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Caramel Cheesecake

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Ingredients

1 pack Graham crackers
1/4 pecans or walnuts
2 teaspoons vanilla
1/2 pound cream cheese
1/2 cup condensed milk
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 cup sugar
4 tablespoons butter

Directions

1. Blend crackers, nuts, a teaspoon vanilla and butter to form the crust.
2. Blend the cheese, condensed milk, sugar and remaining vanilla and pour over crust.
3. Keep in the refrigerator to set.
4. For the topping, dissolve sugar, butter and heavy cream in pan over medium heat until thick and golden brown.
5. Cool the caramel topping for 10 minutes and pour over the cheesecake.
6. Chill in the refrigerator before serving.

Dark Chocolate Truffles

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Ingredients

1/2 cup heavy cream
1/2 pound dark chocolate
1/2 cup hot chocolate powder
1/8 cup crushed pecans
1 teaspoon vanilla

Directions

1. Heat the cream in a pan and simmer for 3 minutes. Remove from the stove.
2. Add chocolate chunks and stir till melted and creamy.
3. Add vanilla and stir.
4. Whip the mixture using a blender until stiff peaks form.
5. Fold in crushed pecans.
6. Once cooled, roll into bite sized balls.
7. Roll truffles in hot chocolate powder and store in a cool place.

Home Remedies For Serious Health Conditions

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Life more abundant, joyful and exhilarating is the way God meant it to be, and His good pleasure and loving heart for His children. If today, it feels like an impossibility or distant dream, just call on the Lord, and He will restore and make you whole. The Lord Jesus bore the cost of all our sins, diseases and the scourge of our broken world on the cross – and when you believe in Him, you will be made completely whole.

God’s desire is for you to make right choices and have a healthy lifestyle, and I hope these simple natural remedies will help you.

Always check with your doctor before making any changes to your diet and exercise.

1. Diabetes

When the body fails in its ability to produce sufficient insulin, the condition known as Type 2 diabetes occurs. Insulin is a hormone needed to regulate blood sugar levels.

Replace your regular menu with foods with a low-glycemic index. Check food labels for lowest levels of sugar and fats, because fats eventually get converted into sugar in the body. Sugar-free desserts may not really be what they claim due to the percentage of lipids and cholesterol.

Limit your intake of fruit juices even if they do not contain added sugar, since natural sugars will cause a spike in the blood.

Eat foods lower in sugar like oats, lentils, greens, vegetables, brown rice and sugar-free multigrain bread.

Keep your weight in check and exercise regularly. Try long walks and simpler movements, before progressing to regular exercises.

Always keep sugary drinks and snacks handy, so you are stocked up and safe should your sugar levels dip low.

2. Heart Disease

A clean and healthy diet can not only prevent heart disease, but also reverse some of the problems and symptoms caused.

Eat more foods rich in good fats like salmon, mackerel, olive oil and almonds. They help reduce high cholesterol levels in the blood.

Avoid eating meat with fat. Eat lean meat and quails which have almost no fat. A great way to still enjoy your favourite steaks and lamb is to freeze the meat while still raw, and then slice away the areas of fat before cooking.

Drink cranberry and blueberry juices rich in antioxidants since they prevent accumulation of fat deposits in the arteries.

Make your meal more green with leafy vegetables, spinach, salads with zero-fat dressings.

3. High blood pressure

Eat foods high in fibre, preferably vegetables and whole grain breads. The complex carbohydrates and vitamins keep the blood pressure at a normal level.

Avoid drinking alcohol, try to give up smoking.

Being light-weight helps keep blood pressure normal. It is better to lose weight through a healthy diet than by exercising, since this will actually increase your blood pressure.

Avoid high intake of salt in food. Check with your doctor about trying salt-free substitute in cooking.

4. High Cholesterol

Eat more fruits and vegetables. Keep your body hydrated with at least 10 glasses of fluid every day.

Fresh foods are naturally low in fat. Avoid dishes high in oils, butter, cream and cheese.

Take a cod-liver oil supplement which is good in essential fats. It also helps overall body health, healthy skin and eyesight.

Eat foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids like almonds, mackerel and salmon. They are a good way to enjoy a healthy snack, without the risk of heart disease.

High cholesterol levels, diabetes and heart disease are so closely connected and so maintaining a healthy diet can help regulate all three conditions simultaneously.

5. Respiratory Problems

Avoid areas heavy in pollen. If you happen to live there, try using a face mask when outside home.

Do not let dust accumulate at home. Cleaning the entire home everyday (you can divide areas per day), helps keep the air fresh and safe. Make it a learning and family time doing things together, and this will help take away the monotony and tiresomeness of difficult chores. The key is to keep the routine though it does not look like the place needs cleaning and dusting every single week.

