Stopping The Pain…You didn’t drop in and I just had to

        YBLC BLOG Volume 5  September 24, 2016

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“Some of my feelings have been stored so long they have freezer burn”. Melody Beattie author of “The Language of Letting Go”.

This saying really spoke to me…

If you are struggling to find clarity with something in your life personally or professionally and it is not available to you today, which makes sense to you? Trust that things will become clear, OR struggle to gain perspective before it is time? Believe me, the latter will make you BSC (bat-sh-t crazy)!

When the Beast of fibromyalgia is pelting me with pain, is there a lesson? Pain hurts. It does not feel good. In the past, I tended to want to be in control & figure it all out. It wasn’t a conscious decision.

Today, I remind myself that it will only hurt for a while, to get off my own case.

I look around and see what were the triggers that let the Beast out to harass me. The weather? (I am the Great Canadian Weather Weenie.) Working like a mad woman with no thought to my well-being? (Have to keep firing her!) I don’t always know what the source is. I have learned to be ok with that and I push back when my boundaries are crossed, no guilt.

After being widowed for the second time, I kept hearing the Beatles song “Let it Be”. I can visualize, even now, where I was and what I was doing when it started playing…with family, in the car, coming out of a restaurant in Ottawa before I moved here.

How things in my life would work out sure wasn’t clear. Sensitive is my middle name. I was driving myself crazy agonizing over the“I should” and “I shouldn’t” and “what if’s”. That was on top of an overload of grief. I was used to working things out personally by myself and professionally with my husband, who was also my business partner. Taking the offer of business mentorship from a friend and savvy entrepreneur was my first best step that year.

In hindsight, I know the “Beast” originated from years of me not respecting my boundaries, being & doing everything for everybody and looking for approval from people who had none to give.

For a very long time I hung onto the inevitable painful feelings that are a part of growing past grief towards acceptance, healing and reviving to the other side. I have gotten to know myself much better throughout this process and am able to look at my life and realize many more gifts I received along the way.

It takes COURAGE to be willing to stand still and feel what you must feel. Take responsibility for your own self-care and watch how the flow and freedom of healing energy unleashes your potential! If you haven’t already, you will learn what the meaning of courage truly is. September is pain awareness month. Stop the pain.

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Love,

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Elaine Cooper YBLC Mom, Gramma, Author, Real Foodist, Speaker, Blogger, &  Aeroponic Urban Gardener

Taking the hassle OUT of healthy.


My Favourite Things in COOPER’S KITCHEN  

You didn’t drop in and I just had to. Ok, ok I ate the whole thing myself. Nope didn’t share even a bite!

Of course, not all at once as too much sugar and I don’t dance very well.

But you’ve got to try these brownies! or anything from this company located in Coaticook not far from my home town of Ayer’s Cliff.  Not this is what I call a time saver and it isn’t made by Betty “you know who”. Want gluten-free that tastes good? This prepared mix is free of potato starch, white flours, and additives. Just plain YUM and way healthier than most with dense whole grains (no wheat) like amaranth, quinoa and buckwheat.   Watch video

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Scared? At first, heck yeh!

FOLLOW Elaine Cooper YBLC Mom, Gramma Author, Coach, Real Foodist, Speaker, Blogger, &  Aeroponic Urban Gardener living a saucy seasoned midlife taking the “Hassle out of Healthy” .

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          May 14 2016

Resist your fear; fear will never lead to you a positive end. Go for your faith and what you believe.
T. D. Jakes

Scared? At first, heck yeh! That’s me behind that helmet if you hadn’t guessed.

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By the time I took this picture I was feeling more comfortable sitting on the back of a sport motorcycle. This was our mode of travel when out and about from the RV on my epic month-long bucket list road trip.

I grew up with a not-so-healthy fear of being alone topped off with a huge lack of self-confidence which spills out now and again even now as an adult.

Newly married I was terrified that I couldn’t carry on if something happened to take the ones I loved away and…

… the something happened. Twice!

