Sharing Recipe From Illinois Country Living Magazine

loveyourself I was looking through the magazine last night and saw a recipe I’d like to try. ๐Ÿ˜‰

www.icl.coop

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Please Note: This recipe was taken directly from the magazine – including the site’s URL

 

 

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Curried Floret Salad

Ingredients

2 1/2 cup Fresh broccoli florets
2 1/2 cup fresh cauliflower florets
1-6 oz pkg. dried cranberries
1/4 cup vegetable oil – will substitute olive oil
2 tablespoons white vinegar
1 tablespoons brown sugar
1 tablespoons chives, minced
1 1/2 teaspoon curry powder
1 1/2 teaspoon soy sauce
1/4 teaspoon garlic, minced
1/3 cup mayo
1/3 cup slivered almonds, toasted


Directions

In large bowl, combine the broccoli, cauliflower and cranberries.

In a small bowl, whisk the oil, vinegar, brown sugar, chives, curry powder, soy sauce and garlic. Whisk in mayo until blended. Pour over broccoli mixture and toss to coat.

Cover and put in fridge for at least 2 hours, stirring several times. Before serving, stir in almonds.

Enjoy! ๐Ÿ™‚

Again, here is the URL: http://www.icl.coop

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Grandparenting Tips and Chocolate

kisses Are you addicted to chocolate? :/

 

 

 

 

 

Yes….I am, I am!! This grandma definitely is! Lol

Although, I associate myself with good grandparenting tips, skills and tricks….in that I hardly ever bring a bag of chocolates in our home or my grandkid’s home. Unless it is Christmas, my grandchildren’s birthday, or some other appropriate holiday, such as Easter.


Why, you ask?

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* I am highly addicted to chocolate. Enough said!

* You need to respect your kids enough not to bring on a confrontation/disagreement by bringing ANYTHING chocolate in their home or surroundings while the grandkids are present. Simple! ๐Ÿ˜‰

* Needless to say, (just as a reminder), DON’T eat chocolate in front of the grands! Some grandparents just don’t think!

* When it IS appropriate for a chocolate treat, get in a good habit of buying “dark” chocolate. Dark is much better for you, AND them!

* Brag to your grandchildren about healthy substitutes to chocolate, or (any candy). This can be fruit, veggies, raw or steamed. Kid-friendly dips, such as ranch and others. Cheese sticks or slices, (homemade) chicken nuggets, etc… Just as long as it isnt, bubble gum, licorice, cotton candy, or those sugar, sweet and sour worms! LOL

* When baking, use dark chocolate…such as the dark chips. Simple!

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I’m not saying your grandchild should NEVER eat chocolate! — See my 3rd sentence above; go for chocolate at appropriate times…or the (dark in moderation).

OK…this post is making me desire CHOCOLATE! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ Can’t have that! Lol

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However, I think I got my point across! If not, and you have questionsYou can catch me Here

Have an awesome day! =)

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Low Carb Biscuit Recipe – Shared From a Friend

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By Lynn Terry: @http://www.travelinglowcarb.com/4275/low-carb-biscuit-recipe/

Actual Recipe From Lynn’s Blog

The Photos Below are Mine

 

 

 

I didn’t think they looked like Lynn’s…Wonder if they taste the same??


Ingredients

1 8 ounce bag parmesan cheese
1 cup Almond Meal
2 small or one very large egg
2 Tablespoons melted butter
Optional: Garlic Salt to taste – I did not have the garlic. I’m sure that one ingredient would have made them even more delicious! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Directions

Mix ingredients well and chill. Roll small portions into ball then shape them as cheese sticks or biscuits โ€“ or you can make them smaller/flatter for โ€œcrackersโ€. Bake in preheated 350 oven for 10 minutes, turning after 5 minutes if necessary. (Keep an eye on them and cook until golden brown on both sides.)

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For Details On Counting Net Carbs – See Lynn’s Recipe Page Here

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Thinking Of Elvis…

gatesgraceland What can you say about a incredibly and handsome man that died entirely too young?!

 

 

 

 

What Did I See About Elvis That Attracted Me So?? heart

 

 

I saw the generosity
I saw the charm
I saw the way he grabbed his audience and held their attention for as long as his shows were still going
I saw an amazingly handsome man with class, sex appeal, and also, incredible politeness about him
I saw a great family man
I saw a Exquisite- One-of-a-kind man who turned people’s heads when he entered the room, your view, wherever he may have been.
I saw an Exquisite Entertainer!

