Category Archives: Mind and Body

Sandwiches and Handhelds Perfect for Game Day

When the big game is coming up, what is your go to item to serve? I personally love sandwiches and handhelds because you can create just about anything with bread, meat and cheese. Here are some of my favorite recipes from my bloggy friends perfect for game day:

Pigs in a Blanket with Hot Dogs
Buffalo Chicken Quesadillas Recipe
Easy Homemade Pizza Pockets
Ham and Swiss Sliders
Pulled Pork Mini Tacos with Spicy Sweet Soy Glaze & Apple Carrot Slaw | Feast…
Baked Mini Shrimp Tacos
Italian Meatball Subs
Cheesy Beer Brats with Fried Pickles
Pretzel Hot Dog
Juicy Oven Baked Burger Sliders Recipe
Game Day Mini’s: Recipes Perfect for the Big Game
Grilled Buffalo Chicken Sandwich with Bleu Cheese Broccoli Slaw

Chicken Wings for Game Day – A Recipe Roundup

I don’t know about you, but I can’t imagine a football game without chicken wings somewhere on the menu. I LOVE chicken wings!

That’s why I went to my bloggy friends and asked them for their best chicken wing recipes. Check out a few of the options they sent me! They all sound like a winner, winner, chicken dinner to me!

  1. Glazed Chicken Wings
  2. Thai Peanut Chicken Wings Appetizer
  3. Tandoori Chicken Wings
  4. Spicy Thai Red Curry Chicken Drumsticks
  5. Honey Chipotle Wings Recipe
  6. Jerk Chicken Wings
  7. Baked Curry Chicken Wings with Mango Chutney
  8. Irresistible Moroccan Lemon Wings | Foodal
  9. Low Carb Crispy Baked Teriyaki Wings
  10. Whole30 Buffalo Chicken Wings – Beauty and the Bench Press
  11. Air Fried Buffalo Chicken Strips: Healthy Comfort Food – Beauty and the Bench…
  12. Honey Sriracha Wings Recipe
  13. Spicy Peach Chicken Wings
  14. Restaurant Style Buffalo Wings
  15. Grilled Buffalo Wings
  16. Asian-Style Sticky Ginger Grilled Wings

 

 

Super Bowl Snacks Part 2

Super Bowl 2018 is fast approaching! Yesterday I posted 29 snacks perfect for game day, and today I’m back with part two of my recipe round up from my bloggy friends. They just have the best food ideas EVER, don’t you agree? Check them out below, and then let me know your favorite Game Day bites!

Super Bowl Snacks – Part 2

Bacon Wrapped Apricots
Smoked Salmon Crostini
Ricotta and Prosciutto Cracker Appetizer
Baba Ganoush Recipe | What To Buy, Cook, Use
Cucumber Salmon Appetizer | Healthy And Delicious Recipes
Game Day Fried Deviled Eggs with Chow Chow Relish
Cajun Red Beans and Andouille Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms
Cheesy Pumpkin Beer Soft Pretzel Twists | Feast In Thyme
The Best Tex-Mex Arrachera Fajita Recipe | Foodal
Eat Cochinita Pibil Once and You’ll Never Make Regular Pulled Pork Again
Oven Fried Garlic Parmesan Shrimp | Beauty and the Foodie
Oven Fried Chicken Taquitos
Bacon bites recipe
Sloppy joe bread bowls
Methi Jeera Puffs | Cumin Fenugreek Puffs – LET’S COOK HEALTHY…
Ultimate Slow Cooker Cocktail Sausages – The Weary Chef
Bacon-Wrapped Teriyaki Pork Bites – The Weary Chef
Quick Mexican Tuna Salad & Avocado Bowl Recipe {GF, DF}
21 Day Fix Mole Chicken Chili | The Foodie and The Fix
How To Make Your Own Microwave Popcorn {5 Ways}! | The Foodie and…
Game Day Recipes: Nacho Bites
Fried Pickles with Sriracha Ketchup
Cheesy Buffalo Chicken Nachos
Homemade Soft Pretzel Bites Recipe- Auntie Anne’s Pretzel Bites Copycat Recipe
Taco Salad With Doritos
Chili Cheese Cups — A Leftover Chili Recipe!
(ad) Tyson® Game Day Recipes at Sam’s Club
Instant Pot Vegetarian Chili Cornbread Cups
30-Minute Pressure Cooker Chili Recipe
Pull-Apart Garlic Bread Recipe

Meatballs 10 Ways – Just in Time for Super Bowl

I LOVE meatballs! Like a LOT! It’s by far my favorite party food, and the first thing I look for at any get together because:
1. They are hard to screw up and
2. There are so many different flavors you can create with them!

