The ACS Bark for Life, a doggone good time!

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Hello this Morning.  Team PoJo ( our Relay for Life team) has recently signed up for the American Cancer Society’s, Bark For Life event; in Statesville, NC.  Bark for Life events happen, all over.

Our particular event, takes place at Lakewood Park;  in Statesville.  The date of the Event this year, is April 12, 2014; and you can register any time; even at 10:00 AM, the day of the walk.  The opening Ceremony is at 11:00 AM; with the Survivor lap occurring, at 11:30.  The closing ceremony is at 2:00 PM.

Last year’s event was a beautiful sunny day.  Joe and I loved being there.  The turnout was incredible and the dogs were adorable.  You couldn’t help leaving the event feeling happy, and deeply touched.

For those of you that are not familiar with Bark for Life, this is a non competitive walk, for dogs and their owners.  This walk raises funds for cancer research; while, bringing awareness to cancer in humans and pets.  So far this event has 26 participants and 13 teams.

Check to see if there is a Bark for Life event, near you; and be ready to have a doggone good time.

Rainbow’s Blueberry Muffins, with a healthier twist

Rainbow’s Blueberry Muffins, with a healthier twist

Good Morning, All.  It is such a Sunny Sunday morning, and the promise of Spring, is just around the corner.  In an earlier post, I said to, ” Stay tuned for some recipes using the 16 Foods that will improve your memory, lower your blood pressure, and boost your immune system.”  Here is the first of those recipes.  This recipe incorporates blueberries, blueberry Greek yogurt, and applesauce (substituted for the sugar).   I used Chobani Greek yogurt; because, it was lower in sugar and the size was 7.5 oz.  You can use any kind of blueberry yogurt; the recipe specified, NOT to use Activia. You can substitute the same amount of applesauce, for sugar; in any recipe.  Mix in the applesauce in with the wet ingredients.  The results were muffins that were light and tender; although, not too big in size.  They were a breeze to make; and this recipe makes 12 muffins with no batter left over.  They are not overly sweet and the drizzled icing at the end, is the sweetness it needs; to make them satisfying.

Blueberry Muffins

Ingredients: 1 and 3/4 c. of flour, 1/2 teas. ground cinnamon, 1 teas. baking powder, 3/4 teas. baking soda, 1/2 teas. salt, 1 c. Greek blueberry yogurt, 3/4 c. applesauce, 1 egg, 6 Tables. unsalted butter melted, 3/4- 1 c. blueberries

Vanilla Glaze

Ingredients: 1/2 c. powdered sugar, 1/2 teas. vanilla, 2 teas. milk + a little extra if needed.

Preparation:

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

Paper line, or spray  a 12 muffin tin; with cooking spray.

Rinse the blueberries well; and drain.  Set aside.

In a large bowl, combine flour, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda and salt.

In a smaller bowl, combine yogurt, applesauce, egg, and melted unsalted butter.  Wisk the wet ingredients, thoroughly.

Add the blueberries the dry ingredients; and stir.  Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients.  Use a rubber spatula and gently fold the ingredients together until just combined.

With a tablespoon or batter scoop, divide the batter equally, into the twelve muffin cups.  Bake for 15-20 minutes; checking at 15, with a toothpick.

Remove muffins from the muffin cups; to a cooling rack, and cool.

Icing Preparation:

Stir together the powdered sugar, vanilla and milk in a small bowl.  Add a tad more milk if the icing seems too thick.  Spoon the icing into a sandwich bag; and, clip a little off one of the corners.  Let the icing drizzle over the top of each muffin and Voila!

I hope you try this recipe and please let me know how it goes.  You can add your own twists and tips.

The Who and Why, of A Rainbow of Colors

The Who and Why, of A Rainbow of Colors

As the Author of this blog, I would like to introduce myself a little better.  I have an About page, but that is a small part of this blog.

I was introduced to WordPress about a year ago.  I have spent a lot of time as Administrator of a WordPress/ E commerce website.  This daily working with the website was my “breaking in”.  I love the blog much better;  I have to be honest.  My Husband and I,  are Team PoJo in our local Relay for Life event.  All of this is therapeutic for me, in a way.

Once you are diagnosed with cancer, you never get away from it.  Not that I dwell on it.  I’m sure that people who have been diagnosed and go through treatments, know what I’m talking about.  I have this need to help others; so, they won’t have to experience what I did.  It saddens me; when another person I know, has been diagnosed with cancer.

When I was setting up my menu, I tried to think how I could help; with my posts.  I love to cook; and though I try to watch what I eat, I do eat a variety of meats.  I have made the switch to alkaline water; and, I have been exploring organic and non GMO.

I hope, that my posts will help someone.  Someone in treatment; or, a family member, with someone in treatment.  None of my recipes will be involved.  When, you’re not feeling well; or you are a caregiver, energy can be a premium.  I will share different resources.  Some, I picked up while I was going through treatment and, others as I find them.  If  I have helped someone, in some way, I will be happy.  I would like to say one more thing.  Welcome to, A Rainbow of Colors blog.

Flax seeds

Flax seeds

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Originally posted on Cooking without Limits:

flax seeds

Some call it one of the most powerful plant foods on the planet. Flax seeds was cultivated in Babylon as early as 3000 BC. In the 8th century, King Charlemagne believed so strongly in the health benefits of flax seeds that he passed laws requiring his subjects to consume it.  Now, thirteen centuries later, some experts say we have preliminary research to back up what Charlemagne suspected.

