Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well-preserved body,
but rather to skid in broadside, totally worn out & proclaiming “Wow, What a Ride!”

Friday, November 30, 2012

friday photo ~ half-way to being cooked

Tiera has decided this winter, at 18, she deserves to have her bed heated 24/7
and if she gets too warm her paws poke out of her bed, the warmer she is
the more paws that stick out... I'd say she is half-way to being cooked. ha!
as you can see, she is in her usual "cheery" frame of mind :)

Thursday, November 29, 2012

thursday's holiday idea ~ making a "Yule Wreath"

Meet my Birch Tree- I planted it about 18 years ago and have it laced and trimmed yearly. I mainly wanted it in my yard so that I could see the seasons- in southern California unless there is something that changes with the seasons, you’d never know. My birch turns yellow in the fall, loses its leaves in the winter (it's about 1/2 way there), gets buds and begins to leaf again in the spring, and is beautifully green with shimmering leaves in the summer.

This year I decided to do something different for the holidays. I am not much into decorating up my house for these two months, but this year I want to make a “Yule Wreath” for the winter solstice; and as all who have been reading my blog know that this solstice is a special one.  

While trying to be green minded, save every penny I have for the “hopefully” big move to the ranch next fall I said to myself… “self, if you do this it has to be from found materials.” With that on my mind, I was standing out in the back yard looking at my birch tree and the leaves that are finally turning yellow; a signal that it is time for my “tree guy” to give it its yearly trim.

Yippie, I suddenly thought to myself… there is where you can get your wreath base. Thus the photo- my tree not yet trimmed and ideas flowing in my head of other things I can use for my Yule Wreath. I have been researching all about Yule Wreaths and what the symbolic meaning of the different things you can put on them. I have some pine cones that Jesse insisted on bringing home as a puppy, feathers I have found, and various items that I think will do nicely. Join me and have fun reading over the next couple of weeks as I build my wreath.

If anyone has any ideas or suggestions, please leave a comment- One question I have is do I need to treat the branches--- how best to clean them, or just leave them alone and weave away? Anyone know?

While out in the back I noticed that the mushroom fairies have been very busy- and next to photographing reflections… I love to photograph mushrooms.

This was a blind shot taken from underneath a particularly large one, love the light from the sun seeping through the top.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

meal ideas ~ praline bundt cake- yum

This praline bundt cake gets raves for being moist, flavorful, and beautiful! Also these are a wonderful holiday take to a festive party treat or give as a friendship gift.  Okay, it’s not diabetic friendly, or even staying on my diet worthy, but sometimes you just need to break away and have a “tidbit.”  When I have something like this before me, I make sure it is a very small amount and savor each and every bite.

Praline Bundt Cake
1 cup chopped pecans
1 cup butter, softened
1 (8-oz.) package cream cheese, softened
1 (16-oz.) package dark brown sugar
4 large eggs
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 (8-oz.) container sour cream
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Praline Icing
Sugared Pecans

1. Arrange 1 cup pecans in a single layer on a baking sheet. Bake at 350° for 5 to 7 minutes or until toasted. Cool on a wire rack 15 minutes or until completely cool. Reduce oven temperature to 325°.
2. Beat butter and cream cheese at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy. Gradually add brown sugar, beating until well blended. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating just until blended after each addition.
3. Sift together 2 1/2 cups flour and next 3 ingredients. Add to butter mixture alternately with sour cream, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Beat batter at low speed just until blended after each addition. Stir in toasted pecans and vanilla. Spoon batter into a greased and floured 12-cup Bundt pan.
4. Bake at 325° for 1 hour and 15 minutes or until a long wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool cake in pan on a wire rack 15 minutes; remove from pan to wire rack, and let cool 30 minutes or until completely cool.
5. Prepare Praline Icing, and spoon immediately over cake. Sprinkle top of cake with Sugared Pecans.

