Posted in Health and beauty

Congestion Remedy

I woke up with a sore throat and head congestion that couldn’t be denied. I felt it coming on for about a day but somehow thought if I didn’t acknowledge it then I would stay healthy. Everyone around me have been dropping like flies so I should have known better.

As I got out of bed there was no denying it I was sick. My mind went back to a Pinterest picture I had seen awhile ago on a sore throat and congestion remedy that was supposed to be fast acting. I thought no time like the present to try it out and hopefully it might help.

I am sad to say that I don’t remember the person who posted it but if you are out there let me know so I can give you credit for this home remedy. I mixed it together and not only did I feel I could swallow again without feeling every part of my poor sore throat but my congestion is some better. So kudos to who thought this up, it works great!!! If you can get past the taste it is SO worth it.

Ingredients:

2 Tablespoon of Apple Cider Vinegar

2 Tablespoon of Lemon Juice

2 Tablespoon of Honey

I warmed up the vinegar then mixed in the honey and lemon.

 

So this weeks find is actually one you can make at home with just a few ingredients but I also have a cough syrup for congestion on my blog from last January if you would like to check it out.

 

 

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Posted in Recipes

Skillet Phyllo Pie With Butternut Squash, Kale, and Goat Cheese

 

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Ingredients
3 tablespoons olive oil, plus more for brushing
2 medium red onions, finely chopped
1/2 small butternut squash (about 1 pound), peeled, cut into 3/4-inch pieces
1 1/2 teaspoons chopped thyme
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1 bunch Tuscan kale, ribs and stems removed, thinly sliced crosswise
2 large eggs, beaten to blend
3 ounces Parmesan, grated
1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
Kosher salt, freshly ground pepper
8 ounces frozen phyllo pastry, thawed (half a 1-pound package)
4 ounces fresh goat cheese or feta, crumbled

Preparation
Place a rack in lower third of oven; preheat to 400°F. Heat 3 Tbsp. oil in a large ovenproof skillet over medium. Add onions and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened but not browned, 6–8 minutes. Add squash and cook, stirring occasionally, until almost tender, 8–10 minutes. Mix in thyme and red pepper flakes and transfer to a medium bowl; let cool. Wipe out and reserve skillet.
Add kale, eggs, Parmesan, and lemon zest to squash mixture and gently mix to combine; season with salt and pepper. Layer phyllo sheets inside reserved skillet. Spoon kale-and-squash mixture into phyllo and dot top with goat cheese. Brush edges of phyllo lightly with oil and fold over filling, overlapping slightly, leaving center exposed.
Cook pie over medium heat until bottom of pastry is just golden (carefully lift up on one side with a heatproof rubber spatula so that you can take a peek), about 3 minutes. Transfer skillet to oven and bake pie until kale is wilted and tender and phyllo is golden brown and crisp, 20–25 minutes. Let pie cool in skillet at least 15 minutes before slicing into wedges.
Do Ahead
Pie can be baked 6 hours ahead. Let cool; store uncovered at room temperature.

Todays recipe came from my mom who got it from Anna Jones Bon Appétit November 2016

My mom made this the other night for dinner. It was so good I thought I would share her hard work. Thank you Mom!

Posted in Uncategorized

Clary Sage Oil

I have only heard a few things about  Clary Sage oil until the other day when I was reading my reference guide  for essential oils. I came across some very interesting and helpful things ( especially if you are a women )

First off Clary Sage (Salvia ) is in the mint family and has so many wide usages. Here are just some of the helpful things that this little essential oil can help you with.

-Apply directly to your skin to help prevent infections because it has antifungal and antiseptic qualities.

-Balances Hormones! Yes! It aides in PMS symptoms, hot flashes and premenopausal problems because of its soothing sedative qualities.

– Relieves stress,

– Improves skin, great for insect bites,

– Aids in digestion by increasing stomach acid

-Insomnia

-Improves in Circulation

The list can go on but I was so impressed by all the helpful things this little plant can do. I have always been amazed at what can be found in nature to help us.

This is great topically applied and safe for consumption by using 1 drop with 1 tsp of honey in a 4oz beverage but as always check with your doctor. I also wouldn’t recommend ingesting this if you are pregnant or nursing and avoid using on babies.

