Exciting news for wine lovers!

0000060ef-wine_scientist-630x420Chemists from the University of British Columbia’s Okanagan campus in Canada have discovered 23 new and potentially health-enhancing molecules in red wine, which they think could lead to medical breakthroughs in the future.

The team of scientists expected to find molecules called stilbenoids – said to provide health benefits – in the red wine, but were surprised to discover no fewer than 41 stilbenoid compounds, 23 of which have never been found in red wine before.

“These new molecules are likely to have very interesting biological properties and may contribute to the benefits from drinking red wine,” said Assoc Prof Cédric Saucier.

Prof Saucier, who runs the enology laboratory at UBC’s Okanagan campus, made the discovery in partnership with researchers from Australia’s University of Adelaide and UBC graduate student Ryan Moss.

‘”Who knows where this could lead? Perhaps new drugs and medicine for the future?” he added.

The discovery was made by concentrating red wine extract and separating the compounds so that the researchers could examine and create a fingerprint of each one individually.

The 23 newly discovered molecules are related to resveratrol, a chemical found naturally in the skin of red grapes and known to have a potential impact on age-related human diseases. However, even though this is exciting news and a potential breakthrough, moderation continues to be the key to good health. So above all, be sure to drink sensibly.

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Twisted Threads Book Trailer

I’m thrilled by the tremendous success I’ve received for my new TWISTED THREADS book trailer, created by Film 14. The views I’ve had on my Facebook page alone have exceeded more than 42,000 since it was posted in late November. If this was any indication on my book sales, I would be a best seller right now. 🙂

Beat the Cold with this Yummy Torilla Soup

With winter upon us, nothing is more heartwarming than a hot bowl of homemade chicken soup, and this one can be prepared well in advance with a slow cooker or crockpot and enjoyed over and over again! So why not give it a try?  (Serves 6)

INGREDIENTS
  • 1 lb. boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 15-oz. can Black Beans, rinsed
  • 1 c. frozen corn
  • 2 bell peppers, chopped
  • 1 white onion, chopped
  • 1 15-oz. can fire-roasted tomatoes
  • 1/4 c. freshly chopped cilantro, plus more for garnish
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp. cumin
  • 1 tbsp. chili powder
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
  • 2 c. low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 c. Shredded Monterey Jack
  • 1 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 small corn tortillas, cut into strips
  • Sliced avocado, for serving
  • Sour cream, for serving
  • Lime wedges, for serving

DIRECTIONS

  1. In a large slow cooker, combine chicken, black beans, corn, peppers, onion, fire-roasted tomatoes, cilantro, garlic, cumin, chili powder, salt, and chicken broth.
  2. Cover and cook on low until chicken is cooked and falling apart, 5 to 6 hours.
  3. Shred chicken with a fork, then top soup with Monterey Jack and cover to let melt, 5 minutes more.
  4. Meanwhile, make tortilla crisps: In a large skillet over medium heat, heat oil. Add tortilla strips and cook until crispy and golden, 3 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate and season with salt.
  5. Serve soup topped with tortilla crisps, avocado, sour cream, cilantro, and lime…and enjoy!!
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What are your passions in life?

The Urban Dictionary defines Passion as the act of putting more energy into something than is required. It is more than just enthusiasm or excitement, passion is ambition that is materialized into action to put as much heart, mind, body and soul into something as is possible. With this in mind, I believe my passion comes with multiple servings and in the following categories: Family, Community and Personal Wellbeing. Unknown

To me, family consists of not only my husband and children, and the immediate members of my family, but also dear friends that I value, love and deeply appreciate.

Community involves my environment, the people living near me – whether in my city or state, the medical staff in local hospitals and educators in colleges, or anyone contributing to the quality of life we all enjoy.

Personal Wellbeing describes the sense of accomplishment I feel by dedicating myself to my health – mentally and physically, and to a project, whether it be writing, organizing or decorating; it is also the gratification I receive by donating my time and energy to causes I feel strongly about.

So as this new year begins a fresh chapter in our lives, let us try to remember what’s important not only to ourselves but also to those around us. Find ways to give back not only monetarily and through products and services but also of your time. It’s important to go the extra mile, as it’s never crowded…and it rarely goes unnoticed.

What is the Threads series about?

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For anyone unfamiliar with the award-winning Threads book series, let me take a moment to bring you up to speed on this action-packed collection, now available on Amazon.com.

Book One – Severed Threads: Expert divers Rachel Lyons and Chase Cohen reunite and risk their lives to find treasure hidden under the sea to save the ones they value most.

Book Two – Buried Threads: Rachel and Chase accept a contract to recover missing samurai swords, which are cursed with a time-ticking prophecy of the complete annihilation of Japan.

Book Three – Banished Threads: Rachel and Chase travel to England to secure her uncle’s blessing for their wedding, however, a murder and an art gallery robbery delay their nuptials and challenges the strength of their relationship.

Book Four – Twisted Threads: Devon Lyons (Rachel’s brother) becomes a pawn in a dangerous game of revenge when a female Japanese assassin boards a cruise ship traveling to the Caribbean on a mission to find and destroy.

Pick up all four books in the Threads series for only $14.96 and start reading today!! https://www.amazon.com/…/pro…/B07842BNMZ/ref=series_rw_dp_sw