That’s why I was stoked to find these 10 meatball recipes. Enjoy!

Eat Healthy and Get Clear Skin? Maybe

If you’re looking for one more reason to add “eat healthier” to your New Year’s resolutions, you’ve come to the right place. Your diet has a significant effect on the health of your skin, as what you put in your body shows up on your skin.

In today’s post I want to tell you about the foods you should be eating to prevent yourself from getting acne, and what you should be avoiding if you have acne. Now, don’t misunderstand – what you eat is actually only one of the causes of acne, but it’s still important to factor in to your skin care. 

Healthy Diet for Healthy Skin

Possible Acne Fighting Foods

Salmon, carrots, spinach and broccoli: These foods are rich in vitamin A which helps regulate the skin cycle. Salmon and other cold-water fish also boost your body’s omega-3 fatty acids which inhibit inflammation and helps with healthy skin cell growth.

Turkey and almonds: These are rich in zinc which makes for a non-acne friendly environment on your skin.

Avocados, sweet potatoes, leafy greens: Foods like this are rich in vitamin E which calms the skin. Vitamin C also does a great job of calming the skin and you can find it in foods like grapefruit and oranges.

– Tuna, eggs and brown rice: These foods produce selenium which helps protect skin from damage. As a side benefit, selenium also helps prevent dandruff. This vitamin is best ingested along with vitamin E for the best defense against acne.

Wash all that healthy food down with a big glass of water: Although there are no vitamins in water, this thirst-quenching beverage is crucial for fighting acne because it helps flush out any toxins that may cause it. You should already be consuming eight glasses of water a day for health and hydration, and this is just one more benefit of drinking it.

Food to Avoid When You Have Acne

It is true, that there is no concrete, scientific guarantee that avoiding certain foods when you have a breakout will help you get rid of it. However, with all of the evidence that studies have given us that certain foods can make your skin worse, perhaps not eating them is a good idea. With that in mind, here are some of the foods you might want to steer clear of if you find yourself faced with a breakout:

All grains and simple sugars (i.e. sodas, doughnuts, candy): Grains and simple sugars cause an influx of insulin which can increase the production of testosterone in your body. The testosterone causes a substance called sebum to be secreted in your pores which is a breeding ground for acne. Grains and simple sugars can also increase inflammation, which can potentially cause acne as well.

Dairy, specifically cow’s milk that has been treated with growth hormones: Consumption of this type of dairy can cause increased levels of androgens in the body which also leads to the production of sebum. Androgens and testosterone are both male hormones.

Typical” junk food: Stay away from pretzels, chips, cookies and cakes as these are high glycemic foods that are just as detrimental to your body as the grains and simple sugars mentioned above. Avoid fast food too because the greases in these fried meals can cause massive inflammation leading to even more breakouts.

Sushi made with white rice: White rice is a high glycemic food that can cause increased levels of insulin. If you must have sushi while enduring a breakout, either get it with brown rice, or no rice at all.

Alcohol: Okay, so this isn’t a food, but alcohol is laden with sugar especially when mixed with additives for cocktail recipes. Again, insulin increase equals acne breeding ground. Essentially your goal should be to avoid foods that will cause dramatic increases in male hormones, insulin levels and inflammation as all three can wreak havoc on your skin.

Today is a Gift – That’s Why it’s Called The Present

Two men, both seriously ill, occupied the same hospital room.

One man was allowed to sit up in his bed for an hour each afternoon to help drain the fluid from his lungs.

His bed was next to the room’s only window

The other man had to spend all his time flat on his back.

The men talked for hours on end.

They spoke of their wives and families, their homes, their jobs, their involvement in the military service, where they had been on vacation..

Every afternoon, when the man in the bed by the window could sit up, he would pass the time by describing to his roommate all the things he could see outside the window.

