Brick Chicken with Garlic & Thyme


Brick Chicken with Garlic & Thyme



8 small chicken thighs (2 lb total)
8 clove garlic (in their skins)
8 sprig fresh thyme
1 tbsp. olive oil
1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper
Kosher salt
Steamed green beans, for serving


In a large bowl, toss the chicken, garlic, thyme, oil, red pepper & 1/2 tsp salt.

Heat a 12-in. cast-iron skillet over medium heat until hot, about 2 minutes. Place chicken, skin side down, in the skillet & spoon the garlic & thyme mixture around it. Place a second skillet on top of the chicken & put heavy cans in the skillet to weigh it down (this will flatten the chicken so it cooks up evenly & extra-crisp). Cook for 10 minutes.

Remove the cans & top skillet, turn chicken over & stir the garlic. Return the skillet & cans & cook until the chicken is crisp & cooked through, 5 to 6 minutes more. Serve with green beans.

*Courtesy of Country Living

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Do You REALLY Love Yourself?


5 Signs You Don’t Love Yourself (Even If You Think You Do)

How do we achieve this seemingly elusive state of loving ourselves, in a world where we oftentimes feel disconnected from ourselves? Loving yourself certainly requires time, effort, and commitment, but many of us don’t even know where to start. You might think you love yourself, but in this article, we’ll discuss a few signs that may mean you need to dig a little deeper to truly fall in love with you.



With most of us starved for time and relaxation, of course it comes as no surprise that we feel disconnected and disjointed. However, if you feel this way more often than not, it might mean that you don’t really love yourself. To truly love yourself, you have to get connected with the “you” that’s been hiding under all the layers you’ve put on to protect yourself in this harsh world.

If you feel like an alien in your own body, simply getting back to nature for a bit or doing some deep breathing exercises can do wonders for your mental state. Learn to reconnect with Mother Earth and unplug from the “real world” for a little while. You’ll feel a lot more real when you get away from reality for a bit, ironically.


If you resort to food, alcohol, drugs, or any other substance for comfort, then you probably don’t take very good care of yourself. Not caring for our health is a surefire sign that we don’t truly love ourselves, but in a world with constant stressors, it can be all too easy to reach for a quick fix for our problems. We live in a overstressed, overburdened society, and stress can lead to a slew of health problems that tend to get worse over time if not dealt with properly.

Remember to take care of you, because no one else will do it for you.


Sometimes, we can feel trapped inside ourselves and our bodies, and just want to get out somehow. However, running from ourselves or our problems will never work, because at the end of the day, you’re still stuck with the person looking back at you in the mirror. If you don’t truly love yourself, then it only makes sense that you’d want to run as far away as possible from your perception of yourself. But see, here’s the thing: how you perceive yourself is everything.

If you look at yourself in a positive light, and work to have a healthy self-image, you won’t feel nearly as restless and trapped inside your own self. Work on seeing the good things about yourself, rather than fixating on all the so-called “bad” things.


If you find yourself in unstable, toxic relationships time and time again, then you probably don’t really love yourself. Your relationships should enhance your life and well-being, not steal your joy and happiness. Getting tangled up in bad relationships means that you have some things you need to work on within yourself in order to attract the right people. We can only accept the love we think we deserve, so ask yourself: “Do I deserve better?” If you think you do, then you’re on the right track to developing stable, healthy relationships with others.

Loving yourself means getting rid of toxic relationships that only seek to destroy you, and welcoming positive relationships into your life.


Unfortunately, many of us feel this way on a daily basis. However, if we really loved ourselves, wouldn’t we go after the life that brought us the most happiness? Wouldn’t we work on building a life where we can truly feel alive? If you don’t feel interested and passionate about your life, then you need to look deep within and figure out why you chose the one you’re living now. We all deserve to live a life full of abundance in every single way, and you owe it to yourself to create a life worth living.

Work on learning about yourself and rediscovering what really makes you happy, so that you CAN live the life of your dreams and not have to settle for anything less.


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Ten Interesting Things I Learned About Tea Bags


10 Interesting Uses Of Tea Bags


Besides brewing a refreshing cup of tea, a tea bag can also be used topically as a tincture or poultice for minor cuts and burns, insect bites, baggy eyes, or as a mild astringent to tone your skin. Studies suggest that applying warm tea bags to canker sores, pus-filled pimples or boils can help them drain, heal speedily. Thanks to their ability to reduce inflammation, relieve pain.

Don’t you just love sitting down with a cup of hot tea after a long hard day? It can instantly pick you up! But tea doesn’t just energize you, it’s also rich in antioxidants that fight free radicals and protects against conditions like heart disease and cancer.

Tea can also accommodate a range of tastes as it comes with unique flavors – the fermented black tea, partially fermented oolong tea, and unfermented green tea. No wonder that it’s the second most popular drink in the world after water.

But if you thought that a tea bag is only meant for brewing tea, you’d be wrong. Here are a few interesting things that the ordinary tea bag can do for you.

1. Soothe A Sunburn

The UV rays of the sun can damage your skin, and over exposure to the sun can leave you with sore, red, sunburnt skin. Applying a wet tea bag to the affected area can soothe your sunburn.

According to research, epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG), a compound found in green tea works as a sunscreen and can reduce DNA damage due to UV radiation. And animal studies have found that topical application of green tea can reduce the formation of cancerous skin cells.

2. Treat Acne

Pus-filled pimples can not only make you feel self conscious but also be painful. But don’t worry! The antioxidant and antimicrobial properties in green tea can zap that zit.

