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Check out these crafty people who really know how to recycle silverware

What will you do with those old, bent spoons?

If you happen to inherit a case of old silverware or pass by one at a yard sale, do not immediately overlook them. In the pile of the bent spoons, dull knives, and gnarled forks is a treasure trove of crafting products.

Don’t believe us? Just take a look at some of the creations we discovered below. Here you’ll find just a few cool ideas you can take inspiration from to make a gorgeous piece of art, jewelry, or home decor accent. Check out some of our favorite uses for old silverware:

Take a look at this gorgeous piece of jewelry. Not only can you make cool pendants, crafters are using utensils for earrings, rings, and bracelets too!

Get a Grip

Look at these gorgeous and revamped vintage handles with the help of some crafty spoons!


We bet you never thought of using a ladle like this. You can customize this to match your decor by swapping out wood, plants, colors, or ladle style.

Homemade Chicken and Noodles

Egg noodles, to be exact&mdashand they're delicious.

A delicious, hearty comfort food made extra easy by the addition of frozen egg noodles. This'll make your soul smile.

whole cut-up fryer chicken

whole medium onion, diced (optional)

white pepper (more to taste)

frozen "homemade" egg noodles

  1. Cover chicken in 4 quarts water. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low. Simmer for 30 minutes.
  2. Remove chicken from pot with a slotted spoon. With two forks, remove as much meat from the bones as you can, slightly shredding meat in the process. Return bones to broth and simmer on low, covered, for 45 minutes.
  3. Remove bones from broth with a slotted spoon, making sure to get any small bones that might have detached.
  4. Add the carrots and celery (and onions, if using) to the pot, followed by the herbs and spices. Stir to combine and simmer for ten minutes to meld flavors.
  5. Increase heat and add frozen egg noodles and chicken. Cook for 8 to 10 minutes.
  6. Mix flour and a little water. Stir until smooth. Pour into soup, stir to combine, and simmer for another 5 minutes, or until broth thickens a bit. Test and adjust seasonings as needed.

This is a comfort food from my childhood on the golf course, and something I highly recommend if you&rsquove never come across it in your life. It&rsquos beautiful, simple homemade Chicken and Noodles&mdasha thick, hearty dish not to be confused with a thinner, brothier chicken noodle soup. It&rsquos so perfectly yummy and soul-pleasing.

While you could certainly go the turbo homemade route and make your own egg noodles (recipe below), I&rdquoll show you a quick and easy alternative that I think is just as good.

You won&rsquot believe how delicious such a simple dish can be.

The Cast of Characters: A whole fryer chicken, carrot, celery, onion (optional I didn&rsquot use it)&hellip

And all of this business. I actually prefer using dried parsley flakes for this soup. One of the few circumstances where fresh isn&rsquot necessarily preferred.

Now. You can certainly make your own noodles. They&rsquore a cinch. If that&rsquos the way you want to go, here&rsquos the step-by-step recipe. Just cut them shorter than these if you do take this purely homemade route.

But here&rsquos where the &ldquohomemade&rdquo part of this recipe is in finger quotes, because I&rsquom going to give you permission to use these. Let me tell you, my friends, if you haven&rsquot ever used Reames frozen egg noodles, you&rsquore missing out on one of the best storebought, prepackaged foods there is.

Ingredients: flour, water, and eggs. That&rsquos it.

I&rsquove made my own noodles, and I&rsquove used Reames. And I&rsquod serve Reames to guests every day of the week and twice on Sunday.

***This is not a paid advertisement for Reames Egg Noodles, for Lord&rsquos sake.***

To my utter discontent, however, Reames recently changed their packaging. I hate it when products change their packaging it makes me feel forlorn and lonesome, and I feel a sense of loss for the old look.

But they taste the same. And that&rsquos a very, very good thing.

Okay! Let&rsquos get the party started. Throw the chicken pieces into a pot.

Cover the chicken with about 4 quarts of water&hellip

And bring the pot to a boil.

When the water comes to a boil, turn the heat to low. Simmer the chicken for 30 minutes.

After 30 minutes, remove the chicken from the pot with a slotted spoon. Keep the broth simmering on low.

And use the forks to pull the meat off the bones. It should pretty much be done if there&rsquos a little pink or red left, don&rsquot worry&mdashit&rsquos going back in the pot later.

Continue with all the chicken pieces, pulling as much of the meat off the bones as you can, slightly shredding the meat in the process. Cover the meat and set aside or stick in the fridge.

