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Monday, February 1, 2016

Spicy Tofu and Rice Stacks

I know I haven't posted anything in a while, well life is moving at a fast pace and things fall by the wayside. New business, new hobbies, the dog, the job everything takes time away from everything else, but yesterday I thought I really have to try to do something with this blog. So there I was and I saw a post how someone used their molds to do a sashimi inspired dish. So I thought, Katja bring out the molds.

You will need:

1 pack of firm tofu
2 small avocados or one large mashed
1 medium cucumber peeled and cubed
white or brown rice 8 oz cooked
soy sauce
Lemon juice

I started out by slicing some firm tofu, season it with salt, pepper and garlic and fried it in a pan until it was browned and crunchy on the outside, then set it aside, let it cool and chop it up in cubes.
Next take the two avocados, mash and season with salt and pepper, add some lemon juice to prevent from browning.

Slice and cube your cucumber

Mix about 2 or 3 tablespoons of mayo with Siracha (depending on how hot you want it)
Next arrange all your ingredients and set up your mold. 

Start with a layer of cucumber, then add the mashed avocado, next comes the tofu and then the rice, make sure to press down firmly.

A. Set up all ingredients
B. Cubed Cucumber      
C. Mashed Avocado      
D. Tofu                          
E. Finish with Rice        

Then turn you mold upside down so cucumber is on top of the stack! Add a dollop of SirachaMayo and some Sesame Seeds and VOILA! A healthy Snack! Or light Lunch!

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Venturing into Art

Well.... I admit, I get bored easily and switch back and forth with cooking, baking, sports and all that other great stuff, but recently I felt like I was lacking in the creative department. So I said to myself... come on do something! And so I went out and got some supplies...

Like plain stretched canvas, gold leaf, modge podge, paper, paint, glue, ornaments, studs and ribbone, not necessarily in that order.....

And this is what I did with it!
"ChiFriends" 16 x 20 Mixed Media $59.00 plus s & h
The Chihuaha's have been finished today and are ready to ship at any time. Mixed Media on stretched canvas, 16 x 20 inches! One of a kind! $59.00 plus s & h

"Dobie" Mixed Media 12 x 16 SOLD
The Doberman Portrait is 12 x 16 inches and has been SOLD! Please contact me of any custom pieces! I will continue to make pieces in different colors and of different breeds!

Any feedback or special requests are welcome! Part of proceeds will be donated to Animal Rescue!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

The History of Magnet Therapy

Magnet Therapy is both ancient practice and a frontier science. What is now being investigated by our scientists and physicians was first put into practice at least four thousand years ago. Historical records track the use of magnets for healing our bodies' ills back to around 2000 BC. It was then that the oldest known medical treatise, The Yellow Emperors's Book of Internal Medicine, was penned. In what would become the bible of traditional Chinese medicine, Houangh-Ti laid out approaches to treating internal body imbalances by introducing external energy.

One such way of doing so was the insertion of needles in energetically charged points - a practice we know as acupuncture. Another therapeutic way of influencing these points and their associated energy channels (meridians) was through the application of lodestones. Once ancient text describes how to treat deafness magnetically by simultaneously placing a mixture of herbs in the patient's ear and a piece of iron in the patient's mouth. A contemporary Chinese veterinary medicine text indicates that magnets wer traditionally used to treat horses as well as people. (We actually treat many of our horses at the Golden Carrot with magnet bandages to speed up healing time and reduce swelling).

It is also believed that the Vedas, the religious scriptures of the Hindus, came into being around the same time as the Yellow Emperor's Treatise. The Vedas extensive teachings included descriptions of wide variety of ailments using ashamana or siktavati - instruments of stone that many suspect were lodestones (magnets)

Interestingly, both traditional Chinese and Indian medicine (Ayurveda) are based on the concept of health's being dependent on the unimpeded flow of life force. The Chinese call it CHI or QI, while the Indians call it PRANA. Both systems also speak of channels connected with energy distribution. In Chinese medicine, these are the meridians, while the Indian esoteric literature speaks of nadis.

