Saturday, December 26, 2015

Leftovers!!! (Recipe edition)


Turkey and Cranberry Panini
(Courtesy of www.food.com)

INGREDIENTS
4 slices Italian bread or 4 slices ciabatta
2 tablespoons cranberry sauce
2 tablespoons mayonnaise
1 chipotle chile in adobo, finely chopped
1⁄2 cup fresh spinach (I used curly red tip lettuce)
2 slices onions (I like red onion)
8 ounces sliced turkey
2 slices monterey jack cheese
3 tablespoons olive oil

DIRECTIONS
Stir cranberry sauce, mayonnaise and chipotle chile in a small bowl until well-mixed.

Spread cut surfaces of bread with cranberry mixture; place 1/2 of spinach (or lettuce) on each of two slices of bread, then an onion slice each, then 1/2 the turkey each, then a slice of cheese on each; place the other two slices of bread on top of each stack and slightly flatten by hand.

Brush both outer sides of sandwiches with olive oil.
Heat sandwiches in a panini press for about 5 minutes, or heat them in a large skillet over medium heat turning after five minutes or until the sandwich is toasted on both sides and hot throughout.

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Monday, December 14, 2015

Healthy Spanish Rice recipe


Healthy Spanish Rice
Very flavorful. Goes well with either Spanish or Mexican food.
(Courtesy of www.food.com)

Ingredients:
1 cup uncooked long grain rice
1 sweet onion, chopped
10 cloves garlic, peeled and sliced
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 (10 ounce) can Rotel tomatoes & chilies
1 (14 1/2 ounce) can chicken broth or 1 (14 1/2 ounce) can vegetable broth
1⁄2 teaspoon saffron thread
1⁄4 cup sliced black olives (may use sliced stuffed green olives as well)
1⁄4 cup frozen peas, thawed
1⁄2 teaspoon kosher salt
1⁄4 teaspoon black pepper

Directions:
Heat olive oil in a saucepan and add chopped onion and sliced garlic.
Cook until tender and lightly browned.
Add remaining ingredients, stirring well.
Bring mixture to a boil, then cover and simmer over low heat for 20 minutes or until all the liquid has been absorbed.
Remove from heat, and place a thick towel between the pan lid and pan.
Allow to sit undisturbed for 5-10 minutes.
Fluff with a fork and serve.

Total Time: 30 Mins
Prep: 10 Mins
Cook: 20 Mins

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Friday, December 11, 2015

Turkey Burgers - Weight Watchers recipe


Turkey Burgers - Weight Watchers recipe
(Courtesy of www.food.com)

INGREDIENTS:
3⁄4 lb ground turkey
2 scallions or 2 green onions, chopped
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 tablespoon ketchup
1⁄4 teaspoon garlic powder
1⁄4 teaspoon pepper
1⁄3 cup Monterrey jack cheese

DIRECTIONS:
Combine the 1st six ingredients in a bowl. Blend in the cheese.
Form into 4 patties.
Spray a frying pan with cooking spray.
Cook patties until done.
Serve on hamburger buns with lettuce and tomatoes.

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*NOTES: If you want to make it low-carb, instead of using the bun, use lettuce wraps.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Mom's Sloppy Joe Stuffed Peppers


What we had for dinner tonight....

Mom's Sloppy Joe Stuffed Peppers
(Courtesy of WorkingMom & AllRecipes.com)

Ingredients:
2 (15 ounce) cans tomato sauce
1 (1.3 ounce) envelope sloppy joe seasoning
5 red bell peppers, tops removed and set aside and seeds removed
3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 pound ground beef
1/2 cup instant rice
1/2 cup beef broth
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
salt and ground black pepper to taste

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9x13-inch baking dish.

Mix tomato sauce and sloppy joe seasoning together in a bowl.
Finely chop the usable 'meat' from the removed tops of each red bell pepper. Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium heat; cook and stir red pepper pieces and garlic until fragrant, 1 to 2 minutes.

Cook and stir ground beef and 1/2 cup beef broth into the red pepper-garlic mixture until ground beef crumbles are browned, 8 to 10 minutes. Drain off excess fat from the cooked ground beef. Add instant rice, 1/2 cup beef broth, and Worcestershire sauce; stir to combine. Simmer until the rice becomes tender and absorbs most of the liquid, about 10 minutes. Add about 1/2 cup of the tomato sauce mixture, 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, salt, and black pepper to the beef mixture; stir to combine.

Ladle about half the remaining tomato sauce mixture into the bottom of the prepared baking dish. Stuff each of the red bell peppers with ground beef mixture; arrange in the baking dish. Ladle the remaining tomato sauce mixture over each bell pepper. Cover the baking dish with aluminum foil.
Bake in the preheated oven until filling is cooked through, about 25 minutes. Sprinkle remaining 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese over the peppers. Bake until cheese is melted and bubbling, about 10 more minutes.

Cook's Note:
You can also add 1/2 cup of cooked rice to the beef mixture just before stuffing the peppers. Omit the last 1/2 cup of beef broth if you do this as the mixture will become too soupy.

You can use all red bell peppers, or all green bell peppers, or mix and match.

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Monday, November 23, 2015

Easy DIY Chore Baskets


A great help for parents that give household chores to their kids! Purchase a few plastic baskets (these are available at dollar stores for a dollar each!), fill them with the contents needed to clean each room, and then print or write directions for that room onto a card and tape it to the basket.

When chore time comes, let them choose their basket, and you're all set!

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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Time for an update....

Hey everyone. I apologize for not updating the page for a week, I've been busy slowly helping my family clear out the clutter in our apartment. We're just doing our annual cleaning. We don't do it in the Spring because of my Lupus and it tends to get hot in the Spring time here in California. I just wanted to let you all know that I will try to post more soon.

