Rock Hounding In Helena, Montana & Manzanita's Soap

I have always loved looking for neat rocks.  When I was a little kid, we used to have a gravel pit across from our house.  I would go over there and comb the rocks they were digging up.   Many times I found a lot of fossil rocks.     Nothing has changed,  I still love looking for rocks and if I can find a fossil rock, it is even better.

This isn't a fossil rock, but I loved the pattern on it.  It looks like a heart on it to me.

Look at this one.  Those leaves are imprinted on this rock.  The rock is green but I can't get it to show up green with my camera.       Manzanita took me to a place she knows in Helena, Montana. She let me hunt rocks until I was rocked out.  Well, not really... you could never make me tired of looking for neat rocks like this.
I know many of you visit Manzanita, she writes the blog, Wanna Buy A Duck.    We have been blog buddies for a couple of years now.   From the beginning,  I really liked this woman.
We had so much in comon.  Both of us were very health consious.

Eventually, we started talking on the phone, trading secrets, hopes and dreams.   I knew I loved this woman!!!.   She is one of the kindest people you would ever want to meet.   And meet we did.!!!

One day, we were talking on the phone.  I am not sure what we were even talking about, but I told her I wanted to come to Montana to visit her.   All I had to do was convince my Hubs.    I knew that would be EASY.     I said to my Hubs.... Do you want to go to Montana to HUNT??    He jumped at that.   All the arrangements were made and off to Helena, Montana we drove.

When I met Manzanita in person, it was like reconnecting with someone I have known forever!   We can talk for hours.   You wouldn't want to even hear some of the things we talk about so I won't bore you with it.

Well that is my story of how I went to Montana to meet the blogger Manzanita.   I am going to miss her so much when I leave here.  I really love this woman like a sister.

Getting back to the rocks.  When I was at Manzanita's house, I seen a really neat fossil rock she used as a soap dish.   I ask her where she got it...  She told me she would take me to look for some too!!!  Whoo Hoo... I couldn't wait.

There you go!  My new soap dishes.   By the way,  the soap on the left was made by Manzanita.  

Here is one of the rock piles we were looking in.  Say Hi to Cody, Manzanita's Dog.


Wok N Roll Sushi, Steaks, Seafood Helena Montana ~ Yes! There Is Sushi In Helena

When we were planning our trip to Helena, Montana, I ask my Hubs and my friend Manzanita if there was a Sushi Bar there.  They both told me NO!!  this is a meat and potatoes town.

I just want to let you know... There IS a Sushi Bar in Helena, Montana.  It is the Wok N Roll.  They serve Sushi, Steaks, Seafood and much more.  And... It Is Fresh!!

My Hubs was playing poker at one of the local casinos.  He was playing with the owner Kevin who is the Sushi Chef at the Wok N Roll.       Kevin told him to stop by on a Wednesday since it was buy one sushi roll and get one 1/2 price.

Wok-N-Roll Sushi Bar ~  2058 Euclid Avenue ~ Helena, MT 5960

 I decided to get the Tempura Vegetables.  Normally when I just order Tempura Vegetables, that is all I get, but here... EVERYONE gets Soup and a Salad.   Perfect since I love Miso Soup.

My vegetables were GREAT!!  Included were  ... Carrots, Mushrooms, Potato, Broccoli, Zucchini and Onion.  I could have gotten shrimp also, but I decided I just wanted the vegetables.

One thing I liked and really appreciate is when I ask for hot water to make my herbal tea, they don't treat me like I am trying to get a free drink.   They just gave me some hot water and let me make my own tea.

My Hubs is PICKY, PICKY, PICKY when it comes to Sushi.  We have walked out of a place after being seated when the sushi in the case looked not so fresh.

The Wok N Roll Sushi looked really fresh.  My Hubs said it was very fresh and tasted really good.    He also got a salad and Miso soup with his meal.

If you thought you couldn't find fresh sushi in Helena, Montana, think again.

2058 Euclid Avenue
Helena, Mt 59601(406-502-1989

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Pumpkin Lovers Dream Protein Shake Using NuStevia Simple Syrup #Sugarfree

This is the time of year I start thinking about pumpkins.  I am not thinking Jack O' Lanterns here, I am thinking Pumkin Treats.  
Since I don't do sugary treats, I have to improvise.  Lucky for me NuNaturals has so many NuStevia Sweetners to choose from.  Like the new NuStevia Simple Syrup.

You can use this Sugar Free, zero calorie sweetner for so many things.

Also,... as far as I am concerned.  Stevia is the BEST sugar free sweetner out there and NuNaturals makes the BEST.  Not all stevia is the same.  Belive me... I know.  I have been using stevia for a very long time now.

Pumpkin Lovers Dream 
     Protein Shake
1 Frozen Banana
1 Cup Almond Milk (or milk of choice)
1 Scoop Protein Powder
1/2 Cup Pumpkin Puree
1 Tablespoon Chia Seeds
1/2 teaspoon Pumpkin Pie Spice
1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon NuStevia Simple Syrup

Put in your favorite blender to mix
Serves 2

OhMyGosh... This has got to be the BEST!!   If you don't like pumpkin... then.  MORE FOR ME!!!

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NuNaturals Healthy Sensation Peppermint Patty Smoothie VS Cocoa Mint Smoothie Shake

Just because I eat healthy, who says I have to miss out on all the good stuff.  If you try hard enough you can turn that unhealthy bad stuff into good, healthy, wholesome treats.

