Posted in Environmental Wellness, Health, Personal Wellness, Positive Thinking, Relaxation

Such a Beautiful Spring Day!!! 🌷

Tulips

I don’t know about you, but I love spring! Today, my husband and I did some work in our garden and everything is starting to come back to life!! Our Crape Myrtles are starting to bud, our Irises are growing and our tulips are simply beautiful!!!

More tulips!!

Indoors, we have several plants in our home and last weekend we got a Hyacinth from our favorite farmer’s market. We decided to leave it in our living room because not only is it beautiful but it gives off a heavenly scent.

Hyacinth

Now gardening is something that we truly enjoy. Sometimes, one way to Achieve Complete Wellness is simply being in the moment. Doing things such as getting outside to enjoy the fresh air, gardening, baking, taking a walk or reading a good book is not only relaxing but may help boost your mood! Give it a try and see how it feels!!

As always, here’s to your health!!! 🌷

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Spring is Right Around a Corner

Daffodils

Here we are at the end of February and today is a beautiful, sunny, yet chilly day. When you think that Spring is never going to get here, suddenly you see something that makes you think “Spring is Right Around the Corner.”

While walking around our garden, I noticed that our daffodils are peeking out of the ground!!! I was so excited that I had to take a picture. Even though it is a little early, it means that Spring will be here soon!!! 🙂

So, here is to Springing into Spring!!!!! Hope you have a fantastic Saturday!!

Posted in Crafting and Cooking, Health, Personal Wellness, Relaxation, Self-Esteem

Taking Time to Relax ☃️

Welcome Winter!!

Hoping that you had an amazing start to your New Year!!! We had our first snowfalls of the season this week and simply stated, it was beautiful!!! It’s so relaxing to watch the snow fall and enjoy how quiet it is as snowflakes gently land on the ground.

Learning ways to take time out in your day to relax and enjoy the moment is a way to Achieve Complete Wellness. Whether it’s watching the snow fall, spending time cooking, exercising, reading a good book or spending time on your favorite hobby, taking time to relax is vital to relieve stress.

So, this week set aside a couple minutes for yourself each day to be in the moment and relax!!!!

Here’s to your health!!! 🙂

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12 Days of Christmas 🎄 – A Cup of Peppermint Tea

Peppermint Tea

Usually, I have a cup of tea in the afternoon and today was no exception! One of my favorite teas is Peppermint Tea. It’s like having a candy cane in a cup!!!! Of course, with Christmas being right around the corner, taking a few minutes during the day to have a cup of tea, relax and enjoy the moment is so important.

Now as much as I enjoy drinking my tea, what I didn’t know is all of the health benefits that come from having a cup of Peppermint Tea a day. Below are couple health benefits that I wanted to share with you:

1. It relieves stress.

2. It helps with digestion.

3. It gives a boost to the immune system.

4. It promotes better sleep.

5. It eases headaches.

6. It can help with nasal congestion.

So, in the midst of all the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, take a moment and have a cup of Peppermint Tea!!!

Here’s to your health!!! 🎄

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Garlic Salad Dressing Recipe

One of my favorite ingredients to use when cooking is garlic!! I love the smell of it while it is simmering on the stove and love the flavor it adds to my sauce (yes, I said sauce!!) and homemade soups.  One of the things that contributes to its amazing smell and its wonderful flavor is garlic’s active ingredient called allicin.  It is packed with antioxidants and Vitamin C & B6 too.

Many people are unaware of all the health benefits that this little member of the onion family provides, so I thought that I would highlight a few of them today.  Whether you cut it up, sauté it, eat it raw or mince it, garlic provides so many health benefits.

Now, I’m not a doctor, but I do believe in the health properties of certain things we eat and as the old expression goes, “you are what you eat.”

Some of the health benefits of garlic include:

1. Fighting the common cold and preventing viruses.

2. Boosting your immune system.

3. Assisting with acne problems.

4. Aiding with weight loss.

5. Assisting with lowering blood pressure and lowering the risk of heart disease.

Now these are just a few of the many benefits of adding garlic to your daily diet.  I also want to share with you my Garlic Dressing Recipe which tastes wonderful. Try it on your salad and let me know what you think.

Garlic Salad Dressing

Ingredients
4 garlic cloves, crushed
1/2 cup olive oil
1/4 cup salad oil (not peanut oil)
1 egg yolk at room temperature
1 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon cayenne
Black pepper, freshly ground to taste
1/4 cup dry white wine

Instructions

1. Soak the crushed garlic in the salad oil for a half hour.

2. Place the egg yolk, lemon juice, and seasonings in a blender and blend them together.

3. Mix the garlic oil and the olive oil together and mix them together with the ingredients in the blender.  

4. Remove the mixture from the blender and stir in enough wine to thin it to your taste.

Hope you enjoy this recipe!!! Here’s to your health!!!! 🙂

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Coconut, Oatmeal Drop Cookies – Recipe

Coconut, Oatmeal Drop Cookies

I simply enjoy baking, especially during the fall and winter months. There’s nothing better that a cup of coffee and a delicious cookie!! Since we are a couple of weeks away from Thanksgiving, I wanted to share another baking recipe with you. This recipe that’s a little twist on traditional oatmeal cookies and my secret ingredient is coconut!!

Yield: 48 servings
Total: 15 min; Cook: 15 min

Ingredients
1 cup (2 sticks) butter
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup packed light brown sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
2 cups all-purpose flour
2-1/2 cups shredded coconut
1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
2 cups old-fashioned oatmeal

Instructions
1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease 2 large cookie sheets. Cream butter and sugars in mixer until light and fluffy. Add eggs, beat together. Add vanilla, baking powder and baking soda. Then add the flour. Mix until well combined. Stir in coconut and nuts. Mix in oatmeal. 

2. Drop on greased cookie sheets by the tsp., spacing about 1/2 inch apart. Bake 12 to 15 minutes, just until the edges begin to brown. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.


Enjoy!!!!

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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!!!!!