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, January 30, 2015

fun friday ~ my favorite

this was a gift thirty-four years ago-it is still my favorite illustration 

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

meal ideas ~ a different game day wing- no buffalo

SuperBowl is this coming weekend and everyone is talking about making some chicken Buffalo wings for the big day. I am not a fan of sports or buffalo wings, but I do understand the attraction to eating wings on that big sports day. They are a finger food, and finger food and game snacks go together like peanut butter and jelly. I thought it might be fun to find some recpies that are not so “buffalo-ie” just in case you too have a non-wing-fan in your celebratory clan this festive game day.

Mahogany Chicken Wings
Soy sauce, honey, molasses and spices blend to make perfect, beautiful chicken wings.


3 pounds chicken wings, split (tips discarded optional)
1/2 cup soy sauce
1/2 cup honey
1/4 cup molasses
2 tablespoons chile sauce
1 teaspoon ground ginger
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped

Place chicken in a shallow, medium dish.

In a medium bowl, mix soy sauce, honey, molasses, chile sauce, ground ginger and garlic. Pour the mixture over the chicken. Cover and refrigerate approximately 1 hour, turning occasionally.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

In a large baking dish, arrange chicken in a single layer. Bake in the preheated oven  approximately 50 minutes, brushing with remaining soy sauce mixture often and turning once, until meat is no longer pink and juices run clear.

Grill Master Chicken Wings
Tangy Italian dressing and savory soy create an easy marinade that is just terrific on grilled chicken wings.
 
Wings:
1/2 cup soy sauce
1/2 cup Italian-style salad dressing
3 pounds chicken wings, cut apart at
joints, wing tips discarded

Sauce:
1/4 cup butter
1 teaspoon soy sauce
1/4 cup hot pepper or to taste

Combine 1/2 cup soy sauce, Italian dressing, and chicken wings in a large, zip-top bag. Close bag and refrigerate 4 hours to overnight.

Preheat an outdoor grill for medium heat. In a small saucepan, melt the butter. Stir in the 1 teaspoon soy sauce and the hot pepper sauce. Turn off heat and reserve.

Remove the chicken wings from the marinade and pat dry. Cook the wings on the preheated grill, turning occasionally, until the chicken is well browned and no longer pink, 25 to 30 minutes.

Place grilled wings in a large bowl. Pour butter sauce over wings; toss to mix well.

Detroit Hot Honey Wings
A sweet, spicy wing recipe that is amazing on the grill! This is a Detroit recipe, so enjoy!  These Detroit style wings are honey glazed as they grill and tossed with a sweet and spicy sauce right off the heat. Challenge your friends with more cayenne and hot sauce, or pull back the heat and serve with a blue cheese dressing to calm the fire!


2 pounds chicken wings, tips discarded
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper (add more if you can stand it)
salt and ground black pepper to taste
1 cup honey
1/2 cup butter, melted
1/2 cup hot sauce

Preheat an outdoor grill for medium heat and lightly oil grate.

Wash the wings well and pat dry with paper towel. Season the meat with cayenne, salt, and pepper.

Cook the chicken wings on preheated grill until cooked through and juices run clear, 20 to 30 minutes depending on the size of the wings. Brush the wings liberally using 1/2 cup of honey while they are cooking.

Melt the butter, pour into a large bowl and mix in the remaining 1/2 cup of honey and hot sauce. Remove the wings from the grill and immediately toss them in the hot honey butter sauce to coat. Serve the wings 'wet' or return them to the grill for 1 minute per side to set the sauce.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

healthy living ~ oh no, not more water...

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yes, more water... the miracle liquid for your health

I love water and what it does to cleanse my body of toxins when mixed with apple cider vinegar, green tea, or lemon juice. I know some poeple just hate water...then mix it with something healthy. More than half of a human body is made up of water. We need water to survive. So it’s not surprising that drinking lots of clean water is one of the simplest ways to help ensure good health.

Here are just a few of the benefits:

1. Without enough water, the liver can’t do its job well. And its job, as you know, is to detox the whole body—a pretty important task in these modern times.

2. Feeling kind of puffy? Drink more water! It can help to ease the fluid retention and bloating associated with premenstrual syndrome.

