Sunday, March 30, 2014

What is a aortic aneurysm?

Well,we got a curve ball to our month of April.   Hubby  has a aortic aneurysm  in his
aortic vein located in his abdomen.  Heart cath scheduled for April 11th - not sure if stents will do the job or if he will need heart surgery.   

Not knowing much about a Aortic Aneurysm I have been hopping the internet reading all kinds of info about it.

#1  Aortic aneurysms can develop anywhere along the length of the aorta but the majority are located in the abdominal aorta. About 90% of the abdominal aneurysms are located below the level of the renal arteries, the vessels that provide blood to the kidneys. 

#2 Abdominal aortic aneurysms tend to occur in white males over the age of 60. In the United States, these aneurysms occur in up to 3.0% of the population. Aneurysms start to form at about age 50 and peak at age 80. Women are less likely to have aneurysms than men and African Americans are less likely to have aneurysms than Caucasians. 

#3  There is a genetic component that predisposes one to developing an aneurysm; the prevalence in someone who has a first-degree relative with the condition can be as high as 25%.

#4  The most common cause of aortic aneurysms is "hardening of the arteries" called arteriosclerosis. At least 80% of aortic aneurysms are from arteriosclerosis. The arteriosclerosis can weaken the aortic wall and the increased pressure of the blood being pumped through the aorta causes weakness of the inner layer of the aortic wall.

#5 Most abdominal aortic aneurysms produce no symptoms (they are asymptomatic) and are discovered incidentally when an imaging test of the abdomen  (CT or ultrasound) is performed. They can also be detected by physical examination when the health care professional feels the abdomen and listens for a bruit, the sound made by turbulent blood flow. My hubby's was found when the doctor ordered a CT scan of his back.  His back CT scan may have saved his life! They noticed the aneurysm and contacted his heart doctor.  One great reason to being part of a great medical organization.

Now to wait - the reason they are waiting till the 11th is that my hubby also has terrible allergies/COPD and is having a terrible time this season breathing.  They started him on a nebuliser breathing treatments 4 times a day. Hoping that the treatments will help his breathing to get him ready for his heart cath and if needed his surgery. 

We are blessed that they found the aneurysm and can treat it.  It is amazing what medicine can do in 2014 - I can only imagine what doctors will be able to do 20 years from now.   

The information I placed on this post came from Medicine.net a great  informational website and the pic I found on the internet. I love the heart shaped leaf!

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Gaiam Deluxe Organic Flannel Bedding ~ guest post by Ashley Lucidi

Ashley is the author of Thoughts and Reviews   I thought it would be great to share Ashley's Gaiam Experience with my readers.   Thank You Ashley - for being a guest on my blog!

Gaiam Deluxe Organic Flannel Bedding

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About Gaiam: Gaiam was founded in Boulder, Colorado in 1988. The company is a provider of information, goods and services to customers who value the environment, a sustainable economy, healthy lifestyles, alternative healthcare and personal development.
Gaiam (pronounced “guy-um”) is a fusion of the words “Gaia” and “I am”. Gaia, mother Earth, was honored on the Isle of Crete in ancient Greece 5,000 years ago by the Minoan civilization. This civilization valued education, art, science, recreation, and the environment and believed that the Earth was directly connected to its existence and daily life. The concept of Gaia stems from the ancient philosophy that the Earth is a living entity. At Gaiam, we believe that all of the Earth's living matter, air, oceans and land form an interconnected system that can be seen as a single entity. The word Gaiam represents planetary awareness, preservation and support of the interconnectivity of all living things. By nurturing, protecting and respecting our planet, its natural resources and its inhabitants, we enrich our own lives and those of future generations.
You can read more about Gaiam here.
Gaiam Deluxe Organic Flannel Bedding 3
Gaiam sent me Deluxe Organic Flannel Bedding in queen size and “natural” color.
Gaiam Deluxe Organic Flannel Bedding 2

Friday, March 28, 2014

Stroke of Love by Melissa Foster ~ Giveaway Ends 4/13


18994460NEWLY RELEASED........

Book #2 The Remingtons, Love in Bloom Series #11

Kate Parello runs a volunteer program in Belize for Artists for International Aid, where she deals with self-centered artists who use the program as a means to repair their marred reputations. She loves the country, the people, and what AIA stands for, but too many diva volunteers have turned her off to press-seeking celebrities altogether and left her questioning the value of the volunteer program. When she meets incredibly handsome and charming Sage, he stirs emotions she hasn’t felt for ages, even though he represents the things she despises.