I also have a Facebook group I run that I am renovating, so those I feel take priority right now because it's so much work. But I will be checking in as often as I can. This page will be more active soon, I'm just not sure exactly when that time will be.

Friday, November 6, 2015

Where I've been.....


Hey there everyone. I just wanted to take some time to tell you all why I haven't been able to update this page for awhile. I've been battling with a pretty serious illness. I was admitted in the hospital not too long ago for a stress test, I honestly think them having me stay over was unnecessary, but what can you do. Anyway, while I was in the hospital, I caught a really serious infection called Clostridium difficile (c-diff for short). And I have got to tell you, this is one MEAN infection.

I was starting to do better, or at least I thought I was, then WHAM-O! It came back with a vengeance. So I had to go to the E.R. again, my fourth trip in the span of a week, they have to give me some stronger antibiotics and pain killer. Now the only problem I am facing is trying to get the pre-authorization so my medical insurance will cover it. So for now, it's a waiting game.

I just wanted you all to know why I've been absent. I'll keep you all posted.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Health Benefits of eating Almonds...


I think now you can see why I try to eat almonds on a regular basis. ;)

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Saturday, October 17, 2015

Tuna Noodle Casserole recipe


Tuna Noodle Casserole
(Courtesy of http://www.campbellskitchen.com/)

What You'll Need:
1 can (10 1/2 ounces) Campbell’s® Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup or (10 1/2 ounces) Campbell’s® Condensed 98% Fat Free Cream of Mushroom Soup
1/2 cup milk
2 tablespoons chopped pimientos (optional)
1 cup frozen green peas
2 cans (about 5 ounces each ) tuna in water, drained
4 ounces (about 2 cups) medium egg noodles, cooked and drained
2 tablespoons plain dry bread crumbs
1 tablespoon butter, melted

How to Make It:
1 Heat the oven to 400°F.  Stir the soup, milk, pimientos, if desired, peas, tuna and noodles in a 1 1/2-quart casserole.  Stir the bread crumbs and butter in a small bowl.
2 Bake the tuna mixture for 20 minutes or until hot and bubbling.  Stir the tuna mixture.  Sprinkle with the bread crumb mixture.

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One Dish Chicken & Rice Bake


One Dish Chicken & Rice Bake
(Courtesy of http://www.campbellskitchen.com/)

What You'll Need:
1 can (10 1/2 ounces) Campbell’s® Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup or (10 1/2 ounces) Campbell’s® Condensed 98% Fat Free Cream of Mushroom Soup
1 cup water
3/4 cup uncooked long grain white rice
1/4 teaspoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 1/4 pounds skinless, boneless chicken breast halves

How to Make It:
1 Stir the soup, water, rice, paprika and black pepper in an 11x8x2-inch baking dish. Top with the chicken. Season with additional paprika and black pepper. Cover the baking dish.
2 Bake at 375°F. for 45 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through and the rice is tender.  Let stand for 10 minutes.  Stir the rice before serving.

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Cabbage Potato and Carrot Medley


Cabbage Potato and Carrot Medley
(Courtesy of http://blogs.prevention.com/)

Ingredients:
1/3 cup olive oil
8 new potatoes, cut in quarters
1 onion, thinly sliced (about ½ cup)
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 teaspoon sea salt or to taste
½ teaspoon ground black pepper
½ teaspoon cumin
¼ teaspoon cinnamon
2 medium-sized carrots, thinly sliced (1/4-inch thick)
¼ head shredded cabbage (about 4 cups)
1 teaspoon lemon juice

What to do:
Heat oil over medium heat.
Cook potatoes, onion and garlic in oil 8-10 minutes.
Stir in salt, pepper, cumin, cinnamon and carrots. Saute for 8-10 minutes. Stir occasionally.
Add cabbage and sauté for 8-10 minutes.
Sprinkle lemon all over the mixture. Stir gently.
Serve with pita bread.

Serves 4.

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Loaded Baked Potato Salad recipe


Loaded Baked Potato Salad
(Courtesy of www.food.com)

Ingredients:
8 potatoes, cubed (half peeled or half with skin)
2 teaspoons salt
6 slices bacon, diced & crisp cooked
6 green onions
2 cups cheddar cheese, shredded
16 ounces sour cream
1⁄4 teaspoon pepper
1 cup Miracle Whip or 1 cup mayonnaise

Directions:
Cube and boil potatoes with salt.
Drain.
Crumble bacon and slice onions (including tops).
Combine sour cream, pepper and Miracle Whip.
Add to potatoes.
Add bacon, onions and cheese (reserve some of each for top).
Mix with potatoes.
Pour into baking dish.
Top with reserved cheese, onions, and bacon.
Bake 350 for 10-15 minutes (until cheese melts).

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Friday, October 16, 2015

Beaten down but not broken.....


Most days, if I talk to someone here online or see someone in person, I put on a smile and a brave face. I am most likely hurting and in pain but I don't show it. This quote fits me well.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

What's been going on.....

Hey everyone. I am so sorry I haven't updated here very much lately. My health has really been getting in the way of me doing anything lately. I am trying to work on getting better, but as you all know, great things take time. I hope you all still stick around, I am going to try to be around more often, if possible.

Thank you all for your support. Love you guys!

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Olive Garden Copycat Zuppa Toscana


This is absolutely my favorite soup!!!

Olive Garden Copycat Zuppa Toscana
(Courtesy of: www.food.com)

Ingredients:
1 lb Italian sausage (I like mild sausage)
2 large russet baking potatoes, sliced in half, and then in 1/4 inch slices
1 large onion, chopped
1⁄4 cup bacon bits (optional)
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 cups kale or 2 cups swiss chard, chopped
2 (8 ounce) cans chicken broth
1 quart water
1 cup heavy whipping cream

Directions:
Chop or slice uncooked sausage into small pieces.
Brown sausage in your soup pot.
Add chicken broth and water to pot and stir.
Place onions, potatoes, and garlic in the pot.
Cook on medium heat until potatoes are done.
Add bacon.
Salt and pepper to taste.
Simmer for another 10 minutes.
Turn to low heat.
Add kale and cream.
Heat through and serve.

Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 1 hour

Monday, October 5, 2015

Simple Chicken Dinner


Simple Chicken Dinner

In a 9x13 pan, cut 3 boneless chicken breast in half, add 2 cans of green beans on one side, and cut up red skinned potatoes on the other side. Sprinkle a packet of zesty Italian dressing mix on top. Drizzle 1 stick of melted butter all over it. Cover with aluminum foil and bake at 350 for 1 hour.\

Friday, September 25, 2015

Italian Sausage and Cabbage Crock-Pot Soup


Italian Sausage and Cabbage Crock-Pot Soup

Ingredients:
1 tablespoon of olive oil
1 tablespoon of minced garlic
16 ounces of shredded cabbage
8 ounces of Italian sausage chopped
4 medium size russet potatoes
10 baby carrots
14 ½ ounces of organic vegetable broth
2 cups of water
1 teaspoon of garlic powder
1 teaspoon of black pepper

Directions:
Heat olive oil in pan on medium-high, chop Italian sausage in bite size pieces and cook until brown. Add water and vegetable broth into crock-pot or slow cooker. Chop the carrots and potatoes into bite size pieces and put them in the crock-pot or slow-cooker. Then add the shredded cabbage. Put in the minced garlic, garlic powder and black pepper. Cook for about 2 hours and 30 minutes or until done.

© 2015 - Corrina Lee

I apologize for the poor photo quality.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

How Exercise Changes Fat and Muscle Cells (New York Times article)


How Exercise Changes Fat and Muscle Cells
By GRETCHEN REYNOLDS  

Exercise promotes health, reducing most people’s risks of developing diabetes and growing obese. But just how, at a cellular level, exercise performs this beneficial magic — what physiological steps are involved and in what order — remains mysterious to a surprising degree.

Several striking new studies, however, provide some clarity by showing that exercise seems able to drastically alter how genes operate.

Genes are, of course, not static. They turn on or off, depending on what biochemical signals they receive from elsewhere in the body. When they are turned on, genes express various proteins that, in turn, prompt a range of physiological actions in the body.

One powerful means of affecting gene activity involves a process called methylation, in which methyl groups, a cluster of carbon and hydrogen atoms, attach to the outside of a gene and make it easier or harder for that gene to receive and respond to messages from the body. In this way, the behavior of the gene is changed, but not the fundamental structure of the gene itself. Remarkably, these methylation patterns can be passed on to offspring – a phenomenon known as epigenetics.

What is particularly fascinating about the methylation process is that it seems to be driven largely by how you live your life. Many recent studies have found that diet, for instance, notably affects the methylation of genes, and scientists working in this area suspect that differing genetic methylation patterns resulting from differing diets may partly determine whether someone develops diabetes and other metabolic diseases.

But the role of physical activity in gene methylation has been poorly understood, even though exercise, like diet, greatly changes the body. So several groups of scientists recently set out to determine what working out does to the exterior of our genes.

The answer, their recently published results show, is plenty.

Of the new studies, perhaps the most tantalizing, conducted principally by researchers affiliated with the Lund University Diabetes Centre in Sweden and published last month in PLoS One, began by recruiting several dozen sedentary but generally healthy adult Swedish men and sucking out some of their fat cells. Using recently developed molecular techniques, the researchers mapped the existing methylation patterns on the DNA within those cells. They also measured the men’s body composition, aerobic capacity, waist circumference, blood pressure, cholesterol levels and similar markers of health and fitness.

Then they asked the men to start working out. Under the guidance of a trainer, the volunteers began attending hourlong spinning or aerobics classes approximately twice a week for six months. By the end of that time, the men had shed fat and inches around their waists, increased their endurance and improved their blood pressure and cholesterol profiles.

Less obviously, but perhaps even more consequentially, they also had altered the methylation pattern of many of the genes in their fat cells. In fact, more than 17,900 individual locations on 7,663 separate genes in the fat cells now displayed changed methylation patterns. In most cases, the genes had become more methylated, but some had fewer methyl groups attached. Both situations affect how those genes express proteins.

The genes showing the greatest change in methylation also tended to be those that had been previously identified as playing some role in fat storage and the risk for developing diabetes or obesity.

“Our data suggest that exercise may affect the risk for Type 2 diabetes and obesity by changing DNA methylation of those genes,” says Charlotte Ling, an associate professor at Lund University and senior author of the study.

Meanwhile, other studies have found that exercise has an equally profound effect on DNA methylation within human muscle cells, even after a single workout.

To reach that conclusion, scientists from the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm and other institutions took muscle biopsies from a group of sedentary men and women and mapped their muscle cells’ methylation patterns. They then had the volunteers ride stationary bicycles until they had burned about 400 calories. Some rode strenuously, others more easily.

Afterward, a second muscle biopsy showed that DNA methylation patterns in the muscle cells were already changing after that lone workout, with some genes gaining methyl groups and some losing them. Several of the genes most altered, as in the fat cell study, are known to produce proteins that affect the body’s metabolism, including the risk for diabetes and obesity.

Interestingly, the muscle cell methylation changes were far more pronounced among the volunteers who had ridden vigorously than in those who had pedaled more gently, even though their total energy output was the same.

The overarching implication of the study’s findings, says Juleen Zierath, a professor of integrative physiology at the Karolinska Institute and senior author of the study, is that DNA methylation changes are probably “one of the earliest adaptations to exercise” and drive the bodily changes that follow.

