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Janet Scott

I love Spring but here in TN Spring doesn’t seem to love me!  I have never experienced so many allergies in my life!  Wow!  This seems to be allergy central according to the doctors so I have had to come up with some creative ways to deal including those wonderful Sinus Rinses, ugh.  They work though if you know of anyone who just can’t seem to kick sinus problems I have found that using a rinse a couple times a day seems to be helping.   I do love Spring though and I love to see everything turning green and blooming, it is one of my favorite times of the year! 

Ok, now on to some more “pleasant” topics, well maybe:

FIGHTING WRINKLES:

Who here doesn’t want to fight wrinkles?  I have been waging war on it more so than ever after the last two years of tanning in a wonderful but wrinkle creating tan bed, I can have an “instant tan” they said but they failed to let me know that “instant wrinkles” came with it!  I have 3 older sisters one of which is more prone to fighting aging than the other two so I called her the other day to get her advice.  She suggested egg whites and mayonaise (not together she pointed out unless you want to smell like egg salad), hey I’m with her at this point I will try anything!  I have also found that Avon believe it or not has an incredible anti-aging skin care line BUT I just found some interesting info on “feeding your face” .  While certain products can help your skin look healthier and more vibrant, skin care products alone aren’t enough to preserve or improve your looks over time. It’s just as important to feed your skin what it needs to build healthy collagen and elastic tissue.

While eating for younger, smoother skin won’t lift a sagging neck or tighten loose jowls, feeding your body the right components will help it build strong collagen (for thicker skin) and healthy elastic tissue (to keep skin more resilient). Plus, your skin will have a youthful glow. Because collagen and elastic tissue are made of protein, it’s important to get plenty of protein in your diet by including chicken, fish, and lean meats. The major components of collagen are the amino acids glycine and proline, which are found in high concentrations in beef, lamb, and chicken breast. You can also find glycine in pork, quail, bison, and seafood like shrimp, crab, and lobster. Cottage cheese and cabbage are additional good sources of proline.

MAKEUP TIPS:

1)  Resist the urge to powder your face every time you refresh your makeup, the result will look cakey.  Instead use blotting papers instead to remove excess moisture and oil.

2)  When choosing a concealer:  if your skin tends to have trouble with redness, use a green corrective stick, if your skin has yellow undertones choose a concealer or foundation with pink undertones, if you have olive colored skin choose one with more peachy or apricot tones.  If you struggle with fine lines and wrinkles avoid powders they tend to make the wrinkles more pronounced.

3)  The key to lashes with more length and fullness is to use two types of mascara.  Start with a lengthening mascara (bristles are close together to better grip lashes and spread the product from base to tip), then follow up with a thickening mascara, which has dense bristles to build volume.

CHILDREN’S HEALTH:

Tuesday, March 8, 2011 — Three days, two teen-aged athletes, two deaths. First, on March 3, there was Wes Leonard of Michigan, a 16-year-old high school basketball star who collapsed and died after making his team’s game-winning basket. Two days later, Colorado rugby player Matthew Hammerdorfer, 17, died after a ball hit him in the chest. Autopsies revealed that both boys died from complications of an enlarged heart.  Read more…..

ASTHMA TRIGGERS:

I struggle with asthma along with all of my crazy allergies so over the years I have become more aware of different triggers in me and my children. 

There are some well-known and obvious triggers you should avoid when you have asthma— strenuous exercise, cold air, dust mites, pollen, tobacco smoke, mold, and pet dander among them. But what about thunderstorms, aspirin, acid reflux, and traffic? A multitude of odd or unusual things can trigger an asthma attack. If you have asthma, it’s important to identify your own particular triggers so you can try to avoid — or at least be prepared for — a potential attack.  Thunderstorms seem like an odd source but the emergency rooms deal with asthma attacks much more frequently during thunderstorms.  I have often told Bill that you would think when it rains my asthma and allergies would be lessened not worse but studies that I have come across show that there is a significant amount of pollen released into the air during thunderstorms that could very well be the cause!

RECIPES:

I couldn’t help it, I saw this and had to do dessert first!

