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To fully experience joy in our everyday life—and at the table—many of us have to break out, make an escape, from the prison of shame.

I can’t think of a better person to teach us how to do that than Michele Cushatt.

She’s the author of the I Am: A 60-Day Journey to Knowing Who You Are Because of Who He Is and I hope you’ll grab a copy!

Michele and I have enjoyed long walks in the foothills of Colorado, and it’s a privilege to call her a friend. She’s a master wordsmith, wise beyond her years, and someone who has experienced the kind of heartbreak and hardship most of us could never imagine.

In this raw interview, she gets real. She gets vulnerable. She describes her own experiences with shame. And how despite all of these obstacles, she has found a way to reclaim the joy that God wants for her when she sits at the table.

Together, we talk about some issues no one talks about.

One of my fave parts of the interview:

Michele offers seven powerful words that you can speak to shatter shame.

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Taste and See by Margaret Feinberg


Michele’s books: I Am and Undone


Honey Barbecue Meatloaf

(Note from Michele: My kids BEG for this. Historically, meatloaf tastes like garbage to me. But I LOVE this recipe, and there are never leftovers!) 

1 tsp. Beef bouillon
1 TBSP hot water
1 egg
1/3 C. Good Quality Honey BBQ sauce
1 TBSP Worcestershire sauce
1 TBSP prepared mustard
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. Chili powder
1/2 C. Oatmeal (uncooked)
1/4 C. Chopped onion
2 TBSP brown sugar
1/2 tsp. Garlic powder (or 1 tsp. fresh minced garlic)
1/4 tsp. Black pepper
1 lb. lean ground beef (uncooked)

In a large bowl, dissolve bouillon in water. Stir in egg, oats, BBQ sauce, onion, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, garlic powder, salt, pepper, and chili powder. Add beef and mix well.

Put into an ungreased loaf pan and bake at 350 for 1 hour.

Top with more BBQ sauce and bake another 5-10 minutes or until meat is no longer pink. Let stand 10 minutes before serving. Serve with buttered mashed potatoes and roasted veggies. YUM!


Gluten-free Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

(modified from My Gluten-Free Kitchen by Michele Palin )

Cream together:
1/2 C. (2 sticks) REAL butter, softened
2 ounces cream cheese, softened
1 C. Brown sugar
1/2 C. White sugar
1 tsp. Vanilla
2 eggs

Add and mix until combined:
2 C. Gluten-free flour blend (I use Pamela’s biscuit & baking mix)
2 C. Old-fashioned oats
1/2 tsp. Salt
Gently mix in:
1 bag Ghirardelli semi-sweet chocolate chips
Drop by spoonfuls on a parchment-covered baking sheet. Bake at 375 for 10-12 minutes, or until lightly golden.

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