Monthly Archives: October 2016

HAPPY HALLOWEEN GIFT BASKET

Created by Caroline

SOOON  IS HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

img_9751  HAVE A SAFE TRICK OR TREAT!

CREATE A CHILDREN HALLOWEEN GIFT BASKET:

CONTENT:

ADD SOME QUALITY CHOCOLATES AND INSTEAD OF

A LOT OF CANDIES SOME DRIED FRUITS & NUTS

SOME POPCORN AND SOME COOKIES

ADD A CHILDREN BOOK AND COLORING BOOK  OR

ANOTHER CUTE LITTLE SPECIAL GIFT  TO

MAKE IT EVEN MORE SPECIAL AND PERSONALIZED

FOR YOUR CHILD!

 

 

 

CHICKEN STROGANOFF FROM THE KITCHEN OF AJ

posted by Caroline

I have below the recipe from a good friend AJ, Corvallis.

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Ingredients:

4-5 boneless, skinless chicken breasts – cubed

3 T melted butter

Pkg. dry Italian-style (Good Seasons) dressing mix. (.7 ounce)

1   6 oz. cream cheese (can use light)

1 can cream of chicken soup (or mushroom or celery)

Preparation:

1.) Put chicken, margarine and dressing mix in slow cooker, mix together and cook on low for 5-6 hours.

2.) Add cream cheese and soup and cook on high for another 1/2 hour or until heated through. Stir occasionally to mix and it will become creamy.

Serve with Rice and salad! Enjoy!

Optional: You can mix all ingredients together, pour over chicken and cover & bake

1  1/2 hours at 325 or 350 F or less if you don’t have a crock pot.

 

 

 

FAMILY-WEEKEND COOKING FOR AN ENTIRE WEEK

By Caroline

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So many families struggle with time and time-management at home and at work. Helping people organizing, decorating and simplifying life is one of my passions.

The stress during the working-week with doing so many things for the family including shopping and cooking healthy food can be overwhelming.

1.) Make a fun family-evening or weekend to chose some healthy menu-recipes from cook-books and cooking-magazines and include your children in choosing.

2.) Look for balanced meals. Prepare ahead and cook. I recommend to look for 3 categories: for example: Meals with Pasta, Rice and Potatoes. Cook the portions you need for the weekly menus all at once.

3.) The same for veggies: for example: peas & carrots, broccoli/cauliflower, tomatoes

4.) The same for the meats: Chicken, beef, fish

5.) Wash the salads, prepare  and put in fridge, but no more than 1-3 days

5.) Make a copy  from the 7 menu-recipes for the week

6.) Copy or write the separate ingredients-shopping-lists for the recipe.

4.) File  them together to use another time. With a copy you save time in looking for recipes and writing the shopping list several times!

Use a weekend to cook the meals ahead for the week and make single portions for the evening or per person and freeze. If you write the days on the containers and stack them accordingly you have always the right day on hand when you come  home from work/school. Remember: 3 veggies (can be salads), 2 fruits a day to incorporate to your meals.

The benefits: 1.) No stress to find out what to eat each evening. 2.) No running after work in the store. 3.) Knowing  that your family eats a balanced meal a day.  4.) More time spending together as a family at the dinner table.

 

 

Fall Squash Soup

imagePosted by Colleen

I love the fall season with the change of colors in nature and the fall colors in food. Squash is one of the colorful foods and is packed with a lot of beneficial nutrients.

Butternut squash provides a whopping 435 percent of vitamin A, 52 % of vitamin C, 10% of vitamin E, folate, magnesium,manganese plus  582 milligrams (0ne cup) of potassium.

I enjoy preparing homemade soups and stew during the fall and winter season – it warms me up!

Here is a squash soup recipe I prepared recently using the butternut squash – yummy!

Fall Squash Soup

2 TBSP – olive oil

3 cups – butternut squash cubed

1/2 cup – celery chopped

1/2 cup – onion chopped

1/2 cup – carrots chopped

1/2 cup – bell pepper chopped

2 tsp – tomato paste

4 cups chicken broth

1 large garlic clove chopped

1 tsp – dried oregano

2 tsp – curry powder

1/2 tsp – thyme

1/8 tsp – black pepper or more

salt to taste

Place celery, and onion in 2- quart sauce pan with the heated olive oil, sauté until tender. Add the garlic and briefly sauté.

Add carrots, bell pepper, squash, chicken broth, thyme, oregano, curry powder salt and pepper. Blend in the tomato paste.

Simmer approx. 45 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Scoop out 2 cups of the vegetables with a little of the broth and place in a blender and purée. Add the puréed vegetables back into the soup and stir. Serve hot. Makes approx. 8 -1 cup servings.

 

 

 

GLUTEN FREE PRODUCTS

posted by Caroline

Image result for images tortillas of rice   find by Costco   (Gluten Free Products )

Brown Rice Tortillas and Oatmeal at Costco are great for people who can’t eat Gluten. Gluten-free choices for autistic children and adults, read more….Autism as well as children and people with celiac disease  read more……   Celiac disease.    Look up websites for Gluten-free products. Most stores have Gluten-free products, if not online shopping is a way to get the choices. Look also for Gluten-free Shampoos, skin care and toothpaste. Adhesives have also Gluten, this is something people don’t think about it usually.

Nourishing Habits

Posted by Colleen

I think these are great habits to incorporate into our daily lives.

Easy Everyday Habits To Nourish Your SoulJiyo wellbeing, Neha P

When you treat your mind AND your body to some TLC, you are not only allowing them to relax, you are also nourishing your soul. Whether it’s a relaxing bath with fragrant oils, or a by spending some time in the park reading a book, there are so many easy ways to feed your soul some happy energy. Want to know more? Read on!

  1. Do Some Yoga

Yoga is as relaxing as it is invigorating. The movements, stretches, breathing and meditation help build energy, confidence and a sense of internal calm. Try out different poses of yoga such as the mountain pose, downward dog or the warrior pose which will instil a sense of peace. Besides this, yoga also helps to boost immunity, uplifts the mood, improves quality of sleep, and encourages good blood flow – all of which is good for both body and mind.

  1. Indulge In Some Aromatherapy

Using essential oils and aromatic essences can be very therapeutic for the soul. The various aromas help to revitalize energies, improve moods, relax the body, ease anxiety and can even work as aphrodisiacs. Aromatherapy is one of the best tactics to ease mental, emotional and physical stress and allow the mind and body to naturally relax and rejuvenate itself.

  1. Volunteer Your Time

Studies have shown that participating in volunteer work can greatly benefit many aspects of life. It helps with recovery from depression, improves functional abilities, social skills and can also help to transform multiple lives including your own. Find an organization or a cause that you believe in and volunteer your time and be of help wherever you can.

  1. Feed Your Mind

We spend so much time dwelling on meal plans for breakfast, lunch and dinner. But what about feeding the mind? Play, read, learn, interact, observe, converse, debate – there are so many things you can do to feed your intelligence and your mind. This helps make life more fulfilling by discovering newer interests and establishing deeper connections.

Take a few moments out of every day and spend them focusing on yourself. A little bit of ‘me’ time can go a long way when it comes to holistic happiness and wellbeing!