Monthly Archives: November 2014

Pumpkin Chili Soup


Pumpkin is just too great to eat it only in pies and sweet breads. Not only is it healthy for you, but it’s also easy to add to basic recipes like soup.

I adapted this recipe from this one. Adding cinnamon to a savory soup might seem strange, but I like how pumpkin and cinnamon pair together. Several years ago, when I was in China, I discovered that cinnamon is sometimes paired with meats. In fact, several Chinese friends told me how cinnamon was never put in sweet foods, only with meats.


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 medium yellow pepper, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 cans (15 ounces each) black beans, rinsed & drained
  • 1 can (15 ounces) pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling)
  • 1 can (14.5 ounces) died tomatoes, undrained
  • 3-4 cups low sodium chicken broth (depending on how thick you like your soup)
  • 1 pound lean ground chicken
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground oregano
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, optional
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Cubed avocado, optional



To Be Vulnerable


“Remember that nice guy in my small group at church? The one who likes going to dance performances with me? Like really, genuinely enjoys analyzing the performance with me?”

I sat in my living room, calling my best friend in Denver. Yes, of course she remembers him.

“Well, I think I like him.”

I started listing all these qualities about him that I loved. He deeply cares about other people. He loves Jesus and talks about God in a personal way that really encourages my faith. He desires to understand the Bible and has insightful application. He thinks poetry is cool. He is comfortable with who he is. He is an avid reader. He loves to travel and explore new places. He has this sense of joy about him that just makes me want to be in his company as often as possible.

A month or so later, this guy asked me on a date. And I sat across from him wondering and searching for what would come of our friendship. (more…)