook, money will be donated to Cystic Fibrosis Research Inc. which will use the money to provide resources on the importance of nutrition in people with CF.  Super easy, you don't have to have a CFer in your home to share your recipe.  Just think of something yummy that isn't low-calorie :)

You can submit your recipes to an online cookbook through September 15th using this link www.Chef4CF.com/recipes/.  If 50 recipes are submitted by August 8, AbbVie will donate $5,000.  If you don't feel like you have yet to create a recipe that you want to share, get cooking!  No really, you can still help, just go the Chef4CF.com site and share a recipe from their site onto your social media; it'll generate some money for the program too. 

Besides the fact there is money to give to CFRI, I'm also hoping for two things...one that people with CF may benefit from trying a recipe that they may not have tried before, something that is maybe rich in protein, healthy fats, and the fat-soluble vitamins (ADEK) and two that I can add a few more options to our meals. 

Read the Press Release here but don't delay, enter something this weekend!  Thanks!


Dean @  age 4