Our tongues give us amazing superpower. We can cause people to fail…or succeed…depending on what we say to them.
This is probably one of my favorite recipes of all time.
It's like a thick, creamy, nutty, chicken curry sprinkled with crunchy bacon. So satisfying in my belly. :)
The direct quote from ManBacon (who's also a fan of it):
"It sticks to your ribs"
That it does, ManBacon. That. it. does. :)
Bacon Almond Chicken Stir Fry
Fibromyalgia & Lymphedema
Wow – what a combination! I have had fibro before anyone knew what it was. That diagnosis was riddled with a medical runaround and numerous tests because I could have sworn I was pregnant. In retrospect, I wish I was pregnant instead of the fibro. Just sayin’.
Then, a few years ago, I also developed lymphedema. Because it took the traditional medical community so long – almost a year – to diagnose this for me and begin treatment, I am now in Stage 2 lymphedema with no turning back. Look up the pictures; it’s not pretty. Add to both of these that because of them, I am now morbidly obese (which is not pretty either) and enjoy sleep apnea. I am obese because of a combination of poor nutrition, pain and lack of mobility (and I am hooked up to compression pumps about 5 hours every day). The fun part is that I am in a “Catch 22″ situation. If I treat the fibro as instructed (heat, sauna, hot tub, etc.) then my lymphedema (for which I have no heat tolerance at all) sends me into a whole new level of escalated pain and swelling. Since I live in chronic pain and swelling, this is NOT something I am going to sign up to do more of; trust me. Therefore, I treat the lymphedema because it’s actually the more debilitating of the two. Yea…good times.
Now that I think I have finally pushed past the worst of my grief and depression of having to deal with both of these major chronic health challenges, I am ready to really start restoring my own health and regain wellness. This time, instead of relying on our traditional medical community to help me, which has not done anything for me except put me on nasty prescriptions and more surgery – or better yet, throw up their hands in despair, I have instead decided to take my life back and bring it back to basics…get nutritionally balanced! I have been working toward this for the past few months (adding natural supplements, educating myself, leaving processed foods and fast foods, etc.) I am now ready to take the next step a little further…eat more nutrient foods (and growing more of my own), more holistic wellness education and trying to get some consistent exercise. All of this, along with the maintenance of bi-weekly physical therapy and other “maintenance” treatments, should bring around the healing that I know God has for me. <3
What is your biggest challenge? Share it with us…I would love to have you walk along this journey with me…we can encourage one another!
Over the past year or so of rediscovering myself, my heart has known this information…now it’s time for me to engage my brain and stop letting fear hold me back. Even if I make a mistake – I literally jump out of the boat (like Peter) and walk in the purpose that God has for me.
How about you? Do you know your purpose? What talent and gift do you have to share with the world…start now and share it here
Here’s a great cupcake recipe that has always gotten “wows” from my family and friends…and there are other great margarita sweet recipes on this page too…you can thank me later…:)
Today is “Love Your Pet Day”! In celebration of the day, I am sharing just a little bit about my furry love, Cody. Here’s one of my favorite recent pictures of him – riding shotgun with Richard. Taking a ride in our SUV is his favorite thing to do – other than playing in the snow. You would never know it by his spry and friendly personality, like most goldens, but next month he will be 15 years old! In a lot of ways, he’s the center of our family and I am so very thankful for him and the lessons he’s taught us; said better by an unknown author…
If A Dog Were Your Teacher
You would learn stuff like…
* When loved ones come home, always run to greet them
* Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joyride
* Allow the experience of fresh air and the wind in your face to be pure ecstasy
* When it’s in your best interest – practice obedience
* Let others know when they’ve invaded your territory
* Take naps and stretch before rising
* Run, romp and play daily
* Thrive on attention and let people touch you
* Avoid biting, when a simple growl will do
* On warm days, stop to lie on your back on the grass
* On hot days, drink lots of water and lay under a shady tree
* When you’re happy, dance around and wag your entire body
* Delight in the simple joy of a long walk
* Eat with gusto and enthusiasm; stop when you have had enough
* Be loyal and loving
* If what you want lies buried, dig until you find it
* When someone is having a bad day, be silent, sit close by and nuzzle them gently
My furbaby, Cody, has taught us all of this and much more. We are so blessed to have him part of our family. I’m going to celebrate Cody today by making him one of his favorite homemade doggie treats, (Here’s his cheesey favorite – we use cheddar: http://www.wagthedoguk.com/scrumptious-swiss-cheese-dog-treats)
Also going to get him a goodie from:
Do you have any pets? If so, share them with us! If not, share what kind of pet you would have if you could have one and why.
This is what gave me the start I needed in re-creating Ree