The man in the other bed began to live for those one hour periods where his world would be broadened and enlivened by all the activity and color of the world outside.

The window overlooked a park with a lovely lake.

Ducks and swans played on the water while children sailed their model boats.. Young lovers walked arm in arm amidst flowers of every color and a fine view of the city skyline could be seen in the distance.

As the man by the window described all this in exquisite details, the man on the other side of the room would close his eyes and imagine this picturesque scene.

One warm afternoon, the man by the window described a parade passing by.

Although the other man could not hear the band – he could see it in his mind’s eye as the gentleman by the window portrayed it with descriptive words.

Days, weeks and months passed.

One morning, the day nurse arrived to bring water for their baths only to find the lifeless body of the man by the window, who had died peacefully in his sleep.

She was saddened and called the hospital attendants to take the body away.

As soon as it seemed appropriate, the other man asked if he could be moved next to the window. The nurse was happy to make the switch, and after making sure he was comfortable, she left him alone.

Slowly, painfully, he propped himself up on one elbow to take his first look at the real world outside.
He strained to slowly turn to look out the window besides the bed.

It faced a blank wall.

The man asked the nurse what could have compelled his deceased roommate who had described such wonderful things outside this window.

The nurse responded that the man was blind and could not even see the wall.

She said, ‘Perhaps he just wanted to encourage you.’

Epilogue:

There is tremendous happiness in making others happy, despite our own situations.

Shared grief is half the sorrow, but happiness when shared, is doubled.

If you want to feel rich, just count all the things you have that money can’t buy.

‘Today is a gift, that is why it is called The Present .’

I don’t know the origin of this story, but I felt compelled to share it with you. If you too were moved by this, share it too! May your days be filled with an abundance of love, joy, hope, wealth, good health and happiness.

Is Your Skin Winter Ready?

Is it truly the most wonderful time of the year? Perhaps for young ones and teachers eagerly awaiting winter break, and children aged one to 100 that are excited about the holidays, yes. However, for our skin, it may not be the most wonderful time of the year. Dry and flaky skin, itchiness from all those clothes we have to pile on, the bite of that winter air – old Jack Frost can leave our skin craving those warmer months. If this sounds familiar, below are some things that may help your skin to feel better all winter long.

Winter Ready Skin

Your Four Steps to Winter Ready Skin

1. Give Yourself a Hand (Moisturizer)

Dare I say, during those cold winter months, the hands take the brunt of the damage. Most people wear long sleeves, pants and jackets, but the hands are another story. Unless you’re frequently donning gloves or mittens, which most people don’t until it gets “really cold,” your hands are being constantly exposed to the frigid temps. This dries them out, and can lead to cracking and bleeding. It’s critical you use a good moisturizer, and many experts think it should be one that is glycerin-based. You should at least be putting it on when you get up in the morning and before bed. And, put on some more when your hands feel dry. Moisturizing gloves while you sleep my also be beneficial.

2. Remedy Your Chapped Lips

First, one thing that can actually help you a ton is drinking more water. Staying hydrated may not be at the top of your mind because you’re not as thirsty when it’s so cold, but you need to be drinking plenty of water all year long.

Second, wear a quality lip balm or chapstick that has sunscreen in it. Not only will this help moisturize and mend your chapped kisser, it will protect as well.

Third, and this is the hardest one for most people, don’t lick your lips. Believe it or not, licking your lips can make the chapped factor worse! 

Finally, the winter weather wreaks havoc on the lips, but you shouldn’t exfoliate them. Instead, make sure you are using a good quality lip balm to avoid chapped lips. Learn why exfoliation is bad for your lips here.

3. Exfoliate and Moisturize All Over

Perhaps even more so than the rest of the year, you’ll have dead skin that needs to be exfoliated away. When you exfoliate, you’re replenishing your skin by removing the dead layer of skin cells. Twice a week you should be gently buffing away these cells making way to the new cells to develop without anything in their way. While bathing, use a nonabrasive exfoliant, and after you’ve dried off, moisturize from head to toe. Don’t overdo it with exfoliation, twice a week should be fine, but don’t neglect doing it either. Exfoliating helps replenish skin and improve your moisturizer’s effectiveness.

