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Saturday, March 21, 2015

Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Month

Support research... walk, take a challenge to raise funds... Become informed!

Such joy in fresh foods! How do I store them?

Culinary must knows when storing fresh food...
What don't I  freeze? Coffee, anything in a can (unless it came that way like juice), eggs and fresh herbs. However, you can put fresh herbs in oil,in ice trays...stick in freezer. Fresh pesto can be made in late summer and stored for the winter, if you COVER it with  extra virgin olive oil! Soooo good all through the cold months!

Is this lemon, lime or oranges still eatable?
A dark patch not penetrating the's ok. It's called tree rub. When lemons hang in groups on a tree, they can bruise. It's called limb rub. If thrE is a little dark spot...
and it is penetrating the fruit, in the trash bin it goes.
Lemons, limes or oranges that have been zested...wrap in a damp paper towel. Store in fridge or store in freezer bag and store for weeks in freezer.

Garlic? Stored garlic in fridge or on counter in cool dry place...will last days to weeks, but if they sprout, just cut the spouting area out because it's bitter or plant it. In the freezer they can last months. It's best if the cloves are separated.

Fresh ginger root...cut it in slices and store in freezer...enjoy for months. Keeping fresh ginger in the pantry, it will only last two to three days. If the ginger has mold that's penetrated the the bin it goes.

Olives...there are two kinds of white spots. One is fat and will disappear at room temperature. It the spots don't disappear, it's mold so in the bin it goes.

Eggs...sink or float? Sinking eggs are generally good. Floaters go in the bin.              

You need to depend on your Nose Always!

When there's just a little left, use it!  Cheese rinds, sour cream, butter milk left overs...and more!
Put them in soups, top a pizza, use in smoothies!

Sour cream, cottage cheese, butter milk, bites of cheeses or cheese rinds...if it passes the nose test...use them, BEFORE the last goes bad.

Friday, March 20, 2015

It never ends...chronic illness

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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Sunday, March 15, 2015

lemons 🌝

Lemons are used for all reasons from culinary to medicinal (I make no claims), but I feel better
if I get a daily lemon diluted with water and some Truvia ( I put a small dash of Cyanne pepper in it too). I even grow my own...year round. It gives me energy and I generally feel much better I when I drink it in the  morning ..I notice if I dont drink the lemon juice , I don't have as much pep.
I'm sure my trees want to be put outside by now! As always check with you doctor before adding anything to your diet that you have never eaten or not eaten in a larger quantity than usual. Enjoy!

#skin#immune#autoimmune#scares#thyroid.....on and on.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

NASA, What's up?

Finally, conformation of data...what function does this water play on these moons , Jupiter and more?...water is everywhere! We know the important role water plays on earth...but what about 
elsewhere in the solar system? #stabilization#lifeforms

Just for fun!

This isn't hard, just enjoy figuring it out...😉
Just joking, but it's true...


Yes, it's pi day!  However, this one you can eat...

To make this health treat...

Use one pie crust (or cookie dough, but that not low anything) roll it out and bake as directed. Don't forget to dock it or it will bubble on you.
Top with well drained Greek yogurt in the flavor of you choice. I like to use plain Greek yogurt and I put in fresh berries that I have cooked down and sweetened with Stevia. Mash the berries and put them in the yogurt. Mix well.
Use fresh fruit to cover the top...make some great arrangement with the fruits of you choice.
Melt jelly ( in the flavor of your choice) or use a gelatin to top your fruit pizza! It's great snacking or dessert.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015


