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Taking Time to Relax

While drinking my coffee this morning, I started thinking about the importance of relaxation. It’s easy to forget to take time for yourself and recharge your batteries. We get so busy focusing on the day to day activities that we forget what’s truly important. First and foremost, taking time each day to thank the Lord for everything He has done for us and giving us another day is a start. Taking time to be with your spouse, enjoying nature that’s around you, cooking, baking, or working on your favorite hobby are other ways to relax.

For me, one of my favorite hobbies is crocheting. Being able to make a scarf for my husband, a baby blanket for a friend or just crocheting to have that last minute gift is enjoyable to me. Now that fall is here, I tend to crochet more as it gets colder. For some reason during the summer, my husband and I enjoy gardening so we are outside a lot and the crocheting slows down. Now that fall has arrived, out comes the yarn, my crocheting needles and a blanket that I’m working on. So, today, take a moment and relax and know that by taking some time for relaxation, it has many health benefits. There are many health studies that show that by taking time to relax each day, you significantly reduce your risk of heart disease amongst many other health benefits. So, in conclusion, as today is the first day of a great weekend, take time to enjoy it and find what helps you relax!!!!!

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Health Benefits of Basil and Basil Parmesan Puffs

I don’t know about you, but I love using basil in my cooking.  From making sauce, to making pesto or using it in homemade soups and salads…it just adds wonderful flavor to so many dishes.  It even makes a refreshing summer drink as you put the fresh basil in a pitcher of water and add lemon making a Basil Lemon Infused beverage.  I have even put fresh basil into ice cube trays, then add water and freeze them.  During the colder months, I take them out of the freezer and put them into my pasta sauce.

In addition to how amazing it tastes, basil also has several health benefits that I want to share with you today.

Some of the health benefits of basil includes:
1. Rich in Vitamin K for healthy bones.
2. Full of Vitamin A for healthy vision.
3. Has antibacterial properties.
4. Reduces stress.
5. Full of antioxidants.
6. Boosts the immune system.
7. Sharpens memory.
8. Helps with bug bites.
9. Prevents acne.
10. Treats the common cold.

Now, time for a little baking!!! I want to share with you a simple recipe for my Basil Parmesan Puffs.  They are easy to make, very light and airy and taste amazing!!!!

Basil Parmesan Puffs
3/4 cup water
6 tablespoons butter, cubed
3/4 teaspoon of salt
3/4 cup of all purpose flour
4 eggs
1 cup of minced fresh basil
1 cup of grated parmesan cheese
1. Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees.
2. In a saucepan, bring water, butter and salt to boil.  Add flour all at once and still until a ball forms.
3. Remove from heat and let the mixture stand for 5 minutes.
4. Add eggs, one at a time, beat well.
5. Beat until smooth and shiny.
6. Stir in the minced basil and parmesan cheese.
7. Drop by rounded teaspoons 1 inch apart onto greased baking sheet.
8. Bake at 400 degrees for 18-20 minutes or until golden brown.
9. Remove to wire racks.
Yield – about 2 dozen.

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Benefits of Drinking Lemon Water

One thing that I am incorporating into my daily routine is drinking more water on a daily basis. I love adding a slice of lemon to add a little flavor to my water, but I did not know all the health benefits of having lemon water.
Lemons have a ton of nutrients including vitamin C, B-complex vitamins, calcium,  potassium and fiber to name a few.  It is best to drink a glass in the morning approximately 15 – 30 minutes before having breakfast.
Some of the health benefits of drinking lemon water include:

Reduces inflammation

Aids digestion

Keeps your skin blemish free

Helps with weight loss

Gives your system an immune boost 

Cleanses your system

Reduces wrinkles

Helps flush out unwanted materials

Helps tooth pain.

So, not only is drinking water healthy for you to do on a daily basis, but throw in a slice of lemon to it and see how better you feel!!!!
Here’s to achieving wellness!!