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Hearty Vegan Spanish Potatoes

Hearty Vegan Spanish Potatoes

This is such a new and interesting way to jazz up your potatoes. Saffron-laced yellow potatoes roasted with a paste of garlic, almonds and fried bread. So flavorful and completely unique.Ingredients

1 t olive oil (for greasing)

3 T olive oil, divided

2 lb. small yellow potatoes, scrubbed and halved

Sea or kosher salt

Ground black pepper

2 pinches (1/2 to 1 t) saffron threads

2 large peeled garlic cloves

½ C sliced, slivered, or coarsely chopped almonds, without brown skins

1½ C torn 1 inch pieces of hearty white bread, with crust (1 large slice)

1 t smoked paprika (or regular, see notes)

1⅔ C boiling water

1 T finely chopped fresh parsley (optional)

Make It…

Apply a thin coat of olive oil to a 9″ glass pie plate (or similar sized baking dish). Spread the potatoes evenly in the dish. Sprinkle generously with salt, pepper, and saffron, breaking up the longer saffron threads as you do so.

Preheat oven to 375 (F).

In a small skillet (I used nonstick), heat 1 tablespoon oil over medium until very hot. Add garlic cloves and almonds, and fry for a few minutes (depending on the oil temperature) until golden. Carefully remove to the bowl of a food processor. Heat remaining 2 tablespoons oil in the same skillet until very hot, then add bread pieces. Fry, as they sizzle, until they turn golden and begin to crisp. Remove promptly to the food processor. Add paprika, salt, pepper, and a splash of the boiling water to food processor and let cool for a couple minutes with the lid off. Grind until a coarse paste forms, adding more water if very dry. Distribute the bread mixture evenly over the potatoes.

Pour remaining boiling water (it’s okay if it’s slightly cooled) slowly over the potatoes, so the bread mixture isn’t disturbed too much. Place on a rimmed baking tray, cover tightly with foil, and bake 45 minutes. Remove from oven and gently stir, now incorporating the bread mixture throughout the dish. Cover again with the foil (loosely is fine) and return to the oven for about 20 minutes, until the potatoes are tender when pierced with the tip of a paring knife. If desired, preheat the broiler and move an oven rack near it, uncover the dish, and broil for a few minutes to further brown and crisp the top.

Let stand a few minutes (or more) before serving. The bread will continue to absorb any excess water, forming a gravy-like sauce surrounding the potatoes. For color, top with parsley before serving.

Notes…

To substitute larger potatoes, cut them into 1 to 2 inch uniform pieces.

Yes, saffron is spendy. I’d argue that it’s worth it, but if you want to leave it out, make sure you’re using smoked paprika, not the “regular” variety.

If you don’t have a tea kettle or small saucepan, boil water in the microwave in a liquid measuring cup.

The dish does very well when prepared in advance! Fully cook or cook for the first 45 minutes. Bring the refrigerated dish to room temperature, reheating in a 300 degree oven if previously fully cooked, or finishing as prescribed in the recipe if baked for only the first 45 minutes.

Enjoy!

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What is Collagen?

I’ve always wondered what collagen REALLY is and this picture explains it! I learned that Type 1 collagen (which is in the collagen elixir I’m taking) specifically replenishes the collagen, strengthens hair, skin, nails and bones! Without it, our skin becomes dry, saggy and wrinkled. It’s nutrition for my SKIN! Who else learned something new?

Click here to learn more!

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It’s HERE! Are you ready to……

The skin you’re in was created to thrive, protect, and yes, even glow. It’s up to you to enhance it as time passes. Enjoy improved skin elasticity to help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.† Enhanced collagen production for your skin equates to a fresh, dewy appearance while you protect it against damaging effects of photoaging.† The elixir does the work. All you have to do is show up and embrace your glow.

Let’s get YOUR Glow on!

*Results may vary.

*This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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Look What’s Launching Tomorrow!

I cannot wait to get my hands on this!

Check out the info on my website, and be one of the first to experience it in North America.

Knowledge is power!!! 🙌🏼

So many questions regarding our Collagen Elixir… Here are a few of the stand out points:

-Collagen is the most abundant macro in our body!

-Collagen is the glue that binds us together. As we age, it isn’t as efficient and doesn’t work as well. Think droop and sag and unhealthy joints

-10 years of research and 200 scientists involved in making our Collagen Elixir!-Ours is Type 1 marine collagen (vs. type 2 collagen found in a lot of competitor products like bovine, chicken, pork). Marine collagen is laid out more like human collagen.