Of course, the intricacies of that bogglingly complex process have yet to be fully teased out. Scientists do not know, for instance, whether exercise-induced methylation changes linger if someone becomes sedentary, or if resistance training has similar effects on the behavior of genes. Nor is it known whether these changes might be passed on from one generation to the next. But already it is clear, Dr. Ling says, that these new findings “are additional proof of the robust effect exercise can have on the human body, even at the level of our DNA.”

(Source: http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/)

Sunday, September 13, 2015

9 Health Benefits of Pilates


Pilates is a fantastic exercise class that improves your balance, core strength, stability and more. It’s a complete health and fitness system which strengthens both your body and your mind. In this post I’m going to be looking at the benefits of Pilates in greater detail and listing 9 Health Benefits Of Pilates.

(Source: http://freefitnesstips.co.uk)


Reasons to Drink Green Tea


I drink green tea about once or twice daily. If you don't like drinking green tea brewed, then try having it in a smoothie. If you would like some green tea smoothie recipes posted, please let me know in the comments.

8 Reasons to Drink Green Tea

●Fights Cancer
●Protects against Heart Disease
●Lowers Cholesterol
●Prevents Diabetes
●Gives Healthy Skin
●Full of antioxidants
●Antiviral Agent
●Prevents bad breath

*Note: Green tea also helps with inflammation and can help you lose weight!

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Sunday, September 6, 2015

7 Stomach Fat Killers



7 Stomach Fat Killers - The best diet foods to lose weight!

To lose weight, you need to consume fewer calories than your body burns. so what is the best diet foods to lose weight ? There are many food choices for weight loss but different foods have different amount of calories, some have more calories than others For instance, foods that are high in fat and sugar they are normally high in calories. And if you consume high amounts of calories than your body burns, those excess calories become fat.

The best diet foods to lose weight,food choices for weight loss, high protein foods for weight loss, this is a list of the best diet foods to lose weight:

1. Beans filling: versatile, Inexpensive and can be part of a weight-loss diet, Beans are such good sources of protein they also high in fiber which make you feel full longer so that’s mean eating less...in addition to that they contain a significant amount of vitamin B9.

2. Apples: apples I think it's "the best diet foods to lose weight" they are a perfect addition to your diet for many reasons. They are low in calories and fat, low in sodium, and contain high amounts of vitamins and minerals as well as fiber

3. Nuts: are loaded with protein, disease-fighting vitamins, minerals and heart-healthy fats so for a great snack on the run. Make sure to take a small handful of almonds, pecans, walnuts or peanuts. Studies shows that people who snack on nuts, they normally eat less at later meals.

4. Dark Chocolate: yes I said it dark chocolate is one of the best diet foods to lose weight, Eating dark chocolate before and after meals can help you lose weight if you Take two squares of dark chocolate between meals a study revealed that people who eat dark chocolate between meals ate 15% less fast food a few hours later than those people who had eaten milk chocolate.

5. Soup: try to Start your meal with a cup of soup, because doing so can make you eat even less .It doesn't matter if it is pureed or chunky , as long as it's a broth based soup, but make sure to keep it under 160 calories per cup serving.

6. Sausage and Eggs: these high protein foods for weight loss will make you resist snack attacks throughout the day. Yes don't be afraid of consuming high protein foods for weight loss, in a study of a group of overweight young women, those women who ate 35 grams of protein for breakfast felt fuller right away they ate around 350 calories at breakfast that contained a beef sausage and eggs, the effect of this high protein meal continued till the evening so those women ate less fatty, sugary foods compared to the women who had cereal for breakfast.

7. Pureed Vegetables:
you will get better result by adding puréed vegetables to some of your favorite dishes and you will end up eating 200 to 350 fewer calories according to a "February report in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition." also when Penn State researchers added pureed cauliflower and zucchini to Mac and cheese people started consume less calories and enjoying the dish just as much.

(Source: http://bit.ly/1JKzDlW)

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Tasty Slow Cooker Italian Beef Stew


Tasty Slow Cooker Italian Beef Stew

INGREDIENTS:
350 grams beef cubes
1 divided large carrot
1 small diced onion
400 grams potatoes, cut into large cubes
1 divided celery stalk
200 grams fresh peas
400 grams peeled canned tomatoes
1 tbs plain flour
2 bay leaves
2 tablespoons of olive oil
1 sprig fresh rosemary
Salt and pepper to taste

DIRECTIONS:
*Put the beef cubes in a large resealable bag, add the flour and season with salt and pepper.
*Seal the bag and toss well to evenly coat the meat.
*In a large pan, heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil over medium-high heat.
*Add the carrot, celery, onion and saute until the onion is golden for about 5 minutes.
*Take the vegetables to the slow cooker.
*Return the pot to medium-high heat, add the remaining olive oil and the *Add the beef cubes.
*Cook stirring until the beef has browned.
*In the meantime, crush the canned tomatoes with a fork or pulse in a food processor until smooth.
*After that transfer the browned meat to the slow cooker, add the potatoes, peas, tomato sauce, rosemary, bay leaves and salt.
*Stir, cover and cook on low heat for about 8 hours.
*Discard the bay leaves and rosemary.
*Serve it warm with some bread.
*Enjoy your meal.

Recipe source: Scrumptious Recipes

8 tips for feeling more awake in the morning (without caffeine)


8 tips for feeling more awake in the morning (without caffeine)
[I took the time to type this out for those of you who can't read the image.]

1. Stimulate your brain. Play sudoku, crossword or write in your journal.

2. Drink freshly squeezed fruit juice. [Not in a carton, real fruit cut up before juicing.] Live enzymes = more energy!

3. Give yourself a dry skin brush before you hop in the shower. Use a long-handle natural bristle brush to brush yourself head to toe, increases circulation and skin glow.

