Tuesday, April 30, 2013

#WordsFromTheAuthor: The Never by Kristina Circelli #PromoBookTours

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The Wild One Speaks


I found her as a child.

She sat at the window, cheeks stained with tears, flesh purple and tender. A broken silhouette, praying for an escape. Yet when I approached, she wasn’t afraid. No, the girl with the green eyes looked right at me, knowing me, challenging me.

I was just a boy then, one who didn’t understand what it meant to have those eyes locked on me. I was just a boy who loved to have fun, one who hoped those tears would dry with an adventure she’d never forget.

And our adventures were many.

Nothing frightened my new friend, my childhood playmate, my Arianna of the Stars. Over mountains she soared. Through trees she raced. Across pirate ships she battled, all with me by her side. Her laughter filled my soul, her gaze capturing my heart. Just as I was the boy who took away her pain, she was the girl who made me whole.

But I realized this all too late.

Each time she returned home, the sadness grew. There was a darkness there, a shadow waiting for her to return. And each time she returned to me, that sadness pushed us apart a little more. Eventually I learned what it was that frightened her so, but I was just a boy who could not save her from the darkness.

Soon, I could not coax a smile from her fresh face. I could not hear her laughter over the solitude. I could not open her eyes to the beauty that our world held – the world we created together.

And then one day, she disappeared.

The window where she once waited was closed, the sound of her voice but a whisper on the wind, the dreams we once shared slipping away into the darkness. I searched for her every night, never accepting that she was gone, even when the land, our shared world, began to suffer in her absence. I suffered in her absence.

But still I felt her, always there, always unreachable. Something was wrong, and it was up to me to save her, my Arianna. When I learned the truth of our separation, when I finally found her, many years had passed, turning me from boy to man – a choice I was forced to make to bring my Arianna to her salvation.

And with that choice came wanting.

It was then, when I first saw her wandering through the woods, that I realized how much had changed. No longer was she the gangly girl with wide green eyes and an impish grin. No, a woman stood before me, one that my mind and body and soul desired with burning passion. She was made to be mine, as I was made to be hers

. So I found a way through that barrier, found a way to bring her home. In the beginning, I worried she had forgotten me and our adventures, but then she looked at me, truly looked at me, I knew that she saw the man just as I saw the woman.

Our new adventures were just beginning. Adventures not of child’s play, but of passion. They call me Malachi, The Wild One. They call her Arianna, the Star Jumper. We created this world together, and together we make it whole.

I found her all grown up. And I’m never letting her go.



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Title: The Never
Series:
Author: Kristina Circelli
Publisher: Kristina Circelli; 1 edition
Description: “Out of nothing, we create something.”

Arianna has spent her entire life being called a dreamer, an artist who created a world no one else can see. And for her entire life, she has taken the medication that keeps that world – and the one who brought her there – at bay.

Now an adult, Arianna reawakens that part of herself kept locked away in the darkest corners of her mind. When she hides her medicine from her fiancé’s ever-watchful eye, he returns – the shadow in the night who collects her for an adventure known only in her fantasies.

But something is different about this world called The Never. It is no longer the cheerful place filled with light and laughter that she knew as a child. Now, the sea creatures drag their visitors into the depths of murky waters. The natives battle to the death against the tribe of children. And the pirates, led by the feared captain called The Hunter, seek out Arianna for their own sinister plans.

As Arianna goes deeper into The Never, she discovers just what her connection to the land means – and must choose between her life rooted in reality, and the world where anything is possible.

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1. 4/19 Mommy Reads too Much (Review)
2. 4/19 Taking Time for Mommy (Excerpt)
3. 4/22 Book on the Bright Side (Review)
4. 4/22 Nikis Book Corner (Review)
5. 4/23 Andis Book Reviews (Review)
6. 4/24 Reading It All (Review)
7. 4/25 Pretty Opinionated (Review)
8. 4/26 Mamas Got Flair (Review)
9. 4/26 Literary Addicts (Interview)
10. 4/29 My Cozie Corner (Review)
11. 4/30 Adventures in All Things Food & Family (Review)
12. 5/1 Second Book To The Right (Review)
13. 5/2 The Stuff of Success (Review)
14. 5/3 Ginas Library (Review)
15. 5/3 The Crafty Cauldron (Guest Post)
16. 4/30 Identity Discovery (Guest Post)

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Tasty Tuesday: Classic Pot Roast #WeightWatchers #GERD #Recipe

Tasty Tuesday


Weight Watchers


Classic Pot Roast


This was a very tasty dish! It makes 8 servings at 7 PointsPlus each. I made it specifically planning to have it for dinner the night I made it and as a dinner another night. It is just as good leftover as it is the night you make it. I loved it.