You Can See Elvis – Graceland Schedule of Events Here

Says on the following site that The Guest House at Graceland Opening This Fall!

See it HERE

He would have been 81 last Januray 8th if he were still with us

Favorite Elvis Songs – I’m definitely a 70’s Elvis Kind of Gal !! (y)

How Great Thou Art <3
Always On My Mind
One Night (with you)
Suspicious Minds
In The Ghetto
Bridge Over Troubled Water

Favorite Elvis Movies

Change Of Habit
Tickle Me
Girl Happy
This Is Elvis – 1981
Elvis That’s The Way It Is – 1970
Viva Las Vegas

In My Home

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What are YOUR favorites? Are you a fan? Love to hear from you! =)

Something I thought was quite interesting!

75 things you may not know about Elvis Presley

By VALERIE KELLOGG From: http://www.newsday.com

I ‘ll just leave you with (1)

It’s #5 – When he was 10, he sang “Old Shep” during a children’s talent show. He finished fifth. ๐Ÿ™‚

Find the whole post Here

Gone Too Soon!

This One Gave Me Goose bumps!

He sang so many songs quote well….that’s putting it Midely!

You can find that song he sang often Here LOVE IT!

Thanks For Reading! ๐Ÿ™‚

Be Good To Your Spirit, Mind, and Body During Stress – One Dozen Tips Plus

heart My very first tip (#1 Tip) is getting to spend time with my grandchildren. This Grandma gets to distress often; as the kids come over quite a lot. They live close by…which is awesome!!!! =)

LOVE Spending Time With My Grands!! <3 >3 (a heart for each one of them) Excellent stress reliever for ME!!

Stress can be down right deadly, if you don’t know how to deal with it. If you’re a negative thinker, then stress can be a nightmare for you.

Read the following tips with an open mind. We are all unique, and we are creatures of habit…(well, most of us) – The following stress relievers below may be just what you need if you’re going through grieving, depression, bad marriage, or relatively anything that is currently stressing you !

Make a List Of Your Own If You Have To

Here is mine…

1) Spending time with my grandchildren…LOVE, LOVE them with all my heart and could NOT imagine living my life without them. <3 Oh wait, I’ve already said that! ~ Well, it’s worth repeating!!

2) Don’t dwell on things that stress you. This can be truly hard sometimes. I know; as I’ve been there. When you’re not your best, make it YOUR mission to always try to do something out of the ordinary to efficiently distract you from your worries and stresses.

3) Workout – Exercise has helped immensely with my mood swings, depression, and stress. It gets my blood pumping; thus, making more oxygen flow to the brain and the rest of my body. Working out just makes me feel better in EVERY way. I think better, I get around better, and it also boosts my self confidence. I LOVE how I feel after a good sweat! =)

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4) Pray – Prayer is ALWAYS an excellent option to everything that we do, and everything we are going through. God consistently answers prayer. However, we may not like the time frame, or we may not like the answer received. The Good Lord knows what our needs (and wants) are before we even ask. For me, praying DOES relieve stress, although I need to spend more time doing it. =)

5) Eat right – Eating right is being very kind to your body, mind, and spirit. When eating the proper nutrients, you will be more productive, your mood swings will most likely level out. In addition, vitamins and minerals found in healthy foods help to lift depression. Eating healthy is essentially good for you in many ways, including stress.

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Side Note: I personally have found that eating bananas helps with my mood swings.

6) Live in an organized environment – If you’re like me, organization is an ever-growing process. That’s right, it never ends! lol ๐Ÿ˜‰ Although, I try every day. It makes logical sense that having everything in its place at all times will undoubtedly relieve LOTS of stress!

7) Walk and breath in, then breath out….slowly. Rinse, repeat! Enough said ๐Ÿ˜‰ lol

8) Spend time with your favorite hobby. If you don’t have one, FIND ONE! I find jigsaw puzzles relax me. However, it seems that the only time I mess with them are on New Year’ s Eve. lol I also enjoy coloring. Have you noticed all the new coloring books (for adults, meaning not cartoonish) that are displayed in stores now? Well, I bought 3 of them. These are hobbies of mine. I also thoroughly enjoy my iPad time every evening. That in its self, is a huge way to get rid of stress for myself.