3. Trying to drop a few pounds? Drink water. It naturally suppresses the appetite and helps the body metabolize fat.

4. Drinking lots of water can prevent leg cramps that happen due to mild dehydration in warmer weather.

5. Drinking lots of water can also help prevent chronic dehydration.

If you do get mildly dehydrated, don’t try to drink a gallon of water in three minutes. (Unless you’re trying out for some Book of World Records!) The safest way to rehydrate is to drink small amounts of water frequently. And while you’re at it, enjoy a banana between sips, since they’re loaded with potassium and can re-establish electrolyte balance.

It’s important to keep in mind that it is possible to drink too much water. A good rule of thumb is to drink between six to eight glasses per day. Don’t assume that any liquid you drink counts toward your eight glasses, since some sugary or caffeinated drinks can actually deplete your body of water.

Here is another version of a Flush the Body Clean water recipe that I have been trying lately. Wonderful! especially when I had that horrid cold last week. Its vitamins and minerals promote energy and good health. Not just delicious but this drink can play a huge role in your healthy living diet! Enjoy!

try this one out for a change of pace
Ingredients:
2 liters water
1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
1 medium cucumber, sliced
1 medium lemon, sliced
12 small spearmint leaves

Place all ingredients in a large pitcher, let blend together overnight, the next day...drink the whole pitcher during the course of the day. (this also can help promote some nice weight loss too, always a plus)


Monday, January 26, 2015

wind of changes

Sunday, I sat at my computer completely stumped at what to post for this morning, Monday. I have been in a slump, not any one’s fault- well, unless you want to blame all the inconsiderate, selfish, evil humanoids in this world hampering my dream to end violence against animals and children. Yes, I know.....arduous task. Not sure where I am at in my life, just know what my heart and soul so desperately would like to see happen; I am one to always go with the flow, maybe I need to blow with the wind for awhile.

It has been extremely windy the last couple of days and I began focusing on the wind, watching the tree outside my window moving in its dance with nature’s power. There was a message there in those moments of gusts and gentle breezes.

Wind is air in motion. Many ancient cultures believed that the wind was a form of divine spirit. Like spirit, the wind is invisible, but it is what animates. The magnificence of the wind resides within each of us.

Wind isn't tangible yet it brings change with its breath. Sometimes these changes are barely perceivable. However, if you look carefully, you can see the wind - it is the swirl in a plume of smoke, it is the ripple across a lake; it is the lackadaisical sway in the branches. Recognize the small developments in yourself. You are growing all the time even when it seems like the wind is still.

A breeze can quickly become a gale, and a storm can swiftly be diffused. So too are you affected by your environment, who you interact with, what you expose yourself to, what you choose to put in your body and your mind. You can choose experiences that will either fuel your spirit or move you off course.

The wind is also a cleanser. It can drift away the hurt and pain with a soft puff of air. But it is also a quick-tempered destroyer; a raging hurricane. Sometimes change feels like an unsettling uproar that dramatically changes the scenery of your life. But as bleak as things feel, know that Wind Spirit is a messenger; movement against stagnation. To fight a gust only creates struggle. It takes time and practice, patience, trust, and faith to embrace the wind for we try to control everything and find answers. But at the end of a bluster lays new potential. Encompass this belief with your mind, hold it in your body and allow yourself to go with the flow. To be carried by the wind is to give things up to a higher power. There is no going wrong for the wind, like spirit, is uplifting and life giving. They are one in the same.

Have a terrific week ahead- and if you get blown away, may it be from something awesome that enters your life.

Friday, January 23, 2015

fun friday photo ~ really dude?

Michael at McGlinn's Public House, on Facebook, took this great shot of an eagle eyeballing him from high in a tree in the Wenatchee area.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

the "bug" found me

after ten years dodging the "bug" I have a cold....poo! 
lots of rest, chicken soup, and time. sorry no meal ideas this week-

healthy living ~ sit at a desk all day?...deskercise-

When I worked in the ER, I got a ton of exercise running around, lifting and moving people, wheelchairs, equipment; it was a physical job to say the least. But since I moved to the hospital unit and to a desk... well, the most exercise I get is at home for about an hour in the mornings. But the days I work, is mostly spent sitting.  I have decided it is time to incorporate exercise into my work routine and at my desk.

okay - okay, maybe this is a little extreme.. however.... here are a few ideas I found. 


