It definitely takes awhile…

…to get caught up once you’ve been offline for awhile due to health reasons.

Two heart surgeries (plus one pacemaker installation, later) – I am now back online. And revamping my website in order to reflect my professional redirect (required due to aforementioned health reasons).

It is nice to be back!


Fresh Content arriving, soon!

Please watch this space for an announcement regarding new content (as well as a new blog)!


Changes are in the air as I am recovering (nicely) from heart surgery and I am excited to announce my ability to return to work. I have missed writing and you, my readers.


My new blog will be up and running within the next week. Stay tuned for new and exciting reviews, blog posts and projects.


My best,



Red Vines black licorice recalled due to discovery of excessive lead

Rainbow licorice candy

Licorice candy (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Union City, California-based American Licorice Co. has issued a voluntary recall of their Red Vines Black Licorice Twists product due to the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) discovery of 0.33 parts per million of lead in the product. It has been reported that amount equals a whopping 13.2 micrograms of lead per serving . . . which is a level more than double the recommended amount deemed safe for children or women who are pregnant.

This Red Vines recall affects the 1 pound (16-ounce) bags of Red Vines Black Licorice Twists which carry the label “Best Before Date” of 020413. The “Best Before Date” can be found, in black ink, on the reverse of the product package. The California Department of Health has suggested that consumers of the product on recall should discard the black licorice, immediately. Pregnant women–as well as the parents of children–who have consumed the product are cautioned to consult with members of the medical community in order to arrange for any medical tests which might be necessary.

The rest of the article, including related agency information and telephone numbers, concludes HERE.


Top 10 benefits of growing your own food

Red Chard growing in the garden of Slow Food N...

Red Chard growing in the garden (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Tending a home garden doesn’t require a lot of space in order to be fruitful endeavor. Anyone can grow a healthful and attractive garden. From rural plots which are able to be set aside, specifically, for gardening purposes to the smallest of patio space available to the urban dweller – anyone receives improvement from the creation of personal garden spaces.

Here are 10 benefits of growing your own food this fall:

Article–and top 10 list–continues (with slideshow images) HERE.


Glorious Guacamole recipe

Most lovers of food & recipes will tend to agree that very little in this world matches the satisfying, creamy richness of a delicious batch of fresh guacamole. Whether enjoying it with chips, dolloped atop eggs, as a filling within an omelet, to spice up a grilled cheese sandwich, in a taco salad, on burritos, tacos or quesadillas . . . this recipe is sure to please even the most particular guacamole aficionado.

Glorious Guacamole recipe


  • 2 ripened avocados
  • 1 medium tomato, seeded and diced
  • 1/2 white onion, diced
  • 1 jalapeño pepper, stems and seeds removed, minced

Ingredients and preparation instructions continue, HERE.


Paleo breakfast: Open-faced Spanish omelet

If you love food and recipes, this is a great technique for you to try. Followers of the Paleo lifestyle will also enjoy this fresh approach to the classic Spanish omelet. Food and recipes for Paleo-friendly options in the morning can be difficult to find. This breakfast recipe certainly proves that Paleo cooking doesn’t have to be boring. Here is a flavorful breakfast recipe option for serving a quick and delicious breakfast, Paleo style.

Open-faced Spanish omelet recipe


  • 1/4 pound ground turkey
  • 1/2 – 1 whole clove of garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp Spanish paprika
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp saffron
  • Salt and ground pepper to taste
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tbsp of water
  • 1 tsp grass-fed butter

Recipe and preparation instructions continue, HERE.