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
Meat
  1. 3 boneless chicken breasts
Instructions
  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.
Enjoy!
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Washable Milk Crate Seat Cushions

Washable Milk Crate Chair Cushion
I got a text from my daughter at the beginning of summer - "Mom, if you are not too busy this summer I have a few projects for you to do".  My daughter teaches pre-k and  I teach 5th/6th grade.  During the summer months I do like to work on "projects".  Sewing, baking and gardening are how I like to spend my time.
Milk crate seats (5 of them) for her small group table was one of the projects she asked me to make. I looked online and found quite a few websites with directions on how to make them.  The only problem was all the milk crate seats seemed to have the cushion attached to a piece of wood which was then laid on the milk crate.  If you've ever worked with or been around 4-5 year-olds you can see why this would be a problem.  Spills, accidents, boogers ... you get the picture.  The cushions I made for her classroom are both removable and washable.  My daughter really liked that the crate chair cushions would be washable!
If you don't have a mom that will make milk crate seats for you, I decided to do a tutorial of my process so you can make them for yourself.

Materials for Seat Cushions -

Makes 1 removable cushion for milk crate size 15" x 13 ½"
½ yard Foam - depending on how much money you want to spend you can buy 1" or 2" thick
1 yard Cotton Material, washed and dried
5 sew-on snaps or velcro

Directions:

1. Cut foam to fit the top of the milk crate. These crates go open side down.
2.Place foam in center of fabric and trim fabric so that there is 9 inches of fabric on all sides of the foam.
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3.  Leave foam in center of fabric (wrong side up)  and using a washable marker draw squares coming off of each corner of the foam.  These squares should be 9" x 9".Washable Milk Crate Chair Cushion Step 2

4. Cut 8 strips 1" x 12" for the ties.   Pin ties lengthwise right sides together and sew with a 1/8" seam across one small edge and down the length. Turn right side out.   Here is a great tutorial on how to turn skinny tubes of fabric. You could also skip this step and use grosgrain ribbon for the ties.Washable Milk Crate Chair Cushion Step 3

5.  Take 2 ties and pin unfinished end on right side of fabric about ¾" down from the right angle you drew.
6. Fold fabric right sides together matching the lines of the square. It will form a triangle.
7. Sew down the line. I reinforced the area where the ties are by reversing my machine back over that area.Washable Milk Crate Chair Cushion Step 4

8.  Use pinking shears to trim off the extra piece of fabric that forms the triangle.
9. Press the seam open.Washable Milk Crate Chair Cushion Step 5

10.  Make a 1" hem around all the edges.  Press under 1" and then fold edge under and press that down so you have ½" seam. Sew along the edge of the inner fold.Washable Milk Crate Chair Cushion Step 6
11. I put a thin layer of batting on top of the green foam so the green didn't show through the white on the fabric. This is optional. With batting side down place foam inside fabric. Pull fabric around foam so that the top is smooth.
12. Add snaps or velcro along long edge of opening.  Also add snaps to the points that fold over.
Washable Milk Crate Chair Cushion Step 7
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Enjoy your new milk crate seats!

Living With Raynaud's Disease

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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.
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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!
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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 Halloween Planner Stickers

If you like to decorate your planner here are some free Halloween Planner Stickers. I’m not one who likes the scary and gory part of Halloween. And I am certainly not honoring the pagan devil worshiping celebration of Samhain.  I prefer to decorate with my cute candy corn dolls and happy smiling pumpkins. My kids used to like to dress up but it was always princesses and pokemonor other cartoon characters. Now that they are grown I enjoy handing out candy to the neighborhood children.  And I certainly enjoy my pumpkin spice flavored foods! What do you enjoy about Halloween?
Here are some interesting Halloween facts (if you would like to read more, click here):
  • Halloween candy accounts for one quarter of the candy sold in the U.S. annually
  • The first jack-o-lanterns were made from turnips
  • The largest pumpkin on record is 836 pounds
  • In 2014 an estimated $3 billion was spent on children’s costumes
  • Candy corn was invented in 1898
  • Halloween is the second largest commercial holiday after Christmas

Just click on the picture below to get your free sticker download.  It is a png file which can be used with the Cricut or cut by hand.
 Halloween 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 Printable Christmas Gift Tags

These Free Printable Christmas Gift Tags are designed for those of us who really do not like going out to the stores this time of year! I am also a procrastinator when it comes to wrapping presents! Therefore I run out of tags late Christmas Eve.  They are created as a pdf file for easy printing on cardstock. If you have a cutting machine that requires a jpg or png file, try using this online converter. These tags can also be printed on sticker paper for ease in attaching to packages. I hope you enjoy using these!
Free Printable Christmas Gift Tags

Free February Planner Stickers

Happy early Valentine’s Day! Celebrate with these Free February Planner Stickers! As everyone knows, February is the month of love and romance.  People go to great lengths to show how they feel. The average amount spent per person is $147. Furthermore, in 2016 Valentine’s Day sales reached an all time high of 18.9 billion dollars! That’s a lot of money! 
In addition to celebrating Valentine’s Day in February, be sure to celebrate the Random Act of Kindness week which starts February 12. The Random Act of Kindness day is February 17.  Share a smile or give a compliment because “No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” (Aesop)
Printing these free stickers on this sticker paper  is one way to share your love and kindness with others. Click on the links below to download these stickers. I’ve shared both a pdf and a png file so you can cut by hand or use with your cutting machine. Enjoy!
How will you show a random act of kindness in February?

Free February Planner Stickers
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