Daily Bleue, Healing

Take the Nite Off

It’s Friday night, so put your feet up, let your hair down and treat yourself to a dinner out at a delicious restaurant; that has just the right atmosphere to heal your body: relaxing light, good service and of course food that melts in your mouth and fills you with that healing, comforting feeling of “nothing’s ever tasted so good.”

On the other hand, staying in with comfort food is a relaxing way to de-stress during the winter nights. Even though many of us like to stay healthy and eat well these days, having something like pizza at home with a good movie can be the perfect ending to a crazy week.
Whatever you choose to do, do something good for you.

Keep healing your mind, body, and spirit from moment to moment. Remember every moment can be healing if you allow yourself to make your life meaningful.

Blessings, Erin

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Daily Bleue, Healing, Something Tasty: Baking

Sweet Healing Indulgences

St. Louis Gooey Butter Cake…Yummy! Part of healing our life is to indulge in the yumminess of it! Somehow, when we were created, our Creator knew that we would love to eat! And thus, filled the earth with sugar and sweetness! Yesterday, was my dad’s birthday, so we indulged in home-made Gooey Butter Cake. It was a tradition of sweetness my grandmother introduced to me as a kid. I had forgotten completely about it until about 3 years ago. I was at work and a wonderful co-worker and baker gave me a slice. Its amazing how complex our bodies are: One taste, and I was brought back to being a 6 year old kid sitting at the table eating grandma’s dessert. My father and his family are natives of good o’l Saint Louis, Missouri, where Gooey Butter is famous. Three years ago, I suprised my dad with a tray of gooey butter sent special delivery. He too had forgotten all about it. Now, however, it is an absolute must in family gatherings. My Irish husband and Boston born son, will now also have this dessert as part of their heritage story.

To make St. Louis Gooey Butter:


  • 1 (18.25 ounce) package yellow cake mix
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 cups confectioners’ sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. Mix cake mix, melted butter or margarine, 1 teaspoon vanilla, and 2 eggs with a spoon. Pat into a 9 X 13 inch pan.
  3. Mix cream cheese, 2 eggs, and 1 teaspoon vanilla with an electric mixer. Slowly beat in confectioner’s sugar. Pour over cake layer.
  4. Bake for 40 to 45 minutes. Cool.

Do something fun for yourself too! Find a pretty plate or display item and present your sweet indulgence.  Taking the time to present your food, allows you to dip into your imagination. Imagination nourishes you, and continues to bring healing and happiness into your whole being.

Be blessed with your ‘Sweet Healing Indulgences’

Blessings, Erin

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property of the blog,

Bella Bleue”

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Savor the color of life

Heal your body and life with an array of colorful food. Studies have found that a color-filled diet can help you reduce your risk of cancer. So let your eyes lead you to the rainbow that will fill your body with a pot of gold! Indulge your taste buds and eat well!


If you are looking for recipes to help you indulge in this healthy diet, check out Eating Well Magazine.

Color your life and be well!
Blessings, Erin

Connecting to the wonder we are, Daily Bleue, Healing

The Wisdom of Children

So my son is 2 1/2 years old now. He’s been a talker since he was able to mumble a word. He was never very strong physically as a baby, but I will say his mind certainly was always working. So today, I thought I’d share some tuna fish with him. He gave it a try. He took a bite and gently shaking his head, said, “Mama, I don’t really like this very much.” Now it wasn’t a, “I don’t like it.” or a famous toddler move of spitting it all over the floor, but a sincere, “Not very much.”

It reminded me of days in my life, when I didn’t have the courage to say I didn’t like something very much because I thought I could only say yes or no, and let things just go on by me.

That’s one of the ugly things about depression. It doesn’t really let you see the in-between, and then instead, the ‘yeses’ or ‘nos’ become a large pit of anger just waiting to burst.

I guess that’s why Our Creator, gave us little children to learn from. They remind us how to be human in the most basic ways. And they teach us that it is okay to have an opnion because what we feel does matter.