Healing Hands and WIAW Recipe

The past few days I’ve opened up my computer maybe 2-3x. Usually to respond to a few ASAP things and emails. I’ve hit read all in my READER and only read a few things here or there. You see, when tragedy strikes, I think there is a need for a little more disconnect. And since the Sandy Hook tragedy happened so close to Christmas, my heart is just eager to be still pray, pray for those affected and for our nation.

I got in my car this morning and flicked on the radio. I just so happened to hear the last bit of the news and they mentioned Sandy Hook. They mentioned that the school system was trying to move forward and ready to start healing, slowly. The kids were going back to school, in a different building of course, and the town was trying to focus on just loving and supporting one another. I sat there amazed. I sat there in awe of their strength. I sat there prayed for those little hearts, still scared, still sad. I sat there and realized that that is part of the healing process. Still painful, still mourning, but moving forward. That God’s hands are scooping them up right now and holding them tight. And as I prayed, I felt that comfort as well.  Let the Healing begin.

Isaiah 41:10


I don’t have much to say after my little note above, but in light that it is Wednesday and WIAW, let’s move forward. Today I will share a few food pics and a great easy recipe. Maybe you can make these for someone who might need healing, whether it be physically or emotionally. Food can comfort when it’s made with LOVE! Enjoy!


Food Made with Love for my Family. Herb Salmon Steamed with Squash, butter, and cholula sauce. And Hot oats with Chia (Mila), poached egg, cream, and honey on top.


Food that heals the body. 2 juices to keep our immunity up this week. Carrot Cucumber Kiwi Orange on the left and Carrot Grapefruit Tangerine on the right.

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Food made with kindness for others and by others

Custom Healthy Bites for my friend Jill Hanner on the left (Vegan Chocolate PB Caramel Latte) and my neighbors homemade coconut cream pie on the right. My neighbor Abby knows how to spoil us rotten. Love her kind heart.

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And lastly, food I made just to share. I had extra GF pancake batter so I made a pumpkin spice pancake flat bread on the left. You can see my recipe on instagram here. I’ll post it here again soon. Then there is the picture on the right. GF Carrot Apple Pie PB muffins. I made these with the leftover pulp I had from juicing.

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  • 2 cups carrot and apple pulp (or finely chopped carrot and apple)
  • 2.5 cups GF flour (if you want grain free, try half almond meal, half coconut flour)
  • 1 egg (or flax egg)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp Peanut flour or chunky PB
  • 1 tsp apple pie spice
  • dash of sea salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ cup almond milk
  • 5-8 liquid stevia drops for sweetened version. Can also use honey or maple syrup (1/4 cup)
  • *for extra bulk add in 4 chopped dates or prunes
  1. Place pulp in bowl and mix with hands. then add in your flour, egg, and milk. Mix again. Add in your remaining spices and form into a thick batter (will be chunky). Scoop out batter into oiled muffins tins or a muffin pan. Fill about ¾ full. Bake at 350F for 32-36 minutes.
  2. Note: Since you use a LOT of carrot and apple pulp, they may take longer to cook. Be sure to check the center of your muffin with a tooth pick or knife.

Let the healing begin. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!



p.s I forgot to mention the winner of my FREE FRIDAY giveaway. Random Generator selected Melissa from Lift Teach Love Run. This was her response when asked what best thing in life was free. LOVE it Ms. LOVE!


Thou Shalt’s

It’s been a slow morning here. I woke up early, naturally. Like before 6am. But I have no plan other than to sit, drink coffee, and spend more time in my devotional this morning. No agenda. No ABC of life. Although I feel as if I should. But what makes us feel the need to be busy? To have a plan? Or as my dad would say, live linearly?

 Today I want to UNglorify the busy. To focus on what’s around me, in the moment, of THIS day.


You must read the post and you will get what I mean.

Follow me as I list the THOU SHALTS of this SUNDAY.

Thou Shalt smile, because it’s good for one’s health (and happiness).


Thou Shalt Hug someone because it’s likely they need it.


Thou shalt seek JOY in their everyday life, doing what they love!


Though Shalt think positive, because ia bad attitude is just a waste of life.


Thou shalt motivate each other, and daily!


Thou shalt not worry about the future, instead act like a child and live for the day (and maybe eat some ice cream).


Thou Shalt listen to those who have lived longer (parents, grandparents, mentors, and others.). They usually know how to live life FULLER, RICHER, etc.!


The picture above is of my parents as newly weds. Married almost 46 years now!

Thou shalt dip your finger in a just opened jar of peanut butter. We all know it’s the best part!


And if you are runner, then you might appreciate these thou shalts (shalls). But remember, don’t busy your mind over them. hehe. Winking smile


Enjoy today, wake up, and do it again.




Thou shalt not scold me for using poor grammar. I’m living in the moment here. No time to edit.


