Good morning everyone and how are you doing this blustery, chilly day? I am normally so against the cold but even I have to admit, 80 degrees is just not normal for December! Maybe cooler weather will put me more in the spirit of things, lately, I have just not been feeling it. Then again, I wasn’t feeling well so maybe that’s the problem. Anyway, today is better since I have been feeling almost back to normal! One of the first things I did this morning was cook egg cups for David’s breakfast.
I couldn’t reach the turmeric and didn’t want to bother with a ladder, so I decided to sneak in different beneficial ingredients…nutritional yeast flakes! Have you heard of these? They give food a cheesy protein-filled boost, and they are also a great source of fiber, amino acids, and vitamins. They can be sprinkled on popcorn, mixed into smoothies or casseroles, or as a seasoning for salads, soups, and gravies. One and a half tablespoons provide 4g of fiber and 8g of protein, and also 320mg of potassium.
Nutritional yeast has several benefits too:
It’s an inactive form of yeast, so no problem for people with yeast overgrowth
Antiviral and antibacterial properties
Promotes healthy hair, skin, and nails
Might aid in weight loss due to protein and thiamine
great for vegans and vegetarians as a non-animal source of protein
Don’t confuse Nutritional yeast with Brewer’s yeast, it is meant for flavoring-not brewing beer. They are grown from the same type of fungus which is usually grown on sugar beets, sugar beet molasses or sugar cane molasses, therefore making it gluten-free. Look for yeast flakes that are grown on sugarcane molasses for the best quality flakes.
Nutritional yeast flakes can be found in most health food stores, store it in a dark, cool cabinet where it will keep up to two years. It can also be stored in the refrigerator. I like to use it in places I would normally use cheese sprinkles for a bit of salty, savory flavor. Try it on just-popped popcorn for a real treat!
Personally, I can’t imagine it in smoothies, since the flavor is kind of nutty and cheesy, so I think I’ll stick to chia and flax seeds for that. Do try them though and let me know what you think. Now that I’m in a cooking mood, I may have to give some Paleo Christmas cookies a try! I found some on Pinterest last night that were so adorable! If I do, I’ll take pics if they don’t become a Pinterest fail!
Yall enjoy my snowflakes (if they are showing up) I get to keep them until Jan 4th! See ya later, on the patio!
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Good morning everyone and how is your Friday shaping up? Man, it’s been a busy and somewhat productive week for me, I thought I’d share a few reasons why with you today and also see if I could possibly broaden your reading horizons a bit by directing you to a couple of great places for reading and learning.
First, though, I want to thank those kind hearted people that contributed to the North Texas Walk for PKD in my name, I appreciate it more than you know! Like I said, I realize there are many causes out there that need donations (especially this year) so I can’t tell you how much it means to me that you helped with mine.
Next, I have been revising and reworking my writer’s website and it still needs a lot more work, but it’s good enough to make me stop procrastinating and I went ahead and launched/re-launched (whatever you want to say) it to the public, I even shared it on Facebook. It’s very scary when you’re not sure it’s right, but you have to start somewhere, right? Anyway, I named it Write Where You Are but in hindsight, maybe that should have been the tagline and I should just use my name. I’ll let yall check it out and give me some feedback if you would be so kind.
By the way, I just have to keep giving a shout out to Grammarly for constantly correcting my desire to put commas where they don’t go. Thanks!
Before I get to the writing/learning stuff I want to share, I was also going to mention that I have been playing around in the kitchen this week, tweaking recipes from an online cookbook by The Coconut Mama, and since I can’t share any part of the book, I’ll tell you how a mistake turned into something tasty (not pretty) and show you a cool thing I found and purchased last night at of all places, Burlington. So, I wanted to make her chocolate chip cookies (this cookbook is all about cooking with coconut flour, click the link and get yourself a free copy) and I screwed up and ended up with chocolate pecan coconut cookies. Not bad, kinda tasty in fact.
What happened is, I mixed up all the ingredients like the recipe said, then realized it called for 3 Tbs of coconut flour, not 2. So I tried to add it in… didn’t work, so I microwaved it and, you guessed it, the chocolate chips melted and made my whole cookie base chocolate. So I threw in some of my recently shelled pecans-from-my-Dad’s-yard and voila!
I will admit, there’s a bit of a learning curve while working with coconut flour, if you don’t do everything right, you get a dry product. Still, with a nice glass of milk or a hot cup of coffee, they are just fine. Just a little bite to satisfy your sweet tooth and perfectly Paleo because the only sweetener in them is raw honey.
