Thursday, August 27, 2020



Today I have a yummy fudge recipe for you.  It is so simple and foolproof plus it only takes 2 ingredients.  It is similar to the foolproof peanut butter fudge recipe I shared with you at Christmas.  That one used a tub of vanilla frosting and peanut butter.  This recipe uses strawberry or lemon frosting with a package of vanilla chips.


You can make it any flavor just based upon the flavor of frosting you use.  I thought lemon and strawberry flavors would be perfect for Mother’s Day.  You could even make a batch of each and swirl them together for a strawberry lemonade version.  Out of the two flavors lemon was my favorite.  To package the fudge, cut the pieces of fudge into small squares and place them in mini muffin liners.  Then place them all in a container tied with a bow.  This is another item that would be perfect to serve at a baby/wedding shower as a dessert or favor too!


-1 (12 oz) bag of white or vanilla chips

-1 tub (1 lb) Strawberry or Lemon Frosting

-Food coloring, if needed 

    (I add 2 drops of yellow to the lemon version for a brighter yellow color)


1. Line a 9 x 9 inch dish with foil and set aside.

2. In a microwave safe bowl, add the vanilla chips. Microwave for 30 seconds followed but 10 second intervals until smooth stirring each time.

3. Add the frosting to the melted chips and stir until well combined. Add food coloring if needed.

4. Pour into pan and spread until even. Allow to set for 30 minutes.

5. Remove fudge from the pan using foil and cut into squares.


-For long term storage, keep in the refrigerator. Then bring out of the fridge about 30 minutes before eating.


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Monday, August 24, 2020

How to Grow Sprouts in Your Kitchen - and Why You Should

How to Grow Sprouts in Your Kitchen - and Why You Should

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“A total hippie food”… that was what I thought as I looked down at the turkey, sprouts, and avocado sandwich on flax bread that my friend had insisted I “had to try.

This was well before my transition to real food and I wasn’t enthralled with the rather dry sandwich, but I really liked the texture of the sprouts.

These days, if sprouts are hippie food, I must be a hippie because I have some growing on my counter right now.

Turns out, sprouts have a lot of health benefits and are an inexpensive and easy-to-grow local superfood.


Why Grow Sprouts at Home?

Sprouts are soaked and germinated seeds, nuts or grains that are full of beneficial enzymes, vitamins and amino acids. They are also incredibly easy to grow at home on a kitchen counter with plain water and minimal equipment.

I prefer to sprout any beans or grains that I consume to make the nutrients more bioavailable and to reduce lectins and phytic acid. I also like sprouting certain seeds and nuts for adding to salads and stir frys.

Sprouts are incredibly nutritious and inexpensive, and take only a few days to grow. Sprouting increases the nutrient content of seeds and legumes and makes them easier to digest. If you’ve never tried to grow sprouts at home, you are missing out on an easy way to have fresh food year round.


The most common seeds used to grow sprouts are:


-Broccoli Seeds

-Red Clover Seeds


-Mung Beans

-Pumpkin Seeds

-Sunflower Seeds

-Chia Seeds

Supplies to Grow Sprouts

There is equipment specifically designed for sprouting, like sprouting trays, which make sprouting easier and allow for more growth at once, but all that is really needed are:

-A wide-mouth quart size or half gallon size mason jar

-A Sprouting lid or a piece of cheesecloth and a rubber band

-A bowl or box to help the jar stand upside-down at an angle

-Organic Sprouting seeds (I buy mine in bulk here) – Make sure they are specifically labeled “sprouting seeds” and “organic”


How to Grow Sprouts

1. Wash hands well and make sure that all equipment is clean and sterile.

2. Pour one type of seed into the jar. Use about 1 teaspoon of small seeds like alfalfa or broccoli or 1/4 cup of beans and lentils (for a quart size jar).

3. Cover with 1 cup of filtered water and put lid or cheesecloth over the jar.

4. Allow to soak for up to 12 hours. It is often easiest to do this at night and soak overnight.

5. In the morning, strain off the water. This is easily done with a sprouting lid. If you are using a cheesecloth, strain through a fine strainer and return to jar.

6. Rinse well with filtered water and drain again.

7. Place upside down at a slight angle so that excess water can drain off and air can get in. I find a dish rack or medium size bowl is perfect for this.

8. Re-rinse the sprouts several times a day with filtered water, returning to the tilted position each time.

9. You should see sprouting in a day or two and most sprouts are ready to harvest in 3-7 days.

10. When done sprouting, rinse thoroughly in cool, filtered water and store in a covered container in the fridge for up to a week.

There are some important notes about growing sprouts. Please read this article for cautions and specific instructions. Some seeds (like walnuts and pecans) do not sprout and some beans (like Kidney beans) are dangerous and should never be eaten sprouted. Also, special care should be taken to avoid bacteria growth in sprouts.

Wednesday, August 12, 2020



A fat belly is linked to various diseases as it is the most harmful fat in your body. Aside from working out, avoiding junk food and alcohol are among the ways to get a flat belly. Additionally, check out these tips for how to burn belly fat in less than a week.



1. Include aerobic exercises in your daily routine

If you want to burn fat fast there is no getting around cardio training. Studies find that this is the most effective form of exercise to reduce belly fat. 

By burning many calories your general health will improve. Hence, start doing high-intensity workouts of running, swimming or aerobic classes, but keep in mind that frequency and duration are essential for satisfying results.



2. Reduce refined carbs 

One should avoid consuming refined carbs to lose fat around the abdominal area and have good metabolic health.

It is not necessary to stick to a strict low-carb diet, however it should be replaced with unprocessed carbs. Instead of white bread, white rice and sodas, eat more vegetables and whole grains.



3. Add fatty fish to your diet

Fatty fish such as salmon, sardines or tuna is a high-quality protein and rich in omega-3 acids. By eating 2 to 3 portions a week you can reduce the risk of illnesses like heart disease and also burn your belly fat.

Studies revealed that Omega-3 fats have the ability to reduce visceral fat that is around your abdomen.



4. Start the day with a high protein breakfast

Start your day with some Greek yogurt, protein smoothies, scrambled egg whites or porridge. After eating proteins in the morning, you will feel full until lunch without any hunger pangs.

Proteins increase your metabolic rate while retaining muscle mass during weight loss. You can also add proteins such as eggs, fish, chicken, beans or dairy in every other meal.



5. Drink enough water

Even if you don't want to lose weight, staying hydrated is important for your general health. Drinking 4 to 5 liters of water each day is recommended and will burn more calories.

Also, drinking right before eating reduces your appetite as well as calorie intake. Make sure to avoid any other beverages containing lots of sugars and calories.

Drinking warm water with lemon in the morning on an empty stomach helps kickstart your metabolism and digestive system as well.



6. Reduce your salt intake

Consumed salt retains water and makes your belly feels bloated. Before making a purchase always make sure the nutrition label does not mention high sodium levels since processed food consists of salt, added sugar and unhealthy fats.



7. Consume soluble fiber

Similar to proteins, soluble fibers make you feel full for a few hours so that you don't have to consume unneeded extra calories in your meal.

Soluble fibers absorb water and form a gel that lowers fat absorption -- a good thing for someone seeking to lose weight. You can find them in barley, nuts, seeds, beans and lentils.

Friday, August 7, 2020



If you like Mango – you may like the following other smear-proof lip colors, lip stains,  face blush and eye shadow products that are related & that are close to that color: