DWTS — Week 4

Well, trying to pay attention to the show this season, but with The Voice on at the same time, it’s been hard.

Seem whenever I flip back to DWTS, I catch the pair that need to go home.

This week, I’m picking Gary Busey and Anna Trebunskaya to go home.


It’s time for them to leave. He us just too much for color TV!

Favorite song(s) of the night:

 “Everybody (Backstreet’s Back)” by Backstreet Boys

Pretty in Pink

Here are some pictures I found posted on Facebook.

One of these days, I will see trees this color in person. 


Eating Lemon Rinds

Even as a little kid, I ate the lemon rinds. Just recently a co-worker saw me eat the lemon rind and gave me a funny look. Thanks AG. 😜

So, of course I had to Goolged it and here is what I found. 

The USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard References states that:

  • Every 100 grams of lemon peel has 134 milligrams of calcium.
  • The same amount has 160 milligrams of potassium.
  • The same amount contains 129 milligrams of vitamin C.
  • The same amount contains 10.6 grams of fiber.

Benefits of Eating Lemon Peel

The scientific name of the lemon peel is citrus limonum whether it is fresh or dried and this part of the lemon can be used for many medical, cooking and cosmetic purposes. Both consuming it and using it topically has helped those who suffer from scurvy, cholesterol, acne, heart issues and others. That is because it contains many essential vitamins, minerals and enzyme.

1. Decrease Cholesterol Level

Eating lemon peel can help decrease the body’s cholesterol level which in turn can promote better heart health. In addition, the potassium found in the peel can help maintain blood pressure levels. The peels are able to lower LDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol) because of the polyphenol flavonoids. In addition, the vitamins C and P help clear the blood vessels and by doing so reduce the risk of developing certain conditions such as diabetic heart disease, heart disease and high blood pressure.

2. Fight Cancer

We already mentioned that two of the nutrients in lemon peel are limonene and salvestrol Q40 and these two components both fight cancerous cells. In addition, the flavonoids that can be found in the peel can help counter cancerous cell division. Because of that, eating lemon peel is considered a preventive action against several types of cancers such as skin, colon and breast.

3. Improve Bone Health

In order to develop strong, healthy bones, we need to ingest a good quantity of calcium and lemon peel contains this in addition to vitamin C. because of this, eating lemon peel has shown to help prevent osteoarthritis, inflammatory polyarthritis, bone fractures, rheumatoid arthritis and osteoporosis.

4. Boost Immunity and Digestion

Lemon peel contains essential nutrients including vitamin C which allow the body to resist infections as well as the subsequent ailments. Because of this, eating lemon peel is considered a good method for treating sore throat, flu, cold and similar infections. It can also help boost healthy digestion due to its dietary fiber that encourages healthy bowel movements.

5. Improve Oral Health

A deficiency in vitamin C can lead to several gum and dental problems such as gingivitis, bleeding gums and scurvy. Because lemon peel is rich in citric acid and vitamin C, it is able to prevent these and other related gum and dental problems.

6. Neutralize Free Radicals

Free radicals are unpaired electrons that occur in our body’s cells and they are responsible for certain health problems including autoimmune diseases, swelling, aging, heart issues and some types of cancer. Lemon peels contains vitamin C which can help neutralize these free radicals and therefore prevent those health concerns. Free radicals are also associated with blood vessel damage so vitamin C is also able to help maintain healthy blood circulation.

7. Improve Skin Condition

Free radicals play an important role in signs of aging and skin problems such as dark spots, acne, pigmentation and wrinkles. The citric acid and vitamin C in lemon peel help purify blood vessels as well as remove the impurities found in skin cells which in turn promotes healthy skin. In addition, the antioxidants in lemon peel detoxify the skin, making it great for pimples and acne. While there are topical options, consuming the peel is ideal.

One option for topical application is the following: cut the lemon into two to four pieces, squeezing the juices into a bowl. Cut up the lemon peel and mix it into the juice, storing the mixture somewhere cool and dry. Add an optional teaspoon of honey and apply it to your face. Leave it on for around 5 minutes before rinsing.

8. Boost Metabolism and Reduce Weight

One of the elements in lemon peel is pectin which has been shown to help in weight loss. This substance has some properties that will convert it into a jelly which prevents your body from absorbing excessive quantities of sugar, helping maintain your weight.

Cautions and Tips for Eating Lemon Peel

1. Wash Properly and Go Organic

You must wash lemon peel before eating it as pesticides or insecticides may have been used during the growing process. Lemons that have been shipped great distances may contain a wax coating that prevents damage but it can be made using animal, plant or insect based products. Therefore, it is best to opt for organically grown peels.

