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Celebrate Mother’s Day – Meet Owen & Joy’s Spicy Bloody Ceaser

To Moms of all kinds out there (yes, of furry kids too).

Happy Mother’s Day
To honour the theme of Mother’s Day (and the time in the evening!) I wanted to share one of my dear friend’s story’s with you.  She and I met at playdates when our oldest daughter’s were babies and have both gone on to have boys after – myself in 2007 and Owen, Andrea & Matt’s son, Little bro to Mia, was born in August of 2010.  The girls  are still little buddies and  share playdates with the boys.   The kids all love it especially Owen.  Owen is sunny and sweet and absolutely special. And, you see Owen is special, he’s one of 200 people worldwide diagnosed with Kleefstra Syndrome , a deletion on his 9th chromosome.  This is Owen.


No one can say it better than the Mom, so I have copied and pasted her post on the Facebook group “Help Owen Get To Texas” below as well as the link.

Since she created this group on Friday of last week (May10) there have been several more fundraisers* added on – please take a peak!  In addition, Andrea & Matt are in the midst of setting up an account for any cash donations you may wish to give.

Please repost this link and spread the awareness about Kleefstra Syndrome.

A word from Andrea:


He was diagnosed #124 in the world in Nov 2010. He is non-verbal, can only have pureed/thickened liquids, aspiration issues, chronic pneumonia, non-mobile (uses a walker/wheelchair), global developmental delay, heart murmur. The genes he is missing seem to have their parts in most areas of development unfortunately. He is currently at a12-15 month old level and will be 3 in August. He is working so hard in therapy. I have just resigned from my work as a daycare supervisor, to help him full time to get him as far as we can for school in Sept. 2013. He is a ridiculously happy funny kid, they say the personality is part of the syndrome, but I refuse to believe that. I think he is just awesome all on his own.

The weekend of Pct 12 there is a North American meet up of Kleefstra families. That on it’s own is amazing as there are so few of us scattered all over the world, seeing other KS kids period is cool and talking to other parents who understand is something I am so looking forward to. In addition Dr. Kleefstra will come if enough families are going. She is based at a university in the Netherlands and is the only doc researching O’s syndrome, meeting her would be amazing AND he could participate in her research, she also offers advice. She often goes to the meet ups in the UK, but has never been to North America. Texas was picked as the location because there is a special needs amusmant park there.www.morganswonderland.com   (All the rides are accessible etc.)

Join  the Help Owen Get To Texas facebook group.

* myself nor my business, Joy In Your Kitchen(JIYK)/joyskitchen  does not endorse or receive renumberation from any of the products nor fundraisers involved.

And now on to the recipes! (This is a food blog after all – right?). Tonight since I got to relax all day for Mother’s Day – I thought I would blog on of both my moms, and my favorite sipping cocktail. The Bloody Caeser – Often imitated never duplicated!  So with that – Cheers to all the Mom’s out there!

Joy’s Bloody Ceaser (spicy).

A couple of notes here – yes use a Clam Cocktail (Mott’s is the most popular here in Canada – not sure where carries what brands), Clamato juice NOT tomato juice a Bloody Mary – does not a Ceaser make! .
Celery Salt in a dish or rimmer
1 lime wedge & juice
1 lemon wedge & juice
2 ice cubes
5 shakes cayenne pepper sauce
7 shakes Worcestershire sauce
6 oz Clam Cocktail – well chilled
1.5 oz vodka of your choice
My secret ingredient (optional – but really just try it!) a splash of kosher pickle juice (yes you read that right – I said pickle juice – any will do really but I like the kosher style the best).

Run lemon (or lime) wedge over rim of glass.  Rim the glass in the celery salt.  Add 2 ice cubes, the juice of both the lime and lemon, add the rest of the ingredients, ending with the Clamato Juice.  enJOY!

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My 7 Steps to Get Healthy & Green Tea Iced Tea!

