Life’s Daily Inspiration in what’s cooking!

Life’s Daily Inspiration in what’s cooking!Life’s Daily Inspiration in what’s cooking! Life’s Daily Inspiration in what’s cooking!

Life’s Daily Inspiration in what’s cooking!

In some past posts I’ve talked about some of my catering gigs. And shown some of my carvings of watermelons and pumpkins. As well as having shared some of my wood carvings and things. 

Cooking is a true ”life’s daily inspiration” to me. I love to cook and retirement has given me great freedom in that respect.

    Last week it was a Beef Stew with a rich brown homemade broth and Rutabagas instead of potatoes. Mix in miniature carrots, onions, celery, green peas, corn, and green beans.

The  week before it was eggplant slices baked crisp, then topped

Life’s Daily Inspiration in what’s cooking! Life’s Daily Inspiration in what’s cooking!

with pizza sauce with Italian sausage, topped with mozzarella cheese and run under the broiler to melt. A healthy way to eat pizza slices. And still have great food.

Again I love to eat…. but precooked crap is not for me.

I’m a hands-on kinda gal. 

I love good cookware, glassware, and great chef knives. Over the last 40 plus years I accumulated a few favorites as we all do in what we love.

For years I loved and used cast iron. I still love it. But because of its weight  I have moved to glass. Giving my cast iron to my brother who loves it and appreciates it as I did and  who can easily handle its weight. He also loves cooking and  loves to eat.

  When he retires we can cook together for our family reunions the way we’d like to.

But, that will be another story to tell.

My story today is about a new recipe of my own making.

Involving stuffed peppers except we are making them without breadcrumbs or rice. Or even as some do with mashed potatoes.

Ingredients we will need…

1 pound ground chuck.

Half of a small head of cauliflower. 

1 medium zucchini. 

1 large onion.

2 large carrots. 

3 stalks celery.

2 eggs,

4 TBS chopped garlic.

1 cup mozzarella, 

1/2 cup mozzarella for topping. 

Italian sausage Pizza sauce.

We’re going to use cauliflower rice, or what I call food processor cauliflower. Processed till it’s like finely grated cabbage.

Life’s Daily Inspiration in what’s cooking! Life’s Daily Inspiration in what’s cooking!

Next, we’re are gonna process zucchini the same way adding both to a large bowl. Then chop finely one large onion.

Process two large carrots. Then chop very finely 3 stalks of celery. Add 1 pound of ground chuck and 2 eggs. Salt and pepper. 4 tbs chopped garlic. 1 cup mozzarella cheese. Anothor 1/2 cup for top of peppers.

When mixed thoroughly stuff into 6 bell peppers. I used colored one’s for natural sweetness.

Two red, two yellow, two orange.  But, you can certainly use green. It’s a personal preference for me. Bake on 350 degrees. Till bell peppers are fork tender. Approximately 35 minutes.

Then remove them and top peppers with Italian sausage pizza sauce. Add mozzarella cheese and heat till melted.

And enjoy.

My next cooking fest for tomorrow is baked Cornish hens. One of my regular go to’s about every three months or so. I take two Cornish hens brush them lightly with butter and Texas Pete’s hot sauce. Add healthy sprinkle of black pepper. Bake on a wire rack for 2 hrs at 400 degrees. My favorite side with this awesome baked bird. Is, of course, Brussel sprouts in a butter sauce and mashed potato. Awesome comfort foods.

Elaine and I hope you’ve been encouraged and inspired by our story. If you’ve enjoyed it go out and make an awesome dinner or lunch. Please drop us a line below about our blog.

Blessings,

Scarlett and Elaine 

Does medical marijuana help Endometriosis?

Does medical marijuana help Endometriosis?

What the heck is Endometriosis? How do you get it? Is it contagious? How do you treat it? Great questions.

So before we answer this popular question ” does medical marijuana help Endometriosis” Let’s delve into these questions.

The medical definition of Endometriosis according to Mayo Clinic is described as follows –

” Endometriosis is an often painful disorder in which tissue that normally lines the inside of your uterus-the endometrium -grows outside your uterus. Endometriosis most commonly involves your ovaries, Fallopian tubes and the tissue lining your pelvis. Rarely endometrial tissue may spread beyond pelvic organs ”

Endometriosis presents some very ugly symptoms.

Endometriosis aka PAINFUL. Over 175 million women worldwide suffer from this ailment.

Let’s talk about them symptoms Yikes

Naturally if your in pain it can cause problems with sleep, which makes one fatigued and can cause depression.

And who can eat if pain is not controlled, never mind feeling like going to work, socializing or feeling romantic huh?

Back to the symptoms –

Painful sex – during or after the event

Painful urination or bowel movements, usually worse during your period

Painful periods and may extend for several days, pain to abdomen and lower back

Excessive bleeding

Infertility – often diagnosed in women who are seeking treatment for infertility

Who is at risk you wonder?

Here we go with risk factors –

Uterine abnormalities

One or more relatives with endometriosis

Alcohol consumption

Abnormal levels of estrogen

Low body mass index

Menstrual cycles lasting less than 27 days

Hitting menopause at an older age

Never giving birth

Starting your period at an early age

Now that we know risk factors lets look at potential complications shall we?

Ovarian Cancer and Infertility

So how is the painful disorder diagnosed?

