Loaded Potato Soup

Get ready for an amazing bowl of comfort and goodness! My first recipe of the new year, Loaded Potato Soup. It is hearty and fulfilling and perfect on these cold winter days. I hope that you enjoy it!

Loaded Potato Soup

Ingredients:

3 Potatoes (baked)

6 Slices of Bacon

4T Butter

2 Cloves Garlic

1/4C Yellow Onion

1/3C Flour

2C Low Fat Milk

1C Half and Half

2C Chicken Broth

1t Salt

1/2t Pepper and Garlic Salt

2C Shredded Cheddar

1C Sour Cream

Enjoy!!


My Getting Hacked Experience. Protect Yourself

We have heard over and over about people getting hacked. From major corporations that get hit with ransomware, to the casual social media user, we hear about and seeing an increase of events around the world.

I have always protected myself the best way that I knew how, and kept the belief that it wouldn’t happen to me, but that all changed.

After my mother passed away in August, I began to do a lot online, creating different memorials for her using Word. I put all of my documents onto a flash drive and headed to FedEx/Kinkos to print copies.

The clerk inserted my drive into the computer at the center and printed everything that I needed, and I was in and out of the door in 10 mins. And that visit I would learn was the beginning of the hack that nearly crippled my business and social media.

I was heading out to Sedona for a week so I wanted to get some of the info from my Flash Drive onto my Mac before I left so that I could do some work while I was away. I inserted the drive, copied the files, and then turned off the Mac and headed to the airport. I ended up not doing any work and headed back home before a trip to Hawaii for my mother's service.

I never needed to turn the Mac at my house on because everything was already done personal and business wise, and everything I needed was in “the Cloud” if I needed access while away. Again, I never once need to turn my laptop on because I was either too busy or could do what I needed to do on my phone.

After I returned home again, I turned my computer on and a few emails came in letting me know that a request to change my password on Facebook was made a few times. They included a code and a button to take me to my account which I did not click. I never click on anything, ever, so I opened my browser and updated my Facebook password. All good.

I was home for two days and headed back to Sedona for another week for the holiday and shut the Mac down as usual. Nothing out of the ordinary, no security emails came in. All good.

I got home and again turned the Mac back on and I was hit with emails again about Facebook. I secured the account but the emails kept flying in, each time updating a stronger password. I checked the emails I had associated with my account and they were secure. I even kept my original on there from a domain I owned at one time.

After a day passed I woke up to a notice on my phone that my Facebook password had been changed and that I was no longer an Admin on my Real Talk with Jack McAdoo business page. I tried to log in but failed, I tried using my Two Factor Authorization codes and they failed. (2FA) But I honestly think getting denied so many times actually save my account because Facebook shut it down after seeing all of the attempts. I was hacked. Not a simple hack, but what would turn out to be a massive one.

I use Facebook Ads Manager to handle all of my advertising across social media. I link my business pages to it so that I can seamlessly create and post ads. My ads are billed to credit cards that connect to Pay Pal Business... for that...added security. They got in. Remember that old email account from a domain I don’t have anymore? The hackers actually went to a company that now owned it, bought it, and created two emails for it. One of the was identical to the one I once used. That same email was removed from the Facebook account. I saw this because when you try to get back into your account they show all the emails that the request is being sent to.

I am internet savvy to a degree that most are not. I am analytical to a fault but those traits helped me get the account back. I had a thought to see who owned the domain now and the name server showed who it was purchased from. I contacted them, sent a few screenshots, and they saw the fraud happening and shut that account down. (I was allowed to repurchase it a few days later).

The hacker wanted my account so bad that they went out of their way to buy a domain and create a matching email account. As I kept bombarding Facebook with constant emails to abuse@fb.com and sending my ID for identity verification, I started to contact my financial institutions about a breach. Pay Pal was on the phone while a fraudulent charge was going through real time. We blocked it and removed Facebook from the account, and rescued Pay Pal.

One of my business bank accounts was rescued and I now seem protected. After five days I had reclaimed my Facebook account and seeing the damage they had done. When I logged in to my ads manager, I saw that I was being charged $100 a day, 7 days a week, for 365 days for just one ad campaign. I saw that they were billing another bank account and I immediately froze that account for good. I actually caught it right before it was actually posting to the account. It is there that I also learned that they had added two other Facebook names as admins.

