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Spiced Caramel Roulade with Ginger Cream

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Total Time: 55 min Prep: 40 min Cook: 15 min
Yield:8 to 12 servings Level: Intermediate
Ingredients Cake: Vegetable oil 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting pan 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves 1/2 teaspoon fine salt 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom 2 (2 1/2-ounce) jars sweet potato baby food (about 1/2 cup) 1/3 cup buttermilk 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened 1 cup sugar 3 large eggs, at room temperature Confectioners' sugar, for dusting
Filling: 1 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream 1 tablespoon confectioners' sugar 1/3 cup thinly sliced (or chopped) crystallized ginger 1/4 cup caramel sauce Ground cinnamon, for dusting, optional
Directions Position a rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease, then line a 13 by 18-inch jelly-roll pan with parchment or waxed paper. (Let the paper come up the long sides by about 2 inches - this wil…

Antioxidant Boost! Turmeric Mocktail

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Try this refreshing and zingy drink for an antioxidant boost!
Ingredients 1/2 juice of lime 1/4 juice of lemon 1/2 cup orange juice 3 tbsp water 1 tbsp honey 1 tsp turmeric 1 slice papaya
Directions Squeeze lime and lemon juice into a drink mixer. Add orange juice, water, honey and turmeric to mixture. Finley chop or blend papaya and add to mixture.
Shake and strain into a martini glass.
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Falling Down and Getting Right Back Up!

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Many times while walking a not paying attention, I have tripped and fallen or stumbled around in the sidewalk, and have been so embarrassed that I refuse to look up to see if anyone saw me. I pretend that nothing happened, even when I had a bloody knee or scrapped elbows. I just keep going without stopping to wipe off the blood or to make sure that I’m not badly hurt. What a sad metaphor for my life! I trip or fall and I just keep going, without regard for my well being, hoping that no one sees me fall or stumble. Just as sad, I pretend that I’m ok even when I’m not.
Since I started my healing journey last year, I’ve started to allow myself to stop and dust myself off when I trip, fall, or stumble on the street or in life. I don’t allow shame to take over and I don’t dismiss my feelings. I’m learning to painfully face each stumble and fall, and stop to care for myself whether someone is watching or not.
So, as fate would have it, I was walking down the street and I tripped and stumbled …

White Chicken Chili

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Recipe courtesy Patrick and Gina Neely
Ingredients 2 (14.5-ounce) cans white beans 1 tablespoon canola oil 1 medium jalapeno pepper, minced 2 medium poblano peppers, chopped 1 large onion, chopped 4 garlic cloves, minced Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper 1 tablespoon ground cumin 1 1/2 teaspoons ground coriander 1 teaspoon ancho chili powder 4 cups low-sodium chicken broth 2 limes, juiced, plus lime wedges, for serving 1 rotisserie chicken, skin removed and meat shredded 1/4 cup chopped cilantro leaves Sour cream, for topping Tortilla chips, coarsely crushed, for topping
Directions Drain and rinse the canned white beans. In a medium bowl, mash half of the beans with a potato masher until chunky. Reserve the beans until needed.
Add the canola oil to a large Dutch oven and heat it over medium-high heat. Add the peppers, onions, and garlic and sauté until soft and fragrant, about 5 minutes. Season the vegetables with salt, and pepper, to taste. Add the cumin, coriander, and chili powder and conti…

Life Is Full Of Pleasures: Cyndi's Top 3

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Cinnamon Toast Pancakes

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Recipe courtesy of Dr. Oz
These pancakes are loaded with heart-healthy almonds and milled flax seed that is loaded with omega-3 fatty acids. Drizzle with a small amount of light agave nectar for a low-glycemic take on syrup without the sugar alcohols found in sugar-free maple syrups.
Serves 4 Ingredients Vegetable oil spray 2 large eggs 1/4 cup water 1 tbsp vanilla extract 1/2 cup almond flour 1/4 cup milled flax seed 1/4 cup bulk sugar substitute 1 tsp baking powder 1/8 tsp salt 1/4 tsp cinnamon 1 tbsp bulk sugar substitute 1 tbsp butter (light, trans-fat free buttery spread) 1/2 cup fresh blueberries or strawberries for garnish
Directions Grease a griddle or large skillet with vegetable oil spray and heat over medium-high heat. Mix all the batter ingredients in a bowl with a wooden spoon until well blended.

