Botticelli Tomato & Basil Sauce Tastes Like You Made It Yourself Only Better!

Have you ever tried to eat healthy and have a quick to fix meal?  Not always easy.  Everything.... most everything I eat has to be made from scratch.   Not only do I not do cane sugar, but I stay away from preservatives also.

The people from Botticelli ask me if I would try their products.  I told them I was picky, picky, picky.  Here are the products they sent for me to try.
 I don't do pasta, but since my Granddaughter is staying with us right now, I thought she might like to have some penne and sauce.

 Well Botticelli has a Tomato and Basil Sauce that has no sugar added and no preservatives,   The ingredients are Italian Tomatoes, Olive Oil, Sunflower Oil, Onions, Basil, Garlic, Sea Salt and Black Pepper.  That's it!  I decided to give it a try.  Normally I make my own sauce but once in awhile it would be nice to have something quick to fix.

Besides the Penne Pasta, I breaded and fried up some chicken for my Granddaughter and the Hubs.   For myself, I just had some quinoa with the sauce over it and grilled chicken.

This sauce is so good.  It is so good it tastes like there is sugar in it.  Those tomatoes are so sweet that they used.  I could eat the sauce right off a spoon.
It tastes better than what I make.

They also sent me olive oil, and Fire Roasted Sweet Red Peppers.

My Husband who is very vocal about his pasta thought the Botticelli Penne Pasta tasted very, very good.  My Granddaughter ate it right up so it must have been good.

I would have take a picture of my quinoa with the sauce on it, but I ate it before I even thought about a picture.  It isn't very often I get to eat things like that.

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BarreAmped Fire Extreme Sculpt #ShakeToChange

I can't wait to get my back in shape so I can try out this BarreAmped Fire Extreme Sculpt DVD. I hurt my back gardening a few weeks ago and am still babying it.  I went to the Chiropractor last week.... it is getting so much better, but he told me no twisting and stretching for awhile.

BarreAmped Fire Extreme Sculpt will take you to a new fitness level with advanced muscle torching routines that challenge viewers with a fast paced collection of classic barre workouts to #ShakeToChange.   The BarreAmped Fire Extreme Sculpt DVD is divided into sections so you can do the entire full workout or mix and match the segments to change it up.  The DVD has a two minute introduction; 28 minute Total Body Sculpt Section; 17 minute Thigh and Seat; 13 minute AB blast; 11 minute Sleek and Toned Shoulders and a 12 minute Relaxation Stretch section.  Needed for the workout is something to hold onto, a set of hand weights and a mat.   The purchase of the DVD includes a free 1 month membership to Suzanne's streaming barre workouts and other tips and workouts at

About Suzanne Bowen
Suzannen Bowen is the founder of Suzanne Bowen Fitness (SBF) and the creator of BarreAmped based on classic technique, a neutral spine, and a solid foundation of alignment. She began her fitness career over fourteen years ago at the original barre studio, New York City's legendary Lotte Berk Method studios.  It was there that she was classically trained as a top instructor.  She moved from New york to Nashville where she opened a studio and expanded her clientele to include top Nashville celebrities.  Her company, Suzanne Bowen Fitness, embodies the best of combining mind, body and spirit to live a healthy lifestyle.  She helps people build a foundation and encourages them to be their best form of excellence.  She currently lives in Florida with her husband and two children, and maintains her home and studio in Nashville.  BarreAmped is taught in over 50 studios worldwide with over 350 instructors certified to teach the program around the world.  Her BarreAmped Boot Camp DVD was just awarded Best Barre DVD by Fitness Magazine, as well as Good Housekeeping, Pilates Style and Natural Health Magazine.

You can connect with Suzanne on Facebook Suzanne Bowen Fitness, Instagram @suzannebowenfitness or Twitter @suzannecbowen


Chocolate Quinoa Cake #GlutenFree

It has come to a point in my house where I hardly ever bake desserts. Not even sugar free desserts.   I don't eat them except on very special occasions.  If I want dessert, I have a piece of fruit or sometimes I make a smoothie.   Most of the time my Hubs is okay with that, but every once in awhile he gets hungry for a piece of cake or a cookie.

For my Birthday, my sister made me quinoa cake and gave me the recipe.   She also left the cake that was left for me to finish.   I let my Hubs try it to see if he would eat it.  He loved it... and of course he wanted me to make it for him.
He isn't much for chocolate so now he has me tweaking the recipe and making him peanut butter cake with peanut butter frosting.