Ingredients
2 tbs + 2 tsp olive oil
2 lbs bottom or top round boneless beef roast, trimmed of all visible fat
2 medium onions, finely chopped
1/2 medium carrot, finely chopped
1 celery stalk, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 1/2 tsp finely chopped fresh rosemary, or 1/2 tsp dried
1 1/2 tsp finely chopped fresh sage, or 1/2 tsp dried
1/2 cup dry red wine
1 cup chopped canned plum tomatoes, with juice
1 cup low sodium beef broth
1/2 tsp salt
To Taste black pepper


Directions
1. In a large saucepan or dutch oven over medium heat, heat the oil. Add the roast and brown on all sides, about 6 minutes. Transfer the roast to a plate.
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2. Add the onions, carrot, celery, garlic, rosemary, and sage to the pan. Saute, stirring constantly, until the vegetables are golden and fragrant, about 10 minutes.
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3. Add the wine, turning up the heat slightly and scraping up the browned bits from the bottom of the pan. Return the roast to the pan and cook 2 minutes. Stir in the tomatoes, stock, salt, and pepper (the liquid should cover only about one-third of the meat); partially cover and bring to boil. Reduce the heat, cover, and simmer gently, turning the meat occasionally, until tender when tested with a fork, about 2 hours.
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4. Slice the meat thinly across the grain. Skim the fat from the gravy. Return the meat to the desire a thick gravy, boil the gravy over high heat, for a minute or two, keeping the sliced meat warm.
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Review: Here are the questions I ask myself after having ate something with the answers relating to this recipe. I hope no one gets offended by these, but when thinking about your GERD, these are valid concerns.

  1. Did it keep me awake at night? No
  2. Did I wake up in the morning with a gas bubble or diarrhea? No
  3. Was I nauseous or have an upset stomach in the morning? No
  4. Did I burp it up all the next day or have heartburn? No

With these answers in mind I would say that this is a pretty good GERD-Friendly Weight Watchers Recipe. I would rate it a 1 out of 5 on the "It's Gonna Kill Me" Scale.

Monday, April 29, 2013

Monday's Menu: Chicken with Feta and Tomatoes #WeightWatchers #GERD #Recipe

Mondays Menu


Weight Watchers


Chicken with Feta and Tomatoes


When I started making this dish, I felt like I was making a Greek dish. Not that it was hard to make, but literally that it came from Greece. It is VERY tasty. My husband and I both loved it. However it is not a very good dish for GERD. It makes 4 servings at 4 PointsPlus each.

Ingredients
4 (3-ounce) chicken breast cutlets
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
1 1/2 tsp olive oil (divided)
1 pint grape tomatoes
1 tbs finely chopped fresh oregano
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup diced cucumber
1/4 cup crumbled reduced-fat feta cheese


Directions
1. Sprinkle the chicken with 1/4 tsp of the salt and 1/4 tsp of the pepper. Heat 1 tsp of the oil in a large nonstick skillet ove rmedium-high heat. Add the chicken and cook until browned and cooked through, about 2 minutes on each side. Transfer to a platter; keep warm.
2. Add the remaining 1/2 tsp oil to the skillet; add the tomatoes, oregano, garlic, and the remaining 1/4 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp pepper. Cook, stirring, until the tomatoes are softened, about 3 minutes. Spoon the sauce over the chicken and sprinkle with the cucumber and feta.

Chicken with Feta and Tomatoes


Review: Here are the questions I ask myself after having ate something with the answers relating to this recipe. I hope no one gets offended by these, but when thinking about your GERD, these are valid concerns.

  1. Did it keep me awake at night? Yes.
  2. Did I wake up in the morning with a gas bubble or diarrhea? Yes
  3. Was I nauseous or have an upset stomach in the morning? No.
  4. Did I burp it up all the next day or have heartburn? Yes.

With these answers in mind I would say that this is a pretty good GERD-Friendly Weight Watchers Recipe. I would rate it a 4 out of 5 on the "It's Gonna Kill Me" Scale.

