Cheesecake stuffed Strawberries

I saw this recipe for the first time on and fell in love. Trying new foods is another adventure for me and my stomach. I must try.

Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries:

1 pound large strawberries

8oz. block cream cheese – soft

3 – 4 tablespoons powdered sugar (depends on how sweet you want the filling)

1 teaspoon vanilla extract (or use almond, lemon, etc. )

Graham cracker crumbs


Rinse strawberries and cut around the top of the strawberry.  Remove the top and clean out inside with a paring knife if necessary.  I found most of the strawberries already had a nice hollow center so that step was not necessary. If you want to stand your strawberries upright (like in the picture) slice a bit off the bottom. One strawberries are prepped set aside.

Combine cream cheese, powdered sugar and vanilla with a mixer or by hand. Add cream cheese mix to piping bag and fill strawberries.  Once strawberries are filled dip the top in graham cracker crumbs.  Devour and fall in love.

You could also drizzle or dip strawberries in chocolate if desired.


Circa 1845 Hudson Valley NY document box

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Product Review: Tea Trea Cholesterol by Lustrasilk

Important Information

Water, Glyceryl Stearate, Cetearyl
Alcohol and Polysorbate 60, Cetyl Alcohol, Stearyl Alcohol, Cholesterol, Tea
Tree Oil, Silk Amino Acids, Rosehips Extract, Soybean Oil, Safflower Oil, Peanut
Oil, Vitamin E, Mineral Oil, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, DMDM Hydantoin, Blue
1, Fragrance.,

Shampoo and towel dry. Apply cream to
hair and scalp. Leave on for 2-3 minutes. Rinse thoroughly with water. For extra
conditioning of overly dry or damaged hair, repeat the process. Style as usual.

My Opinion: I have used this product before but it was not tea tree. When I had relaxed hair, now natural, I tried it, it did not work. It did no progress for my hair, but trying it a second time when I had an itchy scalp, it helped sooth. As far as conditioning I don’t think so. After I wash my hair it should be easy to run my fingers through and I should be able to feel the softness. Ummm… because the tea tree and other essential oils are so far down the ingredients list I will not be purchasing this product again.

Owning my own place

I am in that mood again where I just want my own place and I want to be somewhere quiet. About a year and a half ago I had my own apartment because I was going to school but had to leave because rent went up. That was the best time of my life because I was able to have my piece and quiet, ate healthy meals, had my own independence. Now, I am back at home with my family, not saying its a bad thing to be with family, its just you dont have any privacy, I cant buy thing to put in the house because there is nowhere to put anything…its just overcowded. I lost track eating healthy foods because I got depressed being back home. I cant buy food because of the big apetites in the house and things get eaten and messed over alot. I dont have much money to buy for everyone anyway so I buy what I like and what I can afford. I just want to be independent, I grew up with people, particularly my parents doing things for me and I want to grow up. I know there are people out there who’s like, “I wish I had someone to do things for me”, or “Why do you want ot have responsibility or be independent”?

Sassafras Root

OMG! if I were to drink any tea in the world it would be SASSAFRAS. I love love it! Move over Lipton! My dad makes it every time he finds the root. I dont know what health benefits it has, but I do know It works wonders when I have sore throat.  I am a lover of essential oils and I must find out more about its oil properties and info. 🙂

Sassafras Root:

Sassafras Bark and Powder Profile

Also known as

Sassafras albidum


Sassafras is a sturdy tree found in the bayous of Louisiana. When the tree is young, its leaves are shaped like “mittens,” sometimes with two “thumbs.” As the tree matures, sometimes reaching a height of 100 feet (30 meters) and a trunk diameter of up to 6 feet (200 cm), the leaves grow more rounded, free of indentation. Sassafras tea, made from the root bark or just the bark, has been drunk for over three centuries in the lower Mississippi valley. Sassafras bark oil is used to flavor medicines and candy and in some perfumes.


Alpha-pinene, anethole, apiole, asarone, beta-sitosterol, boldine, caryophyllene, elemicin, eugenol, mucilage, myristicin, reticule, safrene, safrole, tannins, thujone.

Parts Used

Bark, Root Bark.

Typical Preparations

Almost always found as a beverage or tea. The essential oil is more difficult to find and use because its trade is heavily regulated.