Chocolate Quinoa Cake
2/3 Cup uncooked quinoa
1 2/3 Cup water
1/2 Cup milk of choice
4 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
3/4 Cup coconut oil melted
1 Cup coconut sugar
1 Cup cacao powder or just cocoa
1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon sea salt

In a medium saucepan with a lid, add the 2/3 cup quinoa and 1 2/3 cup of water.  Bring to a boil.  Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes.  Remove from heat and leave sit for 10 more minutes with the lid on.   Fluff with a fork.

Place the cooked quinoa in a blender along with the remaining ingredients.  Blend until it looks like cake batter.

Pour into 2... 9 inch pans that have been lightly greased.
Bake at 350 degrees.   This can take 20 minutes and sometimes even longer.   Not sure why but my times are always different.   The recipe said 60 minutes... but no way mine took that long.

Peanut Butter Frosting
1/2 Cup Organic Butter
1/2 Cup Organic Peanut Butter
... I sweeten with agave or coconut sugar depending on what I have on hand and what my Hubs wants at the time.

For the Peanut Butter Cake... all I did was replace most of the coconut oil with peanut butter and replace the cocoa with 1 cup coconut flour.  That's it!  The Hubs loved it.


Michelle Abbruzzese’s Work It Dance & Fitness Presents Two New DVDS Dance Yourself Fit and Tone & Tighten

 Performer, Fitness Trainer, and Owner of the Connecticut based fitness studio, Work It Dance & Fitness, Michelle Abbruzzese, has just released two new DVDs; DANCE YOURSELF FIT: A Burlesque Inspired Aerobic Exercise Video designed to unleash one’s inner diva while slimming, toning and sculpting the entire body in a serious and sexy way; and, TONE & TIGHTEN: A Total Body Low Impact Workout designed to develop strong, long, and lean muscles, resulting in beautifully toned bodies. (  Michelle Abbruzzese’s fitness videos and live classes at Work It Dance and Fitness are the perfect blend of dance and fitness techniques that provide a total body workout that is not only fun, but burns fat, builds muscle, and has one feeling confident and sexy.

Dance Yourself Fit (70 minutes, $19.99) is a burlesque inspired dance workout drawn from the wide variety of dance styles Michelle has trained for over the past four decades; ranging from tap, ballet, jazz, to belly dancing and pole dancing. The moves are designed for anyone, from beginners to the more advanced, and for all ages. Whether one is a dancing queen or has two left feet, viewers will bump and shimmy their way to a whole new persona. Each carefully designed dance move comes together in an incredibly fun, low impact and results oriented routine, that not only targets abs, legs, butt and arms, but does so without weights, sit ups or crunches. The DVD is divided into chapters: Warm Up, Shoulder workout, Chest Isolations, Hips, Slides & Dips and a section on Choreography. Viewers can do the entire workout or once or they can pick and choose.

Tone & Tighten (60 minutes, $19.99) utilizes hand weights (or soup cans!), resistance band exercises, and floor work to target the entire body. After each muscle group is worked, through high repetition using a small range of motion, stretches are used to elongate the muscles. The workout creates muscles that are toned and lengthened, not big and bulky. After just a few weeks legs will look leaner, butt will look firmer, abs will become stronger, as shoulders, arms and chest become defined. Viewers will burn away fat as they feel challenged and become stronger throughout the workout that is designed for ANY age and fitness level. The intensity of the exercises are completely controlled individually! Whether a trained athlete or never having worked out before, Tighten & Tone will help one reach their fitness goals! In addition to the Play all option, viewers can select chapters: Warm Up, Arms, Shoulders, Biceps, Triceps, Chest, Legs, Calves, Quadriceps, Hips, Hamstrings, Abs workout and Stretches.

Michelle Abbruzzese is a performer. She had her first recital at age 3, and at age 30 performed in front of millions as a New England Patriot Cheerleader at Superbowl XXXVI earning the title “Rookie of the Year”.  In total, Michelle has performed for 10 professional sports teams ranging from NFL, WNFL, AHL, AFL, AFL 2, CBA, and USBL. Michelle didn’t stop there.  At the age of 43, Michelle took the Bronze Metal in her first professional championship level pole fitness competition held by the prestigious Pole Sport Organization where she competed against professionals half her age.  She has been a professional dancer/performer for four decades studying a variety of styles ranging from ballet, tap, and jazz in her younger years, to funk-jazz, cheer-dance, bellydance, and pole dancing in her later years.

