Archive | November 2013

Blessed is the season….

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Norman Vincent Peale, noted minister and author from the previous century, tells the story of a young girl from Sweden spending Christmas in big, bustling New York City. She was living with an American family and helping them around the house, and she didn’t have much money. So she knew she couldn’t get them a very nice Christmas present—besides, they already had so much, with new gifts arriving every day. 
With just a little money in her pocket, she went out and bought an outfit for a small baby, and then she set out on a journey to find the poorest part of town and the poorest baby she could find. At first, she received only strange looks from passersby when she asked them for help. But then a kind stranger, a Salvation Army bell-ringer, guided her to a poor part of town and helped her deliver her gift. On Christmas morning, instead of giving them a wrapped present, she told the family she served what she had done in their name. Everyone was speechless, and everyone was blessed—the girl for giving, the wealthy family for seeing others with new eyes, and the poor family for receiving an unexpected gift.

All of us have opportunities both large and small to show kindness, especially at Christmastime. We can help strangers by delivering gifts to needy kids or serving homeless families at a soup kitchen. Or we can simply look for everyday ways to be kind, like allowing someone to go ahead of us in a lengthy line at the department store, or giving that bell-ringer a little change and a few encouraging words.

Maybe it’s because we’re in gift-giving mode anyway that giving to others becomes so important at Christmas. Or because we’re more aware of our families and friends and communities. Or maybe it’s because two thousand years ago, the earth received the most perfect, most loving gift of all, helping us to understand true kindness.

Whatever the reason, don’t let Christmas pass you by without showing kindness to someone. Because it is truly more blessed to give than to receive.

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Who wants to win healthy, delicious foods?

You have just been invited to join a WILDTREE TURKEY TROT!
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What is a Turkey Trot you ask?? It is a fun way to earn Free Wildtree products! This November, we will have 12 TROTTERS! Each trotter will be responsible for collecting $100 worth of orders. Your order can be your personal order or a collaboration of you, your family and friends as long as it is $100 (before shipping). It’s a GREAT time to get some Christmas shopping done!!

Once I have all 12 names I will enter each of your names into a drawing for each of the prizes listed below. This is where it gets exciting!! Just for participating, you WILL win one of the following:
1. Best of Wildtree 8 pack ($48)
2. Infused Grapeseed Oil Set ($36)
3. Garlic Lovers Set ($25)
4. European Dipping Oil Set ($24)
5. 64oz Grapeseed Oil of your Choice ($52)
6. Gen Y Bundle ($50) (Blazin’ Buffalo Dip, Everything Spice Blend, Asian Ginger Plum Dressing & Marinade, Taco Seasoning Blend, So Quick and Easy Pizza Dough Mix, Guacamole Seasoning)
7. Cozy Winter Days Bundle ($71.50) (Mulling Spices, Pumpkin Pancakes, Apple Cranberry Jam, Buttermilk Pancake Mix, Blueberry Pancake Syrup, Sunday Morning Cinnamon Rolls, Hearty Oatmeal Mix-in: Coconut, Marvelous Macaroon Mix, Chai Spice Bread)
8. Pumpkin Bundle ($35) (Pumpkin Pancakes, Pumpkin Bread, Pumpkin Cheesecake & Pumpkin Chocolate Cheesecake blend)
9. Sweet Tooth Bundle ($26) (Molten Lava Cake, Sunday Morning Cinnamon Rolls, Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake Blend)
10. $50 in CASH!!!
11. $25 in CASH!!!
12. $25 in CASH!!!

You will have until December 8th to collect your orders to ensure Christmas delivery. You can order after that, but I cannot guarantee your order will arrive in time for Christmas. I will have an event open on my website at http://www.mywildtree.com/PattyGraham that will be called ‘Turkey Trot’. You can place your $100 order on there. (Please have all $100 under your name. You are able to pay with multiple credit cards if need be). If you don’t want to do it online, contact me via email for alternative directions. My email is pattygraham2012@gmail.com

I will send an email out with the winners of the prizes once I have collected all of the orders. You can start collecting order today. You can place orders online until Decemeber 8th. I need to have all orders to me (or placed online) by Sunday December 8th (AND NO LATER). What a great way to start some Christmas shopping!! Good luck and let’s get to trotting!! Feel Free to tell your friends and see if they’d like to join the Trot! If we get 24, we can do 2 separate Turkey Trots!! Please contact me with any question you have!

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Do your Christmas shopping with me!