As you remove the meat, return the bones to the broth.

Simmer the bones for 45 minutes on low (you can be more thorough getting the meat off than I was. Sorry. Lazy.)

While the bones are simmering, dice up some carrots.

Then cut them in half, lengthwise.

Lay them all with the cut side down&hellip

And cut each half in three long slices.

Then slice across the carrots to create a dice.

Easy as pie! I like to keep the dice pretty large because:

b) This makes it easier for those who don&rsquot like cooked carrots to pick them out and pipe down

Dice up some celery, too. And include some of the inner stalks with the pretty leaves. That&rsquos my favorite part.

You can also include a little diced onion, but I like to buck the rules of mirepoix and just go with carrots and celery.

Remove the bones from the broth with a slotted spoon, making sure to get any small bones that might have detached. Then throw the carrots and celery into the pot.

Then use your freaky pink alien hand to add the salt.

Next, add turmeric. It adds flavor and color, color, color.

I&rsquove been on a real turmeric kick lately. Try it sometime! It&rsquos magical.

Now add ground white pepper. I added quite a bit and it made the dish a little bit peppery/spicy, which we loved. But start sparingly and add more as you like. Also add in the ground thyme, and some of the chicken base if you&rsquod like a little more intense chicken flavor.

But it really shouldn&rsquot need it.

Finally, add the parsley flakes.

Stir this together and let it simmer for another ten minutes, just to let the flavors come together a bit.

Now grab a package of egg noodles. Crank up the heat to compensate for the coldness of the noodles.

Stir to separate all the noodles.

It&rsquos starting to get real here, folks.

Simmer this on medium-low for eight to ten minutes.

Now, ten minutes later, this is a delicious, wonderful, scrumptious, hearty chicken noodle soup. Just taste and check the seasonings and serve it in this state if you like.

But that&rsquos not what I&rsquom going for here.

What I&rsquom going for is thick, beautiful chicken and noodles. Add some water to a little flour&hellip

Stir it together until smooth&hellip

Let it simmer for five additional minutes, or until the broth thickens. Feel free to add a little more flour/water if needed, or if it gets too thick, add a little water.

Mmmm. You know you&rsquore about to eat something yummy when the sides of the pot look like this.

And when the contents of the pot look like this.

Oh dear. This is comfort food. This is home.

When my daughter sticks her spoon in the pot while I&rsquom trying to take photos.

And The Claw scratches and squeezes until the twelve-year-old punk whimpers and runs away.

And awww&mdashlook how cute! Matching mother-daughter alien hands!

Look. It&rsquos a photography thing. Exposure and all that stuff. In order to properly expose the darker contents of the pot, my hand is always pink and freaky and bright white.

I&rsquoll cover it sometime on Pioneer Woman Photography. It&rsquos too painful for me to discuss here.

I used fresh blackberries and added 1/2 tsp almond extract.

My only issue is the dish size. The quantities called for allow for a single layer of berries and a thin layer of batter. I would consider using a smaller dish next time. Because it is so thin, the portions, for 6, are very scant.

We love this recipe, simple and delicious! I usually use fresh blackberries. I've also used a pound of frozen peaches, defrosted in the refrigerator. Both are wonderful. I found a substitute for self-rising flour on the internet: combine one cup flour with one and one-half teaspoons baking powder and one-fourth teaspoon salt. You get the same results, and you don't have to buy special flour.

Best cobbler recipe! I sprinkled the top with cinnamon like others recommended. I used fresh blackberries. I've tried other cobbler recipes & they don't even come close to this! My husband loves this cobbler. :)

This recipe is so easy and my Family LOVES it.

This basic recipe can be changed to suit your fruit preference. i tried canned pears/with syrup & it was scrumptious! :)

This recipe is so simple, and so delicious. We will definitely do this again, and I can't wait to try it with other fruits. For this first attempt, I went with 2 cups fresh blackberries, and did as others had recommended with adding some cinnamon and fresh ground nutmeg to the 1/4 reserved sugar before sprinkling it on the top. I did not have self rising flour on hand, so used all purpose and it worked beautifully. I'm guessing it made it a bit more dense than it would be with self rising flour, so I may try it with the self rising next time and see which way we like it best.

This was wonderful. I have never made cobler before because I don't like it because its gummy and doughy. This was not that way at all. I like the chewy sides and my husband liked the softer center. I made it for him and it was so easy and the fresh fruit was the way to go. I will make this again and again. BTW I eat cobler now. Lol.

