Monthly Archives: October 2016

Scents for Healthy Living

lavender-flower-clip-art-8096518-branch-of-lavender-violet-scented-beautiful-plant When a well-dressed woman entered the elevator, I was enveloped in a delicious scent.  Asking her what it was, she replied – vanilla – she had been baking and the scent had lingered on her clothes.  I remembered my experience when I read Jan Moran’s (author of Fabulous Fragrances) list of aromatherapy solutions to common problems.

Try the complementary scent to solve the appropriate problem:

  • Anxiety: vanilla, lavender, basil, rose, chamomile
  • Depression:  rose, lavender
  • Fatigue: lemon, peppermint, lily of the valley
  • Headache: lavender, eucalyptus, ginger, peppermint
  • High blood pressure: lavender,sage
  • Insomnia: lavender, basil, vanilla
  • Stress: lavender, rose, vanilla

Time to get some lavender and bake some cookies with vanilla.



Watermelon Salad

watermelon-salad-with-feta-and-cucumber-5      A small restaurant no longer in business had a luncheon offering I’ve often thought of replicating.  When I saw this recipe in a local newspaper, I decided to try it.  As good as the dish I remembered, the taste has the sweetness of watermelon and the tartness of cheese, with the complement of cucumber and mint.

Watermelon Salad with Cucumber, Feta, and Mint

  • 3 1/2 cups chilled, seedless watermelon cubes (cut into bite-size pieces)
  • 1 medium English cucumber, peeled and diced into 1/2 inch pieces
  • 2 tablespoons fresh mint leaves, thinly sliced
  • 3 tablespoons crumbles feta cheese
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic glaze (found in the vinegar aisle of the grocery store)

Scatter watermelon on a medium platter.  Top with cucumber and mint.  Sprinkle with cheese.  Drizzle with glaze and serve immediately.

Chef Jacques Pépin adds kalamata olives – maybe next time I will too.


The Versatility of Coffee


“…coffee can energize the industrious at dawn, calm the reflective at noon, or raise the spirits of the beleaguered in the middle of the night.”

Count Alexander Rostov, A Gentleman in Moscow