They had actually hacked two other accounts that I have never seen before, made them admins to my ads manager and two business pages, and also attached a stolen American Express card to the account. I contacted Amex and told them to protect my card and informed them about the stolen card. They actually did nothing about the stolen card to notify that owner. I was stunned.

A day had now passed and it looked like everything was good to go. I turned on my Mac and did some work, went to bed, and woke up the next day to a notice saying my password had been changed again. This time, instead of panicking I look at my emails that were now secure, my 2FA’s and other forms of security and nothing was alerted that this was real. I logged in to Facebook and changed my password just in case from my phone. I also turned off my Mac, because I sensed the Mac was in play for the hacker. I monitored all of my accounts all day to catch anything the second it happened. All good.

The next day I purchased a Security Key from Yubico.com as an extra layer of security for everything I do online. A hacker can have your username and password, but if 2FA is turned on and the verification of identity is using a security key, they are not getting in. I know nothing is 100% but a key is pretty close.

Also, my Mac is still off. Every time it was on, I received emails about requests and changes. When it was off, nothing, i.e.. Hawaii and Sedona. I also added Kaspersky Security to my Macs and phone for constant real time security for all of my accounts. I also learned that my Mac, yes, Mac, had a major Malware/Keylogger on it called OSX/XCSSET. It is an extreme Malware and wreaked havoc on me. How did I get it? Fedex/Kinkos. It is on their system and got to my Mac by the flash drive.

This Malware replicates browsers and websites therefore tricking the user that they are on a real site, like Facebook, Zoom, or even Skype. It has a line of code that will steal your Crypto, that happened to me as well and the FBI is working on it for me.

The hackers also used IP addresses from Hawaii, thinking that is where I was. They used fake VPN’s to do this. I have learned that the hackers are in Brazil and Singapore and will probably not be found in this case, but eventually they will.

I am almost back to 100%, and I have yet to turn on and deep clean the main Mac. That will be done in a highly secure environment away from the internet. Protect yourself. Yes, we can all get hacked and it is hell to get everything back and re-protected. Stay safe.

Resources to help you:
XCSSET INFO:

Yubico Desktop Key, Iphone Key

Facebook Hacked Help


Pineapple Juice- More Than Just Vitamin C

Here's why pineapple juice will help your sore throat.

Guest Blog by Kelly Cuip

 

One of the best ways to heal up a scratchy throat and cough is to drink freshly juiced pineapple juice. For several years now we have juiced a pineapple every time we get a cough or have a sore throat.  And every time it heals us up rather quickly!  It usually only takes about 1-2 glasses of fresh pineapple juice to send a cough on it's way out the door. There have been several articles make the statement that pineapple juice is 5 times more effective than cough syrup, and I can confirm, that this is most definitely the case!  In fact, one study performed by the Department of Pharmaceutical Technology, Meerut Institute of Engineering and Technology in India, confirmed that fresh pineapple juice, with honey and pepper added, was found to be extremely helpful in dissolving mucus of the lungs in tuberculosis.

The pineapple's super-power lies within it's naturally occurring enzyme, bromelain, which reduces inflammation.  This soothes the irritation of the throat and relieves the coughing. Bromelain is also a proteolytic enzyme, which means it digests protein. It also contains high amounts of Vitamin C, Vitamin A and Magnesium, all of which boost the immune system, which in turn helps ward off colds and illness. By triggering the body's production of substances that reduce swelling and fight pain, Bromelain is able to soothe and heal irritated coughs.


Benefits Of Drinking Pineapple Juice For A Cough

  • Cataract prevention via Vitamin A & C, which both play a key role in protecting vision
  • High amounts of Manganese which is an essential nutrient that helps protect cells against free radicals and strengthens bones and teeth
  • The very high fiber content helps with constipation and cleansing toxins from organs
  • Bromelain reduces inflammation, which in turn soothes pain and swelling
  • High Vitamin C content is necessary for the growth, development, and repair of all body tissues.  Also helps absorb minerals, maintain immune system, maintains teeth, bones & cartilage and helps in forming collagen.
  • Drinking fresh pineapple juice helps remove intestinal worms
  • Acts as a natural diuretic and helps detox the body of toxins
  • Helps in removing dead cells from the skin
  • Contains antioxidants that fight skin damage and reduce wrinkles
  • Boosts fertility via antioxidants that fight free radicals, which cause damage to reproductive organs
  • Facilitates the healing of wounds by quickly repairing cells and tissues
  • Helps digestion by providing the enzymes to break down protein, which in turn helps absorb nutrients that are eaten
  • Contains copper, the mineral essential for healthy red blood cells. Copper increases cognitive abilities and helps maintain neural pathways, helping prevent neural disorders

These benefits will be most enjoyed when drinking fresh pineapple juice, right from the juicer.  If you must buy store-bought, make sure you get Organic, Not From Concentrate, No Sugar Added,  and all that jazz pineapple juice.  But you will reap the rewards of pineapples most from freshly squeezed juice!

