Archive for February, 2013

Healthy Banana Bread

Saturday, February 16th, 2013


Slice of sprouted grain bread, toasted.

Raw Almond  Butter

Sliced Banana

Top with Raw honey

Strawberry Chocolate Banana Shake

Friday, February 15th, 2013



1 Banana
2 table spoons of flax seeds or meal
1-2 tablespoons of cacoa powder or Cocoa powder
2 dates pitted
1 cup of sliced stawberry
1 cup of filtered water or 1 cup green tea
1 cup of ice
Blend and enjoy

I See Red

Monday, February 11th, 2013


While red and pink are considered essential colors for Valentine’s Day decorating, red is a perfect color to use in your home every day of the year. Genuine reds bring out sexual energy and stimulation. Are you thinking what I’m thinking?  Oh my,  Mr. Grey.

Red is the most potent of all of the warm colors. The body actually has physiological responses to the color red. It causes an increase in blood pressure; it makes the heart rate rise faster and releases adrenaline into the blood stream. The taste buds become sensitive and the sense if smell improves. Red is a great color for a dining room.

In some cultures red is associated with purity, joy, and celebration. It’s also the color of happiness and prosperity in China.




Reds like candy apple and cherry are used to create a sense of adolescence, liveliness and cheerfulness. Jeweled tones are considered more elegant while rose and cabernet tones are more dignified.No mater what shade, red is definitely an authoritative color.

In truth most people are a little nervous to paint an entire room red. It isn’t a color for the faint hearted. If painting red walls are a little too aggressive for your taste, try using red as an accents color. Wherever you use it in your home, it will add warmth and energy.

Check out some beautiful rooms that use red to varying degrees, and see how different each of the rooms feels based on the volume, shade, and amount of red used.






Storage Idea

Monday, February 4th, 2013


I’m so sick of throwing the kids unfinished juice down the drain. Fresh O.J. is pricey. Solution: I have saved all my Bonnie Maman jam jars and use them as glasses and cap them when they want a drink later.  Saving money on glass ware and O.J.,so thrifty.

Hot Ass Daniellita

Sunday, February 3rd, 2013

In the spirit of the previous post about how beneficial spicy foods are, I want to share this special cocktail. This was my favorite summer cocktail and now it’s just my favorite for any season. It’s basically a spicy grapefruit margarita. My Friend Sarah, from the Alice radio show 97.3, coined it the “Hot Ass Daniellita” and it stuck.




2 habanero chiles, halved

Thin string like fishing line or dental floss (no flavor)

Fresh Pink grapefruit juice

Tommy’s Margarita Mix or Fresh lime and blue agave nectar

Himalayan Pink Salt or Kosher salt (optional)

Fresh lime





Tie chili halves with string. Lower them into the bottle with the string hanging over the top. Let steep 3 hours, or longer if you like it spicy. Pull out the stringed chillies and discard.

If you want salt, pour enough onto a small plate to cover about 1/4″ of the glass rim. Spin a wedge of lime around the rim and dip into the salt to lightly coat.

Fill with ice and top with 1/3 tequila, 1/3 grapefruit juice and 1/3 Tommy’s.

Bring on the Heat

Saturday, February 2nd, 2013

Spices_2*Adding spices to meals can hike up your metabolism and improve your heart and health. Penn State University researchers prepared identical fat meals for two groups of volunteers, then added a mix of spices-including rosemary, oregano, and cinnamon-to the meal of one group. Eating rich foods typically increases blood levels of insulin and triglyceride fats, which heightens the risk of diabetes and heart disease. Volunteers eating the spicy meal saw increases in triglycerides and insulin that were 31 percent and 21 percent lower, respectively, than those of the group who ate the blander offering. Study author Sheila West suspects the antioxidants in spices are responsible.

*The Week: Dec. 28 2012-Jan 4 2013