Monday, July 30, 2012

Dr. Weil's Cornbread Recipe (vegan)

One of the most popular American quick breads, cornbread is traditionally made with milk or buttermilk and eggs. This vegan alternative can be spiced up with chopped jalapenos or green chile for a delicious Southwestern twist.
Food as Medicine
Coarse, stoneground cornmeal is a significant source of dietary fiber, which is important to healthy bowel function. Diets high in fiber have also been shown to help in weight loss and healthy weight maintenance.
1 ¼ cups yellow cornmeal (organic and stone ground, if possible)
1 ¼ cups unbleached white flour
½ teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon baking powder
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 ½ cups boiling water mixed with 2 tablespoons expeller-pressed canola oil, plus a little extra for oiling the skillet
1. Heat oven to 425° F. Lightly oil a cast-iron skillet with a little canola oil. Heat it in the oven while you mix the cornbread batter.

2. In a large bowl stir together the cornmeal, flour, baking powder, brown sugar and salt.

3. Add the boiling water mixed with 2 tablespoons canola oil and stir to mix, but do not overbeat. Add additional hot water if necessary to make a light batter.

4. Spoon batter into the hot cast-iron skillet. Batter should sizzle when it contacts the skillet. Bake 30 minutes or until the cornbread is light brown on top and springs back to the touch.

5. Cut into wedges and serve.
Serves 6

Nutrients Per Serving
Calories: 198.5
Protein: 3.8 grams
Fat: 5.0 grams
Saturated Fat: 0.4 grams
Monounsat Fat: 2.6 grams
Polyunsat Fat: 1.7 grams
Carbohydrate: 34.2 grams
Fiber: 1.6 grams
Cholesterol: 0.0 mg
Vitamin A: 47.1 IU
Vitamin E: 0.9 mg/IU
Vitamin C: 0.0 mg

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

What are doTerra essential oils?

Essential oils are natural aromatic compounds found in the seeds, bark, stems, roots, and flowers of plants. They can be both beautifully and powerfully fragrant, eliciting profound emotional responses. Yet the use of essential oils goes well beyond their fragrant appeal. Used throughout history for their
medicinal and therapeutic benefits, essential oils can be used as natural alternatives in holistic self-care practices. Their unique chemistry allows them to be used aromatically and applied topically to the skin, while other essential oils can be used as dietary aids to promote vitality and well being.
dōTERRA® (meaning “Gift of the Earth”) essential oils represent the safest, purest essential oils available in the world today. Each of dōTERRA’s
Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade® essentials oils is carefully extracted by a global network of skilled growers, distillers, and chemists ensuring a consistently powerful user experience. They are 100% pure aromatic extracts and contain no artificial ingredients and are tested to be free of contaminants such as pesticides or other chemical residues.
We welcome your participation in our mission to share the life-enhancing benefits of therapeutic-grade essential oils with the world. Your path to a new philosophy of wellness begins by opening a bottle.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Peppermint Beadlets (doTERRA new product)

Wake Up your senses with dōTERRA’s

New peppermint beadlets.

Through a unique and exclusive process, doTERRA has

captured the therapeutic benefits of peppermint essential

oil in the convenience of a soft gelatin beadlet. Each

tiny beadlet delivers a refreshing burst of peppermint as

it quickly dissolves in your mouth, while invigorating your

senses as you breathe in the cooling aroma of pure peppermint

essential oil. More than a breath mint, doTERRA

Peppermint Beadlets can be used for oral care, respiratory

health, digestive comfort, and all other situations in which

peppermint essential oil is used internally.

3815 Approximately 125 beadlets Retail $15.33

Thursday, July 19, 2012

doTERRA Cinnamon Essential Oil

Cinnamon Essential Oil
Cinnamomum zeylanicum

Cinnamon is most well-known for its extensive use as a spice in flavoring food. However, its popularity as an essential oil stems from its many therapeutic uses, including cinnamon's cleansing properties and its usefulness with aches and pains*. For aromatic, topical, or dietary use.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Cilantro Lime Quesadilla

1 cup shredded chicken
1 can of black beans
1 can of corn
1 drop dōTERRA cilantro essential oil
2 drops dōTERRA lime essential oil
4 tomatoes
1 avocado
Shredded cheese
Mix together chicken, black beans, corn, cilantro essential oil, lime essential oil, tomatoes, and avocado. Heat up grill. Place 1 tortilla on grill and spread a small amount of the black bean mixture on half of the tortilla. Sprinkle cheese on the tortilla and fold. Allow the tortilla to heat up and the cheese to melt. Repeat with as many tortillas as desired.