Our family has been torn apart with grief and the loss of  two much loved husbands & devoted Dads.

“You are so brave”. “You’ll get over it”. People mean well, brave is NOT what I felt. To live with this was like I needed to carry a shovel on my back just so I would be ready to dig out of the next pile of crap. I am going way out of my comfort zone putting this out there for you to see.

I chose to focus on the one thing that hadn’t changed … living with intention taking nothing for granted.  That fear of carrying on buried …to continue to the best of my ability despite my “mess” of grief, overwhelm, and exhaustion.


ARTICLE from business coach Suzanne Evans

Pain is inevitable.

It feels like it takes forever. It feels the pain will never end. Your emotional brain tells you this will always be hard. Always hurt. Always be wrong.

Your rational brain tells you that whatever is wrong will be ok. Whatever is happening will eventually be over.

So whether it is a relationship or business bust … an employee leaves… a long term client storms away… a person you love hurts you… you make a big mistake… everything stops working… someone leaves… you fail….. it fails… cash is strapped… you get sick… your feelings get hurt… all you hear are no’s… you just can’t get it right.

It hurts pretty bad in the moment.

1) Know that pain will not kill you. It actually informs you, educates you, and prepares you. Think about it. Without the pain you wouldn’t notice what is wonderful all around you. No one can really taste joy without experiencing deep pain.

2) This too shall pass. Nothing lasts forever.  The hurt will become a story. The scab will become a scar to simply remind you that you went through that. It is always with you, but no longer raw.

3) You need both. In business and life you need the wins and the losses. You need the hard and the easy. Life and business requires a balance and that balance comes through a deep well of experiences. Be ready instead of afraid of the tough spots. It’s really a blessing. It’s a teacher. It guides you on your weak spots and encourages you to strengthen them.

4) Share. My failures and hardships are much more interesting than what I did right. What works is simple. People see the success and they see the rewards. The pain and the mess ups are difficult to deal with. It’s ok.  Know that the world truly loves vulnerable people. And the world loves to help someone back up when they are down.

5) Confidence comes through despair. Every time we go through something hard in our business or our life we get a little more self confidence. Every time we end up on the other side of a hard time or a failure we realize we are stronger than we thought. We are wiser than we thought. We are more generous and strategic and sharp and courageous than we thought. It’s a little badge to add to the sash that says, “Look at what I have overcome.”

Pain is fear. Nothing more. Nothing less.

I have been a failure.
I have been embarrassed.
I have been hurt.
I have been worried.
I have been afraid.
I have been wrong.
I have been sad.
I have been a bust.

It has been painful…

And I’m here and the better for it. You will be too.

About: Suzanne Evans owner and founder of Suzanne Evans Coaching, LLC, is the tell-it-like-it-is, no fluff boss of business building. She supports, coaches, and teaches over 30,000 women enrolled in her wealth and business building programs. Having surpassed the seven figure mark herself in just over three years, she’s coached her private clients to total revenues exceeding 8 million dollars. In 2011, she launched her Global Impact Project, a not for profit serving women worldwide in education, entrepreneurship, and equality.


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Fit Fast Fun Recipes from

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I left this one “lucky” flower. Hmmm, I wonder if there is a 4-leaf clover in there?

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Neat ways to use dandelion in your meal prep.***Please be sure to pick ONLY greens or flowers where you know the area is free of any kind of toxic treatment. Beware of roadsides!

  1. Sautéed Greens and Garlic

With their rich mineral and vitamin content, dandelion greens are a healthy addition to any meal. Sautéing with garlic (or ginger or capers) adds flavour and gets rid of some of the bitterness they are famous for. Blanching them by immersing them in boiling water for 20 to 30 seconds also helps. The very mature leaves are the most bitter. If they are already in full flower they can be too unpleasant for some.

