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Sunday, April 22, 2018

Tips to Heal the Planet and You

If you're anything like I am, you want to continue to breathe fresh air, drink pure water, eat uncontaminated food, and live free of toxic chemicals, pollutants, or worry about global warming and the legacy we are leaving for generations to come.

On this Earth Day I am reflecting about simple "green actions" you may not have thought about or tried before, that can help reduce your carbon footprint. Since all people and the planet are interconnected, the choices each of us makes impacts the planet's healing and health as well as our own.

To green the environment and improve our quality of life, please read and consider

Tips to Heal the Planet and You

Walk for health and planetary healing. Run, jog, stroll by foot or bicycle to improve well-being and cut down on fossil fuel consumption.

Green your transportation; board public transportation whenever and wherever it’s available. Bus, subway, tram, or rail is less expensive and better for the environment than running a car. If you must drive to work, car pool. Make your next car a hybrid.

Plant trees, drought resistant vegetation, and a veggie garden. When you grow and eat food for self-sustainability, you contribute to the earth's and your healing.

Replace grass with xeriscape landscaping. Drip irrigation and using water retention containers are water savers. An added benefit is that this type of garden is much easier to maintain than ones with grass and lawns.

Suggest family members cut down on the number of minutes they spend in the shower. Short showers are better for your skin as well.

Refrain from buying water in plastic bottles. Carry a reusable stainless steel or glass water bottle. Instead of reaching for a one-use plastic bottle read this... 

"According to the Container Recycling Institute, 100.7 billion plastic beverage bottles were sold in the U.S. in 2014, or 315 bottles per person. More than 8 million tons of plastic is dumped into our oceans every year.”

If you buy a large supply of water to use at home, take the same half gallon or gallon glass jugs to be refilled again and again.

This year switch over to products that are biodegradable. Carry a reusable water bottle, and use your own washable cloth shopping bag wherever you go. Swap Plastic-


The process used to make, store, dispose of, and just be around plastics can be extremely harmful to living things. Plastic bags, bottles, to-go containers, designer plastic coffee mugs and drink containers, plastic housewares, and fishing nets pollute the planet and the plastic used lasts for thousands of years. 

Plastics are dumped in landfills, oceans, and toxic materials from them winds up in our ground water. The fumes and chemical emissions from plastics contaminate land, sea animals, wildlife, men, women, and children. 

Exposure to plastics has been linked to health concerns affecting people, sea creatures, plankton, and the food chain around the world.

Speak, call, write, and use social media to alert manufacturers, 

politicians, and community, state, and national governments. Express 

your concerns about the direct environmental link between your safety 

and health and the use of plastics.

Advocate for products made from biodegradable materials and ones that 

use minimal packaging. Buy stock and products from companies that 

don't contribute to global warming. Use your buying power to show 

companies you care about reducing the world's carbon footprint by 

supporting those manufacturers, distributors, and stores who care too.

Here is additional reading:

consumer-products-safe and eco-friendly, and what's not from the Environmental Working Group (EWG).

Before you go, please take a moment to comment about your green 

efforts or mine, and share the word about Tips to Heal the Planet and 


Wishing you a Happy Earth Day and best wishes for a year filled with 

daily efforts to conserve, reuse, recycle, and think and act greener!

The quote for today is from Margaret Mead:
"We won't have a society if we destroy the environment."

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Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Invite to Colors of the Chakras Workshop

You're Invited to

Restore Balance, Joy, and Vitality with Colors of the Chakras

Where: The Seasoned Woman, the Williams Center, 5460 E. Broadway Blvd., Tucson 85711

When: Thurs. April 19 between 5-6 PM.

Why: Have Fun as Nancy Andres Shows You Ways to Use Colors from the Chakras to Heal and Balance Mind/Body/ Spirit.

Nancy Andres’ Workshop is Complimentary, and Seating is on a First Come First Serve Basis. It’s best to call the Seasoned Woman at 520-745-5942 to confirm.

See COLORS OF JOY: A WOMAN’S GUIDE FOR SELF-DISCOVERY, BALANCE, AND BLISS. It helps women explore relationships, nourish secret longings, and find ways to attract more joy into daily living.

Purchase an autographed copy at the workshop for yourself. Make gift-giving easy too. Give Colors of Joy as a happy birthday, graduation, or thinking of you gift to all the women you care about. 

Every Chapter in Colors of Joy starts with a Full Page Color Illustration

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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Spring Blooms for Wordless Wednesday

Spring flowers are blooming and it's a great time for outdoor fun. 

What's your favorite springtime flower?

What sport or outdoor activities do you enjoy the most?

Do you spring clean or have any extra household tasks you take care of in the spring?

Want to see more spring flowers? Look here.

Please let me know you stopped by for a visit and what fun things you have planned for the spring. Why not get social with me? Share this post if you enjoyed seeing these beautiful spring flowers.

