2/21/17

Electric Smoker & Food Saver


We started with 5 Boston butts and 5 turkeys in the deep freezer, so the thawing process took an entire day.

We placed two large bins with water outside and submerged the meets and changed the water every 2 hours.

When the meat was ready, we prepped and dressed the 45 lbs of turkey and 49 lbs of pork and started up the smoker.

Our spices included garlic, cajun, and old bay. The wood chips in the burner were hickory and apple!

After 15 hours of smoking, we pulled the trays out and let the meats cool for about 2 hours. During this period, the meat was doused in apple juice.

When meats were cooled, we began the shredding process (pulling apart, removing bones and fat).

We separated the meat in 1.5 lb portions and used the Foodsaver to vacuum seal the meat.

We dated the meat packets with a sharpie because we use the FIFO system in our freezer.

Now we have enough meals for the whole month and enough to give to family!

It was hard work prepping, cooking, cleaning and packaging all that food but it was worth every minute!

2/16/17

Vitamin C Smoothie


Carrots, oranges, banana, kiwi, pineapple. Add crushed ice. YUM!

2/10/17

Cartoonize Your Pet & Print Merchandise


I was looking at something in one of my dog clubs and noticed someone had made a cartoon likeness of their pet. Of course I had to check it out for myself!

I was really surprised to find they had models of every dog, in every size and color and also provided the flexibility for customization. The backgrounds and accessories were cute too.

What I really, REALLY loved was the opportunity to print my cartoonized dog on merchandise from Zazzle.

I ordered postcards, stickers and coffee mug, but there were dozens more to choose from, including aprons, kitchen towels, fridge magnets, dog food bowls, leashes, dog t-shirts, calendars, keyrings,  notebooks, and postage stamps! And probably another dozen more items!

Not only does this make a unique and clever gift, but it also gives pet owners a way to preserve a cute memory of their own fur babies!

I'm so excited to have found a new purpose for Zazzle, which I had given up on 6 years ago!

Checkout: Cartoonize My Pet

2/8/17

Kale & Spinach Smoothie


SMOOTHIE: Kale, baby spinach, golden delicious, celery, lemon juice, banana and 2 Tbsp raw honey!  A powerhouse when it comes to antioxidants, full of electrolytes with a mild detox effect! Add cold water and a few ice cubes. Makes two tall glasses about 328 calories each.

My Dog Makes A Great Model


Since I added graphic tees to my online hobby shop, I discovered that people who are fond of pets, particularly dogs, might love a tshirt of Miss Terra!

I've used a couple of fun filters to make the image more desirable and the results were incredible!

Look for this and more pet lovers tshirts in my upcoming closet! Check sidebar on the front page of this blog.

Tshirts are organic cotton and can take up 14 days to be delivered. These are all originals with no templates, so be assured these are NOT mass-produced from a dollar store!!!

Leave me a comment to let me know what you think of my graphic tshirts.
Enjoy :)

2/6/17

Matcha Tea, It Really WORKS!


I heard about Matcha Tea on the Dr. Oz show and decided to give it a try.

Its reported health benefits include cancer fighting, body detox, lowers cholesterol and blood sugar, helps with depression and burns calories and fat! It contains 137 times more nutritional benefits than green tea and is full of powerful antioxidants.

I looked online and was a little worried at the high prices thinking I wouldn't be able to afford it. The good quality matcha is supposed to be organic and come from Japan, so the prices were up there!

But then I came across a brand called Rishi which was in my price range and I decided to give it a try.

When I got it, I was surprised at the fineness and the quality of steeping bag. The leaves had a very bright green color and the bag looked like it was made of silk!

The taste is milder than green tea and easy to drink without a sweetener.

What surprised me even more was the noticeable EFFECT it had on me afterwards.

I felt rested, mentally alert, and happy and with my Fibromyalgia this feeling of wellness was truly astonishing to me! (no caffeine crash)

In the past I've taken B12 shots, CoQ10 suppliments and many herbal & mineral cocktails to help me with the constant pain and fatigue and nothing can deliver the wellbeing of a good cup of Matcha!

I totally recommend it and if you'ld like to try it at a low price, follow the link below. (I do not get paid to write this!)

Jet.com https://jet.com/product/Rishi-Tea-Organic-Super-Green-Tea-Matcha-15-Tea-Bags/eb221e47a898488ca60f0b6ea2ba58f1

2/5/17

Four Winds Tea for Stomach Troubles




Caraway and fennel team up well in teas blend to ease stomach distress caused by gas and bloating. Chamomile and peppermint calm spasms and add flavor to make the classic Four Winds Tea a family favorite.

Ingredients: Equal Parts

Caraway seed
Fennel seed
Peppermint Leaf
Chamomile flower

Fennel Seed * Caraway Seed * Peppermint Leaf * Chamomile *

Recipe Instructions: Herbal Tea : Mix the seeds in equal parts. Crushing the seeds makes it easier to extract the active principles. You can do this ahead of time and store a few weeks worth of the crushed seed mixture in a tightly sealed glass jar without losing much in the way of efficacy. 1 to 2 teaspoons herbs to a cup of water, leave to infuse for 10 to 20 minutes and drink 1 cup after the evening meal. Unsweetened tea works best for stomach problems. For sweet tea use stevia instead of sugar or honey if you are nauseous or have heartburn.

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2/4/17

Endoscopy & Fear of Needles


After having several painful episodes in upper left abdomen, I decided to have a check up.

Had EKG to make sure it wasn't heart related. Also, a chest xray and stool sample to see where the blood was coming from.

All those tests turned out fine but the pain still persisted so I was referred to a GI Specialist who told me I needed an endoscopy (camera goes down your throat).

Well, I wasn't exactly thrilled because I knew NEEDLES would be involved which makes my blood pressure hit the roof!

But the doctor said "don't panic, I will take good care of you."

When I showed up to the Surgical Center I was petrified... I filled out my paperwork and as I was sitting in waiting room contemplating on leaving, a nurse came out and gave me a warm blanket and smiled at exactly the moment I needed encouragement.

I was so impressed at their kindness and genuine personalities, they even made me laugh!

Turns out, the dreaded needle wasn't as bad as I had imagined. They were so friendly and had calming attitude. And it really put me at ease to see how efficient and informative they were about the whole process.

So if you're putting off a procedure or medical tests, make sure you find the RIGHT PEOPLE to do the job! It makes all the difference in the world!

2/1/17

Eggs Benedict (my way)


There's no egg separation, no poaching and no blending!

I fry up some eggs in OLIVE OIL with a hint of oregano and garlic powder. Turn the eggs over only for a few moments, cause I don't want them too runny.

After eggs come out of skillet, I brown a few pieces of ham just enough to give it flavor.

While toasting English muffins on low, I melt some butter and use a packet of McCormick Hollandaise sauce. (Yes, I cheat, but it's fast and tastes good).
I whisk it in sauce pan according to cooking instructions and I'm done!

To assemble the Eggs Benedict, pour 1 tbsp of hollandaise sauce in the bottom of plate, then place toasted English muffins on top. Add the ham and choice of cheese (mine is provolone!) Add single egg on top and drench with plenty of sauce. Add black pepper!

Prep time about 20 minutes! YUM!

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