Autumn Chicken Stew

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Cozy up to a hearty stew with a delicious pumpkin flavor twist.

Servings: 6 servings
Prep: 50 mins
Total: 1 hr 10 mins
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4 boneless skinless chicken breasts (about 1 1/4 lb), cut into 1-inch pieces
1/4 cup  Original Bisquick® mix
1 tablespoon  vegetable oil
2 1/2 cups  1-inch cubes pumpkin or Hubbard squash
1 teaspoon  pumpkin pie spice
2 medium potatoes, cut into 1-inch cubes
1 medium onion, chopped (1/2 cup)
1 can (14.5 oz) Italian-style stewed tomatoes, undrained
1 3/4 cups  Progresso® chicken broth (from 32-oz carton)
Chopped fresh parsley or pumpkin pie spice, if desired
1 1/2 cups  Original Bisquick® mix
1/2 cup  milk
1. Coat chicken with 1/4 cup Bisquick mix. In 4-quart Dutch oven, heat oil over medium heat. Add chicken; cook 10 to 12 minutes, stirring occasionally, until no longer pink in center.
2. Stir in pumpkin, pumpkin pie spice, potatoes, onion, tomatoes and broth. Heat to boiling; reduce heat. Cover; simmer 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Meanwhile, in medium bowl, stir dumpling ingredients until soft dough forms.
3. Drop dough by 6 spoonfuls onto stew mixture. Cook uncovered 10 minutes. Cover; cook about 10 minutes longer or until vegetables are tender. Sprinkle with parsley or additional pumpkin pie spice.
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Nutrition Facts
Calories 380 (Calories from Fat 90); Total Fat 10g (Saturated Fat 3g, Trans Fat 1.5g); Cholesterol 60mg; Sodium 1010mg; Total Carbohydrate 45g (Dietary Fiber 3g, Sugars 9g); Protein 27g. Daily Values: Vitamin A 50%; Vitamin C 15%; Calcium 15%; Iron 20%. Exchanges: 3 Starch; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Vegetable; 2 1/2 Lean Meat. Carbohydrate Choices: 3.
Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

Inspirational Quotes for Difficult times

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Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.” – Thomas Edison

Tough times never last, but tough people do.” – Robert Schuller

Arise awake and stop not till the goal is reached.” – Swami Vivekananda

I walk slowly, but I never walk backward.” – Abraham Lincoln

When the going gets tough, the tough get going.” – Joseph Kennedy

Let me tell you something you already know. The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It is a very mean and nasty place and it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain’t how hard you hit; it’s about how hard you can get hit, and keep moving forward. How much you can take, and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done. Now, if you know what you’re worth, then go out and get what you’re worth. But you gotta be willing to take the hit, and not pointing fingers saying you ain’t where you are because of him, or her, or anybody. Cowards do that and that ain’t you. You’re better than that!”
Movie Quote from ‘Rocky Balboa’

Are you getting enough vitamins in your diet?

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Wellness Wednesday


A vitamin is an organic substance required in tiny amounts essential for the human metabolism to work properly. Vitamins are found in foods or produced by our bodies. They can also be manufactured commercially as health vitamin supplements. Insufficient vitamins in our diet, can cause serious ailments.

What about Minerals?

Like vitamins, minerals are needed by the body in small amounts to help it function properly and to maintain strength. Examples of minerals we require are calcium, iron, and potassium..

Health Foods and Vitamins

The key to a healthy diet is to maintain the proper balance and intake of ‘good’ foods.

Foods like grains, fish, and vegetables are healthy when eaten as a balanced diet, because taken together they will supply us with all of the necessary nutrients. It is this balance of nutrients obtained from vegetables, meat, and other foods that makes diets healthy. Consuming only ‘healthy’ foods is not enough if your diet is not balanced. For example, dairy products have a fairly high fat content. Removing these from your diet may reduce the fat, but it will also lower the intake of calcium and riboflavin that your body needs.

Natural Sources of Vitamins from Healthy Food

Vitamin A:

Foods which provide us with vitamin A include nectarines, oranges, cantaloupe, carrots, spinach, broccoli, butter, eggs, milk, fish oil and liver (beef, pork, chicken, turkey, lamb).

Vitamin B:

Found in whole grains foods like oats and wheat, peas, beans, leafy green vegetables, citrus fruits. Seafood, eggs, milk , yogurt, and meat can also provide us with this vitamin. Our bodies can also produce some types of B vitamin.

Vitamin C:

Can be found in good quantities in citrus fruits like orange, and grapefruit as well as in other fruits (cantaloupe, strawberries) Vegetables such as broccoli, tomatoes, and cabbage are good sources.

Vitamin D:

Egg yolk, milk and fish liver oil are rich in vitamin D. The body also uses sunlight to synthesize vitamin D.

Vitamin E:

Vitamin E is present in whole grains, wheat germ, cereals, bread, nuts, seeds, egg yolks and sardines. It is also found in leafy green vegetables like salads and cabbage.

Vitamin Supplements:

Do we need them? Well if we ate well at every meal we probably would not need to take any vitamins supplements to maintain a normal healthy lifestyle.

The focus of this page is getting the right nutrition in the form of health food and vitamins. However in today’s environment, eating properly all the time can be a challenge, so we often turn to supplements to help.

Here are some of the key ones:

Fish Oil and vitamin E supplements are very beneficial and should top your supplement list

Vitamin C is also good and helps the body fight infections.

B Complex supplements provide useful anti-oxidants needed by your body.


