Mar 3, 2013

I am Changing My Focus & Blogsites

There isn't enough time in the day to do everything I would like to do.  Part of my problem is that there are many things that I like doing. I can multi-task but I'm not that good at it. There's always something that doesn't get enough of attention, so I decided to discontinue posting on this blog, and focus my attention to my new blog. Well, it's not that new, I just changed blogsites. I went with Wordpress which allows me a lot more freedom and my new blog looks more polished. I am much happier with it.

If you would like to read about health, my experience with cancer patients, alternative healthcare, healthy organic foods (in my case vegan foods) Buddhism and how it relates to keeping me healthy, then please come along. My blog address is

I really enjoyed writing about crafting, flea markets, and collecting treasures but I think it's time to change my focus. 

Thank you for taking the time to check in!   

xo     Inge


Feb 19, 2013

Art Therapy - Part of Cancer Treatment

Creating art is a terrific part of complementary therapy when undergoing cancer treatment --- or any type of treatment for that matter.  UCI offers art therapy to its patients,  but you don't have to be part of a group to enjoy creating art.

Kirsten is one of the patients I visit with at UCI Medical Center and is an artist. She likes to paint on different types of mediums. She prefers to stay at home and paint. This is a sample of her work:

You don't have to paint, you can write poetry, cook, collage or whatever. I even have a patient who brings a coloring book and crayons to pass the time while she receives chemotherapy.

If you prefer spending time and creating with a group, ask your doctor if there is an art program at your hospital or medical center.

xo   Inge


Feb 18, 2013

It's Inspiration Monday! Feb. 18, 2013

Have a great week and be sure to inspire someone!
xo   Inge

Feb 15, 2013

Lily and Hoss playing

There's never a dull moment in the Scott household!

xo   Inge

Feb 11, 2013

It's Inspiration Monday Feb. 11, 2013

Have a great week and be sure to inspire someone else!

xo   Inge

Feb 9, 2013

Feeling Yin in Winter

I don't know about you but during the winter months I get more lazy, especially if it's cloudy and cold. I want to stay in my jammies and either read or watch movies. I definitely have trouble motivating myself to get off my duff.

A friend who is an acupuncturist told me this is the Yin time of year and its normal. She feels the same way and doesn't really start anything new that is time consuming.

I looked it up and by gosh, she is right. You can read more about it here.   According to Chinese medicine, winter relates to the feminine, called yin and is considered dark, cold and receptive (I don't know if I like the idea that feminine is dark and cold) but it's also a time to go inward...for reflection, which makes sense to me. Its all about staying in balance and I'm all about that. Spring/summer = energy; fall/winter = rest.

I have always been this way and I just thought I was being lazy; now I know I'm just 'reflecting'...that's my story and I'm sticking to it. I am a sensitive person and it makes sense that I am sensitive to the change in seasons. I just never looked at it that way before. I can now continue with my reflecting behavior and not feel guilty.

xo    Inge

Feb 7, 2013

A bird ballet | Short Film

Don't forget to look up to see the beauty of life   <(")

xo     Inge

Feb 5, 2013

Do You Know What's in Your Organic Foods?

Do you know what's in your organic foods? Have you ever heard of Carrageenan?  Did you know its used in making aircraft de-icers? It is in a lot of our foods and is not healthy for us. Click here to read why.

Now that you know, here is a handy shopping guide that you can download and bring with you when you shop that list alternative foods that do not contain Carrageenan.

xo   Inge

Feb 4, 2013

A Pep Talk from Kid President to You

Wow! Can you believe it??? We are starting the month of February already! How many of you broke your New Years resolutions yet????  Thats ok, if you did...the most important thing is you are aware and want to live a better, healthier life. You can always start over and don't give up!

Its another Monday and that means its Inspiration Monday! I found this video over the weekend and couldn't wait to share it with you. Kids say the darndest things and this particular young guy says the most thoughtful and inspiring words that we need to hear...especially we grown ups!

Have a great week and be sure to inspire someone else!    xo  Inge


Jan 29, 2013

I started buying coconut water and organic soy milk from my neighborhood 99 cent store ( I am sooo happy they exist and sell these, regular markets charge sometimes 3 times as much for same brand) And by the way I buy WestSoy soy milk bec...ause it does not contain carageen...if you don't know whats bad about carageen, Google it. Anyway, to save more money I freeze the coconut water and soymilk (in seperate) freezer trays and use the cubes in smoothies. I usually add 3 cubes coconut water and 4 cubes soy milk. I throw them in after I add everything else and let them melt -- then I blend them together. Yum!
I make a smoothie's the recipe for the one I'm drinking right now.
3 cubes frozen coconut water
4 cubes frozen soy milk (organic)
1/2 cup parsley
1/2 banana
2 large carrots (juiced)
1/4 cup orange juice
1/4 cup spring water
teaspoon ground flax seed ( I use Bob's Red Mill)   I don't have a grinder right now
Throw these into a blender
Allow the frozen cubes to melt; it takes about 15 minutes and then blend mixture
xo   Inge