9) Start a blog; there are free ones on the web. If you have emotions, anger, or no confidence inside of you, writing about them can help you tremendously!!!! Or you can also buy a good-sized journal and just spend time writing. Gets you thinking outside the box. ๐Ÿ˜‰


10) Spend quality time with your spouse – If you are having marriage problems, and (who doesn’t, I mean, all couples go through their sets of problems from time to time). If you’ve never had a disagreement with your spouse, or gotten angry; you are among the very small population that (say) that their marriage is perfect. What’s my point? Start taking extra time to do things you haven’t done in a long time. Maybe it’s going to the show, amusement park, VACATION!!!? I like that last one; and who doesn’t love vacation? <3 Whatever the case may be, do it!

11) Move furniture around, or redecorate to change your environment. I’ve always been like that; in fact, I move furniture around (at least) once every 6 months or so. Just like my (built in) desk. I’m always wishing I could place it on the opposite side of the room. lol

I love change! <3

12) If funds allow, go on a vacation. Or at the very least, go out with a friend or relative and have a good time. It doesn’t have to be expensive to have a good time. If a vacation is NOT an option, go play cards with a couple, take a long Sunday drive, have friends over for dinner. Anything that gets you unfocused on your stresses.

Stress can do horrible things. Often times, it’s silent killer that can bring on a stroke, heart attack, or anything else that can result in death. Stress CAN do a colossal of things. Stress affects people in different ways. YOU just have to find your way around your fight or flight process responses, then go with the flow. Don’t let stress get to you!! Do something special for someone. This could be an elderly, your parents, brother, sister, or anyone that has certain needs.

Lifestyle Change

Sometimes, just changing your lifestyle can be a good stress reliever. If you’re not happy about something, change it. If your job is stressing you out, change that too! In fact, there are tons of jobs that can be performed at home. In the amount of time I’ve been working from home, I’ve come to the realization that work at home writing jobs are the easiest to find. Also, you can turn your hobby into cash by starting a business. There are some home businesses that doesn’t require a high start up fee; if at all.

One last thought…Go Shopping? However, don’t over do it and end up with 6 maxed-out credit cards! — Well, that’s a little over the top there! lol Shopping helps! ๐Ÿ™‚

Read through my tips above objectively. Open your mind and let things happen naturally.

What ways do YOU relieve stress?

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The Greater Good and Breast Cancer Site

ibeleiveinangels This grandmother loves the Greater Good program and the many stores that fund and keep the GG foundation running. Perhaps you have a grandmother, mother, father, child, aunt or any family member that is currently fighting this ugly desease, I diligently pray for you!

The breast cancer foundation, and especially their websites are very dear to my heart. My mom lost her battle with breast cancer back in 2006. Those dark days (still) flash through my mind. Love YOU Mom to the moon and back; and back again! <3 You were ONE in a MILLION lady, mom, and friend.

Directly From The Website…

Pink Ribbon store directs the charity royalty from each purchase to GreaterGood.org, which provides direct grants to select clinics and organizations that give free mammograms to women in need.

I so wished she could have met all her great grandchildren!

I was browsing the Pink Ribbon Store and indeed liked what I saw. I would like to have a few of those products myself. =)


Below are (8) Products Listed On The Pink Ribbon Site

godhasthisone breastcancerwatch charmedpinkribbonbracelet pinkribbonhoodie

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GreaterGood.org AND Pink Ribbon Organizations are Absolutely Dear To My Heart


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Back-to-School Health Checklist

meandgrands Grandmas need to step it up and get in on the safety and well being of their grandkids just as much as their parents…in my opinion. ๐Ÿ™‚

From: http://www.webmd.com/parenting/

By Jean Lawrence

 

 

* Make for sure your child’s emergency contact info is correct. I think this one should be on top of the list for sure. ๐Ÿ˜‰

* Updated Shots – This is essential and must be high up on the list of priorities…always! When your child is in a school environment, there are all types of germs floating around. These shots are just a logical way to help prevent illnesses and diseases.

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* Eye Site – Regular eye exams are important to your child’s schooling, and also, home life.