Laid-back artist Sage Remington escapes his wealthy lifestyle in the Big Apple for a two-week journey of self-discovery to figure out how a guy who has so much can feel so empty. When he meets ultra-organized Kate, who lives her life the way he's always dreamed of living his, the attraction is too hot to ignore, but Sage is there to figure out what’s missing in his life, not to find a woman.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Green Tip of the Week - Bath Salts

Bath Salts

1 1/4 cup of Sea Salt
1 cup of Epsom Salt
3/4 cup of Baking Soda

Add all ingredients into a large bowl - mix well.
Store in a airtight container 
I add about 1/2 cup to my warm bath water.

If I want fragrance I add a few drops of essential oil to my water.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Barking Wednesday ~ Limping Dog

Thanks for joining me for my Barking Wednesday post.  
Each week I post stuff about my favorite guy...Kingers and his friends.  
All kinds of stuff....products - homemade treat recipes - info I have learned over the years, etc.  Info I think is helpful in making sure that every dog lives a fantastic life. 


This week I want to talk about when to call the vet if your dog is limping or shows any signs of having joint of bone issue.  As you know Dozer is dying from Bone Cancer. Bone Cancer started in his left hind leg - in the joint.


Here is what happened in our life:
Dozer started to limp. Being a terrible winter with snow & ice covered ground the whole family thought he has slipped on the ice and he would be better. He ran on his leg and did everything he normally did. But once in a while he would start the limping again. We again though it is so icy outside he must of slipped again.
Then one day he started holding his leg up. Dawn though he must of really slipped today.  But he keep holding it up - after a week of holding it up she called the vet and took him in.

The vet did a x-ray of Dozers hind leg and his lungs - he has Canine Osteosarcoma.  The vet prescribed pain medication and told Dawn to take him home and spoil him. The vet explained that Dawn will know when it is time to end Dozer's life. 

Dawn was devastated. When she called me she could hardly talk. Our whole family was in shock. Not Dozer - he is the healthy dog in the family.  Harley has end stage seizures and Kinger is 11 with bad joints and he started having seizures in December. This can not be right! Not Dozer! He is only 5 years old turning 6 this Spring! He has years of a fun life ahead of him. He is the goof ball - the dog that runs and runs! Not Dozer!

We all started to research the internet on what can be done for Bone Cancer.  Sad to say there is nothing we can do.   :(   Taking him to the vet the minute he started to limp would not have changed the outcome. Once the dog is limping the cancer has already taken hold and the dog's life will end soon.

Here are a few good articles on Canine Osteosarcoma:

Top Ten Facts to Know About Canine Osteosarcoma

- National Canine Cancer Foundation

In reading everything I can find about Canine Bone Cancer - there is no way to prevent. By the time you notice the limp it is usually too late. The only thing I can do is make Bone Cancer Awareness a main focus for me.  Tell everyone I know that this can happen and when it does it is terrible. While researching  - I did find a The National Canine Cancer Foundation. A foundation dedicated to finding a cure and helping prevent other dogs from being diagnosed just like Dozer.

They have really nice buttons for blogs for awareness.  If you can please share a button on your blog...by helping awareness we can make a difference.  Here is the link to the buttons: http://www.wearethecure.org/link_info_page.htm

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Good Eatin' Recipe Hop ~ March 25th

 
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Sunday, March 23, 2014

Tapioca Pudding

Tapioca Pudding

At the market last week we found Tapioca Pudding in a bag in the chinese food section.  I thought why not - it is much cheaper and we love Tapioca Pudding.

Here is my recipe:

1/2 cup of small pearl tapioca - not instant
1/4 teaspoons of salt
3 cups of milk
1/2 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Combine milk, tapioca and salt in a medium size pan.  On medium heat bring to a boil - stirring constantly. 

While boiling gradually add sugar - Let boil for about 5 minutes

Beat eggs in separate bowl - gradually add hot tapioca mixture to eggs bringing the egg temperature to the tapioca mixture to prevent the eggs from curdling.  I use my wooden spoon to add hot mixture to eggs - stir then add more hot mixture a little at a
time. Gradually stir in warm egg mixture - do not add fast - eggs will curdle.

Bring mixture back to a boil and cook on medium heat till you have a pudding consistency mixture.  Cool 15 minutes then add vanilla.  


