It’s finally here. Thats right| Two years after my original draft, the official release date of this sequel to my Living with Fibromyalgia memoir series has arrived. I couldn’t be more thrilled to share this personal work with you. Literal blood, sweat, and (many) tears have marked this fibromyalgia journey of mine. Living with Fibromyalgia: The Blog That Started It All is a compilation of my first blog of the same name, that chronicles a very dark, tumultuous , and painful period of my life. A work related fall threw me into a tailspin of fibro flare, depression, pain, acceptance, and in the end redemption.
It is my hope that by reading my personal narrative you are encouraged and strengthened to never give up in your fight to live life despite the pain of chronic illness. You can purchase your e-copy of the book by clicking here or the cover image above.
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This four bean salad was inspired by a dinner prepared by my Nashville mom. It’s funny how the simplest meals are more often than not the most delicious and remember most. This simple salad combines a mix of my favorite beans with my all time favorite pseudo grain: quinoa. The quinoa adds depth, a hint of heat, and spice to this vinegary yet sweet salad.
Four Bean & Red Quinoa Salad
1 cup Bob’s Red Mill red quinoa
1 8 ounce cans of whole kernel corn (drained and rinsed)
1 8 ounce can kidney beans (drained and rinsed)
1 8 ounce can catallini beans (drained and rinsed)
1 8 ounce can wax beans (drained and rinsed)
1 cup fresh green beans, halved, rinsed and blanched
2 teaspoons crushed red pepper
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
1/3 cup organic brown sugar
¼ cup balsamic (or apple) vinegar
Prepare quinoa according to directions. Set aside. Add corn and all beans to a serving bowl. Add maple syrup, brown sugar, salt, pepper, olive oil, crushed red pepper and apple cider vinegar.
Fold in quinoa just before serving. Serve chilled.
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T minus seven days to go and our countdown to grand opening celebration continues. This time courtesy of Glutino. Two fortunate readers have the chance to win a gift set from the brand featuring one loaf of their white sandwich bread and multi-grain sandwich bread.
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Our opening is fast approaching and in celebration we have partnered with our favorite brands to giveaway some amazing freebies and products. Our first comes courtesy of Bob’s Red Mill. Two fortunate readers have the chance to win a gift basket from the Bob’ containing:
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Apple butter, applesauce, apple jam and now with homemade apple cider my foray into the world of home canning continues. Who knew making your very own apple cider could be so simple. My secret? The slow cooker of course. I’ve said it before and I won’t hesitate to say it again the crock pot is the best kitchen gadget ever invented. Point blank period. Get into my recipe for this easy and oh so delicious Slow Cooker Apple Cider. Be sure to check back tomorrow to find out what yummy treats I baked up using my cider.
Slow Cooker Apple Cider recipe heavily adapted from Baker Bettie’s Homemade Apple Cider recipe 9-10 large medium size gala apples, washed cored and quartered
2 tablespoon orange zest
juice from 2 whole oranges
2 tablespoons pure vanilla extract
3 cinnamon sticks
2 tablespoons whole cloves
1 tablespoon whole allspice
1/2 cup coconut palm sugar
pinch of ginger
Add apples to slow cooker and cover with just enough water to cover. Cover and cook on high for 4 hours. Add sugar, vanilla, orange zest, orange juice, cinnamon sticks, ginger and cloves. Cook for another 4 hours on high heat. Then reduce heat to low and slow cook an additional 2 hours.
Carefully ladle the cider into a half gallon glass jar. Store for up to one week.