good food = happy

20170725_165021-1_resizedLast year I thought we had way too many green beans.  I got the giggles 20180620_084922_resizedeverytime I ventured into the garden.  Our supply seemed never-ending.  We ate baskets and baskets of green beans.  We gave away bags full.  I cooked every recipe I could think of.  I froze some.

This Spring, I had learned my lesson and only planted four bean plants.  One didn’t make it.   Actually, three might be just enough.

It started out pretty easy.   I picked a 20180815_095417-1basket full and we had an amazing Sunday dinner.  Then a few days later I made Greek Green beans.  Oh, yes, Fried Rice with our green beans.

September has dawned and yes, I am still discussing and picking green beans.

I have given away a bag or two.  I tucked some in the bag with eggs I gave away.

I have a  friend who has the most incredible mind.  I want to call her a Renaissance woman. Self-sufficient and brilliant when it comes to making things.   She has this amazing ability to create so many different things. She is an expert knitter. Her quilting skills are admired by anyone privileged to see her work.  She designs things with beads that are so unique, they grab your attention right from the start.  However, it’s her cooking, baking, gardening skills that will make you lean in and listen.  She has much to offer to those of us willing to be still and watch/listen/learn.

“I like good food & food waste drives me nuts.  Fresh produce is a gift never to be squandered.”  FL

 

Notice every time I gathered goodness from the garden, yes, yes, indeed, more beans.  With the abundance of beans in my life, I got a bit whiney.

My renaissance friend encouraged me to dry some as snacks.   BRILLIANT!

 

Oops, I may have forgotten to take an after picture.  Suffice it to say, the bowl was empty but for a flake of nutritional yeast here or there.

“I like good food, I want those around me to eat good food.  Good Food makes everyone happy.”  FL

Last evening, I filled a pretty bowl.

Yes, you guessed it.

Green Beans.

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In this together, friends.

May you all be lucky enough to have a friend to learn from.  She makes life better.

Chat soon.

 

 

August toss

A wise person I met in a wellness group, offered up a quick read.  The title is, “There is actually a link between Depression and Clutter”.

Next, I stumbled upon a quote by Joshua Becker, a blogger.  https://www.becomingminimalist.com/about-us/

“The first step in crafting the life you want is to get rid of everything you don’t.”

See where I am going with this? keep toss

Join me, won’t you?

Yes, Marie Kondo’s book is really wonderful and encouraging.  It is just a big bite to take.

Let’s go simple.?  Let’s really accomplish this.

Every single day in August, I am going to toss one thing from my life.

20180630_084740-1_resized_1Similar to my walking calendar for the month of June… I am going to reward myself with a butterfly sticker each day that I toss something.  By the end of the month, I will have 31 stickers on my calendar and at least 31 fewer things cluttering my life.

You can certainly toss or give away more than one thing a day, however, the goal is at least one thing EACH day.  Having a big ol fashioned yard sale and selling 31 items will only “count” for one day.  Yes, it will feel great, however, this is also about learning a process.  A small success EACH day.

After walking every single day in June, it has become a habit.  I continue to lace up my sneakers and get out there. Maybe, by tossing (or donating) one item each day for the month, it will become a habit I seek out?

Today, as I flipped open a cookbook, I found 4 loose papers stuck in between two random pages.   I gave a quick look and decided to toss.  Who among us doesn’t have one catalog or magazine on our coffee table that is 4 months old?  Why do I have two vegetable peelers?  Why am I keeping a pair of new shoelaces that don’t fit any shoes we own?

See this is going to be a snap!

For the month of August, I am going to seek out things I no longer need, use or want.  Heck, I could go 4 or 5 days tossing something daily from my make up bag alone!  Don’t get me started on the junk drawer ( we all have one, we all need to clean it out so the drawer will close with ease).  Our garden shed has plenty of cracked plastic plant containers, that alone will keep me on track for a week.

So, come along, please join me.  Just think, by the end of 31 days, we will be lighter in spirit and there will be less clutter around us.

First thing I am tossing?  My grater.  It has a couple of rust spots and I keep meaning to replace that thing.  This is the month!

In this together, friends,

Here’s to a healthier and happier spirit!

declutter your life

 

 

 

 

 

Who’s with me?????

