Thanksgiving Plans

Cranberry Sauce is always on our menu!
Cranberry Sauce is always on our menu!
For most of us, next week is Thanksgiving. At our house we are having it a week early. It worked out best work-wise and travel-wise for family coming to visit.

I am excited to see family. And I love cooking Thanksgiving dinner. I cooked my first Thanksgiving dinner at the tender age of 20 for my now former in-laws. Even my first turkey wasn’t dry. I don’t always cook for Thanksgiving though, because it’s a lot of work. I don’t mind the work, as long as there are plenty of people coming to dinner!
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The Worst Massage Ever

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If what you put on your body winds up in your body, then you may want to know more about what's in your lotion!
If what you put on your body winds up in your body, then you may want to know more about what’s in your lotion!
I have, in the past, had mixed experiences from massage. My very first one was a disaster as it brought back an old injury. Not really relaxing. I had two last year that were also not relaxing.

In fact, I was jittery, nervous, cranky, and antsy afterwards. What’s up with that, right?
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Toxins in the Home

Toxins In The Home
Tips for finding and eliminating hidden toxins in the home

I talk about toxins on this blog quite a bit. Primarily because it seems that new ones are introduced on a daily basis. They are in our food, our pet’s foods, our personal care products, our air, and everywhere else. I also think about toxins a lot because I have had some disturbing experiences caused by toxins where I least expected them. I’ll be talking more about that in the coming weeks. For now, I have for you a list of ways you can rid your home of toxins.

I am all for science and creating new things. The problem I have with most chemicals in our world is that no one is testing them. And until they are tested, I’m going to oppose them. We’ve introduced so many petroleum based chemicals in our world that many believe they’re acceptable. I don’t believe that is the case. Until we prove that the chemicals used are safe, we should all work to rid our homes of toxins. Here are some suggestions:

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Food Allergy Safety – Cross-Contamination

Is your food safe? What to watch for!
Is your food safe? What to watch for!
If you, or someone in your family, has food allergies, then you’re probably aware of issues with cross-contamination. At least while at home. But what about dining out? Or do you even try?

I have only one food allergy, coconut, and it’s mild. But I develop severe migraines to certain foods and additives – some tree nuts and MSG (monosodium glutamate). I am talking lock-me-in-a-dark-room for the rest of the day migraines. Hence, I am very careful about where and what I eat.

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Common Sense Ebola Tips

Common Sense Ebola Tips - No Tin Foil Hats
Common Sense Ebola Tips – No Tin Foil Hats
Ebola isn’t a new virus; it was first discovered in 1976. In the mid-1990s there was a rather large outbreak, which is when I first became interested in it.

It’s not so surprising that I would find it interesting. I majored in Biology at UTSA with a concentration in Microbiology. I think that means that, had they had a degree program in Microbiology, then I would have a BS in Microbiology. I’ve always found viruses intriguing. And so I spent a lot of time reading about Ebola. And Marburg and a few others actually.
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Top 10 Reasons for Cooking at Home

What changes will you make to cook more meals at home?
What changes will you make to cook more meals at home?
Growing up, we at most of our meals at home. This was in the days before McDonald’s – there were no fast food places. There were fried chicken places and pizza places. But there just weren’t the dining out choices of today. Dining out was really a treat back then. For me, dining out with a girlfriend’s family was a HUGE treat! My parents always dictated what I could order – fried chicken, but my friend’s parents had no such rules. Is it any wonder that I very rarely choose to eat fried chicken as an adult? I had so much of it as a child!

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Puzzle Pieces Vs. The Big Picture

Could problems be like jigsaw puzzles? What is your role?
Could problems be like jigsaw puzzles? What is your role?
I am back, after taking (most of) the month of July off. And I’m starting off with a topic that might seem a bit different. But I’ll connect the dots before I finish writing. During my month off, I’ve explored new authors and new people. In that process, I was introduced to Simon Sinek. Simon was recently interviewed by Glenn Beck. Simon has some very fascinating knowledge and views.

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