Come do your Christmas shopping with me! No reasonable offers rejected!!! Wide variety of goodies – purses, wallets, belts, scarves, bracelets, books, keychains, bookmarks, earrings and more!  Pandora-style jewelry and components, Wildtree, Jewelry In Candles, Spirit Lockets, Fuller Brush and more! You will be sure to find something for everyone on your list! https://www.facebook.com/groups/holidayclearancesale

Here’s just a sample of what is available:

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I am offering a discount through my Jewelry In Candles site with the coupon code provided in that album. I am offering a 15% discount on Wildtree if you place the order with me via message or email. And don’t forget to check out the Turkey Trot!

All other items, make me offers! No reasonable offer refused! If you want to purchase anything, click on the specific photo within the Sale photo albums and provide your PayPal email address and mailing address. I will combine shipping as much as I can to save everyone money. I will charge the actual shipping to your location. Thanks, everyone! Let’s do some shopping!

Please share this post with anyone you think might be interested! Thanks and God Bless! 

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Your Thanksgiving Survival Guide

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Your Thanksgiving Survival Guide

Holiday eating can be tricky: Eat too much and you feel guilty, eat too little and you feel deprived. Though Thanksgiving may feel like a high-wire balancing act, having a healthy holiday is easy if you follow these tips:

Start the day off right. Run, jump rope, do anything you like as long as you break a sweat. If you exercise in the morning, you’ll be more mindful of what you eat for the rest of the day. Every time you take a bite, you’ll have to ask yourself, “Do I want to ruin what I already worked so hard for this morning?”

Go for single servings. Have one dessert, one drink, one small plate of appetizers, and one plate of food at the main meal.

Balance out your treats so you have a mix of indulgent and healthier foods. If you have pecan pie with ice cream for dessert, pick red wine instead of eggnog for your drink.

Thanksgiving dinner is not your last meal, nor will it be the last time that yummy foods are available. You can make stuffing and cranberry sauce any time of the year, so don’t feel like you have to shovel everything down in one day.

Eat only what you love. Is that plain white roll worth its weight in calories? Probably not. But is Grandma’s famed plum pudding worth every bite? Absolutely.

Between traveling and visiting with relatives, you might not have time for an hour-long workout every day. But that’s OK! Exercise next week, and enjoy spending time with your family now.

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Coffee, tea and caffeine – #9 in series

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Part 9 in my series of posts about products which can contribute to nutrient deficiencies -

Coffee, Tea, and Caffeine

Coffee and caffeine have been accused of contributing to many degenerative disorders, including heart disease and cancer; however, the effects of coffee or caffeine on these disorders remain inconclusive. A study from the University of California, San Diego, reported that it is not coffee but the habits associated with coffee drinking that predispose a woman to heart disease. Coffee drinkers are more likely than nondrinkers to consume more alcohol, dietary saturated fat, and cholesterol; they are more likely to smoke and not exercise regularly. In addition, smoking and exercise are “dose-related” to coffee consumption. That is, the more a woman smokes and the less she exercises, the greater her coffee consumption and her risk of developing heart disease. These associations between coffee consumption and heart disease behaviors hold true for both drinkers of caffeinated and decaffeinated coffee.

Unfortunately, the evidence is not clear-cut. Other studies have reported a significant association between coffee consumption and the risk of heart attack. Again, the more coffee a person consumed, the greater the risk. In addition, the chance of having a fatal heart attack rises steadily in men who drink three or more cups of coffee a day; however, the effects on women have not been adequately studied. Switching from regular to decaffeinated coffee might not be the answer, either, since both caffeinated and decaffeinated coffees have been implicated in heart disease risk.

How does coffee increase a person’s risk of heart disease? Caffeine in doses greater than five cups of coffee a day might increase total blood cholesterol and LDL-cholesterol levels, blood pressure, and heart arrhythmias – all factors that increase a person’s risk of developing heart disease. It is not well substantiated, however, whether this is caused by caffeine, one or more of the three hundred compounds in coffee, or related behaviors associated with coffee consumption. Drip-filtered coffee, the type consumed by 75 percent of Americans, has no effect on cholesterol levels, so coffee may influence heart disease risk by other unknown mechanisms besides raising blood fat levels.

In short, coffee and/or caffeine consumption is associated with an increased risk of heart disease only when a person consumes more than three to five cups a day. Moderate intake appears safe, while tea consumption at at dose has not been linked to heart disease risk. 

The scientific evidence linking coffee with cancer is also confusing. Caffeine might encourage the growth of tumors depending on the person’s exposure to cancer-causing substances in the environment, the type of cell affected, and the stage of cell replication. One study on rats showed that caffeine increased the risk of cancer fivefold when the animals were also deficient in the B vitamin folic acid. The amount of caffeine used in this study approached typical doses consumed by some adults. If coffee does have cancer-promoting effects, it might be a result of other compounds in the brew rather than the caffeine since cola (another caffeine-containing beverage) is not associated with an increased cancer risk. Tea consumption also shows little or no increased risk of cancer. 

