Cilantro Lime Chicken and Dressing

Cilantro lime chicken, when added to a salad makes a great summertime meal.  After the meat marinates it only takes about 10 minutes of cook time so it doesn’t heat up the kitchen.  You could also grill the chicken outside or use a cuisinart griddler.  I use dried cilantro in my recipe because it is too hot in my area to grow this herb right now! Did you know that fresh cilantro is known to be a natural cleansing agent, cleansing toxic metals from your body?  To read about more health benefits of this herb, check out Medical News Today.

Cilantro Lime Chicken & Dressing
Grilled cilantro lime chicken salad with cilantro lime salad dressing
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For the marinade
  1. 2 tablespoons olive oil
  2. ¼ cup lime juice
  3. 1 T lime zest
  4. 1-2 tablespoons dried cilantro
  5. 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  6. ¼ teaspoon liquid stevia
  7. ½ teaspoon salt
  8. ¼ teaspoon pepper
For the salad dressing
  1. ¼ cup olive oil
  2. ¼ cup lime juice
  3. 1 tablespoon dried cilantro (or substitute equivalent fresh)
  4. 1/2 cup plain unsweetened yogurt
  5. 2 cloves garlic
  6. ¹/8 teaspoon liquid stevia
  7. a few dashes of red (cayenne) pepper
  8. salt & pepper to taste
  1. 3 boneless chicken breasts
  1. Slice boneless breast into thin cutlets so that you have 6 pieces.
  2. Combine all marinade ingredients in a ziploc bag.
  3. Add your chicken cutlets and marinate for several hours.
  4. Use a grill pan or frying pan and cook chicken about 4 minutes per side.
For the salad dressing
  1. Combine all salad dressing ingredients in a blender or food processor and process until smooth.
  2. Make a salad with ingredients of your choice.
  3. Top with cooked chicken.
  4. Serve with cilantro lime dressing.

Free Inspirational Summer Planner Stickers

I used to have a paper planner.  Then everything went electronic.  Remember when everyone was sporting a new palm pilot – the “personal digital assistant”? That was in the mid 1990’s! However, it now it seems paper planners are back in fashion.  At least in the teaching world they are.   There are life planners that cost $100 or more to have personalized or you can find nice ones at Walmart for under $10. I’ve also noticed them in the craft stores with all sorts of decorating options. That’s when I decided to create these inspirational summer planner stickers. 
Just click on the picture to download it.  It is a png file.  Just upload to design space for cricut where you can do a print and cut on sticker paper. Furthermore here are the directions to use a png on your Silhouette. In addition you can just print on sticker paper and cut your own if you do not own a cutting machine.
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Living With Raynaud's Disease

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Raynaud's Disease

What Is Raynaud’s Disease?

Today while shopping in Walmart my fingers started to go numb.  Mind you it was 95° outside.  But inside Walmart it was probably 25-30° cooler.  The contrast in temperature was enough to trigger my Raynaud’s  symptoms.  Raynaud’s Disease occurs when the small arteries in your extremities narrow, which can limit blood flow to those areas. When you have an attack the arteries go into “vasospasms” which limit the blood supply and oxygen. I have secondary Raynaud’s which is associated with my lupus, sjogren’s and rheumatoid arthritis.  I do not get severe symptoms but one or more fingers will go numb and turn white.
Raynaud's Disease
I was playing with a new app on my phone and created this cool picture.  You can really tell where my hand was not getting circulation!
Reynaud's Disease

What Causes Raynaud’s Disease?

The things that trigger these symptoms for me are the contrast in temperature as I experienced in Walmart, touching something frozen, or temperatures below about 45°.  I’ve read that stress can also trigger the symptoms for some people.

What You Can Do To Help?