The ancient Egyptians viewed all forms of illness as imbalances between the patient and the cosmos. Like the Chinese and the Indians, the Egyptians believed that physical disease was a result of energetic imbalances. Gemstones were a very important part of their culture, and many believe that knowledge of the unique healing properties of these various minerals and crystals originated with the Egyptian healer priests. It is widely claimed that Cleopatra wore a lodestone (magnetic stone) on her forehead to maintain her youthfulness and beauty. Temple and tom paintings are replete with images of Egyptians communicating and healing (electromagnetically) through their hands.

When we look at the seventh century B.C., we find Thales of Miletus, a Greek mathematician and philosopher who preceded Hippocrates (the father of medicine) by a couple of hundred years, connecting lodestones with some type of animal spirit. Some feel that Hippocrates's fifth-century B.C. writings indicate that he used magnets to assist the body in its self-healing process. And Aristotle is reputed to have spoken of the therapeutic properties of magnets as well.

In modern day America, Magnet Therapy came to the forefront when Connecticut physician Elisha Perkins was given a patent in 1795 for his magnetic tractor. His little handheld device was gently and repeatedly moved by the practioner over the afflicted body part to "pull off" the energetic field that Perkins believed was the source of the malady.

Hearts Forever Collection
The use of static magnets became very popular after the Civil War, with a variety of products being sold through mail-order catalogs. The advent of AC, a few decades later, gave inventors the tools to develop electromagnetic healing devices. Electromagnetic therapy, included in the medical textbooks of the day, became an accepted treatment option for a wide variety of ailments.

With the emergence of over the counter drugs, NSAIDS and antibiotics, Magnetic Therapies fell by the wayside. But many of these OTC's are not so wonderful after all. Many popular painkillers can cause gastro-intestinal bleeding, ulcers and kidney damage, others will damage the liver.

More and more people are looking to additional treatment methods or alternatives that are natural and non-toxic. Today we know more about how and why magnets heal, and researchers and clinicians around the world are busy doing more research every day.

We know magnets can improve sleep, increase energy levels, improve healing of soft tissue injuries, diminish pain in Osteoarthritis patients and generally increase your feeling of well-being.

ENERGETIX Bingen believes in the philosophy and the findings of the ancient medicines and uses the power of magnets in all it's jewelry. We combine sophisticated exclusive design jewelry with the benefits and power of magnets. Unless otherwise indicated our jewelry and accessories have one or more neodymium magnets of at lease 0.12 Tesla. Our customers wear our jewelry because they are fascinated by its radiance and want to have the power of magnets in their immediate vicinity at all times. All our jewelry and accessories have the same purpose, to give people moments of well-being in their daily life. Each of these moments tells us we are on the right track.

The MagnetHeart is one of our most popular wellness accessories for men and women. It has a powerful neodymium magnet of .22 Tesla and can be worn anywhere on the body. It consists of two parts: the magnetic element which exerts its magnetic force on the body and is worn under the clothing with the logo turned towards the skin and the matching counterpart which is worn on the outside and holds the magnet in place. To purchase the Magnet Heart go just click HERE 

If you would like to see any of our other beautiful items please browse our catalog by clicking on the catalog below and it will bring you to our website. Once there, click on the catalog, hover over the items you would like and voila.... straight to the shopping cart!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Seven Spoons "International Inspired Skillet Meals for Two" my Review

We all know that sometimes there is no time to cook from scratch and as I like going grocery shopping, I always try to look for new things I could try, should I need anything really fast, or because I'm just too plain lazy to cook from scratch.

So recently I went to Sprouts and saw  "Seven Spoons" frozen meals for two....

Looks deliscious right? Well I can't say it didn't taste good, but buyer beware and look at contents closely..... out of the net weight of 654gr (23.1 oz) only 36 grams or 1.29 oz is CHICKEN!!!