Michelle is a breast cancer survivor. On May 1st 2005, she was diagnosed with stage-2 breast cancer, which she continues to fight. Determined to keep a positive attitude, Michelle had the tumor removed, sought out therapy, and continued to perform and a dancer for the New York Dragons (AFL) without ever missing a practice or a game. That year, Michelle was chosen by her teammates to represent them at the 2005 Arena Bowl in Las Vegas, NV. Determined to keep a positive attitude, Michelle still teaches and performs on a regular basis. She and her husband Tony own and operate the Work It Dance and Fitness Studio in CT.

Work It Dance and Fitness Studio is the first and only co-ed pole dancing and alternative fitness studio in Connecticut.  Located in trendy South Norwalk, Work It offers burlesque dancing, pole dancing, aerial fitness, flexibility and injury prevention, belly dancing, cardio dancing, strength training, and much more. Work It motto is, “Forget the Gym. We’re Bringing FUN Back to Fitness!”  Work It is open 7 days a week and offers group lessons, private lessons, and private parties for any occasion.

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Holistic Fitness Trainer Julie Rammal Releases New DVD In Light Of Change

Two week fitness program…Workouts to look & feel younger, slimmer & firmer…

 Celebrity fitness trainer, Julie Rammaldivides her time between California and the Middle East personally training her clients. Julie is an International Holistic Practitioner and Trainer whose teachings connect the mind, body and spirit. 

In her new Holistic fitness DVD, IN LIGHT OF CHANGE (52 minutes, $24.95Julie brings her worldwide training techniques and exercise methods to show viewers how to look and feel younger, and get slimmer and firmer in just two weeks. Filmed on serene coastal and nature locations around the world, Julie demonstrates a variety of fitness moves inspired by aerobics, stretching, Yoga and Pilates. She combines her primal movements and holistic philosophy to tune and tone the body and mind. Julie inspires and motivates as she shows viewers how to connect closely with their body and mind. Holistic fitness trains the inner self to create the new outer self. It combines modern and ancient training fitness and alternative complimentary medicine techniques.

The DVD IN LIGHT OF CHANGE is divided into eight chapters. After Julie gives an introduction where she describes her philosophy and her journey the workout beginsThe first section, Tibetan Rituals concentrates on self- awareness, breathing techniques and anti-aging movements and meditation. Following the ancient rituals, there are three Cardio chapters: Cardio Stretch,Cardio Box, and Cardio Legs. Then, Julie adds in Total Abs, Upper Body, and Lower Body workouts. The DVD concludes with a Cool Down.  

Training holistically or naturally means listening to body, mind and spirit and working with it rather than against it. It is the new amazing way to train that gives great results instantly. Pain can disappear in seconds, organs and muscles can be detoxed, and emotions are released. As a result one will feel lighter, happier, and cleaner. The exercises in the DVD may look simple, but they challenge one to improve concentration, balance, strength, endurance, speed, breathing, and coordination. Chakras are cleansed so one can look younger and naturally boost immunity levels. Emotional blocks are removed to create a lighter, re-aligned self in touch with a higher source of power and the universe. When this connection is achieved, one will be stronger in life, as they find theirown mew being thus completing the mental, physical and spiritual connection. 

About Julie Rammal
Julie Rammal is an International Holistic Healer, Celebrity Personal Trainer, Miss Virginia Swimsuit 1997, Ayurvedic and Holistic Health Practitioner, Writer & Speaker, Fitness & Marketing consultant, and Sound therapist. She began her career in 1998 in the USA and quickly grew internationally when she began training the royal family which led her to training celebrities. It was then that her company, JSport was bornIt originally started as a personal training firm and later expanded to offering Pilates and Yoga. Currently, JSport provides online and in person expert holistic sessions and consultations in: Ayurveda, Alternative and complimentary medicine, Anti-aging, Personal training, Pilates, Fitness, Detox, Nutrition, Weight loss, Movement therapy, Yoga, Pilates, Sound and Crystal therapy. Julie has overcome eating disorders, been homeless, has seen her of poverty, manipulation, domestic violence and war. She has struggled and come out as a better person on the other side. Now she is spreading her inspirational message through her teaching and she divides her time, as a single parent between the Middle East and the United States, specifically California, where she calls home. Julie is a single mother of two children.


 BeyondBarre founder Colleen Ketchum has released two new DVDs: BeyondBarre: Grace (60 minutes plus a bonus segment, $14.99) a ballet focused, graceful workout with ballet-inspired movement and stretching, and BeyondBarre: Fit (53 minutes plus a bonus segment, $14.99) a strength, fitness-based class that uses props such as a small ball, resistance bands and weights throughout the workout. Both DVDs include a bonus GlideBoard segment. (
The BeyondBarre exercise program is unlike any other. Created for all fitness levels, it focuses on proper form and body alignment to avoid strain and injury. Each body-sculpting, fat-burning, endurance-building workout incorporates barre exercises designed to increase flexibility and develop strong, lean muscles. Weights and other accessories are used to shape the arms and legs, strengthen the body-core, and narrow the all-important waistline.

