Friday, December 30, 2016

Who wouldn't thought.... comfort food that's GOOD for you!

I know there are so many people that use food to comfort themselves whenever they're feeling down. But what if there is foods that can comfort you and are good for you as well? Well, I finally found some. I'll list the foods below and the health benefits of those foods.

Mood-boosting Foods

Dark Chocolate (Antioxidants)
Walnuts (Omega-3 and Magnesium)
Eggs (Vitamin B-12 and D)
Sweet Potatoes (Fiber and Carbohydrates)
Oranges (Vitamin C)
Milk (Calcium, Vitamins and Minerals)
Bananas (Magnesium)
Spinach (Folic Acid)
Pink Salmon (Omega-3)

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Amazing new DIY idea...

It seems that palette bed frames are beginning to be all the buzz right now. I think this is an awesome idea. It also gives you that much needed extra storage space. I'm sure it's very inexpensive to create as well. If I had enough room I would definitely do this. Who knows right?

This project is a part of the 40 Clever Storage Idea's That Will Enlarge Your Space collection (

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Amazing Immune Boosting Tea recipe!

This is great for anyone suffering with the flu, cold or a virus.

Immune Boosting Tea

1 garlic clove diced
1 piece of ginger cubed
1 lemon
1 teaspoon of cayenne pepper
1 tablespoon of honey
2 cups of water

1. Combine garlic, ginger and cayenne. Add boiling water.
2. Squeeze lemon into water, chop up rind and add that. Soak for at least 11 minutes.
3. Drain the tea water, add honey and stir. Drink when ready!

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Thursday, December 29, 2016

DIY scented candle

ORANGE CANDLE! So clever! 

Just take an orange/lemon/grapefruit, cut in half, eat the middle portion, leave the center core-like stem intact. Pour a kitchen oil (veg oil,olive oil, etc) into orange just below the top of the stem. Light stem. It will burn for hours and smell amazing.

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Simple remedy to lower back pain!

8 Bedtime Stretches to Relieve Lower Back Pain

I talk to a lot of people that suffer from lower back pain, well here is an easy solution! You can do these exercises in your bed, so this is great for those of you with limited mobility.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

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.

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Let's try an Indian cuisine!

This is an absolutely delicious and easy recipe that is hearty and flavorful but also healthy. It is excellent as a leftover lunch the next day, so make some extra along with some extra rice. You won't be disappointed!

Indian Potato, Kale and Ground Turkey Over Rice

1 bunch cilantro
1 jalapeno pepper, halved (remove seeds for less heat) or 1 pablano pepper, seeds removed and diced
3 tablespoons sliced almonds
Kosher salt
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 pound lean ground turkey
1 medium onion, finely chopped
3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
1/2 pound red-skinned potatoes, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1 5 -ounce package chopped kale (about 6 cups packed)
2 1/2 cups cooked white or brown rice, or 50/50 mix

Puree all but 3 tablespoons cilantro with 1/2 cup water, the jalapeno, almonds and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a blender until smooth.
Heat the vegetable oil in a large pot or Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add the turkey and 1/2 teaspoon salt; cook, stirring and breaking up the meat with a wooden spoon, until browned, about 4 minutes.

Add the onion, garlic and cumin and cook until softened, stirring occasionally, about 5 minutes. Stir in 1 1/2 cups water, the pureed cilantro mixture, the potatoes and kale. Cover and bring to a boil, then uncover and reduce the heat to medium. Simmer until the potatoes are tender, about 15 minutes, stirring now and then. Season with salt and serve over the rice. Top with the reserved cilantro, stems removed.

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Saturday, December 24, 2016

Sharing a recipe from a fellow blogger!

Hey everyone. I was searching for some new breakfast recipes and I came across this one! I love strawberries and Nutella, so I'm pretty sure you all would enjoy trying this one out.

Since this isn't my recipe, I'll only be posting the ingredients and I'll post a link under the directions so you can get it directly from a fellow blogger. Subscribe to her blog, she posts some really great recipes!