4. Take a cold shower. [Or make the last few minutes cold.] You will feel alert and your skin will feel great!

5. Expose yourself to direct sunlight. [Alerts your body's internal clock to wake up.]

6. Tidy up your space... just five minutes of de-cluttering will refresh your mind & make you feel accomplished.

7. Do ten jumping jacks. [A little physical activity can really help.]

8. Fake it til you make it. How about acting like you're super awake? Straighten your posture, laugh a lot, walk briskly. Keep it up and your body won't know the difference.

**The best way to feel awake is to get a good night's sleep. Don't skip your zzzz's!

Thursday, August 13, 2015

8 Bedtime Stretches to Relieve Lower Back Pain


8 Bedtime Stretches to Relieve Lower Back Pain

I know a lot of people I meet have back pain. And most find it hard to do certain stretches or exercises, so I thought I would share this one. You can do these in your bed. I really hope they help.

Vegetable Spring Rolls


VEGETABLE SPRING ROLLS 

Ingredients:
-1¾oz dried rice vermicelli
-2 carrots, cut into matchsticks
-1 small cucumber, cut into matchsticks
-2 red peppers, cut into matchsticks
-3 spring onions, thinly sliced
-12 circular rice-paper discs.....
-Handful fresh mint leaves
-Handful fresh coriander leaves

Directions:
1.Place the noodles in a heat-proof bowl and cover with boiling water. Set aside for 5-7 mins, or until the noodles are soft, then drain well.
2.Combine the carrots, cucumber, red peppers and spring onions. Stir through the drained noodles. Prepare a bowl of hot water. Dip a rice-paper disc into the hot water for about 10 secs, or until soft.
3.Lay it on a tea towel and place some of the noodle mixture onto the center, topped with a few mint and coriander leaves. Fold in two sides of the disc, and then roll up to make a 'cylinder'......
4.Transfer to a platter and repeat with the remaining ingredients. Make the dipping sauce by combining all the ingredients and whisking until the sugar has dissolved!!!....

TIP:
Soak the rice-paper discs just long enough to make them pliable. if they're limp and sticky, you've soaked them for too long!!!..... I just place them in a dinner plate of warm-tap water....then out onto a clean dish towel to drain momentarily!....

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Did you know this?


Did you know this?

Water straight from the tap becomes cloudy when frozen. To make ice cubes crystal clear, allow a kettle of boiled water to cool slightly and use this to fill your ice cube trays.

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Some uses and benefits of Cinnamon



Some uses and benefits of Cinnamon

1) Seedlings. The term dampening off covers a range of diseases and that attack a seed/seedling either before or after germination and cause the seedling to die. They can be caused by several different fungus and soil conditions. A few years back I read that if you dust the soil with cinnamon it will prevent dampening off. I've been doing it since with great results! (this also get's rid of those little gnats that somehow appear around seedling trays)

2) Wild mushrooms. Nothing worse then having to waste a beautiful day pulling mushrooms from the mulch in my flower beds. Mushrooms are fungus though, and by dusting cinnamon all over the mulch it helps to control mushroom growth.

3) Rooting hormone. Much cheaper then the chemical stuff they sell in the big box store and just as effective! Just apply cinnamon powder to the stem when you plant the cutting.

4) Ant deterrent. Ants do not like cinnamon! Sprinkle it in your greenhouse or around your garden beds. It will not kill the ants, but they will stay away from it. Sprinkle it by your doors if ants are coming into your house. They really hate to cross a line of cinnamon!

5) Plant wounds. Overzealous pruning or a slip of the weed whacker and you'll have a plant with a wound that needs fixed up. Simply dust cinnamon on the wound to encourage healing and prevent fungal infection at the same time.

6) House plants. Cinnamon get's rid of molds and mildew in house plants too. Simply sprinkle a bit of cinnamon on the soil. It will also get rid of gnats if you happen to have them buzzing around your house plants. These are the same gnats seedlings get, the cinnamon destroys the fungus they feed on and they will die.

Friday, July 31, 2015

Diet for Lupus sufferers



I myself am a Lupus sufferer, so I thought I would try to find some things that could help other Lupus patients with their flares.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Remove tea stains from carpet


How to Remove Tea Stains From Carpet

If you have carpets in your home, you have carpet stains.
There's just no avoiding it.
But there are a handful of useful tricks using pantry and kitchen items already on hand to help remove tea and other stains if you act fast enough

DIRECTIONS:

*Try blotting the tea stain with a white cloth or paper towel. Do not rub, as that will only spread the stain and cause it to possibly set deeper into the carpet fibers. Continue blotting with clean towels until you get most of the tea stain up. Blotting is repeatedly pressing directly down onto the spill.

*Mix a half cup of white vinegar with one cup of warm water and apply it to the tea stain using a spray bottle. If you don't have a spray bottle, you can carefully pour the mixture on the stain.

*Blot up the vinegar mixture using clean white cloth or paper towels until the towels come up clean.

*Make a solution of one teaspoon dish detergent to one cup warm water, and apply to the tea stain if the vinegar did not remove the tea stain completely. Blot as much up as possible, removing the soap mixture and the tea stain.

*Rinse the carpet by spraying or gently pouring clear water on the stain. Blot as much up as possible, and let the area air dry for at least one hour.

*Check the area after about an hour. If any of the tea stain remains visible, mix one teaspoon of peroxide in one cup of warm water, spray the stain and blot until the stain is gone.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Benefits of dry brushing...


I must say I had never heard of this...

BENEFITS OF DRY BRUSHING!!

1. Stimulate Your Lymphatic System
In your body, your lymphatic system is the system responsible for eliminating cellular waste products. Hundreds of miles of lymphatic tubules allow waste to be collected from your tissues and transported to your blood for elimination, a process referred to as lymphatic drainage.
When your lymphatic system is not working properly, waste and toxins can build up and make you sick. Lymphatic congestion is a major factor leading to inflammation and disease. By stimulating your lymphatic system and helping it release toxins, dry skin brushing is a powerful detoxification aid.

