Be grateful

As I sit here in my comfy reading socks, sipping a glass of my favourite wine and writing my little blog, I realize….I have nothing, NOTHING! to complain about at this very moment.

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It’s Thanksgiving and I am truly grateful.  Despite all the bad in this world which we see and hear about each day, there is still SO much good….

I see it in my kids’ smiles as they pick out their pumpkins; in my mom’s tired hands preparing our Thanksgiving meal;  in my grandmother’s wrinkly and yet beautiful smile as she’s enjoying my chocolate covered strawberries; in my dad’s blue eyes that tear up every time my kids say something sweet to him; and in Karl as he gets silly with our boys after supper…… I see the goodness in the little things in life.

I recently started reading the series of books entitiled ‘The Secret’.  It’s a true life changer for me.  The author, Rhonda Byrne,  speaks to gratitute as the biggest power one has on this earth.

We have the power to do anything, be anything, have anything, but we have to be truly THANKFUL for what we already have and for anything we want now or in the future.  I know it can sound silly to some, but I am a believer.

You can look for the book on Amazon: The Secret. The entire series includes several titles  and you can also see the film: The Secret DVD

So as we are enjoying our beautiful meals this weekend, let’s be grateful for every single little moment, little smile, little thing.  Be grateful.  Life is too short not to be.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Juicing for your health

Okay ladies and gents, today we are talking about juicing.

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I’m not talking about some fad juicing diets. I’m simply talking about juicing your veggies and fruits to make them part of your life.

By the way, have you seen the documentary “Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead”? It’s on Netflix, check it out!  Amazing.

Anyway. I want to talk about juicing as it is a BIG part of my life.  I make a fresh juice every morning and love every sip!

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My juices contain majority of veggies and some fruits, and my go-to ingredient list includes:

  • Avocado
  • Baby tomatoes
  • Lemon
  • Ginger
  • Parsley
  • Mixed greens (baby spinach, baby kale)
  • Mint
  • Wheatgrass
  • Coconut water

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Sometimes I add some banana, strawberry, blackberry or cucumber. Whatever I have in the fridge, really!

I don’t stick to the same recipe every time (I try to develop new ones as I go along). I’ll be sure to share some interesting ones with you in future posts.  But the one I’m sharing today is my standard:)

The mixture is VERY green. I think it looks beautifully healthy.  But I know my hubby and really….most people, don’t like the look of it.  I honestly don’t know why!  What’s the deal?  Isn’t green a nice colour? 😉

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Sooooo, for those of you who absolutely must drink something better looking, here is what Karl drinks in his juice:

  • Mixed greens
  • Banana
  • Pineapple
  • Strawberries
  • Lemon
  • Peaches (or any other fruit in season – plums, etc.)
  • Natural yogurt
  • Coconut Water

The blender we have allows for frozen blending to make smoothies, so Karl adds lots of ice to get that smoothie texture.

You can get the blender on Amazon: Ninja Professional Blender.  I absolutely love it – the little blender we had before does not compare at all;)

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And, my Dominick’s favourite juice is very simple:

  • Baby Spinach
  • Banana
  • Strawberry
  • Natural Yogurt
  • Coconut Water

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Simple goodness!

Still trying to convince Daniel to the idea of juicing. He’ll try a sip or two, but isn’t yet having a full glass.  He’ll get there;)

The main reason why I love juicing so much is that it is just impossible to eat as many veggies and fruits as you can put in your juice.

There is no way I could sit here and eat a bunch of parsley, you know?

It makes me feel like I’m doing my body a huge favour by giving it so many good, healthy things.

We’re lucky to live near many farms, so I can pick up fresh fruit and veggies all throughout summer right from the farmers. Otherwise, I try to buy as much organic as possible.

If you can’t buy organic, my mom washes (scrubs!) everything with baking soda (any fruit or veggie you consume with skin on). You know the wax on your apples that makes them so shiny?  Ya, baking soda will take it right off.  Also, apple cider vinegar works great too!

So go ahead and drink juice to your health!  Your body will thank you!

Or maybe you juice already?  Please, do share you favourite recipe!

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What’s the beef with tatar?

Ever since my husband came back from his recent trip to Poland, he has not stopped talking about, making and consuming tatar.

Now, while I can’t understand the act of consuming raw meat, this side dish has been ingrained in the Polish kitchen for many years.  In fact, I remember my mom’s tatar receiving rave reviews from friends and family when I was young.  Mind you, they never fed us, kids, this delicacy.  Thank you!

So what exactly is tatar?

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The tatar I know is made of lean ground beef of high quality, mixed with well cut onion, parsley, pickles, capers and raw egg yolk.  Yup.  It’s raw!  Yup.  People enjoy it!

Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love my Polish heritage and believe me, the Polish kitchen leaves nothing to desire – it’s YUMMY!  But tatar – I will not have! Raw fish? Sure.  Raw meat?  Not so much.  Sorry, just no.

Apparently, the recipe for tatar is centuries old, and it’s not strictly a Polish thing.  Many European countries enjoy it in a variety of different ways.

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In any event, it looks like tatar is becoming a part of my hubby’s life and it’s here to stay, for now at least.  So to Karl I say ‘bon appétit!’ and to you I ask: what do you think?

What IS the beef with tatar?  Have you tried it? Do you love it?  Do you hate it? Would you try it? I want to know!  Do share:)

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