We like our Tapioca cold - in the winter I cool covered outside on the patio table. In the warmer months I cool in the freezer then I place the Tapioca in the fridge. I know it is Spring but today the high is 20 in Wisconsin - so my Tapioca Pudding is cooling on the back deck! Check out the snow!  Will WINTER ever END?
I started eating my pudding then all of a sudden the light bulb in my brain went off and I realized I needed a picture for this post! As you can see one side is a little messy!  DELICIOUS Pudding!


Mind Body Home by Tisha Morris

Mind Body Home by Tisha Morris is a excellent read. A book that I will be reading regularly to ensure that I do not lose sight of what is important for our home and us.  Please continue to read this review as a ramble about the amazing information I learned about our home of over 36 years.   People always asked us - "Why have we never moved?" now I can tell them "It is because our home and us are one".

When I was given the opportunity to review Tisha Morris's book Mind Body Home I was very excited to learn more about why our home has been our haven.   Trisha is a Feng
Shui consultant - Feng Shui is the science that relates how the energy in spaces affect the mind and body of its inhabitants. This is totally new to me - I am a true believer in energy forces that are unseen but felt. We live a very green life in fact I am a Green blogger - focusing on nature and what it gives and takes.

I want to start out telling you a little about us and our home.   In 1978 my hubby and I purchased our 1st home.  We picked a location in an area about 20 miles from where we grew up. The town is not incorporated - we have a car repair shop, post office, store, beauty shop, restaurant and bar. A small  home 1500 sq feet on one acre of land on Center Lake.  The minute we toured the home we both knew it was the house for us.  Now it is 2014 - our children are grown and moved on....and we are still in the same home.  Not once in 36 years have either of us wanted to sell and move.  Sure there were a few years when we were a little crowded in the house but now the home size is perfect for the two of us.  Our yard is a little big for us now - at one time it was perfect for the kids - but it is doable with the right equipment to care for it.   By no means have the 36 years been all roses and flowers! We live a very normal life. We have had our ups and our downs.  Our neighbors to the west have lived in their house for over 50 years - the neighbors next to them moved into the area 2 years before us making them 38 years in their house. The neighbor to our north built their house 17 years ago and the house to our south has had four owners with a lot of drama and hardship.  There have been 4 families live in the house and they have all had serious issues. Scarey to us...no way would I want to move into that house!

Are you planning a trip to a waterpark this year?

If so make sure to pick a hotel  that is Eco Friendly.  We are headed to Great Wolf Lodge in Wisconsin Dells this June. Did you know that the Great Wolf Lodge's are the only water parks that are Green Seal Certified! 

In fact the Great Wolf Lodge in  Wisconsin Dells is one of only 2 hotels in the whole State of Wisconsin that have earned the  Green Seal Certification! The Guest House at Windspread
- The Johnson Foundation is the only other location in the State of Wisconsin with Green Seal Certification.  This is a HUGE deal to saving our planet!

Green Seal is a certification created 20 years ago for the lodging industry that addresses close to 30 environmentally responsible areas.
Program Project Green Wolf was designed by Great Wolf to encourage eco-friendly initiatives at their resorts.  Project Green Wolf’s mission is to play a leading role in conserving our planet for future generations by educating and establishing green traditions for both our guests and pack members.  Their strong environment program has given them the opportunity to receive the Green Seal Certification at their resorts. A certificate no other water park has been able to obtain. 
Here are just a few of the actions that Great WOlf Lodge in Wisconsin Dells has taken that all the other water parks in the dells have not. I know this list is long - as you can see by the list it took serious commitment to make these things happen! Total company commitment from the top down. 

I Thank Great Wolf for "Making A Difference"

Friday, March 21, 2014

Curse the Moon by Lee Jackson ~ Giveaway Ends 4/10



Lee Jackson Brings Heat To The Cold War.

His code-name is Atcho. He leads guerrilla fighters through the US-supported insurgency that rages at the Bay of Pigs in the early days of Fidel Castro’s Cuba. Captured and cast into the island’s worst dungeons, Atcho learns that a phantom-like officer of the Soviet KGB shadows him. Inexplicably released from incarceration and still dedicated to his country, he battles through the bowels of the Kremlin in Moscow, into the granite halls at West Point, and finally to highest levels in Washington, DC. Atcho’s rise opens doors into US National Defense even as the seemingly omniscient KGB officer holds unflinching sway over his actions. His public life clashes with secrets that only he and his tormentor share, isolating him in a world of intrigue among people whom he is determined not to betray – and then he finds that he is the trigger that could spark thermonuclear war.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Green Tip of the Day - Oatmeal Bath


Oatmeal Milk Bath

For sensitive skin a oatmeal bath can be a dream come true.  To make the  a oatmeal bath is very simple.