Jan 28, 2013

Its Inspiration Monday! Jan. 28, 2013

Have a great week and be an inspiration to some one!
xo   Inge

Jan 26, 2013

Before You Buy Fast Food Read This

Millions of Americans buy fast food everyday, but do you really know whats in the food you're eating????

xo    Inge

Jan 24, 2013

Regulators Discover a Hidden Viral Gene in Commercial GMO Crops

Cauliflower Mosaic Virus

Regulators Discover a Hidden Viral Gene in Commercial GMO Crops

Does this sound safe to you? Dpn't you think you have the right to know what you are eating?

xo   Inge

Jan 21, 2013

Inspiration Monday Jan 21, 2013

Its Monday and many of you probably have the day off for Martin Luther King Day. In honor of him, I am posting inspirational quotes having to do with peace and unity...not just for Americans but the world:

“We must be the change we wish to see in the world.”

“Nonviolence is not a garment to be put on and off at will. Its seat is in the heart, and it must be an inseparable part of our being.”

Namaste! Inge

Jan 20, 2013

This photo was taken at Bidwell Park in the fall at dusk. I call it "Ghost Trees"

What a gorgeous day or rather past few days here in Southern California. How are you spending your day?  I have tp do a few household chores and then I'm off to spend some time in nature. When we lived in Chico, we lived a block from the wasn't a typical park you find in cities. It called Bidwell Park and is 1 mile wide and 5 miles long. It has all kinds of bike trails and walking trails and is filled with lots of trees. At night deer and some coyotes wander down from the foothills and a few stroll and munch on foilage on our street. I miss that park.

Anaheim doesn't have a park like that but it does have parks with trees and thats good enough for me. There are hiking trails further out towards the foothills but its too far to go today.

Spending time in nature and hopefully away from crowds of people is a great way to recharge yourself...maybe even enjoy walking meditation.

If for some reason you can't get outside is a video of birds chirping...I listen to it when I meditate sometimes.

Your comments are always welcome...please feel free to leave one.

xo   Inge


Jan 18, 2013

How to Beat Monsanto -The Solution to Failed Prop 37

This absolutely works! My grocery store now carries some non-gmo verfied foods.  Stores will sell products when their customers ask for them.

xo  Inge

Jan 17, 2013

Incredible act of love

I belong to a Facebook group called Random Acts of is link, if you want to check it out:

Someone posted this and I thought it was so awesome, I had to share with you. I think if we all behaved like this guy, the world would be awesome for everyone!

xo   Inge


Jan 14, 2013

Its Inspiration Monday!

You've heard about the Monday Blues...right? Well... I decided Monday is a great day for inspirational quotes....afterall there is soooooo much to be inspired about...if we really look. And don't forget to think about what you are GRATEFUL for...even if its being alive!  :)

and don't forget to "chill out!" watch some funny stuff and shake your booty this week!!!!

xo Inge

Jan 13, 2013

Baby it's Cold Outside and that Means Chili...

Its bloody cold here in Southern California these days....ok -- it's not Minnesota cold -- but the reason we have over 8 million people living here is because of the great weather.  We Southern Californians aren't used to this kinda cold. Yesterday we were colder than Chicago!

Baby it's cold outside and that means its time for soups and chili. Here is my recipe for hearty vegan chili.

First thing in the morning (or you can do this the night before) is to soak fresh black beans for about 3 hours...then I boil them on low heat until they are fairly easy to smash with a fork. Since there is just me and my hubby, I start with a 1/2 cup fresh beans which turns into at least a cup after they are cooked.

When the beans are done I take out my large soup pot and pour in some olive oil...just enough so I can sautee an onion, which I already chopped up before hand.

When the onions are carmelized I throw in a 16 oz. can of organic tomatoes (any size will do...if they are whole tomatoes, I put them in blender for 1 second)

Then add 1/3 bag frozen organic corn (I buy mine from trader Joes)...stir in black beans and let simmer. If you want you can add chopped up organic potatoes to make it thicker. A green pepper is good too, but we aren't big on green peppers in this household.

So where's the chili seasoning???   I used to buy the ready made but now I make my own...I want to know exactly whats in my food. The ready made only list a couple of ingredients  and the rest are"natural spices"...ok, what constitutes "natura"l these days? After finding out what companies put into our processed foods...with the blessing of our FDA...I don't trust them...sooo I found this terrific chili/taco seasoning recipe from another can find her over here...

For this recipe I use 2 heaping tablespoons chili mix...if you want more you can season to taste.

Here's how to make your own chili seasoning:

4 tablespoons of chili powder
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon dried oregano
2 teaspoons paprika
2 tablespoons ground cumin
3 teaspoons sea salt
4 teaspoons black pepper
this makes about 2/3 cup. I keep it in a ziplock baggie for future use.

Sometimes I add a tablespoon of vegan sour cream on top of my bowl. Yum!

xo     Inge


Jan 12, 2013

100 Days of Real Food

I found this article while cruising the internet.

"100 Days of Real Food: Easy Ways to Cut Back on Processed Ingredients"

You can find it here....

and this article will make you think twice before you buy....

xo      Inge

I almost forgot to wish you a  HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!