Monday, January 26, 2015

It's Yummy Monday - Chicken Pot Pie! COMFORT FOOD!

Chicken Pot Pie
1 pound skinless, boneless chicken
breast halves - cubed
1 cup sliced carrots
1 cup frozen green peas
1/2 cup sliced celery
1/3 cup butter
1/3 cup chopped onion
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 teaspoon celery seed
1 3/4 cups chicken broth
2/3 cup milk
2 (9 inch) unbaked pie crusts
1.Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C.)
2.In a saucepan, combine chicken, carrots, peas, and celery. Add water to cover and boil for 15 minutes. Remove from heat, drain and set aside.
3.In the saucepan over medium heat, cook onions in butter until soft and translucent. Stir in flour, salt, pepper, and celery seed. Slowly stir in chicken broth and milk. Simmer over medium-low heat until thick. Remove from heat and set aside.
4.Place the chicken mixture in bottom pie crust. Pour hot liquid mixture over. Cover with top crust, seal edges, and cut away excess dough. Make several small slits in the top to allow steam to escape.
5.Bake in the preheated oven for 30 to 35 minutes, or until pastry is golden brown and filling is bubbly. Cool for 10 minutes before serving.

Monday, January 19, 2015

It's Yummy Monday -- Slow Cooker Vegetable Beef Soup!

♫ ♫ The weather outside is frightful, but inside, it's so delightful. . . . ♫ ♫ 
What a wonderful way to warm you and your loved ones up on a cold wintery night! 
And, a crock pot makes all the difference in the world -- just set it and forget it!

Slow Cooker Vegetable Beef Soup
1 1/2 pounds cubed beef stew meat
2 cups water
1 small onion, chopped
1 (28 ounce) can crushed tomatoes
1 (16 ounce) package frozen mixed
2 potatoes, peeled and cubed
10 cubes beef bouillon, crumbled
2 teaspoons ground black pepper
1 tablespoon salt
1 tablespoon dried basil
1.Place beef in a slow cooker. Pour in water. Stir in onion, tomatoes, mixed vegetables and potatoes. Season with bouillon, pepper, salt and basil. Cook on low 8 hours.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Create, Create. CREATE!

Feel lost? Discombobulated? 
Make a list of things that you love to do
and then DO THEM!
Let your creativity shine through...

Monday, January 12, 2015

It's Yummy Monday - Breakfast For Dinner!

Asparagus, Potato, and Onion Frittata
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 potatoes, shredded
1/4 cup chopped onion
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
1 pound asparagus, trimmed and cut into
2-inch pieces
1 cup diced ham
6 eggs
1 tablespoon milk
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup shredded white Cheddar cheese
1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil
1.Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9x13 inch baking dish.
2.Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat; cook and stir the shredded potato and onion in the hot oil until the potatoes begin to brown, about 5 minutes.. Season with salt and pepper. Add the asparagus and ham and continue cooking until the asparagus is tender, another 5 to 7 minutes; transfer to the prepared baking dish. Whisk the eggs and milk together in a small bowl; pour evenly over the dish. Scatter the mozzarella and white Cheddar cheeses over the top of the potato mixture.
3.Bake in the preheated oven until set in the middle, 20 to 25 minutes. Garnish with the basil to serve.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Should a State Decide on Chemotherapy Treatment?

I'd like to know what your thoughts are on the subject of 17 year old Cassandra Fortin's wish to not be treated with chemotherapy and the State of Connecticut forcing her to do so.
Here is an article about the case:

Jackie Fortin's daughter, Cassandra, last summer.
My thoughts and prayers are with Cassandra and her mother...

Highly Evolved Human -- The Letter

How did YOU deal with telling your friends and family about your diagnosis?

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Wise Words From Mister Rogers...

That's what it's all about! No hatred, jealousy or every effort and share the love for everyone you know. Life is about choices and we have free will. Why not turn negative thoughts into positive ones and send out peace, love, and encourage the success of our friends and family? They in turn will see a spark of positivity and will grow even more in their share their gifts with the world, too. It's a win-win situation!

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Ask Yourself ---

One thing you may discover on your cancer journey, is that the little things become the big things...take time to let go of your worries and concentrate on the simpler gifts of life!

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Wake With a Grateful ♥!