Asheville Smiles

We have these moments. Moments of pure joy, of blissful blessings, of thankful awareness. This past weekend, I had all three.

This past weekend was a Godsend. The hubs was in NC training (others). Being the good man he is, he let me use one of his stand by tickets to meet up with some friends in Asheville. We’d then reunite in Charlotte on Monday for our journey home.


The stand by ticket was a hit or miss, but luckily I caught the last flight out and MADE IT!! That’s some thankful awareness right there!

But then the real blessings happened.

A Birthday spent with some pretty amazing ladies. I met up with Lindsay early on in the day, then Michelle and Lori drove down from Charlotte. We dined, we laughed, we talked, we hugged. Like old friends that had BEEN reunited, yet we have never officially met.

Twin, Lindsay, Twin, Lindsay …. hehe, get the picture?

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Photos courtesy of Michelle.

Lunch at Posana. Oh my goodness good!



Photo courtesy of Lindsay

We walked around the Bele Chere festival, checking out vendors, sweating up a storm, and just laughing. Pure JOY!

Lindsay and I were so thankful that the twins came down for the day. It’s amazing what “blends” will do for each other.

After Lori and Michelle left, Lindsay and I got into some trouble. No really, we did. Let’s just say it involved a car getting towed and riding in truck with two men we didn’t know. Ack! Thankfully it all turned out okay and we ended up laughing about it later. Winking smile Thankful AWARENESS!


The last 24 hours were spent hiking and running through the Mountains at Bent Creek Trail, finding random late night meals (think sushi and coleslaw?), sweating our way through a 90 minute Birkram Yoga class, spending way to much time at Earth Fare, watching the Olympics while snuggled up in bed, having amazing conversation, sharing encouraging words, and being thankful for our families/husbands who let us get away for the weekend.

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Blessed. .. beyond blessed.

This past weekend just confirmed why I blog. For connection. For beautiful friendships. For TRUE encouragement. For purposeful conversation.

For JOY!

And for that, I am THANKFUL!

Cheers from Stand By Cotter,



thank you for all the birthday wishes! I hold them near and dear to my heart.

Love Button List & Workout

I am a liker, meaning, I like a lot of things on Facebook, instagram, etc. My fingers tend to take over and before I know, I’ve “liked” things that I really didn’t mean to “like.” I think it’s because LIKE them WAY too much. Therefore I am convinced, I am convinced we need to bring back the “LOVE” button. And not only on Facebook, but on instagram too. I promise to use it wisely and for only super special things!

So here’s my LOVE BUTTON LIST, full of super special things like….

Texas Sunsets


An overuse of Lululemon Pants (too petty? ha, never)


Special moments: My two loves in our new home.


Quality Food and Beverage: yes you all know I love my GTsKomucha and now I am hooked on Sarah’s Nutty Butter. I have  spoon by each flavor, ready to go! Thank you Sarah, these little jars won’t last long. Must get more!!


Friendsthat send you words of encouragement right when you need it.

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Our old bed, out of storage and all set up! Yippee!


And finally, the return of Thirty Minute Thursday (TMT for short).


That’s it, for this week at least. Maybe I should make this a monthly topic, yes?

What’s your love button list this week?

Let me know if you try the workout!




We picked a random winner for the Sprigsville Giveaway and it just so happened to be Debbie from Accidently Delish! You can see her goodness comment below. Debbie, email me your address!


Filler UP Friday

Just a quick hello this GOOD FRIDAY. I hope everyone gets their FILL weekend.

FILL yourself so that you can overflow. I know, easier said than done at times. But to me, FILLING ourselves starts with being kind to ourselves, loving ourselves, and being thankful… yes… for OURselves.

Do I sound like a hallmark card yet?194569646370728732_DS2keskp_c

So go head, get your FILL.

Your FILL of










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Caramel Egg Healthy Bites
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Serves: 30
  • ¾ cup GF Rice Crispies (I use brown rice crispies)
  • ⅔ cup raw cashews
  • ½ cup mini caramel bites (in baking section)
  • 1 tbsp chocolate pudding powder (can also use cocoa)
  • 45 grams of Vanilla Protein Powder
  • 2-3 tbsp Dark Chocolate Almond Butter
  • ¼ cup honey
  1. Blend your dry ingredients (minus the powders) in food processor. Transfer to bowl. Add in your powders, cocoa, almond butter. Stiry and mix well. Add in your honey, stir again. Roll into bites and place on wax paper. Store in freezer or fridge.


What will you FILL YOURSELF with today?

“Let me FILL you with MY Love, Joy, and PEACE. These are Glory-gifts, flowing from MY presence.”- God



Cotter Crew


For my Gluten Free Friends, here’s a list of APPROVED Gluten Free Easter Candy. ENJOY!

