Benefits of Bell Peppers and a Recipe for Stuffed Bell Peppers

Bell peppers are good for your health

I am in love with bell peppers which is why I grow them every summer. Now of course I buy them throughout the year, but there is just something about growing them in my containers.

Here are a few of the health benefits that come from bell peppers:

  • Packed with vitamin A. Vitamin A acts as an antioxidant to boost immunity, can protect you from infection, keeps your skin smooth and help prevent certain cancers and heart disease
  • They provide a high level of vitamin C. Vitamin C helps get rid of antioxidants in our body as well as produce collagen
  • Both the folate and vitamin B6 in bell peppers also help ward off heart disease
  • And lastly, the presence of fiber in bell peppers can help reduce high cholesterol and lower the risk of strokes

I am quite health conscious (besides the chips that I ate today and the Vanilla Pound Cake that I’m making for Memorial Day).  But, with that being said, bell peppers do make a great snack. My favorite is fresh bell peppers dipped in ranch dressing. Yummy to my tummy!

By the way, there is a proper way to cut a bell pepper.

If you are looking for a great way to serve bell peppers, then you need to stuff them. Here’s my recipe:

Shalynne’s Famous Stuffed Bell Peppers

  • 6 medium-sized bell peppers (clean outside of peppers and scrape out the inside membrane. Do not slice up, leave whole. Peppers should be able to stand upright. If they do not stand up on their own, then slightly trim the bottom, being careful not cut a whole in the bottom)
  • 2 lb of ground turkey (ground beef would also work but if using ground beef you must drain it after you brown it)
  • 1 can of tomato paste (8 oz.)
  • 1 cup of whole wheat rice
  • 1 tbsp of Italian seasoning
  • 1-1/2 tsp of salt
  • 1 tsp of pepper
  • 1 tbsp of sugar
  • 1 cup of mozzarella cheese
  • 2 cups of prepared pasta sauce of choice. (I prefer Ragu)

To prepare: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Brown ground turkey in the salt, pepper and Italian seasoning. Put to side. Prepare rice according to directions on package. Mix cooked ground turkey, cooked rice, mozzarella cheese, sugar and tomato paste in medium-sized bowl. Spoon equal amounts of mixture inside each pepper. Drizzle prepared pasta sauce on the top of each stuffed bell pepper. Place in a baking pan and bake for 1 hour. Serve hot and enjoy!


The irony of you being called normal

What’s the definition of normal?
How can it be defined?
Who has the power to hold you and keep you confined?
Why would you let someone label you; are you out of your mind?
When will you break out of their mold?
When will you break free?
Shatter the glass ceiling and be who you are called to be.

Many people struggle today with not knowing how to take the first step on reaching their goals and achieving their dreams. It will never get done if you suffer from peer pressure. You are a walking bomb if you keep everything bottled up inside of you. Experience the freedom today of being abnormal.

Abnormal people get out there and take a risk. Abnormal people don’t care about what others might think. Abnormal people want to use make good on the gifts and talents that they have. Abnormal people aren’t scared of falling because they know they can get back up again and start over.

Abnormal? Definition: deviating from what is normal or usual. What would you rather be? Normal or abnormal?

Knitting some love

I think it’s hilarious how I learned to knit. My Mom and one her friends used to crochet when I was a teenager but I could never get the hang of it. I was confused with where the needle went after you made so many stitches and I couldn’t figure out how to read the patterns. Ugh! Mom tried to teach me but I wasn’t paying attention, you know how that goes. I decided to just leave that up to them and they could just make stuff for me. Problem solved. Even though I was quite interested in the art of it, frustration got the best of me.

If you know me, then you would know that I’m always doing something with my hands. I’m just fidgety. One of my favorite places to go is Jo-Ann Fabrics. That store soothes my need to keep busy. So, one day while I was there, spending my husband’s money, I came across some beautiful yarn. (It was on sale, so I did save him a few pennies.) It was so soft and bulky; it was just my colors too: brown, rust and navy. On the backside of the yarn was a knitting pattern for a scarf and a hat. Then a light came on! I decided that I wanted to make those adorable items that was featured. It was in my best interest so, I decided to spend some more money and buy the yarn and the needles that it said was necessary to complete the pattern.

Now, the hard part began. Once again to know me is to find me in the library devouring books. I ran to the library that next week and got as many books as they would allow me to take out on knitting. I was overwhelmed with the language barrier. Knit? Purl? Yarn over? All Greek to me. But, I had advanced from a teenager with no patience to a woman on a mission.

With kids in sports you learn to sit and wait. I was sitting at a football practice a few weeks later and lo and behold there was a lady sitting and knitting. I practically fell out my chair. Was this a sign? Was this a confirmation that I was supposed to make good on spending my husband’s hard-earned money to make that yarn into something useful?

Well, that lady became my friend and now I knit like crazy. That very project changed my life. I am now on the ultimate project: an afghan. Our son will be a Senior in high school next year. So, I decided that now would be an excellent time to start a going away present for him when he leaves for college. We worked together on the selection process. I gave him patterns to choose from; he picked the colors and then I was off. It was a lot of trial and error but, I got this thing down pack now!

I’m dragging that afghan all over town, at sporting events, even riding in the car and of course when I’m watching TV. I’m knitting some love. I’m pouring my heart into each stitch. I’m sure going to miss him.

