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


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!

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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.



Grateful Thoughts: Christy Birmingham ~ When Women Inspire

Today’s Grateful Thoughts (aka: Thankful Thursday) is a bit unusual, in that I have TWO articles, highlighting TWO followers, instead one, as is the norm. I’m highlighting the winners of my CELEBRATING 2000 FOLLOWERS give-a-way. The first article was on the other winner, Jo Ann Maxwell, which you can find HERE.

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The second winner I’m highlighting is:

Christy Birmingham

When Women Inspire


Christy, a blogger, poet and author, is the founder of Christy’s blog is dedicated to highlighting the endeavors of women from around the world, who are changing the world in positive ways.

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The idea began in 2014, when Christy became aware of amazing women “in action” around the world. She was also aware there was not one central place to find information about all of these amazing women and WHEN WOMEN INSPIRE was born.


Christy is also the author of TWO poetry books.

The first book is called Versions of the Self. You can find a copy on AMAZON (I just purchased a copy for myself! YEAH!! I am a big fan of poetry! Can’t WAIT to get it!) Here is a description of the book from Christy’s blog:

“Imagine a shift to the way you see the world that arises through poetic narration. Imagine the world, at its base level, is a collection of selves. These selves collide, disperse, intermingle, and share themselves in lines of free verse.”


The second book is called Pathways to Illumination, which is available through Redmund ProductionsHere is a description of the book from Christy’s website:

“Follow the trail of a woman’s journey from the end of an abusive relationship to the valiant growth of a newly-awakened, independent spirit.”


Christy’s articles cover a variety of topics, from health and feminism to arts and sports with everything in between. Below, I am highlighting my three favorite categories:







So, take a minute, head over and have a look around Christy’s blog. There is so much to see, so much to learn and so much inspiration.

I’d like to take this opportunity to send out a HUGE THANK YOU to Christy for following me and taking the time to support my blog. You are an amazing and talented writer, who I’m honored to have as a follower and new friend. You’re blog is such an inspiration to people everywhere. Thanks for what you do. God bless you my friend.

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Thankful Thursday: A look back

Hello everyone! As we get close to Christmas, and the end of the year, I thought I’d take this opportunity to look back on my Thankful Thursday series. This series began on March 30, 2016, with the name “Press-it” Thursday. Originally, this series highlighted random bloggers around WordPress. In May, however, I decided to change the name to THANKFUL THURSDAY, and only highlight my followers.

I went back to the very beginning, and started with the people who have been with me from my wee beginnings, and are still with me. I try to dig into their sites, and find out why they blog, as well as highlight several of their posts. I love doing this series. It quickly became one of my favorite articles to write. It’s been so fun getting to my followers and fellow bloggers.

The following list contains posts from 23 wonderful and talented bloggers from around WordPress. While I have mainly focused on recipes, there are a few inspirational posts, a beauty post and even a dog food recipe. I hope you enjoy looking through these as much as I had writing them.

This will be my last main post for the rest of 2017. I will be taking next week off to spend with my son, before I start up school again.

I wish all of you a very Merry Christmas, a Happy Holiday, and a blessed new year. May all of your wishes come true in 2018 except one, so you always have something to aim for. 

Love always,


Savoury Thanksgiving Pie (Vegetarian) ~ Jody Karen


Asparagus pistachio risotto –

Electric Blue Food


Pumpkin Pie Overnight Oats –

Kitchen with Keri


Mexican Street Corn-

Frugal Hausfrau


A Quick and Tasty Low Carb Lunch – BRILLIANCE WITHIN

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Take your salad game to another level with this chili stuffed with avocado –

Art of being fabulous


13 Tips to Lose Weight –

Running to Zen


Dog Food Recipe – Our Dogs Eat Well!!! / How To Provide


Banana Flour choc chunk Loaf ! – DaniRowRuns


Spring Abundance Bowl-

Indian and Indian Fusion Cooking in America


Orange-Sesame Salmon with Quinoa |

RD in the Midwest


Homemade “Lara Bars” with Goji Berries | Roxana’s Kitchen


If I Only Had More Time –

Finally Kissxd


Tea Time- 10 Herbal Teas for Health – How to Provide


Healthy Fruit and Oat Crumble Bars | Feeding Your Beauty


“Famous Failures”  –



Peaches and Cream: Three Masks for a Magnificent Complexion –

Simply Serene


Date Sugar —

Sukkari Life


Gluten Free Granola Bars – TheBeauty&FoodLab


Vegan Banana Bread Granola – JennyBean_Love


1 Minute Videos: Being Thankful

Nick Vujicic talks about being grateful

for the things and life you have.





Have you seen this? Over the rainbow…

I recently saw this video circulating on Facebook.

This one is guaranteed to bring a smile to your face. 😃

It makes a perfect pick-me-up for a Monday morning, especially considering today is LABOR DAY!

THANKS to everyone for what you do everyday to provide for your families and contribute to the beauty of our country and world.

In the video, a few members of a group from Perth, Australia known as “The Liberators” boarded a train one Monday morning. Founder of the group, Peter, gives a short, but very motivating speech, in which he thanks the people for waking up so early to make their way to work and provide for their families. What happens next is beautiful and inspiring…

You can find the full story behind this beautifully uplifting video here:

The story behind the train ride

From the blog: Inspiralight.

One final message:

This will be the only post this week.

I will be turning in my final assignment for my current course tomorrow, and will be taking a complete break from all forms of social media,

including this blog. 😁

I will see you right back here,

one week from today on

Monday, September 11, 2017

same time, same place

with my full schedule back in place!

Have a beautiful week everyone!

Let us stop for a moment to pray and meditate.