Coconut Macaroons

Makes 16 cookies
Hands-On Time:10m
Total Time: 35m
Ingredients
3 large egg whites
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1 14-ounce package sweetened shredded coconut (about 5 cups)

Directions
1. Heat oven to 325° F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment.
2. Vigorously whisk together the egg whites, sugar, vanilla, and salt in a medium bowl until glossy, foamy, and the sugar is mostly almost dissolved. Fold in the coconut, stirring until evenly combined.
3. Using a small ice cream scoop, drop the batter in mounds (about 2 tablespoons each) 1 inch apart on the prepared baking sheets. Bake, rotating the sheets halfway through, until golden brown, 20 to 25 minutes; let cool completely. The macaroons will keep for up to 5 days at room temperature in an airtight container.  {GENTLY BORROWED  FROM REALSIMPLE.COM; REPOSTED WITH LOVE}

What Have You Got To Lose??

Herbs that can help melt fat, suppress appetite, and reduce bloating and water weight

Maintaining proper weight can be a lifelong challenge. Despite the substantial amount of money Americans pay for weight-loss gimmicks, pills, and plans, taken together they all show a dismal 5% long-term success rate.

Researchers deem obesity a chronic health condition. They say that it must be managed, like high blood pressure or diabetes. That there’s no easy cure. Being overweight puts you at higher risk for diabetes, osteoarthritis, heart disease, stroke and cancer, and even modest weight loss will reduce these risks. Letting go of as little as 5 to 10% of your total weight may lower blood pressure, raise good cholesterol, and improve blood sugar balance. And you’ll live longer.

There are some genetic factors, but fundamentally, total body weight is due to diet and exercise. Nutritional supplements can also assist in controlling appetite or jump-starting metabolism.

Bitter orange (Citrus aurantium), called zhi shi in Chinese, and used in traditional Chinese medicine for enhancing digestion and circulation, is the source of the anti-obesity active ingredient synephrine, a chemical cousin to neurotransmitters such as epinephrine and norepinephrine. By binding to beta-3 receptors found in adipose tissue and involved in thermogenesis and increasing metabolism, synephrine accelerates the removal of unwanted fat stores.

This extract of bitter orange provides a metabolism boost that is similar to ephedrine, but the mechanism of action is slightly different, so synephrine tends to cause less jitteriness and heart rate increase than ephedrine. One study from 2011 found that bitter orange raised metabolic rates without corresponding elevations in blood pressure and heart rates.

There have been assorted minor concerns raised about bitter orange and cardiovascular health, but a 2011 paper in Phytotherapy Research found it to be safe and to have no serious adverse effects. The usual dose is 3-30 mg of synephrine per day, as needed.

People have been using green tea for thousands of years, but only in the last few years have we begun to research the anti-obesity benefits of this ancient beverage. Over the past decade, evidence has been accumulating that demonstrates that green tea enhances weight loss, and several new scientific discoveries support it for that use. Taiwanese researchers recently studied 120 obese persons by giving them a green tea-based meal replacement. Over 12 weeks, subjects lost an average of 15 pounds and had improved cholesterol numbers. Dutch scientists concluded that the green tea catechins and caffeine act synergistically through diverse mechanisms to promote weight loss. A 2011 paper drew similar conclusions.

The usual weight-loss dosage is 300-450 mg daily of a green tea extract standardized to contain 80% total polyphenols and 50% epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), although studies have used up to 1,200 mg per day, often along with caffeine from the tea.

Caralluma cactus (Caralluma fimbriata) is a succulent plant that has been used as a natural appetite suppressant in India for centuries. Like hoodia, another popular slimming cactus, caralluma (sometimes appearing on the label as “Slimaluma”) has been used by indigenous traveling hunters to suppress appetite. For centuries, people have eaten the wild desert cactus as a vegetable, in chutneys and pickles, or raw. It is believed to block the activity of several enzymes involved in the formation of fat and to modify the appetite control mechanism of the brain. One study from India showed significant decrease in body weight, body mass index, hip circumference, body fat, and food intake over 60 days. Ayurvedic experts have noted no adverse effects and no toxicity.