  1. Dandelion Pumpkin Seed Pesto

This nutritious pesto is perfect for a simple pasta, sandwich spread or veggie dip. Because the dandelion greens have a slight bite, the toasted pumpkin seeds (even sunflower or sesame), lemon juice and parmesan add variety and balance. Eliminate parmesan if avoiding dairy.

  1. Herbal Vinegar

This herbal vinegar is a nice change for salads, in dressings, soups, stews and sauces. Infuse dandelion flowers in apple cider vinegar for four weeks, strain and store in a dark place for up to twelve months.

BE CREATIVE!

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Volume 2 #8 May 23, 2015

Secret of being Happy

What is YOUR story?

Lately I find myself digging deep to have a look from where I came and what’s ahead.  A very special friend wrote to me, “Some of us are tested from time to time; some of are tested more often; some of us are tested all the time. None of us gets away without being tested at all – never.

Living life with intention, in the moment, and looking forward is what keeps us hopeful, engaged and (dare I say it) happy. There is nothing we can do to change the past – we can only learn from it – not dwell on it. I guess this is how being grown up feels”.

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Ottawa Tulip Festival

Tiptoeing through the tulips this May has been a month of turning inward to contemplate my next steps to living, giving and the legacy I want to leave behind.

I am closing out my 50’s with no clue what my 60’s have in store but I am darned well going to hit ’em head on with the same old intention “to the best of my ability”!

COOPER’S KITCHEN has this for you…Chicken Pad Thai   Paleo style

gluten free, dairy free, grain free

Broccoli slaw and julienned carrots replace the noodles in this dish.  You can usually get a cut up bag of broccoli slaw in any regular grocery store next to the bagged salads. This makes about 3 servings.

Ingredients

  • 1½ lb chicken meat, cut into small 1” chunks OR (use cut up cooked chicken and add at end just to reheat
  • 4-5 Tbsp extra virgin coconut oil(more if you use breast meat, less if you use thigh meat)
  • 5 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 3 Tbsp Fish Sauce
  • 1 Tbsp Coconut Aminos(or use 1 more Tbsp fish sauce)
  • 4 Tbsp fresh lime juice (or use a good quality bottled Lime Juice)
  • ½ Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 5 Tbsp chopped fresh cilantro
  • 4-5 green onions, finely chopped
  • 1 12oz package of broccoli/carrot slaw
  • 2 medium carrots, cut into thin julienne strips (only if you can’t find combo of brocc/carrot slaw)
  • chopped peanuts OR cashews

Directions

  1. Heat a wok over medium-high heat.  Add oil and garlic, cook about 1 minute.
    2.    Add chicken and cook 2-3 minutes, stirring frequently, until lightly browned.
    3.    Add fish sauce, coconut aminos, lime juice and vinegar.  Cook at a rapid simmer until chicken is cooked through, about 5-8 minutes.
    4.    Add broccoli slaw and julienned carrot (& cooked chicken if using)  Cook, stirring frequently, until soft but still firm, about 3-4 minutes.
    5.    Toss or garnish with green onion and cilantro.

Elaine’s Tips: If you like your Thai food spicy add some crushed cayenne pepper for a kick!   Chopped cashews can be used instead of peanuts. As an option you might want to add an egg. Just push the Pad Thai aside in the pan to create an open space down to the surface of the pan. Crack, scramble and cook the egg like you are making scramble eggs. Once it is fully cooked, mix it in with the rest of the Pad Thai.

Be creative!


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          Volume 2 #6 April 15 2015

The tragedy in life doesn’t lie in not reaching your goal. The tragedy lies in having no goal to reach- author Benjamin Mays

Ever been called names?  As a child we may not have the words handy to even out the hurt with standing up for ourselves. Is the bully following the crowd, because it makes them feel good? Or doing it because it is the ONLY way they feel strong? Anyway you look at it bullying is wrong. Knowledge is powerful for the abused as well as the abuser. So is the support from others and the power of forgiveness to move on.

As an adult do those words echo from the playground? What have you discovered that has taken you from the pain for letting go?


