How To Make Bannock Or Indian Bread, The Food Of Mountain Men

Back in the day, people were struggling to survive and every day was a challenge. Foods with a high-calorie intake were in high demand and taste wasn’t as important as it is today. People were looking for calories and durability, and they couldn’t afford to be picky. Bannock or Indian bread is one of the …

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Easy Hamburger Soup

Hamburger Soup is a quick and easy meal loaded with vegetables, lean beef, diced tomatoes and potatoes. It’s great made ahead of time, budget friendly, reheats well and freezes perfectly.

We serve this easy Hamburger Soup with a fresh green salad and some crusty bread for the perfect meal!

Hamburger Soup with vegetables ready to serve in a bowl - a hearty meal!

I love a good soup as a weeknight meal. Hearty soups are satisfying & simple and they are loaded with vegetables and healthy ingredients! Soup is the perfect cool weather food or delicious weeknight dinner!

You can make them totally low cal like a Weight Loss Vegetable Soup, nice and hearty like a Chicken Wild Rice Soup or rich and creamy like a Slow Cooker Corn Chowder!

This Hamburger Soup is simple classic comfort food, hearty, healthy and satisfying. Perfect on a cool evening to warm your belly from the inside out.

I have to say that while we’ve always referred to this as hamburger soup, I know you guys have tons of other names for it! Hamburger soup, vegetable soup, hangover soup, poor man’s soup, bachelor’s stew… just to name a few.

Regardless of what you call it, you’ll definitely want to make it!Hamburger Soup is a quick and easy meal loaded with vegetables, lean beef, diced tomatoes and potatoes. It's great made ahead of time, reheats well and freezes perfectly.

How to Make Hamburger Soup

A rich tomato broth is filled with ground beef, tender potatoes and vegetables.  Sometimes the most simple ingredients make the best ever meals.

This hamburger soup is not only delicious, it’s easy to make with ingredients you likely have on hand.

I start with a mixture of lean beef, onion and garlic browned and drained.  You can use any kind of ground meat in this recipe including ground turkey.

Beef broth is the best broth option to add lots of great flavor; I personally prefer the low sodium variety.

Hamburger Soup with Vegetables

I use a mixture of frozen vegetables to make this super easy (no chopping, no prepping) but it’s also a great way to use up any veggies in your fridge. Carrots, celery, peas, beans, zucchini… pretty much anything goes, sometimes we make this even with cabbage!

This version of Hamburger Soup uses potatoes since that’s how we always had it growing up. If you don’t have potatoes on hand (or just prefer pasta) you can add any type of pasta into this recipe!

I add an extra 1 cup of broth (or water) and let the pasta simmer until tender.  Macaroni, shells and rotini are favorites to make this into a delicious and hearty macaroni beef soup!

Hamburger Soup is a quick and easy meal loaded with vegetables, lean beef, diced tomatoes and potatoes. It's great made ahead of time, reheats well and freezes perfectly.

What to Serve with Hamburger Soup

While the soup is simmering, I prepare a quick chopped salad and slice up a loaf of french bread (almost always served with Homemade Garlic Butter) for a complete meal.

If you’re lucky enough to have leftovers, this soup is great reheated for lunches all week but even better, it freezes perfectly!

I prop up a freezer bag in my little baggie holder and fill each baggie with one serving.

When I need a quick lunch, I take it out of the freezer the night before or in the morning and microwave for a perfect meal. (And then sometimes add a little sprinkle of cheese before serving).

Hamburger Soup is a quick and easy meal loaded with vegetables, lean beef, diced tomatoes and potatoes. It's great made ahead of time, reheats well and freezes perfectly.

This has been a family favorite forever!

It gets rave reviews from everyone who tries it, it’s quick and easy to make, reheats well and is versatile.  The perfect soup.

This is also an excellent gifting soup.

If you know anyone that’s recently had a baby or surgery, or is just having an extra crazy week with the kids, this is the soup to drop off.

Add along a side of 30 Minute Dinner Rolls for the perfect meal!

It stretches to feed a crowd with that salad and bread, and will last a few days.


Hamburger Soup

Hamburger Soup is a quick and easy meal loaded with vegetables, lean beef, diced tomatoes and potatoes. It’s great made ahead of time, reheats well and freezes perfectly.

