Thursday, June 27, 2013

Whatcha Reading?

                                                                Nothing new for me ....
                                      As you can tell by looking to the right of my blog - 
                                       You can Scroll thru ~My book collection ! 
                         I'm always drawn to Cooking , Diet, Fitness & Health books!
                                                            My June Book reads....

Eat to Live -Joel Fuhrman, M.D
The pH Miracle-Robert O. Young & Shelley Redford Young
Engine 2 Diet-Rip Esselstyn
Deliciously G-Free-Elisabeth Hasselbeck 

EAT TO LIVE offers a highly effective, scientifically proven way to lose weight quickly. The key to Dr. Joel Fuhrman's revolutionary six-week plan is simple: health = nutrients / calories. When the ratio of nutrients to calories in the food you eat is high, you lose weight. The more nutrient-dense food you eat, the less you crave fat, sweets, and high-caloric foods. EAT TO LIVE has been revised to include inspiring success stories from people who have used the program to lose shockingly large amounts of weight and recover from life-threatening illnesses; Dr. Fuhrman's nutrient density index; up-to-date scientific research supporting the principles behind Dr. Fuhrman's plan; new recipes and meal ideas; and much more. This easy-to-follow, nutritionally sound diet can help anyone shed pounds quickly-and keep them off.

Never count calories, fat grams, or portion size again! Your body's pH balance is the key to optimal health, weight, mental clarity, and overall vigor. Strike the right balance by nourishing your body with certain foods to create an alkaline environment, and say good-bye to low energy, poor digestion, extra pounds, aches and pains, and disease. This innovative program, proven effective over decades, works with your body chemistry to revitalize and maintain your health. Now completely revised, updated, and expanded, this classic guide includes the latest research and reveals the secrets of: Core nutrients-an all-new program that provides the most important components your body needs: chlorophyll from green vegetables, essential oils, alkaline water, and pure mineral salts Cleansing-remove impurities and normalize digestion and metabolism with new ways to detox the body Exercising right-a brand-new chapter on which alkalizing exercises help maintain the correct pH level Alkaline foods-over thirty-five new, tempting pH-powerful recipes to help you easily balance your body using foods like tomatoes, avocados, sprouts, nuts, lemons, limes, grapefruits, and green vegetables.Learn how to balance your life and diet with the incredible health benefits of this revolutionary program.

This terrific book will inspire all who read it to change their lives and optimize their health." -Lance Armstrong, cancer survivor, seven-time Tour de France champion Lose weight, lower cholesterol, significantly reduce the risk of disease, and become physically fit--in just 4 weeks. Professional athlete-turned-firefighter Rip Esselstyn is used to responding to emergencies. So, when he learned that some of his fellow Engine 2 firefighters in Austin, TX, were in dire physical condition-several had dangerously high cholesterol levels (the highest was 344!)-he sprang into action and created a life-saving plan for the firehouse. By following Rip's program, everyone lost weight (some more than 20 lbs.), lowered their cholesterol (Mr. 344's dropped to 196), and improved their overall health. Now, Rip outlines his proven plan in this book. With Rip as your expert coach and motivator, you'll transform your body and lifestyle in a month. His plant-powered eating plan is based on a diet of whole foods, including whole grains, fresh fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts, and seeds. This invaluable guide features: **Dozens of easy, mouthwatering recipes-from pancakes to pizza, Tex-Mex favorites to knockout chocolate desserts-that will keep you looking forward to every bite **Pantry-stocking tips will take the panic out of inevitable cravings and on-the-fly meals **Guidelines on menu choices that will allow you to eat out, wherever and whenever you want **Rip's simple, firefighter-inspired exercise program that will boost your metabolism and melt your fat away. Medically approved, easy-to-follow, and amazingly effective," " this diet is designed for anyone who wants to make heroic strides in his or her health, weight, and well-being-all without heroic effort. "Want to be as strong as a Texas firefighter? Or as healthy as a professional triathlete? Then follow the wonderful advice of Rip Esselstyn, who is both. His book can save your life--whether you're a man or a woman. Highly recommended!" -Dean Ornish, M.D., Founder and President, Preventive Medicine Research Institute, Clinical Professor of Medicine, U of CaliforniaSF, author, "Dr. Dean Ornish's Program for Reversing Heart Disease"