Now that spring has finally sprung making way for warmer days and outdoor activities, what are the signs that you look for? Here are two of mine. Crocuses at my Mom’s pushing their heads out into the sunshine. And now the ice going out of the Ottawa River.

Spring is sprung!

Spring is sprung!

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Happy Spring!

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RECIPE for you from …

Cooper’s Kitchen    


Herbed Hummus

 Much lower in fat than traditional hummus use as a veggie dip, spread, or topping.

 Ingredients·

  • 1 cup fresh basil leaves lightly packed
  •    ½ cup tarragon leaves, lightly packed
  •    4 cups garbanzo (chickpeas) drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • ½ cup fresh flat-leaf parsley, lightly packedjuice of 1 lemon
  • 2 tbsp. toasted sesame seed
  • 2 cloves garlic¼ cup chopped chives

Directions

1.     Rinse and pat basil and tarragon leaves dry, and chop coarsely. Transfer to food processor with beans, broth, parsley, lemon juice, sesame seeds, and garlic.

2.     Process until creamy or desired consistency. Stir in chives. Store in sealed container in refrigerator. Will keep for 4 days.

Elaine’s Note:

I like to use my fresh or frozen pesto to flavour this hummus as an alternative to using fresh herbs. This makes a large recipe you may want to ½ the ingredients. Do not freeze.

Picked these from my  aeroponic Tower Garden.Herb Medley      GF DF Vegetarian

Be Creative!

If you like today’s issue, you’ll love the transformations you’ll experience with Your Better Living Coach Wellness Programs  saving you time & money increasing your energy and decreasing the guilt about what you ‘should’ or ‘shouldn’t’ eat.

Is it your intention to “get with it” and eat cleaner? Received recommendations from your doctor for changing your eating habits ? No need to feel overwhelmed or deprived. Turn your intention into action steps.

 SCHEDULE your Discovery Session HERE  Tell me your why.


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Je vous ai promis

Pesto Fan Skylar

Je suis ravie de vous avoir rencontré lors de mes trottinages dans les Cantons de l’Est.              Dame Nature nous a vraiment choyées avec le beau soleil!

Quelques devinettes sur l’ingrédient secrète dans le pesto étaient des framboises, du cumin, des tomates séchées et autres. C’était de la menthe! Deux personnes l’ont devinées et la gagnant Brigitte Lacroix profite d’une session privé Chef Chez Vous.

Je vous ai promis de vous faire parvenir les recettes de base de ma collection de Fit Fast & Fun pour le pesto et le granola. Si vous avez des questions ou bien vous aimeriez commenter, vous n’avez qu’à répondre à ce message. J’aimerais bien savoir si vous les avez réussies. Les voilà!

 

 


RECETTES  SANTÉ   de ma COLLECTION FIT FAST & FUN


GRANOLA   végan, végetarian, sans gluten, sans produits laitiers

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Ingrédients

  • 6 tasses de flocons de gruau  (ou sans gluten )
  • 1 tasse de flocons de noix de coco non-sucrés   (sans sulfate)
  • 1/2 tasse d’amandes* tranchés
  • 1/2 tasse de pacanes* hachées gros (crue)
  • 1/3 tasse de graines de citrouille non-salées (crue)
  • 1/3 tasse de graines de tournesol non-salées (crue)
  • ½ tasse de sirop d’érable pur ou du miel OU (le sirop de riz est recommandé pour le plus faible teneur glycémique)
  • ½ tasse d’eau (du beurre d’amande ou de tahini ou bien de la compote de pomme)
  • ¼ tasse d’huile de coco OU (l’huile de pepites de raisin )
  • 2-3 c. à thé de cannelle  (selon votre gouts)
  • 1 c. à thé de muscade
  • 1-2 c. à thé de gingembre
  • ½ tasse de canneberges séchés  (sucré avec du jus)
  • ½ tasse de raisins secs   (sans sulfate au besoin)

Préparation:

Préchauffer le four à 325°F.  Combiner l’avoine, le noix de coco, les amandes*, les pacanes*, les graines de citrouille et de tournesol dans un grand bol. Combiner le sirop, l’eau, l’huile et les épices dans un moyen bol ou une grosse tasse à mesurer et verser sur le mélange d’avoine. Bien mélanger.

