Wednesday, December 31, 2014

New Year's Eve - Lea Michele "Auld Lang Syne"

Take time to reflect on this year and dream of tomorrow! 
♥ Jodi

The Best Advice I Ever Got --

When you're newly diagnosed, in the midst of treatment or just struggling to survive on a daily basis, remember these words. You are here for a purpose. You're facing the biggest challenge of your life and you will come out on the other side one day. Then THIS will feel like a distant memory. I'm here for you and if you need any resources, please check out my Favorite Sites list on the right column of this page, or, type a keyword in the search engine to see if there has already been a post about your particular topic. 
If not, send me an email...
you are NOT alone!

Sending you a BIG virtual hug~

Monday, December 29, 2014

It's Yummy Monday - Crustless Spinach Quiche!

Crustless Spinach Quiche

1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 onion, chopped
1 (10 ounce) package frozen chopped
spinach, thawed and drained
5 eggs, beaten
3 cups shredded Muenster cheese
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
1.Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease a 9 inch pie pan.
2.Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onions and cook, stirring occasionally, until onions are soft. Stir in spinach and continue cooking until excess moisture has evaporated.
3.In a large bowl, combine eggs, cheese, salt and pepper. Add spinach mixture and stir to blend. Scoop into prepared pie pan.
4.Bake in preheated oven until eggs have set, about 30 minutes. Let cool for 10 minutes before serving.

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Panache Desai - 'Journey of Connection' (30-Minute Meditational Journey)

Take time today to just sit and BE! 
Allow yourself to unwind and be in the moment. You deserve giving yourself time to relax and rejuvenate. 

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Stop for a moment....

This crazy-assed cancer journey will 
leave you in a tail-spin at times, 
but trust that you will find yourself and know that there are better days ahead!


Thursday, December 25, 2014

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

80,000+ Blog Hits! Another milestone...

WHOO-HOO! What a wonderful thing to wake up to this morning!

Thanks so much and keep on following. 
Thanks for all of the feedback and comments!
The is there....

Here's an Excerpt From my Book . . .

Friday, December 16
Mid-Life Christmas Ponderings
He who has not Christmas in his heart will never find it under a tree.
~Roy L. Smith

     Well, this Christmas is going to be the start of new traditions, new dreams and new everything for me. All of my decorating is done, shopping was easy. Christmas cards were sent weeks ago, and now I am left to reflect on Christmases past.
     You see, prior to my divorce, I was the Queen of Christmas. I hosted an annual open house on Christmas Eve complete with Santa, gifts for all the kiddies, a smorgasbord of scrumptious food, plenty of drinks, two Christmas trees, and then after all of the guests would leave in the wee hours, I’d prepare for the Christmas brunch that I served on Christmas morning. I loved every minute of it and hold so many memories dear, but, now that I am divorced, I literally had to make many changes. For one, the cottage that I am renting was built in 1925 and does not have enough room for clothes, let alone the twenty four years’ worth of decorations that I had accumulated.
     Secondly, many of the collections that I had amassed were tied to "him." I felt as if my whole life had been forever changed without my consent. I did not want to bring anything to my new place unless I really loved it. That meant, ornaments, bins and boxes of Christmas decor were set aside, and I scheduled three separate pick-ups from the lovely people at GoodWill. As I watched everything being loaded up onto the truck each time, I was saddened. Mostly because I realized that it was just "stuff" and it was no longer needed. In the end, it was truly cathartic I was starting with a clean slate, like it or not, and I learned that I do not need "stuff" to make me happy.
     Last year was my first official Christmas-After-Divorce and I bought a pre-lit tree and some vintage ornaments that I picked up at a Thrift shop. Some candles and the collection of things that I had brought with me completed the scene and the cottage truly did look cozy and warm. Although I had made the effort to decorate, I found myself looking forward to putting it all away as soon as Christmas was over, and I did. The very next day. It was a painful reminder of what used-to-be. I knew it would be a big adjustment for me, but honestly, I found myself feeling like the fifth wheel at gatherings, and although I knew this was not the case, it was a feeling that I couldn't shake.
     This year, as November was creeping up on me, I felt Scrooge-like and vowed that I would not decorate. Yep! No tree, nary a Poinsettia or a Santa would be brought out from storage. That is, until I received an email from my landlords who live in New Hampshire, telling me that they were coming for Christmas to stay with family in town and they couldn't wait to see me - shit! So, little by little, I began the process of sprucing up the place and today I am completely satisfied.
     I decided to make it a White Christmas. The tree is decorated all in white and so is my dining room. My sun porch I kept to a traditional red and green theme, complete with fresh pine boughs that I salvaged from a local tree lot and, yes, a real Poinsettia. Believe it or not, I always had a brown thumb and was known for killing cacti and Philodendron, but, the Poinsettia that I had from last year survived the whole year, and is beautiful! I guess there is hope for this former Queen of Christmas yet. And, like last year's Poinsettia, I will survive and thrive, too.

     Who knows what the future holds for me. I would like to start traveling for Christmas and make new memories as I go along.

Affirmation:  I’ll take in all of the holiday fanfare with a flourish and be open to new experiences!

Monday, December 22, 2014

It's Yummy Monday - Addictive Sweet Potato Burritos!

