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holiday Season 2016

Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays Everyone!


Finishing up my shopping but this rain and ice making for rough go of it today.  My children are grown, my mom passed several years ago – family spread out all over so the holidays take on a new meaning for me.


This year I am beginning a new tradition of adopting a few families in need over the holiday season and taking on job as ELF in training and trying my best to help Santa fulfill their Christmas List.  What better way to feel the spirit of Christmas, right?  I know it sounds cliche but I really am getting so much more out of this than I can put into words.  God has blessed me so much that I just want to give.  Give back, give my time, give my help, just GIVE of myself.  



However while doing my “elf duties” feeling like this calls for a fantastic RED LIP & some festive clothes.  Get me more in the mood.  So take a minute to smile more, pause and admire all the lights & decor and to tell those near and dear how much you love them.


Below is just a little vignette I created on Polyvore (love you Poly)!  That makes me smile.  Crazy for +Kevyn Aucoin lip pencils, lipsticks and glosses – +NYX Professional Makeup has some great products too on the cheap people – 
“FO REAL”!  So bundle up today my friends – throw on a perfect smile, grab a loved one, get some hot cocoa and have a great weekend!   

holiday Season 2016

 

I hope this season brings you peace, love, joy and a renewed sense of kindness to your fellow man.


Uploading guest room progress this week – be on the lookout on my Instagram, FB & twitter feeds!  Cheers!

Yummy & Healthy Veggie Blackbean Burger


You are going to thank me later – 
these Black bean 
Veggie Burgers ROCK!

Ingredients
1 can Goya Black Beans
1 can Goya Great Northern Beans
1 small  onion
Garlic
Carrots
Celery
1 package minute rice instant rice (cooks 90 sec- great to have on hand)
Jalapeños
Veggie Stock ( low sodium )
S&P
Red pepper flakes
Almond Flour

To begin you will  sauté diced onion, carrots, and celery.  About 3/4 cup of each.  Along with 3 to 4 sliced peeled garlic cloves – do this until just tender (not over browned).  I add jalapenos to mine as well your choice!  Set aside to cool. S&P slightly while browning – to help them sweat.  Zap 1 serving of the brown rice = 1 cup or already cooked brown rice add to mixture 


In a food processor pulse 1 can of each rinsed chickpeas and black beans only slightly – you still want a bit of a chunky texture not a 
complete puree or paste.  Then mix together you sauteed veggie mixture & the beans adding S&P to taste, 1/4 cup almond flour for binding, (more or less you decide) crushed red pepper flakes, garlic powder.  Maybe a bit of low sodium veggie stock to hold as well.   You want them to be able to form patties and hold their shape. 

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At home mixing the veggie mixture
Form patties and chill 10 min – to one hour.  I use parchment paper so they won’t stick.  Store in tupperware with parchment sheets between for several days and remove when ready to cook.

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Chilled Patties 

Next saute w/ olive oil over med heat til browned on both sides
transfer to preheated oven and cook for 15 min. at 400 degrees until heated throughout
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Saute in oven proof skillet 
Finally end with some Asian slaw and roasted Brussels spouts for a healthy lunch or dinner that more than satisfies!   

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The finished healthy meal – love it!  YUM
Enjoy – Cheers – Here’s To Your Health

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