The Purple Almond Hall of Fame – Artpsycho

My other blog, The Purple Almond Wellness Kitchen, has been nominated for an AWESOME BLOGGER AWARD! This is great! Thank you so much to my nominator Jyotsna at Artpsycho!

Look for my AWESOME BLOGGER award reply on The Purple Almond Wellness Kitchen later today.

Right now, as is my custom, I am entering Jyotsna, as well as her fellow bloggers, Anriel, and Devashree, along with their website, into my award hall of fame, The Purple Almond Hall of Fame. The hall of fame was established as a way of honoring those bloggers who wish to bless The Purple Almond with a blogger award. If this blog is nominated for an award, the nominating blog will have their blog permanently placed on my Hall of Fame page, along with a link to that blog, and an article dedicated to that blog.


The blog Artpsycho was established jointly by Anriel, Devashree and Jyotsna, who came together with a common goal: inspire creativity and ideas.

A quote from her about page says:

We wish to share our ideas and inspire creativity in different forms of art. We are storytellers in our own sense and we love to create content for the fiction world in form of book reviews and non-fiction realistic pieces on life, travel, food and more and wish to showcase the same, that we enjoy doing in our daily lives.

 Check out some of their articles

  • Travel articles – They have a series of journal blog entries, highlighting different travels to art festivals, tours and the like.
  • Book reviews – There are several book reviews. You can find everything from Moby Dick and The Little Match Girl, to The Paper Dress and The Last Leaf
  • Arts and Crafts – This is probably my favorite part of their site, as I love to make crafts but rarely take the time. Here are links to a few of their arts and craft projects

Closing thoughts

I am so blessed. Deciding to start a blog several years ago was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. It introduced me to a whole new world, quite literally! Through blogging, you “meet” people from all over the world, who quickly become your friends and part of your blogging family.

Thank you to Jyotsna for nominating The Purple Almond Wellness Kitchen for the AWESOME BLOGGER! My new little recipe blog continues to grow. It’s slow to grow, but steady to get new followers. I forgot how much fun it was as a beginning blogger. The challenges and excitement that come from each new award and goal met is so much fun.

To read the original award article, follow this link: The Awesome Blogger Award by

Until next time… Namaste my friends


The Purple Almond Hall of Fame – Lotus Laura

My other blog, The Purple Almond Wellness Kitchen, has been nominated for a Sunshine Blogger Award! This is the first award for my new blog! I’m so excited! I’d like to thank my nominator, Laura, from Look for my Sunshine blogger award reply on The Purple Almond Wellness Kitchen tomorrow.

Today, as is my custom, I am entering Laura and her website, into my award hall of fame, The Purple Almond Hall of Fame. The hall of fame was established as a way of honoring those bloggers who wish to bless The Purple Almond with a blogger award. If this blog is nominated for an award, the nominating blog will have their blog permanently placed on my Hall of Fame page, along with a link to that blog, along with an article dedicated to that blog.

Lotus Laura

The blog Lotus Laura was established by Laura Cyrena. Laura says she has loved writing since she was a child. Some of her other interests include yoga, dance, crafts, reading, hiking and caring for her cat venus. She also loves buying books (ME TOO!) Favorite foods are pizza and mac & cheese.

A quote from her about page says:

“I consider myself highly ambitious and determined. Setting goals and challenging myself is important to me. It’s not about impressing others — it’s about conquering my own self.”

 Check out some of Laura’s articles

Closing thoughts

I am so blessed. Deciding to start a blog several years ago was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. It introduced me to a whole new world, quite literally! Through blogging, you “meet” people from all over the world, who quickly become your friends and part of your blogging family.

Thank you to Laura for nominating The Purple Almond Wellness Kitchen for its first award, the Sunshine Blogger Award! It was amazing for me and for my new little blog. Connecting with bloggers such as yourself is part of the reason I love to blog.

To read the original award article, follow this link: Sunshine Blogger Award – Lotus Laura

Until next time… Namaste my friends


Saw this delightful recipe and couldn’t resist. It looks divine and I can’t wait to try it!

