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Creamy Coleslaw with Tomatoes

My mother would often make this coleslaw recipe during the summer and for the holidays. It is something about the way the tomatoes compliment the cabbage that made me become a fan of coleslaw.

This coleslaw recipe is not dry but very moist due to the tomatoes and creamy because of the mayo. You are more than welcome to adjust the ingredients as need be.

Preparation KEynotes 

Cabbage

Choose any size or color cabbage you like. Some people like green and some people fancy red cabbage! Just remember raw red cabbage has a peppery taste, and raw green cabbage is sweeter.

Try and make sure when you shred the cabbage, you get out the big pieces.

Tomatoes

You are welcome to use any tomato you see fit.

  • 1 Better Boy tomato
  • 3-4 Roma tomatoes
  • 7-8 Heirloom tomatoes
This is a Better Boy tomato! I hulled out the inside.

When cutting the tomatoes, cut them in half and take out the inside. You don’t have to, but depending on your tomato, it will be extremely juicy.

Vinegar (optional)

What is your favorite vinegar? I have always used apple cider vinegar, but you are more than welcome to use white vinegar.

I add my vinegar to the cabbage and tomatoes first, then add all the other ingredients.

Mayo

I mostly use Duke’s Mayo, but I have used Miracle Whip. If you use Miracle Whip, do not add sugar, it will make it too sweet.

Sugar

Only use white sugar, no substitutions!!

LET IT CHILL

Make sure you let it chill for at least 30 minutes. This is a recipe the longer you let it chill, the better it will taste.

Enjoy!!

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Creamy Coleslaw with Tomatoes

Prep Time 20 mins
Chill Time 30 mins
Course Side Dish

Ingredients
  

  • 1 large cabbage (any size)
  • 1 big tomato
  • 1/2 cup relish
  • 1/2 cup mayo
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 1 tbsp pepper
  • 1 tbsp white sugar
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar

Instructions
 

  • Take your cabbage and cut it into four squares. Remove outside leaves and rinse off. Use a grater using the medium size part and grate all your cabbage up in a large size bowl.
  • Get your tomato(es) and dice them to the size you want. Add your diced tomatoes to the bowl.
  • Next, add your seasonings to the bowl, and mayo, relish, and apple cider vinegar. Stir it well. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
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Home Remedies

Anxiety and Depression Relief

Anxiety and depression have a funny way of creeping in and affecting the best of us. You may experience sleepless nights, angry outbursts, feeling low and in a dark place, panic attacks from dealing with traumatizing situations and stress, the list goes on and on.

I have a few helpful home remedies that can help elevate those pesky feelings and get you back to your happy self in no time.

 Cut Alcohol

I know you are laughing and calling me all kinds of names but hear me out. If you are a heavy drinker, alcohol has a funny way that it leads to depression. I use to drink, I would drink to feel good, to be social, and then I noticed I would feel bad. Sometimes this guilty feeling or sadness would come in when I wake up and I decided to do some research. It’s the alcohol… Click here.

It may seem as if everything is okay when you are drinking alcohol but is a natural relaxer. Once the effects wear off, your anxiety or depression will come back in full swing but heavier and harder. Worse, you become dependent on alcohol to keep getting that natural relaxed feeling. It’s a road of nothing but destruction, alcohol will wreak havoc on your body in the long run.

To cut the need for alcohol, you can take supplements to repair your liver and kidneys. An amazing product that can help with detoxing from alcohol is the liver cleanse and detox.

You may purchase this from Amazon. There are many different detoxes but in my opinion, this was one of the best. It’s not expensive, I am familiar with the different herbs and flowers used and I felt overall better with my mood and gut health within 4 days. It contains dandelion roots, and you will urinate a lot. Drink plenty of water.

Get Active

When you sit in a dark room, or in a closed-up house, you will start to feel as gloomy as your environment. You need to move and get out, feeling the sun on your face.

Being depressed make you feel like you don’t want to do anything but sleep and be alone, but that’s not the answer. Get up, get dressed, and get outside. You need to breathe in the fresh air and enjoy the weather.

If you feel you cant muster the strength to go outside, take a Vitamin E supplement. It is not a remedy for the sun, but you can get the benefits that you will lack from not getting enough sun. Lack of Vitamin E has been known to cause depression.

Warm Teas

There is nothing like a good cup of warm tea but did you know that different teas can help alleviate certain ailments?

I have a few tried and tested teas I use to drink when I suffered from postpartum depression. These particular teas are not just good for Postpartum depression, but they are helpful for anxiety, stress, tension, depression, sadness, and safe for children. I give my 8-year-old chamomile tea with warm honey on those fussy nights. Kids get stressed, too.

You can purchase these teas at Amazon.

Limit Your Caffeine

Drinking caffeine can cause nervousness and jitters, which can lead to anxiety. If you are having issues with caffeine just limit your consumption or just cut it out completely.

Get Your Sleep

You have to get enough sleep to keep up with your day-to-day demands, if you don’t you will start a downward spiral that can wreak havoc on your body and overall wellbeing. You need to create a nice relaxing atmosphere to get the best possible sleep you can.

