Dominique’s Anti Inflammatory Chicken

Now I know what you are thinking, is chicken really anti inflammatory? The answer is no. But if you eat good local organic chicken like I do you aren’t likely to get any harmful effects from it. That’s not the case for everyone I know. I am not planning on cutting out meat at all but I will be supplementing our diet with lots of fruits and veggies, gluten free, paleo, and vegan recipes. My smoothie from this morning was vegan and my egg dish was vegetarian and gluten free (Both were “paleo”). I still had a piece of whole grain organic bread as well to get extra fiber. 

As I begin to eat more of an anti inflammatory diet I’m sure it will become more obvious what foods trigger pain in my body. Not all of these recipes will be right for everyone but so far I think they are great! I hope you enjoy my take on anti inflammatory chicken. 

Ingredients:

4 boneless skinless organic hormone free chicken breasts
3 cloves garlic minced
1 tbs ground ginger or 3 tbs fresh ginger
~1 tbs olive oil
And ~2-4 limes worth of juice. 

Pound chicken until 1/2 inch thick combine garlic, ginger, oil and juice in a bag to create your marinade. Add chicken to the bag and marinate for ~20 minutes. 

Remove chicken from bag and broil in the oven until juices run clear. About 10 minutes in my oven. Then I turn them over and wait for the other side to brown up a little. 


I decided to make carrots with extra garlic and onions as well as a whole grain rice mix. Ginger, garlic and turmeric are the staples of my anti inflammatory diet. 

For the carrots I put some olive oil in the pan, then I added about three tablespoons of garlic and the other half an onion from this morning. Grill the onion and garlic until the onion is tender and a few garlic pieces start to brown slightly. Then add the carrots and a little dash of ginger turmeric tea if you have it (although water works just fine too.) Cover and steam until tender. 

And of course rice is easy! Just remember, rinse the rice and for every cup of rice you use two cups of water. Double the water to rice. 

Here it is cook cook cooking away…

Looking Good! 

Mmmmm that’s done. 

Sliced and plated. 

Mmmm… So good. 
Try it.
You will like it. 

Let me know what you think or if you have any questions in the comment section below! ❤️


-Dominique Barrentine

Herbs to brew into Immune Boosting tea


We all feel a little ill every now and then. Often times we get sick from “germs” which are bacteria, viruses, and other particulates floating around us all the time. Depending on your exposure and how well your unique immune system is working will determine whether or not you get sick. Some people have better immune systems then others. 


Most people know there are ways to boost your immune system. Plan ahead when you know exposesure is likely, such as when teaching children or traveling. It is a good idea to improve immunity. Some people take flu shots (introducing the germ into the system) others use vitamins or powdered products targeted at raising your immune system. You probably think of vitamin C first…


Vitamin C is an excellent immune booster and helps with many functions in our bodies. It is important that we always get lots of this vitamin through eating things like fresh fruit and vegetables where they are most easily digested. When we consume the food raw it contains the most nutrition and unlike supplements it is %100 natural. Fruit and vegetables are so very important. 


There are other ways to get natural vitmins as well, such as herbal teas. I love brewing my own teas with herbs I collect specificly as a medicine cabinet. My cupboard has many immune boosting herbs that I mix together when I’m feeling under the weather. 


Here is a short list of the herbs I’m going to use now. I think I might be a little sick so I’ll make some tea! 

  • Parsley Leaf
  • Raspberry Leaf
  • Dandelion Leaf
  • Red Clover Flower
  • Nettle Leaf
  • Hibiscus Flower
  • Lemon Balm

Also try marshmallow root, dandelion root, parsley root, and slippery elm if you have already have a sore throat. 

Any of these herbs can be used alone or in combination with the others for a Super Vitamin C boost from nature. Personally I’m going to take a pinch of each, put it into a strainer, pour boiling water over and cover for five minutes. Then I like to taste the brew. If it tastes too strong or bitter I add a generous SQUEEEEze of agave or local honey (which helps cure allergies, especially pollen) to sweeten to taste. 


Now rest + tea = healthy

So I’m going to drink this and take a nap… Maybe even a bath with those rose petals left over from my anniversary. Nothing calms me better then a warm bath. Remember stress reduces the immune system and the whole body’s ability to function properly. 

I hope this helps someone looking to use more herbs in their life. Enjoy this natural remedy for general health. I’m not a doctor, of course this isn’t medical advise, but Thank God for the Plants and Animals ❤️🐸🌱🍊🌿🐝💤

-Dominique Barrentine

Megan Nedds: The Fantastic Fiber Artist


Please let me introduce you to the amazing and fantastic fiber artist, Megan Nedds. She is truly inspiring to me. As I looked through her portfolio of life like creations my jaw dropped! I couldn’t believe how realistic these needle felted animals are. Megan is a magnificent artist! I am really excited to share her work here on my blog. She has so many amazing felted creations it’s hard to know where to start.


