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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

 

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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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Great Sheets at a Great Price!

I have found that few things come as welcoming as a nicely made bed. I might sound crazy and my mom will be proud but one way to this women’s heart is her bed. Give me soft clean sheets to sleep on and I am in heaven and if I can get a great deal on those sheets there is just no topping that one for me.

So when my daughter who was on the hunt for sheets came across a Four piece hypoallergenic microfiber sheet set for $14.90 (queen) I had to look.

I am not a big fan of the microfiber but I was won over.

If you would like to take a look and check out a little more about this great find just use the link I have provided.

Let me know what you think or if you have any great finds I would like to know.

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Mindfulness

I haven’t been one to do much advertising but I thought I would write on Tuesdays and Thursdays on some great finds.

I Read “Creating True Peace” at a time when my kids were teens and I just came out on the other side of divorce. This book was so easy to read. Thick Nhat Hanh is a Buddhist monk that writes with such easy  putting simple truths in a way that you understand and can remember them so in turn it helps in everyday life.

I bought the book from amazon years ago but thought to give a little shout out now because this  book gives an answer in our world of violence which seems to be out of control, it also helps when we feel helpless by giving us tools to apply so we may be better kinder people towards ourselves then it trickles down to others ending the violence once and for all.

Please take a look at your library or just go to the link provided below to purchase it.

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Quinoa Cucumber Salad

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If you are like me and are having a hard time eating lately due to the hot weather you should try todays recipe. It doesn’t take long plus not a lot of cooking is required so you can stay cool as well.

I had red quinoa, steak tomatoes and an American cucumber but you can add any kind of quinoa, tomatoes or cucumber that you prefer, the sky’s the limits. You may want to increase the amounts as well if you are making this for a large group.

1 Cup of cooled quinoa ( if you don’t have any already cooked and in the refrigerator then go ahead and cook some for this recipe and after if is cooked put it in your freezer to cool it quickly while you do the prep work.)

1 medium cucumber cut in bite sized pieces and if you prefer peeled

1 large Tomato cut in bite sized pieces

4-5 green onions diced

4-5 cloves of garlic diced

1 Tablespoon of olive oil

1 Tablespoon of balsamic vinegar

1 1/2 Teaspoons of lemon juice

1 1/2 Teaspoons of lime juice (if you do not have lime juice you may use 1 tablespoon of lemon juice)

The following per you taste Salt, Pepper, Parsley and Oregano ( if you have fresh herbs even better but dried works fine.)

Mix the above ingredients together in a bowl serve and enjoy. This can be done ahead of time if you wish or taken to you next BBQ.

 

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Bean Taco Salad

Growing up in Phoenix I was used to my mom trying out easy cool dinners for our family. I carry on this tradition by using part of her bean taco salad she would make then added a few things.

This recipe is served as a taco salad bar making it a great way to serve people of various appetites who like to help them selves and socialize.

1 bag of corn chips (low salt)

1 can of black beans

1 can of kidney beans

1 can of pinto beans

Grated cheese

1 small onion ( any will do but I like green or purple onions best in this)

Lettuce chopped (any type works, I enjoy a mix of greens in this)

Tomatoes chopped

Black olives

Cilantro diced

Avocado chopped into bite sized pieces

Light Catalina dressing

To assemble salad:

Place desired amount of corn chips in your bowl, place rest of ingredients on corn chips including Catalina dressing, mix together and enjoy.

 

 

 

 

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Apple Juice a Vacuum and a Four year old

 

I have always been in awe of children and how they think. As my own children grew I was in constant wonderment. I now get to see this with my four-year old grandson Milo.

He loves to take charge giving a helping hand, no job is to big, no job is to small. In his mind he can do anything a grown up can do and in fact because of this attitude he flourishes when he has challenges.

It was this kind of thinking last week that brought me to blog about Milo today.