Sweet Potato Burritos
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 onion, chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
6 cups canned kidney beans, drained
2 cups water
3 tablespoons chili powder
4 teaspoons prepared mustard

1.Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
2.Heat oil in a medium skillet and saute onion and garlic until soft. Mash beans into the onion mixture. Gradually stir in water; heat until warm, 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in the soy sauce, chili powder, mustard, cumin, and cayenne pepper.
3.Divide bean mixture and mashed sweet potatoes evenly between the tortillas; top with cheese. Fold tortillas burrito-style around the fillings and place on a baking sheet.
4.Bake in the preheated oven until warmed through, about 12 minutes.
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 pinch cayenne pepper, or to taste
3 tablespoons soy sauce
4 cups mashed cooked sweet potatoes
12 (10 inch) flour tortillas, warmed
8 ounces shredded Cheddar cheese

Monday, December 15, 2014

It's Yummy Monday - Sweet, Sticky and Spicy Chicken!

Serve with some steamed rice and veggies and you have a healthy, yummy meal!

Sweet, Sticky and Spicy Chicken

1 tablespoon brown sugar
2 tablespoons honey
1/4 cup soy sauce
2 teaspoons chopped fresh ginger root
2 teaspoons chopped garlic
2 tablespoons hot sauce
salt and pepper to taste
4 skinless, boneless chicken breast
halves - cut into 1/2 inch strips
1 tablespoon vegetable oil

1.Mix together brown sugar, honey, soy sauce, ginger, garlic and hot sauce in a small bowl.
2.Lightly salt and pepper the chicken strips.
3.Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add chicken strips and brown on both sides, about 1 minute per side. Pour the sauce over the chicken. Simmer uncovered until the sauce thickens, 8 to 10 minutes.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society - Travel Assistance Program

Here's another wonderful program that the 
Leukemia & Lymphoma Society offers to patients:

Please make a donation to LLS to help save lives!
Thanks so much!

An excerpt from Living La Vida Lymphoma (the book!)

Saturday, December 12

Just breathe

“If the sight of the blue skies fills you with joy, a blade of grass springing up in the fields has the power to move you, if the simple things in nature have a message you understand, REJOICE, for your soul is alive!”
~Eleanora Duse

     With the holidays fast approaching and all of your personal deadlines weighing down on you in preparation, remember to take a moment to just sit and relax. This does not require a lot of time on your part.  
      If you live where winters are frigid, step outside and breathe in the icy, fresh air. Watch each breath escape into a puff of white. Picture your worries and fears vanishing with each exhalation.
     Maybe you live by a lake or ocean, envision your troubles washing out with each wave as it gently laps the shoreline. No matter where you reside, nature abounds.
     One of my favorite things to do when stuck in traffic is to watch birds on the telephone wires. It never ceases to amaze me how well they get along. A few fly away from the group, and then others come to replace the vacancy on the wires. There are never any squabbles, just acceptance of a place to sit and rest. I am awed by how they take off in flight together, swooping and soaring in formation. It lifts my spirit and makes me smile, and I’m thankful that I had a moment of escape from the ho-hum of everyday life.
     Before your feet hit the floor when you wake up in the morning, give a quick prayer of thanks for another beautiful day.
      Start a gratitude journal and list whatever you are thankful for each day. I try to list at least five things. There may be days when you may feel you are only thankful for the sun shining. That’s okay.
     We have to learn how to cherish the simple things in life. Things we might normally take for granted. Today, try to search for opportunities to touch your soul. Maybe make a list of things that make you happy and tuck it away so that you can pull it out whenever you need an attitude adjustment, or to add to it. Take the time to sit and be. You deserve it.

Affirmation:  I remember to breathe as I release old habits, and practice positive ones. 


Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Something to Think About!

I saw this and had to share to all of the parents out there. . . what a great concept and way to teach your children compassion and empathy while learning there are consequences to their actions!

Monday, December 8, 2014

It's Yummy Monday - Awesome Slow Cooker Pot Roast!

Awesome Slow Cooker Pot Roast

2 (10.75 ounce) cans condensed cream
of mushroom soup
1 (1 ounce) package dry onion soup mix
1 1/4 cups water
5 1/2 pounds pot roast
Vegetables of your choice

1.In a slow cooker, mix cream of mushroom soup, dry onion soup mix and water. Put vegetables in slow cooker. Place pot roast on top and coat with soup mixture.
2.Cook on High setting for 3 to 4 hours, or on Low setting for 8 to 9 hours.

Monday, December 1, 2014

It's Yummy Monday - Southwestern Turkey Soup!

Here's a recipe to warm your bones and 
to use up the leftover turkey!

Southwestern Turkey Soup

1 1/2 cups shredded cooked turkey
4 cups vegetable broth
1 (28 ounce) can whole peeled tomatoes
1 (4 ounce) can chopped green chile
2 roma (plum) tomatoes, chopped
1 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 tablespoon lime juice
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
salt and pepper to taste
1 avocado - peeled, pitted and diced
1/2 teaspoon dried cilantro
1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese

1.In a large pot over medium heat, combine turkey, broth, canned tomatoes, green chiles, fresh tomatoes, onion, garlic, and lime juice. Season with cayenne, cumin, salt, and pepper. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat, and simmer 15 to 20 minutes.
2.Stir in avocado and cilantro, and simmer 15 to 20 minutes, until slightly thickened. Spoon into serving bowls, and top with shredded cheese.