Gooey Butterscotch Bars

Servings:  40     Prep Time:  20 Min   Bake: 20 Min  Cooling

Ingredients

  • 1 package (17-1/2 ounces) sugar cookie mix
  • 1 package (3.4 ounces) instant butterscotch pudding mix
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 egg
  • 1 package (14 ounces) caramels
  • 1/2 cup evaporated milk
  • 2 cups mixed nuts
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup butterscotch chips

Directions

  • In a large bowl, combine the sugar cookie mix, pudding mix, butter and egg. Press into an ungreased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until set.
  • In a large saucepan, combine caramels and milk. Cook and stir over medium-low heat until melted. Remove from the heat. Stir in nuts and vanilla. Pour over crust. Sprinkle with butterscotch chips. Cool completely. Cut into bars. Store in an airtight container. Yield: about 3 dozen.

Three Cheese Spinach Calzones

Servings:  4             Prep Time:  20 Min    Bake Time 15 Min

Ingredients

  • 1 package (10 ounces) frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded fontina cheese
  • 1/2 cup part-skim ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 cup crumbled Gorgonzola cheese
  • 3 green onions, chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tube (13.8 ounces) refrigerated pizza crust
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon water
  • 1 cup Hunt’s® Spaghetti Sauce Traditional, warmed

Directions

  • In a small bowl, combine the first seven ingredients. On a lightly floured surface, unroll pizza crust into an 11-in. square. Cut into four squares. Transfer to a greased baking sheet. Spoon spinach mixture over half of each square to within 1/2 in. of edges.
  • Fold one corner over filling to the opposite corner, forming a triangle; press edges with a fork to seal. Cut slits in top. Repeat. Combine egg and water; brush over calzones. Bake at 375° for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown. Serve with spaghetti sauce. Yield: 4 servings.

Lemon Thyme Chicken Recipe

Servings:  4       Prep Time:  10 Min    Cook Time:  25 MIn

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (4 ounces each)
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley

Directions

  • In a small bowl, combine the flour, salt and pepper. Set aside 4-1/2 teaspoons for sauce. Sprinkle the remaining flour mixture over both sides of chicken. In a large nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray, cook chicken in oil over medium heat for 7-9 minutes on each side or until juices run clear. Remove and keep warm.
  • In the same pan, saute onion in butter until tender. Add thyme and reserved flour mixture; stir until blended. Gradually stir in the broth and lemon juice, scraping up any browned bits from bottom of pan. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Serve over chicken. Sprinkle with parsley. Yield: 4 servings.

I decided I better end with something healthy!  I would also encourage you to check out my friend Linda Burgett’s blog for incredible recipes and cooking tips at  mykindofcooking.blogspot.com  She is incredible!  Oh and be sure to check out the “stanwich”  her husbands famous recipe while you are there!

I have so many crazy tips being sent my way I will do my best to share them with all of you at least twice a week so I will keep you posted.  Have a blesssed weekend and let us know if you try any of these incredible recipes. 

God Bless,

Janet Scott

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Janet Scott

One day it feels like Spring around here and the next day it is freezing again!  I am not the only confused one though even the trees have started to bud.  🙂  Bill has started his Spring travel around the country and we have been busy with the book that will be coming out in October so we are enjoying our weekends together once again trying to grab every moment we can together.  We thank God for the blessing of Bill being able to travel and do what he does, we both firmly believe in Christian radio and love that he can be apart of it! 

So let’s check out some of the tips I found this week!  Most are just for women but we all know that as women we spend most of our lives taking care of others so there are some related tips for that as well!

Healthy Hair:

Some women seem to feel that the only way to get their hair to grow long and healthy is to head to the beauty store or salon for the latest high-end treatment. While these can help, what you put into your body is just as important to hair growth as what products you put on your hair. There are three areas to start working on when trying to grow your hair:

1)  Nutrition:  What you put on your hair is very important but what you put in your body is even more important!  Protein is at the top of the list for growing healthy strong hair and soy protein has so many benefits for women that is a great source on every level.  Fish is also a great source for healthy hair growth as it contains essential natural oils and fatty acids that your hair needs.  WATER  is a critical part of your health as well.  Water helps carry the nutrients your body needs to the areas needed and it also helps to rid your body of toxins.  To know how much water you should be drinking take your body weight and divide it in half and that is how many ozs. you should be drinking a day.  So for example if you weigh 12o lbs you should drink 60 oz of water a day.

Supplements:  I would recommend taking a supplemental B Complex.  B vitamins work better in a complex form than they do on their own for overal health issues including hormones.  If you are trying to get pregnant you want this as a part of your diet anyhow because Folic Acid is vital to help prevent certain birth defects.  Try to find a product that is sold by a company that is known for keeping their products ALL natural as well as Kosher.  Kosher vitamins have to follow a very high standard in order to be labeled as kosher and there are no chemicals used even in the growing process so it should be better for your body.

