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Lisa xoxo


Family Favorite Recipe: Smoky Bacon Pork Chops with a Rainbow Slaw

Boy, was this a winner!  (thank you, Publix, for sharing :))

nonstick aluminum foil

3 oz. pepper Jack cheese, shredded

4 pork chops, your choice

2 teaspoons mesquite seasoning

1/4 cup sliced green onions

1/4 cooked bacon pieces

1/4 cup mayonnaise, your choice (we used olive oil mayo)

1 teaspoon chipotle pepper sauce

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Line baking sheet with foil.
  3. Shred the cheese, season pork chops with mesquite seasoning and place on baking sheet.
  4. Combine cheese, onions, bacon, mayonnaise, and pepper sauce.
  5. Spread cheese mixture evenly over the chops.
  6. Place on middle rack of oven and bake for 8-9 minutes.
  7. Increase the heat and broil for 2-3 minutes until the pork is browned.  145 degrees.

Rainbow Slaw

5-6 radishes (optional), thinly sliced

1/3 cup sliced banana peppers (or pepperoncini – that’s what we used), finely chopped

1 bunch of cilantro, coarsely chopped

1 lime (but, we used two)

2 tablespoons (or more) of canola oil (we used grapeseed; avocado, etc. would be good, too ;))

1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper

1/4 cup sliced green onions

6 cups of shredded cabbage

*we made an additional dressing recipe to add more flavor and indulgence:

1/2 to 1 cup apple cider vinegar

2 tablespoons mayonnaise

1/1 1/2 tablespoons of sugar

Whisk together well.  We then added this dressing to the recipe’s dressing – lime and oil.

1. Shred the cabbage, slice radishes, chop peppers, chop the cilantro leaves.

2. Stir in all ingredients and, then blend ’em a little and, pour the dressing.  Mix                       thoroughly.

Yum!  Yum!  YUM!  There are sooo many flavors in this meal.  Your tongue will be very alive!  EnJOY!







We Are Awesome Sauces! Our Bread…

BraverStrongerPurer.  More peaceful and lovingLess Selfish.  This is what Papa wants for us as we go on our journey of life.

His single-minded purpose is our maturity.’

It’s interesting, because as we age, we learn more and more about ourselves…what we like, what we don’t, not afraid to say no…no longer fearing what others might think.  In my head, I’ve always wanted to blend in, afraid to disagree and state my opinion because I always wanted to be viewed as a “team player”…the one who’s flexible, positive, easy going.  I suppose part of the reason,too, was/is because I am afraid to speak in front of my peers, especially in a large group setting.  But, I’m pleased with my “evolution” over the last year or so…it’s getting a little easier…

When there’s passion in our opinions, don’t we feel more confident to speak freely our beliefs?  We’re being true to ourselves, right?  Isn’t that what Papa wants?  As our peers may be judging or criticizing, what God thinks is the most important…so, let’s let our selves stand tall, because Papa is with us every step of the way!  🙂

We’ve been given a ‘love that lasts forever and a God who will never give up on you.  That’s a good reason to have joy and to “come before him with joyful songs”.’

And, if we ‘can’t carry a tune, just give Him a shout-out’!

Here’s to continuously evolving into beautiful butterflies!,

Lisa xoxo

“I’m grateful, Father, that You are at work in me.  I find it difficult to change and I wonder sometimes how or if I ever will.  Yet I know that You are continuing Your work in me and as I look back I will see the growth You are producing.  Thank you!”

Psalm 100     Know that the Lord is God.  It is He who made us, and we are His.

Health and Wellness

Health and Wellness Tip: Try These “Bad Boy” Herbs…Very Preventive and Healing :)


This native South American herb, dating back to 1873, is healing and preventive of ‘arthritis, pain, inflammation of the prostate gland, fever, dysentery, boils and ulcers and various cancers.’

Because of the “gazillion” compounds found in this tree (see picture above), it’s able to work wonders on the body

  • quinoids, benzenoids and flavonoids – fight against harmful organisms
  • lapachol (from the stem) – toxic and resistant to nearly all types of harmful organisms; fights metastasis – spread of a cancer or other disease from one organ to another
  • beta-lapachone – fights toxicity to harmful organisms
  • selenium – ‘extremely vital antioxidant/mineral which removes free radicals that damage cells and trigger disease; increases immunity, boosts metabolism; essential for successful male and female fertility and reproduction; reduces the risk of cancer, autoimmune and thyroid diseases

the list goes on and on…

Paul D’Arco

  • reduces pain and swelling
  • fights candida – common yeast infection (not to be left untreated)
  • adjusts our Ph levels – when unbalanced, can lead to headaches, an inability to concentrate, hyperactivity, chronic fatigue syndrome, sugar addiction, stomach problems
  • reduces inflammation, which can lead to an overactive immune system, which can lead to asthma, arthritis, Crohn’s disease, Alzheimers’s disease, cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol levels and Parkinson’s disease

And, then there’s Graviola


This prickly green fruit-producing plant with nutrients in the leaves and bark will have us feeling healthier, for sure, but, when really needed.

Places such as Peru, Amazon and the Caribbean have been using graviola for years…

Peru makes tea with the leaves which ‘treats inflammation of the mucus membrane in the nose, throat or lungs’.

Amazon uses the roots and leaves to help control blood sugar in diabetic patients.

The Caribbean makes tea which relieves coughs, flu symptoms and asthma.  Breastfeeding moms would benefit, for it ‘promotes milk production‘.

The people of South America have been known to drink graviola juice (made with the bark and roots) to treat dysentery and scurvy.  Creates a sedative effect.

How Graviola is Used Today

  1. treats cancer

*the prickly-green fruit is loaded with acetogenins, which have been shown to have ‘anti-tumor effects on animals’

Coming from a study at Purdue University concludes that graviola has the ability to

  • ‘target and destroy malignant cancer cells in twelve different types of cancer’.
  • slow cell growth because the ‘compounds are many times more powerful than the commonly used chemotherapy drug, Adriamyan’.
  • only target cancer cells and leaves healthy cells unharmed

2. supports our immune system

3. helps with diabetes

* the specific phytochemicals might prevent spikes in blood glucose and help regulate glucose levels.

* in 2008, a two-week study on diabetic rats showed to have near normal blood sugar levels, with no medication.

4. improves digestive system

5. has antioxidant properties

*’prevents and repairs cell damage and reverses some tell-tale signs of aging-wrinkles, skin blemishes

6. increases our energy

7. gout – reduces amount of antacid

*Please note: research has shown that perhaps after pro-longed use of graviola could lead to similar symptoms of those with Parkinson’s Disease.



Cat’s Claw (Una De Gato in Spanish) is another “wonder” herb for our bodies!  🙂

This anti-viral herb…

  • boosts our immune system and fights infections
  • is anti-inflammatory
  • is anti-mutagenic
  • is an antioxidant

More specifically speaking…

Cat’s Claw provides natural treatment for

  • arthritis
  • allergies
  • asthma
  • diabetes
  • chronic fatigue syndrome
  • cancer
  • viral infections
  • ulcers
  • hemorrhoids
  • repairs DNA and improves our ‘disease-fighting’ white blood cells
  • helps the body to rid of free radicals that cause cellular damage, which leads to wrinkles
  • lowers high blood pressure
  • may aid in HIV treatment
  • combats herpes
  • improves digestive problems like Crohn’s disease

So, yes to stocking these in your medicine cabinet?  🙂

Love you!



Please do your own research, as well, on all of these herbs, and, speak with your doc prior.  Thanks!  🙂