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I spend a lot time in the kitchen cooking, doing dishes, and I often can’t be bothered putting on dish gloves. In spite of that, I have not had a cracked or split finger tip in 5 years! And lemme tell you – Maine winters are not forgiving on the skin! (Neither is my summer gardening.) My feet, oh, let me tell you about my feet! I can confidently show you my heels year round. How many women my age can brag about their feet? I don’t get pedicures either! I hop out of the shower, put a little Foot Rub on my heels: Done! Staying well hydrated helps your skin healthy as well. I ditched my expensive face creams too! Nothin’ but their Lavender Roller on my wrinkles, and then Simply Shea all over my face and neck. If you had asked me if I thought I would get regular compliments on my skin after 50, I would have laughed hysterically at you. Crazy, but true, and all the credit goes to MadeOn! I’ve saved a TON of money on my skin care, and my skin has never looked better.
I became Renee’s personal health coach, and then came on board with MadeOn to be their Functional Medicine Health Coach Consultant for their Wellness Workshops.
Check out a recent interview I had with Rene Harris, the owner of MADEON: Skin Care Products!
This is my absolute favorite make-up that have been using for several years now. Emily makes every order by hand; it is all custom. It arrives in an adorable gift box, tied with a bow, a little sprig of lavender, and an encouraging note. I made a VERY gradual transition to mineral makeup. The thought of throwing away usable product was just too much for me to bear! Let’s just say I’m thrifty. 😀 As I would run out of one product I would replace it with a Redeeming Beauty Mineral product. I’m sure there are some of you that would gleefully fill your trash can with the old & bust out the new, but that wasn’t me & that’s o.k. I am now 100% RBM & loving every moment of it!!!!
I’d like to give a shout out to my photographer who was an absolute sweetheart! If you are in the New England area, not sure what her radius is, definitely look her up. She has won many awards in our area. Plus: did you see how HANDSOME she made my dog look?!! WOW!!
Kitchen Sink Sir Fry! Or is it?
I participate in a local CSA, Community Supported Agriculture, and depending on the season will have a significant surplus of yummy organic veggies, and pastured meats. I am all about EASY & LEFTOVERS! If I have to find a recipe, that’s time I could have spent cooking real food. So here’s what I do when I need to use stuff up, or its on sale at the grocery store: Get out my favorite pot, (Ya know what I mean, that go-to pot that you know holds enough to feed your family for tonight & tomorrow if you fill ‘er right up to the top!) Pick out my meat, (or skip this step if you are a vegetarian), I use about 4-6 oz of meat per person, but the beauty of mixing it in is it always seems like more. 😉 Then I pull all my veggies out of the fridge, go to the pantry and grab some onions & garlic – cuz that’s how every recipe starts, am I right?! Then I look at what meat and what vegetables I have gathered and ask myself, “Will this combo be good as Asian, Indian, or Italian?” I get bored, so this is how I shake things up! For instance if the only meat I have is hot sausage, I’m turning this pot into an Italian dream by adding basil, oregano, a little thyme. If I’m a little sore from a tough workout, and chicken is in the house, we’re having curry! I add a can of coconut milk, and tons of organic curry powder. Viola! Steak, pork, or chicken are all great for an Asian Kitchen Sink Stir Fry. I add some Braggs Liquid Aminos, or coconut aminos, ginger, red pepper flakes, and thicken it with arrowroot powder if its too liquid. This is by no means tradition cuisine! One of my sons is a foodie & is mortified that I call any of this “stir fry.” It tastes delicious, so I don’t care!!!!! If you do, feel free to only include what you feel is appropriate to your pallet. No judgement here.
First I brown off the meat in the appropriate oil, sesame for Asian, coconut for curry, and olive for Italian. (I do not brown them over high heat to protect the oil.) Once cooked, move meat to a glass or ceramic bowl & cover to keep warm.
If you eat carbs & grains, this would be a good time to get your rice started. If doing Italian you could make a nice gluten-free pasta to go with it. With the curry you can put it over rice or add diced sweet potatoes to the pot.
Start slicing and dicing your veggies while your meat is cooking starting with what needs to go in your pan first. Longer cooking veggies go first such as onions, celery, carrots, kohlrabi, eventually ending with your more tender veggies like green onions and your fresh herbs. In a perfect world once you get 1 thing prepped, and thrown in, by the time its cooked down a bit the next item will be ready to add in, and so on, and so on.
Once the veggies are almost done add the meat back in the pan and finish cooking.
ENJOY! You can have left-overs for a fast breakfast, lunch, or dinner the next day. I will sometimes add a couple scrambled eggs to my Asian left-overs (No rice), and it tastes like egg foo young without the gravy. I am getting so hungry writing this! Be bold, be adventurous & get lots of colors into you. A Kitchen Sink Stir Fry can check every single color box in one meal!!! 😀