Speaking of little bites, here is my Burlington find, something I’ve been wanting/looking for for a while.
Bonus…it even comes with the silicone liners!!! And it was only $6.99!! Cool Beans!!!
Now the next time I’m called to host Bunco, I can make enough muffins/candy/fat bombs or whatever to feed the crowd! Yea!!
Ok, on to the good stuff. We all know what a time suck is right? Think Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest…I could go on. But sometimes a timesuck can be that in a good way. For learning purposes, entertainment value, or a combination of those. I’m talking about Medium and all of the wonderful writers there. I could spend all day reading and learning because there are so many publications to choose from. If you are a writer, you can become a part of this wonderful community, gain a following, and help people all at the same time. (I myself write on a few of their publications as some of you know.) The Weekly Knob, 100 Naked Words, The Creative Cafe are some that are well worth following. The more I interact with other writers though, the more pubs I learn about, like The Mission, The Junction and so much more. Today I was entertained by my favorite cartoonist, Thunderpuff, with her post Scary Movies I Watched As a Kid (And a Few I Didn’t). I tried to link to the story, but all I know is you can download the Medium app, then search for her or find her on The Junction and you will not be sorry. I did share it to Facebook, so if you follow me there, you can see it.
The next timesuck that turns into something productive (for me anyway) is Skillshare. Here with a free membership, you can access 1000+ classes on everything from web design to cooking pasta. It’s crazy how many classes there are so why not challenge yourself to learn something new?! You can learn more about creative writing, technical writing, copywriting, or something completely different. And you can also learn how to teach your own classes which will earn you a following and money! I’ve been contemplating that idea myself but I would not have a clue how to do it. That’s ok though because when I’m ready, they will guide me every step of the way!
Well, That’s all I have for today, If I find some extra energy, I will try to write a story for Flash Fiction Friday. I have much to do yet, and also, this is the birthday weekend!! My Dad’s, Chris (my baby is not a baby anymore :(), and my friend Kaye’s birthdays are all coming up. The 21st, 23rd, and 24th respectfully. My father-in-laws was on the 22nd and my aunt Connie’s was also the 24th, making October the busiest birthday month in my family. Please pray with me that Chris’s present arrives before his birthday does. That has always been important to me. He knows what it is but still. I want him to get it on or before his actual birthday. Call me silly.
One more thing, I guess some of you might notice the lettuce growing in the background of the cupcake pan picture, that is a new one, lol. While pretty, they don’t ever get really full like a true head of lettuce but its fun to watch them grow anyway. See you later, I’ll be watching, reading, learning and writing on the patio!
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I’m trying to remember everything I need to pack for my trip-Oh! I know, I’ll go snip some Rosemary off my plant on the patio, since it is great for improving memory. Just take a few of the “needles” and rub between your fingers and inhale the wonderful scent they produce.
Rosemary is an evergreen but is actually part of the mint family. It has been used since ancient times to cook with, improve memory and soothe digestive issues. Recent studies have uncovered new uses as in, hair thickener, and for healing prostate problems. Hmmmm, that gives me some ideas. Unfortunately, some of the closest men in my life, my dad, brother and husband, are plagued by these issues and this could be the answer to their problems. I need to buy each of them their own bottle! My go-to sources for essential oil knowledge, say that by using a few drops of rosemary mixed with a carrier oil (such as coconut) rubbed under the testicles will heal the prostate. The chemical in Rosemary responsible for halting cancer growth is carnosol, and has shown promising results.
Rosemary is also awesome for cooking, I recently used it on a pork roast I baked and it was awesome.
Here it is featured with a sweet potato and a small serving of black beans. It was moist and delicious, with no overpowering strong taste like I thought it would be. Seems like I remember tasting some Rosemary potatoes in the past and wasn’t a fan. This pork however, was a hit.
So, however you choose to use it, you can’t go wrong with Rosemary, the benefits are just too good! Cancer killer, memory booster, flavor enhancer and more! Go get a quality, Theraputic oil or grow your own, make it a part of your routine.
Believe it or not, I’m almost packed and ready to head out tomorrow! Can’t wait to be back in Port Aransas, our prime vacation spot. Six years since we’ve been and I hope the weather feels more like summer, here at home, it feels like fall! Rain and 80 degree temps are great for the patio, however, I want sunshine and clear skies for the beach!
Well, y’all enjoy your week, I know I will! Until tomorrow, see you later from the patio! 😉