Praline Icing
1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup butter
1/4 cup milk
1 cup powdered sugar, sifted
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1. Bring first 3 ingredients to a boil in a 2-qt. saucepan over medium heat, whisking constantly; boil 1 minute. Remove from heat; whisk in powdered sugar and vanilla until smooth. Stir gently 3 to 5 minutes or until mixture begins to cool and thickens slightly. Use immediately

Sugared Pecans
1 egg white
4 cups pecan halves (about 1 lb.)
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup firmly packed light brown sugar

1. Whisk egg white until foamy; add pecans, and stir until evenly coated.
2. Stir together sugars; sprinkle over pecans. Stir gently until pecans are evenly coated. Spread pecans in a single layer in a lightly greased aluminum foil-lined 15- x 10-inch jelly-roll pan.
3. Bake at 350° for 18 to 20 minutes or until pecans are toasted and dry, stirring once after 10 minutes. Remove from oven, and let cool 30 minutes or until completely cool.
Note: Store pecans in a zip-top plastic freezer bag at room temperature up to 3 days or freeze up to 3 weeks.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

healthy living ~ spice up for healthy fun

For me, spices are the perfect complement to chilly autumn and winter months. The tantalizing aromas are reminiscent of holiday favorites like apple and pumpkin pie, mulled apple cider, eggnog, clove-studded oranges, and hot toddies. Plus, the scents are uplifting to the spirits, comforting, energizing, and good for overcoming mental fatigue and stress. Topically, they are warming and excellent for increasing circulation making them useful for sore muscles and arthritis.

Winter Spice Aroma Spray 
Mist this intoxicating scent around your home for a nostalgic holiday aroma, or just because it smells so good!
- 3 oz Water
- 1 oz Witch Hazel Extract
- 20 drops organic Cinnamon essential oil
- 15 drops organic Cedarwood essential oil
- 10 drops organic Clove essential oil
- 5 drops organic Ginger essential oil
Add all ingredients to a 4 oz bottle and cap with a mister top. Shake before each use as the contents will naturally separate.


Cinnamon & Brown Sugar Body Scrub
This simple recipe smells delicious, increases circulation, and will make your skin feel silky smooth.
3/4 cup organic brown sugar
1/4 cup plus 1 TBSP organic carrier oil of your choice
1 TBSP Honey
1 tsp organic Cinnamon powder
20 drops organic Cinnamon essential oil

Combine sugar and powdered Cinnamon. Add oil, honey, and essential oil. Mix well. Package in jars, and enjoy!

...and both of these make excellent Holiday gifts~

Monday, November 26, 2012

baby-boomer momentous events

Those of us that are part of the baby-boomers, the 40's-50's generation, have a lot of yahoo's that I don't think most realize. Of course small events most likely occur more often than any of us are aware of, but these larger ones seem to be more obvious to me at the present time. Perhaps I am more sensitized because of the upcoming "2012 winter solstice." I received an email from a friend telling of yet another event that is happening in "our" lifetime that is interesting. So, I decided to go over the events that I so often remind "my generation" that we get to experience that our grandparents or even parents did not, and most likely our children and grandchildren will not be able to say… "ALL of these momentous events occurred in my lifetime."

1. we crossed over a Century -1900/2000
2. we crossed over a Millennium - 1000/2000
3. we are witnessing an astronomical galactic alignment that only happens once every 26,000 years
4. as well, as crossing over one Mayan calendar Long Count to another; the last time this happened...5,125 years ago.
5. this upcoming month of December 2012- has 5 Saturdays, 5 Sundays, 5 Mondays,  and  according to my friend this only occurs every 824 years. 
(, if you add up 8+2+4=14 with 1+4=5 ~and this event landed as number 5 in the list...just noticed all this as I was typing... very interesting- let's give it a "high5" ha!)

It would really be wonderful if more people could see the excitement, how extraordinary these things are and celebrate how fortunate we are to have any incredible event occur during our lives.

arctic-midnite sun crossing horizon

A co-worker was asking everyone what their "big picture" holiday wish was, kind of like the “Miss America’s I dream ~wish~ of world peace.”


My wish would be that everyone become enlightened enough to step out of and see beyond “their personal space.”  Be aware of life beyond yours, incorporate it into yours, and try to make the “whole” a better place.

If we all could do that, truly see life…and what an amazing thing it is to just “Be” in life, the world would be a better place.

