Pinterest Pics–More This & That

First of all – Hi!

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Seriously cute huh? 

It’s Friday and I’m so happy to say that. 

I just had to Pin today!   I hope you enjoy them and please click on the image to go to the original source if available.

I love these “”watch cats”

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Mustard-Glazed Salmon: 3 tablespoons olive oil 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice Salt and pepper 4 pieces salmon fillet (6 ounces each), with skin, Chopped fresh dill (optional).  So easy.  Sprouts has salmon on sale now, 6.99 lb.  That’s about 2.00 off.

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This is so feminine.   I know I can’t pull it off with my 54 year old arms!  I sure love it though.

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I love upside down cake.  I mean I really LOVE it.  This is such a great idea!

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This is a cute idea.  I would use some sparkle!  Maybe put something inside?

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My dream home.  Love everything about it.

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Simple gorgeous!

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I don’t have a yard, but boy when I do!

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I hope when I do get a yard, it looks like this!  Lots of trees!  I miss Oregon more and more every.single.day.

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Perfect sentiment for this time of year!

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And finally:  Great advice for the teens in our lives.

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On that note, I’m off to start my day. Lots to do this weekend and hopefully I’ll feel well enough to find the time to do it all. 

What are your plans?  Have you got all your Thanksgiving grocery shopping done yet?

Great sales in the ads today.

Have a wonderful Friday friends!

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Two New Things

Hello!  I hope this post finds you well!

I was so excited to make this Bone Marrow Soup because I heard of all the great health benefits.  However, I was not excited to take hours to do it.

I remembered that my daughters dad had this:

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I borrowed it.  BRAND NEW never used digital Pressure Cooker.  I hope I get to keep it.  He never uses it.   Can you imagine the time saving meals not to mention the cheap cuts of meat that you can cook in so little time and have them come out tasting like the most expensive cuts?  Heart pounding stuff, I tell ya!  Winking smile

I’ve never used a pressure cooker before so it was kind of fun to try and a little scary!  You hear stories.  But this is not your Grandmothers cooker!  So easy!

Those are the two new things I am super excited about.  Pressure Cooker and Bone Marrow Soup.

Here’s the way I made the soup!

I bought these bones, um not cheap!  The butcher cut them especially for me.  I probably won’t do that again.

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I roasted them first because it brings out flavor and I heard it helps them smell better while  you cook them.  They stink?  Awesome.

350 for an hour.

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These are the rest of the ingredients I used because I modified it slightly.

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When finished roasting, I put all the ingredients in the pressure cooker pot and covered with water.

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It was done about 60 minutes later as opposed to 12 hours!

Then I strained it and put it in the fridge.

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This picture was taken right after I strained it, it’s set a little more than this, but still not enough.

This morning I was supposed to wake up to gelatin.  That did not happen.  I’ve gotten more gelatin from regular carcass soup broth.  Next time I make my regular soup I will toss in a couple of marrow bones for good measure.   Or I might try it again when bones are on sale. 

I’m having some of the soup today but I think most of it will get used to make rice or added to other soup bases.  It will go in the freezer.

The health benefits are supposed to be great for your skin because of the collagen and great for your digestion as well.  Both of which I need help with!

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The Healing Benefits of Bone Broth

As the featured article states, there are many reasons for incorporating good-old-fashioned bone broth into your diet. The following health benefits attest to its status as “good medicine.”

Helps heal and seal your gut, and promotes healthy digestion: The gelatin found in bone broth is a hydrophilic colloid. It attracts and holds liquids, including digestive juices, thereby supporting proper digestion
Inhibits infection caused by cold and flu viruses, etc.: A study4 published over a decade ago found that chicken soup indeed has medicinal qualities, significantly mitigating infection

Reduces joint pain and inflammation, courtesy of chondroitin sulphates, glucosamine, and other compounds extracted from the boiled down cartilage
Fights inflammation: Amino acids such as glycine, proline, and arginine all have anti-inflammatory effects. Arginine, for example, has been found to be particularly beneficial for the treatment of sepsis5 (whole-body inflammation).
Glycine also has calming effects, which may help you sleep better

Promotes strong, healthy bones: As mentioned above, bone broth contains high amounts of calcium, magnesium, and other nutrients that play an important role in healthy bone formation
Promotes healthy hair and nail growth, thanks to the gelatin in the broth

Making your own bone broth is extremely cost effective, as you can make use of left over carcass bones that would otherwise be thrown away. And while the thought of making your own broth may seem intimidating at first, it’s actually quite easy. It can also save you money by reducing your need for dietary supplements. As mentioned above, bone broth provides you with a variety of important nutrients—such as calcium, magnesium, chondroitin, glucosamine, and arginine—that you may otherwise be spending a good deal of money on in the form of supplements.