Our personal experience has always been that once we give pineapple juice, no matter how long the cough has been around, it usually tends to disappear in a day or two completely after being given a couple of glasses of fresh pineapple juice. Or anytime I notice one of my children getting a cold, a glass of pineapple juice will ward it off. I keep going with the pineapple juice too, we keep drinking it for a few days just to keep illness away.  Remember, natural remedies work best in strong bodies that aren't tainted with poisonous medications.

And you know the best part about pineapple juice??  It tastes WONDERFUL!!!  My boys like the fresh pineapple juice the best, with a couple of ice cubes mixed in, so you're not drinking warm pineapple juice. It tastes delicious people, and it's so good for you!  Cheers!


Kelly Cuip

Read more from Kelly at http://www.natural-hacks.com

Sources:
1. Bromelain treatment decreases neutrophil migration to sites of inflammation.
Publication: Clin. Immunol. 2008 Jul ;128(1)::66-74. :doi: 10.1016/j.clim.2008.02.015. 
Publication Date: 2008 Jul
Study Author(s): Fitzhugh, David J;Shan, Siqing;Dewhirst, Mark W;Hale, Laura P;
2. 
Oral Bromelain Attenuates Inflammation in an Ovalbumin-induced Murine Model of Asthma.
Publication: Evid Based Complement Alternat Med 2008 Mar ;5(1)::61-9. :doi: 10.1093/ecam/nel110.
Publication Date: 2008 Mar
Study Author(s): Secor, Eric R;Carson, William F;Singh, Anurag;Pensa, Mellisa;Guernsey, Linda A;Schramm, Craig M;Thrall, Roger S; 

Institution: Department of Immunology and Department of Pediatrics, University of Connecticut School of Medicine, Farmington, CT, USA.
3.  https://www.hindawi.com/journals/jnme/2014/861659/
4.  https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4882156/


Cabbage Soup For Gut Health

Bring on the cabbage!

By Guest Blogger Kelly Cuip

 

Cabbage soup may be one of the best foods to keep you healthy through the long winter months. I make a powerhouse cabbage soup, loaded with nutrients from every ingredient.  This soup is healing and will get right to work on healing your gut and your health!

Cabbage is a wonder food that will help detox your body in more than one way. Because it is rich in sulfur, it helps aid the liver in breaking down toxins.  Then it's diuretic properties help rid the body of excess water, flushing the broken down toxins out of your system!  Cabbage also has an abundance of nutrients including vitamin C, K, B1, B3 (niacin), B6, protein, fiber, magnesium, calcium, potassium, selenium and iron. All of these nutrients are released into the broth as the soup is simmering, so drinking the broth is very important.

The carrots, celery, and onion add even more vitamins and minerals, with the carrots providing beta-carotene and the celery providing folate.The broth is just as important, as I typically use 4 cups of organic chicken bone broth and 4 cups of organic chicken broth. Bone broth has healing compounds and minerals that boost the immune system.  The important healing compounds in bone broth- collagen, glutamine, glycine, and proline- are what give bone broth so much healing power.  The collagen from the bone broth reduces intestinal inflammation and heals the gut lining.  Bone broth is especially important for people with leaky gut.  Drinking a couple of quarts a week could work wonders for them! But adding a quart to your cabbage soup creates a healing, healthy and nutrition-filled meal that will benefit everyone!

In this recipe, I also add garlic with the option to add turmeric and diced organic tomatoes. I don't always put tomatoes in mine, but I know a lot of people like them added. The Tumeric is for an added boost, as it will help your body absorb all the nutrients you are consuming!  And of course, the garlic. We all know how wonderful garlic is, not just for the taste and added seasoning, but garlic is a great detox and healer itself. If you have cold or flu symptoms, the garlic will add some extra fighting power to kick it to the curb.