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Baby Comfy Nose #Review #USFamilyGuide

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Do you hate using nasal aspirators on your child (i.e. the bulb syringe)? Do you wish that there were an easier way to get all the snot and goobers out of your child's nose without making them scream murder while you are doing it? I know that is how I have been feeling. I have a single bulb syringe that my son will tolerate. I have bought many of them and they almost all have very little suction to them. I have to use them over and over just to get out a little snot which of course makes him cry more because I keep shoving this thing up his nose. The one bulb syringe I have that he is "ok" with still requires me to use it several times, but at least it gets something out right away. My feeling has always been that I wished it would suck longer. It's like that snot is starting to come out of his nose, but the syringe has to be squeezed again to keep pulling it down and out of his nostrils. If it sucked longer, maybe I could get it out in one squeeze!

Well I have been introduced to something that I think is fabulous so far. My son hasn't had much of a runny nose since I got it, so I don't know how it will handle when he has a cold. However, BabyComfyNose is so easy to use that my son literally laughs when I am using it. He doesn't care that air is moving through his nose without his control. He doesn't care how many times I use it to get a tiny bit of snot out. He thinks it is funny to watch mommy use it. I think it even feels a little funny (as in tickles) too. No more screaming and crying, just laughter. I even used it on myself (because yes it is big enough to work on an adult nose), and I think it might actually really work well when I get stuffed up.

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So what is BabyComfyNose? The BabyComfyNose frees you from that - and it's FREE. Household facial tissue inserted into the body of the BabyComfyNose is actually a more absorbent and effective filter than foam rubber. Tissue pores are much smaller than those of foam rubber, and tissue is an inherently absorbent material, whereas plastic foam rubber is not. The result is that tissue is just a better filter.

But wait, there's more! The mesh storage pouch keeps the pieces together in the dishwasher, hang the pouch to dry and then it's ready for the diaper bag.

And still more - the nasal tip and mouth piece are both soft silicon-type rubber. The soft nasal tip fits better and more gently in the baby's nose and the soft mouth piece is just more comfortable for the parent.

Did we mention that the BabyComfyNose is available in three colors? Each child should have his or her own aspirator. Ideal for siblings and multiples.

Friday, April 26, 2013

Feature Friday - Thor: The Dark World #Marvel #Thor #Trailer

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Thor: The Dark World




THOR: THE DARK WORLD (in Digital 3D and RealD)
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Genre: Action-adventure
Rating: TBD
U.S. Release date: November 8, 2013
Running time: TBD
Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Stellan Skarsgård, Idris Elba, Christopher Eccleston, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Kat Dennings, Ray Stevenson, Zachary Levi, Tadanobu Asano, Jaimie Alexander with Rene Russo and Anthony Hopkins as Odin
Director: Alan Taylor
Producer: Kevin Feige
Executive Producers: Alan Fine, Nigel Gostelow, Stan Lee, Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Craig Kyle
Story by: Don Payne (credit not final)
Screenplay by: Christopher Yost and Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely (credit not final)

Marvel’s "Thor: The Dark World" continues the big-screen adventures of Thor, the Mighty Avenger, as he battles to save Earth and all the Nine Realms from a shadowy enemy that predates the universe itself. In the aftermath of Marvel’s "Thor" and "Marvel’s The Avengers," Thor fights to restore order across the cosmos...but an ancient race led by the vengeful Malekith returns to plunge the universe back into darkness. Faced with an enemy that even Odin and Asgard cannot withstand, Thor must embark on his most perilous and personal journey yet, one that will reunite him with Jane Foster and force him to sacrifice everything to save us all.

Starring Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Stellan Skarsgård, Idris Elba, Christopher Eccleston, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Kat Dennings, Ray Stevenson, Zachary Levi, Tadanobu Asano, and Jaimie Alexander with Rene Russo and Anthony Hopkins as Odin, Marvel’s “Thor: The Dark World” is directed by Alan Taylor, produced by Kevin Feige, from a story by Don Payne (credit not final) and screenplay by Christopher Yost and Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely (credit not final) and is based on Marvel’s classic Super Hero Thor, who first appeared in the comic book “Journey into Mystery “ #83 in August, 1962.