Goodbye winter ...
This meal just hits the spot. I serve various versions of it and nothing is hard about creating it. Start with sausages, chicken or turkey is great and preferably spicy...Suggested amounts to serve two, with some left over.1/2 green pepper, 1cup baby carrots, 1/2 sweet onion sliced in 1 inch strips, 1 cup of mushrooms, 3 or 4 whole garlic cloves, 1 fresh juice of a lime, 5 fresh mint leaves, 4 to 6 sprigs of fresh thyme, 1 and1/2 cups small tomatoes , 1/2 cup celery, 4 large sausages that have been opened and formed into small egg shaped pieces. Make quantity variations of the each element as needed.Remove the sausage from the casing (please don't use preformed patties, unless they are really high quality).All portions of meat and vegetables are gaged according to how much you need to serve. I generally make a little more than called for per person.In a large pan, cook the sausage. Remove the sausage when fully cooked (put to the side) leave the rendered fat, add your favorite wine, preferably a little on the sweeter side. Add enough to deglaze your pan ... This will pick up all those little pieces of meat and fat in the pan. Add carrots , green peppers, celery,fresh thyme (use a generous amount), garlic(we want plenty, but certainly to taste) , the juice of 1/2 to 1 fresh lime , add the tomato purée. You will use enough to coat the vegetables, add a wedge rind of Parmesan cheese (let sit covered by the sauce). Plan to have approximately 1.5 to 2 quarts left (you will need it later), add the meat back to the veggies and sauce, stir from time to time. Add small tomatoes last and add a pich of salt to them.On medium heat, start the cooking process for the sauce veggies and meat. At this point I add about a teaspoon or tablespoon of coconut oil ( use the amount appropriate to the portion size of the dish).Cook the veggies to the point where they are half mushy veggies, plz!Stir and let simmer. In a separate pan, gently sauté the mushrooms and onion in a generous amount of butter....don't crowd the mushrooms!When they are fragrant to the point of bliss, add them to the simmering veggies and meat.By now, the mixture should be amazing! At this point, you will add a small amount of fresh mint...don't overdo, as the mint aroma and flavor will develop over time.Continue to simmer until every ingredient is integrated.This dish has great flavors and it's!Serve with brown rice or wild rice*.ENJOY!*The rice: Cook as directed. To the rice add a few tablespoons of the sauce and incorporate some of the fresh thyme. Again, don't overdo the herbs. NOW ABOUT THE REMAINING PURÉE :In a slow cooker, add remaining purée. This will be used to make a variation of a marinara sauce.To the remaining purée :Add approximately 1 tablespoon of dried Italian seasoning.a small amount of sugar or Stevia (no other sugar substitute will do) to taste.Add one Parmesan cheese rind,1 onion and 2 cloves of fresh garlic sautéed in butter. You want them caramelized and sweet, they can turn bitter if over done. If desired, add 1/4 cup Marcella or sweet Sherry wine. Add to to sauce. At this point, add a pinch of sugar if needed and salt and pepper to taste.Slow cook on med. heat until the sauce starts to boil. Then turn to low heat.In about 1 and 1/2 hours, it should be ready to cool and refrigerate. You will know when it's done. All the ingredients should be well blended.Any leftovers from the sausage and veggie dish can be added and served with your favorite pasta. Keep the paste simple and don't overcook the pasta!

Monday, March 9, 2015

Walk with us in the darkness...

Spoonies United…those of us with invisible diseases, those of us who must hear you say “but you look fine”, those of us who try to accept chronic illness with grace and dignity would like…. to thank you for your AWARENESS,UNDERSTANDINGand walking with us through the dark times… toward the light…a cure. We are strong and we won’t let anyone walk alone when they are lonely, frightened, sad or hard on themselves for being , well sick.💜🌹✨#AWARENESS#hope#research#resilient #beautiful#alive#brave#grateful

Sunday, March 8, 2015

The BATTLE with Lyme Disease...

  Spring, summer and fall ….ticks. Learn to take the proper precautions to prevent being infected by this disease called Lyme borreliosis, otherwise known as Lyme diease. Some signs that you have been bitten is an expanding area of redness. This is known as erythema migrans…the”bullseye” rash. However, about 25% of those bitten never see this rash. You must catch this early stage of Lyme diseae as soon as possible, if you were infected by the bite.There is a treatment for those in the early stage of the this disease. People feel flu-like, tired and generally have a headache. If this persists a little too long for the flu.left untreated, people develop numbness, an inability to move facial muscles, joint pains, severe headache, stiffness, heart palpitations and joint swelling. After time, some 10 to 20% develop a worsening of symptoms and suffer from severe weakness along with decreased cognitive skills. Loss of writing skills, conversational ease and memory issues top the list of symptoms . After this it’s a chronic illness and you MAY, in some cases, not recover. The infected ticks bite you or your pet then you or your pet present with the above symptoms. So, protect your pets by proper preventative medication…check yourself and your pets regularly, especially if you live in certain areas of the country. When outdoors in grassy or wooded areas keep covered. Each year over 300,000 people become infected. Over 40,000 will not have a clue, until they have symptoms. If you have any question that you may be infected SEE AN INFECTIOUS DISEASE SPECIALIST. Insist that the doctor runs a WESTERN BLOT and not an ELISA test. The ELISA test is FALSE NEGATIVE over 40% of the time. Whilst the WESTERN BLOT confirms the disease with astounding accuracy. This IS a time to be insistent, it’s your life, not a popularity contest. Fight it now or fight for your life latter. Later, at this stage of the illness (chronic neurological Lyme disease) there is no cure and it becomes quite aggressive  , but increased awarenes on your behalf and researchers efforts will bring useful knowledge forward. We are looking for a cure, but at this point, just a way to control the symptomology would bring great relief to many. Thank you for reading this and please help raise AWARENESS!💜