Ok, so maybe squash isn’t exactly a spring veggie… but it’s still super healthy and pretty darn yummy! Plus, it’s one of my very favourite vegetables, so I figured that I ought to share this brand new recipe that I came across that makes that ingredient the star. It’s called Spaghetti Squash Cheesy Bread, and […]



 Celebrate spring with vegetables! — nutritionnut84


I came across this great article this afternoon and had to share it with all of you. It touches on several aspects of the Keto diet that are “scary” and often misunderstood. Have a look…

With a proposed macronutrient breakdown of 20% protein, 10% carbs and 70% fat anyone in their right mind would proceed with caution when considering the ketogenic diet.

FOLLOW THIS LINK FOR THE MAIN ARTICLE: 7 Things I learned that made the ketogenic diet less scary —

Grateful Thoughts: Soul Gift ~ My lovely gift from a beautiful friend.

I’m highlighting the blog  SOUL GIFTS written by the lovely Raili today as the subject of my Grateful Thoughts.

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Raili, originally from Finland, moved to Australia with her family when she was just a little girl. She also met and married a fellow Finn in the “desert heat of Mt Isa in North Queensland” of all places! Here’s how Raili describes herself:

“I think of myself as an Aussie-Finn. My family is a mini melting pot of nations – Finnish, Indian and Filipino born first generation Australians. You might have guessed by now that our kids are adopted. Our extended family too is a riotous mix of races, cultures, traditions and beliefs.”

She spent her career working as a nurse in the field of mental health. She says

“the privilege of working with some of most disenfranchised people in the community was humbling, enriching, challenging. I learnt so much about life, the universe, and everything.”

My special “soul gift” from Raili

At the end of November, 2018, I was surprised by my wonderful friend Raili,  as a recipient of her “soul gift” for the month of December. Here is a quote from Raili’s blog, explaining “soul gifts.” :

“This is my way of saying thanks to those who visit or follow my blog.   I wanted to do it in a unique way. I like gifting.  I like surprising people in a nice way.  So here’s what I have come up with.   I call it Soul Gifting – a small token of my appreciation for your presence on my blog – a published thank you with a link to yours, posted, at random times. Surprise!”

I thought it entailed a mention in her blog, but it didn’t stop there! She sent me a message, asking for my mailing address because she had a special gift to send me!


Inside the card is a delightful recipe on the left called “Finnish Beetroot Christmas Salad” (Which is SO good, I’ll be eating all year – NOT just at Christmas!) On the right is a note from Raili:


I know people probably don’t use old fashioned cloth hankies anymore, but here’s one for you. I crocheted an edge too. You could use it as a doily I suppose. Anyway, a little bit of Australia winging it’s way to you for Christmas. Hope you have a happy one!



The handkerchief is lovely, with a map of Australia in the middle, with 4 animals unique to Australia in each corner. The edge of the handkerchief is lined with Raili’s beautiful and delicate handiwork. I can tell you, it has a prominent place in my office. THANK YOU RAILI!

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With Raili’s permission, I’m posting the salad recipe below. I highly encourage you to make it…IT’S VERY GOOD! (Even my son liked it!)

The salad, which I made with the help of my 18 year old son, is wonderful and beautiful. Here are a few pics of the steps I took. The ingredients I used are below. I chose to use pre-cooked beetroot from the produce section. I  drained the beetroot juice in the package, to save for the dressing. Then I cooked the carrots/potatoes, and chopped the remaining ingredients. Next, I added everything to a bowl and stirred in just 1/2 the dressing. I ended up using 4 potatoes, as mine were very small. I also used sweet apples, as I didn’t have any tart on hand.

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Finnish Beetroot Christmas Salad

  • Servings: 8=10
  • Difficulty: easy
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This wonderfully, delightful salad will satisfy all year!


  • 1 small can diced beetroot (or cooked beet from scratch)
  • 3 carrots
  • 3 potatoes
  • 1 onion (finely chopped)
  • 2 tart apples (finely chopped)
  • 1 gherkin – (finely diced)
  • salt and pepper to tasted

  • 200 ml heavy cream
  • 1 tsp white vinegar
  • 2 tsp beet juice
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • pinch of white pepper (I used black, it’s what I had)


  1. Boil veggies – cool, peel and chop
  2. Add all ingredients to bowl
  3. season.
  4. Mix dressing ingredients. Raili indicates to serve on the dressing on the side. I decided to go ahead add the dressing to the salad, to get the full effect. I ended up using only 1/2 of it. The salad is delicious! Will absolutely make again!