I like to make a large batch at one time.

4 cups of dry powdered milk
2 1/2 cups of Baking Soda
1 1/4 cups of Oatmeal

I add all ingredients to my food processor and pulverize. I then store in a airtight container.  

I add about 3/4 cup to a bathtub of warm water. I do not take hot baths because a hot bath will dry out my skin.


Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Barking Wednesday ~ Bone Cancer


Each week I post Barking Wednesday. This weeks Barking Wednesday I am posting with tears in my eyes and a heart that is breaking.

It is with a sad heart that I write this weeks Barking Wednesday post. You have often heard me talk about Dozer. My daughters beautiful fun loving Chocolate Lab.  



Sad sad times this past week.  As many of you know Dawn's dog Dozer was diagnosed with Bone Cancer. A fast growing cancer that is eating away at his bones and is taking over his lungs. 

This is so sad - the world will miss Dozer - the Gentle Giant.  Dozer is a chocolate lab that is almost 6 years old. He weighed in at about 120 pounds.  He is as gentle as a lamb.  He is goof ball and we often refer to him as Scooby Do! Check out some of his pics!  He loves to dress up and we always thought he thought he was a human.

Bone Cancer - HOW? WHAT? WHY?  Dawn did a little research and found a very good article about bone cancer in dogs that she is reading to her three children to help guide them through this terrible time. It is very hard for them to understand why? Heck as a adult I keep asking myself the same question.

 What lead to Dawn taking Dozer to the vet ? - It was his back leg.  This winter has been terrible in SE Wisconsin.  Snow & Ice everywhere.  We all thought that Dozer slipped on ice and hurt his leg.  He limped around then starting lifting his leg and only walking on three legs.   They noticed that the main joint was swollen and he was starting to chew on his paw.  So she decided to take him to the vet to check it out. 

The vet felt his leg and immediately did a xray.  The joint in his leg was almost totally eaten away with bone cancer. The bones connecting the joint are also eaten away.  The vet then did a chest x ray and found cancer in Dozie's lungs.  A fast growing cancer that will take his life in a very short time. Dozer is losing weight fast -he has drop 15 pounds in less than a  month ... sad.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Good Eatin' Tuesday Recipe Hop ~ March 18th

 
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Friday, March 14, 2014

Kids Can Make A Difference!

 This past week we had the opportunity to see Caleb at his acting debut. The local schools in our area get together for a night of fun - Short plays - Poetry ready -  Duets - and much more. Forensics at its best!

Caleb's short play was about a boy that thought he hear his best friend making plans to do something with other kids when they were already planning to go somewhere. Caleb's part right away jumped to conclusions and thought his best friend had betrayed him.  Caleb acting out of anger - used his best friends facebook account to spread rumors!  Caleb later found out that his Best Friend was arranging a surprize for Caleb and the other friends were also meeting them at the event.

The play showed the importance of NOT jumping to conclusions when you think something was said or someone is doing something against you. It also showed what Cyber Bullying can do to people and also how hard it is to change negative actions that were done in anger.

Bullying seems to be running rampant - I congratulate the school and students on presenting a play dedicated to showing the negative effects of bullying.  I honestly think that only by consistently discussing and showing the negative effects of bullying can we ever begin to make a change.

What makes this play even more special is that the four kids wrote their own play. That tells me that they believe that awareness is the answer.  

I was so proud of Caleb - acting in public is not an easy task.  His willingness to be part of this event - shows that he will only get better at public speaking.  In todays age of technology - I truly feel that being comfortable speaking in public will be a huge benefit to him as he continues his education and his career  goals. 

Gosh.. I can not explain in words how proud I am of my 13 year old grandson. His actions as a young adult will make a difference in his and others lives! With tears of joy in my eyes I also want to thank Caleb's teacher, Mrs. Ryan for being there for the kids.  She is a dedicated teacher that deserves a huge pat on the back. 

Game of Love by Melissa Foster ~ Giveaway ends 3/27


NEWLY RELEASED........
Book #1 The Remingtons, Love in Bloom Series #10

Five sexy, loyal, family oriented siblings each in search of their forever love THE REMINGTONS are the newest addition to the LOVE IN BLOOM series by New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author Melissa Foster. This 5-book steamy contemporary romance series features alpha male heroes and sexy, empowered women. They're flawed, funny, passionate, and very relatable to readers who enjoy new adult romance, contemporary romance, and women's fiction.