* Teeth and Gums – If you want to keep your child healthy and infection-free, it’s a good idea to make them brush and floss daily. A nice smile is an awesome thing to have too! =)


* Make sure the nurse is aware of your child’s allergies and medications they are taking. Good Golly Miss Molly, this is important; much needless to say! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ lol

* Get enough sleep – When I was a young child, I remember going to bed every (school night) at 8:00 – 8:30. What’s the best time for the kiddos to get tucked into bed at night? What’s your opinion?

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* Nutrition – Remember, breakfast is the most important meal of the day =) In addition, is it top priority that your kids don’t consume fast food?

* Make for sure your child has transportation scheduled, wether it be a bus, you, or someone else to drive them to school and back. You never know these days what can happen and WHERE!

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See What The Experts Have to Say

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You can read more @ http://www.webmd.com/parenting/features/back-to-school-health-checklist

Get Your Grandkids All Set For School This Year – Reasonably Priced

avonbacktoschool Awesome (back to school) gift ideas for your grandkids! Grandma, you know you LOVE to spoil.

The kiddos will be starting school in a couple of short weeks; depending on where you live, of course. Where has this year gone?! Whew! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

There are tons of gift ideas for your children, grandchildren, niece, or whoever. ๐Ÿ™‚

 

 

 

Avon has it all; from
color changing umbrellas, backpacks, socks, bath and body items, watches, stationary, and much more
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Did you know you could get a cool, sun, sand, style tote for FREE just for shopping with Avon??

All you have to do at checkout is
enter The Coupon CODE: [BEACH]

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Make sure the kiddos in your life are all set for school this year….they deserve it and YOU love them!

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Get Full Details Here

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Grandmothers, Are Paid Surveys For You? Some Helpful Links

keyboard You may automatically think that you can’t make legitimate money doing surveys. Maybe someone told you just that. Or maybe, you saw a post on a message forum, Facebook, or Twitter stating that paid surveys are a waist of time.

Whatever the case may be, I’m here to tell you that you CAN honestly earn legit money from home. Make money online is something we’ve all searched for at some point or another in our lifetime.

What If I Told You I Had (10) Website Links Where You Can Honestly Make Money Online Doing Surveys?

 

No worries about scams or any bad apples!?

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Below Are 10 Legitimate Home Survey Opportunities

* – Swag Bucks
* – Paid Surveys At Home
* – Send Earnings
* – American Consumer Opinion
* – Global Test Market
* – Product Report Card
* – InBox Dollars
* – Paid View Point
* – Survey Spot
* – Survey Says.com

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Should You Clean or Declutter Your Grandchildren’s Rooms?

Deep Cleaning Cleaning and decluttering is all fine and good, however, when it comes to your grandkid’s things, you need to be aware of any boundaries set.

Boundaries set by your kids needs to be followed and respected.

For some grandparents…that may be a big issue

Some grandparents have a (natural) habit of cleaning and decluttering. Could it be that most grandmothers have this trait in their character? There are many Grandmas that have this natural need to clean and organize; even in their children’s rooms.

However, this could easily turn into a heated debate fast and furious!

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Some people have a huge issue with their parents who just straighten up, or perhaps, take out the trash. I say, that’s going a tad bit too far in my book. However, there again; there are boundaries. ๐Ÿ˜‰

This could be a major disaster if you have two children sharing a room…especially if the older child is up in their teen years. It’s natural for (some teenagers) to have a certain feeling and obsession about “their stuff,” and to be quite vocal about it!

So…what does this mean for grandparents that have an over-powering urge to clean and tidy up?

Below are (6) things to consider for grandparents that have an oever bearing need to clean, tidy up, or declutter.


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Know and respect boundaries

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Keep the lines of communication open at all times with your kids

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Always listen to what your grandkids have to say; regardless

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Always clean up (after yourself) with any messes made in the house (by you). There are those that don’t bother ๐Ÿ™

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Try to encourage your grandkids to clean up after themselves; especially in their own bedrooms. Your kids will begin to notice the tidyness ๐Ÿ™‚

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If you’re an old fashioned grandma, always refrain from your need to organize, pick up scattered clothes, and even doing laundry

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According to your kids, you are there for one purpose. That is to love, nurture, and take care of everything that pertains to your grandkids; period!

I know that’s blunt, however, things have changed since back in the day when (most things) were accepted and grandparents had a say in how their grandkids should be raised and taught.

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