The traditional use of sassafras tea in herbal medicine is to help the immune system recover from a bout with poison oak or sumac, especially when the leaf has been chewed and peri-anal inflammation has resulted. Sassafras tea is also used to induce sweating to break a fever, and in douches to relieve inflammation caused by urinary tract infection in women. The essential oil is applied to the scalp to treat lice. The tea of Sassafras should only be adminsitered by someone qualified in the use of this material, and the novice should abstain from experimenting with Sassafras as an internal medicine.


The essential oil in sassafras bark contains traces of safrole, a toxic chemical, and its use as an oil is greatly cautioned. Sassafras bark is not to be used while pregnant. When used as a tea it is should only be administered by someone familiar with the appropriate use of this substance and only for brief periods of time. The FDA strictly prohibits the use of Sassafras bark and oil in food products. Its internal use is not recommended.


Supermarket Herbalism

I am in the process of watching a YouTube video from the supermarket herbalism email I got and I love it.  The guy, John , gives some good advice and good recipes. Watching these videos inspired me to look more deeply into herbal medicine for my health instead of your traditional medicine with expensive office visits. It also conjured up the idea in my head to look more into herbal medicine for animals since I want to pursue a career in veterinary medicine. I look forward to many more videos from

Recipe for Whole Wheat Orzo and Grilled Vegetable Salad with Feta, Olives, and Herbs

So far, this Whole Wheat Orzo Salad is my favorite new salad recipe this summer!
I’m becoming just a little infatuated with whole wheat orzo.  I first tried it last year in a very tasty salad with tomatoes, Kalamata olives, and feta, and I’ve already made the salad featured in this post three times and gobbled it up each time.  If you’re not familiar with orzo, it’s a tiny pasta shaped similar to rice but slightly bigger.   It’s often used in soups and pilafs, but it’s also a perfect pasta salad ingredient because it letts the pasta take a supporting role and puts the spotlight on the other ingredients.  Orzo is made with wheat, but for a gluten-free alternative I think brown rice would also be great in any salad that uses orzo.

I loved orzo long before knew about the South Beach Diet, but I only discovered whole wheat orzo last year.  In Salt Lake I can find both DeLallo Organic Whole Wheat Orzo and Rice Select Whole Wheat Orzo at Whole Foods.  If any readers have seen whole wheat orzo in other stores, let us know in the comments where you’ve found it.
Cook the orzo until it’s barely al dente (follow package directions for cooking time) and then drain and let cool.
Cut the zucchini and red bell peppers into fourths and brush with olive oil and Italian seasoning.  (I used Penzeys Pasta Sprinkle, which has sweet basil, Turkish oregano, thyme, and garlic.)
Grill the vegetables on high until they are cooked, but still slightly crisp, about 10-15 minutes.  Turn several times to get lots of grill marks.  Let vegetables cool for a few minutes.

Slice the green onions and chop the herbs.  (I used a combination or oregano and basil and increased the amount of herbs.)

Whisk together olive oil, red wine vinegar, Dijon, and dried oregano to make the dressing.

When the vegetables are cool, you should be able to pull the skins right off the red bell peppers (the skins are on the right.)  Cut peppers and zucchini into bite-sized pieces.
Put the zucchini and peppers into a bowl large enough to hold all the salad, add about 1/3 of the dressing, and stir so the vegetables are all coated with dressing.

Let the vegetables marinate in the dressing while you slice the olives in half and crumble the Feta.

Stir in the orzo, green onions, and herbs and add just enough dressing to moisten the salad.

Then gently stir in the olives and crumbled feta.  Season salad to taste with salt and fresh ground black pepper and serve room temperature or slightly chilled.

Whole Wheat Orzo and Grilled Vegetable Salad with Feta, Olives, and Herbs
(Makes about 6 servings, adapted from a recipe by Pamela Anderson for Fine Cooking.)

