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Spinach Pancakes @spabettie

Spinach Pancakes


This morning, with the window open to the cool fall morning, I am feeling that Back To School nostalgia, a new beginnings of sorts.

With the wedding happening tomorrow, EAK tomorrow, the planning is complete. My work with Dad’s estate is nearly over. Another large project turned into a smaller collaboration, leaving me to some travel and some new exciting projects and plans.

One of those …

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garlic recipe collection

cashew cabbage crunch salad


It is Meatless Monday again, and I didn’t create anything. I have still been incredibly busy, and this last week? I’ve also had the flu. I rarely get sick, but this one has really knocked me out. I cannot even speak.

Besides my cravings for french fries (I always get that craving when sick), I have been juicing a lot. Juicing with healing ingredients like ginger. and lemon. and cayenne. and garlic.

For Meatless Monday Garlic Week, I have a recipe collection for you, including two garlic juices.

garlic apple juice


juice defense

healthy defense juice


cashew cabbage crunch salad

cashew cabbage crunch salad


spicy potato lentil pie

spicy potato lentil pies


pepperoni chili

pepperoni chili



kalamata garlic bechamel lasagna


spicy buffalo hummus

tangy buffalo hummus


quinoa moussaka with garlic cashew bechamel

quinoa moussaka with garlic cashew bechamel


cholar dal

cholar dal [Bengali Five Spice Chronicles]


slow cooker marinara

slow cooker basil marinara


baby bella, pepper and arugula sandwich with roasted garlic spread


caramelized shallot dip


savory tomato protein pancakes


blackened broccoli bisque


basil quinoa meatball marinara sandwiches


African peanut stew


celery ranch dressing

celery ranch dressing


What is your favorite garlic recipe?

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Meatless Monday recipes



Raspberry Chia Cream Smoothie

Raspberry Chia Cream Smoothie – a brightly flavored, satisfying and hydrating cream smoothie to power you through your day – use your favorite fresh fruit of the season!

Raspberry Chia Cream Smoothie

some random thoughts in my head lately:

The “you catch more bees with honey…” sentiment really is true – I have had to assert myself several times lately, and I find the successful result is quick when I am calm yet persistent. And always nice.

The days I work at home, no errands to run, no reason to be out at all? GREAT hair day. When I have an important in person meeting, it looks like I just walked in from a tornado-cane.

What is probably the dirtiest, germ-iest place in a hospital? The dispenser you push for antibacterial gel.

I was looking at a list of art pieces hanging in the Hawaii house and Dad’s house here. One piece is called …

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Blueberry Sunflower Energy Bites

Blueberry Sunflower Energy Bites – crunchy, chewy, sweetly satisfying – carry these energy bites with you when you need a quick energy pop between meals!


Blueberry Sunflower Energy Bites @spabettie

Well, hello!

It seems I inadvertently took a week off – the …

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aspects of a healthy lifestyle – Wellness Week

fresh veggies

Last Wednesday I shared how I stay healthy under stress, some of which could really be applied to every day – the simple steps toward a healthy lifestyle. Here are some of mine:

Eat real food. as unprocessed as possible, as natural as possible, and as colorful as possible – veggies and fruits in abundance! Stick to healthy fats, lean proteins, natural sugars.

Exercise! Cardio workouts, even as little as 20-30 minutes a day, have a big impact on health and wellness. Add weight lifting to that cardio for additional benefits, like increased metabolism. Another very important aspect of exercise – not overdoing it. when your body needs rest, listen to it. if you have an injury, follow docs orders for “working through” it or keeping off of it. Fuel your body properly for exercise.

Recognizing and managing stress, setting aside time for yourself is critical.

Sleeping for the number of hours your body requires. Lack of adequate sleep … just makes me tired thinking about it!

Drink a lot of water – while working with naturopaths, I often hear them say “drink half of your body weight in ounces per day” and I try to do this. I always have a water bottle with me, and sometimes enhance it with flavor: fresh mint, lemon wedges, apple cider vinegar, cucumber slices, ginger.

What are some of your tips for a healthy lifestyle?

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staying healthy through stress – Wellness Wednesday

apple cider vinegar lemon

I had a different post on deck for today’s Wellness Wednesday, but am sitting here writing this one in real time because… that’s how I’m rolling today.

It has been another extremely stressful and emotional week, for sure. I am exhausted, and really, nothing has even happened yet. After a short night of sleep and a busy day yesterday, all I wanted to do was go to sleep at 4:pm. I had a dinner date with two girlfriends, then class to go to later.

I rallied, I picked myself up, had an extra shot of apple cider vinegar, lemon juice and aminos, and was out the door!


Sitting with the girls was not only a therapeutic and much needed break, we laughed and smiled and talked and talked and talked. We enjoyed fresh juice and wonderful raw food for dinner, and I was thankful to be there.

Right now for me, Wellness means staying healthy while under extra stress. That means making sure I am taking my supplements (I have that vitamin post coming soon!), increasing things like zinc and vitamin c and more of my favorite remedy, vibrant fresh juice and veggies.

Wellness also means choosing a few more hours in a day, when you get to spend those hours with the rich company of friends. I came home and relaxed to unwind and catch up with Jason (I call him my soother), and went to sleep early. I slept in until 5:30 today, and I honestly do feel refreshed.

…spending some down time with these two? Very therapeutic.

Basil and Rosemary

How do you stay healthy during stress?


choices in outlook – Wellness Week

To me, wellness encompasses much more than nutrition, fitness and self-care. If I have learned one important thing in this life, it is that attitude is everything. Well, it’s a lot.

When my dear Uncle Dudley was diagnosed with cancer years ago, his immediate and awesome reaction was “well, we’re gonna beat this $#!*. and he did, for quite a long time. Watching my own dad joke and smile his way through horrifically intense chemo and radiation has both melted and strengthened my heart and resolve.

Having to endure and care for a negative person while simultaneously caring for Dad? Almost did me in.

Staggering stress – dropping this person off at the…

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