I know what you're thinking: something this simple and easy can't be all that good. You'd be wrong, though. I thought the same thing until I made it for dessert last night. OMG! Used fresh blackberries from Trader Joe's and Splenda instead of sugar. This is so good you won't believe it!! Husband and dinner guest agreed it was outstanding. So easy that I won't be able to keep myself from making this again!

Some recipes need more than 5 stars. Like other reviewers, I was hesitant to try this one. How good could something so easy really be? Well, it is THAT good. Trust the recipe and make it as directed and it will turn out perfect and delicious. Perfect balance of tart berries and sweetness. Yum.

Soooo delicious. I used fresh blackberries instead of frozen, and I used all-purpose flour. It looked a little different than the picture (maybe because of the flour?) but tasted perfect. This might be a new go-to dessert. Another version of this recipe that I had recommended sprinkling 1 tsp of cinnamon with the final 1/4 cup of sugar, and that made it even better!

I've made this so many times now I can do it in my sleep. It is fantastic and appeals to everyone I know. I always add more berries, sometimes a mixture of berries, sometimes berries and stone fruits. you can't make this taste bad! Easy, economical, delicious, FAST. What more could you want? It's perfection after a vegetable plate dinner. Ice cream is a welcome addition.

The batter seems a little thin, but turns out great. Do not use more than 2 cups of berries or it will get mushy from the water the berries give off.

My only hesitation in reviewing this recipe is I don't want anyone else to know how to make this fantastic cobbler. I want it to by my secret! My boyfriend likes blackberry desserts and I had never made any (I'm an apple pie maker from way back) This is the first recipe I found and it is phenomenal AND easy. I throw in blackberries, raspberries and blueberries, whatever I have. It is so delicious it lasts less than 24 hours every time I make it. I never even saw it was supposed to take Self Rising flour, I have used All Purpose without issue. Seriously, the worst thing I can say is you won't be able to stop eating it!! Perfect combination of fruit and carbohydrate, not too sweet, not too heavy, Yum.

5 Actresses You Won't Believe Used To Be Porn Stars

20th Century Fox

While her name may not be as well known as the aforementioned, Qi featured in a very big movie with a certain Jason Statham - yes, in The Transporter. The Taiwanese actress has made a number of mainstream movies since ending her career in pornography - The Transporter and The Eye 2 being the most notable of her work.

While the majority has been Asian films, she's nevertheless successfully made the transition from porn star to mainstream actress in Hollywood. Qi has even won multiple awards for the movies she's been in post-porn. She's been nominated best actress on eight occasions - winning once. Now more synonymous with mainstream work for to the majority now, such flicks like Viva Erotica, Sex & Zen II, while appearing in the Chinese version of Playboy are all now in the past.

Her former co-star from The Transporter, Jason Statham, may be intrigued to check out her previous work had he known about Qi's past. If he's reading this, and it's safe to say he is, the two aforementioned films should be available somewhere. I can't imagine money being an issue with the Hollywood star, so ordering a copy won't break the bank. Preferably, could you buy two as well please?

You won’t believe what these fans are doing for ‘Hamilton’ tickets

Never mind that the 27-year-old Harlem resident saw “Hamilton” twice already, when it played off-Broadway’s Public Theater: She’s just one of many theatergoers lining up for the hottest ticket on Broadway.

While box-office prices for “Hamilton” are roughly the same as those for other musicals — from $99 for a seat in the rear mezzanine to $177 in the orchestra, compared with $59 to $170 for “An American in Paris” — tickets are sold out until September 2016, says a “Hamilton” spokesman, who reports that the advance sales exceed $57 million.

I just spent a month of rent and like 2 months of utilities getting a Hamilton ticket for July.

— hexcellent (@declairing) October 31, 2015

Theatergoers who don’t want to wait until next fall to see it are turning to resale, where that same $99 nosebleed ticket can exceed $500 on Ticketmaster.

“I think the most that I’ve spent on a ticket before was probably $300 to see Beyoncé, and that was for the VIP section with an open bar at the Barclays Center,” says James. She spent $99 a ticket at the Public but expects to shell out up to $500 for a mezzanine seat on Broadway in March.

Even so, she’s paying a lot less than others are. A Manhattan couple says they spent $1,500 for a pair of orchestra seats Tuesday night after going through a ticket broker that day. They say they were willing to pay big to celebrate their anniversary.

That’s still a bargain compared with the prices on StubHub, where two orchestra seats for next Wednesday’s show are listed at $2,002 each.

