Soothing foods for IBD


Some of my favorite things to eat to sooth my IBD is: sweet potatoes, Avocado, Hot Blended oatmeal, rice, blended soups, spanikopitas, scrambled eggs,unsweetened applesauce, pure dark chocolate,pineapple, cherries, blueberries, grilled/baked cod or salmon, and well cooked veggies such as carrots and broccoli.

This week I finally went online to find out how to make blended oatmeal. It is so easy to make and easy on my GI tract. All you do is grind 1/2 a cup of oatmeal in a coffee grinder or blender, add 1 cup of water or non dairy milk alternative, put in a small pan to cook on the stove for  about 8-10 minutes while stirring occasionally or place in a rice cooker. add your favorite sweeteners like Agave, Honey, brown sugar.

Blended soups are also wonderful when you need soothing food.Sometimes I make soups with chicken, beef or vegetable broth. First I steam veggies in a pan. while that’s going I saute onions and garlic in a pan. when all is cooked I blend it up in a blender with turmeric, salt,pepper and whatever other favorite spices.

Other times I use coconut milk for my cream soups. I usually steam broccoli or asparagus in a pan. Then I blend up the veggies with about a cup of coconut milk, spices and some of the water from steaming veggies. MMM good!

Well these are some of my tips for now.





Struggling to Simplify Stuff


The motivation to slim down all our stuff began with the prospect of moving to Florida in spring of 2014. For many months throughout my struggles with Crohns Disease, I have been trying to get rid of all the stuff that has built up in our house.Plus trying to keep up with housework, kids, a part-time job and stay well.

It has been a very long cold winter here which didn’t help the motivation. My Spring cleaning has continued even though it is still abnormally cold for Wisconsin. A few years ago my grandmother passed away and left me with many of her things. In addition my husband finally brought most or all of his stuff that was stored at his parents house and the crazy part is that we have been together for 9 years. Getting the family to sort and clean after school and work has been very difficult. Not to mention adding all the TV programs, phone chat/texts,computer, I pad and video games that they think can’t be postponed till later.

My kids did sort through there rooms full of clothes and toys. On one of our warmer days my husband cleaned part of the basement too. The garage has also became a catchall collector so that we can’t even park a vehicle in it.

Now my front porch is a garage sale, with stuff everywhere. It is still too cold to have a real sale, so I have been selling things on buy sell trade and other selling sites. It’s a lot of work to take pictures, post and chat back n forth with people interested in your stuff. There have been good and bad experiences with people.

Spring has arrived so Racing, baseball and softball practice has begun. Also there is only a month and a half left until school gets out. If we were having a bake sale my stepdaughter would be more excited. Things are getting done, but I’d appreciate more help selling and pricing things!

Pursuing Dreams and Passion


Today is the day towards my future tomorrows. I have begun my journey to doing what I love to live a happy and healthy life. I’ve given notice at my conventional office retail job to pursue my arts/crafts,childcare and wellness.I feel a weight being lifted that I can concentrate on the things that are important in my life. My Health, family and to work as an artist are my priorities. Getting “Back to Basics” and “KISS” of life is where it’s at. Happy successful people say do what you love because no amount of money will ever make you happy if you don’t love your life.Success and money will follow if that is the goal to part of life’s passion.

When I began this journey it started as a conscious effort of what I eat. All 100% natural food and drinks to eat in my house. Also to listen to my body’s cue of how I’m feeling. There are a few small food exceptions for the kids and my husband. In August when I was hospitalized I threw out all harsh house cleaning and personal hygiene products. This time it’s about whole health and wellness for my family, so that I’m not tempted to eat processed, artificial and fast food items.

This journey is about getting my family and I on a more level field. My husband and I consolidated, lowered and payed off debt. Now I don’t have to worry about working a constricting job that doesn’t allow me to work on getting my self healthy.Also the two older children have been reminded how important it is to help out around the house and step things up from their techie world.

Next I took on watching another boy my sons age so that he has company and I can rest or eat as needed. So far the boys are doing very well and it is a huge relief for me to see them have fun.

Lastly I will concentrate on building my arts and crafts networks.I have lots of jewelry, furniture and sewing projects waiting to be finished.I’m on my way are you?