2. Exfoliation
Dry skin brushing removes dead dry skin, improving appearance, clearing your clogged pores, and allowing your skin to "breathe."

3. Increase Circulation
When you dry brush your skin, it increases circulation to your skin, which encourages the elimination of metabolic waste.

4. Reduce Cellulite
Dry skin brushing may help to soften hard fat deposits below the skin while distributing fat deposits more evenly. This may help to diminish the appearance of cellulite.
Dry brushing is also said to help reduce cellulite by removing toxins that may break down connective tissue, although some believe the effect is temporary (and mostly a result of skin become more plump and swollen after brushing).1 The Huffington Post reported:2
"When we'd heard dry skin brushing was an effective method for reducing cellulite, we knew we had to include it in our anti-cellulite road test. Sure enough, it was indeed one of the more successful ways to smooth away less-than-perfect spots on your legs."

5. Stress Relief
The act of dry brushing has been described as meditative (especially if you do it in a quiet space) and may reduce muscle tension, calm your mind, and relieve stress. Many compare it to a light whole-body massage.

6. Improve Digestion and Kidney Function
Dry skin brushing may go even deeper, helping to support your digestion and organ function. According to one skin care and spa expert:3
"…many naturopathic doctors use dry brushing to help with bloating because massaging the lymph nodes helps the body shed excess water and toxins. One of the immediate effects of dry brushing is smoother skin, but it can also help improve digestion, kidney function, and more."

7. It's Invigorating
Many people become "addicted" to dry skin brushing (in a good way) because it simply feels so good. Along with glowing and tighter skin, regular dry skin brushers report feeling invigorated after a quick session.

Courtesy of Health Digest.
Article link: http://bit.ly/1CRhh5d

DIY Lace Painted Dresser


Old furniture now looking great ;)

For directions, please go here: http://bit.ly/1eicyxA

Monday, July 20, 2015

Healthy Cheesecake Popsicles!



CHEESECAKE POPSICLE'S !!!!!!

INGREDIENTS:
(8) 5-ounce Dixie Cups
Popsicle sticks
8 sheets graham crackers, crushed
2 tablespoons butter, melted
2 (small) packages cheesecake instant pudding mix
4 cups milk
sliced strawberries and blueberries

DIRECTIONS:
*Crush your graham crackers into small pieces, using a food processor, blender, rolling pin--whatever you've got!
*Stir in melted butter to combine.
*Combine pudding mix and milk, whisking together until smooth.
*Add a small layer (a spoonful or so) of pudding mix to the bottom of your cups.
*Next, add a layer of your graham cracker "crust" (again, about a spoonful).
*On top of your graham cracker crumbs, layer in a few sliced berries.
*Fill cups up the rest of the way with the remaining pudding mix.
*Insert Popsicle sticks and freeze until set.

How to get rid of Pet Stains on Carpet....


How to get rid of Pet Stains on Carpet

Use good old vinegar and baking soda.
The steps are the important part.

Pour enough vinegar to soak the stain and THEN add a small amount of baking soda.

If you do the reverse, you will have a noisy, bubbly mess.
Do it the right way, and you can hear the recipe cackling away, telling you how it is cleaning and deodorizing without leaving any residue.

You need to let the spot dry for a day or two before sweeping, then vacuum

Cover the spot with a bowl or plate so that we don’t have baking soda kicked around.

You can actually see the yellow color being absorbed up into your little mountain of baking soda. Works on old stains as well.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

DIY Microwave Cleaner


Cleaning your Microwave Oven....

*Place 2 cups of water in a bowl and add 2 tablespoons baking soda.

Pop it in your microwave and cook it on high for about 90 seconds.

Any dried food will then wipe off with a damp cloth.
*Place 1/2 cup white vinegar, 1 cup water and 1 tablespoon baking soda in a bowl.

Heat it in the microwave till it boils.
Leave in there for a few minutes by which time the food spills will have softened and should wipe off with a sponge.

*Make up a mixture that is 50% vinegar and 50% water.
Heat in the microwave until it boils.

The steam in the microwave will loosen the dried on food and a sponge dipped in the mixture will rub off the remainder.

*Place a lemon, cut in half in a small jug (container) and top it up with water.

Heat in the microwave until boiling point and then let it sit there for 10 minutes.

Dried food will wipe away fast and the microwave will smell fantastic.

Courtesy of: http://www.cleanmama.net/blog

Friday, July 17, 2015

Easier way to cook Corn on the Cob!


Never boil corn again!

Want to know the easiest way to cook corn on the cob? Throw it in the oven at 350° for 25-30 minutes. That’s it. Leave the husk on, it will trap in the moisture, leaving you with juicy, tender corn. The husk and silk will peel away easily once it’s cooked. Cut off the large end and it slides right out with no silk.

Homemade Pain Cream


Homemade Pain Cream.....

- For those days we over do it a little

You Will Need:
Pan or double burner
Whisk
Measuring equipment (cup, scale, ect)

INGREDIENTS:
1.5 oz beeswax
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/2 cup oil of choice ( olive oil, grape-seed oil, ect)
Essential Oils (You can use your own combination):
Wintergreen
Eucalyptus
Lavender
Peppermint
Clove

DIRECTIONS:
*Add your beeswax, coconut oil, and your oil of choice to your pan.
*Turn it on medium to low heat and let it all melt down slowly.
*Remove from heat and begin allowing your mixture to cool.
*Depending on the consistency you want you can add 1/4 cup of water, to get a more lotion type texture or leave as is for it to be a thicker cream.
*If you add water make sure to stir well.
*After the mixture has cooled some add your essential oils.
*It is normal for it to still be in a liquid state.
*Then transfer it to your storage container of choice with a secure lid and allow it thicken.
*Then it is ready for use.
*If the texture is thicker than you like make sure you try it before changing anything.
*Often as soon as it hits your skin it melts and blends in.
*However, if you would like it to have a softer look you can whip it with a whisk or mixer.

