Review: Cheeburger Cheeburger

Aside from shivering our initial impression was favorable. Once seated the hostesses rattled off specials and we changed our mind. We didn’t catch a single thing she said. But we knew we were going to order from the menu anyway. Besides she was gone before we could say a word.

Moments later our charming waiter, Cam, arrived with menus in hand and a smile. We ordered and we waited and waited. And I continued to shiver. Note to self … bring a jacket next time.

Tom ordered the Serious Burger with onion rings and a side salad. We both liked the onion rings … crispy and especially good with their horseradish doing sauce.

I ordered the Build Your Own salad and neither of us was disappointed. Another note to self: be sure the waiter knows I want medium rare not well done.

The floor manager stopped by after she noticed we had waited a bit for our check and offered us a 15% off coupon. I’m good with that.

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Cooking with Essential Oils

I love new recipes and as one who enjoys eating as well, I found some recipes I have tweaked to my own liking. Of course, being a blogger, I have gladly posted a link to those who originated the recipe. I mean, it’s only right. Right?

Here are a couple you might like:

Orange-Creamsicle Cheesecake Dip

from http://sunnysideups.org/orange-creamsicle-cheesecake-dip/) – be sure to check out her site for many more delicious recipes and information!

Ingredients:

  • 16 ounces cream cheese, softened to room temperature
  • ⅔ cup homemade or organic full-fat Greek yogurt
  • 6 tablespoons sugar or sugar alternative – omit if your yogurt is sweetened
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla – omit if you are using vanilla yogurt
  • 4 – 6 drops of Young Living orange essential oil
  • ¼ teaspoon salt

Directions:

  1. In a large mixing bowl, using an electric hand mixer, beat the cream cheese on medium/high speed for about two minutes, until very smooth and fluffy.
  2. Stop the mixer and scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed during this any of the following steps.
  3. Add yogurt and continue to beat for another 1 – 2 minutes until very creamy.
  4. Add sugar and vanilla (if using), Young Living orange essential oil, and salt.
  5. Beat for another 1 – 2 minutes, until very smooth and creamy.
  6. Makes about 3 cups.
  7. Serve with assorted fruits, cookies, or pretzels, as desired. Note: really good with strawberries!
  8. Store leftover dip in a tightly sealed container, in the refrigerator, up to 2 – 3 days.

Chef Craig Chasky’s Feta – Olive Spread

Note: All recipes use 100% pure, therapeutic grade essential oils labeled for internal use. Do not follow recipe unless you have oils approved for internal use.

Serves 6- 12

Ingredients

Directions

  1. In a Food Processor – pulse till blended.
  2. Serve with favorite chips and/or veggies.

Strawberry Lemon Water

Ingredients

  • One lemon, sliced
  • Quartered fresh strawberries
  • 2 quarts water
  • 2 – 6 drops of lemon essential oil, adjust to taste

Directions:

  1. Add lemons and strawberries to glass pitcher
  2. Add water
  3. Chill overnight

Strawberry Lemonade

Ingredients:

  • One lemon, sliced
  • 6 – 10 strawberries, quartered
  • Sweetener to taste – I use liquid organic stevia
  • 2 quarts water
  • 2 – 6 drops of lemon essential oil, adjust to taste

Directions:

  1. Add lemon slices and strawberries to glass pitcher
  2. Add water
  3. Add sweetener
  4. Chill overnight

As if I didn’t already have enough to do …

Why is it that passion often overrides common sense? About six weeks ago I was approached by someone whom I believe will become a good friend. She asked me about designing a website for a local non-profit. Our local art center, in fact. A place I would love to call home and I’m not even an artist. But, something draws me there. Maybe it’s the people. Maybe it’s the building. Maybe it’s how I feel when I’m there – surrounded by the art of local artists, the almost musty smell … the kind of smell that reminds you of what once was. It’s a good smell. Comforting and yet, refreshing. High ceilings, wood floors, and the ever-present art on the walls. It’s a simple place. A place where one can breathe one of those enormous cleansing breaths that make you realize you’ve been holding your breath for too long. Our stressful lives can do that. Breathe. Suck in the aromas of yesteryear and let your creative juices run through your fingertips – maybe someday something you’ve created will find its way to the walls of the Ann Rudd Art Center in Ozark, Alabama.

So back to passion vs common sense. I knew I already had a full plate with working part time, volunteering for the Ozark-Dale County Humane Society (ODCHS) as their treasurer and calendar fundraiser chairman, handling my aging mother’s monthly financials, grandchildren, yoga, meditation, cooking, cleaning, blogging, walking/hiking with my dear husband, Tom, and there are always those grandchildren. Life is good. Busy, but good, very, very good.

But, I have a passion to help and I love to design websites and help non-profits develop a presence. So, there you have it … I’m hooked. And, it’s not always easy but I’m up for the challenge and like ODCHS, the people are awesome … so there you have it.

And, no … I cannot design a site for you. But, ask me another day.  Who knows?

So, here’s the deal …

I had a dear friend call me yesterday. She was looking for what is, in our society, an obscure ingredient for a new 30-day cleansing diet she was doing. OMG, it’s Thanksgiving – what a tough time to do something so drastic – kudos to her for doing what is right for her.

I, on the other hand, one who has also done what was considered drastic to some all in the interest of health, have found that I no longer want to be pinned down to someone else’s version of what is right for me. It’s an age thing, I’m sure. For years I have read about doing it this way or that. And, you know what? I usually failed. Oh, I lost a few pounds or tightened up a muscle here or there or I felt better for a while but I always – yes, always – ended up right back where I started.

So, how am I doing, I hear you ask. I am exactly where I should be at this moment in my life. I’m loving real food. Fresh fruits and vegetables. Whole grains. Good oils. I avoid those foods I have found to make me unhappy – high frutose corn syrup, processed foods, most anything labeled “natural” (‘cuz it probably isn’t). I like to know from where my food comes, though that is proving to be very difficult. I eat seasonal food, avoiding those foods that are grown and picked too early just to be forced to grow in a controlled environment for use eighteen months or longer and labeled ‘fresh.’ Even wonder why apples don’t taste the way they used to when we were kids … yeah, well … now you know.

Random Thoughts

Why is cat litter scented? I mean, really, do people really want to smell floral scented cat deposits? Just scoop the deposit and move on. I can’t imagine the cat deposit stinking any longer than a humans once the source of the odor is removed.

Have a pacifer-using child? How about removing the gadget before snapping a picture? I can’t tell you the number of pacifier-pusses I see on Facebook. OK, I’m old and my children didn’t use pacifiers so I am biased but I would sure like to see a lovely toddler smile without a gadget. Say Cheese!

I am one of those annoying people who drive the speed limit – well, most of the time. I drive in the right lane leaving the left lane open to pass. Yeah, it’s the law – slower traffic keep right. So, the next time you pass me, please refrain from flipping me the bird because I’m not speeding like you. And, thank you to the most recent speeder who showed me how karma works. Hope you have the cash to pay your ticket.

 

New Page Added

About a year ago I signed up as a distributor for Young Living Essential Oils. My goal was to use the oils myself and I had no plans to start a business. While I still purchase the oils for personal use, of late sharing my experience using these fabulous oils has changed my view a bit.

Last night, my sponsor, and a friend who signed up under me, sat down for a couple of hours and I had a blast learning all about not only the oils but the business side of it, too.

Click SimplyWyse Essential Oils (or the link above) if you’d like more information about why I’m excited!