Butternut & Red Lentil Curry


Roasted Butternut Squash

1 Diced Apple
1 Chopped Onion
3 Cloves Garlic

1 Whole Box Low Sodium Chicken Broth
1 Can Coconut Milk
Yellow Curry Seasoning

1/2 Cup PB2 Powder

1 tsp Thai Red Curry Paste
Red Lentils, 1 Cup

  • 1 whole butter nut squash, cut in half and roasted in the oven
  • 1 half chopped onion
  • 1 apple, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic chopped or pressed

  • cumin
  • sage leaf
  • Thai red curry paste
  • yellow curry seasoning
  • salt & pepper to taste

Other Ingredients
  • 1c red lentils
  • PB2

  • 1 can reduced fat coconut milk
  • 1 box reduced sodium chicken broth
  • 1/2 C cream or coconut cream
  • 8oz apple juice


Cut squash in half, sprinkle with salt and pepper, place on baking sheet, sprinkle with olive oil, wrap tightly with foil. Bake until tender about 1.5 hours at 350.

In the mean time, saute 1 half of a chopped onion, 1 diced and seeded apple and 3 cloves garlic in 1 tbl olive oil, slowly adding 8 oz of apple juice as needed to keep vegetables from getting dry, adding the 1 heaping tsp of red curry paste at end of saute. Once onion and apple mixture are soft, add 1 box reduced sodium chicken or vegetable broth, 1 can reduced fat coconut milk. Season with 1/2 tsp cumin, 1 tsp yellow curry seasoning, salt and pepper to taste, and a pinch of red pepper flakes, stir together with vegetables, and 1 cup red lentils... Bring all to boil, then add cubes of squash and diced apple once finished baking (I bake the night before), and PB2, turn down to simmer over medium-low heat. You can add additional unflavored protein if desired. Simmer all ingredients for approx. 20 minutes together. Remove from heat and stir in or blend in cream.

You can either serve as is, topping with fried sage leaves, red pepper flakes and crushed peanuts or cashews... OR You can puree in blender or with a emulsifier.




  • The following habits are ideal to your cusses after surgery.
  • 3 Small meals per day plus 2 shakes or high protein snacks
  • Lean protein with each meal for a goal of 60-80 grams per day
  • Take approximately 30 minutes to eat meals and snacks
  • Chew foods 20-30 timers per bite
  • Ear a variety of foods for a balanced diet
  • Measure your food, ½ cup portion for visual practice
  • Practice meal planning to avoid fast food as much as possible
  • Sip liquids, 6-8 ounces per hour
  • Avoid liquids during and 30 minutes after meals
  • Drink at least 48-4 ounces of water daily
  • Avoid carbonated beverages
  • It is ideal to avoid alcohol
  • Take vitamins and minerals as directed


Aim to get exercise 6 days a week; walking, strength training, yoga, swimming… 30-45minutes each day at moderate intensity. (Approval from your M.D. is a must!)

Walking is a great source of exercise, just be sure to get your heart rate up!

I'm baaaack!

Ok, so it's definitely been awhile! So much so I decided it was time to clean up the blog, therefore I removed several posts. So let's catch up a little!

Over the year my family has had a lot going on, the biggies....My father-in-law passed away, we bought a home (will share more later), my oldest son got out of the military after 4 war deployments and 8 years of military service (clap clap clap!!!), my youngest son got married (less then 24hrs notice, IN MY YARD!!!!), and we had a new grandson (blesssssings!)!!!!

Wow, I drafted this 5 years ago and never posted it, tisk, tish, I promise to do better! For now, I'm baaaaack!


NYX Round Lipstick

Ugh, I am so disappointed! While I loved the color "Rea" the extra creamy formula, the color, the color stay (easily comparable to MAC) and convincing myself to tolerate the very faint smell of citronella, you know the bug spray smell, although minimal, I was a gasp when I licked my lips and they tasted worst than the lipstick smelled! I literally tasted the horrible taste of perfume, as though I had sprayed it in my mouth (no, I am NOT exaggerating)! Too bad I bought 3 tubes, I haven't tried the other two, unexcited anyway, as the matte colors on the ULTA website do not look like the FLUORESCENT colors I received. Big waste of money for me!

What are your thoughts about NYX Lipstick?

Probably my first and only purchase of NYX, and I was so hoping to love the products!