From the author of "The G-Free Diet "and the co-host of ABC's "The View "comes a vital book about scrumptiously satisfying gluten-free food--with easy-to-follow recipes, healthy tips, and full-color photographs throughout--for families managing celiac disease as well as anyone who is concerned about their intake of wheat and other grains. Growing up in a home where everyone came together at the dinner table, Elizabeth Hasselbeck savored the signature meatball, lasagna, and ziti dishes of her grandmother and great-grandmother, and the pierogies of her father's heritage. But a decade ago, the Emmy Award-winning co-host of "The View, New York Times" bestselling author, and mother of three was diagnosed with celiac disease, and the family recipes she grew up suddenly became strictly off-limits. Or so she thought. Getting rid of gluten, however, doesn't have to mean giving up taste. "Deliciously G-Free" combines Hasselbeck's knowledge for healthy living and passion for tasty food to bring you 100 delectable, easy-to-make, and family-friendly gluten-free recipes. By adding a variety of other ingredients to the fridge and pantry, she's perfected scrumptious zero-gluten versions of old standards and new creations that would make her relatives proud, including - Breakfasts to Remember: Egg Sandwiches, Coconut Raspberry Muffins, French Toast with Caramel Rum Banana, Biscuits, Frittata - All-Star Appetizers: Pork Pot Stickers, Stuffed Mushrooms, Smoked Salmon on Corn Fritters, Crab Cakes with Homemade Tartar Sauce, and Hot Artichoke Dip - Mouth-Watering Main Meals: Chicken Enchiladas, Quinoa Cornbread, Mac and Cheese, Lasagna, Pad Thai, Chimichurri Flank Steak, and Buttermilk Chicken - Deliciously Irresistible Desserts: Chocolista Chocolate Cupcakes, Blueberry Raspberry Cobbler, Chocolate Chip Cookies, Tiramisu, Birthday Cakes, and Double Chocolate Brownies Loaded with gorgeous color photos, " Deliciously G-Free" also satisfies your taste buds with ideas for gourmet entertaining, kid-friendly concoctions, cool-weather comfort foods, and "Get Fit" G-Free recipes. Plus, Hasselbeck opens up about her own gluten-free journey--from getting diagnosed to getting her family on board--and shares tips for how to stock your kitchen, prevent cross-contamination, and whip up G-Free flour mixes that literally take the cake. Looking great and feeling good from the inside-out is just one" Deliciously G-Free" meal away!

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

June-To do list !

                          Ever since I took the Chalene Johnson 's PUSH Challenge 
                                                back in the beginning of the year

                             I am in the habit of making a to do list every month...
with doing this has helped me tremendously in getting myself ORGANIZED...
so I don't feel so Stressed and overwhelmed all the time ....

                                    I start off with a master month task  list ...
                           I like to make my monthly header in a monthly theme ....
                         When I think of June it reminds me of the start of Summer
                                so Mr Sun looked pretty cool for my To Do list !!!!
Well I have to look at this list everyday 
may as well make it colorful &

                                                       The Mighty Message Center...

I keep my to do list on my Refrigerator next to my calendar 
where I can see it every day. 
Well as you can see this side of the fridge is
 actually my Kitchen Workstation....
 I magnet any notes, photos , events  that I receive onto my fridge
 and on the wall I file my mail   ...
 I always seem to find a task that needs to be done so I continually
 add new tasks to this list by months end.
(I need to add task -organize Kitchen
(I have stuff on my fridge since

My normal routine every morning  is to make a daily to do list
 and add simple tasks to the daily list 
and then add at least 1-2 tasks from my monthly list.  

Example:   (Your daily list can be as short or long as you need it to be )
                    Work-Check Planner
                    Blog Father's Day
                    Pick up cleaners
                    Goodyear -Have tires checked.
                    Do a load of laundry- Listed on my Monthly task
                    Pay phone bill
                    Lunch with friend
                    Water garden
                    Plant Parsley in garden-Listed on my Monthly task
                    Hair appt @ 6-Listed on my Monthly task
                    Go to post office (Stamps)
                    Call Mom-see how drs appt check up went
                    Call for Garage door estimate
                    Library -return books
                    Work out-Bike ride to Park 
                    Before Bed -Read Chapter 10 of Eat to Live 

       *Remember there are only so many hours in a day ... so Keep it realistic.                     
By the end of the week you should have crossed off 
about at least 5-8 tasks off your master list...

 What ever task that does not get tackled from my June list will then  get transferred onto the following month and so on ...
 until the task gets crossed off.
                                 (My July To do list is ready for some tasks to be added...)

              Each month I get excited to see what tasked I have accomplished.....
                Hopefully one month I would be task free...
(but I very much doubt it )
Well one of my goals that I made for myself at the beginning 
of the year was to get organized 
and my To Do List is the tool I need that is helping me  
accomplish my goal !!!!

Saturday, June 22, 2013

How does your Garden Grow ????

Pati, Pati quite contrary,
How does your garden grow?
With tomatoes, peppers and all sorts of herbs,
sage,basil,parsley & thyme all in a row.

My new June gardening project is to attempt to grow another pineapple. 
Here's how to turn your store-bought pineapple into a thriving plant!