1 cup whole wheat orzo, cooked according to package directions
2 small zucchini
1 large red bell pepper
olive oil, for brushing vegetables
Italian seasoning or other dried herb seasoning (I used Penzey’s Pasta Sprinkle)
1 can black olives, drained and cut in half
1/4 cup thinly sliced green onions
2 T chopped fresh basil
2 T chopped fresh oregano
(or use 4 T chopped fresh herbs of your choice such as parsley, mint, thyme, or chives)
1 can  black olives, drained and cut in half  (6 oz. drained)
1/2 cup Feta cheese, crumbled

Dressing Ingredients:
1/4 cup olive oil
2 T red wine vinegar
1 T Dijon mustard
1/2 tsp. dried oregano


Preheat grill to high.  Cook orzo according to package directions, being careful not to overcook.  Drain and let cool while you prep other ingredients.
Cut the zucchini and red bell pepper lengthwise into fourths and remove seeds and stem from pepper.  Brush the vegetables on both sides with olive oil and sprinkle with dried herb mix.  Turn the grill down to medium-high, then grill vegetables until they are cooked, but still slightly crisp, about 10-15 minutes.  I turned them several times so I had grill marks on all the sides.  Remove vegetables and let them cool.
Thinly slice green onions and chop fresh herbs.  Whisk together the olive oil, red wine vinegar, Dijon, and dried oregano to make the dressing.
When vegetables are cool enough to handle easily, pull the skins off red peppers.  (They should come off fairly easily, but no worries if some of the skin stays on.  You can put the peppers in a bowl and cover it with cling-wrap to “steam” them if you want to be sure you get all the skin off, but I didn’t have any trouble removing it without doing that.)  Cut the zucchini and pepper into bite-sized pieces and put into a plastic bowl large enough to hold all the salad ingredients.  Add about 1/3 of dressing and stir so all the vegetable pieces are coated with dressing.
Let the vegetables marinate while you drain olives, cut them into half, and crumble the feta.  Add the cooked orzo, green onions, and herbs to the vegetables and add enough dressing to moisten all ingredients.  (You may not need all the dressing.)  Gently stir in the olives and crumbled feta.
Serve at room temperature or slightly chilled.  This salad will stay good in the fridge for several days, but only if you’re able to stop eating it!

South Beach Suggestions:
This salad is loaded with low-glycemic ingredients, but to make it more suitable for phase 2 or 3 of the South Beach Diet I used whole wheat orzo and slightly decreased the amount of pasta in proportion to the other ingredients.  This recipe isn’t particularly low in fat, but other than the Feta cheese, it is what is considered to be “good fat” for the South Beach Diet.

More Salads You Could Make with Whole Wheat Orzo:
(Recipes from other blogs not always South Beach Diet friendly; check ingredients.)
Whole Wheat Orzo Salad with Tomatoes, Kalamata Olives, Feta, and Herb Vinaigrette from Kalyn’s Kitchen
Cherry Tomato Orzo Salad from Simply Recipes
Cold Curried Orzo Salad from The Perfect Pantry
Greek Orzo Salad from My Baking Addiction
Lemon Orzo Salad with Asparagus, Spinach, and Feta from Two Peas and Their Pod
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Best Thing I Ever Done

Yesterday was my first time volunteering at a vet clinic and I did not find anything wrong with it and I did not stop going after the first day. Today, I am going back and do some more volunteering and the Animal Emergency and referral Center. The atmosphere is so welcoming and clean; the people are nice and welcoming as well. The woman who is training me is very nice and helpful, although she explains quickly its easy to catch on to, for me at least. I will be working there  Tuesdays thru Fridays 2-6pm. From now on I will say working because I want to work hard to get a job because they really need a vet tech assistant and I thin k Im perfect for that. My motivation and dedication will make me do my job well. I will not give up on this great opportunity to learn about things that I have been interested in learning since age 7. It is completely different from your traditional private practice clinic, these people actually care about your educational background and want you to pursue further education in that field. It will take lots of dedication. And, I am willing to be dedicated. When I started yesterday, I mostly cleaned up the facilities because today they will get evaluated to be AAHA certified, which is wonderful. I believe 100% they will get it, because I have never in my life been to an animal hospital or clinic that is OCD spotless. The staff there are really organized which makes items really easy to find. Lots of expensive, up to date equipment. Because of my experience I will get to do more than just clean and walk animals, but I will get to take blood, do CBCs, take part in surgery, inventory, help with restraint, and lots of other medical stuff to help out the veterinarian and technicians. I think this is the best thing I have done with my time in trying to get exposure to the necessary things I need for school. I pray that I will get a job!

Candied Yams

Right now my mouth is watering for some good candied yams. My mom so called made some but they were just not the way I wanted them made. I need a recipe.

Candied Sweet Potatoes Whole Sweet Potatoes1/3 Cup Brown Sugar1/4 Cup Granulated Sugar1/4 Cup Maragine1 Tbsp Vanilla Abstract1 Tsp Lemon Abstract