1 lb lean ground beef 1 onion (, diced) 2 cloves garlic (, minced) 2 medium potatoes (, peeled and diced) 3 1/2 cups beef broth 1 can ((28 oz) diced tomatoes with juice) 1 can condensed tomato soup 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning 1 bay leaf salt and pepper to taste 3 cups mixed vegetables (, fresh or frozen) Brown onion, ground beef and garlic until no pink remains. Drain any fat. Add potatoes, broth, tomatoes, tomato soup, Worcestershire sauce, seasoning and bay leaves. Simmer covered 10 minutes. Stir in vegetables. Simmer 15-20 minutes or until potatoes are tender.


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Hamburger Soup is a quick and easy meal loaded with vegetables, lean beef, diced tomatoes and potatoes.  It's great made ahead of time, reheats well and freezes perfectly Hamburger Soup is a quick and easy meal loaded with vegetables, lean beef, diced tomatoes and potatoes.  It's great made ahead of time, reheats well and freezes perfectly

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Why Inversions Are Good for Your Mind

Practice inversions with Briohny Smyth‘s or Chelsey Korus‘s class packs on Wanderlust TV. 

Most assume that inversions and arm balances are about strength. Yet the delicate balance between weight distribution and structure of the pose can throw the super strong off their game. Disillusioned or ambitious but unmindful practitioners try to forcefully conquer the posture, while an unsuspecting yogi flies through said inversion with ease; the rest of us look on in admiration or anxiety over whether to give it a go.

For some, the thought of balancing on their heads or hands seems scary and beyond their ability. Many dismiss the possibility of inversions and arm balances due to doubt, fear, and lack of strength. The mind starts to chatter all its apprehensions.

Yes, inversions are a mind trip and can be fertile ground to observe your tendencies and attitudes toward approaching something that’s desirable but difficult. We have to question why do we want to do it and what purpose it serves.

Why Practice Inversions?

Aside from the more physical muscular benefits, inversions are believed to improve brain function, release neurotransmitters, balance hormones, and release endorphins.

Dr. Karen Koffler, medical director of Canyon Ranch Miami and formerly director of Integrative Medicine at Evanston Northwestern Hospital, explains the benefits of these inversions for the brain:

Inverted positions that are assumed in yoga alter the blood flow (including lymphatic drainage) and flow of cerebral spinal fluid (CSF). If there is increased blood flow to the area, there will be increased bioavailability of oxygen and glucose—the two most important metabolic substrates for the brain. It follows then that cells bathed in a solution that is rich in factors required for the creation of neurotransmitters (like norepinephrine, dopamine, and serotonin) will be better able to produce these chemicals.

However, it’s the emotional and psychological journey that makes inversion practice so valuable and enriching. In fact, it is not uncommon to feel immediately uplifted after an inversion. These positive effects can provide an alternative way to counteract mental health challenges, such as SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder).

Psychologically, inversions and arm balances can break down some personal barriers. When we approach this type of practice we realize that it is consistent mindful dedication without ambition and an open, welcoming attitude toward the teacher and assistance that is the secret to a successful inversion pose.

Inversions can also help develop patience, focus, and listening skills. If information is received positively, familiarity will soften fear enough to be acknowledged and subside. This work through the asana—whether physically, visually, or energetically, even at the preparatory work stage (just as beneficial and easily accommodating)—is great stimulation for the mind.

During inversion prep work we are reminded how to stay curious and courageous. The mind enters the body awareness more acutely. The trust and openness of a yogi’s attitude develops problem solving skills, while exploring the body’s boundaries, capabilities, and discoveries. Executing the final asana becomes less important. The real yoga has already begun.

Yogis are often surprised by how much they can achieve and uncover about themselves through the process. The impossible starts to seem more attainable. A sense of accomplishment that follows can lift spirits to new heights and bring fresh confidence and motivation into everyday existence. But If a desired result is not reached, learning acceptance can foster self-love as well. Inversion practice serves as a catalyst for personal growth.

5 Inversions to Try

Crow (Bakasana)

As one of the first inversions to learn, crow pose is a great intro to the concept of balance, weight shifting, trust, and knowing that it’s not about the strength. It’s easy to transition from the prep work (rocking back and forth from feet to hands) to the full expression of the posture of balancing on the hands.

Bakasana, like a lot of postures, can conjure up a lot of fear issues. With patience, care, and trust, a yogi can work toward overcoming these issues and start to feel more open and liberated as you progress in the pose.

From crow there are myriad similar alignment arm balances one can work on. Or try gently shifting the weight more forward to a headstand.

