I don’t know about you, but I like recipes that you can throw in a crock pot, let cook all day, and are practically ready when you come home from work. Here’s a good, quick recipe I received from a friend that I thought I’d pass along.
Crock Pot Jambalya
1 – 14 oz. can DelMonte diced tomatoes (not drained)
1 – 14 oz. can DelMonte diced tomatoes with garlic & herbs (not drained)
1 – lrg. green bell pepper (chopped lrg.- approx. ¾”)
1 ½ – lrg white onion (chopped lrg. – approx. ¾”)
3 – med. celery ribs (chopped lrg. – approx. ¾”)
3 – cloves garlic (chopped sm.)
1 – tsp. dried or fresh thyme leaves (chopped sm.)
½ – tsp. salt
½ – tsp. pepper
½ – tsp. “Tabasco Green” hot sauce
2 – Tbl. fresh parsley (chopped sm.)
2 – 8” smoked sausage (sliced ¾”)
2 – boneless, skinless chicken breasts (sliced ¾” pieces)
1 – lb. med. shrimp (raw, peeled, deveined & cut in half)
1 – 3 ½ qt. or larger slow cooker
Combine all ingredients EXCEPT shrimp and parsley. Add cans of tomatoes to the slow cooker. Cover and cook on low 6-8 hrs. or until tender. Combine with shrimp, cover and cook another 20 minutes or until done. Stir in parsley. Serve over rice with a bottle of Green Tabasco on the table.
Serves 4 – 6
We all have stress in our lives, although some people tend to have more than others. While some stress is good, too much stress can be bad and harmful to your health, unless you find some way to release it and get through it. I recently read, “10 Best Stress Busters,” an article found in the April 2008 issue of Body + Soul magazine that contained some valueable information that I wanted to share. According to the article, “Stress may start in your head, but it’s often your body that bears the brunt of chronic stress. A likely risk factor for heart disease, cancer, etc.” In todays society, reducing stress in our lives is an absolute must for good health.
Following are some ideas to help deal with stress naturally from the article:
- Grab the iPod and go—Studies show that physical activity helps people feel less anxious and depressed. Make it a habit to exercise for at least 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week. Walking is a great habit to start.
- Eat fewer cookies, sip more tea—Try to cut back on refined carbs and sugar. They can raise your cortisol levels. Try and cut back on caffeine found in coffee and soda pop. Instead try and substitute green tea, which is healthier.
- Get out of your head—Try some mind body work like yoga, meditation, or tai chi. It can help to clear your head of the days activities, work, and worries.
- Fine tune your juggling act—Try to avoid multi-tasking while doing normally pleasureable things. Avoid working through your lunch, or writing a grocery list while taking a bath, etc. Try and pick 1 day only to stay late at work to get through your to do list. You can also work really intensely for a few weeks and then allow yourself to take a break.
- Just say no—Find time for a little rest and relaxation and time for yourself. Never say yes immediately when someone asks you to do something. Allow time to think about it and contemplate if it will take away from your needed personal time.
- Know thyself—Socializing can leave some people feeling drained, while for others hanging out with friends can be a good way to de-stress. If you need time to be alone, then take it.
- Score some herbs—Try taking some herbal supplements that strengthen the immune system such as Siberian ginseng, rhodiola, ashwangandha, or schizandra. They can help keep your immune system function well, while under stress.
- Play hide the laptop—Try to avoid constantly checking your e-mail, especially when you’ve been in front of it all day long. Eliminate checking it before bed, or first thing when you wake up.
- Seek out sound therapy—Studies show that listening to music, especially classical may help you unwind. Add soothing melodies to your music library to listen to when you are feeling stressed.
- Paint a picture, or go bowling—Try and do something you really like when you are feeling stressed. Doing something creative, or physical is a great way to take your mind off your daily problems, or activities.
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Last week, we were blessed to be able to enjoy a little rest, relaxation, family time, and some much needed warm weather! I don’t know about you, but after a long winter, I think a spring break is always a great way to regenerize yourself and improve your outlook on life.
Before I left, I was feeling a little overwhelmed with life contemplating the preparations for another upcoming graduation party, moving sometime this summer, etc. It is funny how taking a short break from work, some Mexican sun, margaritas, and having the opportunity to read a good book can change your outlook.
Now that we are back, I feel I can move ahead full force, and am full of energy to do so. I recommend a vacation get away to everyone, even if it is a place close by and only for a few days. I guarantee you will feel re-energized.
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Following are some photos from Playa Del Carmen Mexico:
I received a new food processor for Christmas and have been trying several new recipes that require the food processor. A friend of mine gave me this recipe and I made it one weekend. It is delicious and healthy!
1 can (16 oz.) garbanzo beans (chickpeas), drained and rinsed
1/2 cup fresh basil leaves
1 clove fresh garlic
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
1/2 teaspoon soy sauce
salt & fresh ground pepper to taste
Combine the garbanzo beans, basil, and garlic in a food processor; pulse several times. Use a spatula to push mixture from sides of processor bowl. Pulse mixture again while drizzling in the olive oil. Add vinegar and soy sauce; pulse until combined. Season with salt and pepper. Serve with pita bread, crackers, celery and carrot sticks.
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I don’t know about you, but having a quiet, relaxing space to finish the day off is a dream come true. Think of it, a hot bath, candles and soft music or a good book…how relaxing! Unlike the other baths in your home, the master bath is often times a component of a master suite, which can also have a walk-in closet and/or a sitting room.
With all of the different design elements that go into a master bath space the possibilities are endless. From the lighting and fixtures to paint color and granite/marble countertops you can create a space that is just right for you. Please check out some of the bath projects we have installed over the years.
With an abundance of different colors of granite and marble remnants in our stock you are bound to find something that works for the look you are trying to achieve. Stop into our showroom and we can show you the wide variety of choices you have to select from.
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