Tannins and other compounds in coffee and tea reduce mineral absorption, especially iron, by as much as 90 percent and can rob the body of other minerals, such as calcium. Two cups or less each day apparently pose no health risk, but one study reported that intakes greater than this could cause calcium imbalances and increase the risk of developing osteoporosis. Consequently, women should drink coffee and tea between meals rather than with food to minimize the effects of these beverages on mineral status and the risk of anemia and osteoporosis. Consuming extra vitamin C at a meal helps counteract the effects of coffee on iron absorption.

Divinity

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“Divinity”

3 cups granulated sugar
1/2 cup light corn syrup
2/3 cup warm water
2 egg whites
3/4 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp rum extract
1 cup pecans, chopped

Prepare a cookie sheet by oiling the pan with vegetable oil.
Combine the sugar, corn syrup and water in a large heavy-bottomed saucepan over medium heat. Cook, stirring constantly, until the sugar dissolves. Continue cooking without stirring until the mixture reaches 250 degrees, firm-ball stage.
Beat the egg whites in the bowl of a large standing mixture until stiff peaks form. Slowly pour about half of the sugar syrup into the egg whites, beating constantly.
Continue to cook the remaining syrup until it reaches 270 degrees, soft-crack stage.
Stream the remaining syrup mixture into the egg whites while the mixer is running. Continue to beat until the candy is thick, shiny and holds its shape.
Mix in extract and nuts until fully incorporated.
Drop by the teaspoonful onto cookie sheet, and let cool until set.
Enjoy!

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Santa Cocoa!

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Santa Cocoa ~ LOVE

Fill the pointed end of a disposable icing bag with crushed peppermints.
Add some mini marshmallows followed by hot cocoa mix then lots more mini marshmallows at the larger end.
Place a plastic spoon in the bag for stirring.
Twist the end and close tightly with a twist tie covered by a holiday ribbon bow.
Be sure to pack ingredients fairly tightly.

Great project for the kids!

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Mint Candles!!

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MINT CANDLE *** I love this!!! *** This is definitely one to SHARE ***

Hot glue peppermints to unscented or vanilla candle.
As it burns, the house will smell like peppermint

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Patty’s Cheesy Chicken Alfredo Pizza

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Okay, gang! I promised to post this! Here’s what we had for dinner tonight!

Patty’s Cheesy Chicken Alfredo Pizza
Ingredient List for everything (this is for ONE pizza)
1 lb boneless chicken breasts
½ lb bacon, cooked and crumbled
1 small onion, diced
1 tbsp Italian Seasoning
1 tsp Garlic Powder
1/2 tsp Black Pepper
1 tsp Sage
5 tbsp of butter
½ cup milk
Wildtree Grapeseed Oil, any flavor
Wildtree’s Alfredo Extraordinaire Mix
Wildtree Organic So Quick & Easy Whole Wheat Pizza Dough
½ cup very warm water (120-130 degrees Fahrenheit)
Wildtree Tuscan European Dipping Oil
2 cups of shredded mozzarella cheese

Cook bacon in oven. Here’s how: Line a cookie sheet with aluminum foil or parchment paper. Put a cookie cooling rack in the cookie sheet. Spread the bacon out on the cooling rack. Bake in oven at 450 degrees for about 20-30 minutes or until bacon is crisp. Let bacon cool and then crumble.

Chicken: Cut 2 lbs of chicken breast into small pieces and brown in a skillet with about 1 tbsp of Wildtree Grapeseed Oil, the diced onion and your choice of seasonings. I use Italian Seasoning, Garlic Powder, Pepper, and Sage. Add the bacon.

Sauce: Melt 5 tbsp of butter in ½ cup of milk (any combination of milk and half-and-half). When totally melted, add a package of Wildtree’s Alfredo Extraodinaire Mix and whisk or stir briskly until combined.

Dough: In a large bowl, whisk together dry blend, ½ cup very warm water and 1 tbsp Grapeseed Oil until ball forms. Turn dough out onto a floured work surface and knead for 2 minutes until smooth and elastic. Cover, let rest on floured surface for 10 minutes. Shape dough into a 12-14 inch circle on pizza pan or sheet pan.

Add Alfredo sauce, then chicken, bacon and onions, then shredded cheese. Brush on Wildtree Tuscan European Dipping Oil on crust edge. Bake on the lowest rack in a 450 degree oven for 12-14 minutes or until crust is golden brown.

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