Spicy Rice Noodle Salad

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I love simple recipes and this one is as simple as it gets. Packed with flavor and it’s one you can make ahead and go about your day.


  • 1 pkg of Rice or Soba Noodles
  • 2 stalks of Celery chopped
  • 1 cup shredded Carrots
  • 1 cup shredded Green Cabbage
  • 1/2 cup shredded Red Cabbage
  • 1 cup of shredded or finely chopped Jicama
  • 1 1/2 cups of Zucchini
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 1 Jalapeno
  • 2 Cloves of Garlic
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup Bell pepper
  • 1 Habanero pepper
  • 3 T Sriracha sauce
  • 1 T Thai Pepper Paste
  • 3 T Soy Sauce
  • 3 T Oyster Sauce
  • 2 tsp. Sesame oil
  • 1 1/2 tsp. fresh grated Ginger
  • 1/2 tsp. fresh grated Turmeric
  • Juice of 1 lime or 1 T Vinegar
  • 2 to 3 T Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 C sliced Green Onion
  • Fresh Cilantro or Basil
  • Crushed peanuts, pine nuts, almond…

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Back in the pool

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Jo Ann Maxwell

I love to swim. I learned how to swim at age 5. I begin competing at age 8. I continued through the first two years of college.  When I was working, it was difficult to get into the pool on a regular basis.  Now that I’m retired, I’ve begun going to our local recreation center and swimming three days a week.  I certainly don’t swim as I used to, but swimming is one of the best exercises for the whole body.  And I love it.

Several years ago I was with a friend at a Hot Springs spa in Montana. It had an outdoor pool and an indoor pool. For the couple of days we were there, I went down to swim. I noticed that I was having difficulty with the whip kick, which is part of the breaststroke. I wasn’t really swimming a lot then so I really didn’t…

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Five things…….

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Tripping Through Treacle

When I told Hubs that I was going to write a blog post about the 5 things that multiple sclerosis has given me, he was incredulous. ’Whathas it given you? It should be the 5 things it has taken away’.

I could write a novel about the things multiple sclerosis has taken away from me – and maybe one day I will! Life isbloody difficultmuch harder now, but maybe reflecting on a few of the good things that come out of having a chronic illness like MS will help me and others to feel a bit more positive. So, here goes….

I appreciate the little things

Sounds cheesy, but there is nothing like a diagnosis of MS and the symptoms that go along with it to make you appreciate when things are good. Peonies. Sitting in the sunshine with Hubs in Amsterdam, celebrating our 10th wedding anniversary…

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Thank you! 5 nominations for blog awards!

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Dinosaurs, Donkeys and MS

Thank you so so much for the nominations for blog awards. Can’t actually believe we’ve received 5 in 10 days! Receiving these have really made me and Dizzy’s week. 🙂


The 5 nominations are for 4 different awards so I have decided to include them all in one big blog post!

The Versatile Blogger Award


Massive thank you to Jen at Tripping Through Treacle for nominating my blog for the Versatile Blogger Award. Jen has an amazing inspirational blog about her life with MS. She also shares very yummy recipes. 🙂

The Rules:-
1. Display Award
2. Thank blogger(s) who nominated you & provide a link to their blog
3. Write 7 things about yourself
4. Nominate Bloggers
7 Things about me:

1. I love dinosaurs

2. I’m an only child

3. I spend half my life imagining I’m in a fantasy land with dragons

4. I’m a quarter Italian and Scottish

5. I was one…

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First blog post and a mini adventure

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Dinosaurs, Donkeys and MS

Hello 🙂 So mine and Dizzy the Donkey’s first blog post. I’ve been wanting to start blogging for two years now but just never got around to it and being stuck at home in the middle of a relapse seems as good a time as ever. 🙂 We’ll mostly be blogging about life and the little adventures we go on. At the moment it is a very little adventure, todays being able to manage a walk round the garden…


Checking for any hedgehogs in the hedgehog house….


Saying hello to Mr Dragon…


Collecting leaves….


And climbing a tree (I left that just up to Dizzy though) xxx


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Food and Drink

I would like to introduce you to Fearless: Jo Ann Maxwell!!

Jo Ann Maxwell

The holidays between Thanksgiving and New Year’s are typically a time when people overeat or at least eat things that they normally don’t eat. There’s a big turkey dinner, eggnog, cookies galore, special desserts, family gatherings, more big meals, football games, and any other celebrations that people can think up.
Since being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, I’ve tried to really watch what I eat. I try to eat more fruits and vegetables, such as eating the rainbow. I try to limit my white foods, such as sugar, flour and white potatoes. During this time of year it’s even doubly hard to watch what I eat. Too many cookies, too many pies, and just a lot of good sweets. Since each of those white foods is inflammatory, I know that if I eat too much, my legs and feet spasm and cramp more than they usually do.
Since moving to the…

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How to make nut butter slices

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Dinosaurs, Donkeys and MS

Another foody type post today! I always find by Boxing day I have completely forgotten what day of the week it is and am spending way to much time in front of the telly, so today me and Dizzy decided to make stuff in the kitchen instead!

I discovered these nut butter slices a while ago. I love them because they are super yummy but also super simple to make! 🙂

Nut butter slices:



  1. Nut butter of your choice (I’ve used peanut butter and triple nut butter before, both have worked really well!)
  2. Honey
  3. Oats
  4. Any extras you would like too add. 🙂 I add lots of ground ginger and/ or cinnamon as I love the flavour of these but you can add pretty much anything. Nuts, chocolate and spices work really well.

Amount wise is up to you! You can add the same amount of honey, oats and nut butter but I love…

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