Can Be Used For:
Sore muscles
Arthritis
Joint Pain
Inflammation
Pulled muscles

DIY Home Remedies for Dizziness


I sometimes suffer with severe dizziness. I thought since I am going to give these a try, I would share it with you all.

Here are the top 10 home remedies for dizziness.

1. Deep Breathing
Deep breathing is one of the best ways to deal with dizziness. It will help provide an adequate amount of oxygen to the brain, which in turn will relax the nervous system and reduce dizziness.

Sit or lie down in a comfortable position.
Place one hand on your abdomen, place the thumb of your other hand against one nostril and close your mouth.
Inhale slowly through your open nostril and try to fill your belly with air.

Hold the breath in, close both nostrils and purse your lips.
After 2 to 3 seconds, exhale slowly and try to extract air from your belly.

Repeat these steps 10 times.
Then, sit quietly for 5 minutes and breathe normally to avoid getting dizzy again.

2. Drink Water
Dehydration is a common cause of dizziness. This can be due to not drinking water for a long time or failing to rehydrate your body during and after exercise. Dehydration can also result from vomiting or diarrhea that causes excessive fluid loss.

When you feel dizzy, try drinking a glass of water. To keep dehydration and dizziness at bay, drink an ample amount of water throughout the day.

You can also try drinking herbal tea with a little honey, soups and broths, or fruit juices.

3. Eat Something
Dizziness can be caused due to a low blood sugar level, especially for diabetics. In addition, hunger can make you more prone to dizziness. So, when dizziness hits, try eating something. In fact, it’s a good idea to avoid remaining hungry for long periods of time if you are prone to dizziness.

Eat a snack that is high in carbohydrates or sugar like a chocolate bar or a banana.

Any fruit high in water content will do the trick.
A bowl of yogurt with fruit is another good option.
A handful of roasted nuts like cashews, almonds or walnuts may also work.

4. Ginger
Ginger is a time-tested remedy for dizziness and the nausea that often accompanies it. It stimulates blood flow to the brain and other parts of the body, which helps reduce the intensity of dizziness.

Chew on a small slice of fresh ginger root or suck on ginger candies to overcome dizziness.
Drinking ginger ale or ginger tea a few times daily will help prevent dizziness.

Another option is to take ginger supplements after consulting your doctor for the appropriate dosage.
5. Lemon

Another excellent remedy for dizziness is lemon. The vitamin C in lemon boosts the immune system and helps the body fight illness. In addition, several other nutrients in lemon make it a natural energizing agent. It can quickly hydrate the body to keep you feeling energized and refreshed.

Squeeze the juice of ½ lemon into a glass of water. Mix in 2 teaspoons of sugar. Drink it to get relief from dizziness.
Another option is to add 1 tablespoon of lemon juice, a pinch of black pepper powder and salt to a glass of water. Drink it 3 times a day, as needed.

6. Indian Gooseberry
Indian gooseberry, also known as amla, is a popular Ayurvedic remedy for dizziness. Amla is a rich source of vitamins A and C that boost your immunity, improve blood circulation and help treat and prevent dizziness.

Grind 2 amla fruits (de-seeded) into a paste.
Mix in 2 teaspoons of coriander seeds and a cup of water.
Let it sit overnight.
The next morning, strain and drink the water.

7. Honey
Due to the natural sugars in honey, it can instantly boost your energy level and prevent dizziness. Moreover, honey can prevent low blood sugar, one of the common causes of dizziness.

Mix 2 teaspoons each of honey and raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar in a glass of cold or hot water. Drink it 2 times a day.
Alternatively, mix 1 tablespoon each of honey and lemon juice in a glass of warm water. Drink it to get immediate relief from dizziness.
Another option is to mix together 1 teaspoon each of honey and cinnamon powder and have it once daily in the morning for a few weeks.

8. Ginkgo Biloba
The herb ginkgo biloba is another effective home cure for dizziness. It helps improve blood flow to the brain to stop or prevent dizziness. Moreover, this herb helps in treating tinnitus, which can also cause dizziness.

This herb is readily available in the market in tablet, liquid extract and dried leaf form. The standard dosage is 120 to 150 mg of gingko biloba extract, in 3 divided doses daily for a couple of months.

Note: Ginkgo biloba may interact with certain medications. Consult a doctor before taking this supplement.

9. Feverfew

Another good herb to treat dizziness is feverfew. It can also treat accompanying symptoms like headaches, nausea and vomiting. It also improves blood circulation.

Eat a few fresh feverfew leaves when you feel dizzy to overcome the symptoms.
You can also steep 1 teaspoon each of dried feverfew leaves and peppermint leaves in a cup of hot water for 15 to 20 minutes, then strain it. Drink this tea a few times daily for a few weeks.
Alternatively, you can take feverfew supplements after consulting your doctor.

10. Eat Healthy
Green salad!

Eating a healthy diet can help prevent dizziness by eliminating many of the conditions that contribute to it. You can prevent dizziness related to anemia, low blood pressure and low blood sugar by eating foods high in iron, vitamin A, folic acid and fiber. Also, choose foods that are low in sugar and fat.

Eat iron-rich foods like liver, tofu, spinach, almonds, dates, lentils, fortified breakfast cereals and asparagus. You can opt to take an iron supplement, after consulting your doctor.