Ellie Parker is a master at building walls around her heart. In the twenty-five years she’s been alive, Dex Remington has been the only person who has always believed in her and been there for her. But four years earlier she came to Dex seeking comfort, and then disappeared like a thief in the night, leaving him a broken man.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Natural Exfoliate

Here is a great way to make your own Natural Exfoliate. There items in your kitchen that will make 
a great facial exfoliate 
for your face.  Simple but effective!
Combine 1 teaspoon sugar with 1/2 teaspoon honey and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice and mix well. If the mixture is a little loose, add a bit more sugar.

Simply 7 Giveaway #Simply7QuinoaChips - Ends 3/28

A couple of days ago I wrote my review for Simply 7 chips.  On the review I told everyone that I would be offering a great giveaway!
Here is the giveaway - check it out!
Also, at the bottom of the giveaway I have added  Simply 7 reviews from all across the United States. If you have a minute click on a few of the reviews...see how others love Simply 7 Chips!

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4. Gluten Free Ingredients
5. All Natural Recipes
6. Simple Ingredients
7. Simply Delicious

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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Barking Wednesday ~ Be Prepared for Vet Visits

Thanks for joining me for my Barking Wednesday post. Each week I like to discuss a topic interesting to dog owners.  I enjoy sharing what I have l learned and info I have found to be helpful in raising Kingers.

It is time for Kingers annual visit to his vet.  Since Kingers does not speak English - I am his voice. It is key that I let his vet know what has been happening since his last visit. I always write things down so I do not forget. Here is my simple but very effective checklist for each visit.  I usually print my list and keep on the fridge when I make his appointment.  That way my hubby and I can keep checking it and make sure if we think of something else we can add to our list. On my way out the door for Kingers appointment I grab my list and items on the list.


Here are a few of the things I want to discuss with Kingers vet:

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Blueberry Pie

Blueberry Pie
All you need is:
* 2 1/2 - 3 pints of Blueberries (frozen or fresh) - depending on the size of your pie plate. I always have more berries than needed. I like to have my berries heaping under the crust.
* 3/4 cups of Sugar
* 2 Tablespoons of flour
* 1 stick of butter
* Pie Crust

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Hi….I wanted to make sure to tell you upfront that the products mentioned in this post have been received for free for evaluation purposes.  With that being said rest assure that I only give honest opinions. The opinions are my own and always will be.  Thanks for visiting.  
Last Year I was introduced to Simply 7 chips. A totally new chip experience for me. I found out how delicious Lentil, Hummus, and Pomegranate chips can taste! Tasty chips made with 7 simple core standards:
1. 0 Grams Trans Fat and No Cholesterol
2. No Artificial Colors or Flavors
3. No Additives or Preservatives
4. Gluten Free Ingredients
5. All Natural Recipes
6. Simple Ingredients
7. Simply Delicious
My family loves them - so much that they have turned into our chips of choice. So when we were given the chance to try their new flavor we were very excited! Check out the NEW SIMPLY 7 flavor! 

Good Eatin' Recipe Hop ~ March 11th

 
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Friday, March 7, 2014

Curse the Moon by Lee Jackson



Lee Jackson Brings Heat To The Cold War.

His code-name is Atcho. He leads guerrilla fighters through the US-supported insurgency that rages at the Bay of Pigs in the early days of Fidel Castro’s Cuba. Captured and cast into the island’s worst dungeons, Atcho learns that a phantom-like officer of the Soviet KGB shadows him. Inexplicably released from incarceration and still dedicated to his country, he battles through the bowels of the Kremlin in Moscow, into the granite halls at West Point, and finally to highest levels in Washington, DC. Atcho’s rise opens doors into US National Defense even as the seemingly omniscient KGB officer holds unflinching sway over his actions. His public life clashes with secrets that only he and his tormentor share, isolating him in a world of intrigue among people whom he is determined not to betray – and then he finds that he is the trigger that could spark thermonuclear war.


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Thursday, March 6, 2014

Living Green Tips!

I am getting organized!  I have posted a new page with Living Green Recipes - listed by topics.  My old page was numerous recipes and tips in no special order.  

I will be adding to the list and hopefully by the end of March I will have all green recipes and tips from both blogs Deda Studios and Green and Gassie added to the listing.

Go HERE to check out the new organized list of Living Green Recipes.  The page is available at the top of the blog.

I hope this list makes Living Green a little easier!

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Barking Wednesday - When to call the Vet

Thanks for joining me for my Barking Wednesday post. Each week I like to discuss a topic interesting to dog owners.  I enjoy sharing what I have l learned and info I have found to be helpful in raising Kingers.