Goodbye Auckland, it was real.

If you are reading this now, that means the Cotter’s have departed Auckland (well hopefully). The 1990 Honda has hit the road and is making our journey back to Christchurch via Tauranga for a quick weekend race.

These past 11 days have been FULL. But not just full of training, friends, etc. It’s been FULL of LIFE. It’s taken a whole new year to realize that but THANK GOODNESS we did.

Below you will tidbits of Auckland. The friends we caught up with, the meals we feasted on, holidays we celebrated, and the beautiful land we explored via bike and foot.


The Gluten Free Burger Gods


Our running and biking trails.


Auckland Harbor and Fish Market


But what you didn’t see cannot be captured through a lens. It’s called rekindling a marriage. Discovering that after 4 years of marriage, we are not perfect but we are perfect for each other. Remembering that love isn’t about being the best wife/husband on paper, it’s about loving that person for who they are and occasionally laughing at each other along the way.

I strived to be the perfect wife for so long, but it wasn’t until this trip (this time of renewal) that I discovered my husband doesn’t need or want a perfect wife, he wants ME……..his side kick, his flirt, his number one fan. Smile

Now why didn’t I realize this 4 years ago? haha! Life is about learning, yes?!


What did you re-discovered this past week?

See you next week! Hopefully from the South Island.




A huge thank you to Mary (a merry life) and Kepa for taking the time to meet up with us for coffee. What a great way to end our time here in Auckland, with new friends!

Christchurch: A New Beginning

Well, can you believe it? Less than one week to go till Christmas and two weeks till 2012. Gosh, where does time go? I know, I’m an old fart for saying that, but it’s true.

Anyways, I’ve been indulging in some photo gluttony with my camera lately, so I’m thinking I might have to fill this next week with just New Zealand posts for a good cleanse, that ok? Winking smile

Today I wanted to focus on this great little city, Christchurch. It has literally been through hell and back since the February Earthquake. In fact, many people refer to it as “the day the earth roared.”

Gosh I remember that day, but only because we were worried sick about family. Luckily everyone was safe. In fact, it was my mother in law’s day off work. She worked in the city Centre, which is now the red zone. I think God had angels on her that day. We are thankful for that!

But despite the devastation, this city came together and poured out great love and kindness. They say that the city may not look the same, but the people are forever changed, and with that it’s made this city even more full of beauty.

Last week we finally made it downtown. I knew the hubs would be a little sad going but it was something he just had to see for himself. The last time we were there together was 2007. We parked far and decided to walk the long way around since most of the streets were still in the red zone.

We passed by a few restaurants and bars which had yet to be touched since the earthquake. I guess they are not allowed to go back in them quite yet. You can see the plates and glasses are still shattered on the ground. Crazy!


Then there is the Centre. This is just one part of it.

Most of the damage you cannot see but trust me, it’s there. In fact, the coffee shop we used to hang out in is in there somewhere.


Just a few steps away from the red zone there is the another zone. I like to call it the NEW BEGINNING Zone.

They knocked down a lot of the damaged buildings and replaced them with  crates. These crates have been turned into bright vintage stores and cafes


Even the town’s oldest grocer made his way back to the center.



New flower pots next to the rail, and new city flags flying high.


Christchurch is coming back slowly but surely. As you walk these streets there is a somber feeling but there is also a peaceful feeling….

an “all is well” feeling.

And with that being said, I wish you all an ALL IS WELL this Monday!

 Take hold of it, embrace it, and share that WELL feeling this week before Christmas.  

 You’ll be glad you did.


Sending LOVE from Christchurch,


“Our” Thankful Board

Today I am thankful for a connection. A connection made through a comment, a link, a post, tweet, and so so much more. I am thankful for you! Thankful for your heart, and thankful for your willingness to share.

Day 6 of my Thankful Board is YOU!

I was so thrilled to receive these pictures from you all.

Most everyone wanted to share WHO they are thankful for, which to me, means their lives are filled with love and joy!


Angel is a newly wed thankful for her husband and Emily is thankful that she was able to see her boyfriend last summer (He’s a soldier stationed in CA).


Beautiful Kelsey is thankful for her Abundance of Kabocha squash (Jealous!) And Julia is thankful for her crazy and amazing husband who is going through Chemo right now. Please keep him in your prayers!

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Dear Christin is thankful for her sweet family (pups and Alex). Sweet Rachelle is thankful for her nieces and nephews. They brought her love and healing after losing her brother.


Tiff is thankful for her partner in crime (aka husband). Plus she gets to host thanksgiving this year and will get to spoil her family.


Bonnie is thankful for her parents who may not be near, but are very dear to her. For Mikey, her husband, who she gets to celebrate life with, and for God’s beautiful creation (lake and mountains).


