My Homemade Anti-aging, Vitamin enriched, Moisturizing, fragrant Body Spray

I get an empty Spray Bottle - I spray several hard full sprays of my Favorite Cologne in the Empty Spray Bottle, then I put a couple Vitamin C Tablets in it, Squirt some Vitamin E Oil in it, Squirt some Vitamin A or Retinol in it, then fill the rest of the spray bottle with Very Warm or Hot Water to Dissolve and Mix Mixture Completely.
 Now I have an Anti-aging, Moisturizing, and Vitamin Enriched Fragrant Body Spray - Not Only Smells Great, but is Good for me as well for Cheap!!

Spinach Mac n Cheese

Mac n Cheese, Spinach, Parmesan Cheese, a Sprinkle of Red Pepper, a few dashes of Green Tabasco, Warmed & Mixed together, garnished with Sliced Tomatoes - OMG, So Yummmm!! Might try adding Bacon next time.



Picture: Albert Sanchez
Happy Cinco de Mayo from Dita and Cointreau!

The Cointreau MargaDita
30ml (1 fl oz) Cointreau
30ml (1 fl oz) Silver Tequila
30ml (1 fl oz) Fresh Lime Juice
Bar spoon (15ml / 0.5 fl oz) of Monin Rose Syrup
1 pinch Chipotle Spice

The Cointreau Margarita
20ml (0.6 fl oz) Cointreau
40ml (1.3 fl oz) Tequila
10ml (0.3 fl oz) Lime juice

Shake and strain into a salt rimmed margarita glass.

Optionally garnish with a slice of lime.

Chicken Tostada Salad

I baked a full chicken seasoned with Butter, Lemon, Garlic & Pico De Gallo (Red Pepper/Taco) Seasoning

I made Fresh Guacamole

Chopped up Fresh Cilantro & Red Onion

I baked Flour Tortillas in my Iron Tortilla Pans from

Placed Shredded Chicken in bottom of Baked Tortilla Shell, Spoonful of Salsa, Add Shredded Lettuce, Add Shredded Cheese, Sprinkle Chopped Fresh Cilantro & Red Onion, Top with dollop of Guacamole - Serve with Hot Sauce.

Cookie Bowls

How I make Fish Tacos

Make White Sauce:
Tartar Sauce or Mayo or Miracle Whip
a few squirts of Lemon Juice
Chopped Cilantro
Sprinkle Cayenne Pepper to taste
a couple spoonfuls of Salsa
a dash of Green Tabasco or Jalapeno juice
Stir Put in fridge while making tacos

Fish Tacos:
Broil, Grill or Bake some Fish Sticks
Warm some Corn Tortilla or Flour Tortillas
Shred some Raw Cabbage

Put a Couple of Warm Crispy Fish Sticks on Warm Tortilla
Place a handful of Shredded Cabbage on top
Spoon some of the White sauce on top
Maybe garnish with a little fresh cilantro on top
Option: Side of Avocado or Guacamole
Serve with wedge of Lime

Spontaneous Sweet & Sour Crock Pot Chicken

I was Craving Sweet & Sour Chicken so I decided to make some and this is what I decided to Throw together - YUMMM!

Put into Crock Pot:
Whole Chicken
Cut Up Oranges, put inside Chicken Cavity
a bottle of Sweet & Sour Sauce
a Big Splash of Lemon Juice
a Big Splash of Apple Juice
a few scoops of Guava Jelly
Chopped up Celery
Chopped up Carrots
Chopped up Cabbage
Chopped up Green Pepper
Chopped up Orange or Yellow Pepper
Big Can of Pineapple Chunks
Crushed Red Pepper - Sprinkle as much as you like
Few Shakes of Garlic Powder
Few Shakes of Ginger Powder
Few Shakes of Mint
Few Shakes of Celery Salt
A few Chopped up Leafs of Parsley

When it is Done Serve over a Bed of Brown Rice
Watch for the Bones!

Dr Oz: Miracle Microwave Muffin Recipe

Dr Oz introduced Fitness Trainer, Jorge Cruise, who is the author of The Belly Fat Cure Fast Track. His best-selling book tells you how to swap carbs in order to drop 14 pounds in the first 14 days. (Sounds like a plan to me!) Jorge showed Dr Oz Fans quick and easy ways to boost energy in under 5 minutes. It’s so easy, anyone can do it. You start the day with Yerba Mate Tea to flush our your fat, and you eat delicious things like Miracle Microwave Muffins and Lemon-Limeade!


