Kale, dear friend

Kale is both helpful for detoxifying the body and keeping the liver healthy. … Detoxes with kale are specifically designed to make sure the liver is kept clean of impurities, says MindBodyGreen, and to supply it with healthy nutrients that it needs to function properly”.

“Kale has one of the highest levels of antioxidants of any plant you can eat and can help reduce inflammation, lower cholesterol and detox the liver. Adding kale into your cleansing regimen can be effective, when it’s eaten in moderation”.

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A tasty and natural detox/cleanse.

  • I used Cashew Milk …will try my Flax milk tomorrow.
  • I added a 1/2 t of Tumeric, 1/4 t Cinnamon & 1/4 t of Ginger powder.
  • Be sure to use a really good blender…I had to pulse for sometime to break down the Kale. I prefer without a  sweetner but I could see how some might want to add Stevia/honey to sweeten it up.

 

 

 

 

 

Easy Soup recipe

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Perfect Winter day soup…

White Bean Soup 

Vegetarian, Gluten-free, & Vegan

  • 2 15oz cans of White Beans – in a colander rinse the beans under water.
  • 1 T Extra Virgin Olive oil
  • 1 medium Onion, diced
  • 1/2 large green pepper, diced
  • 1 large Potato (White/Sweet)  diced…can substitute with butternut squash
  • 2 cloves, fresh Garlic, minced
  • 1 large Bayleaf
  • 1/4 t Cumin powder
  • 1/2 t Garlic powder
  • 1 t Badia Sazon or 1/2 a packet
  • 1/2 t Kosher salt
  • 1/2 t Tumeric powder
  • A tiny pinch of Red Pepper flakes
  • 2 pinches – dashes of Black pepper
  • 1 T Tomato paste

Saute onions, green pepper, add garlic towards the end, do not brown the garlic.

Add all of the ingredients to the pot and add 4 cups of water, stir.

Cover and simmer the soup for 1.5- 2 hours.

Enjoy!

 

Rockefeller Center – NYC

The holidays wouldn’t be the same without a trip into NYC’s 51st, Rockefeller Center to see the Christmas Tree, then shopping at Bryant Park was…it never disappoints.  It was extra special as I was able to go with my niece and nephew.  Hot cocoa was naturally on the menu at Ralph’s adorable truck…I had coffee.

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Winter is here!

I love all of the festivities of Christmas, gatherings, lunches & parties but they go by way too fast….it’s almost Christmas!!

I made a few gift items like this cute bulky hat & neckwarmer for my li’l niece – she has a massive head of beautiful curls… I was thrilled it all fit in the hat!

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On this first very wet (torrential rain, all day) day of Winter, I made it home and made this simple, hearty soup.

Butternut Squash soup:  It’s Gluten-free and Vegan. It’s simple and easy to make.

1 1/2 bags of frozen Butternut Squash ( I used 6 oz bag of the cubes and 1 bag, 12 oz, of spirals) added it to 4.5 cups of water in saucepan add spices (below) and simmer for an hour.

The soup thickened nicely. One could always add a medium diced white/sweet potato and carrots too, if you like.

Seasonings:

1 t Badia Sazon (can be found in the Latin food aisle). Badia brand does not contain MSG…other brands may.

1/2 t of Granulated garlic powder

1/2 t Salt

1 large Bayleaf

1/2 t Tumeric

1/3 t Black Pepper

Give it a try…enjoy!!

 

 

 

 

 

Arlington National Cemetery

A recent visit to Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va. There were over 20 services scheduled that day.

What’s cooking & my Wednesday WIP

Triangle Scarflette on my needles this week. Rocking the colorful sock yarn.

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On my plate, a hearty meal:

Yellow (Brown rice), pink beans – made with chuncks of zucchini), tostones (green bananas) with a lot of toasted garlic, avocado & cukes, Veggie, Gluten-free & Vegan life.

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Green…

Wedneday WIP… just started a Triangle shawl on my needles.

New circular needles, bought at the Rhinebeck Sheep & Wool Festival.

 

Wednesday WIPS…

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Multiple works in progress…it’s how my brain rolls.  I’m trying to focus my work on making more adults hats for our homeless shelter charity project but those baby hats sneak on my hook. Happy hooking and knitting!

I’m a lefty, my mom said I often changed hands when I was learning…I wanted to do both, why not!?

 

 

What’s cookin’…

 

A fav vegan meal:

  • Brown rice & Black beans
  • Green beans
  • A lot of Avocado

I spice up boring Brown rice:  using both fresh and powdered spice – 1/2 t of IOnion, Garlic, Sazon, Tumeric, Black pepper. I hold back on salt since the mixed Spanish spice both contain salt. Saute 1 small onion in 1T of extra virgin olive oil (I used Carbonell, it’s 100% pure olive oil from Spain – really good flavor.

For my Black beans (one 16 oz can of beans) – add all of the above plus my homemade sofrito, 1 chopped medium potato, 1T tomato paste, cumin/comino, and 1 bayleaf.

 

 

 

On my needles…

 

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Charity knitting for newborn babies on my needles. The perfect on-the-go project.