Marvel’s "Thor: The Dark World" continues the big-screen adventures of Thor, the Mighty Avenger, as he battles to save Earth and all the Nine Realms from a shadowy enemy that predates the universe itself.

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Marvel’s "Thor: The Dark World" continues the big-screen adventures of Thor, the Mighty Avenger, as he battles to save Earth and all the Nine Realms from a shadowy enemy that predates the universe itself. In the aftermath of Marvel’s "Thor" and "Marvel’s The Avengers," Thor fights to restore order across the cosmos...but an ancient race led by the vengeful Malekith returns to plunge the universe back into darkness. Faced with an enemy that even Odin and Asgard cannot withstand, Thor must embark on his most perilous and personal journey yet, one that will reunite him with Jane Foster and force him to sacrifice everything to save us all.

Starring Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Stellan Skarsgård, Idris Elba, Christopher Eccleston, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Kat Dennings, Ray Stevenson, Zachary Levi, Tadanobu Asano and Jaimie Alexander with Rene Russo and Anthony Hopkins as Odin, Marvel’s “Thor: The Dark World” is directed by Alan Taylor, produced by Kevin Feige, from a story by Don Payne and screenplay by Christopher Yost and Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely and is based on Marvel’s classic Super Hero Thor, who first appeared in the comic book “Journey into Mystery “ #83 in August, 1962.

“Thor: The Dark World” is presented by Marvel Studios. The executive producers are Alan Fine, Nigel Gostelow, Stan Lee, Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso and Craig Kyle. The film releases November 8, 2013, and is distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

#BookTour: Bound to You by Lola James #PromoBookTours

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Bound to You (Book 3 of the Spellbound Series)



Toni’s life is just one complication after another. First, her past comes back to her, then she has to deal with a psycho, and now it’s the biggest of them all. A choice that could destroy one life and be the bright future to the other.

How is a girl supposed to choose between two men that she loves?

On one hand, she has the Greek god Hades, the love from her past and the other, Ben the hot Vampire nurse that she met just over a week ago. Both have captured her heart in their own individual ways but whose love is the greatest?

Who does she ultimately love the most?

In the end, a decision is made in Bound to you…

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Lola James

Lola James has been reading romance novels since her teens, and fell in love with the paranormal after discovering Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles. Her love of the dark worlds of vampires and witches, as well as her fascination with Greek mythology led her to create the Spellbound Series, an ongoing Paranormal Romance combining all of the above into tales of suspense with a little bit of humor in an Urban Fantasy setting.

A long time lover of reading and writing with a passion for a great story, James became discouraged by the complicated and arbitrary publishing process, James had initially set down her laptop and her hopes of being a writer. However, with the purchase of her first e-reader, James became re-energized by the new possibilities for an undiscovered author to reach the masses. Dusting off her keyboard she finally finished Bound to Remember, the first book of the Spellbound Series and self-published it. Energized and ambitious, James is now hard at work on both the Spellbound Series as well as the Fate Series, a paranormal romance about dreams and what happens if they come true.

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Tantalizing Thursday: Rosemary Chicken with Wild Rice #WeightWatchers #GERD #Recipe

Tantalizing Thursday


Weight Watchers


Rosemary Chicken with Wild Rice


This was a very tasty recipe. I had a little issue cutting up the fresh rosemary and I accidentally made too much rice. The recipe calls for 1 cup of wild rice, I think that is supposed to be 1 cup cooked. Oh well. It was yummy. It makes 6 servings at 7 PointsPlus each.

Ingredients
1 cup wild rice
1 tbs olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 1/14 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breast, cubed
2 medium carrots, chopped
2 tbs finely chopped fresh rosemary (or 1 tbs dried)
1/4 cup + 2 tbs orange marmalade
1/4 cup Dijon mustard
1/8 tsp freshly ground pepper


Directions
1. Cook wild rice according to the package directions.
2. In a large nonstick skillet over medium heat, heat the oil. Add the garlic and saute until golden, about 2 minutes. Add the chicken and carrots and saute, stirring frequently, 3-4 minutes. Stir in the rosemary; cook until chicken is cooked through, 3-4 minutes longer.
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3. Stir in the marmalade, mustard, and pepper; cok, stirring frequently, until heated through, about 3 minutes. Add the rice; toss to combine.
Rosemary Chicken with Wild Rice 2

Review: Here are the questions I ask myself after having ate something with the answers relating to this recipe. I hope no one gets offended by these, but when thinking about your GERD, these are valid concerns.

