Monday, September 30, 2013

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Grilled Chicken with Fresh Grape Glaze

Grapes are probably the last thing you'd think of to put on grilled chicken, but combined with soy sauce, balsamic vinegar, and rosemary, they really work well here.


  • Glaze:
  • 3 cups seedless red grapes 
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil  
  • 1 cup chopped onion  
  • garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary
  • Chicken: 
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil  
  • chicken drumsticks (about 1 1/2 pounds), skinned  
  • chicken thighs (about 1 1/2 pounds), skinned  
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • Fresh rosemary leaves (optional)

  • Preparation:
  • To prepare glaze, place grapes in a blender; process until smooth. Heat 2 teaspoons oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add onion; cover and cook 10 minutes. Add garlic; cover and cook 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in pureed grapes, vinegar, soy sauce, sugar, and 1 teaspoon rosemary; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 10 minutes or until slightly thick. Cool slightly. Place grape mixture in blender; process until smooth. Set aside.
  • Prepare grill.  
  • To prepare chicken, brush 1 tablespoon oil over chicken; sprinkle with 2 teaspoons rosemary, pepper, and salt. Place chicken on grill rack; cover and grill 25 minutes or until done, turning and basting frequently with grape glaze. Garnish with rosemary leaves, if desired.

So True!

Try to listen to your inner child whenever worry creeps into your mind!

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Friday, September 27, 2013

Forget About It!

I love this message...when we are so caught up in survival after our cancer diagnoses, we may feel as if we are just a patient. 
A number. 
A cancer stage. 
A body. 

The important thing we must do is to take time to ground ourselves and regroup to see the REAL truth. We are all of those things, but what truly matters is that you focus on YOU! 
You are MORE than all of those "labels." 

Whatever you are going through right now in this moment may be the hardest challenge you've ever faced, but know are loved. You are stronger than you will EVER know. Your Spirit shines deep within you. You are magnificent. Important. Loving. And you have sooooo much left to give!

Sending lots of love and white healing light to you...


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Thanks so much! XOXOXO

And Then A Hero Comes Along....

It's great to have people supporting you, but you are your own hero!


Thursday, September 26, 2013

Sending Out a BIG Hug!

Go over, go under, go around, or go through.
But NEVER give up...

Some Facts About Blood Cancers...


Dying To Be Heard!

I wanted to share a great organization with you...I have featured Heather Von St. James a few times here on Living La Vida Lymphoma ...not only is she a beautiful woman with a beautiful Spirit, she is a fighter, Survivor and Mesothelioma advocate! 

Today is National Mesothelioma Awareness Day! And, here is Heather's own words about where she is today:

I leave for New York in the morning to start the observance of Mesothelioma Awareness Day.. September 26th.. If you live in NYC... Come out to the Today Show on Thursday Morning, and join us on the plaza!! We will be there Find me!!! I would love to meet you!! If you don't live in NYC.. Tune into the Today how, and look for all of us in bright Yellow shirts for Mesothelioma Awareness.

I'll be looking for you too, Heather!!! Love ya, Girl!

Please take a moment to check out her site and forward it on to your contacts to help spread the word! Thanks so much! XOXOXO ♥


Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Funny siberian husky playing in leaves -WHAT FUN!

Me, too!

It's comforting to know that even though we may not have the same diagnoses, we are facing a lot of the same challenges that are associated with cancer. We are here for each other and can share our thoughts and concerns, and help to support and uplift each other along the way!

If you need me, I'm here!

Monday, September 23, 2013

Oricchiette With Roasted Peppers, Arugula and Tomatoes....YUM!

Orecchiette with Roasted Peppers, Arugula, and Tomatoes Recipe


  • orange bell pepper
  • yellow bell pepper 
  • 8 ounces uncooked orecchiette pasta 
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil  
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic, divided
  • 8 ounces cherry tomatoes, halved 
  • 3 tablespoons champagne or white wine vinegar  
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil  
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried herbes de Provence
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 cups loosely packed arugula
  • 1/2 cup (about 2 ounces) shaved fresh Parmesan cheese
  1. Directions:
  2. 1. Preheat broiler.
  3. 2. Cut bell peppers in half lengthwise; discard seeds and membranes. Place pepper halves, skin sides up, on a foil-lined baking sheet; flatten with hand. Broil 15 minutes or until blackened. Place in a zip-top plastic bag; seal. Let stand 10 minutes. Peel and cut into 1-inch strips. ***
  4. 3. Cook the pasta according to the package directions, omitting salt and fat. Drain.
  5. 4. Heat 1 teaspoon oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add 1/4 teaspoon garlic; cook 30 seconds. Add bell peppers and tomatoes to pan; cook 4 minutes or until tomatoes are tender, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat.
  6. 5. Combine remaining 3/4 teaspoon garlic, vinegar, and next 5 ingredients (through black pepper) in a small bowl; stir with a whisk. Add pasta and oil mixture to bell pepper mixture in pan; toss well to coat. Cool slightly. Stir in arugula. Top each serving with cheese.
*** To save time, you can also use roasted red peppers from a jar and drain them!