Flax seeds is found in all kinds of today’s foods from crackers to frozen waffles to oatmeal. The Flax Council estimates close to 300 new flax-based products were launched in the U.S. and Canada in 2010 alone. Not only has consumer demand for flax seeds grown, agricultural use has also increased.  Flax seeds is what’s used to feed all those chickens that are laying eggs with higher levels of omega-3 fatty acids.

Health benefits

Although flax seeds contains all sorts of healthy components, it…

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A Tale Of Two Joes, Sloppy Joe Recipes

A Tale Of Two Joes, Sloppy Joe Recipes

Last Evening, my Hubby came home from work so tired; and, I asked him, what he thought about Supper.  He originally thought about hamburgers; as, we had a pound of 85/15 ground beef in the fridge.  I thought about the sloppy joe recipe we have; and, since we haven’t had it for awhile, he thought it was a pretty good idea.

This sloppy joe recipe, is the best one I have ever tasted.  The recipe was in the Winston- Salem Journal; dated April 18, 2012.  The sloppy joes take about 15 minutes to make.  They have a little kick to them; but, it is not over the top.  I served them with Alexia sweet potato fries.

Sloppy Joes (makes 4 servings or more)

Ingredients:

1 Tables. oil, 1 onion minced, 1/2 green bell pepper, cored, seeded and minced, 1 clove garlic minced, 1 pound lean ground beef, 8 oz. tomato sauce, 1 teas. chili powder, 1 Tables. Worcestershire sauce, 1 Tables. apple cider vinegar, 1 Tables. brown sugar, 1/4 c. ketchup, dash or 2 of hot sauce, salt and pepper to taste, 2-4 Tables. as needed

Preparation:

Cut the onion and green bell pepper in smaller cubes.  I never mince them; to me, that is really small.  Set aside.  Mince the garlic clove.  Set aside.  Open your can of tomato sauce.  Measure out the chili powder, and brown sugar and place in a small bowl.  Measure out the Worcestershire sauce and cider vinegar and place in a small bowl.  Measure out the ketchup.  Have the hot sauce ready.  You don’t have to have everything ready, I just like to do it this way.

Heat the 1 Tables. of oil over Medium heat, in a large skillet ( I use a non-stick skillet).  Add the onion and bell pepper and cook stirring until softened, about 5 minutes.  Stir in the garlic; and, cook about 30 seconds (you don’t want it to burn).  Add the lean ground beef and cook; breaking up the clumps, until browned, about 3 minutes.

Add the tomato sauce, chili powder, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, cider vinegar and ketchup.  Cook on medium to low, stirring occasionally, 5 -10 minutes, until meat is fully cooked; and, the mixture has slightly thickened.  Depending on your preference, you can add 1-2 Tables. water; if you like the mixture a little looser.  I have never needed to add up to 4 Tables. of water.

Stir in the hot sauce.  Taste and add the salt and pepper, if needed.  Serve on hamburger buns of choice.  Enjoy.

I hope you try this recipe.  Hubby and I think it beats Manwich, hands down.  Let me know how it goes.

Cancercare: A Champion for the cancer community

Cancercare: A Champion for the cancer community

You have just been diagnosed with cancer.  Now, you have to think about cost.  How much will your Chemo be?  

My Husband and I faced this very situation, a little over 3 years ago.  Fortunately, the social worker at our cancer treatment center, told us about Cancercare.  

I was given the phone number; and made the phone call, in the next few days.  Two sets of paperwork were sent.  One set for us to complete; and one set for the Oncologist to complete.  Both were completed and sent in.  We were reviewed and accepted.  I would like to take this time to say, each case is reviewed individually; and, acceptance is not guaranteed.  But, if you are facing a huge bill with Chemo treatment, it is definitely worth the call; and doing some paperwork.  

I can say; we were not billed for one chemo treatment.  I received notification; how much longer, they were going to cover the cost.  The time was longer than I needed; so, I called them and told them the date of my last treatment.  

I don’t know what we would have done without them; and, I was so glad we were told to contact them.  I hope this information will help others, who are facing the same situation, we faced in 2011.     

Fig Newtons move over, there’s a new kid in town!

Fig Newtons move over, there’s a new kid in town!

Fig newtons move over there’s a new kid in town, Nature’s Bakery fig bar.  These are delicious and they come in 6 flavors.  I have yet to find the apple cinnamon, strawberry or peach apricot, but the blueberry, fig and raspberry will hold me over until I do.

These are high quality, Non GMO fruit bars made with Stone ground whole wheat. You can actually pronounce and understand everything on the label.  The bars are filled with all kinds of goodies.  They are made on shared equipment with tree nuts and peanuts so just be aware of this with food allergies.

They have been available at Our local Wal-marts for awhile now; and the cost is $2.50 for a 6 twin packs.  You can check the website for a store location near you.  They make a great snack at two per serving coming in at 110 calories and there’s 20 calories fat.  These are pretty awesome for a store bought snack.  I wish I could find the peach apricot.

If you are into sports and events, they have a pretty interesting website.  Check them out and, as they say, Happy Trails!