Strawberry Nutella French Toast Roll-Ups

6 slices fresh white sandwich bread, crusts removed
½ punnet strawberries, diced small
4½ tbsp Nutella
¼ cup caster sugar (superfine sugar) (Note 1)
1 tbsp butter

Egg Mixture:
1 egg (large)
2 tbsp milk (full cream or low fat)
Pinch of salt

Full Directions:

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Another homemade favorite!!!

If you're like me, you enjoy homemade bread with your soup. This one is really delicious!

Whole Wheat Bread

5 -6 tablespoons yeast
1 tablespoon salt
1 cup warm water
1⁄2 cup vegetable oil
3 cups hot water
1 cup honey
10 -13 cups whole wheat flour

Soften yeast in warm water for about 5 minutes.
Dissolve honey in hot water; stir in salt and oil. Cool to lukewarm.
Add softened yeast to honey mixture.
Gradually mix in flour until gluten develops and the dough begins pulling away from sides of mixing bowl. Don't add too much flour or bread will be too dry.
Spray sides of bowl with cooking spray. Cover and let rise until double in size.
Punch dough down and form into 3 equal loaves.
Place in greased loaf pans and let rise again until doubled.
Bake at 350 for 40-45 minutes. (I put pans on bottom rack of oven).
Place pans on wire racks and cool for 5-10 minutes before removing bread from pans.
Let cool at least 10 minutes longer before cutting.

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Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Gotta love Italian recipes!

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Minestrone With Parmigiano-Reggiano

3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 large red onion, chopped
2 large stalks celery, chopped
4 cloves garlic, chopped
2 large carrots, diced
1/4 pound thinly sliced pancetta, cut into thin strips
1/2 head Savoy cabbage, finely sliced, blanched and drained
1/2 bunch Swiss chard, finely sliced
1 large waxy potato, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
4 cups low-sodium chicken stock
3 medium tomatoes, seeded and diced
1 bouquet garni (1 sprig rosemary, 4 sprigs thyme, 1 bay leaf and 1 bunch parsley, tied together with kitchen twine)
3 cups cannellini beans (canned or cooked dried beans)
1 cup spinach, coarsely chopped
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
Grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, for topping

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Monday, December 12, 2016

Italian Wedding Soup with Turkey Meatballs

Italian Wedding Soup with Turkey Meatballs 

Another warm soup for these cold winter months!


10 ounces ground turkey
1 clove garlic, minced
1/8 cup snipped fresh parsley
½ egg, slightly beaten (beat an egg and save half for another use. Or just double the recipe and don't fool with that!)
2 tablespoons Italian seasoned bread crumbs (I substituted regular bread crumbs with a small pinch each of Italian seasoning and garlic powder)
1/4 cup fresh grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 teaspoon sage
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/8 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
1/8 teaspoon crushed fennel seed

Soup Base:
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/4 cup onions, finally diced
½ cup carrots, finally diced
1/3 cup celery, finely diced
6 cups low-sodium chicken stock or broth
½ cup orzo pasta, dry (or acini de pepe, or other small size pasta that cooks in about 8 minutes)
2 cups fresh spinach, thinly sliced with stems trimmed
Extra Parmesan cheese fresh shaved for garnish

Place ground turkey, garlic, parsley, egg, bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese, sage, salt, pepper and fennel seed in mixing bowl and combine well. Form into about 36 meatballs 3/4" diameter. (Don't be daunted by rolling such tiny balls; it takes only about 5 minutes and all the while you can daydream about how delicious they'll be!)
Heat olive oil in 4 ½ quart soup pot over medium heat. Add onions, carrots and celery and cook until softened about 5 minutes, stirring.
Add chicken stock to vegetables and bring to a boil. Add meatballs carefully, reduce heat to maintain a slow boil, and cook 3 minutes.
Add pasta and continue cooking for 7 more minutes, stirring occasionally.
Add spinach and cook 1 minute more just to wilt.
Serve in individual bowls and pass extra shaved Parmesan cheese for garnish.