Erin Kommor (left) celebrates with friend Bradley Gibson after winning two tickets to see “Hamilton” for only $10 apiece. Brian Zak

For those who can’t fork over a month’s rent to be in “The Room Where It Happens,” a “Ham4Ham” lottery 2½ hours before curtain gives 10 lucky winners a pair of tickets for $10 apiece.

The lottery, held before each show, draws 400 to 500 people outside the Richard Rodgers Theatre, where playwright and star Lin-Manuel Miranda and others sometimes perform for the crowd.

On Tuesday, 24-year-old Erin Kommor entered the “Hamilton” raffle for the fourth time. An aspiring actor, she says the lottery was the only way she could afford to catch the show — a friend of hers paid $900 to see it.

Thirty minutes later, Kommor’s name was drawn out of the wooden lottery bucket. “I won! I won!” she cried, charging through the crowd to claim her tickets — she wasn’t about to miss her shot.

Can You Believe These 13 People Never Won an Emmy?

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The Emmys has a long history of honoring the right people for their contributions to the wonderful world of television. The Emmys also has a long history of head-scratching decisions when it comes to honoring people for their contributions to the wonderful world of television.

Over the years, the Emmys rectified some of those "Huh?" moments—Kyle Chandler winning for Friday Night Lights, hooray!—but there are still so many people snubbed by the Primetime Emmy Awards that we're still befuddled about. With the 2014 nominations around the corner (this Thursday, July 10), let's take a look at some of the people who never won—or were never nominated for!—Emmys.

1. Connie Britton: Let's just get this out of the way first. Mrs. Coach never won an Emmy for Friday Night Lights. She still hasn't gotten one for Nashville either. This sort of discredits the entire Emmys process as a whole, but we suppose we'll keep paying attention to them. Unwillingly.

2. Steve Carell: Perhaps one of the greatest Emmy robberies in recent history, Carell never took home a statue for playing Michael Scott on The Office. He was nominated, but never got the statue. But you know what? That's OK. He has something even better. Dundees.

3. Michael K. Williams: Williams wasn't even nominated for The Wire. Or Boardwalk Empire. It's all in the game?

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4. Mary McDonnell: Once upon a time there was a show on Syfy called Battlestar Galatica. McDonnell was amazing in it as President Laura Roslin. She was never nominated for an Emmy for her work on it. That is a crime. However, she was nominated for her work on The Closer and ER. But she did't win those either. Not OK.

5. Angela Lansbury: Yep, with 18 Emmy nominations—12 for Murder, She Wrote—Lansbury never took home one. Not a single one. A mystery that not even Jessica Fletcher could solve.

6. Jackie Gleason: To the moon, Emmys! With four nominations, The Honeymooners star never took home an award.

7. Andy Griffith: Somehow Griffith was never nominated for playing Andy Taylor on The Andy Griffith Show. He received one nomination in 1981 for Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or a Special for Murder in Texas.

8. Courteney Cox: Cox was never nominated for Friends or Cougar Town. Rude.

9. Maura Tierney: After turning in great comedy work on NewsRadio and then becoming the heart of ER, Tierney never took home any gold. She was nominated once for playing Abby Lockhart on ER. Think of all the tears she made you cry. Then cry some more that she was never recognized for it.

10. Jon Hamm: Don Draper can't get no respect. The Mad Men star has been nominated for nine acting Emmys—including ones for his guest spots on 30 Rock—and has yet to take home a trophy.

11. Jason Alexander: Serenity now! Despite seven nominations, Alexander never took home an Emmy for playing George Costanza on Seinfeld.

12. Katey Sagal: Sagal as been on some seriously different ends of the TV spectrum having starred in Married…With Children and currently kicking butt on Sons of Anarchy. But she has yet to receive a single Emmy nomination. Is there a biker gang somewhere who can, um, politely and respectfully make this happen?

13. Lauren Graham: Despite being on two of your favorite TV shows as two of TV's most memorable moms, Gilmore Girls and Parenthood, the Emmys have never honored Graham with a nomination, rendering us something that Lorelai Gilmore never was. Speechless.

34 crazy inventions, you won't believe what you're about to see

(Pocket-lint) - Some inventions are better than others, then there are some that should never have seen the light of day. Well, maybe they should, if just to make us laugh.

