Archive | April, 2012

My 3 Favorite (uber healthy) Recipes!

13 Apr

In celebration of Summer, I thought I’d start with a yummy Iced Tea!

ImageSummer Iced Tea – 6, 1 cup servings

– 6 Cups of Cold Water
– 1/3 cup of loose tea (I break apart tea bags to get the 1/3)
– Lemon Juice (Fresh Squeezed!) To Taste

Put the water in a pot with the tea, stir, and let sit overnight (or about 8 hours). You can add fresh lemon slices as well, or squeeze the juice in.

After the time is up, pour into container using coffee filter.

Sweeten by the glass using your sweetener/sugar of choice, so everyone gets their desired sweetness!

 

 

(Is it?) Cream of Chicken Soup1 Serving (Double for 2)Image
1 garlic cove
1/4 cup onion (chopped)
1 cup chopped celery
1 cup of chicken broth (I use reduced sodium)
3.5 oz chicken breast, precooked.

Boil vegetables in chicken broth, adding  chicken when the veggies start to soften.

Simmer until the veggies are soft, but not soggy (usually 10 minutes).

Remove from heat, and pour into blender, holding the lid down & on the lowest setting at first (very important or your soup will end up on your ceiling!) Once it gets going, use the highest setting for 1 minute.

Pour soup into bowl, garnish with fresh parsley or dill, and of course salt & pepper to taste!

ImageBruschetta (2-3 servings as a meal, up to 4 as a snack)
3 Tomatoes
1 garlic clove
1/4 of a large onion
1 tbsp Balsamic Vinegar
1 tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
Parsley
Basil
Oregano
Rosemary
Nutritional Yeast (…. or Parmesan)
1 tspn Olive Oil (totally optional!)

Chop veggies up finely, add liquids and spices, as well as sweetener if you wish, I bake for about 10 minutes at 350, and serve with Crackers (Or Melba Toast – This works nice in Lettuce Wraps!) 

The Soup is by far my fave, although my boyfriends fave is the Iced Tea!

Happy Friday the 13th!

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Gratitude

12 Apr

My life is perfect. I have the perfect home, I live in island paradise, have the perfect boyfriend, my family and friends are all I could ever ask for, I think I’ve been successful thus far and I love my life; present, past & future.

It entertains me that I can write that statement, honestly, and at the same time, I can make a list twice as long about why my life isn’t perfect. For instance, my home, isn’t big enough. The job & housing markets, blow. My boyfriend drives me crazy (especially during playoffs), and my family, is a little crazy. I could go on, but this is about gratitude=).

So, instead of thinking of less-than-funny things to say, I’m going to create a list of 100 things to which I hold gratitude for. I’m challenging my friends & family to do the same, because I still believe:

We are all in Charge of Our Own: Destiny, Happiness, Purpose, Lives, and Success. Our lives are only as good (or bad) as we make them, and if we aren’t happy we tend to drag others down with us, or pass the hatred we have for our selves & our lives onto others, who then have to carry the burden of their insecurities & those which we pass onto them.

Gratitude:

1. My Life.

2. My Parents

3. The Ocean

4. My Boyfriend

5.  Grandparents

6. A sister

7. Cousins & Aunts & Uncles

8.My relationships – Past & Present

9. My Job

10. Success

11. Monopoly

12. My PVR

13. The Island

14. The Society of The Victoria Newbies Ladies Group

15. the green “specs” that showed up in my planter yesterday

16. The Paintings on my wall

17. The plants in my window

18. My Car

19. My Luck

20. Mountains

21. Tidal Pools

22. Sea Shells

23. Jewelery

24. Making Jewelery

25. The canvases in my crawl space ~ Soon to be art

26. Freedom

27. Security

28. The fireplace in my living room

29. Wine

30. Tea

31. Courtney Cox

32. Pintrest

33. Google

34. Walking Dead

35. Desperate Housewives

36. Cheese

37. Apples & Cinnamon

38. Smartphones

39. Facebook

30. Asus

31. Canpages

32. My Health

33. My Families Health

34. Foster Parents

35. My Nanny Families ❤

36. Flowers

37. Sunshine

38. Rain

39. Thunder

40. camp fires

41. Ferries

42. camping

43. flying

44. Usedvictoria.com

45. I ❤ downtown Victoria

46. Victoria

47. The West Shore

48. Port Renfrew

49. Salt Spring Island

50. Memories

51. Photo’s

52. Weddings

53. Cherry Blosoms

54. Dafodils

55. Birthdays

56. Sand

57. Beach Walks

58. Herons

59. River Otters

60. Seals

61. Ogden Point

62. Esquimalt Lagoon

63. Lighthouses

64. The Sims

65. Storage Wars

66. My Friends

67. Friends

68. Contact Lenses

69. Healthcare

70. My Shoes

71. My 3 purses

72. Choice

73. Travel

74. In-Laws

75. Childhood

76. Dreams

77. Buddha

78. Buddhism

77. Dali Lama

78. Dr. Oz

79. My Bank Account

80. My Grandmother ❤

81. Wax

82. Snuggles

83. Candles

84. Mysteries

85. Zombies

86. Evolution

87. Auctions

88. Date Nights

89. Coupons

90. swimming

91. Hikes

92. Qoola

93. Straightening Iron

94. My Hair

95. Drawing

96. Crafts

97. long-distance friendships

98. Lotto Max

99. Drumheller

100. The fact that I could probably add another hundred items to this list 🙂

These aren’t in any particular order, nor is it an inclusive list 🙂 If you notice I missed anything, leave a comment and I’ll replace it!

Post your gratitude list in the comments 🙂