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Monday, June 23, 2014

Zucchini Chips! & Paprika benefits

I recently saw a recipe floating around Facebook on zucchini chips. I am all about finding new and creative, not to mention yummy, ways to incorporate more veggies in my family's diet so I decided to give it a try. And the fact that there are tons of zucchini at the farmers market right now helps too. ;)

It was super easy! All I did was thinly sliced up 2 medium size green zucchini. (you could use your favorite) I tossed it with about 1 TBS extra virgin olive oil along with a little garlic salt and black pepper. 

I spread the zucchini in an even layer on my cookie sheet and then for the magic ingredient - Paprika!!! I sprinkled this over the top.

I baked them for about 25-30 minutes at 400 degrees. (You can play around with your oven temp if you have a hotter oven). They were crispy and delicious! Even my kids loved them. I did have some that were too thin and burned so watch your pan to avoid that.

The key ingredient is paprika because it adds SO many health benefits! Did you know that? And you only need a little each day to gain some great benefits from the vitamins it has as well as the antioxidants. Some of those benefits include:

Hair Health
Skin Health
Digestive Health
Helps with Sleep
Lowering blood pressure
Boosting metabolism
Helps maintain energy

And more! If there are things on this list you are looking for, consider adding some paprika to your diet regularly. It is easy to add to soups and different recipes. I also have other suggestions through supplementation that could help with those health issues as well in case you need a bigger boost. Please contact me for more ideas.

Thanks for stopping by! Enjoy some Zucchini chips soon and let me know what you think of them.

And remember that our June Shaklee specials are ending soon! Check them out and take advantage of the free products (Free Stress Relief complex and free Shaklee 180 Mango smoothee) AND free shipping we have going this month. Check with me for the details. There's never a better time to take charge of your health then right now and I can help you do that. :)


Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Midwest Girl Moves South!

It's official! My family has moved from Indiana to Mississippi! This is the 5th state I have lived in and so far it is a surprising contender for one of my favorites. I have already caught myself comparing it to my beloved favorite, Iowa. Each state that I have lived holds a special place. Iowa was where I found music therapy, my faith AND my husband! So you can understand why it is a favorite! Wisconsin was where it all started and I spent the first 23 years of my life! I have lifelong friends in Wisconsin and also most of my family is there. David and I lived in Southern California for about 6-7 years and also made some lifelong friendships there as well as some amazing adventures. And Indiana was where we bought our first home and had our babies along with some wonderful friends.  I always thought at some point David and I would move our family back to Iowa where we first met and also got engaged but now that we are here in Oxford I am not so sure!

What I love about Oxford, MS so far:

The people! Hands down this is the difference from most other places I have lived. Don't get me wrong, there were certainly nice people in the other states I have lived. But no where have we been where people say hi to you every where you go. Every neighbor gives you a wave as you drive or walk through the neighborhood. People are continually making EYE contact and smiling and saying hello and are very welcoming. I used to think that was a midwest thing, but I really have to say that southerners really do this so much more from the experiences we have had so far. I do remember Fr. Ed at the Newman center in Iowa City saying he could always tell the students who weren't from Iowa at the start of the semester because they looked freaked out by everyone making eye contact and smiling on the street. That is kind of how I feel here at times! lol

My boys on the square with William Faukner, who lived in Oxford.

We were at JCP the other day ordering drapes for my youngest's bedroom so maybe just maybe he would sleep past 7am. The woman helping us was so nice. We started talking about how we just moved here and I mentioned how nice everyone was. She mentioned how she went to visit her dad who lives in the north and the people were not nice to her at all! I was sad to hear her say this because she was so sweet, but I was absolutely shocked when I asked where in the north he lives and she said MILWAUKEE!!!!! Gah! That happens to be near my home town…

That made me wonder, has it been like this all the time and my perception is just different since I grew up in the midwest? Or are people changing slowly over time? Are things like social media and our devices getting in the way of actually having human contact and making an effort to recognize another person on the street and say hello? Is the south the last stand for that to eventually change here too? Does living in the Bible belt have anything to do with it? Is faith in general, just stronger here and it shows in how people interact? I was surprised, no maybe shocked is a better word, when we were at the cell phone store recently getting new phones and the 20 something single guy helping us asked at one point if we had found a church here yet. I immediately reached for my cross neckless to see if it was showing and it wasn't. It's just a common question here and an assumption that you go to church. Does this have something to do with Southern hospitality? Is this part of the reason why so many people have told me they moved here for a job, planned to stay no more then 5 years, and here it is 20-30 years later and they "ain't leaving"?!? Could be!

Until recently, I hadn't really spent any time in the south. But I am glad we are here and for my boys to experience southern hospitality. I feel like we are making our home here and maybe just maybe in a few years when someone asks me of the 5 states I have lived which is my favorite, I may just say Mississippi. And y'all are more then welcome to visit any time.  

The next time you are planning a vacation, I encourage you to try the south. You may not want to leave either. :)

Thanks for reading! Have a great day!


Tuesday, June 3, 2014

We Moved! And Free Gift Offer

Hey Y'all! :) I realize I need to think about changing my midwest green living blog name to southern green living because my family has moved to Mississippi!!! I never thought I would say that! Although, I never thought I would live in California and I did that too for 6 years. So far we love it here! The people, the food, our new home and neighborhood and my husbands new job. Everyone is very nice and welcoming. 

So that is why I have been MIA recently. So much packing and now unpacking! Moving is a lot of work and I told my husband that I really hope we love it here because I don't plan to move again for a VERY long time! :)

We took Memorial Day weekend to travel here and visited friends and saw some sites along the way. Mammoth Cave in Kentucky was so neat! I highly recommend!

And now I am getting back to work and blogging, which in all honesty, doesn't feel like work at all. 

I want to share the wonderful June special Shaklee is running before June gets away from me!

For the month of June, all new members and distributors in Shaklee with at least a 50 PV order will receive…..

Membership to Shaklee is like joining Sams or Costco but without annual fees or minimum requirements. It just gives you extra discounts and perks along the way and a great way to save.

Membership is 19.95 but I recommend starting with Vitalizer, which is the most complete dietary supplement you can find and the best quality! And with any Vitalizer order, your membership fee will be Waived for you!!! It's a wonderful deal and will give you this great free gift in June too!

Stress Relief Complex is a wonderful product that helped me to get through my youngest's early birth and NICU stay, as well as general day to day stress. Here is some info:

We all have stress, right? It's a normal part of life and being human. Here are some of the bodies responses to stress:

Stress affects many areas of our body and our health. Proper management of stress through exercise, eating properly, faith and prayer life, friendships, etc can help manage it. And I have found that Shaklee's Stress Relief Complex is another way to help take the edge off stressful times.

To take advantage of this great deal please visit my site HERE.  And ask me how you can also get FREE Shipping this month too!! 

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