From solar bikinis to a nose worn stylus, these are here to shock. Designers the world over have been creating gadgets that shock. Some might actually be of use but in the real world are they ever actually going to be used? In public? That decision is down to you, so you'll need to see what's out there. Some of them we really can't imagine in the real world outside of these images.

We've collected the most ridiculous, insane, weird and downright odd inventions that have ever been made or conceived, like the Solar Bikini that uses the sun's rays to power any connected device. Thanks to a USB connector a phone can be charged while sunning oneself. Plus, you know, you look like you're from the future thanks to designer Andrew Schneider's hard work. Not bad for $200 then.

While plenty of these you can't lay your hands on, not that you'd likely want to, there are some still available to buy. So if you want to treat this as your slightly off-the-wall shopping list, go for it.

Beef and Bean Burritos

Brown ground beef with onion and season to taste. Pour in sauce and simmer over low heat. Add water if mixture gets too dry.

Heat refried beans in a saucepan. Add cheese and stir in till melted. Keep warm.

Heat tortillas in microwave for one minute.

Spread a small amount of beans on each tortilla. Add meat. Fold over ends, then roll up. Place two burritos on a microwave-safe plate. Drizzle red sauce over the top and sprinkle with more grated cheddar. Microwave for one minute, or until cheese is melted and burritos are very hot. Serve immediately.

OPTIONAL: Fill burritos with any optional ingredients you like. (I love them full, but my boys like them very plain.)

First, an important clarification: The Pioneer Woman Cooks is not meant to be an encyclopedia of innovative gourmet recipes. It is a reflection of what is going on in my kitchen day in and day out, whether that&rsquos necessarily thrilling or not.

*The above disclaimer has never been more applicable than it is right now.*

My girls left yesterday for a whole week, which means I&rsquom the only female around our homestead (well, except for Daisy the Cow) for the next seven days. This is scary and I&rsquom frightened at what it all will mean. Channels will be turned to sports and superheros and bowling. I&rsquoll have no one to talk to who can relate to my femininity and femaleness and feminineness and feminista-ism. I&rsquoll be all alone in the house with nothing but three unruly boys, fifty dirty socks, and a stinky Basset Hound to keep me company.

Or three stinky boys, fifty dirty socks, and an unruly Basset Hound.

Or dirty boys, unruly socks, and a dirty Basset Hound.

I had a busy weekend (more on this on Confessions later), then was gone all day yesterday delivering my girls to their destination. When I arrived home at 7:00 last night, Marlboro Man and the boys were sitting at the dining table and banging their forks. I felt doomed and began to cry.

Then I got my second wind and made them beef and bean burritos, which took exactly sixteen minutes to get on the table. And I cracked up, reflecting that it was but the first of what will surely be a week-long fest of brown and plentiful food.

I&rsquom sharing these process photos with you, not because this recipe is complicated and requires a pictorial tutorial&mdashbut because this is The Pioneer Woman Cooks&hellipand the photos depict The Pioneer Woman, cooking.

Ground beef and diced onions. Brown in a large skillet. Drain off excess fat (leave a little bit for flavor!) and add whatever seasonings you like: garlic, cumin, chili powder, oregano, salt. I tend to go easy on the seasonings for my picky crew, but go for it if yours can handle it!

El Pato tomato sauce&mdashsold in the Mexican food aisle. You can use regular canned enchilada sauce, but this stuff is my favorite. It&rsquos a tomato sauce spiked with chilies, onions, garlic, and cilantro and it just has a nice rich quality I haven&rsquot been able to find in most enchilada sauces. It has a nice authentic Mexican flavor to it.

Pour in one can to about two pounds ground beef. This&rsquoll give the meat a little flavor and spice, but it doesn&rsquot just overtake the whole thing.

Let the meat simmer while you get the other ingredients ready. You can splash in a little water if it looks like it&rsquos getting dry.

Sure, you can make your own. But you try making homemade refried beans while the three men in your life are pounding a dining table with eating utensils. It can&rsquot be done, I tell you!

Dump the beans into a pan and start warming them on the stove.

Stir it up until the cheese melts. Add a little more if you think it needs it. And you can season the beans if you&rsquod like&hellipbut I tend to like to leave them plain. The cheese gives them all the salt they need, and if you pile on too much Mexican seasoning, the burritos will be overpowered.

Finally, nuke some burrito-size flour tortillas for about a minute or so. You want them to be soft and pliable.

Spread on some warm beans&hellip

And some of the yummy meat.

