Spring is in the air?

Janet Scott

One day it feels like Spring around here and the next day it is freezing again!  I am not the only confused one though even the trees have started to bud.  🙂  Bill has started his Spring travel around the country and we have been busy with the book that will be coming out in October so we are enjoying our weekends together once again trying to grab every moment we can together.  We thank God for the blessing of Bill being able to travel and do what he does, we both firmly believe in Christian radio and love that he can be apart of it! 

So let’s check out some of the tips I found this week!  Most are just for women but we all know that as women we spend most of our lives taking care of others so there are some related tips for that as well!

Healthy Hair:

Some women seem to feel that the only way to get their hair to grow long and healthy is to head to the beauty store or salon for the latest high-end treatment. While these can help, what you put into your body is just as important to hair growth as what products you put on your hair. There are three areas to start working on when trying to grow your hair:

1)  Nutrition:  What you put on your hair is very important but what you put in your body is even more important!  Protein is at the top of the list for growing healthy strong hair and soy protein has so many benefits for women that is a great source on every level.  Fish is also a great source for healthy hair growth as it contains essential natural oils and fatty acids that your hair needs.  WATER  is a critical part of your health as well.  Water helps carry the nutrients your body needs to the areas needed and it also helps to rid your body of toxins.  To know how much water you should be drinking take your body weight and divide it in half and that is how many ozs. you should be drinking a day.  So for example if you weigh 12o lbs you should drink 60 oz of water a day.

Supplements:  I would recommend taking a supplemental B Complex.  B vitamins work better in a complex form than they do on their own for overal health issues including hormones.  If you are trying to get pregnant you want this as a part of your diet anyhow because Folic Acid is vital to help prevent certain birth defects.  Try to find a product that is sold by a company that is known for keeping their products ALL natural as well as Kosher.  Kosher vitamins have to follow a very high standard in order to be labeled as kosher and there are no chemicals used even in the growing process so it should be better for your body.

Treatments:  Use good sense when you get special treatments at a salon.  Before I knew what she was doing my daughter in law paid hundreds of dollars for a simple cholesterol treatment to soften her hair.  You can buy that product as well at a Sally’s Beauty Supply store or other local beauty supply store.  Check out your supply store before going to a salon for “treatments” if you are looking to save money.  Limit the amount of chemical treatments even though the products these days are much more mild than they use to be it is still hard on your hair to constantly perm and color your hair – use common sense.  Natural Hair shampoos and Conditioners are better than most others so look for those before just grabbing anything off the shelf.

Now for a “not so favorite” subject of mine:  Are you over 40 and overweight?  I found a website that has tips just for us!  It is Suzanne Somers website for weightloss http://www.sexyforever.com/suzanne.aspx 

RECIPES

Spicy Crab Dip

Prep/Total Time:  15 Min

 Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons dried minced onion
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons white wine or white grape juice
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper, optional
  • 1/2 teaspoon hot pepper sauce, optional
  • 2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, cubed
  • 1 pound imitation crabmeat, chopped
  • Assorted crackers or fresh vegetables

Directions

  • In a food processor, combine the first eight ingredients. Cover and process until smooth. Transfer to a large microwave-safe bowl. Stir in crab; mix well.
  • Cover and microwave on high for 2-3 minutes or until bubbly. Serve warm with crackers or vegetables. Yield: 4 cups.

Irish Lamb Stew

6 Servings              Prep Time 25 Min            Cook Time 2 Hours

Ingredients

  • 6 tablespoons all-purpose flour, divided
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1-1/2 pounds lamb stew meat, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 3 cups water
  • 1/2 teaspoon dill weed
  • 8 pearl onions, peeled
  • 3 medium carrots, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 large potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 1/2 cup half-and-half cream
  • Hot biscuits

Directions

  • In a large resealable plastic bag, combine 4 tablespoons flour, salt and pepper. Add lamb; shake to coat.
  • In a Dutch oven, brown lamb in oil on all sides. Add water and dill; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 1-1/2 hours or until meat is almost tender.
  • Add the onions, carrots and potatoes. Cover and simmer for 30 minutes or until the meat and vegetables are tender.
  • In a small bowl, place remaining flour; stir in cream until smooth. Stir into stew. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Serve with biscuits. Yield: 6 servings.

Mint Sundae Brownie Squares

15 Servings       Prep Time 20 Min  Freezing Bake  + Cooling

Ingredients

  • 1 package fudge brownie mix (13-inch x 9-inch pan size)
  • 3/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 teaspoons peppermint extract
  • 4 drops green food coloring, optional
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream, whipped
  • 1/2 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 jar (16 ounces) hot fudge ice cream topping, warmed
  • 1/3 cup chopped salted peanuts

Directions

  • Prepare brownie mix according to package directions. Stir in walnuts.
  • Pour into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan. Bake at 325° for 23-27 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean (do not overbake). Cool on a wire rack.
  • Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine the milk, extract and food coloring if desired. Fold in whipped cream and chocolate chips. Spread over brownie layer. Cover and freeze for several hours or overnight.
  • Let stand at room temperature for 10 minutes before cutting. Drizzle with ice cream topping; sprinkle with peanuts. Yield: 15 servings.

I hope the rest of your week is great and blessed by God!  Take care!

Janet Scott