If you would like to know more you may email me or visit my web site, also if you would like to purchase this or any other essential oil please click on the link I have provided below.

https://www.myyl.com/gwynsch

 

Posted in Uplifting

“You is Kind, You is Smart, You is Important”

Last Friday I was in the mood for a heart-felt movie. Not really a romantic one but the kind that leaves you thinking or needing a box of Kleenex. As I looked at what was getting ready to come on I couldn’t believe my good fortune. I did a double take at the guide on my screen and pressed enter so I could watch “The Help”.

I only had a few minutes to get my pajamas on and a good snack. I flew around the house to get everything done so I could have a great Friday night at home nice and comfy. I had read the book and loved it but was hoping I wouldn’t be let down by the movie.

I was anything but let down, as I watched Aibileen ( the maid ) try to help the poor little toddler Mae Mobley  who is a hot mess and pushed aside by her mom. So in need of a kind gentle reminder that she mattered. Aibileen spoke such simple and to the point words of encouragement that she hoped would take root in her little heart. She said ” You is kind, You is Smart, You is important”.

I got a tear in my eye for all the Mae Mobley’s that are alive and need this reminder, myself included.

Sometimes I forget to see myself as kind, smart and important. I forget something so simple when I just get frustrated with myself. I really needed it put so simply to speak to my inner child that can be in need of a kind gentle reminder.

I wrote down that simple phrase on a card but didn’t stop there I went to my bathroom, grabbed my red lipstick I never wear but new it would come in handy and wrote it on my mirror as a reminder, Just in case I forget.

 

Posted in great finds

She’s Still There

I have found a great book that I wanted to share. It is for all us girls that feel lost in our life or have asked the question what happened, how did I drift to this part of my life. You know the messy parts or hard seasons when you question your life and how to press the reset button.

In “She’s Still There” by Chrystal Evans Hurst you will find an easy read that encourages you to remember that the refining moments are not defining moments that we are both a masterpiece even if it feels messy it’s because we are a work in progress. It is not the end but that we can move forward and enjoy the dance of life.

In this great book you will find reminders and practical steps on how to live your best life instead of exciting, it’s never to late.

If you would like to check it out please see the link I have provided below. Enjoy and let me know what you thought of this book and if you would like maybe we could do an online study.

 

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Posted in Recipes

Zucchini Cake

With the tail end of summer here a lot of us are enjoying the last little bit our gardens have to offer.

Or if you planted too much zucchini you might be running out of things to use this wonderful little squash that seems to keep giving.

Todays recipe is an old recipe, I’m not even sure where it came from other than its has been passed down. I enjoy this oldie but goody and maybe you will too. If you have had this before maybe its been awhile but it is worth trying again.

Cake:

2 1/2 Cups of flour

2 Cups of sugar

1 1/2 Teaspoon ground cinnamon

pinch of salt

1/2 Teaspoon of baking powder

1/2 Teaspoon of baking soda

1 cup of apple sauce

4 eggs

2 Cups of shredded zucchini

A handful of chopped nuts ( optional )

Frosting:

1 package plus 1/4 Cup of soft cream cheese

1 Tablespoon milk

1 Teaspoon of vanilla

2 Cups of powder sugar

 

In mixing bowl add dry ingredients, you may want to mix your wet ingredients in a different bowl, if using the same bowl add applesauce, eggs then zucchini and mix well. Fold in nuts then pour in a greased 9×13 pan. Bake at 350 for about 35-40 minutes.

While you are waiting on your cake to cool mix up frosting by beating the cream cheese, milk, vanilla until smooth then fold in the powder sugar and mix well.

Frost your cooled cake and store in the refrigerator.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Small Vacuum

I wanted to share a good little vacuum from Amazon. If you are lacking space but in need of a bag less vacuum that works well even in spite of its size you should take a look at this great little Dirt Devil.

If this sounds like something you are looking for please click on the link below, I will also include a link for the filter you may want to get for when the one that it comes with needs changed.

Dirt Devil Vacuum $47.88

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The Filter for only $9.25

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Posted in Uplifting

Value of a Moment

“Sometimes you will Never Know

the value of a moment

Until it becomes a memory.”