I couldn't believe it.... this is supposed to be a meal for 2 people, but the amount of chicken/protein in it is 1.29 oz? And all the rest is guess what white rice a few cashews and sauce....

This is just amazing to me, how in the world do these food companies get away with this? Come on, 1.29 oz of chicken so pretty much that's 0.65 oz/ 18 grams of chicken/protein per person?

That's the amount of protein a 4-9 year old child needs in a day! How are you going to market your product as a meal for two?? This is not a meal for 4 - 9 year old children.... it's an adult meal!

For example an inactive adult male with a body weight of 185 lbs needs at least 66 grams of protein to just sustain his body functions..

Well needless to say, this is not a product I would ever buy again. Not because it didn't taste good, but because it's just wrong to advertise this as a balanced meal.... out of one portion of 328 grams.... 18 grams are actually protein, the rest..... processed white rice, a few nuts and sauce! SO disappointing!

If you ever get tempted to buy it.... just buy it for the seasoning in the sauce, which is terrific but just go and get some extra chicken to toss in..... cause otherwise, you'll have to go find it amongst all the excess rice!

Friday, September 26, 2014

ENERGETIX Bingen! Beauty and Power! Exceptional Quality Jewelry with the benefits of Wellness!

Here I am embarking on a new adventure.... YES it's jewelry! Beautiful, versatile and of exceptionally high quality, this new range of jewelry is only now starting to sell in the US. ENERGETIX Bingen is fast becoming a favorite of the Stars and has been for a while. And I am joining them as an Independent Consultant!

Kevin Costner, Sharon Stone, Paris Hilton and newest Spokesperson Katie Melua, love our jewelry! 

For centuries Eastern and Alternative Medicine have used the power of magnets in their therapy different illnesses. 

And in a recent study published in the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, researchers at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston found magnets to be more effective than sham magnets at blocking pain caused by post-polio syndrome. 

In other studies, magnets have proven effective against Fibromyalgia - Researchers at Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston showed that magnets help relieve muscle pain caused by this mysterious condition. In the study, patients who slept on magnetic mattresses experienced greater pain relief than patients who slept on ordinary mattresses.

But most of the jewelry one could find that integrated magnets was really not attractive, it looked cheaply made, wasn't well designed and usually really unattractive, this all changes NOW! With ENERGETIX Bingen

The current Collections are fantastic and also affordable! Click on the name of the collection and you will be able to see the full range on our website!
Dark Romance Collection

Oriental Fascination Collection

 Christmas is coming and these are fantastic presents! With the benefits of Magnets, increasing your well-being! 

If you would like to be part of this exciting opportunity and grow with us, please contact me HERE! Can also learn more about the opportunity on our "How it works" page! Come join us, this is the opportunity you have been waiting for! 

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

A Gluten Free Breeze...With My Marine: Friday {Re}flection

This is my fabulous friend Bree, a great writer and a well of knowledge about Celiac Disease! It was her that inspired me to make some gluten-free stuff.... check out her blog!

A Gluten Free Breeze...With My Marine: Friday {Re}flection


Monday, June 16, 2014

Furbaby Fashion Statements!

So, by now you might all know how much I love to do different things..... like cooking, riding horses, playing with my pooch and doing whatever I can to help animals in need!

Well we're going to be at a 4th of July event showcasing TheGoldenCarrot and I thought I need to make something different.... something that allows us to show 4th of July Pride with our 4legged Babies as well....

So I started making Bows! Yes you heard me right..... I made those bows, with my own hands! Aren't they cute! And they look great and are easy to put on.... just slip the elastic over the one end of your dogs collar and voila...... FASHION!

The best thing is.... I can send them to you! $5.95 per bow, including shipping and $1.00 per bow goes directly to the Horses of TGC!

Let me know which ones you like and I can send them to you, please email me for payment details or more information!

I've created an album on my FB Page, please go and check them out! I will be adding other Designs as well! Please just click on the link

BowTies for FurBabies!

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Classic "ApfelStrudel" or AppleStrudel!