Is your average day spent in a seat? Driving, working, and evenings on the couch can mean too much sedentary time. Research shows that sitting all day increases your risk for obesity and puts you at risk for back pain, poor posture, leg cramps, and tense muscles. Keep your body moving — even while at a desk — with these exercises:

The Shoulder Squeeze. Roll your shoulders back a few times, and leave them in a down and relaxed position. Then, raise arms out to side at shoulder height, with elbows bent and hands forward. Bring both elbows back to squeeze the shoulder blades, then extend and straighten arms all the way forward. Alternate the shoulder squeeze and arm extension 10–15 times.

The Chorus Line. Extend one leg out straight in front of you and hold for two seconds. Raise it up as high as you can and hold again for two seconds. Repeat on each leg 15 times.

The Squat. Stand in front of your chair with your feet at hip’s width apart. Lower yourself until you’re almost touching your seat and hold for three seconds. Slowly sit down, then repeat 10 times.



Also, you can do some simple stretching exercises. Stretch your arms, legs, neck and torso while sitting. This will help prevent you from feeling stiff.

Neck: To stretch your neck, slowly flex your head forward and backward, side to side and look right and left. This can be done almost any time to lessen tension and strain. Never roll your head around your neck––this could cause damage to the joints of the neck.
Shoulders: Roll your shoulders forward around 10 times, then backward. This helps release the tension off your shoulders.

Arms and shoulders: A good stretch for your arms and shoulders is to brace your hands on the edge your desk, each about a shoulder width away from your body. Twist your hands in so they point toward your body and lean forward, hunching your shoulders. Take this a step further and push your shoulders and elbows closer to the desk.

Wrists: Roll your wrists regularly, around every hour or so. Roll the wrists 10 times clockwise, then 10 times counterclockwise. This will help minimize the potential for getting carpal tunnel syndrome if you spend a lot of time typing.

Ankles: Roll your ankles regularly. As with your wrists, roll the ankles in a clockwise motion three times, then counterclockwise. This helps improve blood circulation, and prevents that tingling feeling you can get when blood circulation is cut off, also known as "pins and needles".

Chest: Notice if you tend to hunch in front of the keyboard. To counter that, perform the following exercise: Open your arms wide as if you were going to hug someone, rotate your wrists externally (thumbs going up and back) and pull your shoulders back. This stretch is moving your body the opposite way to being hunched and you should feel a good stretch across your upper chest.

Abdomen: Contract your abdominal and gluteal muscles, hold them there for a few seconds, then release. Repeat this every few minutes all day long while you're working at your desk. You can also perform kegels (pelvic floor exercises) while sitting.

Calves: Stretch your calves. While sitting, lift up your legs on the balls of your feet and set them down. Repeat until your legs are comfortably tired. Repeat about 10 minutes later, and continue doing this routine for about an hour or so. This will exercise your calves, and will help prevent blood clots from developing in your legs. Blood clots are very common among middle-aged computer users.

enjoy these ideas and make 2015 a healthier year despite that desk job!


Monday, January 19, 2015

the art of habits- making or breaking, which is hardest?

Which is harder… making something a habit or breaking a habit?

I asked myself that yesterday while I was looking at my life outside my personal space and I noticed that I had restarted a couple of bad habits and left behind a couple that were good.  "Oh-oh" --my mind said—"gotta nip these in the bud now."

Do you have something you want to change in your life?  Then do it. It takes time and focus but you can begin a new habit or break an old annoying one. No one really knows how long it takes to make or break a habit.  Some say two weeks and some say 21 days, some say three months. It is quite variable since it depends on the person, their determination, their focus, and the habit in question.

There is a biological fact about learning. When you learn something new, the brain creates new synapses or neural pathways. I call them a crevice.  It is as if a new road has been laid to reach a physical destination. Once that road is established, it can be used numerous times. Over time, the more it is traveled, the easier it gets to follow, much like a well-worn habit, thus the crevice is made.

On the other hand, breaking a habit resembles tearing up that roadway so you will not reach that destination anymore or filling in the crevice. However, in the brain, that roadway is not completely demolished but now in its place there is a roadblock sign.  But in a moment of desperation or a stressful situation, you can roll right over that sign and use the road again….
….Therefore, I believe breaking a habit is harder than forming one, but not impossible.

Here are a few steps that I have learned to follow that for me help make or break a habit. There is no way to know if it will take you two weeks or three to accomplish your goal, but over time you can affect a change if you keep at it.

