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Peony Flower Drawing

I used Crayola color pencils.

Is this finished? I don’t think so. I have more ideas. There’s a lot of blank space on this paper.

Happy Day

Caroline

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Gluten Free Rice Noodles with Salmon and a Salad

This is a gluten free dairy free and soy free meal. It is a meal for autoimmune.

Ingredients

  • Gluten free Rice noodles
  • Sesame oil
  • Lime
  • Cilantro
  • Salmon
  • Lettuce
  • Tomatoes
  • Cucumbers
  • Green onion
  • Black olives
  • Lemon basil dressing
  • Watermelon
  • Cantelop

Boil 3 tbsp water with sesame oil. Add the Rice noodles to the boiling water, cover and cook for 3 minutes. The noodles will break apart. Turn off the heat. Add cilantro and lime juice when it is finished

While the noodles and salmon cooks, make a salad.

Combine the noodles and salmon on a plate add watermelon and cantelop for a side along with the salad.

For the Drink

Ice water

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Caroline

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Slow Down Night

Let’s just face it, we all need a break and a relaxation night. I worked from home. (by the way, I have a second job) and I was exhausted. This night, nothing seemed to satisfy my taste buds. So my idea of feeding my stomach was simple and sweet.

This is the easiest snack to make. This can be for breakfast, lunch, snack and for this night, dinner.

Rice Cake with Peanut Butter and Strawberries and Bananas

Ingredients

  • Gluten Free Rice Cakes
  • Peanut Butter, Almond Butter, Cashew Butter
  • Bananas
  • Strawberries

Spread the peanut butter on the rice cakes, layer bananas on it. Use the remaining banana for a side snack along with strawberries. It can be made in 5 minutes!

For the drink: Almond Chocolate Milk

Why we Need to Rest

  • It is vital for mental health
  • improves concentration and memory
  • healthier immune system
  • Reduces stress
  • Improved mood
  • Better metabolism/energy
  • prevents injuries
  • Maintain weight
  • make you happier
  • help your creativity

Ways to Rest

  • Practice gratitude
  • take deep breaths
  • exercise/do yoga
  • Practice sleep hygiene-scheduled sleep routine, unplug electronics, dim lights

Happy Day

Caroline

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Gluten Free Catfish and Veggies

Ingredients

  • Catfish fillets
  • Gluten free bread crumbs
  • Snap peas
  • Tomatoes
  • Cucumbers
  • Lemon salad dressing or a squeeze of lemon
  • Salt and pepper
  • Baked potato
  • Dairy free butter
  • Chives
  • Basil

Bread the catfish. I used an egg wash to coat the fish first then I put the gluten free bread crumbs on the catfish and placed it in a pan to bake on 350° for about 20 to 30 minutes.

While the catfish was baking I boiled water for the snap peas. Once when the snap peas are done which takes 4 to 6 minutes I drained the water and then added butter.

Cut up a tomato and cucumbers. Mixed together with salt and pepper and the lemon dressing or a squeeze of lemon place in the refrigerator to keep cool. Add basil for a garnish.

Bake a potato either in the oven or in the microwave whatever suits your lifestyle. Add dairy free butter and salt and pepper and chives on your baked potato.

Happy Day

Caroline

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Gluten Free Spaghetti with Veggies

This is a gluten free and dairy free spaghetti dish. Great for lunch and dinner.

Ingredients

  • Gluten free spaghetti
  • Garlic
  • Mushrooms
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Spinach
  • Nutritional yeast

Boil water and cook spaghetti until it is to your liking. While it is boiling saute the mushrooms and garlic. Add tomatoes until the skin peels off. Set aside and pour olive oil in another pan and saute the spinach.

When spaghetti it done. Mix all ingredients together and add some nutritional yeast.

Place basil on top as a decoration.

Serve with a salad and gluten free bread.

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Caroline

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Diagonal Knit Stitch

This knit stitch is great for scarves, blankets, dish towels. It’s easy. It takes two types of stitches knit and purl.

Pattern

Cast on multiple of 4 plus 2.

* repeat, pattern begins each row with knit 1, and ends with knit 1.

  • Row 1- k1, (*p2, k2), k1
  • Row 2- k1, (*p1,k2,p1), k1
  • Row 3- k1, (*k2, p2), k1
  • Row 4- k1, (*k1,p2,k1), k1

I am stitching squares of different stitches and will be stitching them together for a blanket. I am hoping it will be a blanket that can go on my bed for the summer. It will be a long wait for this to be finished. But it will be worth it.

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Caroline

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Sunday Morning Painting

It’s been awhile since I sat at my art table. It’s been a difficult few weeks. I learned of a new diagnosis as to the reason my legs swell. There’s no cure. But eating less carbs and mostly eat fruit and veggies will help maintain my health.

This morning I organized my snacks and put some in containers to have for this week. I’m also going to make my lunch for tomorrow before the end of the day.

I took another job something to make extra money on the side. I’m hoping it will be full time at some point. I get to work from home with this job. Yeah.

I want to return to painting and reorganize my Etsy shop which I closed. I won’t reopen it until I paint consistently.

New Paintings

Here’s what I have been painting lately. It starts as a scribble on canvas then I make it into an image. Flowers tend to be my topic.

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Caroline

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Friday Painting

Lately it’s been difficult to sit and paint. Mostly because of fatigue and chronic pain. But tonight I felt some energy to paint.

First I did a 10 min yoga evening stretch. Then I painted using water color. And decided to get a canvas out and painted in acrylic.

Paintings

Of course I will be working on the acrylic painting when I have a chance. Hopefully tomorrow after work I’ll have some energy.

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Caroline

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Saturday Stitching

Today I worked for a few hours, then went home and took a nap. I have been exhausted. My profession is mental health counseling and I have been busy. Next week even more booked than this week. So having a few hours to stitch has been nice.

Rue Paris Cross Stitch

I have one more column to stitch and the first page will be completed. Definitely have many more to go.

This pattern has tons of color changes. It will certainly keep me busy for a long period of time.

Below is a close up of the many colors for this pattern.

Stay tuned for more updates

Happy Day

Caroline