Your Doctor will want to know the location of pain, AND type of pain such as, is it sharp, dull, burn, knife-like sensation, frequency, duration, and pattern.

We encourage you to journal all of your symptoms.

The better the historian you are the better your Doctor will be able to provide better treatment.

Tools to diagnose –

Pelvic exam

MRI

Ultrasound

MRI

Laparoscopy

Conventional treatment

Hormone therapy

Surgery

Aromatase inhibitors

Pain medications

Fertility treatment

Home remedies

Regular exercise

Hot bath and heating pad can assist in relaxing pelvic muscles, hence reducing cramping and pain.

So drum roll please! Does medical marijuana help Endometriosis? Yes a resounding Yes. Thank goodness.

We have had many patients report they were able to stop narcotics for their pain because the CBD oil controlled their pain and they were able to ” get their life back .”

CBD is a well established option for controlling pain. Many of our patients prefer CBD over narcotics, stating they prefer natural and non-addictive way to control their pain.

We encourage you to discuss at length with your MD re options. Many physicians have learned a lot from the patients and they too are taking advantage of the benefits for CBD for themselves or their loved one.

Be informed, what you don’t know may hurt you.

We encourage you to check out our website!

We are looking forward to hearing about your success,

Sincerely,

Elaine and Scarlett

Life’s Daily Inspiration A Mans friends!

“Life’s daily inspiration” A Man’s Friends!
“Life’s daily inspiration” A Man’s Friends!

Life’s Daily Inspiration A Man’s friends!

I Life’s daily inspiration In Man’s Friends!

Life’s Daily Inspiration in a man who showed himself friendly

               We as humans want to define what a person has accomplished in life by what they have or own.

But, it’s not right. You can be poor as a church mouse and be very

wealthy indeed.

Last week I lost a dear friend to stage 4 lung cancer with metastasis to bone, liver and multiple other places.

His name was Mr. Fred and he was eighty years young.

He didn’t know what slow down and pace yourself meant. He lived every day as if it was his last. A real “life’s daily inspiration.” Mr. Fred lived life to the fullest.

Mr. Fred went to the ER on Christmas Eve. He was still walking on but he was in a lot of pain. He had been cutting brush out at his farm the week before and ended up with a total of nine ribs fractured. Supposedly from cutting brush.

The hospital doctor gave him pain meds and sent him home He was to make a Doctors appointment with his regular Doctor the following week.

His regular doctor wasn’t convinced of the ER doctors diagnosis. The X-rays didn’t look just like broken ribs.

The next appointment was with an oncologist. His family Doctor got him an appointment ASAP for 3 days later.

The oncologist scheduled several tests before his appointment.

Again Mr. Fred walked into his appointment with his son Luke with him. The news was bad . He had stage 4 lung cancer with Mets to the bone, liver, pancreas and multiple other places.

The Oncologist sent him home with Hospice.

That’s how I got involved. We had been friends for a few years. The family knew I had retired but after explaining he likely had days only his son asked If I would care for him at home.

This sweet little teddy bear of a gentleman every holiday for the last two years brought me either a slab of smoked ribs or smoked pork butt. ( the whole thing) or a whole smoked Turkey.

Why did you say? To show me how much he appreciated my care of his wife Elaine.

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That was not necessary and I had told him so repeatedly. But, he said it was something he could do.Before each holiday he would call me up and say, he was on his way with my barbecue. He always told he would never forget how good I was to his whole family.

I tried to tell him I treated everyone the same. But, truthfully some are easier to love. Mr. Fred was one of those.

I came to care for Mr. Fred around 4:30 on Tuesday evening on the eighth of January. Which believe it or not was the anniversary of his wife’s death two years before on the eighth.

They say it’s a small world and I believe it.

Mr. Fred had been hanging out in his recliner for the last week. If he wasn’t at the the doctor’s office, he was sitting in the recliner day and night. Those ribs made it impossible to lie down and then get up to go to the bathroom.

I met his son Luke and his Daughter June at 4:30 like I’d said. A hospice admissions nurse came 20 minutes later to admit him to hospice.

He slept in the recliner that night. We would get the new meds from the hospice pharmacy the next morning. The next morning Mr. Fred was in a lot of pain until we got the meds from the hospice pharmacy. A short time later Mr. Fred was in no pain for the first time in a week and a half. I was able to clean him up and put him in bed for the first time in a week in a half. He had a lot of company that 2 days. 54 friends and relatives came to see their friend and loved one. He had a good night was very comfortable.No pain with new pain meds.

The 3rd day found Mr. Fred unable to get up. Awake off and on part of the morning. But, unable to speak. By early afternoon he was unresponsive to all.

He had over 38 people come by that afternoon and morning.

6:30 am the next morning I called the family. The son came ASAP the daughter started up from Atlanta Ga. His sister Susan came who lived in town. Mr. Fred died around 11:15 am , a half hour after his daughter arrived. Friends and family continued to arrive until around 4 pm.

This man’s legacy wasn’t in his earthly processions but rather his legacy was in his friends left behind. He always had time for a friend. He was a natural encourager and an inspiration to those that new him.

Proverbs 18:24

A man that hath friends must be found friendly. And there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.

Thanks for reading with Elaine and I please let us know how you’ve liked our story.

Blessings,

Scarlett and Elaine