Chat soon.

 

streaking in June, part 2

Where were we?

Oh, yes.

June.

#streakingwiththecoolkids  

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Okay, you all remember we were about to begin our June streak?  To refresh your memory, just click here:

https://sundayschildfullofgrace.wordpress.com/2018/06/01/june-streak/

Hello, Halfway point!  Nice to see you.

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I’ve been doing the walking.  I’ll let the pictures do the talking.

I thought I would share some of the beautiful flowers I have found along my walks.

How is your streak going?  Did you make a HAPPY calendar?  Are you starting to look forward to your walk?  Have you come across any beautiful flowers?  Have you walked in the rain and the sunshine?

In this together friends….. here’s to our good health, Cheers!

Chat soon.

let’s streak in June

Hello June.

There is a group I joined called “Streaking like the Cool Kids“. (Facebook group and website)

http://runningslowfaster.com/streaking-cool-kids/

Starting today, the idea is for the entire month of June, to walk 1 mile a day.  30 days 30 miles.

Oh sure, you can obviously walk more, however, you cannot skip a day and make it up later.  You can check in daily, raffle prizes etc. or you can just garner or share inspiration and motivation with others.  Just stop by their group for all the juicy details.

Or just walk.

Walk every single day for the month of June.  Easy enough.

I asked 4 different friends to join me via the social media.  I asked one friend locally.  …………each had an excuse why this wouldn’t work for them. 😦

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Enter Mr. Right.  I was telling him about it and he said, effortlessly and without hesitation, sure, I’ll do it with you.

So, he printed off a calendar page, I bought some cool stickers and we are ready to go.  No, I am not a 9-year-old girl, YES, I still think cool stickers are fun to earn!

Since Sweet Liberty has gotten on in age, we no longer walk her on 2-3 mile daily walks.  As a result,  I have gotten in the habit of biking and rebounding daily at home and biking outdoors on Sunday.

I am looking forward to getting out there again, consistently, each day. running shoes

Put on your dancin’ shoes  cute walking shoes and join us.

Here’s to our good health!

In this together friends,

Chat soon.

hello Jack

What the Stanley Cup Playoff season means to me, by Miss Daleen.

It means instead of setting a proper table, sublet background music, beautiful linens, flatware and a lovely centerpiece……………

We get to eat dinner, in front of the television and watch HOCKEY!

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Who among us doesn’t love a casual dinner, great entertainment alongside some amazing food?

Extra flavor, easy to make and something you can eat with your hands.  (Yes, even Emily Post would, on occasion eat foods with her hands, using paper napkins of course.)

Bring on the BBQ Pulled Pork Sammies!!!  Oh yeah, dripping with flavor, excellent texture and topped with the crunch of cole slaw.  Really people, JUMP ON THIS BANDWAGON!!!

(I’ll go ahead and let you google the Toronto Maple Leafs Bandwagon)

Here we go.

Pulled Pork.

WAIT!!!!  I know what you are thinking.  Why, Daleen, I thought you didn’t eat meat?  I thought you didn’t eat pork?

Of course not.

20180412_154918-1_resizedHello Jack!  Young green Jackfruit that is.

This recipe comes from none other than Sam Turnbull.  Once again, another recipe she knocks it out of the park(or in this case the ice arena, ha). https://itdoesnttastelikechicken.com/6-ingredient-pulled-jackfruit/

The recipe is easy peasy (6 ingredients).  Amazing flavor.  The perfect texture.

Here’s the deal,  More often than not, I don’t try to re-create meat dishes and make them vegetarian.  I have discovered that it will most likely not be a successful endeavor. However, lately, I have been proven wrong.

This might come as a surprise.   Even folks that don’t eat meat, like to have a stack of paper napkins nearby, say Grace and DIG IN with both hands and savor an amazing Pulled Pork Sammie.  Yes, indeed.

What is Jackfruit?  A fast-growing tropical Asian tree related to the breadfruit.  Want to boost your immune system and get some vitamins while doing so?  May I gently suggest this big, beautiful edible fruit?

I drained, cut, cooked, baked and smothered it all in a glorious BBQ sauce.

