Thursday, January 18, 2018

Essential Oils Can Be Toxic To Cats

I just found out on Sunday that essential oils can be harmful to cats. I have been using essential oils diffusers for 2 years. I just got my 2nd 1 for the kitchen & it just happens to be right over my cats food bowl & water. I also had a Wallflower plugged in there too. So right when I heard I unplugged my stuff. I've also been using Mrs. Meyers cleaning products with essential oils. I love the multi-purpose sprays. I have them in Honeysuckle, Lavender & Peppermint. Lavender is really bad for cats. Once I heard about this I went online to find some info.

 The reason these essential oils are more dangerous to cats lies in the physiology of their liver. Cats lack an enzyme (glucuronyl tranferase) that in other animals helps to process and break down certain components of these essential oils. Due to the concentrated nature of essential oils, toxic buildup of these components occurs and can ultimately be fatal.
 I plan on calling my vet to ask about the cats livers. If there is a way they can check them. I'm thinking they'd probably have to do x-rays. I really want to spread the word about this. If you are like me your pets are like your kids.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Nail Files. Week # 310

This week I have on a Justice nail polish. Yes, the kids store. I found it when my daughter was shopping last Summer. It's suppose to change colors, but I don't think it works that great. I still like the color though. There is no name on the bottle.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Friday Favorites

Chapstick green tea & mint.

Burt's Bees Gloss Lip Crayon in Pacific Coast

Mrs. Meyers Iowa Pine

Fave food from this week. The soup that I made earlier this week. It was the 1st time I made it & it was so good.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Tasty Tuesday~One Pot Pepper Jack Chicken fajita & rice soup

One Pot Pepper Jack Chicken Fajita and Rice Soup

Recipe & photo via Carlsbad

Servings 6 servings
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes


 2 tablespoons olive oil
 1 tablespoon butter
 2 chicken breasts, thinly sliced (1 pound)
 1/2 large onion, thinly sliced
 1 small red bell pepper, thinly sliced
 1 small orange bell pepper, thinly sliced
 1 small yellow bell pepper, thinly sliced
 4 garlic cloves, minced
 2 tablespoons flour
2 teaspoons chicken bouillon powder
1 tsp EACH salt, chili powder, ground cumin
1/2 tsp EACH smoked paprika, pepper, dried oregano 3/4 cup long-grain white rice, uncooked
1 15 oz. can black beans, rinsed and drained
14 oz. can mild diced green chilies
1 14 oz. can crushed tomatoes
4 14.5 oz. cans low sodium chicken broth
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 cup freshly grated Pepper Jack cheese or more to taste

Tortilla chips/strips
fresh cilantro
sour cream
Hot sauce to taste


1. Melt butter in olive oil over medium high heat in a large Dutch oven/soup pot. Add chicken and onions and sauté for 3 minutes.

2. Add bell peppers, garlic, flour and all seasonings/spices.
Cook, stirring constantly, for 2 minutes.

3. Stir in rice, black beans, green chilies, crushed tomatoes and 3 cans chicken broth. Mix cornstarch with last can chicken broth and add to soup. Bring to boil then reduce heat and simmer on medium low, stirring occasionally, for 8-12 minutes or until rice is cooked.

4. Remove from heat and stir in cheese. Add additional chicken broth/water to thin soup if desired. Garnish individual servings with desired toppings.

*Note: Cooking time may vary depending on how long it takes to bring your soup to a boil so I suggest checking the rice occasionally until done. Remove from heat and stir in cheese. Add additional chicken broth/water to thin soup if desired. Garnish individual servings with desired toppings. Recipe Notes

*This is a hearty soup with a thicker enchilada sauce like broth. If you prefer a thinner broth then you can leave out the flour and cornstarch.
**The Pepper Jack Cheese can be left out of the soup if preferred and used as a garnish instead.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Happy National Bubble Bath Day

Did you take a bath today? I didn't, but maybe tomorrow I'll soak my feet. Sounds really nice right now.