Tapisser un rôtissoire (12 x 15 pouces) ou une tôle à biscuit (avec un grand rebord) de papier parchemin. Répandre le mélange dans le plat.

Cuire pour 30 minutes. Brasser le mélange. Continuer la cuisson jusqu’à ce que ce dernier soit doré – environ 15 minutes. Surveiller pour ne pas que ça brule.

L’arôme délectable vous indiquera la fin de la cuisson! Lors du refroidissement, le mélange deviendra croustillant. Servir avec du yogourt ou du lait et des fruits pour déjeuner. Délicieux en collation aussi!

P.S. Laisser refroidir complétement avant le storage. Incorporer les canneberges et les raisins secs seulement après que ce soit refroidi à moins que vous vouliez que ces derniers deviennent secs. Se conserve au réfrigérateur indéfiniment.

 Avertissement!!  Une seule recette pourrait être dévorée avant qu’elle soit refroidie! Doublez les ingrédients pour en faire une plus grosse quantité.

*(omettre pour les allergies aux noix)


PESTO                                 végan, végétarien, sans gluten, sans produits laitiers, crue

Ready for Pesto

Ready for Pesto

Déguster en soupes, sauces ou  ragôut sur des craquelins, pains plats ou pizza.

INGRÉDIENTS

o       2 tasses de feuilles de basilic frais, des quantités égales de persil, ciboulette et coriandre (même de la roquette OU des épinards)

o       1/2 tasse de parmesan Reggiano ou fromage Romano fraichement râpé (omettre pour allérgies aux produits laitièrs)

o       1/2 tasse d’huile d’olive extra vièrge

o       1/3 tasse de noix de pin ou noix de grenobles*

o       3 gousses d’ail moyennes (enlever la peau)

o       Sel et poivre fraichement moulu au gout

Mélanger le basilic avec les noix de pin* dans un robot culinaire et battre quelques fois. (Si vous utilisez des noix de grenoble* au lieu des noix de pins et ils ne sont pas hachés, battre avec le robot avant d’ajouter le basilic.) Ajouter l’ail et battre quelques fois. Ajouter l’huile d’olive tranquillement en continuité pendant que le robot est en marche. Arrêtez et nettoyer les rebords du robot avec une spatule. Ajoutez le fromage râpé* et battre jusqu’à ce que le tout soit bien mélangé. Se conserve la semaine aux réfrigérateur ou congélé indéfiniment.

*(omettre pour les allergies)

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Your Better Living Coach on the road

It has been a busy (and FUN) couple of weeks at market & street fair demos in the Eastern Townships of Quebec.  Lots of  taste testing and promoting upcoming Your Better Living Coach Coach fall cooking classes.

Pesto Fan Skylar

Skylar and Mom Heather stopped for a taste and a guess on what the secret ingredient was in the mystery fresh raw pesto.  Was really neat to hear all the guesses ie: raspberries, cumin, sundried tomatoes and more. Two people guessed it right.   It was MINT!!  Congratulations to the winner Brigitte Lacroix!  Can’t wait to work with you and your friends at your Chef at Home session.

I promised to send out the basic recipes from my Fit Fast & Fun for Pesto and Granola.  If you have any questions or would like to comment just reply back to this message..  Be adventurous and use some of your favourite flavours. I would love to hear how they turned out for you!

