Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Blender Salsa (doTERRA recipe)

½ sweet onion
½ red onion
2 serrano peppers
1 jalapeño
3 cloves minced garlic
1 tomato
3 large red tomatoes (quartered)
2 Roma tomatoes (halved)
5 tomatillos
1 green bell pepper (quartered)
1 bunch of cilantro
Garlic salt
2 drops dōTERRA lime essential oil
2 drops dōTERRA cilantro essential oil
Add all ingredients to your blender. Puree ingredients until smooth. Leave the lid on your blender 5 minutes after blending. Pour and serve with your favorite tortilla chips.
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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Wild Orange Vinaigrette recipe

1cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 tsp Dijon mustard
1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
1-2 drops wild orange essential oil
1/2 cup brown sugar
Sea salt and black pepper to taste

Combine ingredients in food processor or blender.  This dressing is good for all salads.  Store in a glass jar and it will keep in the fridge for several months.

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Monday, June 25, 2012

doTERRA Essential Oils (Try some today)

dōTERRA (CPTG) Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade® essential oils represent the safest, purest, and most beneficial essential oils available today. They are gently and skillfully distilled from plants that have been patiently harvested at the perfect moment by experienced growers from around the world for ideal extract composition and efficacy. Experienced essential oil users will immediately recognize dōTERRA's superior quality standard for naturally safe, purely effective therapeutic-grade essential oils.
Essential oils have been around for thousands of years and many are noted in the Holy Bible and by several other religions.
In modern times, the powerful healing properties of essential oils were rediscovered in 1937 by a French chemist, Rene-Maurice Gattefosse, who healed a badly burnt hand with pure lavender oil. A French contemporary, Dr. Jean Valnet, used therapeutic-grade essential oils to successfully treat injured soldiers during World War II. Dr. Valnet went on to become a world leader in the development of aromatherapy practices. The modern use of essential oils has continued to grow rapidly as health scientists and medical practitioners continue to research and validate the numerous health and wellness benefits of therapeutic-grade essential oil.
doTERRA essential oils can be used internally, topical,  or aromatic.  Be sure to follow all the guidelines for each oil as they all have different properties and are effective in different ways.  All essential oils have a therapeutic benefit.
Using essential oils can be both profoundly simple and life changing at the same time. Working with someone who has used essential oils before will help first-time users have a more beneficial and enjoyable experience. A large amount of information is readily available for those desiring to increase their knowledge of essential oil applications.
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Monday, June 18, 2012

Iced Tea to Build Energy

Lemon-ginger Bliss

2 white or green tea bags
4 slices fresh ginger
4 sprigs mint
2 lemon slices halved
1 cup lemon seltzer
2 strawberries halved
Steep tea bags and next 3 ingredients in 2  cups hot water 1 minute.  Remove bags and ginger.  Chill.  Add seltzer and strawberries. Sweeten to taste.  Garnish with lemon.

Spiced Orange-Pom Joy

2 orange-and-spice black tea bags
2 orange slices, halved
2 lime slices, halved
1 cup pomegranate-blueberry juice
Steep tea bags and fruit in 2 cups hot water 1 minute.  Remove bags.  Add juice.  Chill.  Garnish with mint.

Berry-Peach Perfection
3 wild-berry or mixed-berry black tea bags
2 lemon slices, halved
3 sprigs fresh thyme
1 cup strawberry-peach juice or white grape-peach mango juice

Steep tea bags, lemons and thyme in 2 cups hot water 1 minute.  Remove tea bags and thyme.  Add juice.  Sweeten to taste.  Chill or serve over ice.  Garnish with lemon.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Heal the body in a delicious way!

Cherries - these meltonin rich yummies will restore your restless sleep caused by longer and more humid days in as little as 10 days according to Canadian scientists.

Sesame seeds - Studies have shown that these little treasures relax and open brain blood vessels which cuts the occurence of headaches in half.

Lemonade - Stanford University research claims the scent of the drinks citrus calms the central nervous system while the vitamin C soothes and regulates stress-hormone production long-term.

Yogurt - Just one cup per day over 7 days will help relieve sniffling and sneezing caused by pollen or pet dander.

Watermelon - Cut sunburn risk by 26% by eating two cups of this sweet fruit per day.  It can also cut recovery time from sunburns in half.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Swap dressings and spreads to reduce calories.

These measurements are the equivalent of one Tablespoon.

Olive oil 120 calories swap for fresh Lemon Juice 4 calories
Mayonnaise 100 calories swap for Light Mayonnaise 49 calories
Tartar Sauce 75 calories swap for Relish 15 calories
Guacamole 25 calories swap for Salsa 8 calories
Honey Mustard 30 calories swap for Yellow Mustard 10 calories
Vinaigrette 72 calories swap for Balsamic Vinegar 14 calories
Barbeque Sauce 35 calories swap for Tomato sauce 5 calories

Try it.  You might like the change.  I tried them all and my food has a better taste.  It's not covered up by sugar and other added ingredeints.  Enjoy!

Cranberry-Orange Scones

Last year at Christmas I made scones and gave them away in baskets.  Yummm.


  • 3 tablespoons packed light brown sugar
  • Zest of 1 orange, grated
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 5 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon orange juice $
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  1. 1. Make scones: Preheat oven to 425ºF. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment. Place sugar and zest in a food processor; pulse 2 or 3 times to combine. Add flour, baking powder and salt; pulse to combine. Scatter butter pieces over flour mixture and pulse until butter is incorporated with a few larger pieces remaining. Add cranberries and pulse once or twice, just to mix.
  2. 2. Transfer flour mixture to a large bowl. Pour cream on top and stir with a fork until just combined; do not overmix. Line an 8-inch round baking pan with plastic wrap. Press dough into pan to form an even layer. Turn out dough onto a lightly floured countertop, carefully peel off plastic wrap and cut dough into 12 even wedges with a sharp knife. Place scones on baking sheets. Bake until light golden, 12 to 15 minutes. Cool scones on a wire rack.
  3. 3. Make glaze: Stir sugar and juice in a small bowl with a fork. Add more sugar to thicken or juice to thin if necessary. Drizzle glaze over scones and let stand 10 minutes to set.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Sweet Tea Lemonade recipe

Enjoy this wonderful summer treat!



  • 3 cups sugar
  • 1 lemon, sliced
  • 4 large sprigs mint
  • 8 black tea bags
  • 1 cup fresh lemon juice (from about 4 large lemons)


  1. 1. Mix sugar and 3 cups water in a pan and bring to a boil over medium-low heat, stirring until sugar dissolves. Turn off heat; stir in lemon slices and mint. Allow to cool, then strain.
  2. 2. Bring 4 cups of water to a boil. Place tea bags in a bowl; pour water over and let steep for 10 minutes. Remove and discard bags. Let tea cool.
  3. 3. In another bowl, mix lemon juice with 3 cups water.
  4. 4, Combine syrup, tea and lemon mixture. Cover and chill for at least 4 hours. Serve over ice, garnished with additional lemon slices and mint sprigs, if desired.