  • Identify the habit –Know what you are working towards clearly, before you get started. It will increase your chances of success.
  • Do the research – Know what you are up against. How hard is it to let’s say to start exercising or stop smoking? What are the resources available to assist you? If you want to be more assertive, learn the traits of an assertive person.
  • Create a positive replacement habit for bad ones -Positive replacement habits might be something such as exercise or meditation to stop overeating or biting your fingernails.
  • Prepare – Think ahead of time how you are going to consciously insert your new plan into your schedule. What are you going to do to start you on a different pattern?
  • Keep at it – If you forget one day, be sure to do it again the next day. Foster building that new pathway. The more you do something, the more it will become second nature and create a new crevice for yourself. As for breaking a habit, practice using daily affirmations where you tell yourself you can quit whatever habit you wish to conquer or keep whatever you wish to start. Say things out loud like I love to experiment and have so much fun doing it.  List the reasons why you can do it to boost your confidence too.
  • Start simple- if you have more than one, like me, that you want to start/stop then start with the simplest and easiest- one that guarantees success, it will start you on a "roll" to accomplish the next slightly harder task.
  • lastly--Get help – if you need! -this can be a friend, a couch, behavior therapist, or hire a Life Coach who can hold you accountable for what you are about to do. Therapy can also help with breaking habits as it can teach you to create an alternate way of thinking to avoid returning to old habits instead of just focusing on not doing something.

 There are a ton of people on the internet with all sorts of suggestions of how to develop and break habits…but the best suggestion I have… is just do it. If you’re trying to make a change in your life, try the steps above. Soon, you will be moving on the right track. And if you slip back…grab the seat of your britches, pull yourself forward, and go at it again. Remember, you are an unlimited person, your mind serves you well! 




my habit goals 2015:
1. get back into the habit of daily exercising - 
2. stop the "unhealthy" snacks.
3. meditate, relax, reflect at least once a week.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

meal ideas ~ beef up the meal

Need a little beef booster to your meal plan? These hearty beef recipes are full of protein and low in carbs, making them perfect additions to your healthy meal plan!

Sirloin Steak with Deep Red Wine Reduction
Marinating your steak in red wine gives it decadent flavor and tenderness. Choose this low-calorie, protein-rich recipe over starchy meals.

1/2 cup dry red wine
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
 1 tablespoon reduced-sodium soy sauce
 2 teaspoons instant coffee granules
 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
 1/2 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
 1 pound boneless beef sirloin steak, trimmed and cut about 3/4 inch thick
 1/8 teaspoon salt
 Nonstick cooking spray
 Steamed sliced zucchini and summer squash (optional)
 Snipped fresh oregano (optional)

In a small bowl combine wine, vinegar, soy sauce, coffee granules, Worcestershire sauce, and pepper. Place the steak in a large resealable plastic bag set in a shallow dish. Pour 1/4 cup of the wine mixture over the steak. Seal bag; turn to coat steak. Marinate in the refrigerator 8 to 24 hours, turning occasionally. Stir the salt into the remaining wine mixture; cover and chill until needed.

 Lightly coat a grill pan with cooking spray. Heat over medium-high heat. Drain steak, discarding marinade. Cook steak on hot grill pan 10 to 12 minutes or until desired doneness (145 degrees F for medium-rare), turning once halfway through cooking time. Transfer steak to a cutting board.

Let stand 3 minutes; thinly slice steak.

Meanwhile, in a small saucepan heat the reserved wine mixture to boiling over medium-high heat. Boil, uncovered, 2 to 3 minutes or until mixture is reduced to 1/4 cup. (Or, for a more concentrated sauce, reduce mixture to 2 tablespoons.) Spoon wine mixture over sliced steak. If desired, serve with zucchini and/or sprinkle with oregano.

Nutrition Facts Per Serving: 162 cal., 5 g total fat (2 g sat. fat), 61 mg chol., 297 mg sodium, 4 g carb. (1 g sugars), 20 g pro. Diabetic Exchanges Lean Meat (d.e): 3; Mark as Free Exchange (d.e): 0; Fruit (d.e): 0.5

Sesame-Ginger Beef Stir-Fry
This low-carb beef stir-fry boasts nearly half the recommended daily value of protein, while broccoli, red pepper, and onion provide nutrients as well as a pop of color.

12 ounces boneless beef sirloin steak
 1 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger or 1 teaspoon ground
 1 tablespoon cornstarch
 2 cloves garlic, minced
 1 teaspoon ground coriander
 1/8-1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
 2 teaspoons sesame oil
 1 medium onion, halved and sliced
 2 cups broccoli florets
 1 medium red sweet pepper, cut in bite-size strips
 1 1/3 cups hot cooked brown rice
 1 teaspoon sesame seed, toasted (optional)

If desired, partially freeze beef for easier slicing. Trim fat from meat. Thinly slice meat across the grain into bite-size strips. Set aside.