Those around me have heard this before and know that I, without a doubt, feel deeply that…

it is not that we don’t have enough jobs, or enough food, or enough land,
 or enough gold, or enough oil for gasoline…..

we have too many people.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

"happy thanksgiving"

A Poem for Thanksgiving

The year has turned its circle,
The seasons come and go.
The harvest all is gathered in
And chilly north winds blow.
Orchards have shared their treasures,
The fields, their yellow grain,
So open wide the doorway,
Thanksgiving comes again.
 [Author: Unknown]

now, about the turkey...hey, where is that turkey???

happy thanksgiving everyone!!!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

meals ideas ~ an 'out & about' holiday breakfast

Quick Morning Pick-Me-Up Bars

      A friend asked if there was a “healthy” recipe for a quick ‘out and about’ breakfast for her Thanksgiving Holiday morning- where I am told she has 20 family members from Nebraska…all ready to get-up, get going for a morning stroll on the beach at sunrise. wow! ~
       I did have one I use for a change from the usual morning toast or cereal, and these portable whole wheat breakfast bars provide energy to help pick you up and keep you going. Whole wheat flour and dates provide fiber and nutrients to create these healthy snack bars, which would also be great for snacks or dessert. (She made them last weekend and fell in love- how did she put it “had a breakfast taste –bud orgasm” ha! said I needed to share the recipe!) YIELD: 24 bars CARBS: 20

Nonstick cooking spray
3 tablespoons honey
1/4 cup orange juice
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 8 oz package pitted whole dates, snipped
2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour 
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
3 tablespoons pure maple syrup
2 egg whites
1 tablespoon canola or cooking oil

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
 Line a 13x9x2-inch baking pan with foil or parchment. Lightly coat foil/paper with cooking spray; set aside. In a small bowl, combine the honey, orange juice and lemon juice. Stir in the dates; set aside.

2. Combine the flour, soda, and baking powder in a large mixing bowl. In a second mixing bowl, combine applesauce, syrup, egg whites, and oil. Add applesauce mixture to the flour mixture. Beat with an electric mixer until just combined (mixture will be crumbly). Stir in date mixture. Spoon batter in the prepared baking pan; press evenly into pan with fingers or the back of the spoon.

3. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool bars on a wire rack. Remove bars from pan by lifting the edges of the foil. Cut into 24 bars.

note: To store, wrap and freeze individual bars. Thaw before eating.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

healthy living ~ thankful for cranberries

no need for me to carry on about the health benefits of cranberries--- we know them and okay guys, yes, you've seen this before...hopefully you've tasted this before....and hopefully you will taste it again~ my famous, fabulous, the best you'll find homemade ~~~~  

Cranberry-Orange Relish   

      For all those Holiday Cranberry fans--This is my favorite cranberry (anytime) recipe.  It is super easy, tastes terrific, and looks pretty on the table or your plate.

12 oz cranberries – fresh
1 medium orange, navel is best, unpeeled and cut into chunks
1 c. sugar (more or less to your taste)
1 piece, about 1 inch, fresh ginger peeled roughly chopped.
¼ tsp ground cinnamon

      Put cranberries, orange, ginger, & cinnamon in a food processor, pulse until finely chopped. Scrape into a serving bowl or plastic container. Cover and refrigerate. Letting it stand all day or a couple of days makes it even better by allowing sugars to incorporate. Can be made up to 5 days ahead, it freezes very nicely.
      note: if the flavor from using the entire orange seems too strong for you, add some orange zest instead and then cut the meat into chucks.
      for a different spin: add chopped cilantro or mint and minced jalapeno pepper.  You can use a sugar substitute. 
      and it freezes perfectly~

I have a friend who swears by her hatred for cranberry relish, sauce, anything involved with....cranberries--- she loves it! of course I had to make a deal/bet with her to try a spoonful--- I WON!   if you haven't already-give it a try. 

Monday, November 19, 2012

heart-felt thanks

In America this week we are celebrating Thanksgiving- it is a national holiday for us that goes back to the beginning of America, but it can also be a time for all on this planet to sit back and really think about what they are thankful for.

 So, I sat back the other night and thought about it; what I would say if Life asked me to give it three things I was truly thankful for from the time I was born to now. This is what quickly came to mind from my heart.

i am thankful to be able to dwell within the essence of existence-
to truly live life is a gift most do not know they have been given.

i am thankful to comprehend “love” in its purest form-
the unconditional love of a dog is incomparable to any other in life.

i am thankful to have wisdom enough to know that i have so much more to learn-
when we think we know it all is when we’re at our most imprudent.