- ¼ cup of ground flax
- 1 tsp of baking powder
- 2 tsp of cinnamon
- 1 tsp of coconut oil
- 1 egg
- 1 packet of Stevia (sugar substitute)

Place the ingredients into a mug and put it in the microwave for 50

Dr Oz Lemon-Limeade Recipe


- 4 Lemons
- 3 Limes
- 1 Tbsp stevia
- Fresh mint

Doctor Oz squeezed the juice from both the lemons and the limes into a glass. Jorge had Dr Oz add the stevia and the mint. Stir it up and you’re done! Sit back and relax with you homemade lemon-limeade.
Vitamin C is known to help reduce fatigue and make you more alert. Studies also show that citrus scents stimulate alertness. Avoid blood sugar spikes with Stevia, which is a low calorie sugar substitute.

Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with Mixed Drinks!

From the Ellen Show

Frozen Fruit Drink
2 oz Irish Whiskey 3 one ounce peach-juice ice cubes 1/2 ounce lemon juice Pinch salt Raspberries and mint for garnish Shake the whiskey and lemon juice with the peach ice cubes until they are completely broken up. Serve in a glass. Garnish with fresh raspberries and a sprig of mint.

Red Hot Poker
2 oz Irish Whiskey
3 oz Guinness
2 heaping tablespoons granulated sugar
1/4 oz Lemon Juice
Dash Angostura bitters

Put sugar into a dry pan and heat. Sugar will start to caramelize and turn brown. When it is fairly brown but not burnt, carefully add the whiskey (keep your face and body out of the way) and step back. If you are using a gas stove it will ignite right away in a big flame. If you are electric, you can use a long match. Let it burn for a couple seconds and add the Guinness. Flames should die down. Add the bitters and lemon. Take the pan off the heat, stir briefly (to melt the caramel) and pour into a coffee cup. Serve with cinnamon and an orange twist. For the orange peel, cut a nice big piece, face the peel toward the drink and squeeze the peel by folding it the long way (you can roll it a bit while you do this). Next, wipe the rim of the glass

How to make the Tastiest Corned Beef & Cabbage EVER!!

Put Corned Beef Brisket in Crock Pot
Pour 1 can of beer in with it
Use the Pickling Spices that comes with Corned Beef Brisket
Cook on High for 4 hours

Flip Brisket so that the Bottom is now on Top in Crock Pot
Pour another Can of Beer (maybe 2 cans if needed) in Crock Pot
Pour Chopped Potatoes in Crock Pot on top of Corned Beef
Pour Chopped or Baby Carrots in Crock Pot
Pour Chopped Cabbage in Crock Pot
Sprinkle in More Pickling Spices
Squirt some Extra Spicy Brown Mustard
Cook all together in Crock Pot for 10 hours on Low

Serve Warm with some Extra Sour Rye Bread & Butter on Side

Monday I made my Homemade Salmon Patties, my Grandmother`s Recipe.

I like to serve the Salmon Patties with Ginger Rice & Steamed Spinach.
Frying the Patties up until Brown then Flip over to Cook/Brown Other Side.
Making the Meatballs before Flattening them Out in Frying Pan.

Salmon Patties Recipe:

Mix in Bowl:
1 Can Of Pink Salmon
Chopped Celery
Chopped Onions (I prefer Red Onions)
Salt & Pepper to taste
2 Raw Eggs or 2 big Scoops of Mayonnaise
1/2 cup of Cracker or Hard Bread Crumbs
A Splash or two of Lemon Juice

Optional ingredients:
a Squirt of Mustard
Chopped Parsley
Chopped Pickles
Dash of Cayenne Pepper

After you mix thoroughly in Bowl, Make into Golf Ball Size Balls.
Pour some Oil in Pan and get to warm/hot
Dust some Cracker or Hard Bread Crumbs on your Hands
Grab your Salmon Ball and Flatten it to a Patty Dusting the Patty thoroughly in the Bread Crumbs
Place patties in the Frying Pan
Fry until they are Brown and Flip to Brown/Cook the other Side
Remove Patties with Spatula onto a Plate with a Paper Towel on it to absorb the excess Oil

I like to Serve the patties with a Lemon Wedge, Steamed Spinach and Ginger Rice.

Girl Scout Cookies, Baking Chocolate Cake & Brownies in the Same Week!

This week was my Friends Reg & Ed`s Birthday - So I baked Chocolate Brownies for Ed and Baked a Chocolate M&M Cake for Reg. It was also Girl Scout Cookie week, So I had to buy some Cookies as well. OMG - The house is full of leftovers, I cannot have this in my house! I will gain so much unwanted weight if they stay here. It takes a lot for me to throw away food, so instead I packed a bag of Brownies for Reg to take home - I gave as much cake away to Ed & my friend Nancy - and Roy seems to be eating the Cookies. Good, looks like I am saved!!
BTW: M&M Cake is just box Double Chocolate Cake & Frosting with M&M candies in the Batter and on top of Frosting.

Shrimp Scampi from DevRonn's Blog

Here is a dish that you can serve over rice, pasta or your favorite veggie. I cooked it today and served it over green beans. You can also add capers or arugula instead of spinach. Of course, Devin’s Kickass Cajun Seasoning makes it extra zesty!

