A Foray Into Oil Pulling


ImageHave you ever heard of oil pulling?

Neither have I until a couple months ago. It’s a natural alternative to traditional oral health care that involves swishing an unrefined, organic oil in your mouth to draw out toxins and whiten teeth. I decided to give it a try and will be chronicling the experience on Spa Week Daily as part of the Hot Mom Squad.

My first article ran this past Monday. Check it out here. I will also be checking in at four and eight weeks with my progress and results!

Here’s to whiter teeth and fresher breath…the natural way!

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YUM! Cheesy Fiesta Hash


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I am all for comfort food…and am in even more favor of easy comfort food. So this Cheesy Fiesta Hash is my kind of grub – delicious and quick to the plate. My take on the classic hash features a spicy sausage and both cheddar and pepper jack for a super cheesy twist with a little kick and a lot of flavor!

You are going to flip over the deliciousness. This hash is one of my go-to meals and it’s versatility keeps it fresh even though it’s in frequent rotation on our table. We most often have it for dinner, but I’ve whipped it up for lunch and breakfast too.

I prefer to use a fresh chicken sausage in a spicy southwestern flavor, but you can use turkey Italian sausage or spicy breakfast sausage instead. I have even subbed the sausage for plain old ground chicken or turkey that I goosed up with canned diced green chilies and a pinch of cayenne pepper.

This dish also presents well because it’s so colorful – like a fiesta on the plate. You will want to use a small, thin skinned potato and any color bell pepper you like. I used a yellow pepper and baby yukon golds for this version but it turns out just as tasty and beautiful with red potatoes and green bell peppers too! My suggestion is to just buy what’s on sale.

Leftovers, if any, never last more than a day with this cheesy goodness!

ImageIt all starts with simple fresh ingredients that I almost always have on hand. Fresh southwest chipotle chicken sausage, potatoes, bell pepper, tomatoes, and cheddar and pepper jack cheeses.

ImageRemove the sausage from the casings and crumble up into a lightly oiled pan. Brown over medium heat.

ImageWhile the sausage cooks, cut your potatoes into a 1/2 inch dice. They don’t have to be pretty but similar in size so they cook evenly.

ImageAdd the diced potatoes to the cooked sausage.

Image Mix to combine it all together. Allow to cook over medium/low heat for about 8 minutes or until the potatoes just start to soften.

ImageAdd the peppers and tomatoes and allow to cook for a few more minutes. Then mix in the cheese and allow to melt. Remove from heat and enjoy!

ImageI like to serve it up in a mound topped with a sunny side up egg. The golden yolk spills out over the cheesy hash and adds a richness that brings this fiesta all together. YUM!

Cheesy Fiesta Hash

Ingredients:

  • 1 Lb. Fresh Chicken Sausage in a spicy chipotle flavor (or any kind of sausage or ground meet of your choosing)
  • 6-8 Small Thin-Skinned Potatoes, like baby red potatoes or baby yukon golds
  • 2 Medium-sized Tomatoes
  • 1 Bell Pepper, any color
  • 1/2 Cup Medium Cheddar Cheese
  • 1/2 Cup Pepper Jack Cheese
  • Salt and Pepper to taste.

Directions:

  1. Remove the sausage from casings and crumble into a lightly oiled skillet. Brown over medium heat.
  2. Wash the potatoes, then dice into small cubes. Be sure they are about same size to ensure even cooking.
  3. Add the diced potatoes to the sausage and mix to combine. Season with salt and Pepper. Cook for 8-10 minutes until the potatoes start to soften.
  4. While the potatoes cook wash the pepper and tomatoes and cut into small pieces.
  5. Add the pepper and tomato pieces to the pan and mix. Cook for an additional five minutes.
  6. Add the cheese and mix to combine it all.
  7. Remove from heat and serve!
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Miss Jacquelyn enjoyed the hash too. I removed a bit for her before I added the pepper jack cheese so it wouldn’t be as spicy, but just in case I let her have an after-dinner popsicle to cool her mouth down.

Wonder Weekend


My oldest nephew turned six and we all got together for a super hero party in the park. 

Jax wore this:

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Wonder Woman! Lookout Linda Carter – Wonder Woman Jax is taking over.

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OMGoodness! Have you ever seen anything so stinkin’ cute in your entire life?

Doubtful!

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Jax’s favorite auntie, Sarah, made an appearance as Cat Woman.

cute cat woman

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Grandma Gloria was only days out of the hospital from her second knee replacement in as many months. Wonder Woman Jax worked her super powers and made GG feel better!

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Wonder Woman Jax tending to a fallen party guest (she was actually trying to steal the little girl’s purse).

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The Guest of Honor. My adorable nephew, Gabriel, celebrating being six dressed as “Shredder.” Who the heck is that?

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Wonder Woman took a break from fighting crime to take her crown off, let her hair down and enjoy a bag of chips.

New Hire


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Since I’m obviously having trouble staying inspired to keep blogging, I decided to recruit some help. She’s young, fresh and works for free, but her moods are unpredictable – tantrums are frequent in this workplace…so are snuggles. Seems like an even trade.

Truly Touching


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Photo from myfoxdetroit.com via Facebook.

I came upon this article tonight as I was perusing Facebook. I was deeply touched with this mother’s effort to show her son how special and loved he is. And I am blown away by the power of social media.

As a mother, I can’t even fathom how gut wrenching it must have been to hear her son, Colin’s answer when asked if he wanted a party to celebrate his 11th birthday. He said it was pointless because he had no friends. Colon was diagnosed with a sensory processing disorder and a disorder similar to autism which makes communication and socializing difficult for him.

As a surprise, his mother set up a Facebook page to get folks to wish her son a Happy Birthday. She originally only thought friends and family would be interested but the outpouring from around the world has been amazing. As of the time of this post the page was fast approaching 900K likes – incredible!

Can you imagine how ecstatic he’ll be when he sees how much people really do care about his birthday! People from all over the globe.

Hooray, Colin!

I don’t know this mother but I find her actions for her son truly inspiring – what a creative, thoughtful and touching idea she had to make his birthday memorable. The love of a mother for her child is such an incredible force. You rock, Colin’s mama!

Please take a moment to “like” the Happy Birthday Colin Facebook page and make this special young man’s 11th birthday one for the record books!