-Type 1 collagen is more effective in beauty boosting benefits-Marine collagen is 1.5X more bioavailable than other collagen-Supplements our body with the basic building blocks of what our body needs to make its own collagen and make new collagen

-Ours contains 5000mg or 5g of marine collagen harvested onsite in a sustainable fishery on the Norwegian coast

-Double Nutri Technology. Bioavailable emulsification followed by encapsulation (smaller than blood cells). Stable and secure

-Also contains stable Vitamin C, zinc, and biotin. Vitamins needed for collagen synthesis and antioxidants-Contains other fruits and botanicals rich in antioxidants to preserve the collagen we already have

-Vitamin C included making the collagen 133% more bioavailable and extended out over 8 hours

-Packaged in individual dosage, sustainable, glass packaging. Seals in freshness and prevents any gas exchange. Maintains premium quality WITHOUT preservatives.

-Efficacious and bioavailable AND doesn’t contain any preservatives

-Our collagen is harvested onsite. This is in contrast to most competitors—often, where the animals reside and where the collagen is harvested is thousands of miles and months apart.

-Premium glass packaging sealed in 0.15 seconds to prevent oxidationWho is excited? Message me if you’re ready to get your glow on and pre order TODAY!!

Just some side effects:

Thicker fuller hair, new hair growth, you know those bags under your eyes…. diminished or lighten, skin blemishes gone or smoothed out, diminishing fine lines and wrinkles (without botox, can I get an AMEN 🙌🏻), fuller lips (without injections) 👄, healthier, glowing skin overall …. YES PLEASE!!!!!! (Look at the pics of real results (no filters). ***and it’s for MEN TOO… don’t worry, my husband will be a guinea pig.😜If you want more info let me know. Pre-orders are going in now and will ship Monday 1/11

Are YOU ready to get your Glow On!

*Results may vary.

*This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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Pickled Red Onions

Pickled Red Onions

These are super easy to make, and the lime juice in the brine adds a citrusy brightness to whatever you put them on.

MAKES ABOUT 1 CUP

½ red onion, thinly sliced on a mandoline

juice of 2 limes

¼ cup red wine vinegar

¼ teaspoon salt

1. Combine all ingredients and let sit for at least 15 minutes. These will keep for a few days in the fridge and continue to get flavorful and pickle-y as they sit.

Enjoy!

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What is Nitric Oxide, You Ask…

Nitric oxide is a chemical produced by the cells in your body and is known to relax and expand blood vessels. So, what does this mean exactly? Widening blood vessels means that it helps promote blood flow which can offer a wide range of health benefits. Your blood carries oxygen to all parts of your body. By promoting increased circulation and oxygen distribution, energy levels and stamina can be increased, allowing you to work out longer and harder while also supporting your heart function. The most common natural sources for a nitric oxide boost is beetroot and red spinach. These plants are rich in nitrates. Now nitrates are not nitric oxide, but it is what your body needs to make them. Here’s a quick rundown of how it all works. When you eat nitrate-rich food, such as beets or red spinach, the nitrates interact with enzymes in your mouth. These enzymes react with the nitrates and convert them into something called nitrites. Still not nitric oxide, but we’re one step closer. Once the nitrites reach the acidic environment of the stomach another reaction occurs transforming the nitrites into the needed nitric oxide and the conversion is complete. The nitric oxide is then absorbed into the body and goes quickly to work. So, why is it important to know how this all works? Let’s say you are looking for a good nitric oxide supplement, and there are a lot of choices out there. Now that you know this reaction you know that perhaps taking beetroot or red spinach extract in a pill form may not be ideal, because it would bypass a critical step in the transformation process. Look for a supplement that can be poured onto the tongue and allow it to dissolve before swallowing. This way you can ensure a more complete reaction and receive the greatest benefit. You can find this in a product called “Prime.”

WRITTEN BY JAKE JOHNSTON

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Meet Améo CBD Squares!

What are AMÉO ENTUNE CBD Oil Squares?

Full-Spectrum Hemp-Derived Dual Release Transdermal CBD Oil Squares (transdermal patch).

  • Promotes a general sense of well-being
  • Helps encourage calm, collected feelings
  • Combines CBD with key botanicals for enhanced benefits
  • Provides CBD to support normal cannabinoid function 

What are the key benefits of using ENTUNE?

