Friday, October 23, 2009

It’s Friday, let’s all do a fun dance!

While making my meal and shopping list on Monday morning, I came up with an idea to try with my homemade pizza. I make homemade pizza fairly often since it is both fun to make and my family likes it a lot. There are just times I like to change it up, and this is one of those times. I made my crust, which has already gone through changes over the years of being made over and over. In the last year or so of making my pizza crust, I started using whole wheat flour along with adding 2 tablespoons of flax seed. The best thing about using the bread machine is that other things can get done while it is mixing and rising. The topping on the pizza were cheddar and mozzarella. Then, I added partially cooked cut red potatoes, along with cut up fresh basil and spinach. For the final topping, I added freshly ground pepper and salsa seasoning. My whole idea in making the pizza this way is to try new and interesting ways to add more fresh vegetables to our daily diet.

Yesterday, I published 2 articles under my title of Madison Healthy Food Examiner. One was filled with a few of my own recipes for Apples, along with the great health benefits from them. The other is a cookbook review, and once you read the article you will want to run out to purchase this cookbook. I have made a number of the recipes and found them to be easy and great tasting. I know you all will read, “Brownies with butternut squash, I don’t think so”. I was so surprised to eat one and there was no taste of the butternut squash. So, check out those articles and please feel free to give me feedback I always enjoy it.

All we have been hearing so much in the news lately about H1N1, and if you have been affected by it in any way I am sorry to hear it. I want to share a product that I have been keeping very close at hand since all this started. This product is called Get Clean Germ Off disinfecting wipes from Shaklee. These wipes are shown to kill 99.9% of Salmonella, along with E. coli. Another thing is the Get Clean Germ Off wipes are conveniently packages in a container that can be carried with you. I have one under my kitchen sink for the counters; one is downstairs by the exercise equipment. Everyone is to wipe down the equipment when they are done with it to keep the bacteria down. I have started carrying one in my car in the seat next to me. I am just trying to be wise during this flu season, and that is why I wanted to share with product with you. If you go to my Shaklee website, and you will find more information on all the bacteria’s that these wipes and Basic G kills. If you would like to me to send you information just feel free to email me. I would be happy to get information for you.

The rest of my time lately when I am not studying that is, has been spent Fall cleaning through our house. We are going to send the stuff to auction in the next month, and get it out of our house once and for all. It is amazing to me how much stuff we collect without realizing what we are doing, and I truly want to work on stopping it. All the stuff isn’t going to make me any happier. The relationships with my family and friends are what bring true happiness.

I look forward to reading your comments, and I hope you enjoy your autumn weekend!

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Autumn is here!

Yesterday was a big writing day for me in my home office. To be honest, I don’t feel like I accomplished as much as I had hoped. For the last couple of weeks, I have been working on reading a great deal for my Holistic Fitness Coaching classes. This last week, I was notified that I am a certified Pilate’s instructor now. This along with many other activities has begun to make me feel a little behind in my writing schedule. One of the articles that I have been working on writing is about how to keep your breasts healthy. Being this is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we all should be thinking about what we can do in our everyday lives. Here is the link to that article on

With the cool temperatures outside, I have begun to have a taste for a few of my comfort foods. A few nights ago, I made my Goulash Stew, and it was so good. My Goulash stew recipe comes from a cookbook that I purchased over in Germany a number of years ago. Over the years I have taken the recipe and changed it to be just a little healthier by cutting the fat levels in it. I have also added a little more spice to it with a seasoning called Cajun seasoning from Penzey’s. I have started working on a number of my older recipes to reduce the fat and unnecessary sugar in them. I need to be careful because I don’t want to lose the great taste of the recipe that we all felt in love with over the years. I have started adding flax seed meal to breads, waffles, and anything else I can think of hiding it in. Next week, I plan to start taking a few of my recipes and take out the fat (or at least some) and add butternut squash in its place without changing the favorite of the recipe.

Are you planning on entertaining this weekend your friends or family members? Tomorrow, I will share with you a few easy ideas to help you enjoy your time with them more.

Have a great day! Take time today to be grateful for all your blessing!

Saturday, September 12, 2009

It’s the Weekend

Weekends can be filled with fun activities, a lot of yard work or house cleaning or simply no activities at all. Yard work or house cleaning is really not fun, and most people feel having no activities on the schedule as boring as well. I feel a little different about no activities because that means I will most likely get to have time to read a book on my list for once. I want to throw the question out to all of my readers, and ask you. “What are your weekend plans?” I am always curious, how people spend their weekends.

Thursday afternoon, I was writing in my home office, and for some reason started to think about making bruschetta. Now, it could be that I have so many tomatoes and needed to figure out new ways to use them. I got online to find a recipe, which I was able to do rather quickly. Since I was in the writing zone, but still wanted to make time for my 30 minute run, I used my bread machine to make the fresh bread instead of driving to the local store! My bruschetta turned out so good that I had to take a photo to share with all of you. So, here it is and I hope it encourages everyone to think outside the box when thinking about dinner time tonight.