Pour approximately 16 mini-cakes onto the hot griddle, and cook on the first side for 3 to 4 minutes until almost done, and then flip and cook for just another minute or so to finish. You may need …

Choosing Chaos Instead of Empathy

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There was an incident at one of the high schools in my town. A student was accused of threatening to hurt others at his school. Before the police had a chance to release any information about the incident or fully question him, social media was buzzing with speculations, name of the minor, and accusations of the child always being “odd” and other labels I don’t wish to mention. As a community we had a choice, to be supportive toward a family who seemed to be having a terrible day, or to be judgmental and critical. Most people chose to lynch, bad mouth and convict this child of a crime before he was even questioned! That was a horrific day that I don’t think I’ll forget in a long time. I put myself in the shoes of the parents and the sister of the accused child, and I can’t imagine how horrifying it all was for them. In a matter of hours, their life turned into a nightmare, without any evidence of wrongdoing their child had been convicted by their own community.
I don’t know the family …

French Bread Pizzas

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Recipe courtesy Ree Drummond
Total Time: 28 min Prep: 16 min Cook: 12 min Yield: 6 to 8 servings Level: Easy
Ingredients Pizza Base: 6 deli rolls or small baguettes, halved One 24-ounce jar marinara sauce 1 jar prepared pesto, optional Five 8-ounce packages fresh mozzarella, sliced Canadian Bacon and Pineapple Pizzas: 5 ounces Canadian bacon slices, halved 8 ounces canned pineapple chunks
Greek Salad Pizzas: 5 tablespoons olive oil Salt and freshly ground black pepper One 12-ounce jar kalamata olives, chopped 8 ounces crumbled feta 4 ripe tomatoes, diced rough 1/2 English cucumber, seeded and diced 1/2 bunch fresh parsley, chopped
Pepperoni and Jalapeño Pizzas: 1 cup sliced pepperoni 6 to 7 jalapenos, sliced Tomato Basil Pizzas: Sliced Roma tomatoes, for topping 2 tablespoons olive oil Salt and freshly ground black pepper 1/2 bunch fresh basil
Hamburger Pizzas: Olive oil, for sauteeing beef 1 pound ground beef 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Hamburger Taco Pizzas: 8 ounces grated Cheddar …

Life Is Full Of Pleasures: Cyndi's Top 3

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Extensive Pain Will Render You Unconscious?

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Extended and extensive pain will render you unconscious. -Iyanla Vanzant
For generations, I’ve watched women in my life deal with extensive pain. Most of the pain stemmed from not knowing how to break the cycle of many generations of unwed teens having children. Almost every woman in our family was thrown into a life of adulthood when they were very young. They got lost in raising a family and trying to survive. Granted, in small towns in Mexico, most young girls were used to getting married and/or had children at a young age. Sadly, most of these courageous girls never got the chance to grow and experience life without needing to care for their young children. My grandmother, mother, and sisters were all teens when they got pregnant and were not married. And their lives were and have been so hard and full of heartbreaks. I watched as all of these strong women worked hard to keep their heads above water. Many of the ones who didn’t marry or lived with the father of their children, cont…

The Nature of Fear

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Not knowing the nature of fear, you can never be fearless. -Pema Chödrön
Fear comes from the unknown. Am I good enough to be a good wife, mother, and friend? On paper, these questions don’t pack much of a punch as when you’re living them out in real life. When we’re faced with the task of making decisions on how to handle situations, and the way we behave or react to circumstances, most likely starts from a place of fear. Not wanting to let anyone down, we compromise our sanity, safety, and our comfort to ensure that we’re doing right by others. What about doing right by our selves first? Learning how to do right by us first seems like it’s the most logical thing to do, but most times, we don’t love ourselves enough to do it.
I’ve always been fearful of not fitting in or being accepted, so I’ve done right by everyone else first, in hopes that they will embrace and accept me. By doing so, I’ve broken trust and belief in myself. When I heard Pema Chödrön say, fear is a natural reaction to…

