50 Shades of Purple

Purple, a combination of red and blue, is often associated with royalty, nobility or spirituality.

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I love purple it is my absolute favourite colour.

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Think purple, wear purple. Inspire your imagination and encourage mystery.

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Every Peach Has a Nut in the Family

I love almonds. Almonds are actually a seed from almond trees but are often referred to as tree nuts. I find their flavour delicious so I tend to use them often. I have them with snacks, I use them in baking and salads, and on rare occasions for dinner. A favourite snack of mine is a banana with a handful of almonds….mmmm. Tonight I decided to make almond chicken. I put together my favourite flavours, threw in some chicken and voila dinner was created. Try it for yourself.

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Almond Chicken

* 4 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
* 2 Tbsp maple syrup
* 1/2 tsp cinnamon
* 1 cup chopped almonds
* 1/2 cup ground flaxseeds or flax meal
* 6-7 medium boneless skinless chicken breasts

1. Preheat oven to 375*. Prepare. Greased baking sheet.

2. In a shallow dish, combine oil, maple syrup, and cinnamon. In a separate plate, combine almonds and flaxseeds

3. Dip the chicken into the oil mixture spreading evenly to coat both sides. Next dip the chicken into the almond mixture, pressing lightly to coat on both sides. Place the chicken on the baking sheet.

4. Bake for approximately 20 minutes or until juices run clean.

Weekend In the Kitchen

This long weekend was spent in my kitchen baking and cooking away. My adventures led me to a new salad recipe. It is based off of a combination of two salads plus a few added things of my own. Hope you enjoy!

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Quinoa Lentil Salad

Ingredients
*1 cup uncooked quinoa (2 cups cooked quinoa)
*1 apple (I prefer Honey Crisp)
*1 can lentils, rinsed and drained
*1/2 cup chopped walnuts
*1/2 cup dried cranberries

Dressing
*2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
*2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
*1 tsp cinnamon

1. In a large bowl mix together the cooked quinoa, apples, lentils, walnuts, and dried cranberries.

2. In a small bowl, whisk together olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and cinnamon.

3. Pour dressing over salad ingredients and mix together.

Alternatives
**may include 1 cup of pomegranate seeds in substitute of dried cranberries
**for nut free do NOT add walnuts

~n

I Am Me

“I Am Me: A Declaration of Self Esteem”
By Virginia Satir

In all the world, there is no one exactly like me.
There are persons who have some parts like me,
but no one adds up exactly like me.
Therefore everything that comes out of me is authentically mine
because I alone choose it.

I own everything about me…
my body, including everything it does;
my mind, including all its thoughts and ideas;
my eyes, including the images of all they behold;
my feelings, whatever they may be…
anger, joy, frustration, love, disappointment,excitement;
my mouth, and all the words that come out of it
polite, sweet or rough, correct or incorrect;
my voice, loud or soft;
and all my actions, whether they be to others or to myself.

I own my fantasies, my dreams, my hopes, my fears.
I own all my triumphs and successes,
all my failures and mistakes.
Because I own all of me
I can become intimately acquainted with me.
By doing so I can love me and be friendly with me in all parts.
I can then make it possible for all of me to work in my best interests.

I know there are aspects about myself that puzzle me,
and other aspects that I do not know.
But as long as I am friendly and loving to myself,
I can courageously and hopefully
look for solutions to the puzzles and for ways to find out more about me.
However I look and sound,
whatever I say and do,
and whatever I think and feel at a given moment in time is me.

This is authentic and represents where I am at that moment in time.
When I review later how I looked and sounded,
what I said and did,
and how I thought and felt,
some parts may turn out to be unfitting.
I can discard that which is unfitting,
and keep that which proved fitting,
and invent something new for that which I discarded.

I can see, hear, feel, think, say and do.
I have the tools to survive, to be close to others, to
be productive, and to make sense and order out of the world of people and things outside of me.

I own me, and therefore I can engineer me.
I am me and
I am okay.

-Virginia Satir

Peace and Quiet

On any given day I am a fairly quiet person, not likely to say much. Unless I am excited about something in which case I will talk fast and say a lot. The last few days, however, I have lost my voice so it has been extra quiet around. I have had to use sign language, some real and some made up. I have also used extra large gestures and facial expressions to get my thoughts across. It has felt in part like I have been in a silent movie. All this extra quiet time has provided time for thinking. I have realized that because my voice has slowed down and taking time to relax, the rest of me is as well. I have been taking things slow and enjoying everything going on in silence. While I realize giving up talking for a day or two can be a big commitment, try it instead for an hour or two. Spend some time in silence and it may speak to you loudly.

~n

Bacon for Breakfast

I love bacon. While I am aware it is not the healthiest thing it is not the worst thing you could eat either. Therefore I still eat bacon for the undeniable fact it is delicious. I have recently discovered some useful knowledge of bacon. It is best to eat bacon for breakfast as it can keep you awake. So eating it at night can be a bad idea if you plan to sleep. Bacon contains Tyramine which stimulates the release of norepinephrine. Norepinephrine is a stimulant that keeps you vigilant (awake and aware), increases your heart rate, and is, along with epinephrine, responsible for the fight-or-flight response. So if you plan on having bacon, try having it earlier in the day rather than later. If you want to stay on the healthier side of things but still enjoy the delicious taste of bacon change your cooking method. Growing up we cooked bacon in a frying pan and by the time all the bacon was cooked the frying pan was filled with bacon grease. Now I cook bacon in the oven. Place a piece of parchment paper on a pan and place the strips of bacon on top. Bake at 350′ for approximately 30 minutes depending on how you like it done. Delicious bacon with a little less grease.

~n