  1. Did it keep me awake at night? Not at all.
  2. Did I wake up in the morning with a gas bubble or diarrhea? No.
  3. Was I nauseous or have an upset stomach in the morning? No.
  4. Did I burp it up all the next day or have heartburn? No.

With these answers in mind I would say that this is a pretty good GERD-Friendly Weight Watchers Recipe. I would rate it a 1 out of 5 on the "It's Gonna Kill Me" Scale.

Theatrical Thursday: New The Lone Ranger Trailer #Disney #LoneRanger

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The Lone Ranger




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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

#BookReview: Hungry, Hungry Hoodoo by Liz Schulte

Hungry, Hungry Hoodoo
Title: Hungry, Hungry Hoodoo
Series: Easy Bake Coven Series, Book 2
Author: Liz Schulte
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Description: One simple revelation about her past turns Selene Warren’s life upside down. Determined not to let her elf half ruin her future, she fights for the love she’s found at Cheney’s side, despite her increasing doubts about the bond they share.

However, when her studio burns down, a new enemy emerges and threatens the lives of those she holds most dear. To save one of her friends from a gruesome death, she must expose who she was and put more than just her life on the line. Her only hope is deciphering her past in time to save them all, but the more she learns, the less she can trust anyone.

Review: Another amazing story by Liz Schulte! I love this woman. Her books have a way of sucking me in so that the rest of the world disappears around me. This book is the second in her Easy Bake Coven series. You can read my review of the first book, Easy Bake Coven, at http://www.identitydiscovery.net/2013/03/booktour-easy-bake-coven-by-liz-schulte.html.

Book one ends with Cheney and Selene taking over the throne of the Elves. Selene is a half elf, so this appears to be something that is going to cause a problem among the Elf race. The only part that seems ok is that Cheney is a full blooded elf and the heir to the throne. He over threw his father because he tried to banish Cheney for marrying a half elf. Cheney and Selene have decided that it is time for change among the Fae, allowing all the fae races to have some kind of say in how their world is run, including those that are half human. However, we are also introduced to Jaron in the final scene who informs Selene that she has been doing great and the plan is going exactly as planned. Selene also has a memory that involves kissing Jaron, leaving Selene wondering if she really is following some grand plan that she doesn't even remember.

Book two introduces us to Selene regaining her memories throughout the story. These memories leave her feeling even more confused about how she feels about Cheney or Jaron. It also has her wondering why she doesn't remember anything about her cousin that apparently she had been very close with. To top it off, Selene's human ex-fiance Michael is kidnapped, her yoga studio burned to the ground, she finds out she has been cursed, her grandma thinks she killed her parents, and Cheney is acting very weird. She doesn't know who to trust or what to do. It's a big mess that does get cleaned up pretty nicely by the end of the story. There are still questions left unanswered, which I believe are leading to what will happen in book three. It's a fantastic story and I want more!

My Rating (Out of 5): Rose Icon 1 Rose Icon 2 Rose Icon 3 Rose Icon 4 Rose Icon 5

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Literary Addicts Weekly Meme:Book Playlists #LiteraryAddicts

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Book playlists (pick a song list). Authors are famous for using music as inspiration. What would yours be?
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Well I am currently writing my second book and only recently started listening to music while writing. I did it to drown out the noise around me and to help me focus. Right now, my playlist is from Pandora based on the group Smash Mouth. I really enjoy their music for pretty much everything. While painting my house, I listened to this stations and "liked" enough songs that it has an unlimited choices for me.

Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life) by Green Day
The Remedy (I Won't Worry) by Jason Mraz
Fly by Sugar Ray
I'll Be by Edwin McCain
I'm A Believer by Smash Mouth
Jumper by Third Eye Blind
There She Goes by The La's
Run-around by Blues Traveler
Push by Matchbox Twenty
Closing Time by Semisonic
Iris by The Goo Goo Dolls
Walkin' On The Sun by Smash Mouth
Roll To Me by Del Amitri
When I Come Around by Green Day
Semi-Charmed Life by Third Eye Blind
Stacy's Mom by Fountains Of Wayne
Hang On by Smash Mouth
Then The Morning Comes by Smash Mouth

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Whipped Wednesday: Grilled Beef Fajitas #WeightWatchers #GERD #Recipe

Whipped Wednesday


Weight Watchers


Grilled Beef Fajitas


Grilled Beef Fajitas I need to learn to read the recipe better. This recipe calls for either a grill or grill pan. I thought that since it was a fajita recipe, I would be able to basically stir fry it. Well if you make it, I recommend you actually use a grill pan. I think it would be hard to put on an actual grill. The squash will fall apart if you do that. We made it in a stir fry pan, which worked, but a grill will give it more flavor. It makes 4 servings at 4 PointsPlus each. It was good.

