Matching Outfits….Love Black/White&Red Combination

Matching outfits_Aleiah & I

 

Pattern:  None, from body measurements only

My grand-baby kept asking me to make a dress with hearts.  I made a pillowcase dress with hand-sewn hearts made from felt.

Made myself a slightly high-waisted skirt; with red zipper on the outside.

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Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s Calming Creamy Turmeric Tea

I rarely watch daytime TV (usually at work), but I was home on April 5th and just happened to have the TV on and Dr. OZ had Dr. Sanjay Gupta as his guest; I think this episode originally aired on Jan. 15, 2013.

It’s tagged as “Dr. Sanjay Gupta sits down with Dr. Oz for the first time ever!” and they reveal the secrets to a long life and what you need to know to prevent a stroke. Plus, are cellphones dangerous? The shocking brain cancer connection for women.

On the topic of secrets to a long life, Dr. Sanjay Gupta share that he drinks a creamy cup of turmeric tea every night to help calm his nerves, but the benefits of this colorful drink don’t end there: A recent study suggests that curcumin, a brain-boosting chemical in turmeric, could help slow the progression of Alzheimer’s by helping hippocampal brain cells grow.

Link to Dr. Oz

I just tried this and it tastes pretty good, even without honey (didn’t have any on hand);

Creamy Tea

Here’s the recipe;

  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1/4 tsp ginger

Directions:  Heat the almond milk in a microwave (or on stove-top), stir in the spices and drizzle the honey on top. Enjoy! 

Jamaican Red Peas Soup…Yummmm!

Red Peas Soup

Ingredients   

You will need the following ingredients to prepare enough red pea soup for 4 people;

3 cups of kidney beans, soaked overnight in water or 2 tins of canned beans
12 cups of water
2 regular onions
2 scallion (spring onions may be used as a substitute)
pumpkin
2 teaspoons of dried thyme
1 hot pepper (ideally scotch bonnet)
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper (ground)
1/2 lb potatoes
1/2 lb yam
1/2 cup coconut milk
Flour, water and a pinch of salt to make dough for spinners

Optional ingredients
Pork bones
Chicken back

Preparation

  • If you are using fresh, dried kidney beans then soak them in water overnight.
  • Place the beans (including the water they were stored / soaked in) in a large saucepan and add the water
  • If you are using meat then add the meat now
    Let simmer for one hour

Cooking

  • Chop the hot pepper, potatoes, onions, scallion, yam and pumpkin in to small pieces
  •  Mix flour and a pinch of salt with water until it has the consistency of dough.
  • Pinch off a small amount of the dough and roll it in your hands to make a “spinner”

Spinners

  • Add the spinner to the pot, repeat until you run out of dough.
  • Add the rest of the ingredients
  • Let simmer for one more hour.

Serving 

Related Link: Jamaica Travel & Culture

I LOVE Quinoa!!

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I love Quinoa!  It’s a great substitute for rice and easy to make.  I use the Casbah Organic brand and just follow the Stove Top Directions on the back to prepare; using a vegetable broth.  I add asparagus and or broccoli; with a side of slice tomato, cucumber and avocado (aka “pear” in Jamaica).  It’s very high in protein and fiber.  Other quinoa recipes can be found here or just “google”quinoa recipes to find more.

If you haven’t tried quinoa before, I suggest you do… enjoy!

What is Quinoa (kēnwä)? 

What is Quinoa

A goose-foot (Chenopodium quinoa) found in the Andes, where it was widely cultivated for its edible starchy seeds before the introduction.  The grainlike seed of this plant, used as food and in the production of alcoholic drinks.  Quinoa is closely related to species such as beetsspinach and tumbleweeds.

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Early History – Quinoa was first domesticated by the Incas around 3000 years ago. Quinoa has been an important staple in the Andean cultures where the plant is indigenous but relatively obscure in the rest of the world. The Incas, who held the crop to be sacred, referred to quinoa as chisaya mama or ‘mother of all grains’, and it was the Inca emperor who would traditionally sow the first seeds of the season using ‘golden implements.’ During the Spanish conquest of South America, the Spanish colonists scorned quinoa as ‘food for Indians’, and even actively suppressed its cultivation, due to its status within indigenous religious ceremonies. In fact, the conquistadores forbade quinoa cultivation for a time and the Incas were forced to grow wheat instead. 

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Pretty in Pink

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Created by:  Nuff LOVE Creations

Created for:  My Niece

Pattern:  Burda 9543 – Only used the bottom half of the pattern to create the skirt and used an existing top to cut-out the pattern of the two tops.

Note:  Quite proud (and surprised) how well this turned out and that it fits; as my niece lives in USA and I made adjustments to the pattern based on her measurements only.