The source above has a good recipe for chicken marrow soup and here’s the pressure cooker recipe that I used and modified a bit.  I could not find fish sauce. 

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I can’t wait to use the pressure cooker for roasts.  This specific cooker doubles as a crock pot as well, that will be good to try.  My crock pot small and old but I am not willing to give it up yet and this isn’t mine…yet.

Not sure how I’m feeling.  I’m at work and trying to be productive and trying to make it through each day as successfully as I can.  I have to keep telling myself that I only started my new meds on Tuesday!  Rome wasn’t built in a day. 

Have a great day friends and if you have any experience with this soup, let me know!

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Dry Cleaner? Not These Days!

I remember well in my last life when I went to the dry cleaners every weekend to pick up a load of freshly pressed clothing and happily hang it in my freshly washed, shiny car as I ran off to do my coupon-less, list-less grocery shopping and other errands that young, single, child free, carefree women do.  Mani/Pedi anyone?  Shopping?  Ahhhh, the good old days.

Fancy Schmancy!

Those days are long gone.  I can’t remember the last time I went to the dry cleaners. I can’t remember the last time I had a mani/pedi either! 

These are the good old days now!

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Yep, an iron and spray starch!

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A pile of wrinkled clothes!

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And PRESS-to!

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All you have to do is put on a movie you love but have seen before so you don’t have to watch every single scene.

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And before you know it, you are done!

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There, freshly pressed and it didn’t cost me a dime!  Plus it made me feel productive last week when I was so sick at home anyway!

Oh.. the movie I watched/listened to was Father of the Bride!  So damn cute!

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Anything written/directed by Nancy Meyer has my vote!

Have a great day friends. 

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Taking It Slow

Hello,  I’m back to work today.  I made myself get up and get back in the saddle.  If I can make it through a day of work my life will feel normal again and I will feel better mentally and emotionally.  If you have chronic illness you know what I mean. 

I am on new drugs and they are not pretty.  I have so much work/research to do just to understand them.   It will all work out.

But forget all that.  I wanna post something mundane, normal and just plain boring.  Makes me feel good!  HA!

I hope you don’t find it boring!  There is an exciting aspect.  A new pot!  HA again!

Remember this?

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Well, I am so close to my new pot!

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At 120 of those green stamps I get this 6 quart for free.  Then I can add my old one to the Garage Sale pile.

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I will keep that new pot forever and when I move back to Oregon, I will remember how I got it. 

Exciting huh? 

I love boring mundane days when I feel well enough to work and blog. 

It’s the small stuff.

Have a great day friends.

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Low Key Sunday

Today I’m hanging out at home relaxing and healing. Hopefully healing.  Seems there might be some progress but the thought to stay home from work tomorrow has crossed my mind.  Will see how I feel later.

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Yesterday I was able to take my kid to her golf clinic and then we stopped at Trader Joes and Petco.  More on Petco in another post.  Titillating I know!

I ran out of instant oat meal so I bought some of the Trader Joes brand.

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It’s so good!  I had two whole packets this morning and recently I started adding my almond milk to it. The warm oats with the cold milk is….. divine!!!  Heaven in a bowl I tell ya!

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Trader Joes has fairly inexpensive Low Acid coffee and that is one reason for my trip there.  Its a must have if you have acid reflux or just need low acid diet.

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Onto other things.

I have an idea!   Next to my bed I have a bunch of cables.  See?  (Please ignore the dust bunnies and the unmade bed)!

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Really unattractive and a rather dangerous trip hazard, yep, first hand experience!

So I thought… why not move the mess to the other side of the bed, out of sight.  One problem, there is no table to put the laptop, phone or iPad on while charging and there is not very much room between the wall and the bed.

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Ah Ha!  Light bulb moment!  I have this!

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Its been out on my patio under cover next to my outdoor chair.  I pulled it out.  Lots of cobwebs, so I gave it a good cleaning.

I would have hosed it off outside but the hose is gone,  I did the best I could within the house.

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Made kind of a mess, but there were so many cobwebs and I’m still nervous of the spiders.  Bug spray is on my list and I plan on spraying it soon!  JIC!