Edited to add: OKAY I have had a change of heart, slightly- where the smell and taste is concerned the NYX matte lipstick products do NOT have the same issue; Hippie Chick, Butter and Euro Trash all were great in respect to the earlier comments. My biggest issue with the mattes is they seem to push out towards the outter lip leaving the center without color, disappearing way to easy. I will continue to try the mattes and report back! For $3 I got more than what I paid for!
XoX Shana
Bella Dish



Finally! I'm uploading a few of the Ingot palettes I have received so far! Just a quick note tonight, I will go through the colors later this week. First off, the pearl and shine are just as high quality as MAC; great color payoff, rich pigmentation, smooth, blend easily without diminishing color. Now for the matte, love the amount of colors available in matte. The negative, they are a little powdery so be sure to try using a mineral brush and press the shadow onto the brush or you will be sure to get lots of fall out, some of the mattes are slightly chalky but this does not take away from the pigment whatsoever. I do recommend shadow insurance, this will help your shadow last all day without creasing or much touch up! If you like sparkle, you will like their "DS" (double sparkle) shades. At $5 per pot, these shadows are a steal. I haven't tried them, but I would also recommend the Rainbow Collection Shadows for $7 a shade, you get 3 in 1! (see below) The 10 pot palettes are $14 empty, plus the $5 per shadow to fill them. The only flaw I find in the design of the palettes is there is no hole in the bottom of the palette to change out the pots. Be sure to pick yourself up a magnet from the fabric/craft or hardware store if you plan on rearranging them or changing your pots out!

I have had no eye irritation from the shadows. I will definitely repurchase and try not to pay that much attention to MAC because I'm simply sold on Inglot! This system is called the Freedom System. Next from Inglot I look forward to trying their lipstick and possibly concealers.

If you make a purchase, please let Inglot knows in the notes I referred you, and definitely let me know what YOU think!

Rainbow Shades

I'm definitely going to get some rainbow pots just for my highlighters, so I can have them in each palette!

My palettes below-

I almost forgot to mention the durability of the palette, I will definitely add photos of that or a video! They are highly durable and great for travel.
Have a Great week!

XoXo Shana
Bella Dish


Benefit Sun Beam!

Finally Glam Gals, A golden highlighter! And since I am a total fan of Benefit's highlighters this will be a definite favorite I am certain! At $26 per 13.0 mL, 0.45 oz it better be great. Sun beam is finally available at Benefit's website, HSN and Sephora. Benefit says, "This golden bronze highlighter gives you a natural, sunkissed radiance. Dot & blend over makeup on to cheek & brow bones for a bronzed glow that complements all skintones. It’s liquid sunshine in a bottle!" Ooooo lala this sounds so appealing, doesn't it!

Be sure to let me know your thoughts on this new Benefit highlighter. If you want to read how Benefit compares their highlighters, visit here. I will be sure to let you know just what I think as soon as it arrives!

XoX Shana

Benefit Hello Flawless OxygenWOW Foundation

Guess what Glam Gals, Hello Flawless may be "out of stock" on Benefit's webpage, but it's still available on Home Shopping Network, HSN! You can even pre-order right now before the debut at midnight pacific time! One payment of $34 or 2 payments of $17!

HSN says.....

Benefit Hello Flawless OxygenWOW Foundation with POREfssional Sample
Lift off to complexion perfection! This brightening liquid foundation with Benefit's exclusive OxygenWOW Hydrating Complex gives buildable, custom coverage for a natural-looking, gorgeous look. It's your skin, just more luminous and healthy-looking. Choose from 9 shades for the perfect match.

What You Get

Benefit Hello Flawless OxygenWOW Foundation with POREfessional Sample Includes:
  • 1 fl. oz. Hello Flawless OxygenWOW Liquid Foundation
  • .005 fl. oz. POREfessional single use sample

What It Does
  • Gives foundation coverage with SPF 25 PA++ sun protection
  • Buildable formula helps skin appear luminous

Color Choices
  • Ivory - I'm Pure 4 Sure
  • Petal - I'm Plush & Precious
  • Champagne - Cheers to me
  • Honey - I'm So Money
  • Beige - I'm All the Rage
  • Toasted Beige - Warm Me Up
  • Amber - I'm So Glamber
  • Hazelnut - I'm Hopelessly Hot
  • Nutmeg - Gotta Know Me


Hello Flawless OxygenWOW Liquid Foundation
  • The modern way to wear foundation
  • Formulated to help protect against environmental aggressors
  • Contains Vitamins C and E derivatives that help address visible signs of aging
  • Contains SPF 25 PA ++ for broad spectrum sun protection
  • Oil-free, fragrance-free

POREfessional Sample
  • Sample of Benefit's best-selling skin-perfecting primer
  • Silky, lightweight balm can be used alone, under or over makeup
  • Translucent formula complements all skintones
  • Helps your makeup application last longer

How to Use

  • Blend with fingertips, sponge or foundation brush over entire complexion
  • Use more or less to customize your coverage

POREfessional Primer
  • Apply from the center of the face outward by patting lightly with fingertips.
  • Pay particular attention to the T-zone area

Made in USA
Let me know what you think about Benefit's latest foundation!
XoX Shana