I am obsessed with condiments. Vinegar, Barbeque Sauce, Mayo, Mustard, Salsa, Chutney, Hot Sauce, Duck Sauce, Pickled Ginger, Pesto...you name it and I will use copious amounts.Store-bought condiments are kind of pricey, though.And they're filled with preservatives to promote a longer shelf-life.One of my favorites I love, LOVE is Honey Mustard!...more
Even though it’s not officially summer, Memorial weekend is the kick off to summertime.The weathers warming up, the days are longer, the kids are out of school, and the vibe is all about relaxing.My favorite part of summer are all the frozen treats like ice cream and popsicles.This recipe I’m sharing with y’all today is the best “ice cream” I’ve had!It’s made with frozen pineapple and mango chunks, maple syrup, almond milk, and a dash of sea salt. All in your food processor....more
Society passes around lots of advice on how to be healthy. Eat less, but not too little. Move more, but not too much. Not to mention counting - calories, pounds and time on the stationary bike. ...more
Eating went a lot better. No work for me today. Both of my clients Liz and Regis have there social worker, therapy, and group.So I stay home Murphy and I stayed home and planted corn. Usual we don't plant this early.One thing I can say no desserts for this gal today. I start with 2 slices of bacon and last thing I put in my mouth was gram cracker with peanut butter on itI been doing better good getting water, and seem to enjoy hot water more then cold....more
Delicious breakfast alert! Who out there LOVES muffins, particularly blueberry muffins?? I'm a sucker for a fluffy sweet-yet-tart blueberry muffin every now and then, but the ones you get at Starbucks or Dunkin' Donuts are loaded with fat, added sugar, and preservatives - not an ideal healthy breakfast.
I had plans to start a series on stocks and sauces this week, but instead I want to talk about tea. Over the holidays we inherited a beautiful La Pavoni Espresso Machine from some dear friends. In all the excitement of pulling espresso shots, and my feeble attempts at making latte art, my daily tea ritual fell a bit into the background.Then, this week we lost our beloved family cat. She was a Manx, with no tail and a hopping gait. She preferred to be in the middle of everything, and looked like a little black bear so we gave her the Ojibwe name for bear, Mukwa. She was as much a part of our family as any pet could be. If we were sick, she knew it and would station herself on the bed like a guard just watching us with her thoughtful little gaze. But when my son River was sick, she preferred to lay on top of him like a hen guarding her eggs. She cared for us just as much as we cared for her. I mention this because throughout the week I felt myself craving tea even more than usual, and I am reminded of the revitalizing, nurturing, and clarifying essence in a cup of tea.Once upon a time, I spent a lovely year working in a tea shop, where I occasionally heard people say that they didn’t like tea because "it’s too much like drinking water". Sure, it is more like drinking water compared to drinking a strong cup of coffee. This is the thing, and it really did take me over 30 years to discover it, but our taste buds and palates adapt. The more you taste wine for instance, the more you can actually taste the flavorful characteristics of wine. The same is true of tea, especially with certain delicate white and green teas. The more tea you try and explore, the more your palate opens and your capacity for tasting and enjoying all the intricacies found these exquisite brews increases.The LegendTea is known to be native to southern China and was first prized for its botanical and medicinal properties. The story goes that in 2737 B.C., the Emperor Shen Nung discovered tea while sitting under a wild tea tree and a breeze blew a few leaves into a pot of water he had simmering over a fire.The RitualJapan and China perhaps have the longest history and are most well known for their mindful and stunning tea ceremonies. But the fact remains; tea is the most consumed beverage in all the world.A ritual can be found in any task, if you want to find it. Tea just naturally happens to be a lovely way to access this state of mindfulness. From choosing your cup,to boiling the water,to touching the leaves,to watching the steam as the tea brews,to sharing with a friend,to feeling the warmth of the cup in your hands,to breathing in the delicate scent,to taking the first sip--these are all access points to enter the present moment. When I think of tea, I think the Persian scientist and philosopher, Omar Khayyám gets it right:Be happy for this moment, for this moment is your life....more
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