2. Be Aware Of Crystallization

Lemon peels contain a high amount of oxalates which are found in humans. When we have high concentrations of oxalates it can lead to problems which are associated with crystallization such as kidney or gallbladder stones. Therefore if you already suffer from these problems, avoid eating lemon peel.

Kool-Aid Pickles

One things about watching those food shows on TV is that I want to make some if the things they are eating.

Here is one of them… Kool-Aid Pickles Recipe.

Kool-Aid pickles are a popular treat in the Delta (northwestern Mississippi). Great for eating in the summer, Kool-Aid pickles are surprisingly sweet.

Kool Aid Pickles

1 quart dill pickles1 package unsweetened Kool-Aid1/2 cup sugar

Transfer brine from pickle jar into a bowl.

Stir Kool-Aid and sugar into brine to dissolve.

Return brine to jar with pickles and refrigerate at least 5 days before eating.


I’m going to buy the the thing I need to make these Kool Aid Pickles.

Will see how good they are.

My Public Service Announcement

I saw this posted on an alumni Favebook page. I swear I have been thinking the same thing lately. 

Part of my knows to ignore all the negative and mean comments. But then there is the other part of me that wants to rip into that person who only can post negative comments and who are being bullies. 

But I hold my tounge and just skip their comments/posts. With the election coming up and other world events, I will be strong and keep me comments to myself. 

So thanks Kim for posting this. I’m borrowing it. 

Here is my Public Service Announcement.
I am an American citizen, which means I have the luxury of Freedom of Speech, freedom of political views and of religion. My moral compass is what I personally have to live with each day.

I just don’t understand how people, many who are American citizens with the same rights I have, think it’s okay to bash or demean others when they do not have the same belief system they do.  

Just because someone doesn’t agree with me, does not mean that person (or people) are bad people, or I judge them for their convictions. I ask the same in return.

If my faith in God or views on abortion, Planned Parenthood, politics or anything else I stand for offends you, and you cannot be nice to me, then do us both a favor and get out of my life.

I have people who are in my life who come from strongly different belief systems than mine, and I still love and respect them…and they do the same for me. Unfortunately, I cannot say the same for all people in my life or on FB.

That’s where a problem with Facebook comes in. It should be a place where you enjoy, have healthy debates if you want to, and share yourself freely. All I have been seeing is a really bad side of it lately.  

The political season brings out so much anger and hatred in people, it just makes me sick. After all…we are American citizens, voting for an American citizen.

As far as I’m concerned – I’m proud of my life and who I am. I focus on doing good every day and to not be judgmental. I often fail, but I take it as a learning experience, and humble myself to apologize.

I’m tired of the negative, screeching people who hate others because of their beliefs. I’m done with allowing people to insult me personally. Going forward, I will address it with the person, and if that means I lose a relationship, so be it. I just want peace.

So, my Public Service Announcement is: love, honor and respect one another…or get the hell out of their life. Mine included.

Happy Birthday to My Sister

Today is my sister, Cynthia’s birthday. 


I always thought it was cool that her birthday was on October 1st. 

Above are some pictures of her. Isn’t she pretty?


It’s just the two of us now. So I really need to treasure every birthday, every special occasion and let her know that l am thinking of her.

So, Happy Birthday, Cynthia. Hope you have a fabulous birthday. 


For a Special Sister On your Birthday

An extra special wish

is being made, for you today

For your Birthday to be

wonderful in each and every way.

Hoping that your Birthday brings

everything you’re hoping for

And may the coming year, hold

all your favorite things in store.

Happy Birthday Sister

Song of the Week

I have always been a fan of George Benson. So when I was organizing my songs on my iPod, I found George Benson’s version of The Beatles‘ song “The Long and Winding Road” (video).

The Long and Winding Road” is a ballad written by Paul McCartney (credited to Lennon–McCartney) that originally appeared on The Beatles‘ album Let It Be. It became The Beatles’ 20th and last number-one song in the United States on 23 May 1970, and was the last single released by the quartet. “The Long and Winding Road” was listed with “For You Blue” as a double-sided hit when the single hit number one on the US Billboard Hot 100 in 1970. (from wikipedia.com)

So that got me to find what other artists covered this song and here is what I found. Here are some of them:

Side note:

This will tell you how much of a Beatles fan I am. I didn’t know that:

While the released version of the song was very successful, the post-production modifications to the song by producer Phil Spector angered McCartney to the point that when he made his case in court for breaking up The Beatles as a legal entity, McCartney cited the treatment of “The Long and Winding Road” as one of six reasons for doing so. (from wikipedia.com)

This was offered to Tom Jones in 1968 on the condition it be his next single. He had “Delilah” set for release so he turned down the offer, something he would later regret. (from songfact.com).

One of the last Beatles songs, Paul McCartney wrote this based on tensions within the band. (from songfact.com).


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