Thank you so much Raili for these beautiful gifts. It was such a wonderful surprise. Thank you for including me in on such a wonderful tradition. Thank you, also, for following my blog and supporting me over the years. God bless you!

To everyone else…please head over to SOUL GIFTS  and give Raili’s wonderful blog a visit. There are lots of things to see over there!




My beautiful friend, Raili, at the blog Soul Gift, just gave me an early Christmas present by highlighting my blog in an article on her site. Thank you, Raili, for this beautiful gift of friendship. Namaste My friend. Head over and check it out!

soulgifts - Telling Tales

Christmas is just around the corner – again! Finding a suitable gift can be challenging. The commercial hype that pushes for ever more extravagant, expensive ‘stuff’ seems to have become the norm. I don’t like it. Not one bit. As much as possible I avoid the mad rush of December when the shops are full to the brim with screaming kids, stressed parents and overloaded trolleys.

Are you looking for different, more interesting gift options? Tamara from The Purple Almond published a post that provides so many wonderful options for gifting. Here’s her link –  Gifts that give.

As an early December Soul Gifting, I have chosen Tamara. She is a student at the Hawthorn University working towards a Master of Science in Health and Nutrition Education. She has this to say –

For me, health isn’t just about food it’s about living a positive, happy, healthy life.

Where food…

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The Purple Almond Hall of Fame – Finding French Charming

An announcement before I get into the main post…

I’d like to tell you that I’m taking a blogging vacation for the next 10 days. I am currently on a break from school and would like to take the next 10 days to give my brain a break. After I complete a class, my brain has been worked quite hard and feels a bit like jello. 😊 🤣 I have no major plans, other than to relax and spend time with family. This is a necessary form of stress relief for me.

Therefore, there will be no main posts from Thursday, September 20 through Sunday, September 30, 2018.  There will be morning recipes and evening quotes through Friday, September 21, 2018, since they are completed and already scheduled. However, there will be no posts at all next week. I will be back with all posts on Monday October 1, 2018. My next Fit by 50 post will be on Thursday, October 4, and will combine weeks 42 through 44. 

Now, onto the main post…


I was recently nominated for a Sunshine Blogger Award, by KKatch22 at the blog Finding French Charming. Thank you so much, KKatch22, for this wonderful award. I feel truly blessed to be honored by fellow bloggers, such as you.

When it comes to blogger awards, I do things a bit different. Instead of focusing on the award, I focus on the person and blog who nominated me. I like to acknowledge, and bring attention to the kind people who nominate me for awards.


The Purple Almond Hall of Fame was established as a way of honoring those bloggers who wish to bless The Purple Almond with a blogger award. When this blog is nominated for an award, the nominating blog will have their blog permanently placed on the hall of fame page, along with a link to that blog.

All about Finding French Charming

With dreams of moving to the city, living in a high rise, driving a convertible and becoming a doctor all fulfilled, there was one dream left for KKatch22, to find love. Many people would turn bitter about love, after two marriages ended in divorce, but she never gave up.

After what KKatch22 calls “bad boyfriends, disastrous dates”, she finally turned to online dating, where she learned a lot about herself. Soon, one night, she met “the one” and her new life of “awesome adventure” began.  Here is a quote from her “about” page:

I created Finding French Charming at the end of January, 2018.  I wanted to write about my experiences, my thought processes, my failed attempts at love and happiness, and my eventual success so that other people going through the same thing might know they are not alone.  It took me over 40 years to find “Mr. Right” or Prince “French” Charming, so I know it’s possible!  Good things do come to those who wait, but you have to make sure you put yourself out there.”

Here are some articles from this wonderful website:

Finally! The day has arrived!

(KKatch22 meets her French Charming in person)

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After “The Kiss” 

(Find out what happened after their first kiss!)



