Friday, May 9, 2014

Drafts Part Two of Two

 FROM 7-21-11


FROM 3-15-11

Refined sugar as a vitamin vampire : 
Refined sugar is void of all nutrients, consequently it causes the body to deplete its own stores of various vitamins, minerals and enzymes. If sugar consumption is continued, an over-acid condition results, and more minerals are needed from deep in the body to correct the imbalance. If the body is lacking the nutrients used to metabolize sugar, it will not be able to properly handle and rid itself of the poisonous residues. These wastes accumulate through the brain and nervous system, which speeds up cellular death. The bloodstream becomes over-loaded with waste products and symptoms of carbonic poisoning result. 

Refined sugar as a drug : 
Dr. David Reuben, author of Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Nutrition says, “…white refined sugar-is not a food. It is a pure chemical extracted from plant sources, purer in fact than cocaine, which it resembles in many ways. Its true name is sucrose and its chemical formula is C12H22O11. 

FROM 2-15-13

"You Don't Have to Be Pretty. You don't owe prettiness to anyone. Not to 

your boyfriend/spouse/partner, not to your co-workers, especially not to random men on the 

street. You don't owe it to your mother, you don't owe it to your children, you don't owe it to 

civilization in general. Prettiness is not a rent you pay for occupying a space marked 

'female'.Diana Vreeland

FROM 7-14-10
Main Entry: glam·our 
Variant(s): also glam·or  \ˈgla-mər\
Function: noun
Etymology: Scots glamour, alteration of English grammar; from the popular association of erudition with occult practices
Date: 1715
1 : a magic spell 
2 : an exciting and often illusory and romantic attractiveness ;especially : alluring or fascinating attraction —often used attributively  

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Drafts Part One

Whoa. I noticed I had a few drafts for blog posts that never happened. Here are pieces, snippets  I have copied and pasted of what were at one time in history going to be a post.  Part One of Two 

I know a lot of fancy dancers,
people who can glide you on a floor,
They move so smooth but have no answers. Cat Stevens from Hard Headed Woman

"Everything that kills me makes feel alive" a line from One Republic...Counting Stars

“The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing... not healing, not curing... that is a friend who cares.” - Henri Nouwen

I live in the Southwest, a part of the country with more than its share of fair skies, material wealth, and people who are trying not to be as old as they are. There's no sight more terrifying than a woman who has recovered from a dozen or so plastic surgeries by tanning in the desert sun. I don't want to sound cruel, but picture a Komodo dragon in spandex. Martha Beck

I wish you could smell my kitchen. The warm smells of ginger, cinnamon, honey, maple syrup, vanilla are being stirred and thrown about by the ceiling fan. A pan of warm toasted almonds and pecans tossed with chopped figs and dates wait to be stirred into part of the oat mixture. There is shredded coconut, craisins, raisins and apricots I will divide up and mix with other portions of the oats. Granola is made to be shared. I think of the likes and dislikes of our family circle. Some like figs and dates. Some like coconut. Some like it all. So,something for everyone.

Here is what I did. In a ball park sorta way. Not a big "measurer" making granola.
I make a huge batch so I can make different varieties.

16 cups rolled oats is what I had in the kitchen and used today.

Approximately 1/2 cup of maple syrup

A good bountiful cup of honey

Sometimes I add about 1/4 cup of brown sugar with the honey and maple syrup

1 1/2 cups-2 cups canola oil

Tablespoon of vanilla extract

Approximately 1 Tablespoon of cinnamon

I also add a heaping dash of ginger and/or nutmeg sometimes

Now the fun part
Feel free to add oat bran, ground flax seed, wheat germ.
Add any type of nuts your family may like. I toast the nuts I use for added flavor.
DO NOT buy those greasy, salty canned nuts. Use raw nuts and seeds.
Dried fruits of all sorts. Cranberries, Raisins, Apricots, Dates, Figs, Bananas, Coconut.....
Add  whatever combinations you have in the kitchen cabinets. 
I have made just vanilla,cinnamon oat granola if that is all I had.
If I have cranberry juice in the house I may add just a little in the liquid mixture for added flavor.