There isn’t a cure for Raynaud’s Disease but there are medications that can dilate the blood vessels as well as surgery to lessen the symptoms. Since my symptoms are not severe I choose not to use either of those options. One option suggested online is to move to a warmer climate.  I think the south Texas area where I live is about as warm as I like it so that is not an option! Fish oil is a supplement I take and it has been shown in some studies to improve your tolerance to cold. I always wear pants or a jacket with pockets so I can put my hands in to warm up.  In the winter I have a pair of gloves in every coat and sweater. Hand warmers that I’ve made from this tutorial are also in my coat.
In addition, I just recently came across this circulation rub made from essential oils from Camp Wander.  I’m definitely going to give this a try!

11 Replies to “Living With Raynaud’s Disease”

  1. Thanks for sharing this on the Coffee and Conversation Link Party. I’m pretty sure I have Raynaud’s just not confirmed by a medical professional. But I get all the symptoms you described. Glad to know some others with it.
  2. I was diagnosed with pulmonary hypertension caused by my scloderma, and also have arayanuds, antibodies of lupus, plus acid reflux and they think I have syoegens syndrome too and also have seizures.
  3. I have Raynaud’s and Cold urticaria ( which is an allergy to cold of all things ) I carry gloves with me wherever I go and try and keep warm !!

National Coloring Book Day

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National Coloring Book Day

August 2 is the official National coloring book day.  The efforts of Dover Publications brought about this national day just last year.  That makes this the second annual celebration. Dover Publications has been around since 1941 and created the first adult coloring book in 1970. Adult coloring book sales have escalated recently with an estimated 10 million +  books being sold last year. In addition to being a relaxing pastime, I would imagine the surge in popularity brings back fond memories of childhood just like the popular new app, Pokemon Go!
As a result of the growing popularity many stores like Barnes & Noble, Target and Michael’s have increased their inventory.  Michael’s carries over 300 different adult coloring books!  Furthermore the books are now appearing on Amazon’s bestselling book lists!
You can get the official 2016 mini coloring book by clicking on this link here. Signing up to access this book also enters you for a chance to win a $25 gift certificate from Dover Publications.  In addition I’ve attached several pdf’s below that you can download and print.
Michael’s is hosting a coloring meet up all day Tuesday, August 2 in their classrooms.  You can also click here to find a coloring party in your area. Of course many people create their own coloring parties complete with wine and snacks by inviting guests through an event created on Facebook.
So, get busy stocking up on supplies and color, color, color!
Be sure to leave a comment and let everyone know how you plan to celebrate National Coloring Day!

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Free September Planner Stickers

It’s hard to believe school is back in session and it is almost September!  Get your planner ready with these Free September Planner Stickers.
Free September Planner Stickers
Click on the link below to download your free stickers. Print them on sticker paper. You can cut these with a cutting machine by using the cut then print feature or cut them by hand. 
Free September Planner Stickers

Free Breast Cancer Awareness Stickers

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month.  I designed these Breast Cancer Awareness Stickers to honor survivors as well as those still fighting the disease. According to statistics, 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer. It is the second leading cause of cancer death among women.  Every 13 minutes someone will die from breast cancer.   If you have a mother or sister with breast cancer, your risk increases by twice. However, over 2.8 million breast cancer survivors are alive in America today.One of the best ways to fight breast cancer is early detection through a mammogram¹. Although I don’t have a family history I still make sure I get my biennial mammogram.  You should too!
Show your support of this cause by downloading these free Breast Cancer Awareness Stickers.  Just click on the picture below to download. This .png file can be cut with a Cricut. The planner size I design these for is similar to the Erin Condren Life Planner.
Breast Cancer Awareness Stickers 
¹Information come from National Breast Cancer Foundation
If you like these stickers, check out my free Halloween Stickers!

