Always Ariel

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Viking Helmet

I have taken on the dare to zip around town in my convertible wearing my Viking helmet.

“One learns more from listening than speaking. And both the wind and the people who continue to live close to nature still have much to tell us which we cannot hear within university walls.”
Thor Heyerdahl

Sand Bucket List

This year the “Sand Bucket List” is growing in popularity. A SBL is a list of things that you want to do before summer ends.  I absolutely love this idea. I’m one of those people who loves lists! I am a compulsive list maker.  I have a notebook for lists. I keep lists on my iPhone, iPod and Kindle. My friends would tell you that I suffer from ADD and OCD and that’s why I love list’s. Here are a few things on my list for the summer of 2012.

Pick cherries at Levering Orchard

Take an outdoor yoga class

Buy a fabulous sun hat

Visit the tourist attractions in Winston-Salem, Charlotte & Greensboro

Go for a bike ride around Salem Lake

Go roller-skating(yes I still have my skates)

Go on a picnic in June and July and August

Hike at Stone Mountain

Hike at Pilot Mountain

Camp at Hanging Rock

Build a tree house

Mountain Bike at Hobby Park

Build a bonfire and make S;mores

Have a photo weekend with friends

Run or walk a 5K

Finish my documentary

Learn to play a new song on the guitar

It’s going to be a busy summer! What are some things on your Sand Bucket List?

Loving Spring

Happy Thoughts

Health Tip: Blackstrap Molasses

Blackstrap Molasses is one of the most nutrient dense foods around – full of vitamins and minerals containing the following:

  • Iron
  • Calcium
  • Magnesium
  • Mangenese, Chromium, and many other trace minerals.
  • B Vitamins
  • Vitamin E

Molasses has more iron than red meat and is rich in calcium. Calcium is important for metabolism, muscle contractions and correct cell function. 2 TSP’s of blackstrap molasses will provide you with a large proportion of your daily needs of many of these vitamins and minerals, most importantly though they come in a form that our bodies are familiar with and can make use of.

What Kind and Why?

You want to look for unsulphured  organic blacktrap molasses, this means it will be free from chemicals used in processing.  Store it in a cool and dark cupboard and once opened it will last for around 6 months.

It is a very healthy addition to your diet and works better in restoring energy and promoting recovery than a multi-vitamin.

Coming Soon!


Ethiopian-Style Chickpea Stew

I love this recipe from Whole Foods.   

Chickpea stews with flavors similar to this one are often made in Ethiopia using ground roasted chickpeas or even split peas. Here, the method is simplified but the stew’s sweet, fragrant spice mixture, which Ethiopians call berbere, remains. If you’re in a hurry, omit roasting the chickpeas and simply add them to the stew after they’ve been rinsed and drained. This recipe was inspired by a Whole Planet Foundation microcredit client who runs a chickpea roasting business.

Ingredients

1 teaspoon sweet paprika
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon cayenne
1/4 teaspoon ground fenugreek (optional)
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
2 (15-ounce) cans no-salt-added chickpeas, rinsed and drained
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 medium red onion, chopped
1 (1-inch) piece fresh ginger, peeled and finely chopped
1 (8-ounce) can no-salt-added tomato sauce
1 quart low-sodium vegetable broth
1 pound red potatoes, cut into 1-inch chunks
4 carrots, peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks
Flatbread

Method

Preheat oven to 450°F. Stir together paprika, salt, allspice, black pepper, cardamom, cloves, coriander, cayenne, fenugreek (if using) and ginger in a small bowl; set spice mixture aside.

Toss chickpeas with a tablespoon of the oil on a large rimmed baking sheet and spread out in a single layer. Roast chickpeas, stirring occasionally, until somewhat dried out and just golden brown, 16 to 18 minutes; set aside.

Meanwhile, heat remaining 2 tablespoons oil in a medium pot over medium heat. Add garlic, onion and chopped ginger and cook, stirring occasionally, until very soft and golden brown, 8 to 10 minutes. Stir in reserved spice mixture and continue cooking, stirring constantly, until spices are toasted and very fragrant, about 2 minutes. Stir in tomato sauce and cook 2 minutes more.

Stir in broth, potatoes, carrots and reserved chickpeas and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover and simmer until potatoes and carrots are just tender, about 20 minutes. Uncover pot and simmer until stew is thickened and potatoes and carrots are very tender, about 25 minutes more. Ladle stew into bowls and serve with flatbread on the side.

Swap-Bot Owl

This is the ATC for the “Brown Owl” Swap-Bot exchange.  I decided to do a watercolor for this swap.

Cupcakes

These are the cupcakes for Laura’s group.  Finished them up about 11:30 pm.

Natural Wrinkle Fighters

Temporary Face Lift Sans Botox

Egg whites are a fantastic temporary remedy to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines in the skin.

Whip up 2 egg whites.

  • Apply the egg white mixture over your whole face.
  • Leave on for 30 minutes.
  • Rinse your face with cool water and you are good to go.

The downside is that this will only last for a few hours.

Kelp Wrinkle Cream

This homemade wrinkle cream will definitely tone and firm your skin:

  • 1 Egg white
  • 1 tablespoon dark organic Honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh Orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons Kelp powder (available in health food stores)

Mix all ingredients well until you have a creamy paste Gently apply to your clean face and neck. Leave it on for 15 minutes. Then rinse face with cold water.

Avocado Cream 

Make a deep moisturizing cream out of a few spoons of fresh cream, a slice of avocado and a spoon of honey. Puree all these ingredients in a blender to obtain a smooth cream and apply it to your skin. Allow it to remain on for at least an hour and then rinse with cool water.

Turmeric Eye Cream

Mix Turmeric powder with Sugarcane juice, and apply to your face.  Add enough buttermilk to more Turmeric powder to make a paste.  Apply this paste around your eyes to help eliminate wrinkles. Should be kept on for around twenty minutes and then washed off with cool water.

Coconut Oil

Gently massage coconut oil on portions of skin prone to wrinkles every night at bedtime.

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