Headstand (Shirshasana)

Inversions by nature usually place the heart higher than the head, improving blood circulation. This boost to the nervous and endocrine systems produces an uplifting, rejuvenating effect. Shirshasana cultivates spacial awareness, concentration, and focus needed to come into and out of the posture.

From here you could choose to transition back to Bakasana or jump back into Chaturanga Dandasana.

Downward Dog (Adho Mukha Svanasana)

Is the most well-known yoga posture that happens to be an inversion! In the beginning, downward dog can be difficult and stressful to manage, but in time it becomes a resting position. It’s a mental challenge—either you are cursing or loving it.

Shoulder Stand (Salamba Sarvangasana)

This is a lovely, popular posture that most can enjoy. Feelings of weightlessness and wonder can inspire the inner child in all of us to play. Shoulder stand supports positive improvement on mood and encourages contentment.

Legs Up the Wall (Viparita Karani)

This restorative and gentle anti-aging posture promotes peacefulness and satisfaction. As the nervous system is soothed, the mind is relaxed. Viparita Karani is a welcome asana after a hard class or long day at work.


Robert M Martin, M.D., The Gravity Guidance System: Turning the Aging Process Upside Down, Gravity Guidance Inc., Pasadena, CA, 1982

Mel Robin, PhD, A Physiological Handbook for Teachers of Yogasana, Fenstra Books, Tuscon, AZ, 2002

Amy Weintraub, Yoga for Depression: A Compassionate Guide to Relieve Suffering Through Yoga, Broadway Books, 2004

IMG_0250-2Stacy Lee Ghin is a Canadian 200 RYT vinyasa flow teacher living in New Zealand that divides her time between being a mom  and professionally doing hair and makeup on fashion shoots. A lover of all things beautiful and magical, she enjoys sharing her knowledge and discoveries on her website and Instagram.


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Are Your Nails Trying To Tell You Something?

Finger and toenails are not just for painting or picking at the lounge room coffee table.

Many health problems will show up on your nails, so it’s worth paying attention and listen to what your nails are trying to tell you.

So, are your nails trying to tell you something?

Are Your Nails Trying To Tell You Something?


1) Dents or Pits in the nails

Does your fingernails look like they have been in a hail storm?  More often than not, the cause of those dents is psoriasis. The inflammatory skin condition shows up as red, scaly patches on the skin and can also affect the skin cells in the nails. Instead of growing out smoothly, the surface of the nail takes on a dented appearance. Once the psoriasis is treated and under control, your nails will slowly return to normal. If they don’t, then of course, it can also point to a condition known as ‘Reiter’s Syndrome’ which causes hair loss – so get it checked out to make sure!

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2) Nail Clubbing

Clubbing: Painless enlargement of the terminal phalanges that results when the nail bed overgrows and pushes the proximal nail upward. –

A healthy nail has a specific shape; slightly raised in the middle, then curving down a bit at the tip. When you see a nail which looks the opposite to normal, it’s called a spoon-shaped nail, and it’s a symptom of iron deficiency. ‘Nail Clubbing’ can be caused by low level of oxygen in the blood and can be indicative of lung disease. Something that is not to be ignored!

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3) Nail Peeling

Our nails are made up of several layers of keratin, a type of protein. When nails aren’t protected – your hands are in water a lot, or exposed to cold, dry air – those layers tend to fall apart. The result are nails that are likely to peel. Obviously, this is a sign that you need to take better care of your nails. However, it can also indicate a diet that’s lacking in linoleic acid. The easiest way to up your intake is to increase your use of vegetable oils, adding to salad dressing or roast veggies.

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4) Brittle nails

Brittle nails are ones that can’t hold on to moisture, so the layers of the nail plate dry out and crack. While it’s possible for an under-active thyroid to cause both dry skin and brittle nails, it’s more likely the cause will be either a diet low in iron (causing nails to become thin, brittle and easily broken) or excessive exposure to water.

Here are some home remedies that you might want to try:

Vitamin E Treatment (Oil, etc) – This is one of the best ingredients for strengthening brittle, dry nails. Just a few drops of oil and your nails will feel great. However, this is not an overnight cure. Best results will require using it for weeks. Lemon Juice can be swiped all over your nails to cure brittleness. Combining Lemon Juice and Olive Oil promises better results, too! They are good for strengthening brittle fingernails. Massage it for two weeks unto your nails everyday. Soaking your nails in beer is also an effective remedy to brittle nails. Beer, Apple Cider Vinegar and Olive oil combined will give you better results. Nails | Stay At Home Mum


5) Yellow Nails

A healthy nail should also look pretty and pinkish like a newborn’s ass. When it doesn’t, then that may be a reason to worry. Nails turning yellow could be a sign of lung disease or diabetes, while yellow spots on the nails can be an indicator of fungus or psoriasis. Since any of these conditions warrants treatment, it’s worth seeing a doctor if those yellow nails persist. Unless you frequently wear very dark nail polish — then you may notice a slight yellowing on your nails. This is not a reason to panic since your nails are just stained from the polish and will return to normal in no time.