  • Make it dark
  • No TV 1 hour before bed
  • No electronics 1 hour before bed
  • Get into a routine to go to bed a the same time or close to it every night. I tried this and within 3 nights, I automatically get sleepy by 11:00 pm. It works.
  • Get a diary and write in it. Write down your day, or what makes you mad, and leave your problems there.
  • Make your room cool. The bed with your covers will be cozy and you will be sleeping in no time.

Eat Healthy and Drink Healthy

I know, I know you can’t believe this is a discussion but did you know eating high fatty foods are linked to depression? Click here.

I was amazed by my findings, but I will say my family and I are feeling better eating healthier. You have more energy to do things, and you feel good inside.

High sugar diets are known to cause an increase in all types of mood disorders, and making  quick lifestyle changes can do wonders for your mood.

Fruits and vegetables make you feel good inside so slowly incorporate these items into your meal.  They give you a calming and relaxing effect that will help with anxiety and stress.

Drink plenty of water, fruit juices and sodas may taste good but all in all it’s just sugar.

I hope these home remedies help with any anxiety/ depression you may be experiencing. This is not a substitute for medical help. Please don’ hesitate to contact your doctor or  Click Here for more help.

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Dinner Recipes Favorite Holiday Recipes Recipes

Brown Sugar and Mustard Glazed Ham

 

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Brown Sugar and Mustard Glazed Ham

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This is my go to favorite ham recipe. It reminds me of the holidays because my mom ALWAYS made this. Every bite is nostalgic, flavorful, and juicy. All you need is a few household ingredients and you are in business. Heads up: Mustard is used, but i promise you won't even taste it. This is kid tested and mother approved.

Ingredients
  

  • Ham any size its a few ways to prepare a ham
  • 1 Cup of Brown Sugar
  • 1/4 Cup of yellow mustard
  • 1 Tablespoon of clove powder
  • 1 Tablespoon of liquid smoke

Instructions
 

  • Raw Ham- cut off excess fat,  I slice through in different directions and place in a roasting pan.
  • Spiral Ham - take out package and place in roasting pan.
  • Half  Ham - place face down.
  • Mix the brown sugar, mustard, clove powder, and liquid smoke together until it turns into a creamy paste. Pour mixture all ham into every nock and cranny. Follow you hams baking directions. I cook my ham on 350 degrees, raw hams for 4 hours, spiral hams for 2.
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Dinner Recipes Favorite Holiday Recipes Recipes

Oven Baked Macaroni and Cheese

 

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Oven Baked Macaroni and Cheese

This is a quick and easy oven baked macaroni that is a family favorite. It is very simple to make and I love making this during the holidays.

Ingredients
  

  • 1 box of macaroni cooked
  • 1 cup of milk
  • 1 can of evaporated milk
  • 1 cup of sharp cheddar
  • 1 cup of mild cheddar
  • 1 cup of mozzarella
  • 1 cup of white cheddar
  • 2 Tablespoons of salt
  • 2 Tablespoons of pepper
  • 1 stick of butter
  • 3 eggs
  • A casserole baking pan

Instructions
 

  • Grease your casserole pan very well
  • In a large bowl mix your macaroni, white cheddar, and sharp cheddar together.
  • In another bowl, whisk milk, evaporated milk, salt, pepper, and eggs together.
  • In another bowl mix the mozzarella and mild cheese together.
  • In your baking dish put a row of macaroni mixture down, layer it with  a little shredded cheese mix.
  • Take rest of macaroni spread, and spread rest of cheese mixture across the top.
  • Take the milk mixture and pour evenly over the macaroni and cheese.
  • Let set for at least and hour.
  • Bake on 350 for 45 minutes covered, use aluminum foil. Bake uncovered for 15 minutes for cheese to get a nice brown color.
  • Enjoy!!!

Notes

You DO NOT have to have all of these cheeses. It is your preference. I just love the different blend of flavors I get and I love a cheesy macaroni and cheese.
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Holiday and Party Ideas

Gifts for TEENAGERS under $20

With a teenager in the house its kind of hard to pinpoint the exact gift to get for them. I have a teenager daughter and she isn’t the most vocal when it comes to Christmas gifts until the LAST MINUTE. With the holiday books coming in the mail, I have been keeping an eye on some of the gadgets and gifts my oldest daughter keep looking at.

I hope some of these ideas can come in handy for you.

 

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Bedazzler Kits

These are great presents for people who love to have rhinestones on everything. My teenager has bedazzled her walls, shirts, hats, curtains, and she now likes to wear rhinestones on her face. For the bedazzler of the family this is a perfect gift.

Funky Phone Case 

I know it doesn’t sound exciting but if you look into the world of phone cases, you will e surprised at what you see. I have a few phone cases myself, and I personally would like one for Christmas. Spice it up with their favorite character, sports teams, or favorite color with some funky or exotic shapes. Let your imagination run wild.

Phone Holder 

This may seem small but with the way teenagers are TikToking and learning to drive, this is more of a necessity than an accessory.

Phone Knob

The perfect gift for anyone with a phone, this is essential for any phone. I have one of these as well. Listen, you just pop it to the back of your phone and you will never drop your phone again. They have so many different designs. Trust me, you will want one for yourself.

