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Thursday, November 28, 2013

Sexy Lady Smoothie for Balanced Hormones


My sister recently shared this smoothie recipe with me and after trying it, I just had to share it with you! This is tres yummy and if it helps to balance my hormones - what a fabulous bonus.



What surprises me is the simple ingredients ... spinach, parsley, strawberries, apples (or apple juice), frozen mango, ice-cubes, and ground flax seed.


and in less than a minute in blender .... I'm enjoying a nutritious yummy smoothie.
Great as a snack or on the go breakfast.


Enjoy!

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Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving to all my American readers...

Wishing you and your loved ones a beautiful and blessed Thanksgiving!

Hugs,
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Monday, November 25, 2013

Autumn to Winter and The Other Side of Thin Update


Welcome to Over a Cup of Tea with Celia M. - #8


Autumn is starting to give way to the gloomy days and reminding us that winter and it's really cold days are not far behind. This day certainly felt more like winter than mid November. Looking out the kitchen window the trees are now bare and the gardens are looking grayish.


Inside the Christmas Cactus is blooming its bright red colour ... 


To help ward off the chill this green ginger tea from TAZO was beckoning to be enjoyed.


To enjoy our tea I'm using a teacup and plate duo. It's stamped J.E. Caldwell & Co. Philadelphia and above that is a stamp that reads La Cloche - with the words French on one ribbon tip and China on the other. above that is a bell with T.V. and above that Limoges.
The teacup sits perfectly on the plate's indent leaving plenty of room for some goodies.

With Today's tea some mini croissants ...

I recently received an email with a question about how I was doing with my weight. The reader had read a post from my The Other Side of Thin Series - part One which I wrote in April - 2012. At that time I was weighing in at 145 lbs. and by June 2012 I was weighing in at 153 lbs. - I managed to get my weight down to 140 lbs by September 2012 and wrote about it here - Moving the Scale -The Other Side of Thin Series - where I shared tips on maintaining a healthy eating lifestyle. I'm happy to report that I did go on to loose an additional 10 lbs. - and have been maintaining my weight between 130 - 133 lbs. for almost 10 months. 
I'm currently working on the next 10 lbs. hoping to get down to 120 lbs. 

You can read Part Two and Part Three .

What tips can you share that have worked 
for you in loosing the last 10 lbs. ?

Stay warm...
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Thursday, November 21, 2013

7 Things to Do this Holiday Season

In today's fast paced, instant gratification world where anything you want is just a click away why not take a step back and enjoy some "old fashion" holiday cheer. Below are few things that are synonyms with the holiday season ...

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Attend a performance of the Nutcracker Ballet
To me the Nutcracker ballet captures the magic of the season... dreaming, believing, imagination. A great opportunity to introduce little ones to ballet. If you can't make it to a live performance, you can watch it via DVD.

Watch the original 1947 version 
- with Natalie Wood, Maureen O'Hara and John Payne
Cold evenings and afternoons offer the perfect opportunity to gather the family and watch a movie.

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Host a Christmas Hot Chocolate party
Hot chocolate is perfect for taking the cold winter chill off. For adults you can add a little liqueur and for the children (young and old) marshmallows and sprinkles are always a huge hit!


Volunteer - at your local shelter 
there are many families who without the help of volunteers will not have a holiday meal. Make a difference, it's a gift that is priceless.


Have your picture taken with Santa
You are NEVER too old to believe in Santa ...


Bake cookies 
Ginger bread, shortbread cookies, Christmas cake are perfect for eating and giving as gifts, especially when baked with love from scratch.

What do you try and do every year during the holiday season?

Hugs,

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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Make it Special ... Spinach and Cheese Omelet

Too often we are in a hurry darting from one thing to the next not taking time to really enjoy our meals. I'm hoping this post will inspire you to start making meal time a time to not only eat healthy but to also excite your eyes and taste buds. Here is my High Heeled Life Spinach Omelet recipe ... and a glimpse to into how I set my breakfast. (this is also great as a light lunch or dinner).

Ingredients: 
2 eggs - (I like to use organic brown eggs)
1 TBsp. - of Coconut Milk ( you can use dairy milk or soy or almond)
2-3 handfuls of spinach (about 2 cups)
1 handful of shredded cheese 
2-3 leaves of fresh basil
sea salt, oregano, ground pepper to taste
1/2 teaspoon of tumeric
1/2 TBsp. oil for cooking - I like to use a walnut or coconut oil


Heat oil in frying pan ... lower heat to medium add spinach. I like to add a little garlic powder (or chopped fresh garlic - when I have it) to oil. Sauté until spinach begins to wilt - you may wish to lower heat a little more.


As spinach is cooking ... add eggs, milk, sea salt, pepper, oregano, turmeric and basil in a bowl and whisk together.


Add egg mixture to spinach ...let it cook enough to get spatula under egg and flip it over. Let cook a few seconds and flip back. Add shredded cheese and roll omelet onto itself.


I refuse to give up bread ... but have been using baguette style bread instead of the white sandwich bread. I find it more enjoyable and you can get away with just a couple small slices. And since the slices are tiny I don't feel guilty using a little butter and rose jam.

Voila breakfast is served .... I added a few grapes to garnish my plate... it is an easy way to add fruit to my meal.


Of course food is meant to be enjoyed and not just plopped on a plate and devoured without much thought.  Instead of just plopping the jam jar - I keep the jam in an elegant jam dish. Using a toast rack not only adds a touch of glam - but ensures you keep slices to a portion size ... A cloth napkin and napkin ring - make even the quickest meals a little more special. And even when I enjoy a cup of coffee I like to use a nice cup - this one brings back memories of my trip to Paris with my friend Elizabeth in 2011 - it was purchased in a little boutique in the Latin Quarter. 


Bon Appetite !!!

P.S.
Yes you do have time .... this takes less time to prepare and enjoy than it does waiting in-line at a Starbuck's or Tim Horton's or most other fast food establishments during their morning rush.

How do you make meal time a little extra special?

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