Written on Tuesday, June 26th, 2012 @ 11:46 am
Lately, I am hearing so much buzz on the health benefits of local raw honey (must be from bees in your environment). It is the new miracle drug due to the antibiotic properties found in this natural and sweet substance.
Here’s the buzz:
1. Builds immunity
2. Treats external illnesses such as burns, wounds, rashes, acne, etc. (Rub small amount of honey on the aliment)
3. Treats internal illnesses such as the common cold, infections, sore throat, etc.
4. Treats allergies (1 tsp twice a day during the Winter months, should clear up Spring/Summer allergies each year).
Plus, the benefits go on and on. It’s best to find your raw honey at a local farm or organic health food store. Also, do not refrigerate after opening.
If you are in the Cincinnati area, raw honey can be purchased at Ell Farms (http://www.ellfarm.com/)
Here’s to your health!
Written on Thursday, June 21st, 2012 @ 1:50 pm
On a very hot Summer day, the last thing I want to do is make a heavy dinner. So my dish of choice is a healthy pasta salad.
1 box rainbow rotini, 1/2 bottle of lite Italian dressing and sliced grilled chicken or fresh boiled shrimp. Also, add your favorite vegetables to this pasta such as sliced black olives, carrots, broccoli, baby tomatoes, etc.
Boil pasta, drain excess water and then rinse with cold water. Again, drain excess water. In a large bowl, add pasta and 1/2 bottle of Italian dressing. Then add your favorite sliced veggies and chicken or shrimp. Mix well and refrigerate for a few hours and serve.
The pasta salad is cold, refreshing and healthy. Enjoy!
Written on Monday, June 18th, 2012 @ 12:50 pm
The best comfort food in the world is fried chicken….especially pan-fried chicken!
It’s best to fry using a cast-iron skillet. If new and never used before, season the skillet by spreading cooking oil (vegetable) with a paper towel inside completely and then bake for an hour at 350°. Let cool; and it’s ready for frying.
-Soak chicken in saltwater for a few hours in the refrigerator before frying. Brining will increase the tenderness and juiciness of your chicken.
-Prepare the chicken coating. In a large zip-lock bag, add three cups of flour, salt, pepper, onion powder, garlic powder and your favorite seasoning salt (or any hot seasonings). Zip bag tight and shake to mix the coating well. In a separate large bowl, whisk three eggs and 1/2 cup milk well. Set aside.
-On medium heat, melt Crisco® shortening in the skillet. When melted, it’s time to fry. (Make sure to leave stove on medium heat while frying so oil does not burn)
-Take each chicken piece, dip in egg mixture and then dip in flour mixture. Coat each piece very well. Then add to skillet. If small pieces, fry three to four at a time. If large pieces, fry two at a time. (Large pieces make take up to 20 – 25 minutes to cook. Also, split large chicken breast into two allowing for faster cooking.)
-When chicken is cooked throughout (no pink), place chicken on a serving platter with a paper towel underneath to absorb excess oil. Then serve with homemade sides!
Written on Thursday, June 14th, 2012 @ 2:15 pm
Summer is a great time for some fun, light reading.
Here’s my top 10 list:
10. Middlemarch – George Elliot (Pen name of Mary Anne Evans) – Loved the Masterpiece™ Theatre Mini-Series.
9. Eat, Pray, Love – Elizabeth Gilbert
8. Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte – Loved the Masterpiece™ Theatre Mini-Series.
7. Pride & Prejudice – Jane Austen – I love this book; and it’s time to read it again!
6. The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald – Looking forward to the new movie version.
5. Gone With The Wind – Margaret Mitchell – I started this book; and now it’s time to finish it. I have seen the movie a million times.
4. Tess of the d’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy – It’s mentioned in Fifty Shades, why not?
3. The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins – The movie was more than interesting. (Team Peeta!)
2. Most Talkative – Andy Cohen – Reading this weekend!
1. Fifty Shades of Grey, Darker and Freed – E.L. James – I read them twice….can’t wait for the movies!
I wish Pizza Hut still had the “Book-It” program, but for adults. Happy Reading!
Written on Tuesday, June 12th, 2012 @ 5:45 pm
For the past two weeks, I have been relaxing poolside. Unable to read a book or fall asleep in my lounge chair (B.C., Before Children), I constantly watch my child and can’t help but notice the inappropriate swimwear. Mostly, it’s teenage girls trying to look older by showing too much skin.
Remembering my days as a teenager, I felt very comfortable in a one-piece (especially my swim team Speedo) that favored my curves, but did nothing for my tiny bust. As I transformed into a college woman and wanting to keep some modesty, I felt more at ease in a two-piece bandeau bikini. Of course, I wanted this look to attract the boys. But I learned that men actually think it’s more sexy to “leave a little to the imagination”. There’s no fascination, mystery or discovery, when you give away the farm.
This Marie Claire article gives great insight into men’s views about women’s swimwear: http://www.marieclaire.com/fashion/trends/what-men-think-about-bikinis My husband agreed with most opinion.
Today, I love to wear sexy (age-appropriate), retro swimwear that compliments by body, but is becoming in all swim settings. Plus, your suit is not complete without the right cover-up and wide-brimmed hat!
Have fun at the pool! Wear sunscreen!
Written on Tuesday, June 5th, 2012 @ 2:11 pm
Sunday night, my father-in-law and husband made a fantastic BBQ pork tenderloin using a honey-cider brisket recipe. Holy Cow! (Or should I say, “Holy Pig”.) It was amazing. The pork was juicy and punched with flavor.
Pork with the rub:
Off the grill and ready for eating:
For the recipe, click here: http://www.kraftrecipes.com/recipes/honey-cider-bbq-brisket-135741.aspx
This pork loin will not disappoint. Enjoy!
Written on Monday, June 4th, 2012 @ 10:09 am
It’s so simple and low-cost to create your very own getaway. We have a very nice deck that needed sprucing up with color; and it did not take me long to find the perfect accessories for a tranquil outdoor space.
Sam’s – Red Umbrella $100
Walmart – Green Seat Cushions $28 each
Lowe’s – Rainbow Seat Cushions $12 each
Ikea – Black Lanterns $7.99-$14.99
Crate & Barrel – Citronella Pillar Candles $8.95 each
Enjoy the Summer!
Written on Sunday, June 3rd, 2012 @ 2:31 pm
My husband and I are in love with the curb appeal of our Georgian-style two-story home. However, the front entry was drab and needed a little TLC.
First, the color of the front door had to be changed. It needed a “wow” factor. We found the perfect color at Lowe’s (Hot Pepper) to match the red-orange in the brick. Then, the beautiful color made us realize the need for new door hardware; and brushed nickel was an excellent choice.
After the door was finished, there was no question, the entry lights needed to updated. Again, brushed nickel was the color choice; and this project was complete.
*Total Cost: Under $250 at Lowe’s.