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It fits perfectly in the area and now I have no more ugly cables and wires and a place to put the electronics while they charge.

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Isn’t it great when we have what we always needed!  Right?

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Off to do some laundry and puzt around s’more.

Maybe later today I will feel well enough to make a couple of these with what I already have on hand in my craft supply.

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I just love them.  Simple and kind of elegant.

Have a wonderful Sunday friends.

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Pinterest – Flare Be Gone!

Hello!  How are you guys doing?  Unfortunately, I am not getting any better and I don’t know if this “flare” might be one of my worst yet.  So I am really kind of down in the dumps.

I was able to get out yesterday long enough to get my hair done.  The girl turned me into a brunette!  I swear, it is so dark she even told me to wash it a few times.  Gah!  The cut is good, but the color so weird.  I don’t and didn’t have the strength to fret.  I will probably go back because she was willing to listen and next time go much lighter.

Don’t we all just have too much sometimes.  I mean, BK, Chronic Illness, Work, Teens not to mention cat boxes!  God I hate sharing my room with cat boxes.  It is disgusting.

I need to not think about any of that, I need to go and escape in my world of Pinterest where there is beauty, money, class and creativity.  Where life is good and the bedrooms are divine and the cats don’t poop.

Not feeling sorry for myself today, well, maybe a little but just kind of in a funk and sometimes when you are sick our personal struggles are magnified.  I am sure this flare will subside with meds and time, but it sure came on strong and presents way differently (scary) than before.  Actually I am not sure at all.  It may be time for stronger drugs and that would be a game changer.

Let’s just leave all that crap and go Pin!  Remember, click on the image to be taken to the original source if available.

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Restaurant tucked in a cave, Polignano a Mare in southern Italy (province of Bari, Apulia)  Oh my god, yes please.  I would hope that if I ever get a chance to be here I will completely be in the moment!

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This is the bedroom of my dreams. Look Ma, no cat box!

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Or this:

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ahhhhh!!!!!

Is it?  Is it really?

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Pretty!

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Oh. My. God!  Now that little baby is beautiful.

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Great Fall Hike!

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Maybe I need some creativity back in my life.  This looks easy and no stress.  A throw back to my obsession with paper dolls as a kid.  I loved them with a capital L!

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I love that door knob too.  When I was a kid, they looked like big diamonds to me!

Well, this pretty much sums up my wardrobe of lately.

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And finally because no matter how much I wish it away I cannot.  This is my struggle friends. I wouldn’t wish it on my worst enemy.

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There I have said it out loud!

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She Has Such FLARE

And not in a good way!

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Yep, that’s me, yours truly, yesterday afternoon.  It got so bad at work I had to leave and come home.  I hate to do that, but sometimes your body goes on the attack and your body wins.  At least round one.  The battle isn’t over.

Today I’m trying hard to overcome and hoping to feel well enough to get up and get my hair done and do some .grocery shopping that will maybe help me feel better.

I have a couple hours to see how it goes.  In the meantime.  Someone sent me this story and I want to share it with you.  It came at the right time for me this morning as I was quite panicked and very close to the edge.

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Enjoy.

There was a man who owned an old hound. The hound fell into a large hole that he simply could not get out of. The man heard the hound barking and after assessing the situation, the man felt sorry for the hound, but decided that due to the risks, the hound could not be saved. Instead, he called his neighbors together, told them what had happened, and enlisted them to help haul dirt to bury the hound in the hole and put him out of his misery.

Initially the hound was barking and yelping, but as the man and his neighbors continued shoveling and the dirt hit his back, a thought struck him. It suddenly dawned on him that every time a shovel load of dirt landed on his back, HE WOULD SHAKE IT OFF AND STEP UP! This he did, blow after blow. “Shake it off and step up…shake it off and step up…shake it off and step up!” barking to encourage himself. No matter how painful the blows, or how distressing the situation seemed, the old hound fought panic and just kept right on  SHAKING IT OFF AND STEPPING UP!

It wasn’t long before the old hound, battered and exhausted, stepped triumphantly over the edge of that hole! What seemed like it would bury him actually helped him . . . all because of the manner in which he handled his adversity.

THAT’S LIFE! If we face our problems and respond to them positively, and refuse to give in to panic, bitterness, or self-pity. Never let anything keep you down.

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Sometimes easier said than done, but really good words of advice.  Now lets see if I can Shake it off and Step Up!

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