Showing posts from August, 2011

Great Northern Bean Soup

I am a big fan of soup and I love anything with beans. Beans are a great source of fiber and good for the heart. I found a great recipe that I slightly modified for my own taste and you can do the same too.

I added a little bit of celery and used smoked turkey bacon instead of regular bacon to give it a nice smokey taste and I added shredded smoke pork that I got from Costco that I used a day prior to making the soup and thought it would give it a nice taste and it did. Another great additive you can add to it is smoke kielbasa or you can leave just as it is.

Here is my soup simmering in the slow cooker.

Great Northern Bean Soup
Serves 8 – 10

3 slices thick cut bacon
10 cups-2.2 L chicken stock
3 cans Great Northern beans – 45 oz
1 can petite cut tomatoes – 14 ½ oz
1 large onion
2 fresh carrots
3 garlic cloves
1 sprig fresh rosemary or dry rosemary.
1 tsp pepper


1. Chop onion, mince garlic, dice carrots, dice bacon.
2. Cook bacon until barely done. Drain …

Item Of The Day

Cocoa Butter Body Cream

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It has a very thick consistency so very little on the face is recommended and would be great as a moisturizer.

This cream has a wonderful natural scent of the cocoa butter and is great all on its own without any fragrances added. Once applied, it absorbs very quickly without ANY greasy feeling and you will begin to smell the natural cocoa butter.

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Have a great day

Chicken Jambalya

Chicken Jambalaya with Rice

Serves 4

2 Tbsp canola oil
2 stalks celery
1 small onion
1 small green pepper
1 can petite cut tomatoes – 14.5 oz
1½ cups-35 cl chicken broth
¾ cup-150 g white rice
1 tsp dried thyme
2 cloves garlic
¼ tsp dried red pepper flakes
Cayenne pepper
1 bay leaf
¼ cup fresh parsley
2 whole chicken breasts

½ lb shrimp
½ lb smoked sausage


1. Chop celery, onion, and green pepper. Mince garlic. Saute vegetables in oil until soft, but not browned. Add vegetables to slow cooker.

2. Sprinkle uncooked rice over vegetables in slow cooker.

3. Skin, debone and cut chicken breasts ( I used Boneless chicken breast) into bite size pieces. Saute until no longer pink on exterior. Place chicken on top of vegetables and rice in slow cooker.

4. Crush red pepper flakes and add to mixture. Mix chicken broth, tomatoes, coarsely chopped parsley and seasonings. Pour over mixture in slow cooker.

5. Cook on LOW 6 hours or until chicken and rice are done. …

Different Ways to Use Lemons

Lemon is an incredibly versatile ingredient for homemade facial treatments. Here a few recipes for your Kitchen Spa that fresh, simple and smell amazing.

Lemon recipe for dry skin

1 tsp fresh squeezed Lemon juice
1 tsp Olive Oil
1 tbsp Fine Sea Salt

Mix together thoroughly and gently exfoliate in upward circular motion, rinse.

Lemon recipe for oily skin

1 tsp fresh squeezed Lemon juice
1 Egg White
Pinch Cornstarch

Whip egg whites until they form peaks, fold in cornstarch and lemon juice. Apply to face for 20 minutes and rinse thoroughly.

Lemon recipe for congested skin

1 tbsp Fresh squeezed lemon juice
1 tbsp Baking Soda

Mix together to create a paste, add more of either ingredient until you reach the desired consistency. Apply to face, leave for 20 minutes, rinse thoroughly.

Lemon for all skin types

1 tbsp honey
2 tsp fresh squeezed lemon juice
1 tsp plain yogurt

Mix together to create a paste, add more of either ingredient until you reach the desired consistency. Apply to face, le…