Friday, November 16, 2012

friday photo~ emotional lives of our animal friends

while cleaning the other day I found jesse's hedghog toy; I set it on the bed to put with his other things and Tiera kitty immediately went to it. I never thought she liked him much, but her expression tells me she was "remembering" him with fondness and reverence.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

thursday's holiday idea ~ napkin holder

I love napkins holders as a decorative piece for my special table settings. Just recently I’ve started working with polymer clay, early learning stage, so a friend told me about these cute Thanksgiving napkin rings that look like mini ears of Indian corn, and are very easy using a few shades of polymer clay. They add a creative touch to the holiday table.  

Things Needed:  I used Sculpey brand clay, purchased from Michaels Crafts, as recommended by my friends, who say it is softer and conditions quickly.

Quarter size ball of brown polymer clay
Quarter size ball of yellow polymer clay
Quarter size ball of bronze (or deep orange) polymer clay
Exacto knife or blade
Empty toilet paper roll

1.  Begin your Thanksgiving napkin rings by rolling a rope of brown clay, long enough to wrap around the empty toilet paper tube.  Overlap the ends slightly as shown.

2.  To make the ear of corn, roll a ball of yellow clay, slightly smaller than the diameter of a quarter.  Then, roll this ball back and forth in your hands to flatten it into a cylinder.  Roll the one end with slightly more pressure to make it slightly tapered at one end, like an ear of corn.

3.  Next, roll three thin snakes of the three colors of polymer clay.  Make them pretty thin, about 2 or 3 mm in diameter.  Then use your polymer clay blade to slice off small chunks of clay.  These will be the Indian corn kernels.

4.  Start to apply the kernels to the ear of corn, in no particular color order.  Add a lot more yellow kernels than the other two kernels.  Keep sticking them on until the whole ear is covered in clay kernels.

5.  Lightly roll the ear of corn between the palms of your hands, to softly flatten down some of the kernels and make them adhere better.

6.   To make the corn husks, start with a ball of bronze and brown clay.  Flatten the ball between the palms of your hands, and then pinch together the top to make a flat tear drop shape.

7.  Gently wrap these husks around the ear of corn.  For mine, I used three husks, two bronze and one brown.  Then, attach your ear of corn to the napkin ring and bake according to the manufacturer's instructions.

8.  When the piece has cooled off, gently slide the napkin ring off of the toilet paper roll.  You can spray the napkin ring with clear varnish for extra shine, or as I did, hit it with one coat of clear nail polish, if you desire.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

meal ideas ~ carb smart pumpkin pie

Trim carbs and calories from traditional pumpkin pie by skipping the crust. This low-fat crustless pumpkin pie is a perfect dessert for the dieters, diabetics, or people who are watching their carbs at your holiday meal; it is fabulous with or without the toppings! 

Basic Crustless Pumpkin Pie 
1 15 ounce can pumpkin
1/3 cup sugar or sugar substitute* equivalent to 1/3 cup sugar
2 tablespoons honey
1 1/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
1/2 cup refrigerated egg product, or 2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla
3/4 cup evaporated fat-free milk

1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Lightly grease an 8-inch springform pan. In a medium bowl, combine pumpkin, sugar, honey, and pie spice. Add eggs and vanilla. Beat lightly just until combined. Gradually stir in evaporated milk. Pour into prepared pan and place on a foil-lined baking sheet.

2. Bake for 45 to 50 minutes or until center appears set when gently shaken. Cool for 1 hour on a wire rack. Cover and chill for at least 2 hours or up to 24 hours before serving.

3. To serve, loosen pie from sides of pan by running a thin metal spatula around the edge. Remove sides of pan. Cut pie into wedges to serve. Makes 8 servings (1 slice each).

*Sugar Substitutes::
Follow package directions to use product amount equivalent to 1/3 cup sugar.

***and.... now add the TOPPINGS***

Ginger-Chocolate Crunch
8 gingersnaps, broken
2 ounces dark or bittersweet chocolate (60 to 70% cacao), chopped
2 teaspoons finely chopped crystallized ginger
1. Top chilled pumpkin mixture with 8 gingersnaps, broken. Then top evenly with 2 ounces dark or bittersweet chocolate (60 to 70% cacao), chopped; and 2 teaspoons finely chopped crystallized ginger.

