Health in a plant

 

Tonight, actually it’s 12:10pm. I went outside, to my potted garden to get a leaf off my aloe vera plant. I’ve been reading about aloe being good for everything thing, including stomach problems, lowering blood sugar levels in type 2 diabetes, giving you an acidic something as cancer does not survive in an acidic environment (I don’t believe that, but anyway). Also the inside skin of the leaf is good for your skin.

Well as I like to try all things healthy, I tried to cut a leaf from my 10 plus year old plant it actually broke as it is bitterly cold outside at the moment it . I trimmed the end and used the potato peeler down the sides and cut it in two. Then I used a teaspoon to scoop out the gel, I then put the gel in one container and the skin in another.

So I used one piece of the fresh skin on my face, it was still quite cold from being outside it felt good. They say that it is good for your skin as it softens and is helpful for acne, as I now have breakouts on my face (due to the change) and sensitive skin I’ll give this a try.

I also uses 2 teaspoons of gel in the #vitamix, 1/4 cup of mango, 1/2 a cucumber, 1 cup of water and added 2 teaspoons of powder equal as it was a bit bitter at first taste. I will try using both of these the leaf on the skin and the gel in a smoothie for a month and see if it helps.

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One pan lasagne

Ingredients

Base

2 tbls olive oil

1 medium onion diced

1 tbls Italian seasoning

500g beef mince

2 tbls tomato paste

1 750 ml bottle passata

4 dry lasagne sheets broken into 8 pieces

Topping

1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

1/2 cup ricotta cheese

 

Method

  1. Heat a deep fry pan on medium, add oil, onion and Italian seasoning and sauté till onion is soft.
  2. add mince and brown.
  3. add tomato paste and passata, turn heat down to medium low.
  4. add broken lasagne sheet pieces and cook till soft.
  5. remove from heat, top with mozzarella, Parmesan and dollop with ricotta.
  6. place under grill till chees is melted and golden brown.

Serve with crisp salad.

Almond and Coconut bites

 

Ingredients

4 egg whites

1/3 cup white sugar

1 tsp vanilla essence

1/4 tsp salt

2 cups shredded coconut

1 cup flaked almonds

 

Instructions
1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius and
Beat egg whites with an electric mixer until soft peaks form.
2. Add sugar, vanilla essence and salt then beat again until stiff.
3. Add coconut and almonds and fold in, making sure to combine the mixture     thoroughly with a light hand.
4. Using a large teaspoon, create 24 small circular mounds on the baking tray.
5. Bake for 16 – 20 minutes until lightly brown.
6. Remove trays from oven and leave biscuits to cool on the trays.
7. Store in an air-tight container.

Uniquley Diabdee

I bought a new scarf the other day as Autumn weather is on it’s way (even though I have the air con on cooling at the moment). It was a monochrome owl scarf, okay winter is darker colours and drab looking greys, black and navy in my head. So I bought some sharpies, that cost me more that the scarf. I decided I know need some colour in my wardrobe (and life). I wear a lot of scarves in the cool weather as I have arthritis in most of my joints and neck, and the warmth reduces the pain in my neck a little bit..

My husband says why are you colouring in the scarf ? I replied with “because I can”and  “Because I want too” ( in my head I’m saying “why not?”, ” It’s mine and I can”and “I need something to do other than cook, clean and be a mother to him and my father”). But in the real word I never say what I really feel out loud, sometimes I do but it’s under my breath.

Well I finished colouring my scarf tonight, and was talking to my youngest son’s partner. She said that I could use the sharpies I bought to colour in coffee mugs, and then bake them in the oven. The husband says to me, what are you going to start colouring in everything now? OMG, what is this man thinking. He makes me feel a bit useless sometimes. I work as a casual sales demonstrator, and as it is Easter there is no shift at the moment but in two weeks time I will be working three weeks straight as  Mother’s Day is in May and it is the best time to sell. So I thought I would do something to keep my brain active.