Yields: 4 main dish servings, or 6-8 small bowls.

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Sunday, December 11, 2016

Classic Potato Soup recipe

Classic Potato Soup

You can, of course, decrease the cheese amount. I also add broccoli, carrots, corn, peas or any combination of those when I am in the mood. Very delicious, yet simple.

6 -8 medium potatoes
1⁄4 cup butter
1⁄2 cup flour
6 cups milk
2 teaspoons chicken bouillon
1⁄2 teaspoon salt
1⁄4 teaspoon pepper
1⁄2 lb cheddar cheese

Peel, cube, boil, drain and "mush" potatoes to the consistency you like (I like them lumpy, but my kids like smaller pieces).
In separate pan, melt butter, add flour and cook while stirring for about a minute or so.
Add half the milk and stir until lumps are out of flour mixture.
Add remaining milk and on med-high heat, heat to a boil.
Stir almost constantly or it will scorch.
After boiling, turn heat off and add remaining ingredients.

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Friday, December 2, 2016

Healthy and easy mug cake!

Peach and Blueberry Greek Yogurt Cake

1 and 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 stick butter, softened
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup Greek yogurt
2 peaches, sliced into wedges
6 oz blueberries
confectioners sugar, for dusting

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Thursday, December 1, 2016

Time to bring out the slow cookers and crock-pots!

Have a lot of beans stored in your pantry? Need something hot for those cold Winter months? Here is an amazing recipe!

Bean Soup with Ham

1 pkg. dry Northern beans
8 C. cold water
1/2 tsp. salt
1 C. carrots, diced
1 C. celery, diced
1 medium onion, diced
1 tsp. garlic, minced
1 tsp. dry mustard powder
2 bay leaves
2 C. ham, diced
1/2 tsp. ground white pepper

Rinse beans thoroughly, removing any stones or bad beans.
Place water in a large stockpot and bring to a boil over high heat.
Add salt and beans and cover with lid. Remove from heat and let stand for 1 hour.

Return to high heat and add remaining ingredients, except ham. Bring to a boil and cook for 2 hours, or until beans are tender.
Stir in ham and simmer for 30 more minutes. At this point the soup should have thickened a bit. Add more white pepper and salt as needed. Remove the bay leaves before serving.

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Good afternoon, plus an update!

Good afternoon everyone. I figured that I would take this time to give you all a short update on how and what I'm doing as of right now...

My physical health, I feel is kind of at the 50/50 point. While I am dealing with the lower back pain, I am starting to slowly manage it better. The strange thing is ever since I have had the problems with the arthritis in my back, all of my other symptoms from the lupus and fibromyalgia have been scarce. I honestly have no idea why that is even so, but I'm not complaining. My body is kind of strange sometimes when it comes to the health issues.

It could be because I am managing the lupus and fibromyalgia with a specific vitamin regimen and specific foods that I eat every day. If I don't follow this regimen, then I do get my symptoms back. I try to manage my physical illnesses naturally if I am at all able. There are times when I have to give in and take pharmaceuticals to manage the physical pain.

As for the working from home, that's slowly starting to improve. I have worked out a system for myself that will not be too stressful or overwhelming. I found that if I set small goals for myself every month, it helps me to meet that quota and helps keep me focused. It also helps me to put the work in that I need.

So enough about me, how are you all doing? I know that I don't get to talk to all of you privately, but I am trying to work on that. I know that everyone comes online at different times and I sometimes miss you when you're signed on Facebook.

If you ever want to talk, there are several ways that you can contact me. You can email me at -OR- you can text me at (916) 370-6105 -OR- you can inbox me here on Facebook. I always check all of my messages on those platforms.

Have a wonderful day everyone. You're always in my thoughts and daily prayers.