6 At-Home Cellulite Solutions

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Story courtesy of www.doctoroz.com
Seaweed Treatments Homemade seaweed masks and scrubs are an effective, inexpensive way to treat cellulite. A natural exfoliant, seaweed can help stimulate circulation and flush toxins, which helps to reduce the appearance of cellulite. Powdered seaweed is the perfect base for an at-home body scrub and can be mixed with clay, lime juice and honey to create a moisturizing spa-grade treatment. Learn how to make your own seaweed cellulite-buster:
Ingredients 3 tbsp ground seaweed 1/4 cup sea salt 1/4 cup olive oil Drop of essential oil
Directions Mix ingredients together and store in a mason jar. Massage onto cellulite before showering once daily. After showering, apply moisturizer.
Cook with Tomato Paste Tomato paste contains high doses of lycopene, more than what you would get by eating a fresh tomato. Studies have shown that this antioxidant may help reduce UV-induced sun damage, as well as help prevent collagen breakdown. By preserving collagen in you…

Chicken Tamale Pie

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Total Time: 1 hr Prep: 5 min Inactive: 15 min Cook: 40 min Yield: 6 servings Level: Easy
Ingredients 3 cups diced cooked chicken (about 12 ounces) 1 1/2 cups prepared salsa One 15-ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed 1 1/2 cups chicken broth 1 tablespoon chili powder 2 scallions (white and green parts), sliced 3/4 cup cornmeal 1 cup shredded sharp Cheddar cheese 1 tablespoon unsalted butter Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper Sour cream, for serving
Directions Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
Heat the chicken, salsa, beans, 1/2 cup of the broth and the chili powder in a 10-inch cast-iron skillet over medium heat, stirring, until simmering. Stir in the scallions and remove from the heat.
Meanwhile, combine the cornmeal with the remaining 1 cup broth and 1 cup water in a medium pan. Bring to a simmer over medium heat, stirring, until very thick, 5 to 7 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the cheese and butter. Season with 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper.
Spread the cornmeal mix…

Life Is Full Of Pleasures: Cyndi's Top 3

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Are We Solidly Stepping Into Womanhood?

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“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom”-Anaiis Nin
As my 40th birthday draws near, I can’t help to question why I’ve taken so long to take ownership and pride in my adulthood. Every birthday that has passed, was dismissed and hurried off with a few lunches with friends, and a family dinner with a cake to celebrate. That was it! I didn’t take time to myself to be grateful, didn’t acknowledge or take inventory of lessons learned. It was just another day when people wished me well and I returned to my comfortable, tight bud, and fearfully refused to blossom.
As each decade comes to a close, the risk to remain closed up is much more painful than taking the risk to accept, and take ownership of my maturity. So, I gave myself no other choice this past year! I forced myself to blossom out of my denial (tight bud) and face my life full on, unafraid to write a new chapter of my story, without judgement, without luggage from the …

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Please take a minute before you read this to do your breast exam. My friend Allie is a survivor because she found a lump in her breast and immediately went to get a Mammogram. She was diagnosed with Stage II Triple Negative Breast Cancer.  How to examine your breasts Lie down on your back and place your right arm behind your head. The exam is done while lying down, not standing up. This is because when lying down the breast tissue spreads evenly over the chest wall and is as thin as possible, making it much easier to feel all the breast tissue.
Use the finger pads of the 3 middle fingers on your left hand to feel for lumps in the right breast. Use overlapping dime-sized circular motions of the finger pads to feel the breast tissue.
Use 3 different levels of pressure to feel all the breast tissue. Light pressure is needed to feel the tissue closest to the skin; medium pressure to feel a little deeper; and firm pressure to feel the tissue closest…

Pumpkin-Ginger Bread Pudding

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Recipe courtesy Anne Burrell for Food Network Magazine
Total Time: 2 hr 25 min Prep: 25 min Cook: 2 hr Yield: 8 servings Level: Easy
Ingredients 1 4 -pound sugar pumpkin or kabocha squash Extra-virgin olive oil, for brushing 4 large eggs 1 cup packed light brown sugar 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice 2 cups heavy cream 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract 1 loaf cinnamon brioche, challah or plain pound cake, diced (about 10 cups) 1/2 cup golden raisins 1/4 cup diced crystallized ginger Confectioners' sugar, for garnish (optional)
Directions Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Cut the pumpkin or squash into quarters and remove the seeds. Brush the insides with a little olive oil and arrange on a baking sheet, skin-side up. Roast in the oven until the pumpkin or squash is soft all the way through, about 1 hour. Remove from the oven and let cool. Discard the skin and puree the flesh in a food processor. (The puree can be prepared 1…

Birthday Wishes For My Dear Friend Jen!

