Reading Material

If you are looking for some light reading, check out In Print! on my blog. I have several articles published in local magazines. Some of my favorites are:

Cultivating Gratitude is a Work in Progress – Radish Magazine Sept/Oct 2018 – Pg 22. This article was one of my all-time favorites to write. I worked with the most beautiful human being. Kristi Nelson, Executive Director, This article features a book about gratitude. The book is filled with thought provoking and inspiring quotes, and the illustrator did an exquisite job hand lettering every page.

Exploring Minnesota – Radish Magazine July/Aug 2016 – Pg 27. I loved writing this piece because of my love of Minnesota. I’ve lived in Minnesota for nearly 10 years, and I have loved exploring different corners of the state.

Before my battle with cancer, and now my current back issues, I haven’t been able to get out for long hikes or bike rides. This article is a great reminder of the beauty all around me, and I know, one day soon, I will be out exploring again.

Cats in the Hood – Wagazine Winter 2016 – Pg 22. My husband and I are cat parents. We love, love, love every aspect of our little cuties! I miss them when we travel, daydream about what they’re doing throughout the day, and I can’t wait to get nose kisses when I arrive home every evening! This article is about rescuing feral cats and the great lengths that people go to in order to protect them.

Women & Wine: From Grapes in France to Your Glass in Rochester – Mar/Apr 2017 – Pg 34. I learned so much about one of my favorite wines. I love sparkling wine! While I don’t buy champagne because of the cost, I seek out the lesser expensive Prosecco or Cava, it tastes just as good.

I hope you enjoy reading these selections as much as I enjoyed researching and writing them. Let me know what you think.


White Chicken Chili

This soup is one of my favorite recipes. It’s healthy and super easy. I try to make this on Sunday afternoon, and then I have dinner for the next night. I never feel like cooking on a Monday after a long day at work.

This soup also freezes well, so take your leftovers and save them for mid-week especially if you have a busy week ahead of you.

This dish is super for feeding a group too. I have made this several times for gatherings of six, and it’s always a hit.

Healthy White Chicken Chili

Super simple crock pot White Chicken Chili. Great on a cold winter’s eve.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time3 hrs
Total Time3 hrs 10 mins
Course: Soup
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: Clean eating, Healthy, White Chicken Chili
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 300kcal
Author: thewhisperingpen


  • 1 lbs chicken breasts
  • 1 tbsp olive oil extra virgin
  • 1/2 cup diced onion
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • 1 can Northern beans drained
  • 1 whole diced fresh jalapeno
  • 32 oz chicken broth
  • 1 cup salsa verde mild, medium or hot
  • 1/2 lime use the juice from lime
  • 1 cup fresh cilantro chopped
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • salt to taste
  • pepper to taste
  • 1 avocado garnish
  • 1 package shredded mozzarella cheese garnish
  • whole cilantro leaves garnish


  • Add olive oil,salsa verde and chicken broth to crock pot.
  • Add chicken breasts to stock.
  • Open can of Northern beans and rinse. Add to stock.
  • Chop onion and jalapeno. I use rubber gloves when pulling seeds from jalapeno. Add to stock.
  • Add herbs and spices. Save some whole leaves of cilantro for a garnish.
  • Cook on low for 3 hours. After breasts are cooked through, pull them from the stock and pull the meat apart. Return to stock.
  • Serve in ceramic bowls. Cut avocado into small chunks. Garnish with avocado, cilantro and cheese if desired.

A New Endeavor

I’m so excited about my latest accomplishment, and I would like to share my recent nutrition journey, and my results, with my friends and family. After my battle with cancer in 2017 and 2018, I wanted to learn more about healthy nutrition and exercise…this is how I met my friend, and Health Coach, Melissa Johnson.

I’m so excited about my latest accomplishment, and I would like to share my recent nutrition journey, and my results, with my friends and family. After my battle with cancer in 2017 and 2018, I wanted to learn more about healthy nutrition and exercise…this is how I met my friend, and Health Coach, Melissa Johnson.

Last year chemo left me fatigued, and now my current battle with severe back pain, has kept me from exercising. I wanted to remain as healthy as possible, and Melissa and I talked about the most important piece of the puzzle–nutrition. This led to my focus on healthy nutrition.

Melissa helped me get started with an Herbalife Nutrition Program. Nutrition is what helps fuel our bodies and helps to protect us on a cellular level. I have always been a healthy eater, but I have always given in to cheat meals and cocktails more often than I care to admit. I recently completed a 21-day online virtual challenge and lost 7 lbs! I held myself accountable for everything that went into my mouth.

The 21-day challenge does include an exercise piece for those who are willing and able. I am not advising you to stop working out because physical activity is still a huge piece to leading a healthy lifestyle. I am so limited in what I can do physically, I had no idea what to expect with this challenge.

I was astounded at the results I had without physical exercise! This has been a game changer for me! In three weeks, you can make significant changes in your overall health, and if you’d like, Melissa and I can help you every step of the way!

What is Herbalife?

Herbalife is the number one nutrition company in the world and has a presence in over 90 countries. They have the number one meal replacement shake that has helped me get the appropriate nutrients in each meal during my busy work schedule! I love knowing I can have 1 or 2 shakes in my day along with snacks and colorful meals to give me needed energy while keeping me at a healthy weight!

Herbalife is not low carb or high protein. It’s science-based, and it’s “balanced” nutrition so your body is getting healthy macronutrients and vitamins and minerals needed for a “complete meal.”

Join the 21-day Challenge!

The next 21-day online virtual challenge starts Monday, February 4. I would love to help you meet nutrition goals and more through this challenge! Feel free to contact me with any questions–better yet, ask me about a 3-day trial pack. It’s a great first step!