                                                                                        Dr. Seuss

 

I am one of those people who love a good quote. I have sticky notes and index cards all around my house to prove it but this quote I have written on a large piece of paper on my refrigerator at eye level to remind me to value each moment just in case I forget.

It seems to me the older I get the more this quote is so true. In my 20 and 30’s I was so busy doing life I would forget to enjoy small moments but looking back how I value them. This was driven home to me when I was talking to my daughter about dropping her son off at school. She was wanting to do the drop, hug and go home quick method because she has so much to do before going to work.

I remember that rush and not stopping to savor the moment that is now only a memory. I remember the quick hug, kiss and glance over my shoulder. The rushed mornings of getting sleepy little ones off.

I have the blessing of dropping my grandson off at kindergarten one day a week. I am able to see him run, swing and play with such enjoyment it brings a tear to my eyes. I can value each of those moments a little more than when I was younger. I can give my grandson the best gift a person can give and that is to be fully present with them.

To be fully present in the moment with each person even if those moments are the hard ones when all you can do is hold their hand, hear their cry or just be present and let them share the silence with you. Its sharing of the hard hurtful dark times that can bring the most valued memory.

Ecclesiastes 5:18-20, MSG

“After looking at the way things are on this earth, here’s what I’ve decided is the best way to live: Take care of yourself, have a good time, and make the most of whatever job you have for as long as God gives you life. And that’s about it. That’s the human lot. Yes, we should make the most of what God gives, both the bounty and the capacity to enjoy it, accepting what’s given and delighting in the work. It’s God’s gift! God deals out joy in the present, the now. It’s useless to brood over how long we might live.”

 

 

Posted in essential oils, Health and beauty

Skin Moisturizer

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3 ingredient moisturizer

 

I always like to use natural products for my skin or cleaning but I also enjoy making them myself.

I have found a very easy three ingredient moisturizer that is amazing if you have dry skin and a few moments then give this a try, you will be amazed at the results.

Ingredients:

Aloe Vera Gel

Coconut Oil (make sure you use organic unrefined)

Lavender essential oil

1/2 cup Coconut oil ( melted down)

1/2 cup Aloe Vera gel

15-20 drops of Lavender essential oil

After you have melted down the coconut oil pour into a bowl adding the aloe vera gel and lavender. Stir together and place in containers with a lid. Store in cool dry place.

 

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Finished Product

If you would like to know more about essential oils or purchase products you may find them at my web site that I provided below.

https://www.myyl.com/gwynsch

 

 

Posted in Recipes

Pork Roast Marinade

I had my family over for Sunday dinner and what fun it was. I wanted something that I haven’t made in a long time or I wanted to try something new. I went with the new thanks to my son who came up with this idea.

Since some of my family eat meat this is a great marinade for pork but I did it for Tofu and it was great.

My son and I are what you call an estimate kind of cooks. when you make this you may need to add or maybe use a little less depending on your taste or amount of guest you are cooking for.

Use the 3-1 ratio for this ( 3 part oil and 1 part vinegar)

Olive Oil

Vinegar

1/4 cup Orange juice

1 Tablespoon of Lemon juice

1 Teaspoon of Lime juice

4-5 cloves of garlic diced and minced

Cilantro diced the amount is up to your taste, I like it so I used about a 1/4 cup

Italian Basil and Oregano diced ( after it is diced about 1-2 Tablespoon)

1 Tablespoon of mint diced

Sea Salt, Fresh Black Pepper, Cumin, Chili Powder to taste

Because I did this for pork and Tofu I made two batches plus I used two different containers.

In a large bag or container with a lid mix the above Ingredients add you pork roast or Tofu. ( Don’t forget if you are using tofu always remove all liquid from the tofu before you marinate. I do this by slicing the tofu in the desired size then placing tofu on a towel then covering the tofu before I place a heavy object on top for about 15 minutes.)

I marinated both over night. Next day I grilled the roast. Always follow the directions to cook the pork  for the size you have. I placed my tofu squares on at the last 15 minutes flipping only once. I had black beans, rice and white corn tortilla ( I grilled them quickly to warm them up) but any side dish will be great.