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Today is my dear friend Jen’s birthday! Jen and I met about 11 years ago. Our daughters became friends through a playgroup when they were babies.  We weren’t close for the first few years of our friendship, but that changed a year ago when, Allie a close friend of ours, was diagnosed with breast cancer. It was a bonding experience that made our friendship evolve.
Jen is not your “mushy” type of friend, so she will be horrified that I’m writing about how amazing she is. At least I’m not telling how old she is (ha-ha). Jen is a selfless person who is always ready to help her friends, loved ones, and people in our community. She volunteers her time to our schools and always creates beautiful memories for those whose lives she touches.
When I quit my full-time job to raise my kids, I was having a hard time adjusting to not having much spending money and had to cut back in major ways. That summer, Jen gave my son a birthday gift so thoughtful, that it brought tears to my eyes. That’s the …

Life Is Full Of Pleasures: Cyndi's Top 3

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Power…a misunderstood word

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The words “personal power” sound arrogant to some people, and “having power,” might indicate that others possibly don’t like you. Some might automatically think that people with power, will most likely have “power trips,” and therefore make their subordinates uncomfortable or miserable. This subject came about, because Oprah and Deepak's 21-day Meditation Challenge touched on the subject of “power” in one of the meditation sessions. Deepak said, power is a profoundly misunderstood word and too often, power is used to harm rather than heal. Most of us hesitate to even seek power or to think we deserve it. But you deserve an abundance of power because you already have it. Coursing through trillion of cells in your body.Your brain has more computing power than all the super computers in the world. Every bite of food you ingest holds its nourishment to power that literally came from supernovas exploding billions of years ago. For, they are the source of every vitamin and mineral on ea…

Mexican Pumpkin Punch

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Recipe courtesy of Food Network Kitchen
Total Time: 35 min Prep: 20 min Cook: 15 min Yield: 8-12 servings Level: Easy
Ingredients 2 cups packed dark brown sugar 4 cinnamon sticks, preferably Mexican 1 29 -ounce can pure pumpkin (about 3 1/2 cups) 2 limes Splash of rum (optional) Pineapple chunks and/or pecans, for serving (optional)
Directions Combine 12 cups water, the brown sugar and cinnamon sticks in a large pot and bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring until the sugar dissolves. Stir in the pumpkin and return to a simmer. Meanwhile, remove the zest from the limes in wide strips using a vegetable peeler; add the zest to the pot and simmer 15 minutes. Let cool, then refrigerate until the liquid is cold and the pumpkin pulp settles to the bottom, 2 to 3 hours.
Working in batches, ladle the liquid into a fine-mesh strainer set over a pitcher (repeat if necessary to strain out all the pumpkin pulp). Discard the pulp and lime zest. Return the cinnamon sticks to the punch and refrigerate unt…

5 Reasons You Still Have Acne

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BestieNote: I'm almost 40 and I still have acne! The acne has kicked up in the past few months and it's freaking me out! I'm getting more breakouts than I did when I was a teenager (my acne was mild then) and now I get the real brunt of it? As big of a disappointment and inconvenience as it may be, this article on oprah.com might explain why we're back to getting those terrible blemishes on our skin:
You're One of the Unlucky 50 Percent What's happening: Half of all women will suffer from acne at some point in their post-teen years, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. Acne is most often triggered by hormonal fluctuations during puberty (as you remember) as well as during pregnancy, perimenopause, menopause and even when you change birth control methods.
What it looks like: Cyst-looking bumps that hurt like the dickens and last forever. While younger acne takes over the T-zone, adult pimples usually appear on the chin and neck and along the jawline, …