How about I let some pictures do the talking?

 

 

 

Then I whipped up a beautiful, creamy, hint of tangy sauce for the coleslaw, toasted some buns to a golden brown, got out some pickles and YES, opened a bag of potato chips.

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This was an A+ meal.

I would most certainly serve this to any of our family or friends.  I might stuff it into tacos next time, or I generously top a pizza.  This is that good.  You take a bite and start looking for more ways you can add it to your dinner line up.

This sammie is so good, the bench will clear and folks will be dropping their gloves and fighting over it.  Okay, well maybe not fighting, however, they will leave their seats and politely go get seconds.

So for you, Hockey fans out there………..in the words of an over-the-top  (and you know what I mean) excited announcer…..

She shoots, she SCORES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

In this together, friends.

Chat soon.

Go Leafs.

pulled pork

 

tip number 462

20180328_134554-1_resized_1Yesterday I baked amazing, flavorful (believe it or not) healthy carrot cake cupcakes.  (I tweaked a bit of the recipe for our needs.)

Lindsay Nixon is the Happy Herbivore who shares the recipe and so much more.  She is a gem and you will learn oodles and oodles from her.  Go take a look, you will be so glad you did.  https://happyherbivore.com/recipe/the-famous-carrot-cake-cupcakes/

Heads up!  Tip Alert! 

This is the perfect solution when you want to share a non-smooshed cupcake with your elderly neighbor, take a treat to your grand or you want to send one to work with your Mr. Right…………..

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Ta-Da!  Use an upside down drink cup.

Just sharing the goodness.

In this together, friends.

Chat soon.

ps.  Bonus tip just for reading to the end of the blog post today!

Add a little outdoor Spring goodness where you least expect it.  It will be a happy surprise. 🙂20180328_163003-1_resized

bees wrap is the bees knees

When you get sick, I mean really, really sick you have to look in the mirror and figure out how you ended up that way.

No, it is not some “kick yourself when you are down” lesson….it is eye-opening, detective work that is the most honest and helpful way to avoid getting into the pickle again. Then you have to start taking action.

For one short paragraph allow me to talk plastic:

Estrogen fed the predicament I got into.  Most food-related plastics – including cling wrap and so-called BPA free containers –  “can release chemicals that act like the hormone estrogen,” concluded a study published in Environmental Health Perspectives. 

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For the last five years, we have tried to reduce and remove the use of plastic. You have heard me preach before about lessening the load of plastic products in our homes and lives.

20180306_110901_resizedToday, I am sharing a charming, useful, reusable, compostable, wipe clean product that really works.  Bees Wrap.

 

Instead of wrapping your hand full of gorgeous grapes in plastic wrap to save for later……………how about wrapping them in a cotton fabric that has been coated in beeswax?

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Fortunately for all of us, this is a beautiful solution.

Beautiful Bees Wrap is the Bees Knees!

In place of covering your lefties in plastic wrap or taking your snack to work in a ziplock bag…may I gently suggest you20180322_152622-1_resized give bees wrap a try?

You can certainly search Google and find dozens of recipes to make your own.  Or you can purchase them from a number of sources.

I received my beautiful bees wrap from https://www.beefuddledfarms.com/what-we-do

Beefuddled Farms is located in Pennsylvania.  One of the owners is Michelene.  She is a mom, sister, daughter, student, beekeeper, teacher, gardener and the list of goodness goes on and on.

In addition to the bees wrap, one of my favorite things she offers (besides honey) is an exquisite lotion that is smooth, rich and is a pleasure to use.

The beautiful spirit of Michelene is most evident the moment you meet her.  She is knee-deep in the bee business so of course, you can purchase other honey goodies from her or she offers classes.  bee5

One of her products is sure to tickle your fancy.  She has a wonderful website that is easy to use.    Please take a moment to stop by her site, look around, enjoy the pictures, learn something new, and share the name of her business with your friends and family.

You will be most pleased that you took the time to invest in your health and wellness, beecause you are worth it!

In this together, friends,

Chat soon.

ps.  In the genre of full disclosure and honesty, Michelene gave this bee wrap to me as a gift.  I value her kindness and am so pleased to share ‘n tell such a high-quality product with you.