Treatments:  Use good sense when you get special treatments at a salon.  Before I knew what she was doing my daughter in law paid hundreds of dollars for a simple cholesterol treatment to soften her hair.  You can buy that product as well at a Sally’s Beauty Supply store or other local beauty supply store.  Check out your supply store before going to a salon for “treatments” if you are looking to save money.  Limit the amount of chemical treatments even though the products these days are much more mild than they use to be it is still hard on your hair to constantly perm and color your hair – use common sense.  Natural Hair shampoos and Conditioners are better than most others so look for those before just grabbing anything off the shelf.

Now for a “not so favorite” subject of mine:  Are you over 40 and overweight?  I found a website that has tips just for us!  It is Suzanne Somers website for weightloss http://www.sexyforever.com/suzanne.aspx 

RECIPES

Spicy Crab Dip

Prep/Total Time:  15 Min

 Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons dried minced onion
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons white wine or white grape juice
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper, optional
  • 1/2 teaspoon hot pepper sauce, optional
  • 2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, cubed
  • 1 pound imitation crabmeat, chopped
  • Assorted crackers or fresh vegetables

Directions

  • In a food processor, combine the first eight ingredients. Cover and process until smooth. Transfer to a large microwave-safe bowl. Stir in crab; mix well.
  • Cover and microwave on high for 2-3 minutes or until bubbly. Serve warm with crackers or vegetables. Yield: 4 cups.

Irish Lamb Stew

6 Servings              Prep Time 25 Min            Cook Time 2 Hours

Ingredients

  • 6 tablespoons all-purpose flour, divided
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1-1/2 pounds lamb stew meat, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 3 cups water
  • 1/2 teaspoon dill weed
  • 8 pearl onions, peeled
  • 3 medium carrots, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 large potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 1/2 cup half-and-half cream
  • Hot biscuits

Directions

  • In a large resealable plastic bag, combine 4 tablespoons flour, salt and pepper. Add lamb; shake to coat.
  • In a Dutch oven, brown lamb in oil on all sides. Add water and dill; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 1-1/2 hours or until meat is almost tender.
  • Add the onions, carrots and potatoes. Cover and simmer for 30 minutes or until the meat and vegetables are tender.
  • In a small bowl, place remaining flour; stir in cream until smooth. Stir into stew. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Serve with biscuits. Yield: 6 servings.

Mint Sundae Brownie Squares

15 Servings       Prep Time 20 Min  Freezing Bake  + Cooling

Ingredients

  • 1 package fudge brownie mix (13-inch x 9-inch pan size)
  • 3/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 teaspoons peppermint extract
  • 4 drops green food coloring, optional
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream, whipped
  • 1/2 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 jar (16 ounces) hot fudge ice cream topping, warmed
  • 1/3 cup chopped salted peanuts

Directions

  • Prepare brownie mix according to package directions. Stir in walnuts.
  • Pour into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan. Bake at 325° for 23-27 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean (do not overbake). Cool on a wire rack.
  • Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine the milk, extract and food coloring if desired. Fold in whipped cream and chocolate chips. Spread over brownie layer. Cover and freeze for several hours or overnight.
  • Let stand at room temperature for 10 minutes before cutting. Drizzle with ice cream topping; sprinkle with peanuts. Yield: 15 servings.

I hope the rest of your week is great and blessed by God!  Take care!

Janet Scott

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Summertime

Janet Scott

Wow!  Sorry it has been so long for this update!  Bill and I were out of town on vacation and I seriously took a vacation from too much obviously.  We had a great time in Northern Michigan visiting family and friends and we even got to spend a day on Mackinac Island!  I think I could almost live there in such a laid back environment. If you ever get the chance to go there and you are looking for true relaxation, go.  There are some great deals if you look for them online, especially the last minute deals for hotels.  Just google Mackinac Island Hotels.  There are no cars or other motorized vehicles other than emergency vehicles.  You can ride around the island on horses or bikes or you can take a carriage ride.  You can visit the old Fort or the Grand Hotel which is where the movie, “Somewhere In Time” was filmed.  It is just an all around great place to relax and enjoy the best fudge on earth! 

