Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween!

Rose is a character! 
She's super smart. Funny. 
Appreciates the simple things in life.

     My neighborhood goes all out for Halloween each year and we have hundreds of kids, their parents and dogs in costumes. Like a scene out of the "olden days." (Definitely not like when I lived in South Florida where we never got any trick-or-treaters.)
     I learned early on that Rose does NOT like to get dressed up for Halloween. She literally freezes whenever I put a costume on her. Funny thing is, once I take it off of her, she loves to see other costumed dogs, it's just not her "thing!" (I swear, she thinks she's human. Same thing with car rides...she won't hang out the window like a normal dog. Rose prefers to sit in the front seat facing forward.) Despite these little quirks, I always feel the need, as her human, to buy her a damn costume anyway, even if only to take a picture or two! So, here are some from Halloween's past -- you'll have to wait to see what she wears tomorrow...

Her 1st Halloween, 2010. No costume.

2011, Buzz-Buzz!

2012, The Frozen Chicken!


2013, In her Babushka!

Monday, October 27, 2014

It's Yummy Monday! What's the Story, Morning Glory? ☺

Morning Glory Muffins

Muffins are so easy to make...
just freeze them in zip-lock bags, 
then grab-n-go!
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1 1/4 cups white sugar
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups grated carrots
1 apple - peeled, cored, and chopped

1.Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Lightly oil 18 muffin cups, or coat with nonstick cooking spray.
2.In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs, egg whites, apple butter, oil and vanilla.
3.In a large bowl, stir together flours, sugar, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Stir in carrots, apples and raisins. Stir in apple butter mixture until just moistened. Spoon the batter into the prepared muffin cups, filling them about 3/4 full.
4.In a small bowl, combine walnuts and wheat germ; sprinkle over the muffin tops.
5.Bake at 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) for 15 to 20 minutes, or until the tops are golden and spring back when lightly pressed.
1 cup raisins
1 egg
2 egg whites
1/2 cup apple butter
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons chopped walnuts
2 tablespoons toasted wheat germ

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Happy Anniversary! ♥

It's hard to believe it, but today marks 
Rose & My 4th Anniversary together! 
I love this little fur-faced girl...
she's been such a bright light in my life and 
brings me such great joy!
And, today is also the day I received my diagnosis for 
SPTCL back in 2009. Life is soooo GOOD --
I thank God for each & every day!
This is the face I fell in love with on the adoption site! She had a rough start, like me, but we're two happy, thankful gals now!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Note to Self --

On your lymphoma journey, it's important to let go of old routines and ways of doing things. Your energy may be sapped. You may not be feeling well. Who cares about the dust bunnies? Learn to adapt into the YOU who lives in the present moment and release guilt, shame or frustration for what used to be....

Monday, October 20, 2014

It's Yummy Monday...Try a California Melt!

California Melt

4 slices whole-grain bread, lightly toasted
1 avocado, sliced
1 cup sliced mushrooms
1.Preheat the oven broiler.
2.Lay the toasted bread out on a baking sheet. Top each slice of bread with 1/4 of the avocado, mushrooms, almonds, and tomato slices. Top each with a slice of Swiss cheese.
3.Broil the open-face sandwiches until the cheese melts and begins to bubble, about 2 minutes. Serve the sandwiches warm.
1/3 cup sliced toasted almonds
1 tomato, sliced
4 slices Swiss cheese

Thursday, October 16, 2014

You Must Remember This!

All throughout this lymphoma journey, I've used the mantra, "This, too shall pass."

What I learned was, cancer aside, life is like a roller coaster ....everyone goes through "ups and downs" and we're all SURVIVORS! 

During those down times, you MUST remember this....

Monday, October 13, 2014

It's Yummy Monday....Soup's on!

I discovered this recipe on Gimme Some Oven

All I can say is, YUMM-O!!!

Italian Orzo Spinach Soup

Italian Orzo Spinach Soup | #recipe


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 small white onion, peeled and diced
  • 1 cup diced carrots
  • 1 cup diced celery
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
  • 6 cups chicken or vegetable stock
  • 1 (14-ounce) can fire-roasted diced tomatoes
  • 1 1/2 cups (about 8 ounces) DeLallo whole wheat orzo pasta, or other whole wheat pastashape
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 4 cups loosely-packed fresh spinach
  • salt and black pepper


Heat oil in a large stockpot over medium-high heat. Add onion and saute for 4 minutes, until soft. Add carrots, celery and garlic and saute for an additional 3 minutes. Add chicken stock, tomatoes, orzo, thyme, oregano, rosemary and stir to combine. Bring soup to a simmer, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the pasta is al dente.
Stir in the spinach and cook for 1-2 minutes until it is bright green and wilted. Season with salt and black pepper to taste (if needed). Serve warm.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Newly Diagnosed With a Blood Cancer?