 I've talked about the act of being grateful many times on this blog. How it can transform our hurt and pain into knowing that, although we may go through "the wars" at times, being thankful for what we DO have in our lives changes the incessant "monkey brain" in our thoughts. It causes a shift in our perception of things.

Yes, you may be in the midst of treatment, newly diagnosed, financially drained --- but, start to channel your worries into journaling. Painting. Meditate. Go for a walk. Anything to take your mind off of your troubles, if even for 15 minutes. Start a gratitude journal and every morning or night, jot down at least 5 things you're grateful for. I like to do this at night when I am snuggled up in's a great way to unwind, reflect on the day and may even allow for a more peaceful sleep.

Over the past few years, I've been asked what it's like to go through cancer. "How can you bounce back from a diagnosis?" or "How can you live knowing that you have a terminal illness?" Truth is, when you think about life, PERIOD, it is just like a freakin' roller coaster - you have your ups and downs and you can either strap on your seat belt and hang on tight, or wither up and let go. So, having cancer is not any different than everyday life. Change your thinking and you change your life.

My wish for you in the New Year is that you'll find more love, more peace and learn to take care of YOU!

As soon as your feet hit the floor in the morning, 
be thankful for another day!

 Here's an affirmation / treatment that is taped to my computer monitor and I say it every day. It was written for me by my 
Reiki Master and friend, Leesa:

Tell your body, mind, emotions and spirit to re-member wholeness, re-member the love that you are and the joy that you share with others--that you continue to share with all of us. Align with and stay focused on the light of love, joy, inner-peace, vibrant health, vitality, abundant to overflowing shimmering radiant light surrounding you, clearing you, healing you, expanding in, around and through you--YOU ARE THE LIGHT! Fill to overflowing with this knowingness for nothing else is true, nothing else exists. BREATHE it in and SO IT IS.

Have a peaceful day, Lovies!

Monday, January 5, 2015

It's Yummy Monday - Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Chicken!

Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Chicken
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
10 boneless, skinless chicken thighs
3/4 cup honey
3/4 cup lite soy sauce
3 tablespoons ketchup
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger root
1 (20 ounce) can pineapple tidbits,
drained with juice reserved
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1/4 cup water
1.Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat, and cook chicken thighs just until evenly browned on all sides. Place thighs in a slow cooker.
2.In a bowl, mix honey, soy sauce, ketchup, garlic, ginger, and reserved pineapple juice. Pour into the slow cooker.
3.Cover, and cook 4 hours on High. Stir in pineapple tidbits just before serving.
4.Mix the cornstarch and water in a small bowl. Remove thighs from slow cooker. Blend the cornstarch mixture into remaining sauce in the slow cooker to thicken. Serve sauce over the chicken.

Friday, January 2, 2015

Highly Evolved Human | The Bus

Nick Ross is one amazing guy who happens to have a gift for sharing his lymphoma journey on his YouTube series called, Highly Evolved Human. Check it out!

Thursday, January 1, 2015

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

Friday, January 1
The Treatment Begins
“There is no medicine like hope, no incentive so great, and no tonic so powerful as expectation of something better tomorrow”
~ Orison Swett Marden

     Today is the first day of my treatment plan. I was prescribed a regimen of Cyclosporine along with the Prednisone. Cyclosporine is commonly prescribed for transplant patients as an anti-organ rejecting drug. It may also be used in the treatment of arthritis, psoriasis, and Crohn’s disease to name a few. 
      This morning before taking this powerful drug, I did a quiet meditation and prayed that this medicine would help to heal me. I was having major problems with the idea of taking even more medicine. Prior to me getting sick, I hardly ever took anything other than Tylenol if I had a headache, and I’ve had countless surgeries without pain meds because I am so freaked out by them. This was a major step for me. But, there I stood at the kitchen counter, glass of water at the ready, and when I opened the blister pack of pills, I was taken aback by the stench of this medicine -  EEEEWWWWW! It smelled like skunk. I placed the pills on my tongue and took a big swig of water to wash them down. I felt like a little kid again wanting to hold my nose before taking a dose of medicine.
     Even though the odor is wicked, I decided to start a new “Cyclosporine Dance” routine. After swallowing them, I broke out into my own James Brown version of, “I feel good” and did a little dance. My dog joined in as well, so this will be our new ritual to get me through it all!
Affirmation:  I feel good! Every day I am getting stronger and healthier.

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Wishing you a happy and healthy new year!
BIG hugs~