 

One Pan Creamy Ham Gnocchi

INGREDIENTS

1   Onion, diced.

1 tbls  Olive oil

2 cups  Ham, cut into 2cm cubes

1 cup  Frozen green peas

1 cup  Hot water

1/2 cup  Heavy cream

Ground black pepper to taste

1 cup  mozzarella cheese, grated

1/2 cup  Parmesan cheese, grated

2 tbsp  finely chopped parsley

 

METHOD

Step 1. On low heat add oil and soften onion.

Step 2. On medium heat add ham and cook till golden brown add peas, hot water and cream. Season to taste.

Step 3. Cook on medium low until gnocchi is tender and sauce has thickened, remove from heat. Top with mozzarella, Parmesan and parsley. Place under grill till golden brown, serve with a mixed salad .

 

 

Just Me

Okay, I’m sitting in my local coffee shop again. I had to order a luke warm doubleshot latte, hmm not my favorite (I usually have a long black with a bit of cold milk on the side). But due to me getting my tounge pierced 5 days ago, I have been advised to 1. Steer clear of hot drinks, as it will burn inside the the wound (and do I miss the lovely hot blacks i usually drink. 2. Soft bland food as chewing will aggravate the wound, well I’m finding this a problem. I mostly eat healthy foods with crunch and fibre, that means no nuts no grains and no crispy crunchy veg I am literally starving.

The piercing did not hurt at all, the working up the courage to go hurt my head more (as I have Anxiety and Depression, due to a verbal and physical attack a while ago now, at a previous job by a customer). I walked in on Monday to get it done, I was told the piercer would not be it till Wednesday well that was a bit unsettling. So I made the appointment for Wednesday. I went in for my appointment all ready to go, filled in the consent form askes if I have Diabetes (what difference will Diabetes make to a piercing?) I have had my ears x 3, maddona, nose, eyebrow (I can’t wear these as I work with food) and a nipple done. Not one of the previous piercers ever asked about Diabetes. What the hell is my Diabetes going to do when I get pierced? (the problems are usually due to aftercare) I understand the questions, have you eaten today, are you allergic to metals or antiseptic (but none of the allergy questions were asked).

So I then find out that she might not be able to pierce my tounge,as it is very short (my luck) I have a very tight frenulum (the webbing under the tounge). I am not happy hearing this, she then says “I won’t pierce like others do, even though I could use the money in my till. Well Okay. So I sit down the bed (after using a mouth rinse) and she gets all the gear out, then marks my tounge.  She then puts the clap on, then releasing and re clamping (as i previously stated, I have a very short tounge) then pushes the needle thru my tounge. No pain at all (this makes me so happy).

But the annoying problems after have got me angry with myself, did I google the after problems? NO. I did not realise that I would be sucking on ice, to bring down the swelling of my tounge (my tounge is approximately 2 to 3 times it’s normal size) I’m living on Ibrufen, ice cream and anything mush related. Nothing healthy at all. I am having problems drinking from a cup (as your tounge does more things than I thought). Speaking is also a problem (I also have a enormous gag reflex, so  I gag badly in the morning) I worked on the week end, and I am sure my customers though I  had speach impediment.

So this is a “Uniquley Dee” thing,  Just Dee.

 

 

I need to find me

I have just come back to my local coffee shop as I’ve stated before, it’s not flash but the coffee is good. I had to get out of home. I have my husband now working from home, he never pre warned me that this was happening but it has. I also have my 74 year old father living with me, that I cannot take to him is an understatement (long story kept for another time as its a very long long story).

I had to get out. It started witth my husbands phone sitting close to the computer, he gets feedback thru the speakers which is quite loud ( my head is screaming “move your freakin phone”. Then as I get out of the shower he is looking for something, I ask what he is looking for and he says the kitten ( the kitten, Dexter is 18 month old now). I just stand there thinking, why? Why is he looking for Dex?, when he is supposed to be working, why is he not working? My head is hurting at this point, after I had my father stand in the hall saying ” knock knock” I was in my bedroom getting dressed and had my iPhone up loud playing Sam Smith, and I did not want to answer as my husband was in the dining room to answer his question.

The husband was too busy looking for Dex, then sitting in the recliner on the phone speaking so loud I could hear him outside at my car ( my head is screaming,  shut up … SHUT UP … SHUT UP)