Alright – I will be the first to say it – Failure on the getting to exercise classes!  However – I have been making an effort to go for jogs walks with the kids and my obliques and abs can tell you  all about the planks I’ve been doing in the evenings.   In the meantime – I also started seeing a Naturalpath because I have felt just “not right”.  Well low and behold – after taking a look at my symptoms and my last 2 sets of blood work – turns out, its suspected I have some food in-tolerances, my B12 and iron are low and my thyroid is still not being controlled properly (this is not a surprise – my MD and I have been trying to get it stable for about a year).   Well what do all of these symptom have in common in the human body?  They have a cumulative effect of overall tiredness, unrest, stress, no energy and reduced adrenal activity!  OK, so maybe I wasn’t quit as lazy as I thought – well maybe as lazy – but not without an excuse!  So my new self mandate is to GET WELL – that includes trying to eliminate Gluten (one of my suspected in-tolerances),  as well as other items suggested by my ND, and get my butt moving!

  Pause for my Epic Fail this week:   I made french toast with strawberries  for the kids for lunch and enjoyed it with them, then realized after that gluten, strawberries and eggs and are all the list of foods for me to avoid while figuring our in-tolerances!  Oops)

Get Healthy Plan

  1. The first step  this week was to try and cut down/eliminate gluten.  Not as hard as you would think actually – this week (my first week) I simply made easy adjustments to my diet – bought some gluten free bread for my toast (I love toast for breakfast!), and changed out any white rice to brown.  I tried some Brown Rice Gluten Free Pasta  – which was great!
  2. The entire family loved it with my Marinara Joy Sauce and homemade meatballs (gluten free breadcrumbs).
  1. Added a lot more Quinoa both hot and cold.
  2. Get weekly B12 shots – yup I was THAT low – so far I have had 3 shots and am starting to feel more energy and less “brain fog”.
  3. Add Flax seed to my dishes to help with my cholesterol (yes I am one of those people that have high cholesterol despite healthy eating habits! Grrr, at least my “good cholesterol” offsets my bad cholesterol so I don’t currently have to take any meds for it.
  4. Take a Vitimin D supplement – ok, so I knew that baby’s needed Vit D when they were being breast fed – but I had no idea adults (sometimes) need to take it too for gut strength (due to the damage caused by eating foods I am in-tolerant too)  and to help streghten my immune system.
  5. Incorporate Green Tea. OK I am supposed to be drinking at least 3 cups a day of decafe green tea – however a tea drinker I am not!   I do really enjoy Iced Tea though – so what I do now is make a pitcher of Green Tea and sweeten with Svevia (vanilla) (plant based sugar substitute), and keep it in the fridge – now I drink about 1 litre – 1.5 litres (or more) daily! recipe for Green Tea Ice Tea, below.
  6. Get off my ass and walk/run/jog/move/plank/Pilates/yoga/kettleball/exercise whenever possible

Next Weeks additional steps 

  1. Walk for 30 min (or run or jg etc) 3 times next week.
  2. Start Meditating – I’m thinking I am going to get a CD since I really don’t know how to do this ….
  3. Get Stricter in Gluten Free Diet … (more quinoa anyone?)

 Green Tea Iced Tea

This for me is the easiest way to get the benefits of green tea without having to drink hot tea.

This is what you need.

  •  Decafe Green Tea tea bags (3 per 1.5 litre)
  • 1.5 Litre’s hot boiling water
  • 3 packets of a plant based sweetner (or 6 tsp sugar if you eat sugar) – I like the vanilla flavoured


Boil water,  pour into glass pitcher or tea pot, add decafe green tea, tea bags, allow to steep (I let it sit for 1/2 hr – 1 hr!).  Once steeped, remove tea bags and stir in sugar or sweetner (you can adjust to taste). Chill.  Serve. EnJOY.

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From My kitchen  to yours – Happy & Healthy Eating!


