Posted in Goal Setting, Health, Inspiring Quotes, Personal Wellness, Positive Thinking, Self-Esteem

Happy First Week of February!!!

Since this blog is about wellness, one thing for certain is that when you’re disorganized, it causes stress in your life. Stress causes a negative ripple effect in your health and mood. Physical issues such as high blood pressure, risk of stroke and heart attacks, obesity and diabetes are just a few. In terms of mood, stress can increase a person’s level of anxiety and symptoms of depression. How to become organized is a part of the puzzle that will alleviate stress.

One tip that may help is the simple process of writing things down. For me, I use a planner to help manage my week, write down things that I need to do and specific things that I need to remember. Using a planner to map out what meals you want to make for the week or times to exercise can in itself decrease stress.

I actually have this one section in my planner that I’m thinking of using it for a brainstorming page for things for my business, my blog, new recipe ideas and so on. Other ideas include writing down short terms goals that you want to focus on whether it be for the month, the week or just for that day.

One thing to keep in mind is a great quote:

“Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve.” – Napoleon Hill

So, here’s to getting your gel pens out and writing things down!!! 🙂

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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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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

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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

Instructions

  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.

Enjoy!!!!