Shrimp Scampi


  • 2 cloves garlic, sliced
  • 1 pound medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • Kosher salt and pepper
  • 1 cup dry white wine (such as Sauvignon Blanc)
  • 1 5-ounce package baby spinach
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 28-ounce can diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1 tablespoon fresh tarragon, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh tarragon, chopped
  • (more)
  • 1 pound medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • Kosher salt and pepper
  • 1 28-ounce can diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1 cup dry white wine (such as Sauvignon Blanc)
  • 2 cloves garlic, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon fresh tarragon, chopped
  • 1 5-ounce package baby spinach
  • 1 pound medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • Kosher salt and pepper
  • 1 28-ounce can diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1 cup dry white wine (such as Sauvignon Blanc)
  • 2 cloves garlic, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter and a generous amount of Devin’s Kickass Cajun Seasoning

Dr. Oz: All-Natural Cures for Your Mood Swings

For Anxiety: Holy Basil

A member of the mint family, holy basil has been used for thousands of years in India to lower the intensity of anxiety and stress responses. Studies show that taking holy basil at 500mg twice daily after meals has a significant effect in reducing generalized anxiety, stress and depression. The remedy costs roughly $8 and is available at vitamin and health food stores.

For Crankiness: Lemon Balm

One of the biggest causes of crankiness is being over tired. Lemon balm is used for controlling anxiety and- thanks to its mild sedative effect- it also helps improve sleep, helping to prevent sleep deprivation-related crankiness. Take about 60 drops added to water before bed. Lemon balm is sold at vitamin stores for $6.

For Nervousness: Passionflower

Nervousness is often times the culprit behind mindless eating. Passionflower is a great natural solution because it has the same properties as some prescription medicines used to promote calmness and relaxation. It can be taken in liquid or capsule form. Both cost about $10 at vitamin or health food stores. Take 2ml of this supplement three times a day.

For Stress: L-Theanine

Stress is a major contributor to belly fat because of the hormones, like cortisol, it causes your body to produce. L-Theanine is an amino acid, found in black, white and green teas, that helps you think more clearly and cope better with stress. Studies have shown that people with high anxiety experienced increased attention and improved reaction time 15-60 minutes after ingestion. You can take 200mg with a full glass of water. This supplement costs $8 and is especially great if you don’t have time to make tea or don’t like the taste.

Shiitake Hot and Sour Soup as Seen on Dr. Oz

Added to Recipes on Wed 02/08/2012


Serves 4

1 tbsp grapeseed oil

1 jalapeño, minced with seeds

1 tbsp minced ginger

1 tbsp minced garlic

2 bunches scallions, green and white parts sliced, 2 tbsp greens reserved

1 lb shiitakes, stems removed and tops 1/4-in sliced

2 1/2 quarts chicken stock or low-sodium chicken broth

2 tbsp naturally brewed soy sauce

Juice and zest of 2 lemons

1 block silken tofu, cut into 1/2-inch cubes

2 cups shredded carrots

Freshly cracked black pepper


In a stockpot over medium-high heat, add oil and swirl to coat the bottom. Add jalapeño, ginger, garlic and scallions. Sauté until aromatic, about a minute. Add shiitakes and sauté 2 minutes, until softened.

Add stock and soy sauce, bring to a simmer and reduce by 20%, about 5 minutes. Add lemon juice, tofu and carrots and cook gently for 2 more minutes to heat tofu through. Season with black pepper.

Ladle soup into serving bowls and garnish with reserved scallion greens and lemon zest

Skinny Sangria

Skinny Sangria


Makes 1 serving: 170 calories

1 lemon

1 orange

1 peach

1 strawberry

3 oz Pinot Noir

1/2 oz pear vodka

1 tsp orange blossom honey

1 oz rosé sparkling wine


Thinly slice the lemon, orange, peach and strawberry. Place 1 slice of each fruit into a Collins glass and fill with ice. In a cocktail shaker half-filled with ice, add the wine, pear vodka, and orange blossom honey. Shake until the tin is frosted. Strain into a prepared glass over ice and add the rosé sparkling wine. Serve with a straw.

Pomegranate Martini

Pomegranate Martini


Makes 1 serving: 190 calories

1 oz citrus vodka

1 oz vanilla vodka

2 oz unsweetened pomegranate juice

1/2 oz natural sugar substitute simple syrup


In a cocktail shaker half-filled with ice, add the ingredients. Strain into a martini glass. Garnish with a lemon twist.

Guilt-Free Margarita

Guilt-Free Margarita


Makes 1 serving: 90 calories

1 oz jalapeño tequila

1/2 oz pear nectar

1 lime, juiced

1 tsp orange zest


In a cocktail shaker half-filled with ice, add the four ingredients. Shake until the tin is frosted. Strain into a rocks glass filled with fresh ice. Garnish with a lime wedge on glass rim.