Be aware ...promote awareness,please

Promote AWARENESS about Lyme Disease… People are commonly told they have fibromyalgia as well as many other persistent conditions. If you are ill and can’t get a firm diagnosis, TELL your doctor you want at WESTERN BLOT, don’t settle for the ELISA test, generally used to scan for Lyme Disease. This test has over 40% false negative results. Only a Western Blot will show the bands that indicate the presents of LD. There are too many people walking around feeling deathly illl and can’t get a diagnosis. Well, maybe you are one of those people. 💜

Friday, March 6, 2015

Using Grape Seed Oil for Culinary Purposes

One of the oils you don’t want to leave out of your diet is GRAPE SEED OIL… Read my blog, I’ll tell you about grape seed oil and more…
properties: in 1 Tablespoon, 13.6g Smoke point 421 degrees F (216 degrees C) Omega 3 fatty acid, alpha linoleic 0.1% Omega 6 fatty acid, 69.6% Oleic acid. 15.8%This oil is wonderful to cook at higher temperatures. It's quite clear and has almost no taste, but does impart a slightly "nutty" flavor. Grape Seed Oil is priced reasonably and has a wide range of culinary uses. Often, it's extracted from wine grapes. It is best kept cool and in a dark place. If you don't use much, it's best kept refrigerated. It is not a good oil , in my opinion, to be used in cold dishes, as it's a little too heavy, for my taste. However, apply heat and it's very versatile.Grape Seed Oil is a strong antioxidant packed with vitamins and minerals, most of which have anti-inflammatory properties. I WILL NOT MAKE ANY STATEMENT REGARDING MEDICINAL PROPERTIES, but as an anti-oxidant, anti inflammatory it does seem to help people keep there food better suited to their needs. Benefits:Contains high amounts of Vitamins( particularly E and C)and minerals.Remember vitamin C is not heat stable.It has been seen to increase HDL and lower LDL levels. This is a good choice if you have coronary artery disease or hypertension. Always speak to your physician about such things!Diabetics may benefit from the polyunsaturated linoleic fatty acid.This oil has been shown to improve the structural integrity of veins and capillaries and reduce "spider" veins.People with arthritis, including rheumatoid arthritis seem to benefit also.Basic inflammatory properties appear to help with stomach issues, swelling and wound healing (talk to your doctor if the wound is open, as this is not sterile).SIDE EFFECTS: Dizziness, elevated blood pressure, headache, nausea and indigestion.Allergies to grapes.Do not use if you are taking blood pressure medication or anti coagulants, such as Warfarin. All things considered it's a good choice for frying, greasing pans and other high heat recipes. There are other oil choices and we will discuss them in other blogs. Thank you!

Monday, March 2, 2015

Spring is COMING!

IIITTTTT”ssssss coming!
#seeitsmellitbreatheitinexhalesunshine celebrate!🙏💐🌸🌷🍀🌹🌺🌾🌼🌱🌹www.DeborahMullan/Ivy Lane Creative read my blogs as life comes forth,in all its resplendent beauty!!! Your beauty! Ready, set …let’s Create somethings that have lasting matter, with people that matter!!! 💝

Bound into Spring with the Gifts you were given this winter!

Don’t you dare let your fire go out now…we made it to the next step. We are wiser, stronger, more full of what our Source has feed us quietly through the long cold winter…welcome our blessed Spring!💐🌱🌸 raise your face to the sun,drink it in and Create your life! #alife#alive#grounded#ourgiftstoourselves#gift…Let us Blog about IT!