"Wisdom is the principal thing; Therefore get wisdom. And in all your getting, get understanding". Prov.4:7(NKJV)

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Chicken Salad

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Chicken Salad (w/fruit and nuts)

Ingredients:
4 cups cooked and shredded chicken or 2 cans of chunk chicken breasts
1 cup of red or green grapes cut in half (or diced apples)
1/4 cup onion finely chopped
1-2 stalks celery chopped
1/2 cup chopped pecans (or nut of choice)
3/4 cup of Mayo (or your choice of a creamy replacement)
2 Tbsp. plain yogurt or sour cream (see note below)
salt and pepper to taste (or use curry powder)

Directions:
If you are using canned chicken, drain and break up the chunks in a medium sized bowl. Cut grapes in half, and add to bowl. Chop onion and celery. Add in bowl along with the remaining ingredients. Stir together and pour into another container with a lid. Let chill for a few hours if using this to make sandwiches or use right away if you want to eat it with lettuce as a salad.

Note: I’ve used Kraft Cole Slaw dressing in place of the yogurt or sour cream and it tasted just as good.

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Thursday, July 9, 2015

Shea Moisture Body products

I love Shea Moisture products. I haven’t found one thing I’ve used that I didn’t like from their product line. I was so happy to be able to take advantage of the Shea Moisture BOGO Free sale at Walgreens last month. Although they do have other sales for this line the BOGO Free is the best time for me to stock up on favorite items or ones I want to try out. Not only did I save from getting one of the products free I also had a $2 off coupon I’ve been holding on to. That was even more savings. Being the thrifty is my thing so my heart was singingSmile

Shea Moisture Body

Last time on my beauty haul post I shared the body oil as well as the hand and body scrub my hubby bought. I’ve used up all the Argan Oil and Raw Shea with Frankincense and Myrrh scrub and I still have plenty of the Lavender oil left. I love how it smells when I pour some into my bath water. I soak in the tub every weekend (to soothe my body’s aches and pains). I use the Lavender oil along with some Epsom Salt and light a soft scented candle creating a spa like experience. My hubby loves the smell of Frankincense and Myrrh so he bought the Argan Oil and Raw Shea with  Frankincense and Myrrh bath and body oil this time along with some Lavender hand and body scrub. He also bought the oil and scrub from the new line Shea Moisture has called Superfruit Complex. It smells so good! After taking a shower one day he said I smelled yummy Open-mouthed smile. I’m content with these for now and won’t need to buy anymore for a while.

Until next time and pray you and yours have a blessed day and “let everything that has breath, praise the Lord”!

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Happy Independence Day!

May you and yours have a safe and blessed Independence Day celebration. Praise God for the freedoms and liberties we still have. "God Bless America my home sweet home"!

Friday, June 26, 2015

My Max Hydration Method Experience

Earlier this year I said I would give some hair updates from time to time. This post was a long time coming but stuff kept getting in the way. On top of that we’ve had a lot of unexpected life happenings to deal with these past few weeks. I’m glad I can finally sit down and do a post I’ve been eager to share with you.

IMG_20150421_180711_680Back in March I learned another way to care for my hair that I had never heard of before. It’s called the Maximum Hydration Method (MHM). I read blog after blog and site after site. I even watched as many videos as I could find. By the last week of the month I was ready to begin my own MHM journey. The MHM is a 6 step process you do to your hair to help it reach its highest level of hydration. Doing this can help your hair to form curls from root to tip. The thing with this method you it is strongly suggested you do ALL of the steps EVERY DAY for 7 whole days. After that you can do it every other day, every 3 days, or however you choose. It is suggested you don’t go longer than 5 days without redoing the steps. This was my hair in the beginning:


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As you can see there’s more frizz than curls. For the sake of this post the pics I will now share is how my curls are clumping today.
My first time doing MHM I started out with the Cherry Lola Caramel Treatment (CLCT) as is suggested. This is how it looks when it’s all mixed:

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This stuff is messy when you put it on. I drips everywhere. I do like that it does smell like caramel. I put a dirty towel on the bathroom floor under me and around my neck to control some of the mess.

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The first step in the method is to clarify using baking soda or apple cider vinegar in diluted conditioner. I do not do that step when I do the CLCT. It is recommended to skip the clarifying step when doing the treatment.

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Next I use a mix of 2 oz. of conditioner and 5 oz. of water to deep condition my hair under my hair steamer. I put my hair up into 4 sections with butterfly clips. After sitting under the steamer for 20 minutes for deep conditioning I rinse out then prep my hair for the clay treatment. (Now I only deep condition every 2 weeks when I do my CLCT)

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I mix everything up in a clean Gatorade bottle then transfer some to my 8 oz. applicator bottle for a less messy application. If necessary I add more water to it so I can get it through the nozzle. Again I section my hair into 4 sections to make it easier to do.

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I put on a disposable shower cap. My hair is now prepped and ready to sit for 15-20 minutes. If I have extra clay mix in the bottle I use some for my face.

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After thoroughly washing out you are supposed to apply a leave-in conditioner as you can see the white product in my hair below (I no longer do this step since I don’t need the extra conditioner).

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The last step is to apply the gel on top of your leave-in. (now that I skip the conditioner steps I just put the gel in after washing the clay out)

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After I finish putting in the gel I wrap my hair up in an old T-shirt to soak up the dripping water. Thirty minutes later I unwrap the T-shirt and let my hair finish air drying.

The first 7 days was time consuming because of having to do it everyday. I was able to endure and made it through. I do the steps every 3-5 days now instead of daily. As you can see by my added notes in parenthesis I am doing modifications to the steps. I have seen a lot of improvement in my problem areas. They are not fully hydrated yet but I can tell the difference in how my hair looks, feels, and its ability to absorb products better. I plan to continue on through the end of the year. I hope to see even more improved results by this time next year.

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Homemade Breakfast Sausage

Last weekend I needed a way to use up some ground beef before it went bad so I made some sausage for breakfast. I have made these many times using ground pork (for pork sausage), beef (for beef sausage), and turkey (for turkey sausage). They all come out tasty and much cheaper than buying name brand sausage filled with MSG and other unhealthy additives. Once you see how easy this is to make you’ll wonder why you haven’t tried this before.

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Homemade Breakfast Sausage

Ingredients:
1 lb. ground pork, turkey, beef, or chicken (can use any ground meat of your liking)
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. onion powder
1 tsp. black pepper
1 tsp. ground sage
3/4 tsp. thyme
½ tsp. garlic powder
½ tsp. ground fennel seed
1/8 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes (use more to make extra spicy if you’d like)
1 egg, beaten
1 Tbsp. olive oil

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Directions:
Combine ingredients in a medium bowl. Make this a few hours and chill before cooking or cover and refrigerate overnight. Shape into 8 patties and cook in a little olive oil heated in skillet about 4 minutes per side or until done. Serve with your breakfast or freeze cooked sausage in Ziploc bags for later use.

Note: Other things you can add are 2 Tbsp. pure maple syrup (for a little sweetness), 1 tsp. smoky paprika, 1/4 tsp. allspice, and 1/4 tsp. marjoram.
Other ways to use this is to make breakfast burritos, casseroles, scrambled eggs and sausage, sausage gravy, pizza, or anything you like using sausage in.


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