My Top 5 Gifts under $20 -Local! & Holiday Recipe

Well that Christmas season is upon us, and as much as the season is not supposed  to be about the gifts – we all know that for one (or two) people on our lists – it is about the gift.  So what do you give that person you see once or twice a year but that expects a gift?  My kids would say “A lump of coal!” but as an adult you can’t just unload a hunk of coal on someone and be done with it …. so besides the ho-hum bottle of wine or box of chocolates – the token gifts we like to give are close to my heart – local & thoughtful.  As many of you already know I am a huge supporter of the local economy, so for me to direct you to Wal-Mart or another box store for the $20 – gonna-be-a-garage-sale item candle holder would be sacrilege.    Instead I direct you to my Top 5 list of gifts under $20.

Joy’s Top 5

One – Apple Cider

Local Apple Cider

Geissberger Farmhouse Cider

With the number of people these days, dieting, not drinking (alcohol) and the danger of Drinking & Driving – I present you with local apple cider – There is nothing better than a locally made fresh apple cider.  Serve it ice cold or hot mulled with spices and a cinnamon stick you can’t go wrong!

Two – Canned Yummies

Joy In Your Kitchen canned sauces, http://mealsfromjoyskitchen.com

Pictured here are a couple of my sauces that I sell – a Tasty BBQ Dipping Sauce and a Pasta sauce, but that is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to natural preserves! Whether it be jams, jellies, sauces or pickles, pick up a few from your local vendors (you can find them at craft sales!) and make up a basket of yummy.

Three – Local Artisans

Hair Clips from the Tattooed Tutu shown

Not that hair clips are the thing for everyone, I am using this as a simple example of local talent that you can find in your home town.  Don’t know where to start?  Check out Facebook or a listing of local vendors & artisans like The Hot Pink Apron.

Loads of stuff out there from flower arrangements to hand turned bowls and pens and everything in between.

Four – Homemade Something Scrumptious 

Holiday Dip (Recipe Below)

Ok, so I realize I may (or may not) have one up on some of you in that I cook and enjoy it – however there are loads of easy-as-1-2-3 recipes for yummy appy’s that you can bring.  It doesn’t have to be a dip – a homemade loaf of holiday bread, muffins, cookies or Caramel Corn (from Crazy Corn) in a tin makes a lovely gift!

Five – A Gadget (or something thoughtful)

A thoughtful Gadget can mean a lot!

This last category may have you thinking I’m sending you running to your local box store – but stop! Wait is there a local independent out there looking for your business?  Something that your hosts don¸t have but could (and would) use?  These kitchen misters (are used with EVOO or your choice of oil) and air to coat your pans when cooking sticky items without subjecting your self (or your family) to all the chemicals that I can’t pronounce on those aerosol cooking sprays) can be found at my local gourmet butcher shop – Lots of times these guys are the ones you will find the best “OMG thats so cool!” items at!

That’s it – that’s my top 5 list!

One other item that I didn’t mention but is equally as valuable is the gift of helping others.  Make a donation in your host’s name to your favorite (or theirs) charity many of these organizations will give you a card of thanks to present to the person you were donating on behalf of.

So that’s it – o wait – you all wanted the recipe for my easy-peasy hot dip above …. riiiigghhht.

OK here it goes!

Holiday Dip

In a blender or food processor or mixer – mix – 1 300g container of creamy ricotta (whey) cheese, 1 egg (beaten), 6 dashes hot sauce, some minced garlic (maybe a 1/2 tsp or a clove), and 1/4 c mozzarella cheese.  Blend until  smooth.

Pour into an oven safe dish. Top with my Joy of BBQ dipping sauce (or if you don’t have any on hand – your favorite sweet with heat heavy-on-the-molasses sauce)  and bake for about 60 min.  Remove from oven and serve with flatbread and a glass of wine :).   YUM-O

stay tuned next post will be a tasty holiday (or in my house a whenever Mommy will make them appetizer sure to please!)

From my kitchen to yours – happy & healthy eating!