Include foods rich in vitamin C in your diet, such as oranges, lemons, bell peppers, broccoli, grapefruit and spinach. You can opt for vitamin C supplements after consulting your doctor.
Also, eat foods rich in folic acid like green leafy vegetables, liver, sprouts, fortified cereals, peanuts, bananas and broccoli.
Avoid iron-blocking beverages like coffee, beer and wine.
Eat small meals several times a day and do not skip meals, especially breakfast.

Additional Tips:
Sit or lie down immediately when you feel dizzy.
If you are experiencing an imbalance in your body’s equilibrium due to dizziness, lie down and concentrate on the immobile objects around you. This will distract your mind from the dizziness.

Incorporate some sort of physical exercises in your daily life to improve blood circulation throughout your body and prevent dizziness.

Once a week, massage your whole body to boost blood circulation.

Get plenty of rest when suffering from a health issue to help your body recuperate faster and minimize feelings of dizziness.
Go for a yoga session and meditation to help you come out of the problem effectively.

Avoid moving and standing up suddenly if you are have had previous instances of dizziness.

Avoid driving a car if you experience frequent dizziness.
Avoid using caffeine, alcohol and tobacco as these substances can worsen your condition.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Bacon Wrapped Brussels Sprouts


Bacon Wrapped Brussels Sprouts

Ingredients:
10 Brussels sprouts, cut in half lengthwise
10 slices bacon
pepper

Creamy Mustard Sauce:
1⁄2 cup sour cream
2 teaspoons whole grain mustard
1 teaspoon brown sugar
salt and pepper

Directions:
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Microwave 10 bacon slices in batches, between paper towels at HIGH for 1 1/2 minutes. Cut slices in half crosswise.
Wrap bacon piece around each Brussels sprout half; secure with a wooden pick. Place sprouts, cut sides down, on a lightly greased wire rack on a baking sheet. Sprinkle with pepper to taste. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until bacon is crisp and Brussels sprouts are tender. Serve with Creamy Mustard.
Creamy Mustard Sauce: Stir together all ingredients. Makes 1/2 cup.

(Courtesy of www.food.com)

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Uncle Bill's Microwave Potato Chips


These potato chips are very easy to make in the microwave. Also, they are healthier for you as they are not cooked in any oils. This method has intrigued so many people that have tasted them and then made them for themselves. The younger people just love them.

Uncle Bill's Microwave Potato Chips

Ingredients:
4 large potatoes (russet, yellow gold, white or red potatoes)
your choice spices (granulated garlic powder, seasoning salt, cayenne pepper, dried dill weed, granulated garlic powder)
vegetable oil, for microwave bacon tray

Directions:
If potatoes are old, peel and slice thin, less than 1/16" in thickness (paper thin), slicing across the potato.

If the potatoes are new or good skins, DO NOT PEEL, just scrub well, then slice them less than 1/16" in thickness (paper thin), slicing across the potato.

Place potato slices in a bowl, sprinkle with some salt (if desired) cover with cold water and let sit for 10 minutes.

Remove potato slices in batches onto paper toweling and pat dry.
If you have a microwave bacon tray, rub the tray with a vegetable oil, then place the sliced potatoes flat on the tray in a single layer.
Sprinkle with your choice of herbs or spices or just leave them plain.

Cover with a microwaveable, round heavy plastic cover.
Microwave on HIGH (full power) for 5 to 5 1/2 minutes or until they curl slightly and are a very light brown in color.

Cooking time could vary slightly, depending on the wattage of your microwave and the thickness of the slices. The thinner the slices, the quicker they cook and the tastier they are.

You do not have to turn the sliced potatoes over.
If you do not have a bacon tray, use a microwave safe casserole dish.

Rub the inside of the dish with some olive oil for the first batch of potato chips.

I do not know why, but I find that if you do not rub oil the first time, some chips will tend to stick to the dish.

After the first batch is done, you do not have to rub the dish again.
Continue to microwave the remainder of sliced potatoes as noted above.

If using a bacon tray, after the first batch is cooked, you can reduce the microwaving time to 4 1/2 minutes and even less as you continue to microwave each batch.

NOTE: You can also use PARCHMENT PAPER to microwave the potato slices. Lightly spray or rub the parchment paper with some vegetable oil or a Pam spray. Place your potato slices on the parchment paper, then sprinkle them with whatever you like and then place another piece of parchment paper on top. This will help microwave the potatoes more evenly and they should turn out nice and crisp. Microwaving time should be between 5 and 6 minutes.

ADDITIONAL IDEAS, suggested by Deb K:.
Granulated garlic powder with parsley.
Cracked black pepper, grated parmesan and sea salt sprinkled after removing from microwave.
Another, after removing chips from microwave, sprinkle with grated cheddar cheese, zap for a few seconds to melt the cheese, then add a dab of sour cream.
A great dip is Robert Rothschild Farm Dips:.
Emerald Isle Onion Dill and Horseradish Dip.

(Courtesy of www.food.com)

Weight Watchers Cupcake Brownies


Weight Watchers Cupcake Brownies

Ingredients:
3⁄4 cup all-purpose flour
1⁄2 cup brown sugar, plus
1 tablespoon brown sugar, firmly packed
3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
1⁄2 teaspoon baking soda
1⁄4 teaspoon salt
1⁄2 cup water
1⁄4 cup unsweetened applesauce
1⁄2 teaspoon cider vinegar
1 1⁄2 teaspoons margarine, melted
1⁄2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350°.
In a bowl, stir together flour, brown sugar, cocoa, baking soda and salt.
In a second bowl stir together remaining ingredients.
Pour water mixture over flour mixture and,.
Stir until batter is smooth.
Pour into a nonstick 12 hole muffin tin coated with cooking spray.
Filling until half full.
Bake until toothpick inserted in center of cupcake comes out clean, 18 to 20 minutes.
Remove from oven.
Let stand 5 minutes then turn out onto rack to cool.

Courtesy of www.food.com