Wednesday, January 27, 2016

An Announcement and Vegetable Chili Recipe

Hi there and welcome! I hope your 2016 is treating you kindly. I am so happy to be able to share again with you what is going on with me and a recent creation!

I am well, and I have been working on writing a book about my experience of treatment and recovery from breast cancer. My goal is to publish by the end of September of 2016. The title of the book is:

Fighting To Live


My experience of recovery from breast cancer and an associated steroid psychosis


Today I want to share with  you a recipe for Vegetable Chili that I prepared last night, live on @appmeerkat.   I will occasionally live stream myself cooking on meerkat when I make something I think would be educational or of interest. I admit that I love cooking, and I really love hosting my own interactive cooking tv show!  



Vegetable Chili

2 large carrots or 8 mini carrots, sliced into rounds
1 large onion, chopped
2 tablespoons garlic, chopped (jarred is fine to save time!)
2 jalapenos stemmed, seeded and chopped
1 can of corn, drained
2 cans of red kidney beans, drained
or 
1 can each red kidney and black beans or bean of choice
1 14 oz can of tomatoes
2 cups of chicken broth (vegetable broth or water is also fine)
1 teaspoon dried oregano
2 tbsps chili powder
salt and pepper to taste

1/4 cup cilentro leaves for garnish


1 cup brown rice

4 servings
Time approx one hour


1. Start water for rice and prepare as desired. My method for brown rice is detailed below.

2.Heat 1 tbsp olive oil in a heavy pan over medium low heat. Add carrots, peel and chop onion, add 
to pot as you chop, seed and chop jalapenos again adding as you chop, stirring between additions.

3. Chop and add garlic.  Add to pot and stir.

4. Rinse and drain beans and corn. add to pot.

5. Add tomatoes and broth or water.

6. Add spices, stir well, bring to boil, simmer for five minutes or until ready to eat. 

7. Taste for seasoning, add salt, pepper or if desired, your choice of hot sauce.

Serve over brown rice.

Brown Rice My Way 

 "I cooked it my way!"

I served this Vegetable Chili over brown rice.

1. Start about six to eight cups of water boiling in a large covered pot prior to beginning step one, once it boils add one cup of rice, stir.

2 .Turn heat down to simmer, and set timer for five minutes less than indicated on the package.

3. Strain rice in a colander in the sink, return to pot and hold aside until ready to serve.

I always test rice prior to the time stated by tasting a few grains. I do not want the ends to be split, nor the grains crunchy. I prefer my rice to have a bit of texture, not cooked to mush.


I sincerely thank you for taking a look into my blog. Here is an old swatch of an OPI polish I picked up last Fall.  The shade is Lucky Lucky Lavender.

Have a beautiful day! 










Friday, November 13, 2015

Guacamole Recipe for Avocado Fans

Hi everyone!  I am posting here to share another recipe. 


While I still paint and enjoy polish on my nails, I have been doing other things to share my love of polish besides posting on my blog here, I have been posting on twitter, and livestreaming manicures on Meerkat. I have also been focused on my health as a top priority, so I have been exercising and making healthy food too, and trying to limit the foods I know are bad  for me. It is easy when I can eat yummy things like the recipe below!

Yesterday I live streamed myself making this recipe for guacamole. I promised to share the recipe, so here goes.  I was inspired by Alton Brown's recipe for guac, here, but I made some changes to make it customized to my tastes.  Here you are friends, enjoy!

LOVENAILPOLISH’S LIVE MEERKAT GUACAMOLE 


5 AVOCADOS
½ tsp ground cumin
1/2 lemon( juice of)
1/2 tsp ground cayenne pepper
1/2 medium onion, minced
2 tomatoes, diced
1 tbsp cilantro leaves, chopped
1 clove garlic,  minced

Peel and remove seeds from avocados by preferred method*. Mash AVOCADOS in a bowl with a potato masher or place into a food processor and pulse briefly. Add other ingredients and mix. We love this with tortilla chips. Makes 4-5 cups.

*For rough skinned fruit, I use the divide and conquer method, I cut it in half, remove the pit and scoop out the flesh with a spoon.  For smooth textured fruit I peel the fruit with a vegetable peeler and then cut in half around the pit, and twist sides to remove pit. 

Simplified Guacamole for freezing

Mash 4 avocados and combine with one tablespoon cilantro and juice of a lime or one half lemon.  Freeze in Ziploc bags with all air removed. Thaw in refrigerator before needed.  

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Recipe and a Return to Blogging! Smooth Healthy and Creamy Roasted Butternut Squash Soup

Hi everyone!

I have been away a while it is true.  I have been enjoying life, completing my treatment and recovering from my bout with the big C. Life has been treating me well this year, and I am fulfilling many dreams I have long held, such as hiking to the top of a nearby hill, refurbishing my home by painting and replacing flooring myself, caring for my home and garden, spending time with family.


I am so grateful for all my friends who helped me out along the way, my online friends especially are included! Thank you for being a friend by supporting me in any way here, on twitter or wherever our interaction space happens to be.

