3 Cold and Flu Fighting Soups

Got the sniffles?  Head for the kitchen and make one of these single-serving soups right in the bowl.  Each has ingredients like ginger, garlic and strong spices that ease cold and flu symptoms – and taste way better than cough syrup!

Curry Green Leaf Soup – Add 1/2 cup finely shredded spinach or kale, 1 Tbsp finely diced red onion, 2 tsp curry powder and 1/4 tsp cayenne to soup bowl. Cover with 1 1/2 cups hot vegetable broth.. Stir to wilt greens.

Lemon, Honey and Garlic Soup – Add 1 Tbsp each finely diced yellow onion, celery and carrots; 1 minced clove garlic; 1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice; and 2 tsp grated lemon zest to soup bowl. Cover with 1 1/2 cups hot vegetable broth and drizzle with honey. Stir to combine.

Ginger Chicken Noodle Soup – Add 1/2 cup cooked rice noodles, 1/4 cup cooked shredded chicken, 1 to 2 Tbsp reduced-sodium soy sauce, 1 Tbsp sliced scallion and 1/2 tsp sesame seeds to soup bowl. Cover with 1 1/2 cups hot chicken broth. Stir to combine and serve with Sriracha sauce.

Really good for you folks…

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I love Paulo Coelho, a Brazilian novelist and author of The Alchemist. He recently posted the following on his blog:

“A river never passes the same place twice,” says a philosopher. “Life is like a river,” says another philosopher, and we draw the conclusion that this is the metaphor that comes closest to the meaning of life. Consequently, it is always good to remember:

1.  We are always doing things for the first time.While we move between our source (birth) to our destination (death), the landscape will always be new. We should face these novelties with joy, not with fear – because it is useless to fear what cannot be avoided. A river never stops running.

2. In a valley we walk slower. When everything around us becomes easier, the waters grow calm, we become more open, fuller and more generous.

3. Our banks are always fertile. Vegetation only grows where there is water. Whoever comes into contact with us needs to understand that we are there to give the thirsty something to drink.

4. Stones should be avoided. It is obvious that water is stronger than granite, but it takes time for this to happen. It is no good letting yourself be overcome by stronger obstacles, or trying to fight against them – that is a useless waste of energy. It is best to understand where the way out is, and then move forward.

5. Hollows call for patience. All of a sudden the river enters a sort of hole and stops running as joyfully as before. At such moments the only way out is to count on the help of time. When the right moment comes the hollow fills up and the water can flow ahead. In the place of the ugly, lifeless hole there now stands a lake that others can contemplate with joy.

6. We are one. We were born in a place that was meant for us, which will always keep us supplied with enough water so that when confronted with obstacles or depression we have the necessary patience or strength to move forward. We begin our course in a soft and fragile manner, where even a simple leaf can stop us. Nevertheless, as we respect the mystery of the source that gave us life, and trust in His eternal wisdom, little by little we gain all that we need to pursue our path.

7. Although we are one, soon we shall be many. As we travel on, the waters of other springs come closer, because that is the best path to follow. Then we are no longer just one, but many – and there comes a moment when we feel lost. However, as the Bible says, “all rivers flow to the sea.” It is impossible to remain in our solitude, no matter how romantic that may seem. When we accept the inevitable encounter with other springs, we eventually understand that this makes us much stronger, we get around obstacles or fill in the hollows in far less time and with greater ease.

8. We are a means of transportation. Of leaves, boats, ideas. May our waters always be generous, may they always be able to carry ahead everything or everyone that needs our help.

9. We are a source of inspiration. And so, let us leave the final words to the Brazilian poet, Manuel Bandeira:

To be like a river that
flows silent
through the night, not fearing the
darkness and reflecting on
any stars
high in the sky. And if the sky is filled
with clouds, the clouds
are water like
the river, so without remorse reflect
them too

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A Thanksgiving Prayer

Here is a prayer of thanksgiving for all of us to think about this Thanksgiving Day…  I pass on to you all many Blessings folks.  Love your families and friends…  Linda

Dear God, Goddess, Divine Spirit of all there is,

Thank you for the opportunity to gather together in one another’s company.  We thank you for the light you bring to this family gathering.  Please grant us the opportunity to continue to be there for each other in good times, as well as not-so-great times.  Give us strength and fortitude to ride the tides of change, and empower us always to be nurturing and loving with one another.  Open our spiritual eyes that we may see one another for who we truly are, and love one another in the same spirit.  May sadness, disappointment and anger be minimal; May happiness, positive thoughts and good experiences together be bountiful.

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This is the best recipe for Banana Bread-and it is gluten free! Soooooo good!


2 cups gluten-free all-purpose baking flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

¼ teaspoon salt

4 eggs

2 cups mashed ripe bananas (4-5 medium)

1 cup sugar

½ cup unsweetened applesauce

1/3 cup canola oil

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 chopped walnuts


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

In a small bowl, whisk the eggs, bananas, sugar, applesauce, oil and vanilla.

Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened.

Transfer to two 8-in. x 4-inch loaf pans coated with cooking spray. Sprinkle with walnuts.

Bake at 350° for 45-55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks.

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If you’re like most people, the first thing you do in the morning after waking and going to the bathroom is turning on the coffee maker for your daily cup(s). Coffee is a highly acidic stimulant and drinking it first thing in the morning is the equivalent of slapping your kidneys with a paddle. A far more balancing way to start your day is to drink a cup of hot water. Hot water cleans out the toxins that have accumulated in the GI tract overnight, cleans the colon by inducing the need to go to the bathroom, and wakes up the digestion by strengthening the digestive acid which has remained dormant as you slept. So put away your coffee maker and take out the kettle. Your kidneys will be grateful.

