This boots were made for snow!

And they are purple and shiny and yet still have about 12 different layers of waterproof and cold-protection material and winter appropriate soles!

And “I” bought them at 20% discount! Good buy.


Cicken with mandarine orange sauce

This recipe was seen on Tv by my aunt, who taught my grannie to do it; last week we had a lot of mandarins and I decide to do it. I even called grannie to check the recipe, but since she didn’t answer, I just did it from memory – and this is the recipe that I will write.

So; you need; (for 2 people)

 – one larger (or two smaller) chicken breasts

 – cup of cream

  – 3 mandarin oranges

 – one-third of an onion

( – rice; this is what I always eat it with, I think it’s the best combination!)

I salted and peppered the breast, let it “soak” that in, and then cut it in stripes.

Pour some oil in the pan, add chopped onion – don’t let it get too dark – then add the chicken stripes; let them turn golden; add half – cream half water mixture (I only added about one-third of water, and it was too thick); let it simmer. Add one and a half mandarin orange “segments” and poke some of them, so they’ll release the juices. (add the rest of the mandarin oranges about 4 minutes before you  take it off the flame).

Now, I am not sure when is the best time to add curry powder; to put it on the breast, or to add it in the sauce? I added it in the sauce and it was ok.

Enjoy! And if you try it, I’ll be happy if you tell me how it went!

More mandarin orange recipes.

Will I ever learn???!?

What started as a slight headache bloomed into a raging one. Even my trusted Aspirin migraene pills helped to dull it a little for about two hours, but now it’s back. So I have my Coca Cola right here next to me, and I am mentally preparing myself to the horrible horrible horrible taste of the medicine. (BTW, it says on the main page to take the pils when it starts hurting (“…sollten Sie immer 2 Aspirin Migräne Brausetabletten gleichzeitig und rechtzeitig, also bei Einsetzen der ersten Beschwerden, einnehmen.”)

A big complaint; I had to try really hard to find the aspirin migraene page!!! Like, searching every possible connection on Bayer homepage, googling different combination, and no way I could find an english page! I found it when I first found the exactly right spelling for migraine, the german one, and then google “aspirin Migräne” . I mean, they are trying to sell this, it shouldn’t be so hard to find some info on this!!!

DIY apple cider vinegar toner

Recipe for CareKate’s homemade ACV Super Toner:

What you’ll need:

• Apple Cider Vinegar

• Clean, empty 8 ounce glass or plastic bottle

• Green Tea

• Distilled water (tap water is okay, but distilled is better!)

• Ylang Ylang essential oil (or any other essential oil of your choice)

• Lemon essential oil (or any other essential oil of your choice)

What you do:

• Fill bottle 1/3 full of ACV (might increase or decrease amount of vinegar to suit your own skin type, add more for oilier skin and less for dry skin.

• Heat 2/3 cup of distilled water and bring to boil, then add 3-4 green tea bags (you want to make the tea solution REALLY strong!!) and let it steep for 30 minutes or longer, then remove teabags. Once the green tea has cooled completely, pour into bottle with ACV (do not fill bottle completely full because you’ll need room to add the Ylang Ylang and Vit-C).

• Add 12 drops of Ylang Ylang essential oil and 12 drops of Lemon essential oil to bottle (if your skin-type is not oily, simply add less Y-Y oil or leave it out altogether).

Twice daily, after cleansing face as normal, put some toner on a cotton pad and gently swipe over your face and neck (if you prefer, you can use a spray bottle and spray the toner directly onto your face). Followup with your regular serums and/or moisturizer.

I’m using simple, “grocery-store” ACV (look in the condiment/salad dressing aisle) which costs less than $1.00USD for 16 ounces, but you can buy more ‘exotic’ apple cider vinegars from health food stores, such as Bragg’s Unfiltered ACV.

Likewise, I bought my green tea at the supermarket (make sure you get one that is 100% green tea with no additional ingredients/flavors added), a box of 20 tea bags for around $3.00USD. Distilled water is available at the supermarket in the bottled water aisle for around 75˘ per gallon. Ylang Ylang essential oil is available at health food stores (I got mine at Whole Foods for about $7.99 for an 8- ounce bottle).

Hint: If you’re hoping to find it cheaper on Ebay or something, make sure that the Y-Y oil is stored in an amber or dark-blue glass bottle, because essential oils can be degraded by direct sunlight like from a clear glass bottle.

FYI: You can customize the above recipe to fit your skin’s specific needs simply by adding a couple of drops of the essential oils that are recommended for your skin type. See above for a basic guide to essential oils and their use/benefits in skincare.