I guess a few directions would be helpful. 
Roast the nuts first if you are using them. 
I sometimes put the plain oats on a baking sheet in the oven for a quick toast while the nuts are toasting. 
I think it gives the oats a little better flavor. 
 Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F, if you haven't used it for roasting nuts.
Combine all of your dry ingredients. Oats, wheat germ, flax oat a large bowl.
In a large pot on the stove mix all of the liquid ingredients. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Just before the last stir I add the spices. Pour the liquid mixture over the oats/dry ingredients. Stir until all the oats are coated really well. Spread the mixture on baking sheets. Bake for 20 minutes or so. Check about half way through and stir. If you pan is thick this may take longer with a few more checks and stirs. When the oats are not very moist pull from oven. Expect some moisture. This will go away as the oats cool. When cool add all the rest of the goodness you have decided on. Enjoy!

Am I the only one SO tired of the food industry greed ?  It is not lost on me how spoiled I am compared to most in the world.  I am deeply thankful for the provision of clean water, a safe dwelling and a variety of foods available at any grocery store just a few miles away.  That stated, here goes...  Grocery store sale fliers. I peruse three grocery fliers most every week looking for the deals. It takes less than three minutes to scan all three store fliers. An audible "nope, nope, nope, not that, not that, maybe" is uttered with few finds of a good sale on FOOD.    Most products are boxed, canned, sugar coated/loaded, high/extremely high sodium levels in most every featured item shown as the deal of the week.  I know, I know, market what America eats.  We are paying for this in more ways than one. I get frustrated reading nutrition labels to see the product start off with whole wheat, oats ,then high fructose corn syrup!.. or this looks good..a bran flake cereal..,WHAT! 431mg sodium per cup?!in a bran flake cereal!! I put it down. Salts, sugars, fats... all cheap fillers? maybe? They certainly take up a lot of space on many labels. Oh, the rascals can be called by many other names too, like glutamate, dextrose,sucrose. I digress.

Names of ingredients that always contain processed free glutamic acid. 

Glutamic acid (E 620),  Glutamate (E 620)
Monosodium glutamate (E 621)
Monopotassium glutamate (E 622)
Calcium glutamate (E 623)
Monoammonium glutamate (E 624)
Magnesium glutamate (E 625)
Natrium glutamate
Yeast extract
anything “hydrolyzed”
any “hydrolyzed protein”
Calcium caseinate,  Sodium caseinate
Yeast food, Yeast nutrient
Autolyzed yeast
Textured protein
Soy protein, soy protein concentrate
Soy protein isolate
Whey protein, whey protein concentrate
Whey protein isolate
anything  “…protein”
Worcestershire sauce

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Third Lettuce Picking

My sweet husband was determined to "beat" the zone 7 planting climate this year. He planted lettuce seeds early in the ground, in Boone. We had a pretty deep freeze just a couple of weeks ago.We are usually not out of the woods for freezes until mid May. Anyway, he made a snuggly environment under what looked like a low to ground hoop house. When we had the freezes he covered the tender plants with blankets and a left over insulation roll we had around the house. Carefully he would uncover the wee ones for sun during the day and cover the young plants again at night. This went on for many nights and days.

I am a proud wife enjoying good salads.  So this is Show and Tell. Our third lettuce picking from the garden.

Monday, May 5, 2014

Spring. Sweet Strawberries.

David Bought a Flat of Strawberries

Getting ready to prep for freezer

Decided to do this for washing berries
Resting in vinegar water. Can you see the film coming up and off of the berries? The berries had NO hint of a vinegar taste either. I rinse, topped sliced the biggest berries, bagged and put into freezer. Looking forward to winter strawberry pancakes or strawberry syrup. 

Sunday, May 4, 2014

It Was a Bird Day

I stepped out on the front porch and heard all sorts of rustling. I searched the sound with my eyes while standing still. I saw pieces of dirt, leaves,being flung up under a bush. Then I saw this little one. Obviously he/she spotted me too.

Making all sorts of noise and feather fluffing under the apple tree.

Regal lady

OK, Photo my better side..

I assume this is Regal ladies "man"