You should always focus on the health food source for vitamins, because they are ingested naturally into your system through the normal breakdown of food. But taking the above supplements will not hurt either.

Balsamic Roast Pork Tenderloins

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Prep Time:

10 min

Inactive Prep Time:

Cook Time:

20 min

10 servings


  • 4 1/2 pounds pork tenderloins, 2 packages with 2 tenderloins in each package
  • 4 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 8 cloves garlic, cracked
  • Steak seasoning blend or coarse salt and black pepper
  • 4 sprigs fresh rosemary leaves stripped and finely chopped
  • 4 sprigs fresh thyme, leaves stripped and finely chopped


Preheat oven to 500 degrees F.

Trim silver skin or connective tissue off tenderloins with a very sharp thin knife.

Place tender loins on a nonstick cookie sheet with a rim. Coat tenderloins in a few tablespoons of balsamic vinegar, rubbing vinegar into meat. Drizzle tenderloins with extra-virgin olive oil, just enough to coat. Cut small slits into meat and disperse chunks of cracked garlic cloves into meat. Combine steak seasoning blend or coarse salt and pepper with rosemary and thyme and rub meat with blend. Roast in hot oven 20 minutes.

Let meat rest, transfer to a carving board, slice and serve.

Holiday Chex Mix Recipe

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  • Prep Time: 10 mins View Image
  • Total Time: 1 1/4 hr
  • Yield: 14 cups, approx
  • About This Recipe

    “My mix is based on a recipe that my childhood best friend’s mother, Mrs. Harper, had for Chex Mix. It became an annual ritual for me to call her to ask for the recipe yet again. 🙂 This mix is so very, very yummy and decadent! Good thing I only make it once a year…”


      • 1 lb bacon, slices (approx, up to 1/2 cup drippings) or 1/3 cup bacon drippings ( approx, up to 1/2 cup drippings)
      • 1/2 cup butter
      • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
      • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
      • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
      • 1/2 teaspoon celery salt
      • 1/4 teaspoon ground sage
      • 1/2 teaspoon Lawry’s Seasoned Salt, to taste
      • 4 dashes Tabasco sauce, to taste
      • 2 cups dry roasted peanuts
      • 1 cup cashew pieces
      • 2 cups pretzels ( whatever shape you prefer, but small ones are easier to handle)
      • 5 cups Corn Chex
      • 3 cups Rice Chex
      • 1 cup Wheat Chex
      • 2 cups Cheerios toasted oat cereal
      • 1 cup cheese nips or 1 cup goldfish crackers
    • Seasoning mix

      The Dry Mix


    1. Fry up the bacon until it’s nice and crisp. Note: for those who’ve asked, 1 pound of bacon (in my experience) will yield between 1/3 to 1/2 cup of drippings. It depends on the bacon you use.
    Page 2 of 2Julie’s Extra Special Holiday Chex Mix (cont.)

    Directions (cont.)

    1. Then place the cooked bacon in a container and reserve it for another use- it’s the leftover drippings you’re after!
    2. Pre-heat the oven to 250 degrees F.
    3. Melt the butter and bacon drippings together in a saucepan, then stir in the seasonings to make a nice, buttery mix.
    4. In a very large bowl, combine the mix ingredients.
    5. Gradually stir in the buttery seasoning mix until the dry mix is evenly coated.
    6. Spread on cookie sheets and bake for 1 hour, turning every 15 minutes.
    7. Spread on paper towels to cool.
    8. Store in airtight container.
    9. Makes about 14 cups Chex mix snack.

    Craft ideas: How to make a cotton Angel ornament

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    ArchHost shares these directions for making an adorable angel out of cotton right off of the plant!

    Materials Needed:

    • Cotton Off the Stalk                                                                                                    
    • Cotton Leaves
    • Cotton Buds
    • Large Bead for Head
    • Ribbon
    • Doll Hair
    • Fake Gold Ring Band
    • Hot Glue and Gun



    1. Cut the cotton off the stalk (I live in NC and we have it growing everywhere). 
    2. Around the top of it, find some leaves for the wings, and some of the buds for the arms. You have to be creative here, and just play around with it. I think all of mine turned out different with this part. 
    3. I used pearl balls for the head. I got these at Michael’s and they were on a stalk. There were about 24 on the stalk for 69 cents. Can you say cheap project? 
    4. I added different color ribbon under the head. Gold and silver are very pretty. 
    5. I added curly doll hair to the top with hot glue. And I added a gold halo (those cheap gold wedding rings in the wedding section at Michaels). 
    6. Finally, I added a hanger on the back the same color of ribbon as under the chin area.

    Elizabeth Edwards chose to spend her final days with family

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        Elizabeth Edwards died at her home on Tuesday, December 7, after a long battle with Breast Cancer.  Doctors stopped all treatment for Edwards because the cancer had spread to her liver and bones. Instead of remaining at the hospital, she decided to go home to spend her last days with her family. When faced with the inevitable decision to be strong in her last days, Edwards decided to embrace death because it is a natural part of life. In her Monday Facebook statement, she said, “The days of our lives, for all of us, are numbered.”

       Making a patient with cancer that has spread all over comfortable is really difficult. When breast cancer spreads in the body, bone is the most common place it goes. It’s hard to think of bone as living tissue, but breaking an arm or a leg hurts because our bones are very much alive. Uncontrollable, malignant growth in bone can be excruciatingly painful, especially if the cancerous growths impinge on nerves.

        While most dying patients are confined to a hospital in ICU with IV tubes hooked up to them, Edwards made the choice to spend her final days with the people she cared for the most. And in this case, it was the right choice.