This soup is like drinking down straight nutrients that heal you from the inside out! Bon Appetit! I hope you enjoy it as much as I do! ​

Healing Cabbage Soup Recipe

Ingredients
8 Cups of Broth (4 cups organic bone broth; 4 cups organic chicken broth)
1 small head of organic cabbage
I small onion, chopped
3 medium-sized carrots, diced
3 celery stalks, diced
3 garlic cloves, minced
bay leaf
sea salt and cracked black pepper
1 tablespoon tumeric (optional)
3 organic roma tomatoes, diced (optional)
​Combine ingredients in a pot and simmer for an hour.

You can find this post and other amazing idea's and recommendations from Kelly on her website at

www.natural-hacks.com

Kelly Cuip

Los Angeles, Love It or Hate It

I have had this love/hate relationship with Los Angeles for so many years that writing about it may help me figure it out once and for all. 

I have experienced every high and low in my life there, be it in my career or as a resident of both LA and Orange County. "She" keeps calling me back, but I continue to refuse. I do visit from time to time and all those memories and emotions flood me as soon as I walk off of the plane and my feet hit the ground. 

  

Los Angeles is where I headed to pursue my entertainment goals in music and management after getting burned out in Hawaii, my home, and to take it to the next level. LA, some kind of magic in your name and where people go to capture dreams and visions of fame and fortune and to catch a rising star. Most of the time they see it go down in flames. 

  

Los Angeles has changed over the years going vegan, spiritual, and whatever ego-based adjective fits its flavor of the day. It was once a place for celebrity, party, glitz, and glamor and carried the lure of everything fun. Amazing beaches, though I never saw freezing water and crowds amazing being from Hawaii. But it was a place to party for sure and connect with amazing and talented people in the field of my dreams. I met so many A-List musicians, actors, and executives in the music and film, industries that would become major influencers and friends to me. My first roommate in LA was a celebrity heartthrob, and I dated a girl who was on top of the charts in music and had the number one television show at that time. If you knew me then, you know who they are and there is no need to mention them here as it's not about them or my ego. Needless to say, LA had everything that I desired from money, fame, women, and drugs with a heavy participant in each of those. I looked into the rabbit hole and said to myself "why not?", so I jumped in head first, balls to the wall. 

  

She sucked me in so far that I forgot who I was as I got caught up in the Hollywood lifestyle so deep that friends wanted to rescue me. I just flipped them the finger and kept being me in the flashy moments of celebrity. After making it and then losing it all a few times Los Angeles spit me out so far I had no clue what I was doing and what the purpose was. I was a young high powered music-producing protege with an attitude and a passion for everything wrong, reflecting everything and everyone around me. Hanging with Norby Walters, George Quiveda didn't help a lot as they were both major entertainment and sports agents that crossed the line in so many ways that Norby eventually got indicted on racketeering as well as other charges. They were good guys at heart, introduced me to "power", and mentored me, and sent me away which was a good thing. Life lessons. 

  

LA had and still has its good things. I did find love there even though that turned out to be tragic, yet it led me to who I am today. It has peace in places that one would least find it, and it has beauty if you just look for it. When I go back to visit a feeling of loss, sadness, happiness, and gratitude engulf me all at once. I seek out the places where the pain was felt and I stare at it knowing that it's just the ghost of my past staring back at me. I want to embrace it yet tell it to go fuck itself, which I have done both every time I go there. 

  

I lived in Irvine in the OC and it is the same. There is actually a name for it in Orange County, it is called the OC Virus. Once you are there you get it and it hooks you. So many people struggle to leave the place because of the lure that it holds. Huntington Beach, Newport, San Juaquin, and PCH are just a few of the places to give you an idea. When I lived there last my next-door neighbor in my condo was Robin Givens (Tyson's former wife), and the Crown Prince of Qatar lived directly across the hall. The CEO of Intel lived there with all of his cars and toys and the lure was always present. It is hard to walk away from even today. 

  

So I have this love-hate for this place where the sun leaves you golden and the vibe can rip you to shreds. A pure catch 22 for sure. She is a beautiful woman who you just can not keep staring at and being close to even though she burns you from time to time.  Did writing help me here? I guess not. So on that note, to be continued... 