Free November Planner Stickers

Wow!  It’s hard to believe it’s already November. First of all it’s still in the upper 80’s during the day here.  As a result it certainly doesn’t feel like November when I walk out the door! I sure am hoping it cools off before Thanksgiving because it makes the kitchen really hot while cooking if it’s still 80 outside.  Furthermore, it feels like we just started school.  I don’t think I can remember a school year going so fast! Maybe it’s just because I’m getting older! However, designing these Free November Planner Stickers brings back memories of the cool autumn days of my childhood growing up in Pennsylvania- the beautiful colored leaves and old barns in addition to the traditional pumpkin pie!
There are links below the picture for both the Life Planner and the Happy Planner. Both are png files which can be cut with the Cricut machine. In addition, if you need a pdf file please leave me a comment.
Enjoy these November stickers!
 Free November Planner Stickers

Free December Planner Stickers

It’s hard to believe the holiday season is upon us! Around here it is at least feeling a little more like Christmas due to the cool front that came through.  As a result we are going to to be having temperatures in the 30’s tonight here in the Houston area! While you are busy shopping and your life get busy, I hope theseFree December Planner Stickers brighten your day!
Free December Planner Stickers

Free Easter Planner Stickers

Easter is such a wonderful time of the year! All of the cute bunnies and colorful eggs make decorating so much fun. And of course the most important reason, celebrating the true meaning of Easter – that He has risen! He is risen indeed! The actual day Easter is celebrated changes from year to year. This is because “Christian churches in the West celebrate Easter on the first Sunday following the full moon after the vernal equinox on March 21”1.  You can use these Free Easter Planner Stickers to help you celebrate. Just print on this sticker paper then use your Cricut or Silhouette to cut them out. Click on the picture below to access the folder where you can download the file you need to be used with your cutting machine.
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Free Easter Planner Stickers

April Planner Stickers

“April Shower Bring May Flowers”! It’s hard to believe that it’s almost April! Download these Free April Planner Stickers to decorate your  EC Life planner for the month of April. Just click on the picture for the PNG file or the link below the picture for the PDF file. And if you do get a lot of rain in April where you live, here is a list of national days you can celebrate:
April 2:   Peanut Butter & Jelly Day
April 4:   School Librarian Day
April 6:   Caramel Popcorn Day
April 7:   No Housework Day (this is one of my favorites!)
April 10: Siblings Day
April 12: Grilled Cheese Day
April 13: Scrabble Day
April 16: Easter
April 20: Cheddar Fries Day
April 23: Cherry Cheesecake Day
April 26: Pretzel Day
April 28: Blueberry Pie Day
April 30: Oatmeal Cookie Day

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Gluten and Sugar Free Blueberry Pancakes

Blueberry pancakes - gluten, dairy and sugar-free!
These gluten free blueberry pancakes are fluffy, moist and full of flavor!

My husband went to have dinner with a friend.  So I decided to make pancakes for myself since he thinks pancakes for dinner is weird.  He wouldn’t eat them anyway because they are gluten-free!  I only make a small batch so I can eat one or two and then save the others for breakfast.  If I make them small to medium-sized I can get about 8 pancakes.  If I make them really large (like the ones in the picture) I only get about 4 pancakes.  I used some of the fresh blueberries that I had picked at a local blueberry farm and stored in the freezer.  They are the same ones I used to make these gluten-free blueberry muffins.

Recipe For Gluten Free Blueberry Pancakes

Preheat griddle to 350° or medium heat.
½ cup + 2 tablespoons gluten free multi-purpose flour
½ cup + 2 tablespoons almond flour
1 tablespoon Splenda (or equivalent sweetener)
¾ teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon xanthan gum
1 large egg
1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk (or dairy equivalent)
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons melted coconut oil or butter
1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries

1. Mix all of the dry ingredients from gluten free flour to xanthan gum together in a bowl.
2. In a separate bowl mix the egg, milk and vanilla extract. Quickly mix in the melted coconut oil and then add this mixture to the dry ingredients and mix thoroughly. The coconut oil may start to harden a little but it will be fine.
3.  Gently stir in the blueberries to the batter.
4.  Grease griddle lightly.  Pour batter onto griddle until you have formed the size pancake you would like.  Small size take about 2-3 minutes per side. Large take 3-4 minutes per side.  You will flip the pancakes when they appear dry around the edges.
Enjoy your gluten free blueberry pancakes!

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