Summer Project (season 2)

I have a love of gardening and I just cannot shake it. Every home that we have lived in, I have found a way to dig in the dirt and get some vegetables out if it. My favorite food to grow is zucchini. It’s the easiest to grow and I can make some zucchini bread that will make you smack the person you’re sitting by! (Recipe to come…)

I found a new twist to gardening. I am now an official “container gardener”. I chose this route because I can manage my growing process much easier than in the ground. The containers don’t produce weeds because I use clean commercial soil.  It’s easier to hydrate the plants because I keep the containers close to my back door. And, I have to mention that I control the bug factor this way too. I was constantly buying organic repellent when my plants were in the ground. I don’t have that issue anymore. Each container has a mixture of Miracle Gro Potting Soil and Miracle Gro Plant and Vegetable Mix with Mulch with a foundation of rocks to provide drainage.

The plants call for full sun and with them being strategically placed in the back of my house, they get between 8 to 9 hours of sun each day. I closely watch the soil to make sure that it does not dry out.

When they begin to sprout additional leaves I insert poles to guide their growing or another term is “stalk them.” I chose not to do this in the establishment stage of the plants as I do not want to interrupt them as they are taking root and getting settled.

As with planting in the ground, I rotate what I grow in the containers. Last year I grew zucchini, eggplant, green peppers, tomatoes and green onions. So for example, the containers that I grew tomatoes in are now on the front porch with a beautiful array of flowers and the containers that I grew green onions in now is home to the yellow sweet peppers and the lilac bell peppers.

Container gardening can be done by anyone. It’s not just for home owners you know. This hobby would be great for apartment dwellers, senior citizens that cannot get on their hands and knees, elementary students in classrooms, the list is endless.

Give it a try. Let me know your results.

On Going Natural

My family and I went on vacation in December 2011 to Myrtle Beach, SC.  I didn’t have time to perm my hair before I left so I decided to take all my supplies with me and just do it during our down time. On December 26, 2011, I put the perm in and it was the worst perm application ever! My head was on fire.

This is not the first time that a perm had had an adverse effect on me but it had to have been one of the worse ones. I had open soars and when I even touched my scalp it was sensitive to the touch. With the state of my scalp, it actually altered my participation with my family. They wanted to go swimming in the resorts’ pool. That typically is never an issue when we go on vacation but after a perm with open soars, that chlorine in the pool would have caused my hair to fall out. It would have just floated away in the water. I was so disappointed that I had to sit on the side and watch them swim. I was missing out on all the fun.

I had thought about going natural before and had even tried it once. My natural hair is really thick and tightly curled. But I didn’t have any other option. I was so mad and finally fed up that I decided to take the plunge.

I waited a couple of months to get some new growth and on February 8, 2012, I went to see my beautician and I got the “Big chop!” It was so hard to make that decision but I was currently wearing a short style so I hoped it would be ok. I walked out the salon with a close to bald head and a new attitude!

This photo was taken February 11, 2012. I couldn’t believe how short my hair was. It wasn’t even enough to comb.

Discover an opportunity

To discover an opportunity, one does not have to any formal qualifications. Some type of previous industry and work experience is a plus when it comes to successfully starting up your own business but it is not a prerequisite. As in the article, “Educating Octavia”, Octavia Randolph, knew she had a great food product idea. (Welles, 1989) She did not have the formal education or work experience on how to package food, market it or anything else for that matter. But what was key is that she educated herself. You must know what you are doing in order to propel your business idea forward.

Now to go along with this same point, often times than not, new opportunities can be discovered from the workplace, or a former place of employment. I have found this to be true in my case. Several of my business ideas were even further stimulated from when I had a part-time job working at a department store.

I had countless conversations with my co-workers that literally hated what they were doing. They wished they were doing something else, like running their own beauty salon or they really loved working with children; these were their dreams. They did not have the experience to jump-start these dreams but that was their dream nevertheless, their desire. Their eyes would light up just talking about it.

But about you? Have you discovered an opportunity or a niche? What’s holding you back from turning that into a business idea? There are so many resources in the marketplace to help you get started with your own business. Don’t be trapped inside the mindset of “working to make a living”. Get motivated to follow your passion and live out your dream.

Being an entrepreneur in name only will only spark a dream, it’s the action behind it that makes it a reality.



Welcome to my world!

It’s time. It’s time for me to blog. Let me re-define “blogging” for you in Shalynne’s world. It does not mean that I am technologically advanced by any stretch of the imagination. Yes, I have an iPod, an iPad, a Droid 2 and an upcoming iPhone as soon as June rolls around. But don’t be deceived into thinking that these gadgets give any indication that I have arrived. I’m blogging because I have something to say. As a matter of fact, I have a lot to say.

By now you’re wondering who the heck am I anyway? LOL. I am a 40 year old women who is married to one man and we have two children. I’ve been married for 18 years come this December. We are a regular family that loves to watch movies, vacation at least 2 to 3 times a year and cry during Undercover Boss while screaming at the dog to tell her to stop whining so she can sit on our laps!!

I.S.H.A. Sky

Designed by Marcellis Smith. Tell him Shalynne sent you!

Before taking on a position with Hertz I owned and operated a business named I.S.H.A. Sky. I.S.H.A. Sky stands for Inspire, Succeed, Hope, Achieve. Sky is the limit. My mission was to “prepare today’s entrepreneur for a successful future.” The business also involved small business consulting, promotional events and motivational speaking. The company was named after my mother who was an entrepreneur. She passed away in 2004 while suffering from multiple blood clots that had ultimately traveled to her lungs and settled there. My mother was such an inspiration. When she passed away she was one semester away from receiving her Ph.D from Western, she had just got a hat patented that could be worn 21 different ways, she had just trademarked a board game and she just loved life. It is through her inspiration that this company was formed.

Looking forward to helping people make their dreams come true.