Some products available in the U.S. combine caralluma extract with EGCG from green tea, which seems to create a synergistic effect on appetite control and weight loss.

Herbs can be a valuable adjunct to a weight loss or maintenance plan. When you give these a try, I think you’ll like what you don’t see.

Engagement/Wedding Photography Prop – Speedy Session Crafts I

I found this SUPER ADORABLE Photography Prop, in a capture taken by: Christopher Brock Cinematographer (Link is below) I asked the photographer where he purchased the props, & he told me that they weren’t his,but that the client’s wife had made them, just in time for the shoot!  We messaged back & forth for a day or so, & I asked If I could blog on the capture? She got all excited & said she’d love to see it! 😀 So, HERE IT IS!! I will def. be using this idea as inspiration for my engagement, wedding & newborn photo sessions. THANK YOU!!!

Direct Link: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=508747402484847&set=a.373899462636309.108497.100000487760273&type=1&comment_id=1586546

Super Adorable Prop!!: Wall Photos

*Married Life* Part II {Becoming a SMother}

   So, now I am a married woman. I married into a life, of happiness & cute little red-headed angels! I am officially a  Smother! {Step Mom}. But before I can truly be happy with myself; I have a few daunting tasks to achieve,. This is just one on my list..

Task One:{To Being a SMother}: Get in touch with my Organizing, Multi-Tasking side! & I have gotten a decent head start! (Thanks to the School Sales @ Walmart!)

(Look for another post, for the captures of today’s goodies!)

This is just a start… I bought the 3-D Dry Erase Board @ walmart for about $4, & the NEON dry erase Markers for about $3. I found a calendar with room for notes, (Dry Erase too) for about $6, But because it can be used, & used, & used, I got it. I know that’s a LOT for a simple calendar, but as bad as we needed it, I said the heck with it.

The next thing I want to do, Is make a few custom made magnetic/dry erase boards, but that may have to wait, as I don’t have much spending $$, currently.

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The next task is Organizing the house of all of its clutter, I’ve been slowly working on this… No pictures, yet!

Maybe Later, as I get about 1/2 of the way done.

What are some of the organizational tips & tricks you as my readers use??

Anything as far as multi tasking??

I am going to start eating like Buggs Bunny if I want to keep this up & running…

^.^

Till Next Time!

Ciao! ~Ami

* Married Life *

So, If you have been keeping up with my posts, & wondering when this little busy body was going to log back on, & post somethin’, … Well here I am!! 🙂 

Where do I start?

First off, I am absolutely ECSTATIC about being MARRIED to sweetest man in the entire universe!! ❤

Second, A LOT is in the works for us, most I can not talk about right now, for obvious reasons,..However, If you are reading this & you know, well good 4 u. ;D 

Thirdly, I am officially a SMOTHER! (Step-mom) & IT ROCKS!!

 

So, I’m sure by now, you are saying, HUSH WOMAN!!  We want to see some pictures of your glamorous wedding!!

 

Well, here they are! Image

The Dress… Christina Wu – $2,000.00 BRAND NEW!!!  ❤

 

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… Moments before the ceremony…I love this shot!

 

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Had more time to spare before the wedding, so we went & took some captures, & tried to hide from my “Husband to be”… He was peeking!!

 

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  @ the Alter… 🙂 ❤

 

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Sealed the deal with a kiss! ❤ ❤ Actually, 2 kisses, he said the 1st kiss wasn’t good enough!! I love him so much!! ❤

 

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One of my Hubbys Fav’s of me. He said he wants to frame it!! awww… ❤

 

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One of my favorite pix of US.

 

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Our Rings, His & My Grandmother Fox’s Ring, That I choose to be Wed with. 🙂

 

Hope ya’ll liked! ❤ Besides my work, above (JFOX Photography); One of my best & most trusted Friends, Kylene, took some of the captures above.

 

You can find her work here: https://www.facebook.com/PhotographybyKylene 

  But, PLEASE!!  TELL HER WHERE YOU HEARD ABOUT HER WORK! Thank you!!