Exfoliation allows moisturizers to penetrate the skin more easily, and during the winter you really want to maintain some moisture. Moisturizers will help prevent your skin from becoming too dry in the harsh winter weather. You may also want to consider moisturizing more than once a day.

Exfoliation and moisturizing alone will make a massive difference in repairing your skin. However, there are also products you can use at home to heal some of the damaging effects from the sun you may have endured over the summer.

4. Protect The Skin You’re in

It’s easy to forget that the sun is still shining during the winter, especially when you’re so cold you’re wearing three or four layers of clothing. But, believe it or not, you can still experience sun damage that could lead to skin cancer if you’re not protecting your skin from the sun in the winter. Sunscreen is a must all year long.

Additional Things to Consider When Prepping For Winter

– You don’t need to replace all of your products, but some experts do recommend using a heavier cream or an ointment as your moisturizer.

– Although you definitely should exfoliate twice a week, it’s imperative that you use a gentle exfoliation product. It’s also important not to do it too frequently. If you’re experiencing too much redness and irritation, you may be exfoliating too often.

– Cracked heel skin is pretty common, and it only gets worse in the winter months. All the dry air can exacerbate the cracking making walking painful, and putting you at more risk of infection. One thing that can help in a big way is to moisturize your feet with something like Vaseline. Before bed, don your feet with petroleum jelly, wrap them in plastic wrap, and cover with socks. You should wake up with your heels much more moisturized, and hopefully your heels will begin to heal.

The winter months may be frigid and drying, but your skin doesn’t have to suffer. May your skin be merry and bright. And, may you be protected from winter’s cold bite!

winter ready skin skiing

Christmas Cocktails Roundup – Part 2

Welcome to part two of my Christmas Cocktails Roundup! If you missed part 1, check it out right here! What is your favorite Christmas Cocktail? Leave a comment down below with the recipe or a link to what it is. If you don’t have a favorite, or are looking for some new recipes to add to your bartender repertoire, I hope you’ll find one or two below that tickle your taste beds. Enough blabbering! Let’s focus on what you came for – the drinks!

Christmas Cocktails Round Up – Part 2

1. Mulled Wine
2. winter prosecco cocktails
3. Cranberry and Orange Vodka Cocktail
4. Ponche Crema Venezuelan Eggnog
5. Hot Brown Buttered Rum


6. Bourbon Caramel Apple Cider
7. Red Wine Hot Chocolate
8. Cranberry Apple Spiced Mules
9. Pomegranate Champagne Cocktail
10. Pomegranate and Orange Cocktail
11. Cranberry Mint Cocktail
12. Spiced Cider and Cran-Bourbon Cocktail
13. Best Skinny Margarita Recipe


14. Bourbon Milk Punch
15. Bourbon Pecan Pie Cocktail
16. Cranberry Moscow Mule


17. Festive Cranberry Margarita Recipe
18. Sparkling Pomegranate Cocktail Recipe
19. Spiked Mexican Hot Chocolate
20. Cinnamon Roll Eggnog
21. Peppermint Cookietini Cocktail


22. Gingerbread Latte Recipe
23. Chai Spiced Cider
24. Hot Lemon Orange Toddy
25. Irish Cream Chocolate Coffee
26. How To Make Cake Vodka Jell-O Shots
27. Strawberry Creamsicle Cocktail And Mocktail
28. Frozen Bananas Foster Cocktail

 

And now, for your amusement, I thought I’d share a few Christmas Jokes that I found here:

  • Who hides in the bakery at Christmas? A Mince Spy!
  • What is a skunks favorite Christmas song? Jingle smells!
  • What does Santa suffer from if he gets stuck in a chimney? Claustrophobia!
  • How do you know Santa is good at karate? He has a black belt!
  • Why does everybody like Frosty the Snowman? Because he is so cool!
  • What type of cars do elves drive? Toy-otas.
  • What is a librarians favorite Christmas song? Silent Night
  • What do you call a greedy elf? Elfish.

If you’re anything like me, you get a kick out of funny puns like these! May your Christmas be full of laughter, good drinks, good food and good times!

This is part two of my Christmas Cocktail Roundup. There are so many delicious drinks here that you're guaranteed to have your holidays be merry and bright!