The Porcelain Throne –

Continuing the Modern Day Fairy Tale

(Meeting French Charming’s Mother!)

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Closing thoughts…

I’d like to close out this post simply by saying I highly recommend you head over to, and read about her dating adventures. She has a wonderful and engaging writing style that draws you into her story. You want to keep reading to find out what happens next.

THANK YOU, KKatch22, FOR THE NOMINATION! I absolutely love your blog. It’s been so much fun reading about your adventures with French Charming. You are an extremely talented writer.  I agree with those that say you should write a book. I, for one, would absolutely buy it. I wish only the best for both of you.

Until next time… Namaste my friends


To read the original award article, follow this link: Sunshine Blogger Award – Finding French Charming

Grateful Thoughts: Simple Ula

It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these. In case you’re new here, I’ll review what Grateful Thoughts is all about. It  began life as Thankful Thursday. Every Thursday, I’d choose a follower and highlight them on my blog. I write a brief synopsis of the blogger, followed by links to 5 articles from their site. Thankful Thursday became Grateful Thoughts when I changed the article from weekly to monthly. So, let’s get started with this edition of Grateful Thoughts.

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simple Ula

“I want to be rich. Rich in love, rich in health, rich in laughter, rich in adventure and rich in knowledge. You?” ~ Ula

Ula is 29 years old. She is originally from Poland, but is currently living in Canada. She has a Master of Arts degree in Socio-Cultural Animation.

Ula desires to live a simple life. She says you’ll understand what she means if you stick with her and read her blog, which I highly encourage. It’s wonderful, filled with lots beautiful photography, great articles and helpful lifestyle tips. Ula covers a variety of topics, including:

  • Health/beauty
  • Motivation
  • Style/fasion
  • Home
  • Love
  • Food
  • Travel
  • Fitness
  • Money

Oil pulling – take care of your teeth


Rise And Shine! Top Tips For Starting The Day With A Spring In Your Step


Oil – which one to choose healthwise?


Fantastic Foods To Help You Lose Weight Naturally


Four Exercises That All Women Need To Be Doing


I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Ula for following my blog for close to 2 years. It’s wonderful having you on my team. I’m so grateful to have the support of talented bloggers such as yourself.

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That’s all for this edition of Grateful Thoughts. I hope you head over and check out simple Ula. It’s a wonderful site with thoughtfully written articles and beautiful photography.

Until next time…Namaste my friends.



Tomato, Avocado, Bean Salad – Musings of a Manthe

I recently received quite a few tomatoes from my coop delivery and was on WordPress looking for some recipes, when I came across this little gem. It looks wonderful! Simple, tasty and VERY healthy! I can’t wait to try it!

This salad is perfect for a Memorial Day cookout or to take to any kind of summer gathering. And it’s easy as 1-2-3!


2 pints of cherry tomatoes, halved or quartered
2 avocados, peeled, pitted and cut into chunks
1  14-oz. can cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
1/4 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp cayenne
2 tsp lime juice (to taste)


  1. Put tomatoes, beans and avocados in a mixing bowl and stir gently.
  2. In a smaller bowl, mix onion powder, garlic powder, cumin and cayenne together. Add to tomato mixture and stir gently.
  3. Sprinkle lime juice and mix in gently.


  • Firmer avocados work better for this recipe.
  • All seasonings are to taste. I rarely measure, just pour some seasonings in and try it.

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30 Days of Intermittent Fasting: The Why’s and How’s

A great look at intermittent fasting! Awesome article Katie! 👍

disclaimer: I am not qualified to give medical advice, and this information is not meant to cure or treat any disease/health condition. Whenever you start a new dieting plan, it is important to notify your physician or healthcare practitioner!

I have decided to try an intermittent fasting style of eating for thirty days in a row to see the benefits it will bring to my body, athletic performance, mental cognitive state, and overall well being.

I’m excited to enter “nerd mode” for a moment and bring you guys all of the information and research I have done on intermittent fasting and how it can benefit your body.

I realize “fasting” may sound kind of scary and intimidating, but intermittent fasting does not require starving or depriving yourself. Intermittent fasting is not a diet, but rather, it is a style of eating. What you do is give yourself a window of…

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