  • Helps support multiple key physiological systems to promote a general sense of well-being
  • Dual delivery system provides fast and sustained distribution of CBD for 24 hours
  • Helps encourage calm, collected feelings during periods of stress or nervousness
  • Influences the endocannabinoid system for fast-acting comfort of muscles and joints
  • Helps promote restful sleep
  • Calms an overactive mind to encourage greater focus on the present
  • Aids normal immune and nervous system responses
  • CBD combined with CoQ10 helps support natural mitochondrial homeostasis to calm the nervous system
  • Cat’s claw and willow bark help to quiet and soothe the musculoskeletal system and support a normal inflammatory response and helps support immune equilibrium

What makes ENTUNE different from the rest?

One of the biggest differences is the transdermal delivery system. One of the well known challenges with CBD is the poor bio-availability when ingested. A covered transdermal application helps improve absorption of CBD. It also bypasses first metabolism in the liver, making it a more gentle option.

Transdermal absorption also provides a more sustained delivery, lasting up to 24 hours, so you get continuous benefits vs a “big hit” followed by very little impact.

In addition, ENTUNE has several other botanicals that when combined create a synergy that is more impactful than any one of the ingredients alone.

What are the key ingredients?

  • White Willow Bark Extract
  • Cat’s Claw Extract
  • Hemp CBD Oil (0.3% THC Certified)
  • Water-Soluble Hemp CBD powder (0.3 THC Certified)
  • CoQ10
  • Black Pepper Extract
  • Dermal Approved Acrylic Co-Polymer Adhesive

 Gluten Free | Soy Free | Vegan | Non GMO | Preservative Free | No artificial colors | 

Who can use the ENTUNE CBD Square?

ENTUNE it is generally considered safe for anyone over the age of 2 to use. 

It is up to each individual to determine if this product is a fit for them. 

PLEASE NOTE: If you are pregnant, nursing, on medications, or have a medical condition, please consult your physician before using any hemp product. 

How do I use the ENTUNE CBD Square?

SUGGESTED USES:

  • Apply one (1) transdermal square to the area daily and leave on for up to 24 hours
  • For general well-being, apply to the underside of the upper arm, inner thigh, or the spine near the base of the neck and leave on for up to 24 hours
  • If using for a targeted area, you can place directly on area of discomfort
  • Periodically rotate application site
  • ENTUNE is designed to adhere to skin while showering
  • Squares can be customized for the size of person and for the need by cutting 1 square in half or by wearing 2 simultaneous 

Additional Suggested Uses:

  • Essential oils can provide a variety of benefits when used topically or orally. We make sure to source the most pure botanicals available to provide you with the most advantageous experience possible. Enhance your Améo® Entune™ CBD Square experience by adding your favorite topical Améo Essential Oils to your Square or taking Améo Essential Oils in a capsule while wearing a Square.

What is the Endocannabinoid System?

The endocannabinoid system is a group of enzymes, receptors, and molecules that help regulate myriad physiological functions. It has been called the “master regulator” of the human body. Cannabidiol (CBD) influences receptors found throughout the body that are associated with multiple cellular and physiological responses to hormones, neurotransmitters, and environmental stimulants. 

Through this interaction with cell receptors, CBD helps support the endocannabinoid system to promote calm feelings, aid normal cognitive function, encourage a positive mood, support restful sleep, and quiet everyday aches, leading to improved overall well-being. 

What is the difference between hemp oil, CBD and marijuana?

Hemp oil, CBD and marijuana all come from the Cannabis Sativa plant family. However, each of the these substances are very different from each other. Hemp oil, also called hemp seed oil, is a vegetable oil obtained by cold-pressing the seeds of the plant. CBD (cannabidiol) comes from brother plants of Cannabis Sativa that have higher CBD content and very low THC content. Marijuana comes from sister plants of Cannabis Sativa that contain higher THC content and very little CBD content. 

What is THC? Does ENTUNE contain THC?

THC is one of the dominant cannabinoids present in cannabis plants. THC is considered psychoactive and interacts with receptors in the brain that can produce a euphoric feeling or a “high”. 

ENTUNE CBD Squares may contain permissible trace amounts of THC (less than 0.3%) that easily conforms with Federal regulations. The level is minuscule and insufficient to produce a “high”. CBD is non-psychoactive and does not produce the “high” associated with marijuana. 