Summer Skin:

1) Exfoliate:  It’s so very important to exfoliate your skin. Your body sheds skin cells at an amazing rate every minute of every day. If you don’t get rid of them, they’ll just sitting on your skin making you look dull and dry. No matter how much lotion you use, you’re never going to have glowing skin if you don’t exfoliate. Grab a body scrub and hit the shower. Gently rub your exfoliator in circular movements on your entire body from the shoulders down (you’ll want a facial exfoliator for your face and neck) and rinse clean.  Don’t overdo exfoliating, once or twice a week should be enough, you don’t want to dry your skin out either.

2)  Shaving:  I won’t ask for a show of hands; you know who you are. In the winter, what is the point of keeping your legs religiously shaved daily when you know your legs will never see the light of day? Those lazy days of winter are over. Find a good razor that won’t cause razor burn. 

3) Skin Care Regimen:  Find skincare that works for you.  I have found with my somewhat oily skin, especially in the “T-zone” that my best friend in the Summer heat is my Toner.  Anytime I feel like I need a lift, I just use my toner and a light facial moisturizer.  Sometimes it is necessary to change moisturizers from what you might use in the Winter.  Winter moisturizers can sometimes be to heavy for the heat of Summer. 

4)  Hydrate your body:  There are some great smelling moisturizers for your body out there.  I personally love the Body Shop!  Your skin gets so much more exposure to the elements during the Summer so it is important to moisturize as well as use the appropriate Sunscreen!

5)  Don’t forget your feet:  There are some great foot soaks and moisturizers to keep your feet looking good in your sandel and flipflops!  Check out The Body Shop at http://www.thebodyshop-usa.com/  If they don’t have a store near you, you can order online or if you are looking for some extra income you can sell the Body Shop at home. 

Summer Hair:

Summer is right around the corner and not only can the sun and hot temps wreak havoc on your skin, they can be just as damaging on your hair.

“The heat and humidity and the chlorine and salt water make summer the season for frizz,” says Michael Shaun Corby, Global Creative Director for Alterna.

Corby says controlling frizzy or limp hair is all about using the right products. “This will allow you to work with your hair’s natural texture, not against it,” he says.

Here are Corby’s four tips for sexy, shiny summer strands:

1. Always start with a thermal protector, like Hemp with Organics Sun Recovery Spray, which will coat the hair and protect it from the heat, UVA/UVB rays, and other damaging summer elements. After your hair is protected, then you can style it many different ways.

2. For a natural, summer look, Hemp with Organics Ocean Waves Spray easily creates fun, beach-like texture on all hair types. Spray it on damp hair and let hair air-dry for a piecey, wavy, sexy look.

3. If you want to wear your hair straight, use a lightweight serum to keep frizz at bay. Try Caviar Polishing Serum before blow-drying to keep hair straight and frizz-free, then add a few drops to the finished style as well.

4. Use a weekly moisturizing masque during the summer, like Alterna’s Caviar Hair Masque to deeply hydrate the hair and keep it in great shape.

Aside from products, don’t forget the importance of keeping your tresses cool in style.

Headbands are the perfect way to keep short hair off the face,” advises Corby. “I love ornate headbands with antique jeweled embellishments, but a simple black headband works too. I also love the look of headscarves — they keep the head cool and are very stylish. Pick a fun pattern, I like ones with a boho vibe.”

For longer hair, Corby says ponytails are totally chic. “You can do a quick casual low ponytail or a create a higher ponytail and wrap a small section of hair over top of the elastic for a more sophisticated look. I also love the look of a loose side ponytail, especially when hair is wavy or has beach-like texture.”

Whatever style you choose, don’t forget the number one summer hair must-do: use sun protection!

“Women are very conscientious about protecting their skin from the sun’s harmful rays but, surprisingly forget to properly care for their hair,” says Corby. “A day at the beach can really wreak havoc on the hair due to extensive sun exposure and drying salt water from the ocean.”

Baby Stuff:

Get Free Baby Stuff that can be beneficial
There are numerous companies that want to increase their marketing and try to promote their products with various methods and systems. Providing Free baby Stuff Samples is among the many methods and undoubtedly this is a great process to attract new mom and dads. When a baby comes into any family the expense becomes huge for the parents though no body can actually think of anything related with their new born baby.   There are some great coupons and a few free offers on these sites.
 