My daughter was taking a quick shower because as any mom with little ones knows when they are sleeping you are lucky to have a few minutes to yourself. She is about done when she hears the sound of a vacuum coming from down stairs throwing on her robe and running down the stairs she sees her four-year old vacuuming the tile floor in the kitchen and so much yellow sticky liquid she was surprised she did not fall or that he didn’t get electrocuted.

He smiles up at her as she enters. He turns it off standing so proud begins to tell her that he got up, wanted apple juice and decided to pour it for himself but the juice was to full he spilled it on the floor but not to worry because he cleaned it up. To him he had taken care of it. It wasn’t until he went to walk and got sticky did he realize it. My daughter finished cleaning it up, took apart the vacuum so it would dry out  and was thankful he didn’t short out the vacuum or get shocked.

So many times we are like Milo, we think no problem is to big for us to handle it on our own or we don’t need to bother God with it because we can do it ourselves. Instead of taken care of it we are left with a sticky dripping mess and a miracle that we didn’t harm our self. If only when things come up if we just stop and ask for help.

As funny and precious as this is and I do laugh at it. I can take away with this thought of so much heart ache and extra work could have been avoided in my life if only I would have stopped and asked for help.  I can be stubborn and have a take on anything attitude perhaps Milo has a touch of me after all.

I am learning that so much of the heart ache and problems could have been avoided if I would have stopped and prayed and how God sees us wishes we would have waited or asked for help but the best part is He doesn’t condemn but helps us move forward taking care of the mess as only He can.

Psalm 46:1

“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.”

Hebrews 4:15-16

“For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”

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Classic Basil Pesto

I love pesto it can enhance any recipe or stand alone with so many variations but this is a classic pesto  that only takes about 10 minutes and I use it in my zucchini lasagna from Mondays recipe.

To have a more intense green color of pesto just blanch the herbs. To do this is simple just add herbs to boiling water for five seconds then shock them in ice water squeeze them then pat dry.

4 cups of basil leaves

1 cup parmesan cheese

1/2 to 3/4 pine nuts

3 cloves garlic (chopped)

salt to taste

3/4 cup virgin olive oil (I use extra virgin olive oil)

Combine Basil, parmesan cheese, pine nuts and garlic in food processor mix until finely chopped. Pour oil in finish mixing.

I like to use this fresh but it can be frozen for a month for those nights that you need a quick go to dinner.

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Zucchini Lasagna

What a great weekend. The weather was nice and sunny the storm I thought might make it so I would need to bring the egg hunt indoors didn’t show until late Sunday evening.

With the clouds and rain still hanging around I thought a nice casserole sounded good for todays meatless Monday.

You can find a zucchini lasagna recipe all over the internet but I thought I would add to the assortment of them.

This is an easy dinner plus if you are wanting lasagna but don’t want to use noodles or to change it up this is one way to do it.

Depending on your size of meal you can make changes as needed.

3-4 medium-sized zucchini

3 cups baby spinach

1-2 cups mozzarella cheese grated ( I find I use a little more cheese but this is a good amount)

1 cup feta cheese crumbled

pesto sauce ( I make my own but you can buy a jar and that will work)

marinara sauce ( I also make this but if you like to buy yours any flavor will be good)

Bake at 350 for about 45 minutes

Clean the zucchini and baby spinach pat dry. Set aside the spinach, cut zucchini in long thin strips. In a 13×9 pan pour a small amount of marinara sauce on the bottom of the pan.  Put zucchini strips on top of the sauce spread pesto on the zucchini strips add baby spinach then sprinkle on the two different cheese, top with zucchini strip. Continue this one or two more times. Finally adding the  rest of your marinara sauce and cheese for on top. Cover for about the first 15 minutes, remove cover and continue cooking for another 30 minutes or until the zucchini is cooked and the lasagna is nice and bubbly. Let cool then enjoy.

I have done this in the crock pot as well if you are looking for a nice dish to come home to after a long day,this works beautifully, just layer as above in your crock pot then put on low.