For instance, who wouldn't like to sit and eat a peppermint patty?  I know I would, but I can't eat things like that and stay well.   So, I have come up with a heathy treat that reminds me of a peppermint patty.

Healthy Sensation Peppermint Patty Smoothie
1/2 Cup Milk Of Choice
Handful of Peppermint Leaves
1 Aloe Leaf
1 Tablespoon Cocoa or Carob Powder
1 Scoop Protein Powder
1/2  teaspoon liquid NuStevia Plain Or Vanilla Flavored (NuNaturals)
1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon liquid NuStevia Peppermint (NuNaturals)

Place all ingredients into blender and whip it up.  I use my Ninja blender to make sure everything gets chopped up well.

If you are like me and crave sweet treats, this hits the spot.  It gives me my sweet, chocolate fix and I am good to go.

So you don't have fresh mint growing???  Well no problem.  Here is a way to get your chocolate and mint fix easily.

How about using NuStevia Cocoa Mint Syrup?

Cocoa Mint Smoothie Shake
1 Banana
1/2 Cup Almond Milk Or Milk Of Choice
2 Teaspoons NuStevia Cocoa Mint Syrup
1 Piece Agave (Optional)
Put into your favorite blender and give it a whirl.

I am not sure which one of these I like better!

So which Smoothie would you like better.  The Cocoa Mint Smoothie Shake using NuNaturals NuStevia Cocoa Mint Syrup or the Peppermint Patty Smoothie using NuNaturals Peppermint NuStevia.

The Choice Is Yours!!

Your can use NuNaturals Cocoa Mint Syrup on ice cream, coffee, and to make other healthy chocolate mint drinks.  This is also great for cooking.

NuStevia Cocoa Mint Syrup is a rich chocolate syrup with the finest Peppermint oil available.  The Peppermint Oil that NuNaturals uses is grown right where NuNaturals is located in the Wilamette Valley of Oregon and is considered to be the best tasting peppermint oil available.

NuStevia Syrups are designed to maximize flavor balanced with the right level of sweetness.  No refrigeration required.
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Chicken Chili Recipe ~ This Is The BEST!!

I decided last week to make Chicken Chili.   My Hubs says...  I don't like White Chicken Chili.  Me... Too bad, because that's what I am making.

I kind of felt bad so I made him some cornbread to go with the Chicken Chili.  I figured if he hated the chili that bad, he could fill up on cornbread.   I even put whole corn in his cornbread.

Well, Lo and Behold, he loved the Chicken Chili and wants me to make it again.    It really did turn out great.    I didn't have cannelli beans so I ended up using garbanzo and pinto beans.  Thats all I had.  Worked!

Chicken Chili
2 Tablespoons Olive oil
1 Small Onion (peel and chop)
2 Cloves garlic minced
Salt and Pepper to your taste
2 Chicken Breasts Cubed ( I used thighs)
1 Tablespoon Cumin
1 teaspoon chili pepper
2 teaspoons oregano
3 Cans Cannellini Beans
3 Cups Chicken Broth

In a large pot, fry onion and then add garlic.  Fry until onion is clear.
Add Chicken to the onion and garlic, fry until chicken is cooked
Add Cumin, Chili Pepper, Oregano and salt and pepper.
Stir, then add Chicken Broth and Beans.

Simmer about 40 minutes.  I simmered mine until the broth started to thicken just a bit.


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I Am Learning About Healing Stones Health Benefits ~ Not Just A Pretty Stone!!

Do any of you believe in or use healing stones?  I have just started getting interested in them.
My Hubs knew I was interested in stones, so he bought me some.

Probably my favorite, which is also my birthstone is the Amethyst.    Even though it is my favorite, it is probably the one I wear the least.

The stones I wear the most are the Citrine.
Here is one that I have no idea what it is.  Anyone know?     
I am thinking it might be quartz of  some sort.  I am taking it to my Daughter since her birthstone is Peridot and it kind of reminds me of that.

Maybe she can figure out what kind of stone it is made from.

I am not sure how these stones work to help heal the body, nor do I know if they really work.  But I am willing to give anything a try.  Who knows, it may just work.
About And Health Benefits

Amethyst is one of the rarest form of Quartz. But, even though it is rare it is very common and known to most of us.
Many use the Amethyst for addiction purposes.  Addiction to alcohol.  The Greek meaning for Amethyst is Not Drunken
It has also been used for pain, sleeping and hearing problems.

Aventurine is in the quartz family.  It is Characterized by the bright mica and other minerals in the stone that give a sparkling effect.
Green Aventurine is known as " The Stone Of Opportunity" Many consider this the luckiest of all crystals in gaining prosperity and wealth.  Some even think it helps them in competitions and games of chance because of it's winning energy.

Most of the Citrine on the market is not really citrine but heat treated Amethyst.  It is rare to find real citrine.
Citrine creates positive energy and also wealth.  It offers healing benefits on the physical, mental and spirtiual levels.

Poppy Jasper
Poppy Jasper used to be known as Brecciated Jasper, but is now known as Poppy Jasper.
Poppy Jasper brings relaxation and a sense of wholeness.

Rose Quartz
Rose Quartz is sometimes called the Love Stone
Rose Quartz can help reinstate gentle loving forces.  It is also used to restore the mind to harmony.
Some people use the Rose Quartz for coughs and bronchial problems.

I really don't know a lot about these stones or what and how they heal, but I am learning and having fun doing it.  Even if they don't really heal, I like them!!