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6) White Spots

Tiny white dots on nails are normally nothing that you should be worried of. Most often, those spots are the result of some type of minor trauma to your nails. But if you’re certain you didn’t injure your nails and you are noticing recurring white spots, there are several other causes, including the skin conditions psoriasis and eczema, or a diet that’s deficient in the mineral zinc. Perhaps, an appointment with the doctor can be useful. Besides, it is always better  to be safe than sorry.


7) The Half Moon

..or officially known as the lunula. It’s that little crescent at the base of your nail. Can you see it? Whether it’s visible or not — it isn’t a sign of anything. But did you know that the shape of the lunula determines the natural shape of the nail edge? Just saying.



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Healthy Tips for Getting Great Abs

If you’ve got a flabby belly, you might want nothing more than to have a flat set of abdominal muscles. There are definitely some easy solutions out there, such as Maxfit Garcinia and other weight-loss diet solutions, but there are also little things you can do here and there that will help you get some great. There are the obvious tips, of course, such as eating more fruits and vegetables and improving the amount of fiber in your diet. However, but there are also some tips that are just as effective but little known. Here are some to help you out.

Drink Up


It’s a belief among many women that drinking too much water isn’t very good for them because it gives them puffy abs. However, the opposite is actually true. We do associate water with being bloated. However, whenever you drink water, you actually flush all the sodium out of your body. That will reduce the amount of bloat you have to experience. One easy way to figure out if you’re drinking enough water is to watch your urine. Such things as the color and quantity of the urine will tell you if there is enough water in your body. If the urine comes out in copious amounts and is pale yellow in color then you’re OK; you’re drinking enough water. If your urine is scant in volume and is darker in color, then you’re likely not drinking enough water. You will also experience other things, such as thirst and the feeling of dehydration. Here are some helpful tips to help you stay dehydrated:

You should drink at least eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day. Go for those beverages that contain little or no calories and little to no sodium or caffeine. Herbal tea is a good example of such a drink. Try to stay as far away as you can from such things as soft drinks and soups that contain lots of sodium. If your food contains lots of water, such as vegetables, fruits or low-sodium soups, then you can meet half of your daily water requirement with ease. Stay as far away from carbonated drinks. These drinks are known to increase bloating due to the carbon dioxide. The carbon dioxide will get trapped in the bubbles and create gas in your stomach. That gas slows down the emptying of your stomach and makes you look bloated. Your abs will look flabbier as a result. Be careful about how much caffeine and alcohol you take in as both are natural diuretics. Diuretics tend to increase your loss of fluids and do not replace your bodily fluids as effectively as water or other beverages that are free of caffeine and alcohol. Because of the dehydration that such drinks promote, they tend to flatten your abs. Watch Your Sodium Intake

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Sodium tends to have a bad reputation in the area of nutrition. However, it is very important for the regulation of your body fluids and blood pressure. It is also very important for the transmission of signals in your nerves, the functioning of your muscles, and the absorption of nutrients you need. However, all that said, even a little bit of excess sodium could lead to bloating.

The average woman needs only about 500 milligrams of sodium in a day. Most women, however, take in up 3,000 milligrams a day. The result of taking all of this sodium, which is mostly consumed as table salt and preservatives in the processed foods we consume, is that your abs don’t look as defined. The main reason for this is that sodium and water are bedfellows. Water will always go where sodium goes.

When you eat a meal high in sodium, your body responds to the situation by retaining more water. This high retention of water results in edema and also potentially an increase in blood pressure. The visible traces of sodium will be noticed the next day when you stand sideways in front of the mirror and notice the bloat you’re going through. Here are a few tips to help you deal with it:

Do not take more than 2,400 milligrams of sodium in a day. That’s about a teaspoon of table salt. That’s enough to make sure you have enough sodium in your body even when you sweat profusely. You should also eat more fresh and natural foods as opposed to commercial foods, fast foods and prepackaged foods. The same goes for cured meats, which are usually very high in sodium. Only 3 ounces of ham contains 1,000 milligrams of sodium.

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