Will ENTUNE CBD Squares produce a euphoric state or “high”?

No. CBD is non-psychoactive and does NOT produce a “high”.  

Is Zija CBD natural or synthetic?

Zija’s uses natural CBD that is extracted from industrial hemp plants. It is not synthetic. 

Will CBD affect your appetite?

Research suggests that only very large amounts (more than 25 times what is contained in ENTUNE) of CBD will affect your appetite.  

Can I use more than one ENTUNE patch at a time, or can I cut one in half?

ENTUNE CBD squares can be customized to individual needs. For smaller size users, or to use in multiple locations at once, the square can be cut in half. In addition, two or more CBD squares can be applied to the same person simultaneously if needed. 

What is the shelf-life of ENTUNE CBD Squares?

For maximum benefits, ENTUNE CBD Squares should be used within two years of their manufacture date. 

How is ENTUNE CBD extracted?

One form is extracted with carbon dioxide (Co2) and the other form is with food-grade alcohol (similar to how herbal tinctures are created). 

Where does ZIJA source its CBD?

Currently, Zija sources its CBD from organically grown industrial hemp plants in the USA and Europe. 

To order visit www.lwalling.myzija.com (Look under Home Essentials, infused products) OR…Use the specific links below!

**12-count retails for $64.00, enjoy my cost of $48.45

**30-count retails for $129.00, enjoy my cost of $96.95

Need help…contact me!

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Soothe that Sunburn!

Ouch……. It’s definitely the season for sunburns!  Here are two different recipes to help soothe your sunburn. (Thank you Améo/Zija for these recipes.)

Soothe Your Sunburn

Combine….

3 drops AMÉO True Lavender essential oil

2 drops AMÉO Peppermint essential oil

1 1/2 tsp.. pure aloe vera gel

Distilled water

Fill ingredients in a 1 oz. spray bottle.

Shake & Spray on desired area as needed!

OR…..

1/4 cup filtered or distilled water
1/4 cup pure aloe vera gel/juice..you can also use our Fractionated Coconut oil with Aloe
3 Tbsp. witch hazel extract (alcohol-free)
1 Tbsp white vinegar
15 drops lavender essential oil
10 drops tea tree essential oil
5 drops peppermint essential oil

* Combine all ingredients in an 8-ounce glass spray bottle and shake vigorously.  Shake well before each use and spray to affected area(s) as often as desired.  Avoid the eyes!

 

FYI….Do not use any citrus oils topically then go out in the sun (use under clothing or at night before bed)!  They can cause harm!  Some essential oils are photosensitive meaning they react to radiant energy or light such as natural sunlight, sunlamps, or other sources of UV rays. According to the Mayo Clinic, symptoms of photosensitivity may include a pink or red skin rash with blotchy blisters, scaly patches, or raised spots on areas directly exposed to the sun. Itching and burning may occur and the rash may last for several days. Dark pigmentation on the skin may occur as well. “A phototoxic reaction typically shows up as an exaggerated sunburn, usually occurring within 24 hours of sun exposure” as stated by the Skin Cancer Foundation.  The primary essential oil culprits are typically citrus oils: Angelica, Bergamot, Grapefruit, Lemon, Lime, Orange, Wild Orange, and Tangerine.  Bergamot essential oil contains bergaptene, a dominant photosensitizer, that can cause severe reactions. Look for products that contain bergamot essential oil that is bergaptene-free. Caution is required when using skincare products that contain these photosensitizing oils.  As stated by Everything Essential Oil, “when using photosensitizing oil, wait a minimum of six hours before exposing skin to UV rays.  The stronger and more lengthy the UV ray, the longer the wait should be.”  For maximum protection, shield skin with sunscreen and protective clothing.

 

DID YOU KNOW????
One of the Rules to follow for topical essential oil use…is the 4/10/75 Rule!
*  Research suggests that when essential oils are applied neat (without carrier oil) about 4% of the lessential oils are absorbed through the skin and into the bloodstream.
*  If a carrier oils is used (a 2% dilution), the absorption increased to 10%.
*  If the area of application is covered (with a warm towel or other covering) absorption dramatically increased to 75%! WOW!

XO!

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My Favorite Laundry Detergent Recipe Ever!!!