     Are you newly diagnosed? 
Don't know where to turn? 
Call an Information Specialist with the 
Leukemia & Lymphoma Society today
and speak to them. 
They're so friendly, caring, helpful and 
will assist you with anything you need. 
Here's the link:

Just D-A-N-C-E! ♥

Wednesday, October 8, 2014


I'll admit it, I'm hug-deprived! That's where my dog, Rose steps in...always there to fill in the void! Here's an excerpt I wrote from 
Sunday, August 21
All We Need Is Love…
We're never so vulnerable than when we trust someone - but paradoxically, if we cannot trust, neither can we find love or joy.
- Walter Anderson

     Aside from living my life as a single woman, with all of its pros and cons, for the most part, I can attest that I do love the freedom of being independent for the first time in my life. I'm free to come and go whenever I please. I make up each day as I go along. I'm spontaneous and open to anything that comes my way. For once, I feel like I am leading the authentic life I was meant to live.
     I do know that I'll never get married again. I’ve had enough hurt to last a lifetime and I know in my heart that marriage is not an option for me. Will I ever consider dating again? At this point in my life, no. But who knows what the future holds. If Mr. Right were to knock on my door, I just might let him in. Realistically, I do know that basing every man on my past experiences is not fair. There are plenty of good men out there. Or so I am told.  It'll take a while for me to cast my fears aside before I even consider looking. Besides, now that I am coming off of my treatments, I have to work hard on getting my body back and to regain my strength both mentally and physically.
     What I've been dealing with lately, is how much I find myself missing simple human touch. I'm a hugger by nature and I’m so hug-deprived that it’s been weighing heavily on my mind. For most of my life, I was a Pre-K teacher who got lots of daily hugs. I got hugs from my ex, my family and now due to my new surroundings, my huggies are missing in action.
     There are no moments of cuddling with someone on the couch at night. No one to share reading the paper with over Sunday brunch. Not being able to share deep discussions with someone. The playful hugs or kisses stolen while preparing a meal in the kitchen. No one to hold hands with while strolling downtown.
     I realize at night how much I miss the simple act of spooning in bed. The feel of another person’s arm wrapped around me, making me feel safe and loved. The feel of waking in the middle of the night to hold someone’s hand while they sleep, legs intertwined. I do not miss the snoring, but I do miss that physical closeness. 
     It’s strange how I've been on my own for a year and its finally hitting me. Believe me, I am not going to go out on a mission to become a serial hugger, but at least I'm learning to deal with these feelings as they arise. First things first. I have to continue to work on myself before I can even consider letting love in again.
Affirmation:  I am worth loving.
In the meantime, it's just me and Rose!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Let go & Keep on Floating, Baby!

Incredible change happens in your life when you decide to take control of what you do have power over instead of craving control over what you don't. 
― Steve Maraboli

Monday, October 6, 2014

It's Yummy Monday! Sweet Pepper Pasta Toss with Kale....

Sweet Pepper Pasta Toss with Kale
1 (8 ounce) package uncooked farfalle
(bow tie) pasta
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 medium red bell pepper, chopped
1 medium yellow bell pepper, chopped
1 cup roughly chopped kale

1.Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain.
2.Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat. Stir in red pepper, yellow pepper, kale and garlic. Season with basil, cayenne pepper, salt and black pepper. Cook until vegetables are tender.
3.In a large bowl, toss cooked pasta with skillet mixture. Sprinkle with feta cheese to serve.
4 cloves garlic, chopped
1 pinch dried basil
1 pinch ground cayenne pepper
salt and ground black pepper to taste
8 ounces feta cheese, crumbled

Saturday, October 4, 2014

It's Saturday!

Do something special today for YOU! 
Something that makes your heart sing and helps you to unwind, relax and rejuvenate...

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Feel The Connection!

“Place your hands in the soil to feel grounded. 
Wade in water to feel emotionally healed. 
Fill your lungs with fresh air to feel mentally clear. 
Raise your face to the heat of the sun and connect to that power to feel your own immense power.” 
~Victoria Erickson