 See below


RECIPES from Cooper’s Kitchen (that’s me)

GRANOLA   vegan, vegetarian, gluten free, dairy free

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Ingredients

  • 6 cups old-fashioned rolled oats  (or Gluten Free rolled oats )
  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut flakes   (sulphite free)
  •  1/2 cup sliced almonds*
  •  1/2 cup coarsely chopped pecans* (raw)
  •   1/3 cup unsalted pumpkin seeds  (raw)
  • 1/3 cup unsalted sunflower seeds  (raw)
  •    ½ cup pure maple syrup or honey OR (rice syrup is recommended for lowest glycemic content)
  •    ½ cup water (almond* or tahini butter* or applesauce)
  •   ¼ cup coconut oil OR (grapeseed oil is nice too).
  •    2-3 tsp. cinnamon  (to your taste)
  •    1 tsp. nutmeg
  •    1-2 tsp ginger
  •   ½ cup dried cranberries  (sweetened with juice)
  •    ½ cup raisins   (sulfite free if sensitive)

Preparation:

Preheat oven to 300°F.  Mix oats, coconut, almonds, pecans, pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds in a large bowl. Combine syrup, water, oil and spices in a medium bowl or large measuring cup and pour over the oat mixture. Stir until well combined.

Line a large (12-by-15-inch) roasting pan or large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Spread the mixture into pan.

Bake for 30 minutes.  Stir. Continue baking until golden brown for another 15 minutes or so. Watch carefully near end to prevent burning.

The yummy aroma will tell you it’s done! It will crisp up even more while cooling. Store in an airtight container in the fridge. Serve with yogurt or milk and fruit for breakfast.  Great for a snack on the go anytime.

P.S. Let cool completely before storing. Stir in cranberries and raisins only after it is cool unless you want them to really dry out.  Store in fridge indefinitely.

 Warning!!! Making a single recipe may get eaten up even before you it gets a chance to cool!            Double up ingredients for a larger batch.

*(leave out for nut allergies)



Fresh  Pesto                                 vegan, vegetarian, gluten free, dairy free, raw

Ready for Pesto

Ready for Pesto

Enjoy in soups, stews or sauces as a spread on crackers, flat bread or as a pizza base.

INGREDIENTS

o       2 cups fresh basil leaves, packed or equal amounts of parsley, chives & cilantro (even arugula OR spinach

o       1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan-reggiano or Romano cheese (omit for Dairy Free)

o       1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil

o       1/3 cup pine nuts (may be omitted for nut/seed allergies)

o       3 medium sized garlic cloves skins removed

o       Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Combine the basil in with the pine nuts, pulse a few times in a food processor. (If you are using walnuts instead of pine nuts and they are not already chopped, pulse them a few times first, before adding the basil.) Add the garlic, pulse a few times more. Slowly add the olive oil (or grapeseed) in a constant stream while the food processor is on. Stop to scrape down the sides of the food processor with a rubber spatula. Add the grated cheese (if using) and pulse again until blended.

 

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how I increased my energy (and you can too)

Volume 1 Issue 7 2014

What a gorgeous weekend of bright sunshine, birthday celebrations for a grandson, and tip-toeing through the tulips in Ottawa. Raising three daughters and having 3 grandgirls having a little grandson is so different.  He loved the flowers but the wheelbarrows were his favourite!

DiDi and me

DiDi and me

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Feature Article

While I am now a health coach and understand how to increase my energy and lose weight safely without drastic measures, it wasn’t always that way.

Growing up, I struggled with my weight. I remember how it made me lack  confidence and uncomfortable with what others my age thought of me. Later on, as an adult, allergies, hypoglycemia then fibromyalgia raised their ugly heads.

I finally discovered that the problem wasn’t me. It was a lack of information about the underlying causes. Not one of the diet or nutrition books I read mentioned how I could be sensitive to certain foods.  And that these foods were causing inflammation and even weight loss resistance.

I thought I was eating healthy foods, but what I learned is that some of the foods I was eating were actually viewed as toxins by my body.

I know how frustrating it is to go on a detox diet and be hungry. Want to transform the way you look and think about food?  I am going to show you a way to think about your body and food with delicious recipes that will satisfy your taste  buds. Continue reading