So after a long long time on break, I am finally starting to cook again. We currently have some guest in our spare room that we have been renting out on AirBnb  and they have some European Heritage, I thought I take this opportunity to make a classic ApfelStrudel! We ate Apfelstrudel as kids all the time as my grandma and my aunt were experts in getting the dough really really thin and we just loved it as dessert or main course.

Here is what you need for the dough:
200 g fine flour
125 ml water
1tablespoon oil
sprinkle of salt
flour for dusting
butter, melted to brush on
oil to brush on

I always prepare the dough first and then work on the rest of the ingredients, but that is entirely up to you.

For the filling:
1kg apples, peeled, quartered and sliced in 3 mm pieces
150 g breadcrumbs
150 g sugar
80 g butter
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon vanilla-sugar
2 tablespoons rum (I used Amaretto  this time)
80 g raisins, I don't like them so I left them out

Ok lets start:

On a clean surface, make a mound with your water and create a little indentation, add the oil and the salt and start combining these ingredients with a fork, little by little add the water until everything is combined and you have a smooth dough. Dust your hands with flour and kneed the dough until smooth and no longer sticky. Transfer the dough on a plate, brush with oil and let rest for at least 30 minutes (or as long as it takes you to prepare the remainder of the ingredients.

Now the filling:

In a big bowl, mix the sliced apples with the sugar, cinnamon and the rum, add the raisins if you are using them and set aside for a while. In a small pan, melt the butter and roast your breadcrumbs until they are golden brown, set aside to cool.

Preparing the dough for filling:

Take a large kitchen towel and dust with flour, place the doug in the middle and roll into a square with a rolling pin (dust the rolling pin with flour so the dough doesn't stick to it), roll out as thin as possible, then brush with melted butter and let it rest for 5 minutes, once you are done you can pull the dough thinner by moving your hands underneath the dough with the backs of your hands up and pulling slowly away from the center without getting any wholes in it.

Once the dough is thin enough, sprinkle with the breadcrumbs, then add the apple mixture and roll up tightly using the kitchen towel. Tuck under the ends and transfer carefully onto a buttered baking sheet. Be careful to not make any holes.

Brush generously with melted butter and bake in a pre-heated 425 degree oven for 40 minutes. It should be golden brown. Sprinkle with powdered sugar!

Serve hot or cold on its own or with vanilla sauce or icecream!

Bon Apetite!

As a variation, you can use ground almonds or hazelnuts and my aunt used to add a couple of dollops of sour cream!

Friday, December 27, 2013

Vegan Chili

So my friend Casey is vegan and it's hard for her to cook, as she is so busy with caring for 45 horses, a dozen dogs and donkeys that she just doesn't have the time.... so whenever I visit her at the ranch I try to bring her something I make at home....

It's cold up in Anza so I made her a

VEGAN CHILI and here is the recipe:

1,5 cups Bob's Red Mill High Protein TVP(Textured Vegetable Protein) rehydrated,
1 can chopped tomato
1 large onion chopped
3 or 4 cloves garlic chopped
2 cans tomato juice ( I used spicy)
3 tbsp tomato puree
1 cup Barley
1 can black beans (more if you like more beans)

spices: paprika, black pepper, chili, cayenne, salt, italian herb blend and a little ground cumin

chop the onion and garlic set aside

rehydrate the TVP according to package instructions

put a little oil in a large pot, and add the onions cook until translucent, then add the garlic and cook a little longer
add in the TVP, the tomato juice, the chopped tomato and the tomato puree and stir well
then add in the barley….. if the consistency is too thick add some water…. as the barley needs it to cook and absorb

add your seasonings to taste

cook until the barley is "al dente" (so it still has a little bite to it) about 20 minutes

then add the can (or more) of beans….. this should be enough for 3 big portions

DONE! Bon Appetit!

Monday, June 3, 2013

June Visit to the Golden Carrot

As most of you know, one of my passions are horses, I don't ride much anymore, ever since my beloved Zeppelin crossed over, but his passing led me to the many deserving horses at The Golden Carrot.