Maple-Apple Pecan Crunch
2 medium gala or Jonathan apples or 2 ripe pears
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup coarsely chopped pecans or walnuts, toasted
1 tablespoon pure maple syrup

1. Core, quarter and thinly slice gala or Jonathan apples or ripe pears. In a large skillet, cook apples and pears, covered, in water over medium heat for 5 minutes or just until softened and pliable but not mushy. Drain off liquid. Arrange apple or pear slices atop pumpkin when directed in step 3. Sprinkle with coarsely chopped pecans or walnuts, toasted, and drizzle with pure maple syrup.

Cranberry-Orange Almond Crunch
1/2 cup lightly sweetened toasted oat bran cereal flakes with oat clusters (Smart Start®)
1/3 cup coarsely chopped almonds, toasted
1/4 cup dried cranberries
1/2 teaspoon finely shredded orange peel

1. In a small bowl combine lightly sweetened toasted oat bran cereal flakes with oat clusters (Smart Start®); coarsely chopped almonds, toasted; dried cranberries; and finely shredded orange peel. (This makes a great snack mix or breakfast cereal: make extra of the mixture and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator up to 2 weeks.)
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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

healthy living ~ ouch, my nose

Fall, winter, and cold-flu season is upon us, which can really wreck havoc on our poor noses. Your nose can really suffer when you have a cold, sinus congestion, or even an allergy. Constantly wiping your nose with dry tissue can leave it rough, sore, raw, and…unattractively red. Don’t purchase those expensive chemical laden aloe tissues….what you need is an extremely gentle, moisturizing salve to soothe and heal the damaged tissue. 

Basic shea butter with the addition of an antiseptic and anti-inflammatory essential oil such are lavender, myrrh, palmarosa oil, or my favorite- German chamomile will gently stimulate skin cell regeneration, while conditioning and softening the skin in and around your nose so that you soon feel comfortable again.  If you don’t want to add an essential oil to this simple remedy, plain shea butter can be use as an effective treatment on its own, as can extra virgin coconut oil. You can buy a ready-made product… just remember-despite how natural it says it is…it is packaged with more chemicals than your nose wants at this moment- and homemade is sooooo easy- who would by OTC stuff?

** 4 tablespoon refined shea butter (unrefined shea butter will work, but its stronger fragrance will often masks the beautiful aroma of the essential oils)

** 20 drops German chamomile, lavender, myrrh, or palmarosa essential oil

Warm the shea butter in a saucepan (a 3/4-quart size works great) or double boiler over low heat, until it has just melted. Remove from the heat. Add the essential oil directly to your storage container, and then slowly pour in the liquefied shea butter. Gently stir to blend. Cap and label. 

Unlike beeswax, shea butter takes a long time to completely thicken and this formula may need up to 24 hours, depending on the temperature of your kitchen. When it’s ready, it will be very thick, semi-hard, and white (or creamy yellow if you’ve used unrefined shea butter).

palmarosa flower
Use as needed, smear a small dab of this slave lightly inside and around the nostrils, completely covering all irritated skin. If your lips are dry, spread a dab there too. Be careful not to “double dip” into the container adding the “viral” germs that caused this condition to begin with…, wash hands thoroughly between applications, take only what you need.  Bonus- this works great to condition dry, brittle nails and cuticles; also helps heal cracked skin on your feet. It’s a great protective balm for your skin during winter, when expose to dry harsh air.

storage: store at room temp, away from heat and light- use within one year.

Monday, November 12, 2012

balance=health, happiness, fulfillment

Like pieces of a puzzle, the many different aspects of your being come together to form the person that you are. You work and play, rest and expend energy, commune with your body and soul, exalt in joy, and feel sorrow. Balance is the state that you achieve when all of the aspects of your life and self are in harmony. Your life force flows in a state of equilibrium because nothing feels out of sync. While balance is necessary to have a satisfying, energetic, and joyful life, only you can determine what balance means to you.