And, if you want to take this one step further which is what I have done for many years now…try this:

Take this tonic in the morning upon arising as a way to ensure a youthful inner body.  Remember, both unfiltered apple cider vinegar and honey are high in potassium, which keeps the arteries and soft tissues of the body supple.  Historians believe that a vinegar and water beverage consumed when wine was unavailable contributed to the stamina and fortitude of the ancient Roman army.

1 teaspoon honey

8 ounces pure water

1 teaspoon unfiltered apple cider vinegar

Dissolve the honey in warm water.  Add apple cider vinegar and stir.

Serves 1

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Just Keep Driving

This is an editorial that I came across of Alan Cohen’s that I thought that I would like to share with you-all…  I hope that you enjoy it.

As I was driving around a bend on a country road, a huge dog jumped at the car window and started barking vehemently.  After my initial surprise and a moment of fear, I took a breath and realized I was entirely safe and protected.  The dog stayed quite close to the car for a while, but I just kept driving calmly.  Soon he could not keep up with the car, and he retired from his chase.

I saw our encounter as a metaphor for the way troubles jump at us in life.  Suddenly, unexpected beasts seem to lurch at us from out of nowhere, and we may be tempted to become afraid and run or counter-attack.  The answer, however, is usually very simple: just keep driving.  Who you are ( a spiritual being) and where you live (deep within yourself) is entirely protected from any passing event.  We fuel the upsets of life by getting into the ring and battling them.  If you just keep moving toward you chosen destiny, any worldly difficulty will eventually drop away.  You are bigger than anything that bothers you.

I love the story in the film Tucker: The Man and his Dream.  In 1947 Preston Tucker developed an automobile that was many years ahead of its time, with a range of features that have since become standard equipment.  Because his invention posed a threat to other auto manufacturers, he was squashed and falsely accused of crimes.  As his trial was being conducted, Tucker doodled.  Eventually, Tucker was acquitted,  and he showed his sketches to his wife – schematic plans for a new kind of refrigerator with the potential to revolutionize the industry.  Tucker wasted none of his precious time.  Why bother with a trial when you can be creating things that will change the world?

Pay as little attention as possible to your troubles, and as much attention as possible to your dreams.  You will receive more of whatever you invest your energy in.  You are bigger than any dogs that bark as you pass.

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Lately I have been inundated with with information about the amazing things that turmeric can heal. It is truly mind-blowing. If you are not taking this miracle spice you should start.

Turmeric has been shown to reduce tumors, reduce inflammation, reduce your risk of all kinds of diseases… The benefits are so many.

Turmeric grows wild in the forests of South and Southeast Asia. It’s one of the key ingredients in many Pakistani, Indian, Persian and Thai dishes and has incredible medicinal value, too.

Here are some of the benefits when ingested with your food as a spice:
1.  It is a natural antiseptic and antibacterial agent, useful in disinfecting cuts and burns.
2.  When combined with cauliflower, it has shown to prevent prostate cancer and stop the growth of existing prostate cancer.
3.  Prevented breast cancer from spreading to the lungs in mice.
4.  It may prevent melanoma and cause existing melanoma cells to commit suicide.
5.  Reduces the risk of childhood leukemia.
6.  It’s a natural liver detoxifier.
7.  Turmeric may prevent and slow the progression of Alzheimer’s disease by removing amyloyd plaque buildup in the brain.
8.  It may prevent metastases from occurring in many different forms of cancer.
9.  It is a potent natural anti-inflammatory that works as well as many anti-inflammatory drugs but without the side effects.
10.  Has shown promise in slowing the progression of multiple sclerosis in mice.
11.  Is a natural painkiller and cox-2 inhibitor.
12.  May aid in fat metabolism and help in weight management.
13.  Has long been used in Chinese medicine as a treatment for depression.
14.  Because of its anti-inflammatory properties, it is a natural treatment for arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
15.  Boosts the effects of chemo drug paclitaxel and reduces its side effects.
16.  Promising studies are underway on the effects of turmeric on pancreatic cancer.
17.  Studies are ongoing in the positive effects of turmeric on multiple myeloma.
18.  Has been shown to stop the growth of new blood vessels in tumors.
19.  Speeds up wound healing and assists in remodeling of damaged skin.
20.  May help in the treatment of psoriasis and other inflammatory skin conditions.

Here’s how to use turmeric!

1. Spice up your food.

Add this spice to anything, besides sweets, for a new flavor and a ton of health benefits. You can use turmeric to add some zest to cooked vegetables, eggs, and meat dishes. You can also add it to boiling water you’re using to make pasta, rice, soups, and more.

2. Drink it as a tea.

Bring four cups of water to a boil. Add one teaspoon of ground turmeric and reduce to a simmer for 10 minutes. Strain the tea through a fine sieve into a cup, add honey and/or lemon to taste.

3. Use a turmeric supplement.

I like to take a tumeric supplements a day in case I am traveling and am unable to cook with it.  Here is the supplement that I am taking:  Gaia Turmeric Supreme.  I always order it from Amazon.

4. Mix it with castor oil for a skin detox.

Castor oil with tumeric powder is a powerful toxin releaser for your skin. For women, it is great to apply to the breast and under arm because it will pull out harmful toxins from the lymph nodes and fat cells of the breast.

I started taking it for the OsteoArthritis benefits and have definitely seen results.  But there are so many other things that are just better for taking it.

Try it…You will like it!

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