  1. Obtain a pineapple with firm, green leaves                                                                               (not yellow or brown).                                                                                                           (Mine was starting to get yellow so I had to get started today !)
  2. Cut off the crown and strip some of the lower leaves so that the stem is exposed.
  3. Turn it upside down and let it dry for about a week so that the cut end and the leaf scars can harden.
    (I skipped this step ...mine looked pretty dry to begin with )
  4. Put the crown in a glass of water until the roots start growing out.                                          ( Change the water every few days.)
  5. Once roots start to form -Plant the crown in an 6-inch  pot or directly in the ground in a sunny, warm and humid place.
  6. Water the soil lightly once a week.
  7. It takes about six months for the fruit to fully develop. The pineapple will grow from the flower, above ground, in the center of the plant.  
Wish me luck ...!
I also  planted some onions and garlic too.  These are pretty easy just plant the bulbs in soil .

An update on  my garden....

We have tomatoes .....
We are enjoying our 1st batch !
The taste of a home grown tomato is the best !
So fresh & organic !
No grapes yet ...I don't think I will produce any wine this year
The grapes and 2 fruit plants are still growing ...
A very talented woman once said .......


Friday, June 21, 2013

Chicken Soup with Thai noodles

                                                   Chicken Soup with Thai noodles
                                                                      (Gluten -Free)


2 halves chicken breast
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon minced fresh garlic
4 to 6 cups organic chicken stock or broth
2 stalks celery, sliced into 1/2-inch pieces
1/2 teaspoon ground pepper 
1/2 teaspoon of seasoned salt 
1/4 cup  chopped onion 
1/4 cup   chopped carrots
1/2 cup of frozen peas
1/4 cup fresh parsley leaves 
1/4 cup fresh thyme
1 teaspoon of Better than Bouillon  chicken base
1box -1/2 pound wide dried Thai Kitchen brown rice noodles
Sriracha  sauce to taste 


                                                      Heat oil in large skillet on medium heat.
                                   (or like what I'm using a  pressure cooker for quick cooking )
                                                        Add garlic; stir fry until golden.
                                                Add chopped onion, carrots & celery
                                                  then stir fry for about  10 minutes.
                                       (They will finish cooking in the pressure cooker)
                          While the vegetables are cooking prepare herbs & chicken....  
                                              I buy free-range organic chicken !!!!
Choose Free range chickens  because they live on natural diets and their lives are free of stress because they are able to roam, follow their instincts and live as nature intended. Commercial chickens are raised in factories, or “chicken plants” where they are kept in cramped quarters. The chickens in some plants can be packed so tightly next to each other that they are unable to move around. This in turn produces stress in the bird. Stress can lead to disease and even bad tasting meat! The growth of some chickens is stunted because of the cramped conditions – and then they are given hormones to make them fat. If you want high quality chicken that is disease free and raised in humane conditions, you should purchase free range chicken.
Choose Organic chickens simply because it is free of hormones and antibiotics. 

                                                        Wash the chicken thoroughly .

                                                    Seasoned each chicken breast 
                                        with a one-half teaspoon of seasoned salt
                                                 &  makes sure you seasoned both sides ....

                                                   I'm using fresh herbs from my garden ....
                                                            That should be enough ....
                                                                 Wash herbs

                                                 Then pull apart the  thyme from the stems
                                                      Then chop both herbs together ....
                                  Place the chicken breasts on top of the  vegetables

                                                   Season with ground pepper .....

                                                        Add the 2 cups of stock.

                                                Add enough stock to cover the chicken.
                                                Cover &  Bring to a med-high boil.

                                      Cook until the carrots are just cooked through 
                                                         (about 5 to 10 minutes).

                                 Once chicken is cooked , remove and set aside to cool ....
                                           Add the fresh parsley & thyme to the broth ....

                                                Separate chicken meat from skin and bones; 

                                                     Chop chicken into small pieces

                                            Add the chopped chicken to the chicken stock

                                                     Add remaining 4 cups of chicken stock.
                                                             Reduce heat to low.
                                             Add 1 teaspoon of Better than Bouillon  
                                                  chicken base to the chicken stock.

                                                  Gives the soup some extra flavor ....
                                                        & stir until the chicken base 
                                                     is disolved and mixed thoroughly .
                                                             Add the  frozen peas...

                                                       Simmer until heated through.
                                                 Prepare rice noodle in separate pot.


                                     This does not look like much the water boils ....

                                                          The noodles separate  .....

                           They literately only need to come to a boil and they are done.

                                            Drain &  Place the Thai noodle in soup bowls...

                                                 Ladle chicken  soup into bowls. 

                                Check seasonings (you will likely need to add more salt) 
                                                             and adjust to taste.
                                 I like heat so I top mine with some Sriracha sauce.
                                                                     Oh so good !
                                     You will have left overs with this recipe

                                     I also make a pot of  steamed rice so I can freeze 
                                               Chicken & Rice soup for another meal.
                                       This recipe is great to make on a rainy day or .......

                                                If your feeling a little sick  my friends ,
                                                    both of these  soups recipes should
                                                   have you feeling better in no time !