 


Play Your Cards Right

For those that know my time as a former professional poker player, you would think by the title of this piece that I am getting ready to get into some sort of hand strategy. Not this time. I bring to my listeners and audiences motivation that allows them to open their minds and begin to look within to adapt to things that can better their lives. This is one of the tools that I have actually begun to use for myself and that I would like to share with each of you.

My friend Alexander Dunlop wrote a fantastic book entitled, "Play Your Cards Right" that explains the true origins of the common deck of playing cards. He explains that there are 52 cards that coincide with the 52 weeks of the year, and the four suits that represent the four seasons. When the totality of the deck is added up we see that we get 365 1/4 that equals of course the days in each year.

From the author:

This book gives you the clarity, answers, confidence, and direction you’ve been seeking for your whole life.

Read this book and you’ll discover a hidden toolkit you can use to craft the life you really want.

You see, based on your date of birth, you have 13 Life Cards. In your Life Cards, you’ll discover your pathway to more fulfilling work, happier relationships, and authentic self-expression.

 

I have looked up my birth month and year and I am described to the "T". The expressions relate to who am today, the path that I can choose to follow, and where I once was. The reading and interpretation gave me self-awareness that I AM on the right path and it fits totally with the modalities that I follow in my life and I know that it will do the same for you.

I don't want to go too deep into what he offers in this fantastic book because I would prefer that you get it for yourself and just dive in. Go to his website and learn about The Life Elevated Foundation as well. Our time is changing so rapidly that it is hard to keep up and maintain what our body really needs to be feeling. Change is good, and this book and foundation can help guide you through it.

Order this amazing book here:


20 Questions To Ask Your Parents & Grandparents While You Still Can

If anyone has realized this lately, it would be me. Life can vanish from those we love in an instant or a slow in an exhausting length of time for family members. Don't let time go by without getting answers to questions you may have, and be able to really connect by asking the questions that honestly matter. 

 

Take your parents, or grandparents out to lunch, for coffee, or even through an internet chat. Get together as often as you can. Set the date an be there. Be there with your questions but really listen to the answers. Cherish them and pass them down to your kids, your relatives, and just as beautiful stories from the past being re-birthed today. Enjoy the moment and remember the feeling, smiles, wrinkles in the corner of their eyes, and just the feeling of warmth. 

 

Find your own questions, but here are a few to give you a small boost: 

 

What brought you the most joy being a parent? What was easy, and what was hard? Was there any memory that stands out as your best? 

 

What was the most exciting and exhilarating thing you have ever done and why? 

 

What was your happiest moment, and what made it so special? What was your hardest moment, and how did you overcome it? 

 

Describe the best thing life taught you. 

 

What was the one book that brought your thoughts alive? How did it impact you? 

 

Who was your secret crush? 

 

If you could talk to your 18-year-old self, what would you say and why? 

 

What is the craziest thing that you ever did? Were you alone or with someone else? What was behind the reason to do it? 

 

 

Who were your best friends and where are they now? 

 

What was your first job and where was it? How much did it pay? 

 

Did you have someone to seek comforting advice? Who was it and why? 

 

Were you close to your grandparents? What were some of the things that you did with them, and what was the most treasured? 

 

What legacy do you feel you have that will leave a lasting impact on the world, and to those who are close to you? 

 

What is your favorite color, flower, song, and season? 

 

How did your faith determine your decision making if at all and why? 

 

What was the first movie you saw, and who did you see at your first concert or performance? 

 

Did you have pets? 

 

What was your favorite vacation location and why? Did you meet people and stay in contact with them? 

 

What is a perfect day for you? 

 

 

What advice can you give me for an amazing relationship? 

 

There are so many questions that you can ask but again maybe these can jump-start a few for you. Cherish the answers and keep them alive. Remember life is short and enjoy the moments now. 

 

 

 


Our Planet Needs A Moment of Peace

Our home is so over-stressed with out of control power and forced opinions that we just need a moment to breathe. Countries falling apart, people rising up for good and bad, governments want more power, individuals in power believe they are gods, and the suffering continues.
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What the fuck happened to us a people? No one is better than the other and we all deserve to live in peace and in our own happiness. Politics is nothing but another word for hate worldwide now and many will fight, same, kill, lie, and destroy to prove a ridiculous point. ALL politics in ALL countries.
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My wish and prayer are that you are ok and that where ever you are heals and finds peace.