For sauce, in a small bowl stir together chicken broth, ginger, cornstarch, garlic, coriander, and crushed red pepper; set aside.

In a wok or large skillet heat sesame oil over medium-high heat. Add onion; cook and stir in hot oil for 2 minutes. Add broccoli and sweet pepper; cook and stir for 1 to 2 minutes more or until vegetables are crisp-tender. Remove from wok.

Add beef strips to hot wok. (Lightly coat unheated skillet with nonstick cooking spray if needed). Cook and stir for 2 to 3 minutes or until meat is slightly pink in center. Push meat from center of wok.

Stir sauce. Add sauce to center of wok. Cook and stir until thickened and bubbly. Return cooked vegetables to wok; stir to coat all ingredients with sauce. Cook and stir for 1 to 2 minutes more or until heated through. Serve immediately with rice. If desired, sprinkle with sesame seed.

Nutrition Facts Per Serving: 255 cal., 7 g total fat (2 g sat. fat), 36 mg chol., 212 mg sodium, 25 g carb. (4 g fiber, 4 g sugars), 23 g pro. Diabetic Exchanges  Lean Meat (d.e): 2.5; Fat (d.e): 0.5; Starch (d.e): 1.5; Vegetables (d.e): 1

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

healthy living ~ cleaner laundry- use less detergent


I found this article on Care2 yesterday and thought it had some very good ideas. Having cleaner and fresher laundry is a Healthy Living topic if you think about it. So here is the reprint of this article: By Laura Firszt,  of Networx.  



The Secret of Cleaner Laundry? Use Less Detergent

Strange but true: If you would like your laundry to come out cleaner and fresher, the secret just might be to cut down on the detergent. Using too much or the wrong kind of laundry soap may leave your clothes dingy and dull. What’s more, adding in an eco-friendly household substance can boost your regular detergent’s cleaning power without negatively affecting the environment. Here’s how to fine-tune your washday skills.

Use the Right Amount of Detergent
More is not necessarily better; use only the amount of detergent specified by the manufacturer. Measure it carefully with the cap or scoop provided or with a dedicated measuring cup kept in your laundry room. Don’t rely on eyeballing, as the tendency is to overestimate. Besides costing you extra money, an overdose of laundry detergent will leave a residue on your supposedly clean wash.

What NOT to Use
Never substitute dish liquid, dishwasher detergent, or shampoo for laundry detergent. The former are all designed to produce a much higher volume of suds than you want in your washer. In addition to making a mess, the extra foam might actually damage the control panel of a front-loading washer (as I can personally attest to). What’s more, detergents that are not expressly formulated for laundry use may potentially discolor or damage clothes, towels, and sheets. In an emergency, if you run out of laundry detergent, you can freshen lightly soiled items by running them through a wash cycle without any added soap.

Washing or Baking Soda
Washing soda (sodium carbonate) is an environmentally friendly laundry aid. When added to your wash together with laundry detergent, it helps to remove stains caused by oil or wine, as well as softening your washer’s water. Baking soda, which is more readily available, can also be used, either as is or chemically transformed into sodium carbonate. Buy baking soda in bulk, rather than in kitchen-sized boxes, to save money. Store in a dry place.

Vinegar
Plain white vinegar is just about everybody’s favorite green cleaner. This hardworking liquid works to disinfect, brighten, soften, and deodorize your laundry. (In fact, it does just about everything but slice and dice.) Simply wash clothes as per usual, but add a cupful of vinegar to the last rinse cycle. Bonus use: To set the dye in new cotton clothing or sewing fabric, place in a basin, cover with white vinegar, and let soak for an hour or so before laundering.

Hydrogen Peroxide
Hydrogen peroxide is a compound of water plus oxygen, which makes a good presoak for removing bloodstains from clothing or linens. Supplement your laundry soap with one cup of hydrogen peroxide for brighter whites, with much less wear and tear on your clothes — and the environment — than with chlorine bleach.

Club Soda
Long known as the treatment of choice for liquid stains such as red wine or coffee, club soda is readily available, inexpensive, and non-toxic. It is also excellent for deodorizing pet (or small child) “accidents” on bedding or slipcovers. Apply to the affected area ASAP and avoid rubbing, which may break down the fibers. Add some table salt for extra cleaning power. Then launder normally.