NOTE: If I was making this for myself, I would also add the following inside the burrito:

Mexican rice
Sour cream
Chopped black olives
Diced green chilies
Chopped tomatoes

But if I tried doing that for my three boys, they&rsquod seriously call the sheriff.

(Do you know how difficult this is to do with one hand? I never knew this until last night.)


I was like any other 20-something growing up in London. My life was fast, filled with gigs, shows, dancing, work, friends, lovers, getting my nails done and travelling as much as possible. I was working in the music industry as a creative strategist for a major record label, project manager and creative director and producer. I had finally got to a stage in my career where I loved my job and I had worked so hard to get there. Life really seemed to be falling into place.

However, for roughly five years I had chronic underlying health issues, but no one could tell me what was wrong. I never let on to friends how bad things were. In my downtime I used to spend a lot of time sleeping, not getting out of bed, sitting in the bath for two hours too tired to even shave my legs and ordering salads off Deliveroo just to make sure I was eating when the exhaustion became too much. My housemates saw me go from some days being full of energy to other days barely making it out of bed. My family were aware of my struggles, but much like the GPs who had sent me away time and time again, they put it down to depression and health anxiety, which I refused to accept as a diagnosis given the fact I wasn't depressed.

In 2015 I had a nightmare health year. I had a catheter following a severe kidney infection, I then was tripped in the street and broke my arm, which then led to severe nerve pain so bad I couldn't move. I then had to have my appendix out following severe gut pain, to be told it wasn't appendicitis after all, but severe abdominal inflammation. And I never fully recovered from all of this. But why? Why was all this happening at the age of 25 when I was relatively active and healthy? No one could tell me, they weren't interested in finding out the root cause of this break down in my body.

I was exhausted to my core and had severe pain all over my body, my hair was falling out, I had acne, I couldn't eat some days my gut was so swollen, I had headaches, sinus pain, sore throats, ear aches, skin rashes, sometimes I was physically sick—yet not one blood test came back as abnormal. What on earth was going on? Was I making this all up?

The symptoms were all over the place and nothing was linear. I gave up relying on the western medical system and took things into my own hands. I had found a way to manage things naturally, with herbs and exercise and diet, but really, it was just a matter of time before it all came crashing down again, but severely this time. My body was a ticking time bomb.

When you're told time and time again that you're fine, you start to question yourself. You question whether you've brought this on yourself, whether you are in fact ɼrazy' and you start to doubt the feelings and sensations going on, which of course are in fact the bodies way of telling you that something isn't right. So it goes on and on, longer than it should, until it can't continue any longer.

In 2018 I was diagnosed with PTSD. I literally started to loose my mind. I had symptoms such as severe memory loss, I couldn't remember my phone number, my pin number, sometimes I would forget where I was going after Iɽ walked out of my block. I would forget words of objects such as 'pen' or ɻottle.' I needed the toilet every 30 minutes. I started to get sicker and sicker. I was taking an Uber to and from work every day, just to make sure I went in to hold it down for six hours. I was a mess, yet test after test came back as normal. And I looked normal. As one doctor said to me, "But you look absolutely fine." I wasn't.

I started seeing an NLP therapist in September of 2018 once a week to go over the health anxiety, the past five years of failed operations and misdiagnosis and to really get to the crux of what was going on with me. After two months of work, he turned to me and said, "I believe that you're physically sick. I believe that trauma has a part to play here, but I believe you're physically sick." And he was right, I was.

I decided to move flat in December 2018 to be nearer work. Uber every day was costing a fortune and it wasn't sustainable. So I moved 20 minutes away instead thinking this was a good idea. It got to January of 2019 and after completely isolating myself from friends, family, everyone except my therapist and my work colleagues, I discovered information about mold poisoning and Lyme disease. I looked over the symptoms of these illnesses, which were extremely similar and finally it clicked. I had either one of these things or both. I finally found the box that I needed to fit into to get medical help, or so I thought.

I found a Functional Medicine Doctor and went to see him with this information. He agreed and tested me for the mold first. It came back as positive for three different types of poison in my system. Mold produces spores called Mycotoxins which are extremely harmful and even life threatening to humans and animals. I had Ochratoxin A in my system, which stems from black mold. I had lived in a house five years previously when these health issues started that had black mold. In the UK where I'm from there is a huge mold problem, mainly due to houses being old and living in a predominantly damp country. Black mold is rife. Yet there is NO education whatsoever about the damage and danger that mold can have on your health or the human body. Of course, I cleaned, but if you have a sensitivity to mold, then the spores are going to get inside your body regardless of whether you've cleaned or not. In fact, for someone with a sensitivity cleaning black mold is one of the worst things you can do. The NHS does not recognise Mycotoxicosis as an illness. It recognises Aspergillosis, but anything beyond that, you're told that it's made up, even with lab reports. I was on my own here. Mold and Lyme disease have very similar effects on the body and are therefore treated in a very similar way. They both come under the bracket of ɻiotoxin Illness.' I was tested for Lyme and it had come back negative. Given that Lyme disease was only just becoming 'mainstream' with information readily available, I knew that I was at the start of a very long physical and emotional battle.