Here are some of the benefits of ACV toner:

• helps even out skin tone

• smoothes out your skin’s texture

• helps minimizes the size and appearance of pores

• dries up and reduces redness from breakouts almost over night

• helps regulate oil production

• impart’s to your skin “a radiant glow.”

UPDATED 10.June.05

I apologize if I didn’t make it clear in my ACV toner recipe post that each person can customize the recipe to fit the needs of their own particular skin-type by using the essential oils of their choice. Ylang Ylang oil can be substituted for any other essential oil that you wish, or you don’t have to put any Y-Y oil in your toner at all. I chose to include Ylang Ylang oil and Lemon oil because A) I’ve got seriously oily skin, and B) They smell fantastic and help “cancel” out the (distinctive) smell of the vinegar itself. If you don’t know which essential oils are good for your skin type or skin challenges/problems, see the “Essential Oil Guide for Skin and Hair” previously posted.

The same goes for the green tea. It is not absolutely necessary to include in your toner. You can make a very basic ACV toner just using apple cider vinegar and water in the ratio that works for your skin (i.e.: drier skins would use more water and less ACV, oilier skins would use more ACV and less water, if your skin is normal, you might try half and half). You’re not going to get the ratio exactly right the first time you make it. You’ll have to pour out a smidge of vinegar and add more water, or vice versa, until you get it just right for your particular skin.

I hope this helps clear up the confusion….

UPDATED 21.June.05

For those of you who love the tingle of minty products, try adding 2-3 drops of peppermint essential oil to your next batch of toner (or Dr. H Cleansing Cream or Aspirin Mask). Not only does make your face feel all tingly and clean, but peppermint oil helps treat dull or congested skin and acne, but it also helps reduce inflammation and treat broken capillaries!! I just love it when I can multi-task….

UPDATED 10/21/05 to *delete* Vit-C crystals from list of ingredients.

Also, if you have sensitive skin, try brewing up a very strong batch of *chamomile* tea and use it in lieu of, or in addition to, the green tea. Chamomile is known for it’s soothing and calming properties and I have personally found using a 50-50 mix of green and chamomile tea in my toner helps calm redness and irritation!

 – – – — – — – – – – – this is where this came from  – and there is LOTS more, it’s like a treasure chest!!

Some personal info on In-Ovation C from youtube

In-Ovation C braces video; she tells some very useful things – like Listerine is bad, debracing is cool, whitening hurts, retainers stay in our lives for a long, long time…But it’s all worth it, she says!! 

 I just want to say it again, because most people hate them, that I love my braces. I don’t mind wearing them, I love showing them, I can talk normally, they don’t hurt, I don’t have problems eating with them (knock knock knock), and most of all, I love what they are doing with my teeth!!

I even think this is the best time; since my teeth are not pretty, and won’t be even when they will be straight, this is the best time for them, because braces mask that a little.

Heating up food trick

I am not a fan of microwaves. If I can help if, I don’t use it.

There is a great trick for heating up meat or something that fits on a plate and it’s on the thinner side.

So you are heating up something on a stove, but instead of using a lid to cover it, you take a plate and cover the pan. On this plate you put a piece of meat and then you cover that with the lid. So that way, you heat it up with the steam coming from the pot!!

If you are not heating up anything but just want to heat one thing without using a microwave, you can just put water in the pan and let the steam heat it.

Orthos visit #7!

I got;

  • new bottom vire
  • power chain – the clear plastic one on the bottom – but just on the clear bracket, not on the last 3 metal ones on the side
  • power chain taken off ((last time I was there, she clipped the front part of my upper power chain off, and replaced it with a wire. She left it on the sides, she sorta hooked it on the brackets – because the power chain us under the wire and this wire has been in for a long time! So – she left on on last time, this time, she clipped it off))


She told me I’ve been better with my brushing on my bottom ones, and used something that is probably really thin but felt like a brick to “file” between my bottom front teeth. She said that she has the proper equipment so she is going to do it, nothing to worry about…

It felt like *hairs standing up on my body* – I still shudder at the thought of it – somebody was using a saw between my teeth. She “filed” 5 times between each tooth. Not enjoyable, and only painful because my teeth are still so close together – and because no matter how she tried to be carefull, she filed down a bit of my gums.

Next time, I’ll be gettin’ my elastics¨

AND she said I’ll be over sooner than we planned!!!! (she did not say how much sooner, but that is even better, I like surprises!!)

Very good visit!

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