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Holly & Heather’s Helpful Hint: Lemons and Yoga and Sleep, oh my!

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Continuing our quest for a “better us” for 2018, we began doing a series of video workshops on healthy living. Even if we already “know” so much about what it takes to keep our bodies and minds balanced, it is always refreshing to reacquaint ourselves with long forgotten wisdom. And we were so happy to hear that living our lives WITH JOY is part of healthy living! Why do we sometimes forget that? That’s a topic for another blog…

Nutrition is certainly integral to keeping our bodies free from illness. One take away this week was drinking lemon water every day. Lemons are an amazing fruit that contain vitamin C and can help reduce inflammation. And we all know the importance of keeping our bodies hydrated with good, old fashioned water throughout the day.

Movement of any kind is also vital to maintaining our range of motion in our joints, flexibility and strength. We enjoy practicing yoga weekly not only for the physical benefits but also for the meditative and spiritual aspects as well. After a class, we feel the immediate effects of energy, peace and groundedness.

Lastly but probably most importantly is the power of sleep in our lives. We all know how cranky and sick we feel when we don’t get enough. What we didn’t realize is how much our brains are working when we sleep – repairing what needs repairing in our bodies, resetting our immune systems, cycling through different stages to help us psychologically as well. And so we both bought new pillows this month to aid a restful, restorative night’s sleep.

Any healthy thoughts to share?

Holly & Heather’s Helpful Hint: Leftover Mash-Up’s!

Was your refrigerator full of left over food from holiday festivities? Ours was and with a hodgepodge of portions of everything from appetizers to desserts, it’s hard to get enough to re-heat a full meal. Plus sometimes you just can’t eat any more New Year’s pork and sauerkraut! Here’s a fun spin on some leftovers we reconstituted into new dishes:

Berry Pie Smoothie:

We had frozen cranberries leftover from Christmas (used them in cocktails for a festive look and to flavor drinks in place of ice) and put a handful in a blender with 3/4 cup of almond milk and the inside scoopings of a slice of berry pie.  The filling only (no pie crust) was mainly a gelatinous mix of peaches, cherries and blueberries.  It was blended until smooth, and smelled just like pie and tasted delicious!

Vegetable Medley Egg Bake:

In a baking dish, throw in any left over vegetables you have.  Ours were all chopped up and pre-seasoned in their original dishes but if they weren’t, sprinkle on some salt and pepper.  In the bottom of our pan went broccoli, potatoes and zucchini.  If you have any left over greens too like spinach add it in!  Also delicious to add on top of vegetables are any leftover meats like ham or sausage.  In a separate bowl beat 3 or 4 eggs (or a cup or 2 of egg whites from a carton, depending on how many veggies you have in your dish), mix in a little milk (we used half and half as we always buy extra for guests to add to their coffee) and some grated left over cheese (we like to make cheese boards for the holidays and always have extra cheddar or gouda on hand).  Pour egg/milk/cheese mixture into the baking dish.  It should almost come to the top of the veggies.  Sprinkle some extra cheese on top and bake at 375 degrees for 30-40 minutes or until eggs are set and not runny.

Holly & Heather’s Helpful Hint: Bring on the Holidays!

It’s December and time for joyous holiday festivities! We love this time of year and it almost always includes cooking and baking up some tasty treats. With crazy work days, we are trying to find some baking short cuts to help ease the weekend time crunch. Here’s a recipe we tried that came out great and was quick and easy. It also lends itself to so many variations. We’ll list a few here..let us know if you try it too!

Pie Cookies
Ingredients: prepared refrigerated pie crust, sugar, cinnamon, butterscotch, chocolate chips or jam

Roll out the pie crust dough, use any festive cookie cutter you like, and place on a baking sheet. Sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar or put chips on top. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 10-12 minutes. When still warm and out of the oven you could also spread your favorite holiday jam, jelly or pie filling on top. They definitely need the sweetness or “pie” topping to go with the more savory crust. Or you could frost the cookies and decorate any way you like to put your own holiday touch on them!

Holly & Heather’s Helpful Hint: Fun Weekend!

For the second year in a row we took a fantastic girls weekend away with our mom.  Our mission was getting a start on our Christmas shopping, eating of course and quality family time.

We don’t like to drive more than 3 hours, just enough for a get-away with an overnight stay.  We started early in the morning and stopped for lunch at a Cracker Barrel.  Home style food and nostalgic candy, perfect for stocking stuffers!  On to Yankee Candle Village in Massachusetts for hours of shopping which is always fun.  Their tree lighting was scheduled for the day we went which meant epic crowds and a line to pay that practically wrapped around the store.  Luckily it moved fast and everybody waiting was in a friendly “it’s Christmastime” frenzy!

We checked into an inn not too far away and had a lovely farm to table meal at their in-house restaurant.  The 3 of us shared small plates for dinner so we could try a variety of dishes.  After breakfast the next morning we headed home and the ride practically flew by because we were so engaged in deep conversation.  Such a great time for us to be together, refresh our spirits and enjoy the season!

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