We're now in February 2019 and I genuinely felt like I was dying. I had nothing left in me. I had left my flat with a bag and never went back due to the fact I had also discovered that the bathroom had mold. I had to quit my job on the spot due to being so unwell, with no idea what would happen next, how I would earn the money to pay for all this treatment.

A dear friend of mine took matters into her own hands after hearing what was going on and showed me what true love and friendship really is. She created a GoFundMe, and given that I was working in the music industry amongst artists and influential people, it got shared enough that it started to trend and we raised just under £11,000 in a week. I ran my own campaign through social media and started to blog about the whole thing, because I believed that people needed to know. Knowledge is power after all.

The press picked up on the story and ran it through the Press Association, which in turn brought me more attention which wasn't so positive. I got a lot of hate, people saying I was making it up, that I was disgusting, I should of just cleaned, that I clearly had enough money for plastic surgery so why did I need a go fund me (never had plastic surgery in my life) and what it showed me was that this was going to be a battle from the start. Not only does the Western medical system not believe you and in turn cannot help you, the general public doesn't. And then certain ɿriends.'

People walked away immediately, not wanting to engage at all. A group of school friends ignored my message of diagnosis, only to arrange dinner plans underneath it two days later. I had industry friends, friends since birth and people I had spent a lot of time having fun with turn their backs, for reasons I'll never know.

At the same time, I suddenly had people messaging me from all over the world saying 'me too.' I couldn't believe it. I knew I wouldn't be the only one, but I was inundated with people saying that they were going through the same thing or had been through it. I finally felt a sense of community amongst the madness. I went to get a test done and there was a girl sat in the set next to me on an IV. She turned to me and said "You're that girl from Instagram! I messaged you the other day, I've got mold too!" I then went to a gong bath to get some peace and a girl came up to me and said "I really recognise you. were you poisoned by mold?" to which I replied, "Yes, thats me" and she said, "Oh my gosh me too! I can't believe I've actually bumped into you, I saw your story in the press only the other day and I'm going through the exact same thing!" Those chance meetings gave me so much hope and validation that I was doing the right thing in being so public with all of this, the universe was bringing me closer to those I needed to be close to, the rest were irrelevant.

We had raised enough money that I could fly to Mexico, where they treat biotoxin illness all the time using integrative western and more natural methodology. I got to the clinic and started to react so terribly to treatment, I was unable to walk at points and was having convulsions from the die off of pathogens, that they retested me for Lyme disease. It came back negative again, but what did come back as positive was a very severe case of bacterial pneumonia and a virus called the Parvovirus, alongside a completely depleted immune function. My CD57 was at 33, when a healthy person is anywhere 33+. I was really struggling to fight all of these pathogens in my body. I was kept in the clinic for 3.5 weeks in total and when I left I stayed on the West Coast for a considerable amount of time just trying to make sense of it all.

I stayed in LA for two weeks, where I was pretty much just stuck on the sofa watching Netflix and trying to figure out what to do next. I travelled to Joshua Tree, where I met an amazing healer called Leyah who taught me about sono acupuncture, using sound vibrations through tuning forks to generate healing frequencies into the body. We spent three days working on my legs trying to help my swollen knees. It started to dawn on me that I now had to rebuild my body from scratch, the damage that the poison, bacteria and virus had done needed to be addressed and only I could fix it.

I went back down to Mexico and after a very brief spell in an Airbnb that had mold—disaster—I flew to Cancun. I drove down to Tulum, a place I've been to many times and met a Shaman called Rodrigo. We drove down to Bacalar and spent five days in the jungle working with the Amazonian tree frog medicine called Kambo. Kambo is one of the most powerful natural medicines you can work with, boosting the immune system by 400%, cleansing the body on a cellular level, running through the lymph, limbic and endocrine systems to restore harmony in the body through purging. After an intense three days of fasting and purging, I felt like a brand new woman. The difference in my face was outstanding. Everyone could see I had a new energy running through my veins and I genuinely thought that it was the end of this ordeal. I was wrong.