Mouthwash
Reader’s Digest has the most unusual suggestion for a laundry detergent booster. They recommend battling odor-causing bacteria with a cup of alcohol-based sugarless mouthwash. Just pour it into your washing machine, together with your regular laundry detergent, to freshen a load of stinky gym socks.

A Couple of Caveats
Don’t get to thinking that if one laundry booster is good, two or more will be even better. Once again, my personal experience has shown that vinegar and baking soda are not the best washday combination, unless you like streaks on your just-washed clothes. And avoid using hydrogen peroxide, washing soda, or chlorine bleach in a wash load that contains wool garments — they can harm the fibers.

Monday, January 12, 2015

johnny depp ~ bravo!

I have watched this wise, gentle soul grow from a young boy on "21 Jump Street" to a talented, altruistic man of integrity. Bravo! Mr Depp, where others have wandered, you have built paths to follow.

in response to comments he received about several pictures posted on
Facebook asking for help and showing why there was a need for action.


Wednesday, January 7, 2015

meal ideas ~ gotta whole fish? stuff it

This recipe idea can be made with any whole fish, however "carp" sold as Tilapia is the best choice due to its very large bones which can be easily removed during eating. Steve and I use chopsticks that allow us to pick at the meat and pull out anything undesirable. You can use these stuffing ideas with any fresh whole fish. Trout makes a wonderful treat. I do de-bone a trout before I cook it, something my father taught me long ago- being an avid fisherman. It takes a skill to be sure, Steve jokes that he didn't realize trout had bones, I am that good. Get your fish-market to de-bone it for you if you think there will be an issue.

Tilapia has to be one of my favorite fish. The first time I ever tasted it was in Kenya, Africa. It was wonderful; a solid fish with a nutty taste. Sadly, the tilapia that we get here in the United States is farmed in our waters or from the Philippines, and is lacking in that “nutty” quality. The African waters where the tilapia comes from have a super high PH level- very alkaline, which is what gives the tilapia its taste; nevertheless, farmed raised, it still has a great taste and texture. We love to stuff it whole, wrap in foil, and cook on the barbeque. (yes-yes, I know…omg she’s using aluminum foil- one of the rare occasions) You can also wrap it in foil or parchment and bake in the oven (425 deg.) for about the same amount of time- the skin will be moister but the flavor will be the same. 

1 whole Tilapia or other fish, whatever size you choose per person.

Lightly coat sheet of aluminum foil with olive oil, or canola oil and sprinkle with garlic powder.  Place stuffed tilapia onto half of foil folding over the other side, secure around the edges.  Place on barbeque med-high heat for 10 minutes- flip over and continue cooking for another 10 minutes. (trust me this is enough) 20 minutes total. Remove from foil pouch when cooked and enjoy.

Stuffing ideas-

Steve likes a crab mix. Mix all ingredients together and stuff into a whole fish

Seasoned bread cubes or crumbs
1 can crab meat- use 2 to 3 tablespoons of liquid for moisture in stuffing
Chopped onions, celery, bell pepper.
pinch or two of curry powder
salt and pepper to taste
1 tbs melted butter


I like a vegetable only mix – you can layer the ingredients or mix and stuff into a whole fish.

Spinach leaves- slightly chopped
Grape/cherry tomatoes- halved
Sliced bell pepper,  onions, celery
Baby carrots- quartered lengthwise
2 to 3 small pads of butter- place into fish before other ingredients.
(pretty much any vegetable I happen to have in my vege drawer)



Tuesday, January 6, 2015

healthy living ~ natural hair treatments

I have discussed the matter of thinning hair or loss several times in the Healthy Living section, and I have said many times that “I would rather lose my teeth, than my hair.” And it is true. Hair loss is a common problem nowadays. As hair is regarded as an asset that enhances one’s physical appearance, balding or thinning hair is a problem that many want to correct as soon as possible. Some of the common factors contributing to thinning hair are excessive physical or emotional stress, hormonal imbalances, nutritional deficiencies, pollution, allergies, use of wrong hair care products, poor hair care routine, and heredity. If you have thinning hair, as I do, there is no need to spend money on expensive treatments and products. There are many natural remedies to help you get thicker and voluminous hair.

