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Sunday, November 15, 2015

Dinner TRIUMPH!!!!

I made this up for dinner the other night,and had no leftovers.My 18 year old liked it so much that he has asked for a copy of Rachael Ray's Just in Time cookbook so he can have the recipe forever. I decide that the only thing to do was share this delicious happiness with all of you.

 Elsa's Cider Beef...from Rachael Ray

This recipe comes from Rach's mom, Elsa Scuderi. Apple cider is the key to this hearty beef, served over smashed potatoes.
  • Serves 4 Servings


  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 2 pounds top sirloin, trimmed and cut into 2-inch cubes (or stew a step)
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 medium carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 1 pound turnips, peeled and chopped
  • 6 tablespoons flour
  • 2 cups good quality apple cider (the dark cloudy ones always taste the best)
  • 15 oz can beef broth


Pre-heat oven to 375°F.

Place a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add EVOO and butter. Season the beef with salt and pepper and add to pot. Brown on all sides, about 6-8 minutes. 
Add onions, carrots and turnips, and cook for 4-5 minutes. Add flour, stir to combine and coat.
Add the apple cider and the beef consomm√©, and stir to combine. Bring to a boil, cover and place in the oven for 1-1 1/2 hours. (Mine simmered at 250 for about 3 hours, and the beef was so tender that we could cut it with the back of a spoon. Nummmmm!)              Enjoy!!

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Lulu's Library #4

Here dear friends is an update from my family's reading. Again, a few (new) favs for Lulu's Library:

Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin: TOO FUNNY! This fabulous book is a nearly step-by-step guide to hosting the perfect dragon party. Just make sure you don't forget to serve tacos, because dragons LOVE tacos!!!

What Forest Knows by George Ella Lyon (with a nod to Illustrator August Hall!): The best word to describe this book is 'beautiful.' Beautiful illustrations (very, I might add), simple but beautiful text, this book about the changing of the seasons and what the forest 'knows' has become a bedtime favorite, and my little guy loves to point out details of the pictures and discuss them. Check this one out: I'm sure it will become a favorite.

Good Night Yoga by Mariam Gates: This sweet bedtime story is written as a series of yoga poses, guaranteed to get your little one interacting, but in just the way you would want them to at bedtime. Colorful pictures, simple text, and gentle stretches combine to make a truly unique bedtime book. We've been practicing this regularly since taking the book from the library.

A cup of tea...

    Despite my best intentions, my blog has again been neglected: work has taken a 360 and I've been left somewhere in the dust (can you see me waving?). My supervisor, who is a very good friend, is leaving the facility we work at, moving on to new adventures, and guess who gets to fill in for her in the meantime? Yep. Yours truly. Do you have any idea how much stuff goes into being an activity director???? I didn't either. I don't think I can manage half as well as she has, but I'm going to try my best. It is, after all, the best that I can do.
     Today I have a rare day off, with no plans except grocery shopping and returning overdue library books. I am finding this rather wonderful. True, there are a dozen things I could do today: the living room corners are so cobwebby that the spiders can't find vacancies (though this means I don't have to decorate for Halloween...maybe this isn't so horrible after all...), my little boy's room is so messy I can't find his bed, my bureau is stuffed to bursting, half of the contents fit only for summer, the goldfish would probably appreciate fresh water, but then again being goldfish probably haven't really paid much attention either well I have articles and outlines due, assignments for online classes looming, and right now, I don't care. I am sitting here, visiting with you, with a lemon poppy seed scone from the Second Street bakery and a pot of tea close at hand, perusing emails in between fixing the spacing mistakes here because my cat broke the space bar on my keyboard.Thanks, Momo. The husband and the little boy are away at their respective jobs, the biggest boy still sleeping, and the cat nowhere to be found. All is blissfully quiet and tea-scented.
     How is it we manage to get so caught up in all of the day to day tasks and chores that we fail to do things for ourselves? I love writing. I love writing in my journal, writing poetry and stories, the articles I write for SageWoman, and the posts for this blog. And yet, when I take a good look at everything, what is the first thing that falls by the wayside when I get busy? Writing. It's as though because I don't make a profit from it, nor does it directly benefit my family in a tangible or visible way, it is unimportant. I am reminded by the magickal, inspirational, wonderful SARK that life is all about 'living juicy':

Things have been pretty dry around here. This week, I'm going to try my best to 'bring out my best most magic self.' How about you?

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Myddfai Reiki: Hydration!

How Much Water Should You Drink Each Day?

How Much Water Should You Drink Each Day? via
How much water should you drink each day? This topic is discussed constantly and before we answer how much, I think it’s important that we understand just how incredibly important water is to the body.
Water is the most important “nutrient” in the body. It makes up about 55-60% of our total body mass and is found in all tissues. You can go about eight weeks without food, but only a few days without water.
The roles of water in the body are pretty incredible.
Here’s a list of some of the important things water does to support the body:
Improves oxygen delivery to the cells
Transports nutrients
Enables cellular hydration
Cushions bones and joints
Regulates body temperature
Removes wastes and flushes toxins
Prevents tissues from sticking
Lubricates joints
Improves cell-to-cell communications
Maintains normal electrical properties of the cells
Empowers the body’s natural healing process
How Much Water Should You Drink Each Day? via
As you can see, daily water consumption is essential for a healthy body.
Did you know that a dry mouth is the very last sign of dehydration? This means that if your mouth is dry, you’re not just thirsty – your body is telling you that you are experiencing extreme dehydration!
“The pains of dehydration include dyspeptic pain, rheumatoid arthritis pain, anginal pan (heart pain on walking, or even at rest), low back pain, intermittent claudication pan (leg pain on walking), migraine and hangover headaches, colitis pain and its associated constipation, and false appendicitis pain.” Dr. Batmanghelidj
So how much should we drink?
A good rule of thumb is to drink half of your body weight in ounces of water each day. So, a person weighting 150 pounds should drink at least 75 ounces of water each day. Keep in mind that alcohol, coffee, tea and caffeine-containing beverages don’t count as water.
Here’s an easy way to get in the habit of drinking more water:
  • Drink a cup of water as soon as you wake up.
  • Drink 1-2 glasses of water about 30 minutes before breakfast.
  • Drink a cup of water about 2 1/2 hours after breakfast.
  • Drink 1-2 glasses of water before lunch.
  • Drink a cup of water about 2 1/2 hours after lunch.
  • Drink 1-2 glasses of water about 30 minutes before dinner.
  • Drink a cup of water before going to bed.
A good way to tell if you’re getting enough water is to look at the color of urine. “A well-hydrated person produces colorless urine—not counting the color of vitamins or color additives in food. A comparatively dehydrated person produces yellow urine. A truly dehydrated person produces urine that is orange in color.” F Batmanghelidj, M.D.
Don’t underestimate the power of water for your health! Water is the cheapest form of medicine for a dehydrated body

(from Deliciously Organic)