The Black Dog

Thanks to my friend, Karen, for posting this video. It really summarizes life for me or anyone who suffers from depression. I think I’ve said it before but I’ve battled depression for most of my life. There have been a lot of ups and then some major downs. The past 6 years have been the hardest. So without me talking the whole time, watch this video to understand more.
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Easy Crockpot Risotto

I love cooking in my crockpot. It gives me a sense of accomplishment when I come home and know that dinner is already prepared. I thought I’d try something new the other day and it turned out spectacular. The only thing I didn’t do was cook it in the crockpot, ironically. But I believe it would have the same results either way. Here is the great recipe:

Crockpot Risotto:

3 3/4 cups chicken broth
1 1/4 cups Arborio rice
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup white wine
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon dried onion flakes
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
2/3 cup shredded Parmesan cheese

Mix chicken broth, rice, olive oil, wine, garlic, onion flakes, salt, and black pepper in a slow cooker. Cook on High for 2 to 2 1/2 hours. Stir in Parmesan cheese; cook uncovered until Parmesan cheese is melted, about 15 minutes.

It was delish! When making on the stove instead of the crockpot, start by heating the chicken broth in a stock pot then saute the garlic in the olive oil in a separate skillet. Add the Arborio rice and coat with olive oil/garlic mixture. Next, add the white wine until it’s absorbed. Finally, stir in the Arborio rice mixture into the stockpot with the heated chicken broth and simmer for 20-25 minutes. Add the parmesan cheese and you’re good to go!

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A fun trip to Bass Pro

My mom had to go to Bass Pro to look for shoes so I took the opportunity to take my 7 year old son with me. Here are some photos of his fun time. And, now we have a boat and a gun. Lol! Just kidding!

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The Paleo Approach

My husband sent me this blog article to read on stress. I’ll have to admit it stressed me out just to read someone else’s battle with stress. I believe that’s called codependency when you take on other people’s issues. Nonetheless, I read through the article and it was highly insightful on how someone else, specifically, Dr. Sarah Ballantyne – The Paleo Mom, handles stress. She is real and down to earth with her struggles. I can relate how hard it is to manage working from home, arranging the kid’s activities, my daily scheduling and so on an so on.

I’ll admit I don’t eat the paleo way but this article gave me hope and maybe I should pay more attention to the things I eat and put in my body. I don’t get sick very often thanks to my super immune system but I know diet can play a big part in your immune system. The part that hit home hard with me was her battle with depression and thyroidism. I struggle daily with those.

I just wanted to say thank you to The Paleo Mom for being so down to earth and sharing her stories and battles. It makes life a little easier knowing you’re not alone. Now – off to check out her books on Amazon!

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