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December 27, 2016

With all the options of New Year resolutions, I would think fitting in more exercise and reading more/ personal development could fall in the top 10!

 Here's a novel idea and quite a health hack: commit to both at the same time! Invest as little as $10-25 a month in a gym membership and GIVE YOURSELF PERMISSION to use it if for nothing else, as a way to get your daily reading in!

Set a goal, perhaps just 3 days a week, to make it there. Walking on the treadmill while reading for 30 minutes will make the time fly and most likely you'll end up walking even longer. Doesn't sound like much right? You're going to feel so accomplished!  You may even start to pick up some weights or join a class eventually. Don't under estimate what the addition of 3+ days of walking can do for your health no matter what level you're at now. And the commitment to the gym time as a way to fit in your reading will put a real dent in your "to read list".

Keep your eyes peeled, a new program for health hacks, t...

December 24, 2016

In less than 48 hours I will be hosting 12 hungry adults for Christmas dinner! I have some simple tricks up my sleeve to save myself time and energy so I can enjoy the evening and stay in a positive attitude vs resenting the "work" so many people come to groan about when it comes to preparing holiday meals.  When it comes to cooking, don't get overwhelmed with needing everything prepared from scratch. Choose small time saving corners to cut..... spending quality time enjoying your family is more important!

Here's just a few things to do to make it easier on yourself! Not cooking this year? Spread the love and forward this to your friends and family that are!

Time saving hack:

1) Buy jarred gravy. Unless you have a wonderful family recipe, I find its one of those add ons to the dinner that people overlook or that gets lost in the crowd of serving dishes. So save yourself some time and go jarred. If it makes you feel better, spice it up by whisking in some of your birds drippings, vegg...

December 13, 2016

This one pot stew is just the right amount of sweet, spicy and satisfying. Start with the classic flavors of curry and add sweet potato and coconut milk to make it extra creamy! This is an amazing comfort food and great for the cold seasons. One pot meals are great for convience and easy clean up. I hope you enjoy! 

Ingredients: Makes 5 servings 

  • 1 small yellow onion 

  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil 

  • 3 cloves garlic 

  • 1/2 teaspoon

    spices: cinnamon, turmeric, cumin, coriander, ground cloves

  • Salt, to taste

  • 1 red chili 

  • 1 can (15 oz) diced tomatoes

  • 1 can (15 oz) chickpeas

  • 1 large sweet potato

  • 1 can (15 oz) light coconut milk

  • 3 cloves of garlic

  • Jasmine rice, for serving

  • In a large, deep skillet, heat the vegetable oil and a small yellow onion (loosely diced). Allow this to soften for 3-4 minutes while mincing the garlic & chili and gathering the spices (which are essential for a good curry).

  • Next, add the garlic, chili, and onio...

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