Here are the top 4 ways that I am going to try and get my hair thicker naturally. I am going to try one at a time, for a substantial length of time, to make sure it is the right treatment or not, before seeing what the next has to offer.  If you try any of these I would love to know your results, email or just leave a comment on this page, anonymously is okay is you prefer.


1. Eggs
Regular protein treatment is essential to enjoy stronger and thicker hair. For a protein hair treatment, the best ingredient is eggs.

Take one or two eggs, depending on the length of your hair, and beat it properly. Apply the egg on wet hair and allow it to sit for about 30 minutes. Wash your hair with lukewarm water and shampoo. You can use this protein treatment once or twice a week.

Another option is to mix together one egg yolk, one tablespoon of a hair oil of your choice and two tablespoons of water. Use this mixture to massage your scalp thoroughly. Follow this remedy once a week to enjoy thicker hair.


2. Avocado
Avocado can also be used to get thicker hair as it moisturizes and adds body to your hair. Plus, the vitamin E in this fruit contributes to the overall health of the hair shaft.

Make a mixture of one mashed avocado, one mashed banana and one tablespoon of olive oil. Massage it on your scalp and leave the mixture on your hair for about 30 minutes so that the nutrients are absorbed by the scalp. Finally, rinse it out and shampoo your hair.

Or, you can also make a hydrating hair mask by mixing two tablespoons of wheatgerm oil with half of a ripe mashed avocado. Apply this hair mask on freshly shampooed hair and allow it to sit for at least 20 minutes. Rinse your hair thoroughly and then shampoo your hair. Use either of these avocado hair masks once a week.

3. Olive Oil
Olive oil will also add body to your hair. Plus, it will help soften and strengthen your tresses. A friend suggested to wet your hair before applyin, this will make it easier to washing the oil out later.

Massage your hair and scalp with warm olive oil and leave it on for at least 30 to 45 minutes. Rinse it out thoroughly and wash your hair using a mild shampoo. You can also leave the oil on your hair overnight and then shampoo your hair the next morning.

Another option is to mix olive oil with some honey and apply the mixture on your hair. Leave it on for at least 30 minutes and then wash your hair. Use either or these remedies once or twice a week.

4. Castor Oil ~ when researching for this I found many references to Castor Oil and hair health- The information available, and other's comments on this product, has made me want to do an entire post on Castor Oil and Hair Health- see it next week's post. In the meantime, this will get you started.

Massaging your scalp regularly with cold-pressed castor oil is one of the easiest ways to get thicker hair naturally. Due to its high viscosity, it coats the hair thoroughly and protects against hair fall. Plus, being high in vitamin E and fatty acids, it promote hair growth.

Heat a mixture of equal parts of castor oil and coconut oil. Simply using castor oil will also work but it tends to be too thick.
Apply it on your head and scalp and massage in circular motions.
Comb your hair to distribute the oil throughout your hair and remove tangles.
Cover your hair with a towel moistened with warm water.
Leave it on for at least one hour and then shampoo your hair as usual.
Follow this remedy once a week to enjoy lustrous and thick hair.

Monday, January 5, 2015

advice from a ~dolphin


this year I decided in place of my 10 Thoughts on Life each month, I would share some "Advice From A..." sayings from the creative minds at  yourtruenature.com   Check out the website for great products. I own a couple of shirts, the most famous one is my Advice from a Moose shirt that was worn while walking or hiking with Jesse- whose nickname was... the moose. 
(p.s. still wear it, as a matter of fact have it on as I type )

Friday, January 2, 2015

fun friday ~ new year's wellington


Every New Years day for the last twenty five or so years we have made Beef Willington- how well the meal turns out is our harbinger for how our year ahead will be. 

2015? excellent!


Table set and ready to go with some new holiday candles made by Liz in the UK




This year using Elk Tenderioins, which were small, we made individual wellington servings-

I am responsible for making the pastry wrap and decorating them, which is the hardest and most fun. I try and make it individualistic, for each of us. Steve’s is on the right.


The meat wrapped pastry after cooking. the holes are for venting. 

Using a different recipe based on the Elk, our sauce base was made from cranberries, mexican chocolate, port wine, and other secret ingredients Steve won't tell. ☺

Our dessert- Creme Brulee'- with vanilla bean

Melting brown sugar on the Creme Brulle'


Elk Wellington, Cranberry Mole' sauce, Ginger Glazed Carrots, 
Roquefort Salad, and Creme Brulle' 

Steve, the master chef in this endeavor- without his culinary skills 
this meal would not be the success it always is- thanks T