Munising, Michigan 2012 vacation

We traveled to Munising for the 4th of July and spent a week with my father and son.  Our first day was R & R where we spent the day on the beach in Au Train, Michigan.  Au Train offers white sandy beaches and miles of sand dunes.  This is where the Au Train river meets Lake Superior.  Sometimes swimming in the river is a nice option than Lake Superior.  I prefer Lake Superior though.
On Tuesday we traveled to Sault Ste Marie, Michigan where the soo locks are that take in the big ships and move them around the great lakes.  We got to view two ships go through and picked up some fudge while in the area.  We wanted to leave early so we could go to Whitefish Point where the bell of the Edmund Fitzgerald sits today.  Be aware of the cost of visiting the shipwreck display.  We opted out but I did get to see the big bell through the open doors.  If you travel to Whitefish Point,  the towers of Canada may pick up your cell phone and you will be charged for international calling.  Canada is very close...
We decided to move forward to tequominom falls.  They are the largest falls in Michigan.  There are three parts, the upper falls, lower falls, and the rivermouth campsite.  There is also a microbrewery at the upper falls, a gift shop and icecream.  Our favorite part of the falls...My father compares these falls to Niagra Falls.
On Wednesday we stayed in Munising for the 4th.  We enjoyed the parade, firefighters waterfight,  the grease pole, and  rotisserie chicken.  Me, I opted for a hotdog.  We were looking forward to the fireworks that evening but the sky grew cloudy and down came the rain.  The fireworks were scheduled for thursday evening.
On Thursday we took a boat to Grand Island.  Grand Island National Recreation Area is part of the Hiawatha National Forest. This rustic Island offers visitors a wide range of primitive experiences and forest activities.  Here you can do hiking, biking, camping, and site seeing.  There is also a bus tour you can choose to go on.  It will take you around part of the island.  We chose to bike around the island to take in 21 miles of pure beauty.  We were told to take bug spray but not long pants and long sleeves.  The ride around the island was as lovely as expected with the east side being mostly woods and the west side cliffs and beaches.  The north end was the best part with the open water of lake superior and the majestic cliffs of the island.  The only problem we had were the flies!!!  They were thick and big.  We had no time to stop on the north end as we were running from flies.  All in all, I will return a little wiser and I will get the pictures I missed on the north end.  We used bike rentals and the bikes were in great shape and well designed for the terrain.
That evening we went down to the dock for the fireworks.  I am not sure how long they last but they are the best I have seen anywhere I have been.  Munising fireworks are like the grand fanale in most fireworks displays only Munising's will last for about and hour or more.  Check the world wide web for more information.  This is a display worth the trip to Michigan.
Friday we decided to go to the beach at Grand Marais, Michigan.  G
Enjoy visiting the local attractions, such as Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Grand Sable Lake and Dunes, and Sable Falls. Enjoy the majestic beauty of the Log Slide known as Devil's Slide. The log slide and Pictured Rocks are must-sees.   We stayed on the beach most of the day and stopped along the way home for the largest sand dunes I have ever seen.  That is one thing you cannot miss. 
By Saturday morning I was ready to go home.  I think I slept for 48 hours upon my arrival to my own bed...Thank you Pure Michigan!

Enjoy visiting the local attractions, such as Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Grand Sable Lake and Dunes, and Sable Falls. Enjoy the majestic beauty of the Log Slide known as Devil's Slide. The log slide and Pictured Rocks are must-sees.
rand Marais Michigan
is located in Alger County along beautiful Lake Superior, this small town provides it's visitors with miles of Lake Superior beaches, agate hunting, sand dunes, and the Grand Marais Days Festival
.Grand Marais Michigan is located in Alger County along beautiful Lake Superior, this small town provides it's visitors with miles of Lake Superior beaches, agate hunting, sand dunes, and the Grand Marais Days Festival.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Feeling rushed? Slow down with doTERRA.

Emotional Corner

Essential Oils for Feeling Hurried

Hurried: Working at speed; to move forward or act with haste and eagerness


Breathe oil can be helpful when you feel hurried or rushed. It can assist you in taking slower, deeper breaths. Slower breaths combat the stress you feel when trying to finish a project or meet a deadline. Try taking a short break, applying some Breathe oil on your chest, and taking a few deep cleansing and calming breaths.


Do you ever notice how you tense up all your muscles when you feel rushed? PastTense can help you stay relaxed by releasing muscle tension. Try applying PastTense over your tight muscles and areas holding tension.

Wild Orange-

Wild Orange reminds you not to work too hard and to remember to play and be spontaneous. It encourages you to let go of limiting patterns and embrace the abundance around you. Try applying some Wild Orange on your temples, stomach and toes when under stress.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Nuts about Education

Almonds contain the most vitamin E and calcium, so they benefit your heart and bones.

Pistachios contain potassium and phytochemicals to protect cells from free radicals and help eye health.

Walnuts are full of heart healthy omega-3 fatty acids, which reduce inflammation and promote brain function.

Peanuts are legumes which have the most protein, niacin and folate which help with energy production, cell maintenance and cognitive function.

Cashews are a great source of iron and magnesium which boost energy and help maintain healthy blood vessels, bones and tissues.