I spent the next nine weeks recovering in Tulum, sleeping a lot, swimming, doing yoga, eating plants and going to the beach. I was living in a bubble of complete denial. I just wanted to be normal, whatever that was and would ignore the warning signs going on in my body telling me that things weren't right again. It got to a stage that I couldn't eat at all and was either fasting or just living off coconut water and juices. My stomach was totally swollen, I got the dark circles back under my eyes and my exhaustion started to creep back in. It was time to fly home.

I got home and put myself on a brand new protocol. Up until this point, I had been self treating. The UK in regards to functional medicine is so behind, the protocol I got from the original doctor I saw was pretty much what I was already doing by self treating and I had to pay £400 for it. I decided to just take matters into my own hands by this point after doing so much research, reading every published text, every article, every blog post, watching every video and getting the deepest understanding that I could on all of this so I could help myself and then in the future help others.

We're now in September 2019 and I started to seriously decline. I was getting suicidal, my symptoms were all back and worse than ever. I just knew I needed help from someone and that there was stuff going on that I didn't know about yet. I started working with a functional medicine practitioner based in Barcelona who healed herself from Lyme, Mold, EBV and more who is one of the most knowledgeable people I've ever come across. We did a hair, saliva and nail test to work out what exactly had been missed and the results were shocking.

I tested positive not only for the three different types of mold and mycotoxins still causing huge problems, but also for active Tuberculosis that wasn't in my lungs, it was elsewhere, much like the pneumonia bacteria, a tapeworm and another parasite, staph (which is a bacterial infection) and a chemical in my system called Styrene. I was toxic and poisoned once again.

What it comes down to is, my body is unable to get rid of pathogens, poisons or bacteria properly. They sit and manifest in my lymphatic system once they're inhaled or absorbed, but this won't show up on standard blood testing, because they just aren't testing for what is sitting in the lymphatic system, they're testing for whats active in your blood. This in turn creates such toxic overload in the body, your systems just stop working properly, which causes these random and non-linear symptoms that often just build up and up and get worse and worse, until a full blown disease is found such as cancer or Alzheimer's.

Illness really does take every single ounce of your soul, so when it's something that is relatively new or unheard of, you have to stay true to your truth and your mission and not worry or engage on those who question it, don't get it or try and have an opinion. Opinion is irrelevant, unsolicited advice is irrelevant and nothing else matters apart from the rebuild of your entire life. Not just the physical either, but your entire life, so that it doesn't become all consuming anymore, because it really does take everything from you. I lost my career, my home, my possessions, friends, relationships, identity, yet I gained so much more.

I feel very blessed to have found the answers to my problems and even thought this has been and continues to be brutal, it's been such an extreme and incredible journey back to health and to know exactly what is going on with my body, I can only be grateful that I now have the answers. I have the answers and the methods to help not only myself, but also others who are at a loss when it comes to their health and who keep being told that they're fine, when they're not.

Boston Market Cornbread

I think cornbread is one of those things that will start a debate depending on where you are. Kind of like chili. Beans or no beans? I know some people are very passionate about their chili, and usually for those people, it can only be one way or the other.

I have found that cornbread often falls into the same debates. Sweet or not sweet.

When it comes to cornbread and chili, I’ll admit that I don’t draw a line either way. I like chili with beans, and without beans. And I like cornbread both sweet and not sweet. Although I would say that I tend to lean towards the sweet side. But really, I just love bread so much that I’ll take it any way I can get it!

I mention this, because if you don’t like your cornbread sweet, turn away now. This cornbread defnitely leans towards the sweet side. So sweet, in fact, that some people might even think it’s cake instead of cornbread! (Well, technically, it kind of is…)

I heard of this cornbread recipe forever ago, and have always wanted to try it. It is a knock-off of the cornbread at Boston Market. I’ve been to Boston Market, but it’s probably been 10 years, so honestly, I don’t remember their cornbread. But everyone raves about it. If you have ever been, and you love that cornbread, you won’t believe how easy it is to make at home.

2 Corn bread mixes. Cake mix. Ingredients called for on the boxes. Bake, and you are done. See – I told you it is easy!! Sweet? Definitely. Delicious? Definitely. Easy? Definitely. This is pretty much a fool-proof recipe. And hey – any excuse to eat cake with dinner is a good one, right?

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