 

And, don’t forget to check out part 1 of my Christmas Cocktail Roundup HERE!

Christmas Cocktails Roundup – Part 1

Anyone who knows me knows that I’m a sucker for a delicious cocktail. While I love them year round, there is something extra special about the flavor combinations that are popular during the Christmas season. The dashes of cinnamon, the splashes of cranberry and all the ingredients that form the concoctions that folks come up with – they just seem to usher in all those warm feelings of celebration.

I went to my bloggy friends and asked them all to share their best Christmas cocktail recipes, and they did not disappoint. Below you’ll find part one of the best cocktails for the season that would have Old Saint Nick even giving the naughty kids presents this year! Yum!

Christmas Cocktails Round Up – Part 1

  1. Apple Cider Mule Cocktail
  2. How to Make Puerto Rican Coquito
  3. Easy Cranberry Orange Daiquiris
  4. Christmas Cosmopolitan
  5. Mulled Wine   
  6. Holiday White Cranberry Sangria with Rosemary
  7. Apple Cinnamon Sangria
  8. Coquito – Puerto Rican Egg Nog
  9. The Grinch Cocktail
  10. Andes Coquito
  11. Cranberry Bliss Cocktail
  12. Homemade Eggnog Recipe
  13. Pomegranate Martini Recipe
  14. Poinsettia Champagne
  15. Orange Cranberry Mulled Wine
  16. Warm Winter Rum Punch
  17. Cranberry Orange Moscow Mule
  18. Cranberry Orange Sangria
  19. Christmas Cranberry Sangria
  20. Holiday Eggnog
  21. Mrs. Claus’ Mint Cherry Martini
  22. Apple Pear Sangria
  23. Low-Cal Cranberry Margarita Recipe
  24. Cranberry Ginger Christmas Margaritas
  25. Hanukkah Punch
  26. Mulled Mixed Fruit Cider with Mandarins
  27. Best Ever Mexican Hot Chocolate Recipe
  28. Holiday Cranberry Mocktail

Also be sure to check out part 2:

I love a yummy cocktail at Christmas time, and this post features a round up of some of the best ones you can make!

5 Ways You’re Destroying Your Skin

It may be hard to believe, but even with all the advancements in skin care, people are still destroying their skin daily. Some people don’t even realize they’re doing it, and what’s worse is some people think things they are doing are helping their skin when in fact they couldn’t be more wrong. Check out the 5 common ways people are damaging their skin and see if you’re guilty of it too and how you can stop it.

Destroying Your Skin

1. Despite your best efforts you are killing your skin with UV rays. Just because you put on sunscreen in the morning, does NOT mean you’re protected all day. Just 15 minutes can cause a burn that leads to premature wrinkles.

A re-application of sunscreen midday might be a good idea even if you’re just going to be in the sun from your office to your home during your commute.

Oh and by the way, don’t think for a moment that there is anything such as a “safer” ray. Many folks make the mistake of believe that the rays of a tanning salon are better for you.

2. You’re exfoliating too much/ too often

Yes, exfoliating is great for your skin, but you can do too much. For most people exfoliation shouldn’t be done more than 2-3 times per week and for others it should be done even less! Over-exfoliation can cut, break, tear and wear down your skin leading to rashes, breakouts and more

3. You use soap to wash your face, and worse you do it with a wash cloth.

The soap you use on your body is not okay for your face. Why? Because not matter how gentle you think it is, it’s likely too abrasive for your more sensitive skin on your face.

As for the wash cloths, use those on your body, not your face. A washcloth can be too rough and breakdown your skin and could have more bacteria than you realize on it.

4. You don’t take off your makeup before bed.

Sleeping is one of those wonderful times that your skin’s cells can renew and heal, but if your face is covered in makeup at bed time you’re blocking the pores and asking for breakouts.

5. You don’t get enough facials.

Not only does it feel much better to have someone else care for your skin, having a professional give you a facial can give you additional insight as to what your skin is missing and help you learn the proper way to do facials to yourself at home.

Now, we want to hear from you. Are you guilty of any of the above bad skin acts? If so, now is the time to change! Stay tuned to our blog for more great ideas to help take better care of your skin.