Otherwise, our weekend is very busy with activities. I will have to fit in my house cleaning sometime this weekend though, I am just wondering when! I published a few new articles and at least one of the articles I have shared is one of my old favorites. So, feel free to check it out at Madison Healthy Food Examiner, and always feel free to give your thoughts and feeling.

I will close for now and look forward to hearing from you all, my readers in the weeks to come. Have a wonderful weekend doing whatever you will be doing!

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Wow! Here it is already September 10th

Where did the summer go? I don’t know about the rest of you, but I feel like this summer just completely flew by me. With that being said, I am excited about getting back into regular daily blogging. I have made myself a schedule for all of my writing jobs, along with a fun blogging schedule with daily features. I have been working on my Pilates class, which includes learning the whole body’s biomechanics. I don’t have that much more to go with reading the manual and then comes the test.

This summer has been filled with many changes around our house. My daughter graduated in May, but continued to live up in Minneapolis until the last few days of August. She has now moved home, but as of earlier today was offered a job up in Minneapolis. I don’t know if she will take it or not, she needs to look at it from all the different sides. My son is back into the swing of college, and is looking toward the future with excitement to follow in his Dad’s footsteps. I have been writing this summer, working on building up my readership to this blog along with my writing sites. I have been assigned another Examiner title called Madison Healthy Food Examiner, and all of you who know me will know how fitting that is. I am continuing to write the Milwaukee Alternative Medicine Examiner as well. I have linked them here so please feel free to check out what new information I wrote on them. I am working on writing a few more guest blog entries for, and will share the link when they get published so you all will be able to read them.

Here are a couple of pictures from my backyard flowers, and I hope you enjoy them. My husband and I just returned on Monday afternoon from our anniversary weekend in downtown Chicago. We had a wonderful time shopping and eating at a few of their great restaurants. We also went to the Chicago Art Institute, and decided to become members with hopes of visiting there more often. I really enjoyed the CAI; it really sparked my creative side. On our way home, we stopped at the Chicago Botanical Gardens, which was in full bloom.

I hope that you all continue to check back here daily for tips, creative ideas, along with some recipes that I will be sharing here with all of you as I begin to work on my future cookbook. Fall is my favorite time of year, and that is when you will find me getting back into the kitchen to experiment with new recipes. I will be putting links to my articles and websites that are of interest. I look forward to hearing all your comments, and ideas.

Have a wonderful Thursday!

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Back Home Again!

We are back home again after a wonderful trip out East. My husband and I just returned yesterday from out East, where I met the rest of his family for the first time. They all made me feel a part of the family from the first warm wonderful hug to the time we left to drive home.

We stayed in a beautiful hotel that was filled with antiques and felt very much like a bed and breakfast. Here are a few photos I took of the hotel and around Strasburg, Virginia.

While we were gone on our trip, my container garden continued growing. It was so exciting to come home and find little green tomatoes, and green pepper growing on my plants. I have already been able to enjoy using some of my fresh home grown basil in my Mediterranean bread salad recipe.

Yesterday morning, I found it hard to get focused and organized so it took some time. But, I finally did and started working. I plan to have some interesting articles for everyone to read in the next couple of days. So, keep checking back to read my blog entries which will share the links to my new articles. I have also picked up another title with called Madison Healthy Food Examiner. I will be adding a link to that home page as soon as it is all set up, and I have published my first food article.

Have a great day! Remember to always live in the moment and enjoy each day to it’s fullest.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Where did the 4th of July just go?

Well, I hope everyone had a fun filled 4th of July! Our weekend was filled with a movie on Friday night, which we have not been to in for so long. Then, my husband played golf days in a row, and finished off the weekend with yard work. I have been writing for examiner, and hope you click here on Examiner to read them. I wrote about all the great benefits that licorice root offers our bodies. I would like to share that my son, Kurt has been using the licorice root extract for his canker sore and it worked within a few days. I would never say that it will work that fast for everyone, but one knows. I also wrote an article last week to share with all of you how to turn your home into a spa and pamper your feet to look great for summer.

I am currently working on an article about staying young, along with researching about other herbs and their health benefits. I look forward to be able to share that with all of you in future blog entries. Today for lunch I was so unsure what to eat, so I made a new recipe up. It is very simple, taste and healthy and I want to share it with all of you. There is one problem with it; I don’t have a name for this. So, if any of you have a name that comes to mind as you are reading this please let me know. The great thing about this recipe is that you can make it for as many people as you need too.

Cherry tomatoes or you could cut larger ones if needed.

Green beans wash and cut both ends off.

Fresh Cilantro, cut into small pieces after washing well.

Fresh basil, cut into small pieces after washing well.

Black pepper to taste

Cajun seasoning to taste

Italian dressing to your taste

This recipe is easy, fresh, and tasty packed with many vitamins. I really look forward to hearing each one of your comments along with your ideas of what to name it.