As you guys know…..I love to experiment, and to make my own cleaners, etc!  I’ve tried a few laundry detergent recipes, liquid and powder, and this, by far, is my favorite!  The recipe is out of the book, Synergy, It’s an Essential Oil Thing, by Dr. Scott A. Johnson and Dr. Joshua J. Plant.  Thanks for the recipe guys, I’m sticking with this one! :))

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Here’s the recipe for you to try!

Laundry Detergent (Powder)

From the book… Enjoy clean clothes naturally with this combination of washing soda, baking soda, soap, borax, and essentail oils.  Your laundry will be cleaned, disinfected, and smell great with this group of antimicrobial oils.

 2 cups washing soda

2 cups baking soda

1 bar Zote soap (14.1 oz.)

1 cup borax (or substitute sodium sesquicarbonate)

20 drops essentail oil

**For a citrus scent….5 drops lemon, 5 drops orange, 5 drops tangerine, 3 drops grapefruit, 2 drops lemongrass.

**For a fresh scent….7 drops pine, 7 drops eucalyptus, 4 drops balsam fir, 2 drops Pür Vie (citronella).

Add  drops to suit your taste.  I love the fresh scent!!

Grate the soap bar with a cheese grater (I used my food processor) and place in blender or food processor.  Mix borax, washing soda, and baking soda in a large bowl.  Slowly add about 1 cup of the powdered mixture to the blender or food processor until all the mixture has been added and blended together.  Drop the essential oils into the mixture and blend for about 10 or 20 seconds.  Place finished product in a half-gallon container.  Use 1-2 tablespoons per load of laundry.

Make doing laundry FUN!

Happy washing!

Enjoy.

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Feed Your Skin What It Needs!

What goes in us, shows up on us! Feed your skin.

Dry or Flaky Skin – choose foods higher in Vitamin A. A benefit of vitamin A is that it revitalizes skin by increasing cell turnover for more youthful skin. Just six leaves of Romaine lettuce provide more than 100% of your daily requirement of Vitamin A and will help with healthy cell renewal.

Sagging, lines and wrinkles – choose foods high in Vitamin C. Our bodies use Vitamin C to make collagen and elastin. Collagen gives our skin support and firmness whereas elastin gives our skin elasticity. Just one cup of strawberries has 130% of our daily Vitamin C requirement.

Uneven skin tone – Choose foods with lutein, zeaxanthin and lycopene. Eggs contain lutein and zeaxanthin which are two antioxidants that have been shown to help protect against UV damage that can lead to brown spots. Watermelon, papaya, guava, pink grapefruit and sun-dried tomatoes contain the compound lycopene that has been shown to protect skin from damage caused by sunlight.

 

Thank you Shelly Maquire for this info!!

Here are a couple of fun salads to incorporate some of those foods…

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STRAWBERRY ROMAINE SALAD RECIPE

  • 8 cups torn romaine
  • 1 pint fresh strawberries, sliced
  • 1 small red onion, thinly sliced and separated into rings
  • POPPY SEED DRESSING:
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons poppy seeds
  • 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • Add sliced egg, watermelon, etc… for fun!
In a large bowl, toss the romaine, strawberries and onion. In a small bowl, whisk the dressing ingredients until blended. Serve with salad. Yield: 8-10 servings (1 cup dressing).
Thank you Food Network for these recipes!

Grilled Romaine with Balsamic Dressing

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Ingredients

Balsamic Dressing:
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons crumbled Gorgonzola
  • 6 leaves fresh basil, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
Grilled Romaine:
  • 2 romaine hearts, halved lengthwise
  • Avocado oil, for brushing
  • 1/4 cup crumbled Gorgonzola, for garnish
  • 4 leaves fresh basil, torn, for garnish
  • Top with sliced strawberries, watermelon, and or grapefruit!  Have fun.

For the balsamic dressing: In a blender, combine the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, Gorgonzola, basil, garlic, a pinch each of salt and pepper and 2 tablespoons water. Blend until the dressing is creamy and the garlic and basil are finely chopped.

For the grilled romaine: Preheat a grill or grill pan to medium heat.

Lightly brush the cut sides of the romaine with the canola oil. Place the romaine on the grill cut-side down and cook until grill marks form and the leaves are slightly charred, 1 to 3 minutes. Arrange on a platter cut-side up.

Drizzle the romaine with the dressing. Sprinkle with the Gorgonzola and torn basil and serve.  YUMMMM!

Are you ready for summer salads?  I sure am!

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