It was time to go up and check on the guys and gals up there and do some physical labor and get tanned in the process. I feel so good after a day of hard work, it makes you realize that you actually did something else than stare into a computer screen all day.

When I got to Anza, Casey had done a lot of the stall cleaning already, the day was gorgeous and we went over the plan for the day. Exercising a few different horses, giving them baths and then do whatever else is needed. I met little Shelby for the first time, fell in love with him right away and will give him a partial sponsorship. He needs a couple more sponsors and you can give a little by clicking on this link:

Make a One Time Donation!

I said hello to Corazon, look at this gorgeous mare, how could you not love her.

I worked with four horses in the round pen, Montego (Arab and Ex-Show Horse), Pepe Grillo (Chestnut Pony) and his side-kick Keller (Thoroughbred) they are inseparable, and Dominic (possibly Azteca). Working with them was quite the experience.

First to go was Montego! I'm not new to horses, but fairly new to working with them in the round pen and Montego picked up on this immediately. He tried to test me a few times, by trying to change direction, speed and doing anything all together. I had to proof to him first that I was the boss and he needed to do what I told him. I got the hang of it after a few little hick-ups and he worked fine for me. We got him to sweat a little and then he was given a well deserved bath. What a gorgeous boy he is.... and he knows it too!

Next were the inseparable duo of Pepe and Keller.... It was clear from the start that the smaller (only in stature not in personality) Pepe was the boss of the two. Both of them also knew what to do in the pen, listened to me very well, but there was no mistaking on who was in front and who was to be behind. If Keller ever got in front of Pepe, he got put in line with a nip to the rear, or got pushed to the fence so he had to fall back. After working up a little sweat, both of the gentlemen got a nice cool shower, while their girls looked on. A couple carrots for each and back into the herd they went..... Nevermind that each of them rolled right after being cleaned.

Last but not least was Dominic. He was easy to lead into the pen, with his harem of girls following him all the way down, curious as to what was going to happen to him. This gorgeous ladies man has a big following. We actually did not know if Dominic knows what to do in the round pen and I found out very quickly that he doesn't know much. He pretty much just stood there and looked at me.... However as soon as I took up the lunge whip, he started to fall apart.... I only moved it toward his hind quarters and he started cantering full speed away from me, trying to break out of the pen.. freaked him out. I'd just hold the whip, he canter and trot around me not knowing when and what he should do, trying to find  way out.....

I put the whip on the ground, he would stand there, look at me, come over and just try to nuzzle like a big baby.... panting with anxiety, but a nice hug and soft words, he'd breathe normal in 30 seconds. So it is very clear he is frightened of the whip and I suspect that someone must have beaten him up pretty badly. I tried this out a few times with the same result. Pick up the whip and move it.... PANIC! I want out! Run to gate! Put the whip on the ground, he looks, walks up and nuzzles me, if I move he walks behind me like a puppy. He's a complete love bug that wants nothing more than a person that loves on him... Breaks my heart that he has been mishandled by people he trusted. Shame on you whoever you are! I hope Karma gets you! You can find Dominic's history here!

Dominic got his well deserved carrots and a shower and it was time to start putting horses away and preparing feed. The day moved by so quickly and it was time to head home. I wish I'd live closer and I could work with Dominic more, pamper little Shelby and make myself more useful. I'll come back after my travels back home to Switzerland.

If you want to help us, consider volunteering your time, donating or sponsoring, if you can spare 3 gourmet coffee's a month.... you'll buy us a bale of hay or a bag of feed! We appreciate it and the horses will LOVE you!

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Do you have unclaimed Money too?

I really didn't know that there is a search engine out there for this purpose. Do you think you might have forgotten an account you had somewhere, or maybe someone didn't pay you in time? Had a pension, bought a stock.... Here is a search you can use to check if you have money somewhere..... and then you can claim it!

GO to the NAUPA (National Association of Unclaimed Property Administration) website, by clicking on this link or check out !! Get your $$$