A study made people with mild-to-moderate acne apply a lotion with 2% green tea twice daily for a period of 6 weeks. They saw a reduction of 58.33% in the number of pimples on average. So applying a wet green tea bag to your pimples might be a good idea to clear your skin.

3. Soothe Nicks And Insect Bites

Tea has antimicrobial and astringent properties. Whether you’re looking to soothe an insect bite or a tiny nick in your skin, pressing a damp tea bag against the irritated skin can reduce inflammation and protect against infection.

4. Help With Canker Sores

Canker sores are common among children and can be really painful. Apply a warm wet tea bag to the sore for 5 to 10 minutes and let the tannins in the tea work their magic by soothing the inflammation and pain.

5. Deal With Oily Skin

One study observed that when a formulation containing 3% green tea extract was applied on the cheeks of participants for a period of 8 weeks, the production of skin oil significantly reduced. Researchers have suggested that certain compounds in green tea (α-linolenic acid and epigallocatechin gallate) work by inhibiting the activity of an enzyme (known as 5α-reductase) in your oil glands.

So if you have oily skin, try patting your face with a wet green tea bag.

6. Soothe Tired Eyes And Dark Circles

Are late nights and stress leaving a mark on your eyes? Soak a couple of tea bags in warm water, squeeze out the extra moisture, and rest them over your closed eyes for 20 minutes. The tannins in the tea will relieve puffiness and refresh tired eyes.

7. Deal With Boils

Applying a moist tea bag to a boil can help it drain and heal. The tannins in tea have antibacterial properties and can work against infection. They also reduce inflammation and relieve pain.

8. Tone Your Skin

The tannins react with proteins to tighten your skin pores. So if you’re looking for a mild astringent skin toner, a moist tea bag is an effective and inexpensive remedy.

Peppermint is another herb that has a refreshing, anti-inflammatory effect on your skin. So a mixture of peppermint and green tea can be particularly helpful. A wet tea bag with both these herbs works as a soothing, cooling, and protective toner, especially during summer.

9. Spruce Up Your House

Did you know that tea bags can also help with housekeeping? A wet tea bag can get rid of greasy fingerprints from glass and make your windows and mirrors sparkle.

But that’s not all. The tannins in black tea also help color and shine wooden furniture, so you can use a wet tea bag to wipe down your chairs and tables.

You can also leave a couple of tea bags in your fridge to absorb odors so that you don’t get any nasty smells when you open your refrigerator.

10. Grow Your Garden

Toss used tea bags into your compost piles or around shrubs and perennials to give them a nutrient boost. The tea will decompose releasing the much-needed nitrogen for your plants. Flowering plants that need a lot of nutrients will be particularly appreciative.

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Pizza Stuffed Mushrooms


These are a MUST TRY!


Pizza Stuffed Mushrooms


24 mushrooms
1 clove garlic
2 teaspoons olive oil
1 can pizza sauce
mozzarella cheese
mini pepperoni (or your favorite toppings)
basil for serving


Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Clean mushrooms & remove stems. Using a small spoon, scoop out insides of mushrooms to allow enough room for filling. Finely chop mushroom stems. Add olive oil, garlic & chopped mushroom stem to a pan over medium heat. Cook 5 minutes cool slightly. Stuff mushroom stems in mushroom caps. Top each with 1 tablespoon pizza sauce, 1 tablespoon cheese & 3 mini pepperonis. Bake 18-20 minutes or until mushrooms are cooked & cheese is browned & bubbly. Cool slightly before serving.


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Cilantro Lime Rice



2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 cup chopped red onion
1-2 jalapenos, chopped, seeded & deveined (optional)
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 1/2 cups long grained rice, rinsed & drained
3 cups low sodium chicken broth (may sub vegetable broth)
1 14.5 oz. can black beans, rinsed & drained (optional)
3 tablespoons mild diced green chilies (from 4 oz. can green chilies)
Freshly cracked salt & pepper to taste
1-2 tablespoons butter (optional)
1/2 cup loosely packed cilantro, chopped
2 tablespoon lime juice

(Stove Top Directions)

Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add red onions & jalapenos saute 3-5 minutes or until tender.

Add garlic & cumin & saute 30 more seconds (adding more oil beforehand if necessary). Add rice & saute for a few seconds. Add beans, green chilies & chicken broth & bring to a boil.

Reduce heat to low (dial should be a little above lowest setting) & simmer, covered, for approximately 20 minutes or until rice is tender, stirring at 15 minutes.

Remove from heat & let sit, covered, for 5 minutes. Stir in butter to melt (optional) & season with salt & pepper to taste. Stir in lime juice & cilantro.


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FINALLY, Some Good News


Guess who FINALLY got some decent news from the doctor!

This girl! Praise Jesus!


After a hysterectomy (leaving my ovaries) this chick is showing no signs of anymore cancer!

The surgery went well. Coming out of anesthesia is a different and long story for another blog, but I ended up in the ICU for a few days.

I’m still recovering, slowly but surely, and I have high hopes! Thank you to everyone who prayed for and continues to pray for me. It means everything!


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Chicken & Rice Alfredo


Chicken & Rice Alfredo


13×9 pan
1 jar Ragu Classic Alfredo
1 can chicken broth
Parmesan cheese
1 1/4 c. uncooked rice
1 – 1/2 skinless, large boneless chicken breast

Preheat oven to 400°F

Mix Alfredo, broth & rice together. Pour into pan.

Cut chicken into small cube-like pieces & place then into the pan, into the Alfredo mixture.

Cover pan with foil & place into oven. Bake for 35 minutes.

Uncover & sprinkle with desired amount of Parmesan cheese. Place pan back into oven, uncovered, for an additional 10 minutes or until the desired browness of Parmesan is reached.


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