Eat foods rich in vitamin C which is a good antioxidant. It boosts the immune system by producing antibodies. Oranges, sweet lime, tomatoes, grapefruit and berries are a great way to keep colds at bay.

A good cup of strong coffee and help stop the outburst of breathing problems.

To help dilate your breathing passage, try a vapour bath. Add a few drops of sodium benzoate to a bowl of steaming water and inhale. This will help you breathe easy and is a good practice if you suffer from asthma or wheezing.

Keep lozenges handy at all times, since prolonged spells of cough can lead to the onset of breathing difficulty.

Oral health is critical to a healthy respiratory system, digestion and almost every other body functions.

Gargling with salt water is magical and works quicker than prescription drugs. Try it every morning and night.

Treat yourself to warm teas and keep hydrated. Take time away from your daily chores if possible and make sure you get a good night’s rest.

Feeling And Looking Your Best!

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Unending chores, piling tasks and the dizzying pace of the day can leave one feeling tired with not much time to relax and quieten down. Here are some easy and quick ways to pamper yourself and give you the much deserved getaway – a rendezvous with nature’s best. These essential oils are a must to have, and fabulous way to brighten your day!

1. Calendula – Add 5-7 drops of calendula oil to 2 cups of warm steamy water, and use as a facial steamer. It helps unclog pores, clear skin and leave it feeling soft. It can also be used to tone skin. Just steep the leaves in water and cool the extract. It will leave your skin feeling refreshed. The liquid can also be used to rinse hair, as a natural conditioner.

2. Lavender – Add 3-5 drops of lavender oil to a teaspoon of water and use to cleanse skin and relieve from pimples. Do not use on open sore skin. Use a few drops in a warm bath, after a long and tiring day. It will help you relax, leaving you feeling rested and will help you sleep easier.

3. Grapeseed – Use the oil to massage your body and hair, for a natural glow. It’s light texture makes it very easy to use, leaving no grease on the skin.

4. Sesame – It is used as a moisturizer and skin toner, and for massaging. It helps add a healthy glow to the skin. Used in cooking, it has a quaint fragrance but is a source of good fats.

5. Coconut – Massage your scalp once a week with warm coconut oil. Soak for about an hour and then shampoo it out. It conditions hair, adding a healthy shine and bounce. It can also be used to massage skin. It has a cooling effect and healing properties, and is a good source of healthy fats when consumed without heating.

6. Apricot – Massage the oil into your skin gently to keep it moisturised. It also helps reduce the appearance of wrinkles. It can also be used to condition your scalp and hair.

7. Almond – Massage the oil into your scalp once a week, or use as a moisturiser for the body. It adds an instant glow and is gentle even on sensitive skin.

Spicy Salmon Fillets

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Ingredients

1 pound salmon fish fillets
1/2 teaspoon red chilli powder
1/2 teaspoon powdered cumin
1/2 teaspoon powdered pepper
1/2 teaspoon garlic paste
1 sprig of fresh coriander
2 tablespoons butter
1/2 lemon juiced
Salt to taste

Directions

1. Combine garlic, chilli, cumin, lemon juice, pepper and salt.
2. Marinate fish fillets in the mixture for 15 min.
3. Bake wrapped in cooking foil. Optionally, Melt butter in a pan.
4. On low heat, cook the fillets until tender and well done.
5. Garnish with finely grated coriander, or herbs or your choice.
6. Serve with rice, pita, or will fresh green salad.

Pumpkin Soup

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Ingredients

1/2 cup pumpkin puree
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup finely sliced onions
1/2 cup chopped tomatoes
2 cups low chicken broth
1 tablespoons butter
1/4 cup heavy cream
1/2 teaspoon thyme
1/8 teaspoon grated nutmeg
Salt to taste
Pepper to taste

Directions

1. Stew tomatoes and puree. Keep aside.
2. Melt butter in a saucepan. Cook onions till browned.
3. Add pumpkin and tomato purees and cook for 10 minutes.
4. Add chicken stock and cook for 20 minutes.
5. Run through a blender till creamy.
6. Add salt, pepper, nutmeg and cream.
7. Optional – Garnish with thyme and serve.
8. Optional – In a separate pan, fry onions slices in butter until golden brown. Garnish soup with fried onions and serve.

 

Decadent Chocolate Cake

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Ingredients

1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1 cup softened butter
2 large eggs
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoons baking soda
1 cup freshly brewed coffee
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Frosting
1 stick of unsalted butter
1 cup powdered sugar
1/2 cup of melted dark chocolate
1 teaspoon vanilla

Directions

1. Whisk the flour, sugar, cocoa, baking powder and baking soda.
2. Separately, blend the butter, eggs and vanilla.
3. Combine the dry and wet mixture, add coffee and blend well.
4. Pour the batter into pan greased with butter and bake for for 30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
5. Blend ingredients for the frosting, and spread over cake layers.
6. Garnish with grated chocolate.