Great Summer Recipe:

                                                                                                 Key Lime Cheesecake Pie

INGREDIENTS

1 box Pillsbury® refrigerated pie crusts, softened as directed on box
Filling
1 envelope unflavored gelatin
1/2 cup fresh lime juice
1 cup sugar
2 eggs, beaten
2 packages (3 oz each) cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup butter or margarine, softened
1 cup whipping cream
1 1/2 teaspoons grated lime peel
1/2 cup whipping cream, whipped, sweetened
  Lime slices

DIRECTIONS

1. Heat oven to 450°F. Make pie crust as directed on box for One-Crust Baked Shell. Cool completely on cooling rack, about 15 minutes.
2. In 1-quart saucepan, sprinkle gelatin on lime juice. Let stand 5 minutes to soften. Using wire whisk, beat in sugar and eggs. Heat mixture to boiling over medium heat. Reduce heat; boil gently 3 minutes, stirring constantly.
3. In medium bowl, beat cream cheese and butter. Pour in hot lime juice mixture; beat until smooth and well blended. Refrigerate about 45 minutes or until cool, stirring occasionally.

Thank you for visiting I hope you have a blessed week!  If you have any great recipes you would like to share please email them to me at ladies@xtrlive.com  Please pray for our ministry  Free Our Family and check out the resources we have at www.freeourfamily.com  

God Bless,

Janet Scott

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Janet ScottI hope everyone had a safe and relaxing Memorial Day!  If you tried any of those recipes let me know what you thought!!  I am trying to get geared up for a busy Summer and I am sure most of you are too!  Here are a few tips that caught my eye!

MORE ENERGY

I am always looking for healthful ways to get more energy and who would think it would come from Sunflower Seeds?  You can enjoy an instant energy surge with Sunflower Seeds!  They are tasty all by themselves but you can also add them to salads, cereal, chicken dishes or even yogurt!  Fact:  A single handful (2 oz.) provides a full day’s dose of vitamin E and the researchers at Yale discovered that if you get your daily RDA of Vitamin E from food and not supplements you will have more energy and endurance!

Walk to beat Perimenopause:

If you don’t need this yet, you will some day!  LOL  Women ages 38-50 who exercise for just three hours a week experience fewer hot flashes and night sweats and are happier, research shows.  Exercise raises levels of endorphins, natural “feeling-good” hormones that boost well-being and help regulate body termperature.

Looking for ways to cut $ on Entertainment

Bill and I have decided to try Netflix by streaming the movies through our Wii or Xbox.  Right now they are offering a month free trial, but the offer is only good until June 15, 2010   We love going to the movies but you can almost buy a small house for a night at the movies for the family!  If interested you can look them up at www.netflix.com

I LOVE TO READ!

Check out my favorite female author and friend, Lynette Eason!  I have to admit I am always skeptical when I first try a new author!  I was immediately captivated in the first few pages of the first book of hers I read!

To find out more check out her website at http://www.lynetteeason.com/

Great Suspense with a Twist…..

BOOST YOUR CONFIDENCE:

Are you facing a challenge that has you a little worried or nervous?  Before the event, job interview, speech etc., picture every detail of the event and give it the ending you want and deserve.  Go through it step by step and imagine everything going perfectly!  Top Athletes have been routinely taught by Psychologists this technique to improve performance and ease their nerves.  It is always better to go into any new situation if it is important to you especially, prepared and positive!

RECIPE TIME:

Grilled Potato Skins

4 Servings                      Prep Time:  30 Min.

Ingredients

  • 2 medium potatoes
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons picante sauce
  • 1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 tablespoon real bacon bits
  • 1/4 cup chopped tomato
  • 2 tablespoons chopped green onion
  • TOPPING:
  • 3 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon prepared ranch salad dressing
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons real bacon bits
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

Directions

  • Cut each potato lengthwise into four wedges. Cut away the white portion, leaving 1/4 in. on the potato skins. Place skins on a microwave-safe plate.
  • Microwave, uncovered, on high for 8-10 minutes or until tender. Brush butter over shells; top with picante sauce, cheese and bacon bits.
  • Grill potatoes, skin side down, uncovered, over medium heat for 4-6 minutes or until lightly browned. Cover and grill 2-3 minutes longer or until cheese is melted. Sprinkle with tomato and onion. In a small bowl, combine topping ingredients. Serve with potato skins. Yield: 4 servings.

Nutrition Facts: 1 serving (2 each) equals 246 calories, 16 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 23 mg cholesterol, 271 mg sodium, 21 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 5 g protein.

I am hoping to start updating everyday soon!  So keep checking in for new changes!  I hope you have a blessed day!

God Bless,

Janet Scott

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