The quote for today follows: Spring is nature's way of saying, 'Let's party!'  Robin Williams

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Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Tempeh Mini Guide with Recipe Ideas and Nutrition Info

Tempeh (pronounced tem-pay) is a soy product that’s versatile and probiotic rich. It was introduced on the island of Java in Indonesia in the 12th and 13th centuries. Tempeh is nutrient rich, with approximately 7 grams of fiber, 16 grams of economically priced plant-powered protein6 % of the Daily Value of calcium, and 10 % (DV) of iron in each 3 oz. serving.

Because tempeh is fermented, your body digests it easier and is able to absorb more of its nutrients than many of the other soy products. Tempeh tastes nutty, earthy, and grainy, when compared to tofu’s soft and silky texture. Like tofu, tempeh adapts well in endless dishes, each with its own distinct flavorings.
Here’s the One My Family and I Enjoy the Most

Tasty Balsamic, Maple, and Garlic Marinated Tempeh


1 8 oz. package tempeh

Note: Check the label before you buy tempeh. Make sure it’s organic so the soy isn’t genetically modified. Some products contain a combo of soybeans and brown rice. Others contain barley, millet, flax, or mixed veggies. Select the blend of ingredients that pleases you. Packaged tempeh is sold in the dairy of produce section of your market. It looks like a block or patty and is already cooked. Some say to par-boil it, but the tempeh in this recipe does soak up the balsamic marinade just fine without that.
½ cup balsamic vinegar
4 cloves garlic, minced (use less if you're not a garlic lover like I am)
4 teaspoons Bragg Liquid Aminos or low-sodium soy sauce
1 Tablespoon pure maple syrup
1 Tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon chili powder,
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
black pepper and salt to taste
parsley for garnish

What to Do:

  1. Rinse tempeh and pat dry. Slice the tempeh into 8-10 strips. Make the slices about the same thickness as strips of bacon.
  2. In a large glass baking dish, whisk together the balsamic vinegar, minced garlic, Bragg Liquid Aminos, maple syrup, oil, and other seasonings.
  3. Add the tempeh to the dish and gently toss to coat with the marinade. Cover the dish with foil and marinate the tempeh in the refrigerator for a least 2 hours. It even can be refrigerated overnight. Gently toss the tempeh every now and then.
  4. When ready to start cooking, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  5. Spread the marinated tempeh strips in a single layer in a baking dish, and cover with foil. Bake the tempeh in the marinade for 15 minutes. Remove the foil and flip the tempeh onto the other side.
  6. Bake uncovered, for 15 to 20 minutes more, until the tempeh has absorbed most of the the marinade. 
  7. There you have it. Serve it warm on whole grain bread with lettuce, tomato, and non-fat vegan bean dressing. Recipe instructions are supplied below. 

Close up of the tempeh sandwich served with roasted potatoes

Vegan Bean, Garlic, and Ginger Salad Dressing


1 15 oz. can organic Cannellini or Great Northern Beans
1/4 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
3 teaspoons Dijon mustard
1 or 2 cloves garlic
1 chunk fresh ginger peeled (about 1 inch round)
fresh ground black pepper
Optional seasoning: parsley, basil, oregano, thyme, rosemary, sage, or any spice you like. I always include a combo of a pinch of turmeric and one of black pepper. This combo has anti-inflammatory benefits.

What to do:

1. Grate garlic and ginger first. Then blend all ingredients in a food processor or blender until smooth and creamy.
2. If the consistency is thicker than you like dressing to be, slowly add drops of water or lemon juice and then correct seasoning. 

This dressing is wonderful on salads, sandwiches, and as a sauce on fresh steamed veggies.


To expand your tempeh repertoire, serve tempeh in collard or lettuce wrap sandwiches, or add to veggie soups for an extra dose of plant-powered protein. Use leftover tempeh as a snack, speared with a colorful toothpick.

Tempeh is a welcome addition in stews, casseroles, and slow cooker meals. It goes great in sauces, stir-fries, and with vegetables in curries. 

Make Tempeh explode with flavor by seasoning it well. One sure way to do that is to follow my lead and convert this ancient soy product into an up-to-the-minute savory delight.

Before you go, please don't forget to comment. Let me know whether you've tried a tempeh recipe before or whether you're a Tempeh Newbie. If you have a favorite tempeh recipe, please let me know that as well. What kind of vegan salad dressings do you like? I'd be happy to know that too. Please don't forget to share the love and share a link to this post on social media.

The quote for today follows: “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” – Michael Pollan

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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Be Good to Yourself on Valentine's Day

I often find ideas and inspiration by reading books, and I love to jot down quotes I discover in them that resonate with me. Here are some of my favorites. They remind me to love myself just the way I am. Sharing them is my Valentine's Gift to You and Me! 

These quotes help you remember to be yourself and let your light shine not just on Valentine's Day, but every day.

Get Colors of Joy Here

I'm sending love and thanks to all my blog readers, followers, and visitors. Wishing you a warm and wonderful Valentine's Day!

Do you enjoy celebrating Valentine's Day? Explain. Do you practice unconditional love toward yourself and others? What does that entail? Please share a comment and come back soon again.💖

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Thanks for Visiting

Hope you enjoyed your visit and will return again. Be well. Live well. Lead a colorful life! Warm regards, Nan