Achieving balance requires that you assess what is important to you. The many demands of modern life can push us to make choices that can put us off balance and have a detrimental effect on our habits, relationships, health, and career. In creating a balanced lifestyle, you must ascertain how much time and energy you are willing to devote to the different areas of your life.

One way to do so, imagine that your life is a house made up of many rooms. Draw this house, give each part of your life its own room, and size each room according to the amount of importance you assign to that aspect of your life. You can include family, solitude, activities that benefit others, healthy eating, indulgences, exercise and working on self. You may discover that certain elements of your life take up an inordinate amount of time, energy, or effort and leave you with few resources to nurture the other aspects of your life. You may want to spend less time on these activities and more on the ones that fulfill you.  

Me, I keep a weekly total on my balance by having a re-purposed egg crate and some little rock tiles for when I do something that gives me energy and has a positive effect or something that takes away energy or time.  If it is positive I take a tile from the negative cup and vice-versa. I also drop a tile into my future cup when I have completed a task that brings me closer to my goals or dreams, take it away if life's events fall that way.  I look at the cups at the end of the week and can see where the focus of my energy has been- too much time on this- not enough on this and how much was positive or negative in general. It is an eye-opener to say the least. A friend uses pennies instead of little stones, another uses rocks she has collected over time- the larger it effects her the bigger the rock- :)

A balanced lifestyle is simply a state of being in which one has time and energy for obligations and pleasures, as well as time to live well and in a gratifying way. With its many nuances, balance can be a difficult concept to integrate into your life. Living a balanced existence, however, can help you attain a greater sense of happiness, health, and fulfillment.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

thursday's holiday idea ~ thankful turkey

What a Turkey of an idea:
Here is a fun idea a friend does each year. She makes a yarn turkey, and some paper feathers. Then, EVERYONE, child or adult, who comes into her home over the next few weeks has to write what they are thankful for on a paper feather and places it into this cute turkey centerpiece.

How to make it: Cut a 1-inch sliver off the bottom of a 9-inch polystyrene ball. Wrap sphere neatly in thick dark-brown yarn, covering surface completely; knot on bottom. Make a 4-inch ball from light-brown yarn and attach to body with a wooden craft stick. Create simple facial features using felt: white circles (approximately the size of a quarter, with 1/8-inch pom-poms for pupils) for eyes, yellow triangles for the beak, and long red felt teardrops as the wattle. Cut feather shapes from colored craft paper and bend in half lengthwise to create seam. Glue wooden craft stick to the bottom third of the feather and insert in a fan shape on turkey body. You can make it larger or smaller depending on need and size of polystyrene ball.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

meal ideas ~ honey glazed carrots w/ garlic

This fall inspired dish is very appealing to me, not only in beauty, but flavor as well. Switch that old yucky (my opinion)  “green bean casserole” side dish for this one and you can give thanks to a new dish gracing your table.

Honey Glazed Carrots with Garlic
serves 6 carbs-21 grams

1 1/2 lb small multi colored carrots, trimmed and scrubbed
1 small head garlic
course salt
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 tbsp homey
1 dried red chili, halved
2 sprigs fresh rosemary

1. In a large skillet, arrange carrots and garlic in a single layer and cover with water. Season generously with salt. Bring to a boil, and then reduce heat and simmer, covered, until just crisp tender.

2. Remove carrots and garlic with slotted spoon and set aside. Drain water and wipe out pan.  Heat to medium high.  Add oil, honey, chili, and tablespoon water; cook until bubbling. Add carrots and garlic and cook, stirring until coated and slightly caramelized. Season with salt. 

recipe & photo from Whole Living Mag- November 2012

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

healthy living ~ holiday cravings

This holiday season will test all of our resolves and promises to be healthy and good. Most of all we will begin to have cravings for those goodies in the cupboard, table, and gift baskets. Just remember…..
       zen vs. yen ~ most cravings subside after just a few minutes. try this calming workout that only takes 15 minutes … and it's easy.

Monday, November 5, 2012

10 thoughts on Whole Living ~ november

(10 Thoughts by Terri Trespicio- Martha’s Stewart’s Whole Living Magazine-November 2012)

I apologize for the roughness of this month's 10 Thoughts, sometimes Ms. Trespicio's layouts aren't the best. you can double click and enlarge the photo for better readability.