Ingredients
2 medium uncooked vidalia unions, thickly sliced
2 medium summer squash, yellow, cut lengthwise
1 spay cooking spray
1/8 tsp table salt, or to taste
8 oz uncooked flank steak
1/8 tsp black pepper, or to taste
1/2 cup prepared fat free salsa
4 medium fat free flour tortillas


Directions
1. Preheat grill or grill pan. When hot, grill onion slices until soft and browned, about 5 minutes. Coat squash slices with cooking spray, salt them and grill until soft, about 3 to 5 minutes.
2. Season steak with salt and pepper on both sides; grill until cooked through, about 3 to 6 minutes. Remove from grill and slice into strips against the grain.
3. To assemble fajitas, put 2 tablespoons of salsa on each tortilla. Top each with 1/4 of onions, squash and beef; roll up and serve.

Review: Here are the questions I ask myself after having ate something with the answers relating to this recipe. I hope no one gets offended by these, but when thinking about your GERD, these are valid concerns.

  1. Did it keep me awake at night? Only woke me once.
  2. Did I wake up in the morning with a gas bubble or diarrhea? Yes, both.
  3. Was I nauseous or have an upset stomach in the morning? Upset stomach for a little bit.
  4. Did I burp it up all the next day or have heartburn? No.

With these answers in mind I would say that this is a pretty good GERD-Friendly Weight Watchers Recipe. I would rate it a 3 out of 5 on the "It's Gonna Kill Me" Scale.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Crayola Celebrates 110 Years!

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To celebrate their 110th birthday, the 8 original crayons are throwing a birthday bash at the new fun-omenal Crayola Experience, the world's only interactive Crayola family attraction. Right now, they're out on a colorful adventure to spread the news, and you're invited to join the fun!

How can you join in on the fun? You can FOLLOW the crayons on their adventure, LEARN more about each color and enter to WIN a trip for 4 to celebrate their birthday and the Grand Opening of the all new Crayola Experience this coming May, 2013!

Visit the Crayola Facebook page and click "enter now" for your chance to be first in line when the Crayola Experience reopens.

The new Crayola Experience features four floors of new interactive exhibits and one-of-a-kind attractions that will bring the magic of color and your child's creativity to life! The winner will be among the first to experience the fun, along with a three- night, all-expenses paid stay. It's an experience your kids will never forget - and neither will you!

#BookTour: Through the Valley Love Endures #PromoBookTours

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Through the Valley Love Endures

What if death came for you today? Would you be ready?

Forced to face his own mortality, Eddie Santiago fought to stay alive in a broken world. His incredible journey through heartbreak, abuse, and adversity left him with one truth: every life makes a difference.

This is the true and compelling story of his supernatural quest through the valley of death, doubt, and darkness. Eddie provides a passionate story that will capture the attention of even the toughest skeptics.

Angels, demons, heaven, hell, Jesus and the devil: are they fiction, or are they more real than anything else in the world?

About Eddie David Santiago

Eddie David Santiago

Eddie David Santiago has worked in the mental health/substance abuse field since he was 18 years old. He holds bachelor degrees in both psychology and religious studies and has provided counseling related services for multiple mental health, substance abuse and human service agencies. In addition, he earned his master’s degree in counseling along with certification in educational administration.

With over fifteen years of counseling related experience, Eddie founded the organization L.E.A.D. (Love Endures And Delivers) which offers interactive group trainings, seminar sessions, speaking opportunities for groups of all ages and crisis counseling sessions.

THROUGH THE VALLEY, LOVE ENDURES is based on Eddie’s early collection of writings, through which he found his voice. He seeks to inspire others to find their voice and share their own stories. Eddie resides in the Midwest with his beautiful wife Sarah and their three amazing children, Faith, Isaiah and Makaylah.