Today I wanted to share some great info I found concerning when to contact your vet in a emergency situation!
If you are like me you never know when you should contact your vet after hours. Here is a list of 13 animal emergencies that should receive immediate veterinary consultation and/or care. I copied this list from The American Veterinary Medical Association website. The site is a excellent location to research issues with your dog.
  1. Severe bleeding or bleeding that doesn't stop within 5 minutes
  2. Choking, difficulty breathing or nonstop coughing and gagging
  3. Bleeding from nose, mouth, rectum, coughing up blood, or blood in urine
  4. Inability to urinate or pass feces (stool), or obvious pain associated with urinating or passing stool
  5. Injuries to your pet's eye(s)
  6. You suspect or know your pet has eaten something poisonous (such as antifreeze, xylitol, chocolate, rodent poison, etc.)
  7. Seizures and/or staggering
  8. Fractured bones, severe lameness or inability to move leg(s)
  9. Obvious signs of pain or extreme anxiety
  10. Heat stress or heat stroke
  11. Severe vomiting or diarrhea – more than 2 episodes in a 24-hour period, or either of these combined with obvious illness or any of the other problems listed here
  12. Refusal to drink for 24 hours or more
  13. Unconsciousness
The bottom line is that ANY concern about your pet's health warrants, at minimum, a call to your veterinarian. Do you call  after hours? Does it depends on the issue and the time of day of the issue - ask your vet. 
During your next visit to your vet take this list along and ask him or her their preference on when to be called for each issue. That is what I did!

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Fat Tuesday ~ Jambalaya





It is Mardi Gras time!  Time to post my favorite meal to have on Fat Tuesday!
We have been to Mardi Gras numerous times - each time we visit I always pick up a piece of local art work. Here is my favorite Mardi Gras 1990 poster signed by the artist.  It is framed and hanging in my living room.




Jambalaya

2 cups of enriched white rice
1 tablespoon of extra-virgin Olive Oil
1 Tablespoon butter
1 pound boneless - skinless white or dark chicken meat...cubed
1 pound sausage (Kielbasa, Andouille, Smoked Sausage..which ever one       you like) remove casing and dice
1 medium chopped onion
2 stalks of celery chopped
1 green bell pepper chopped
1 bay leaf
2 to 3 Tablespoons of all purpose flour
1 14 oz can of diced tomatoes
1 14 oz container of chicken stock
1 teaspoon cumin
1 rounded teaspoon of chili powder
1 teaspoon poultry seasoning
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 pound of shrimp  deveined and peeled
Salt & Pepper

Cook rice per directions on box.

Add oil and butter to a large deep skillet over medium heat. 
Add cubed chicken..cook for 3 minutes.
Add sausage ...cook for 2 minutes more.
Add onion, celery, green pepper,  & bay leaf .... saute vegetables for 5 minutes.
Sprinkle flour over the pan and cook for 2 minutes more.
Stir in tomatoes and chicken broth.
Season with cumin, chili powder, poultry seasoning, and Worcestershire sauce.
Bring to a boil.
Add shrimp.
Simmer 5 minutes

Finished!
If you like your Jambalaya Spicy ...add in 2 tablespoons of Cayenne Pepper Sauce when you add the spices! 

Serve over rice!


Add a loaf of French Bread!

Good Eatin' Recipe Hop ~ March 4th ~ FAT TUESDAY!

 
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Sunday, March 2, 2014

How to make a vine wreath...

On a recent post on how to decorate vine wreaths for all occasions I posted that I made my own vine wreaths about 15 years ago. I have gotten numerous request on how to make the wreaths. 

Here are some simple directions.

Pull wild vines and cut them off. In Wisconsin and Michigan they grow in trees. 

On a piece of wood  about 3ft x 3ft  ~ hammer in nails making a circle the size of the wreath you want to make.  I hammered my board to our wooden picnic table so that it would not move while I wrapped my wreaths.

Start by wrapping the wreath in and out of the nails - keep going around and around making the wreath the width that you want. When you have the size of wreath that you want weave the end into the wreath.
Easy and fast .....
Make different shapes and sizes.  They will last for years and years
Here is one of mine that I have had for al least 15 years.
This wreath was very full so we made two extra times in & out around the wreath to hold the vines in place. Each wreath will be unique and original ~ no two are ever the same. I like a fuller wreath - some like thin.  Make various sizes and shapes.  Check out my post  Easy & Inexpensive Holiday Wreaths on how to make a vine wreath shine for all holidays!