This is Clementine the alpaca. She is one of the many fiber animals artists will use for their wool. I loved that Megan chose to create a replica of these important and valuable creatures. I can just imagine the smell of the soft new wool Clementine, the young alpaca cria must have. (Wow! I just learned the word for a baby alpaca is a cria. I had to look it up:)


I was first taken aback by Megan Nedds life like birds. Lola, the green-macaw is so beautiful with a majestic wingspan. I’ve always loved birds since I was a child, especially bright colorful ones like these felt sculptures. I can tell that this artist is a bird lover and a true animal lover. She has an amazing eye!


Look how cute and lifelike Oliver, the Budgie is as he perches like a pet bird on Megan’s finger. The details that go into each one of these lovingly made masterpieces are so intricate and accurate. I just adore all of her birds! Here are just a few more of her birds of many varieties:


I was also particularly drawn to her owls. Has anyone else ever noticed how popular owls and birds in general seem to be these days? The textile birds from a few years ago comes to mind. I have artist friends that devote their time solely on birds.
Here are a couple adorable owls. I call them adorable but in reality owls are actually predator animals. They have even been known to attack humans from time to time especially for getting too close to a nest. If you seen an owl nesting do not disturb it. The owls talons are sharp and these dangerous birds usually go for the eyes and the back of the neck even when you flee. Adorable!


This is Vincent the snowy owl. He stands ten and a half inches tall with beautiful “feathers” and golden glowing eyes,

And this is Glenn, the snowy owl. One of her largest creations, Glenn is a whopping eighteen inches tall! Wow! That’s a big bird.


Moving on from birds let me introduce Donatello the gray wolf. What is striking to me about him are his strong features and the careful blending in the different tones of his fur.
As you can tell from these photos all of the felted animals can be posed due to their wire frames. They would be excellent for drawing reference in any art studio or decoration in the home of an animal lover.


I find it stunning how these wolves seem to look right at you. Whenever I see a wolf I think of my sister who is perhaps part wolf. She has always loved wolves and collects many wolf related things. Anyone with a similar collection would be thrilled to receive one of these one of a kind creations.


Megan’s collection of past works is very extensive. As far as I can tell most of these are custom pieces. She can offer quotes for custom pieces if you wanted to have a personalized item done and also answer any questions on Facebook. She has many wolves and other kinds of dogs as well. Check out this one!


Bailey is a shepherd and coonhound mix with expressive chocolate colored eyes. I can’t imagine how special it would be to memorialize a pet and this way. Even after they’ve died you would still have something to remember them by. I could see the statues being almost like stuffed animals for grown-ups and artists of all ages alike!


Megan Nedds seems to do an excellent job capturing facial expressions on the faces of these dogs. It really is the little details that make the dog come too life. Check out the little pads on the bottom of his feet. Kaltag is a smiling husky dog and I just love him! Don’t you?


Aww and sweet chocolate Cody with piercing blue eyes. These dogs just blow my mind!

Here are some more various dogs and wolves for you to admire.


Pictured here are some more wolves! Each one is posed in a different position. You have Midnight, Malachi, Kyle, and Dakota. I wish I could collect them all to have a whole pack of wolves together. These would be so cool to make old style animated movies with! 

If you are more of a cat person maybe you would prefer Harrison or Coco Puff, the cats. I love how she poses her animals in ways that capture their character. Look at Coco Puff as she playfully dances for an imaginary toy. Harrison the cat looks so snuggly with his patchy orange fur and that look that just screams, “Pick me UP MEOW!”


How precious and soft these felt creations are! I just want to collect them all and pet the soft fibers. This bunny, Banjo, is the cutest thing ever!

I love how each one has such a personal feel. They are all named and clearly lovingly made. The variety of creatures she has posted on her Facebook page is amazing.

The Woolen Wagon Facebook page for artist Megan Nedds
Wow, check out these African elephants! Megan Nedds has created many elephants of various sizes and types. My favorites are these two young calfs.


Look for her online now for more of the adorable animals and amazing creations, exotic Tigers to playful kittens and everything in between. To see her entire portfolio I urge you to check out, Megan Nedds on Facebook

Megan Nedds Facebook
And her etsy store!

The Woolen Wagon Etsy Store
And her WordPress Blog!

Megan Nedds WordPress
Thank You Megan for creating such magical art. I’m sure these animals bring joy to each and every customer you have. Thank you, Megan, for your passion for the animals and also for the charity work you do.

Right now if you purchase from her a donation will be made for a little baby’s heart surgery.

Check out Zoey’s Heart page also on Facebook

Charity for Baby Zoey’s Heart
Megan also shares images of the creation process and how she hand felts each part of her animals. She teaches others how to needle felt and is an inspiration to all of us artists that admire her!
Thank you Kris Hyland Kolb, Megan’s art teacher for your comment and also for taking this great photo of Megan. I love how this shot captures the artist’s personality alongside her work. 
Thanks again to Megan Nedds. I’ve really enjoyed your art so much!

-Dominique Barrentine