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#ReleaseDayBlitz - Nissa: a contemporary fairy tale by Bethany Lopez

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Nissa: a contemporary fairy tale



At 900 years old, Nissa is finally ready to follow her mother's path and become the best Fairy Godmother she can. She’s not thrilled when her first assignment turns out to be a teenage human girl with self-esteem issues, but she knows she has to start somewhere. Her assignment has dealt with bullies since her freshman year and they haven’t let up. If Nissa can’t help her regain her self-confidence her future is bleak.

To complicate matters Nissa experiences all the signs that she's met the being fated for her. This impossibility distracts her from her purpose. After all, fairies and humans aren't meant for each other. How can her heart believe otherwise? Can Nissa successfully complete her first assignment as a Fairy Godmother? Will the fates allow Nissa and Levi to be together? And even if they do, will Levi believe Nissa once she reveals the truth?


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Bethany Lopez


Bethany Lopez was born in Detroit, Michigan, and grew up in Michigan and San Antonio, Texas. She went to High School at Dearborn High, in Dearborn, Michigan, which is where she has set her Young Adult series. She is married and has a blended family with five children. She is currently serving in the United States Air Force as a Recruiter in Los Angeles, California. She has always loved to read and write and has seen her dream realized by independently publishing her novels through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Smashwords.

Tasty Tuesday: Pastitsio #WeightWatchers #GERD #Recipe

Tasty Tuesday


Weight Watchers


Pastitsio


This is a great meal to make if you are going to be having guests. It makes 8 servings that are each 8 PointsPlus and very filling. I have been eating for lunch since there are only two of us eating it in my household. The best way for me to describe it is that it wants to be Lasagna only made with Cincinnati-style chili. This also has cinnamon in the meat which I am not crazy about, but it isn't horrible in this recipe.

Ingredients
1 spray cooking spray
1 lbs uncooked lean ground beef
1 medium uncooked onion, chopped
8 oz canned tomato sauce
1/4 cup red wine, dry
1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
8 oz uncooked whole wheat pasta, such as penne
1 large egg, lightly beaten
3/4 cup fat free evaporated milk
1 tbs salted butter, or margarine
2 tbs all purpose flour
1/4 tsp table salt
1/8 tsp black pepper
1 1/2 cup fat free evaporated milk
1 large egg, lightly beaten
2 large egg whites, lightly beaten
1/2 cup shredded parmesan cheese, divided


Directions
1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Coat a 9-x13-inch glass baking dish with cooking spray.
2. To make meat sauce, heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Cook beef and onion, stirring frequently, until meat is brown and onion is tender, about 10 minutes; drain off fat. Stir in tomato sauce, wine and cinnamon. Bring to boil and then reduce heat to medium-low; cover and simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
3. Meanwhile, cook pasta according to package directions; drain and set aside. Combine 1 beaten egg, 3/4 cup of evaporated milk and uncooked pasta in a large bowl; toss to combine and set aside.
4. To make cream sauce, melt butter or margarine in a small saucepan over medium heat; stir in flour, salt and pepper. Gradually add 1 1/2 cups of evaporated milk; cook, stirring, until thickened and slightly bubbly, about 5 to 8 minutes. Very gradually stir 1 beaten egg and egg whites into hot milk mixture (be careful not to 'scramble' eggs); set aside.
5. Layer half of pasta mixture in prepared dish; spread the meat sauce and sprinkle with 1/4 cup of cheese. Top with remaining pasta mixture; pour cream sauce over top and sprinkle with remaining cheese.
6. Cover and bake for 20 minutes. Uncover; bake about 15 minutes more or until a knife inserted in center comes out clean. Let stand 15 minutes before slicing into 8 pieces.

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Review: Here are the questions I ask myself after having ate something with the answers relating to this recipe. I hope no one gets offended by these, but when thinking about your GERD, these are valid concerns.

  1. Did it keep me awake at night? Nope
  2. Did I wake up in the morning with a gas bubble or diarrhea? Nothing out of the ordinary
  3. Was I nauseous or have an upset stomach in the morning? No
  4. Did I burp it up all the next day or have heartburn? No

With these answers in mind I would say that this is a pretty good GERD-Friendly Weight Watchers Recipe. I would rate it a 1 out of 5 on the "It's Gonna Kill Me" Scale.

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