Your Smile...

Pass on your smile to some strangers today and feel the power you have to make others happy!

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Hold on --

On days when you feel as if you can't go on, hold on a little tighter because those are the times that will make you realize just how strong you really are!



Monday, September 16, 2013

Grilled Sirloin Salad

Grilled Sirloin Salad Recipe


  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 pound lean boneless sirloin steak, trimmed ***
  • 8 cups spring-blend salad greens
  • 1 1/2 cups red bell pepper strips 
  • 1 cup vertically sliced red onion
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil 
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 C frozen whole-kernel corn, thawed

  • Directions:
  • Combine first 7 ingredients; rub over both sides of steak. Heat a nonstick grill pan over medium-high heat. Add steak; cook 5 minutes on each side or until desired degree of doneness. Cut the steak across grain into thin slices.
  • Combine salad greens and remaining ingredients in a large bowl; toss well to coat. Top with steak.
  • *** If you are in a rush or don't feel like grilling, you can substitute roast beef from your local deli....easy!

A Good Percentage!

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Welcome to our Team's Homepage

Help me by passing this on to all of your contacts and help me to raise some donations to support all of the great programs that the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society provides, as well as their research efforts!

Thanking you in advance! Love yas!

Jodi ♥

Welcome to our Team's Homepage

Shy Boy and his Friend Shock the Audience with The Prayer - Unbelievable

What an inspirational video! Enjoy!

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

I AM...

Print this out and tape it to your bathroom mirror if need 
be as a reminder to yourself that you are a 
wonderful, fantabulous person!

Monday, September 9, 2013

IT'S A WRAP! A California Wrap!

Lg Tortillas (any flavor)
1/2 lb sliced turkey
fat-free cream cheese
1 container of Tabbouleh (found in your deli section)
Shredded Romaine lettuce

  1. Take a tortilla and spread approximately 1 T of cream cheese around the whole interior of it, leaving a 1" plain edge.
  2. Spread 2 T Tabbouleh on top. 
  3. Add some slices of turkey.
  4. Top with shredded lettuce, roll it up and slice in half.
As always, you can make this your own by adding other ingredients such as sliced onion, cucumber, sprouts, olives, etc.   ENJOY!

You Must Remember This....


Sunday, September 8, 2013

Cherokee River (Peaceful Song with pan flute from Native American Spiritu...

As you start your day today, take some time to sit and relax. Close your eyes and let the beautiful sounds of the Cherokee River Peaceful son take you away... have a great Sunday! 
♥ yas! XOXOXO

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Patti LaBelle - If Only You Knew

Miss Patti La Belle is one of my favorite artists of all time! 
Sit back and listen to the words and 
feel the L-O-V-E!

Thursday, September 5, 2013

I TOTALLY Believe This!

Listen to your internal GPS and trust your instincts! If something doesn't "feel right," then go to the doctor!

In the same token, don't be afraid to ask your doctor(s) questions regarding your treatment, tests, etc. if things are unclear with you, there is nothing wrong with asking for more time to "think about it, research it, talk it over with your health advocates..." NO ONE is the boss of YOU!

Monday, September 2, 2013

Crock Pot Beer Chicken!

Crock Pot Beer Chicken:

A wonderful and easy Chicken Crock Pot Recipe that tastes great! I know what you're thinking, "BEER?" Well, my darlings, it cooks off but imparts a wonderful fragrance and taste to the dish...BE BRAVE!

•2 lbs skinless, boneless chicken breasts (I used 8 breasts, 4 oz ea)
•1 bottle or can of your favorite beer (I like to use Sam Adam's Honey Wheat)
•1 tsp salt
•1 tsp garlic powder
•1 tbsp dried oregano
•1/2 tsp black pepper
I also add vegetables such as chunks of carrots, potatoes, cabbage edges...whatever you want! And, I admit, I am a garlic lover so I will take a whole head of garlic (or two!) and separate the cloves while leaving the skins on and just throw them in the pot. Don't worry about them being too strong because when the garlic cooks, it mellows and absorbs all of the juices and is soooo yummy! When you're ready to eat, take a few cloves of the garlic and squeeze them out onto your veggies and chicken....MMMMM!

1. Place all ingredients in the crock pot, and cook on high for 4-5 hrs, or low for 6-8 hrs. 
2. Feel free to change out the spices and herbs and use whatever you’d like.

Preparation time: 5 minutes

Cooking time: 6 hours

Number of servings - 8


Don't dwell on what you don't have!

Focus on what you DO have!