Monthly Archives: December 2014

2014 in review

May you be blessed with health in 2015!

Who knew that this silly little eclectic blog would attract 4700 visitors from 88 counties in 10 months. The Internet makes this world such a small place. I’m so grateful for everyone who happens by and reads a post or stops to say hello or shares my posts. My plans for the new year include finding more time to write about women’s health, midlife concerns and general wellness. I hope to continue to develop healthy, delicious recipes that everyone can use.

I can’t thank Angie at The Novice Gardener enough for hosting Fiesta Friday with her amazing co-hosts each week.

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here's an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 4,700 times in 2014. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 4 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

Merry Christmas Blog Buddies

Thank you blog friends for every delicious cookie, pie, cake and truffle recipe that you shared this season. Thank you for commenting and sharing. I’m so grateful to have found so many kind and wonderful foodie bloggers. I can get my sugar fix without leaving my iPad.

Cheers to you and I hope you have a blessed Christmas.


Top 10 Reasons Not To Workout: Let’s be Honest

Excuses Not To Workout

1) The cute outfit that you bought for your 2014 New Years Resolution: Gym Comeback, still has the tags on. Besides it barely fit in January and it certainly doesn’t fit now. Ouch.
2) Your Zumba class is having a “Bring your cat to class day”, and everyone knows that you can’t herd cats to salsa music.
3) Your personal trainer really is SATAN. Continue reading

Advent Calendar Day 21: Reindeer Magic

Holiday Challenge: Be kind to animals because you don’t who you will be in your next life.

Reindeer food for Karmic adjustment. Enjoy The Glen House’s lovely Advent Posts.

The Glen House


All this talk about edible gifts to share with friends and family (you could leave one of these out for Santa on Christmas Eve), and I nearly forgot the poor old reindeer! No need for a boring carrot, mix up some magical reindeer food…


Melissa xx

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Grain Free Almond, Flax, And Chia Seed Crackers

Grain free almond, flax and chia seed crackers

Gluten Free, almond, Flax, Chia. Seed crackers
You can make these grain free, gluten free, fiber packed, low carbohydrate and omega 3 rich crackers (now that’s a title) with a food processor, parchment paper and a rolling pin. I threw these together in a few minutes and baked them to crispy goodness in about 15 minutes. Make sure that you roll the sticky dough between parchment paper. The rolling is easy and the clean up is a snap.

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Grain free almond, flax and chia seed crackers


Grain Free, Flax and Chia Seed Crackers

  • Servings: 30-40 crackers
  • Time: 30 minutes
  • Difficulty: easy
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2 cups almond flour
2 eggs
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes, dried Italian herbs, or dried rosemary (any herb is optional)
1/4 cup flax seeds
1/4 cup chia seeds
1/4 cup sesame seeds

Combine almond flour, eggs and spices in a food processor until mixed well. Add seeds and pulse 3-4 times to stir in the seeds. The dough will be thick and sticky.

Place dough between two pieces of parchment paper cut to the size of your baking sheet. Pat dough into a thick disc and then flatten with a rolling pin to desired thickness. 1/8 inch will give you a substantial cracker for spreading with dips or serving with smoked salmon. Cut dough with a pizza cutter into desired shapes. Slide the dough sheet with the bottom parchment onto your baking sheet. These are delicious and crispy if you roll them paper-thin but adjust the baking time and watch closely so they don’t burn.

Bake at 350 F on a baking sheet 13-15 minutes until lightly toasted. You don’t want to burn them because they will be bitter. Break apart when cool. Store in an airtight container.

Serving suggestions:
Spread cracker with cream cheese and top with smoked salmon and capers.
Serve with sliced apples and cheddar cheese.
Take a few in your lunch with salad or soup.

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Making a List and Checking It Twice

Challenge yourself to find joy in the Season.


I do not know the artist that made this list but if you are the artist or know who to give credit to then please let me know.


December 16, Refocusing, Let’s Be Honest


Let’s Be Honest

Keeping our goals in mind is difficult when we are being bombarded with stress. Perhaps you are feeling a “spending hangover”, you haven’t been getting enough sleep, you are planning too many events, your year-end chores at work are overwhelming or you are just plain exhausted from the hub bub of the season. It may help to refocus on your personal goals.

Be Mindful
Where is the stress coming from?
How can I better manage the stress?
Are all of these tasks and events really important to me? Continue reading