Stuft Mama Kristen is thankful for her miracle twins (she did not even think she would be able to get pregnant!). She is also thankful for the opportunity and ability to help someone who really needs it, sweet Amelia. You must check out her story about Amelia here.


Thank you thank you! Tomorrow we jet off to New Zealand via San Fran. I hope to have one more bon voyage post. But for now, let’s go Feed our Gratitude.

Happy Thanksgiving!


The Cotters.


If you have time, check out the video on the hubs’ blog. It shows the PRP procedure on his knee. Pretty cool!

WIAW- Abundance

How often do we wake up already knowing what we will have for breakfast, or at least what we want for breakfast? I’d say everyday! Heck, most of us have planned out the whole day of meals, snacks, etc. And some, yes some, are way ahead and have planned out a full week of meals (that’s impressive!).

My friends, this is such a blessing. One that I (we) so so so often take for granted. As I look back over the years, I recall a time where food was not so abundant…..in Africa. I was given the opportunity to travel with a Mission Team to Lusaka, Zambia in the summer of 2006.  While there, we hosted several camps for all the orphanages in that area. I got to love on these kids all day, every day. Actually, they loved on me!

I remember splitting my lunches with my translator, so that he could at least eat something each day. You see, I didn’t need to worry, we (the Americans) would have dinner waiting for us back at our camp grounds. I learned to be grateful, for whatever it was!

God showed me a lot during that time. He showed me how to Feed. Feed in thanksgiving, Feed in gratitude, Feed in Love, Feed in Humility, Feed in Faith, and so much more.

He taught me how to Feed my Soul.

I hope never for get that.

Day 4 and Day 5 of my Thankful Board.


Thank you God for your abundance. Let us count our blessings today!


Thank you Jen for hosting my last American WIAW.

Here’s a look at some of our last meals at home.

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The meal below? Yes, that would be GF mac and cheese with Maramite, carrots, tomatoes, and GF Chicken nuggets.

Can you tell we are cleaning out the pantry? haha.


I was lucky to have scored the lovely Christin’s homemade PB.

She made it just for me, with marmite. Christin, I love you!

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And of course, my last Kombucha fix. I will miss my GT Kombucha.



What are you feeding on this week? If anything, Feed on Gratitude!





I plan on posting everyone’s Thankful pictures tomorrow or Friday before we leave for NZ. Keep them coming!

Love the Limbo

limbo- in limbo in a state of uncertainty, up in the air, in abeyance, not knowing whether one is coming or going.

Correct me if I am wrong, but I have a feeling that a lot of us are feeling this way….in limbo.

We may have just completed a race and don’t know what to do next (rest, train, race again, etc.), we may be waiting for the Holiday season to REALLY begin, we may be waiting for change yet don’t know how to make the first step, we may be waiting to heal and all we can do at the moment is let time takes it course.

As for me, I am a little bit of everything (minus the racing). I’m counting down the days to New Zealand, I am anticipating a lot of change and I am trying to mentally pump myself up in order to embrace it, I am longing for this body to fully heal and get back in the swing of things (it’s getting there).

But the one thing I have been neglecting is learning to LOVE the LIMBO. Yes, truly LOVE the moment. We say all the time that we must LIVE in the moment, but do we really LOVE the moment? Of course not, sometimes it’s just not fun. But LOVING the LIMBO means we are loving the STATE/STAGE we are in because ultimately it will bring good, it is purposeful, it will makes us stronger, wiser, etc.

That’s if we let it……….


This weekend I was in the kitchen, working, loving the limbo. When it came time to prepare a REAL meal on Sunday night I was at a loss. I had not been to the store in days, nor did I want to go. So I took what I had and decided to make it great (or at least try).

Sage Sausage Cakes


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Sage Sausage Cakes
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  • 1 cup chopped sausage (I used chicken sausage, but you can also use tempeh, pork, turkey, etc)
  • 2 tbsp GF flour (can also use corn starch)
  • 2 tbsp chopped sage (if dried us 1 tbsp)
  • 1 egg
  • paprika (optional)
  • black pepper (to taste)
  • sea salt (to taste)
  • oil or (for pan)
  • BBQ sauce
  • Choice of Cheese Topping (shredded)
  1. combine sausage, egg, and flour in bowl. Mix well and add in herbs, seasoning, etc. Mix again. Form into patties (makes about 2 small or 1 large), set aside. Heat skillet on medium heat and add your oil or butter. Place your patties on the skillet and let them cook thoroughly on each side. Should be about 3-5 minutes on each side. The patties will come out golded brown. Top the patties with BBQ sauce and Mozzarella cheese then serve.
  2. Repeat this recipe to make multiple cakes.


Are you in limbo? If so, how will you LOVE it?

Ponder that thought my dears. Winking smile




I apologize if you now have the LIMBO song stuck in your head. I can’t get it out of mine. haha.