One thing I have adopted since my diagnosis two years ago this week is healthier eating. I try to eat organic food and make as much from scratch as possible. I learned about nutrition through my journey and it's role in healing and now I firmly believe that our diet is critical to our healing from surgery, chemo and radiation. Soup can be such a wonderful nutritional healing powerhouse, and it is easy to eat when you do not feel well, or just when it is cold out!

I adapted this recipe from a carrot and coriander soup recipe I found. I have been working on it over the last month or so and am happy to share it with you. I had never tried Butternut Squash before, I never knew how luscious and creamy and buttery it is! Ok, duh, so that is why it is called Butter nut! If you have never eaten it before, consider trying it some time, you might like it! I am very confident if you tasted my soup recipe below you would love it at first taste, like I did.



Smooth Healthy and Creamy Roasted Butternut Squash Soup

1 large or 2 small Butternut Squash
2 medium onions
3 cloves garlic
2 tsp fresh ginger or 1 tsp powdered
2 tbsps chopped fresh cilantro
1 tbsp ground coriander
1 tbsp ground cumin
1 tsp paprika
4 cups chicken stock or vegetable if desired
2 tbsp olive oil
Cilantro leaves to serve

PREHEAT oven to 300 degrees


  1.  Cut butternut squash in half lengthwise, scoop out seeds with a spoon. Drizzle with a teaspoon to a tablespoon of olive oil and coat the squash well.
  2.  Place on a cookie sheet cut side down, bake for 40-45 minutes, check for doneness by inserting a knife into the thickest part of the squash, if it goes in easily, the squash is done.
  3.  While the squash bakes, chop onion and garlic finely and sauté in 1 tbsp  olive oil over medium low heat for five minutes until translucent and beginning to brown. Add spices and cilantro and stir and sauté one more minutes.
  4.  Remove from heat until the squash is finished baking.
  5. When squash is finished baking and has cooled enough to handle, remove the peel by scraping with a knife, it should slip off fairly easily at this point. Chop squash into cubes.
  6.   Place baked squash in the pot, add the chicken broth, and bring to a boil, then reduce heat to simmer for 15 minutes.
  7.  Puree by placing in a blender or with an immersion blender.
  8. Serve with a few cilantro leaves on top.



MAKES 4-5 SERVINGS

Please let me know if you try this, I would love any feedback on this recipe.

I will be going to the oncologist next month for a two year follow up, and I anticipate being declared cancer free.  Currently I am not on any treatments, am totally loving life right now, staying super busy picking up my life where I left it off two years ago.

Lately I have been broadcasting live manicures on the new app Meerkat. My handle is @lovenailpolish3, same as twitter. The great thing about Meerkat is that you can ask questions and interact with the person broadcasting. People are broadcasting themselves at work, teaching things, and giving tours, you never know. The troll population is kept in check, so it is a welcoming and friendly space.  I am loving it right now!  Maybe I will see you there!

Thank you for visiting me!

-lovenailpolish







Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Hi Sweet Hearts! An Update

Hi lovely.

Just a quick update to say hi. And where is the time going? February is here already! Next thing I know it will be Easter!

I finished chemo and am trying to choose between radiation to complete my treatment or a mastectomy (I had a successful lumpectomy last year). I plan to choose very soon, it has been one of the hardest choices I have ever made. There is no right or wrong choice, only my preference, from what the doctors tell me at this point.

I have not wanted to photograph  my hands much because they were in a dry cracked condition after chemo and during the last months of 2013.  Now, five weeks after finishing chemo, the middle nail on my left hand (swatching hand) has lifted from the nail bed almost 60% down toward the base of the nail. And three others have begun to lift as well.

I just noticed this last Wednesday, after my nail felt broken.  It was solid, so I ignored it until I peeped under the nail and saw it had come apart from my finger! I do not know how it happened so fast, I did my nails one day, they were perfect, two days later I removed the polish and I could see from a slight discoloration that the nail lifted almost completely off the nail bed. I attribute this to the chemotherapy medication Taxotere, after reading reports of patients online. It is aptly named, it taxes your system and makes you want to cry, but it is better than not having the medication, in my situation. That is the theory anyway.

Happily, I am still polishing my pinkies and my toesies.  They seem to be okay so far. It is weird to open a new bottle of polish and only polish two nails, only two tiny pinkies usually now.

I am not complaining because it could be much much worse, just reporting what is going on with the nails now.

I need to have my third outpatient surgery in a year soon, to remove my chemo port. Then I hope to complete the next steps in my treatment, I have a few more, radiation or mastectomy, eight more Herceptin infusions and five years of medications.

I have seen some people indicate that cancer patients are not heroic, but I have to say I am inspired to see the courage of the other patients in treatment, they are heroic to me. It helps me so much to know that others have beaten breast cancer and other cancers, so maybe I can too..

I so hope that we can find a cure soon so no one has to die from cancer anymore.

I totally plan  to return to this photography and this blog as soon as I can manage, just to show you polish on my one pinkie or some fake nails, just to get some comparison swatches out there of some recent dupes I have acquired.

lovenailpolish