For those who want an extra cardio workout, the BeyondBarre program offers the optional GlideBoard. The GlideBoard has a slippery plastic surface that allows the user to slide back and forth from one end of the board to the other using movements much like those of an ice skater. No need for skates, though, because the sliding is done on soft ballet slippers. Plus, it’s amazingly fun to use.

BeyondBarre also has an extensive in studio teacher-training program for those interested in becoming a certified instructor. In addition, BeyondBarre has a very popular home-study program that comes with 200-page manual featuring detailed photos of each exercises, plus an accompanying video that demonstrates every exercise and the applicable modifications and variations. The home-study program also includes 14 day-access to the BeyondBarre Connections website. Connections offers on-line support along with extensive teaching tips, video choreography, marketing materials, and more. BeyondBarre has more than 1000 trained instructors in studios nationwide.

About Colleen Ketchum:
Colleen Ketchum grew up as a competitive gymnast. She took up ballet when her coach suggested it would help her gymnastic skills. It was in those ballet classes that she learned the amazing fitness benefits to be gained at a ballet barre. Colleen graduated college with a degree in biology and worked as a research scientist. After marrying and having three children, she was drawn back to her fitness roots. She became a Pilates instructor and opened her own studio, Pilates in Motion. That led to the creation of BeyondBarre, a program that blended the best elements of barre and Pilates. In addition to her fitness career, Colleen is a successful stuntwoman appearing in several movies and such television shows as Law & Order and Orange is the New Black. @beyondbarre


Get Ready For Valentines Day With Couples Workout Series DVDs With Gina Guddat Plus Her NEW Book

With Valentines Day right around the corner, why not get in shape as well as keep the love alive with this Couples Workout Series For Health And Happiness?

Couples Workouts for Health and Happiness” is a series of three fitness DVDs that will help partners get stronger, healthier and more flexible bodies together. The workouts were designed by fitness expert and couples therapist Gina Guddat, MA, LMHC. Guddat’s experience in both fields echoes what research shows. Couples that have a shared fitness goal boost the quality of their romantic relationship and increase their happiness (Psychology Today, January 10, 2014).  These three complete routines cover cardiovascular fitness, muscular strength in the upper and lower body, and core stability and stretches. Whether a beginner or a seasoned athlete, these workouts have everyone covered. Each routine offers various levels of intensity and difficulty, so couples can continue to challenge each other and stay motivated together. The DVDs are $14.95 each and available on They are also one of the first workout series to be on Apple TV! The three DVDs are:

“Couples Workouts for Health and Happiness: Cardio Sweat”
“Couples Workouts for Health and Happiness: Core & Flexibility” and
“Couples Workouts for Health and Happiness: Strength & Tone Together”

Each DVD stars Gina Guddat and her friend Larry Berg. Hand weights may be used in the strength workout; otherwise no equipment is needed for these workouts. The moves are straightforward, athletic and fun. They are approximately 35-40 minutes in length. Preview them here:

Gina Guddat has been in the fitness industry for over 30 years. She is both a certified personal trainer and group fitness instructor who had owned her own personal training studio. She has certifications from the American Council on Exercise & AFAA for Personal Training, Kickboxing, Group Fitness, Children’s Fitness, Senior Fitness and Dance Aerobics. She has also served as a continuing education provider for the

So you don't want to exercise!!  Well then check out Gina's NEW Book "Love Metabolism" to keep your love alive with that special someone.

A Guide to Turning Up the Heat in Your Relationship
The Three Keys to Fully Satisfying

All Your Relationship Needs By Gina Guddat, MS and Ray Anderson, MS
Learn how to satisfy an appetite for lasting love! The new book “Love Metabolism” provides the tools for a satisfying and fulfilling relationship. Written by couples therapists Gina Guddat, MA, LMHC and Ray Anderson, MA, LMHC, it shows the reader how to meet their relationship needs by asking the three love-metabolic questions: HOW OFTEN IS ENOUGH?  HOW LONG IS GOOD? HOW MUCH IS NEEDED? Applying these Three Keys will improve a couple’s sex life, communication, recreational time, finances and family time. In each of these areas some people get their fill quite easily, while others can hardly get enough. That's “Love Metabolism”. It’s often these “love-metabolic mismatches” that create so many problems for couples. The solutions are easier once the conversations have begun. This easy-to-read book provides the road map to a happier partnership. It is available now from for $14.99 in paperback and $5.99 for Kindle and Nook. Preview it here:

Guddat is a Licensed Mental Health Therapist and Couples Counselor with a private practice in Seattle WA where she is known as a relationship expert. She has a Masters and Bachelor Degree in Psychology.  She has appeared on TV and Radio and writes articles for numerous magazines and publications. Guddat has also been in the fitness industry for over 30 years. She is both a certified personal trainer and group fitness instructor who has owned her own personal training studio. She has a NEW series of  "Couples Workout" DVDs, and a line of wellness products for teenage girls including: the "Fit Girl" workout DVDs, a cookbook, party planner and the manual "Unwrapped - Real Questions Asked by Real Girls About Sex".

Gina has dedicated much of her time working to stop the travesty of sex trafficking and violence against women and children. She has traveled extensively in Asia, Africa, India and Latin America. She conducts trainings and workshops for political leaders, teachers and staff at shelters, orphanages and rescue centers. She is also a frequent attendee and contributor at the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women in New York. For more information visit

How My Sister And I Are Balancing Our PH Levels

My sister has been fighting a bladder and a yeast infection for over a year now.   She had gone to the Dr. in December 2014 for a routine check up.  He put her on Premarin for vaginal dryness.  He told her that was the only way she was going to get rid of it.     She did tell him she didn't want to take it, but of course.... he insisted.   She knew what could happen.  She got off Premarin years ago because of bladder infections.  Why she would agree to take it again is beyond me.

Well wouldn't you know she ended up with the bladder infection.  She then went back to him and he put her on antibiotics to cure the bladder infection.    She wouldn't even tell me this!!!  She knows how against antibiotics I am.   Well those antibiotics caused her to get a horrible yeast infection.
She also has what they call Lichen Sclerosis.

For over 6 months she went to Doctors to try and heal.  They kept putting her on more and different antibiotics.    She was trying to deal with this herself.  She felt so bad that she listened and did what the doctors told her to do.     Then she called me for help.... she was so down, and afraid if she didn't do something, she was going to die.  

I had her get on a diet, pretty much like the Paleo diet, only modified to suit her.   Her problem was, she kept eating kefir.  I told her that wouldn't help her, but she insisted it didn't bother her.   One day, a light went off  and she gave up kefir.
Diet alone wasn't helping and we were doing anything and everything we could think of to heal her.   She was slowing getting better, but kept slipping back.
Then she started working on her ph levels.... nothing she did was helping.  She couldn't keep her PH levels in the alkaline range.

After my colonoscopy, I started having the same issues.  Bladder and possible yeast infection.
I have never been one to just sit back and let things happen, plus I knew after her experience with doctors, I wasn't going to go and let them put me on antibiotics.  No way was that happening.

First I bought some PH testing strips and tested my PH.  It was in the VERY ACIDIC range.  I started searching for ways to make myself more alkaline.    I had already been eating alkaline and obviously  that wasn't working.   I tried liver cleansing.  NOTHING was working.
Then, I thought if my urine was acidic, my whole body was probably acidic.     I started searching uric acid and found a capsule with certain herbs in it that I thought might work, ( Vitamin C, tart cherry juice, celery seed, quercetin, tumeric, artichoke Boswellia, ginger and more),  plus I added some tumeric, rutin, bilberry, and milk thistle.    I also bought a bottle of TART Cherry Juice.  It is very important that I used the tart cherry.

I took 2 capsules in the morning.  Then I would take 2 tablespoons of tart cherry juice, the tumeric, rutin, bilberry and milk thistle in the afternoon about 1/2 to 1 hour before I ate my supper.

Do you know this started working within a couple of days!!   I am now mostly alkaline.  I do have a few days now and then that I run a little acidic, but never VERY ACIDIC like before.
I told my sister about this also so she could try it.   She is no longer having bladder and yeast infections and neither am I.

Also, I have been dealing with a burning tongue for years.  I would get rid of it, but it always came back.  Now, taking the Uric Acid flush pills, I am digesting my foods better and my tongue doesn't burn like before.   I still watch my diet, just like I did before, but now the diet and the uric acid flush pills are working together.   I think most... not all of my problems have had to do with uric acid.

Both my sister and I are doing so much better than we were.  I was blaming most of my problems on Candida.   Now I think it was mostly acid related because our PH was out of balance