Portable Charger

There will be no reason for the excuse of a dead phone now. Thiis is an easy gift to carry, and best of all… you don’t need a charger. ITS PORTABLE. Just plug their phone into in and they are charged up in no time.

Ear Buds

Tell me you don’t know someone, especially your teenager, right now, that doesn’t need at least one ear bud? How about two? My teenager walking around the house as we speak with one working ear bud. Great stocking stuffer gift.

Gift Cards

This is for the teenager who says, ” I don’t want nothing!” Well guess what buddy, here is a gift card. They can buy what they want, and you can put the amount. Everybody wins.

Art Supplies

This is for the artsy teenager in the house. They always need paint brushes, canvas paper, chalk, paints, markers, water paints, construction paper, and cotton. You can find some really great art kits for great prices. They will sure love it.

Chakra Beads Gemstone Kits

For the new age teenager, this is the gift. The chakra bead kits allow them to make their own energy bracelets. They can make any type of jewelry, and it is a excellent gift for an inexpensive price.

Moon Lamp / Lava Lamp

These lamps have evolved over the years and are so impressive, anyone in the family would love this.

DIY Kits

These gifts are perfect for the teenager who is into doing their own everything. Making a scrapbook, phone cover, tye-dyed shirts, photo frames, the list goes on, and you will find it here.

Inflatable Lounger

This is great for any teenager who wants to add furniture to their room. It is easy to assemble and best of all not heavy.

 

Cologne / Perfume

You can find some really nice cologne and perfumes for teenagers. You can buy several small ones and make it like a gift assortment or buy one ad a stocking stuffer.

Wallets

This is a must have because it is too easy to lose important documents, like ID or drivers licenses. My daughter has a wallet and still proceeds to throw her money in her purse, I still have no idea why.

Personalized Items

They will be so appreciative of this gift. You can personalize a cap or shirt, keychains, bath towels, earrings, car tags, floor mats, jackets, let your imagination run wild. I guarantee you will see a smile from ear to ear.

Comforter/ Throw

This is great for the decor enthusiast who loves to spruce up their rooms. Believe it or not my 8-year-old would love this gift. They come in so many styles, they are not the traditional type. You can get them with feet or a hoodie for warmth, they have some that has a calming effect, you will be amazed.

Keepsake Journal

A lot of teenagers love to have mementos,  but why not have a personal journey. They can write their deepest secrets, or just a memory book of their proudest moments. You will be sure to find something for them here.

Face Mask

We all are well aware we have a few viruses lingering around, and what better way to give a great gift that  a face mask. You can find different designs and add antibacterial soap to it as stay healthy and safe gift.

I hope these ideas can help out with the holiday hassle and have fun.

Enjoy!!!

 

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Breakfast Recipes Dessert Recipes Recipes

Strawberry Cream Cheese Breakfast Cake

 

This recipe is easy to make and a family breakfast treat. Do you ever just want something flavorful and sweet but different for breakfast?

I used a loaf pan and it came out so beautiful!

I had some cream cheese leftover from another recipe and I whipped up an easy sweet little breakfast treat. The cake came out so soft and the cream cheese gave it a rich buttery flavor.

Make sure you put cream cheese pieces throughout the batter.

This recipe is flavorful with just the right amount of sweetness, this will be a quick family favorite that you will find yourself going to over and over again.

Add scrambled eggs, and some turkey bacon, don’t forget the side of fruit. This breakfast will be built for champions. 

strawberry cream cheese breakfast cak

Strawberry Cream Cheese Breakfast Cake

Ingredients
  

  • 2 packages of muffin mix any flavor, I used strawberry
  • 2 slices of cream cheese cut up into bite sizes
  • 11/2 cup of milk

Instructions
 

  • Grease a loaf pan
  • Mix ingredients on back of muffin mix
  • Add cream cheese bites into mixture, push cream cheese into mixture.
  • Add milk and stir.
  • Bake on 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes.
  • Let cool for 10 to 15 minutes and you can go ahead and serve.

Notes

Push the cream cheese pieces into the mixture. I try and have pieces everywhere so each bite is yummy.
Enjoy!!!
The girls loved it with hot cocoa. I loved it with black coffee.
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My Personal Blog

My New Journey

Nov 2, 2021

This is my first real blog and I really don’t know how to start off, so I’m just going to talk.

If you read my Get To Know Me page, you know I suffer from hypoparathyroidism and coping with life, trying making the best out of EVERYTHING.

Well guess what…

I have a new journey ahead.

Over the weekend, Natlie’s birthday weekend, I received a call from a kidney program. I also had received some information in the mail, but I overlooked it. Do you have any idea how much health stuff you get in the mail?

I thought it was junk mail!!!

Needless to say I waited to check out the envelope until Monday. I despise dealing with stuff during the weekend.

This is what I received in the mail

 

I’m really nervous, I don’t know what to expect, but I’m hopeful.

To help with my nerves I’m gonna set some goals and so I can stay motivated.

I’m gonna bake something. Food is always good for the soul, and I can talk to the family about our new adventure.

Wish me luck.

Until next time😇