Tuesday, December 06, 2016

Word of the Day Quiz: Dec 2, 2016

Word of the Day Quiz: Dec 2, 2016: Do you know Soliloquize from Heartsease? Take our quiz on the words from the last week of November 2016 to find out!

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Ode to a new love...

As much as I love you, Dearest, I have found a new (subscription) love.  

No, no, I'm not leaving you but I hope you can accept the fact that I'm seeing someone else. 

If you can, indeed, bear to share me with another I believe we can have a lasting relationship.
But the truth is, my heart (and my stomach) now truly belongs to

H.R. has plied me with the sumptuousness of 


with Toasted Walnut Pesto


with Thyme Apple Butter.

I have experienced desserts such as 
Sweet Potato


Coconut Carrot


topped with the most decadent

I've even snacked on
Almond Chickpea


the likes of which any Ingénue would gladly indulge upon to 
salve a broken heart.

Therefore, dear one, I must devote my attention (and pocket book) to my New Love.  I will visit you from time to time if that is your want but I must, in all honesty, apprise you of where you do stand.
You stand firmly behind Hungry Root.

yours fondly,

Dictionary.com’s 2016 Word of the Year: Xenophobia

Dictionary.com’s 2016 Word of the Year: Xenophobia: At Dictionary.com we aim to pick a Word of the Year that embodies a major theme resonating deeply in the cultural consciousness over the prior 12 months. This year, some of the most prominent news stories have centered around fear of the “other.” Fear is an adaptive part of human evolutionary history and often influences behaviors and perceptions on a subconscious level. However, this particular year saw fear rise to the surface of cultural discourse. Because our users’ interest in this overarching theme emerges so starkly for one specific word in our trending lookup data, xenophobia is Dictionary.com’s 2016 Word of the Year. The word xenophobia is actually relatively new, and only entered English in the late 1800s. It finds its roots in two Greek words, xénos meaning “stranger, guest,” and phóbos meaning “fear, panic.” Dictionary.com defines xenophobia as “fear or hatred of foreigners, people from different cultures, or strangers.” It can also refer to fear or dislike of customs,

Thursday, September 08, 2016


I am really enjoying my membership at Graze.com and their 'good for you' snacks.
First, my 4 Snack Variety Box included:

  • Cranberry & Hazelnut Toasts with Rich Cocoa Dip
  • Peachy Orchard Snack Mix
  • Cherries & Berries (dry fruit mix)
  • Garden of England (dry fruit mix)

On my 2nd week, I received:

  • Veggie Caesar snack mix
  • Nature's Essential Nutrient Nuts
  • Chocolate Pecan Pie snack mix
  • Super Forest Fruits
  • Antioxidant Vit. E Nuts
  • Lightly Salted popping corn
  • Original Fruity Flapjack (granola bars)
  • Pecan Power snack mix
So you see, your first sampler box is free!  You get a new (8 snack) box each week, or you can alter your schedule to make it every other week, once a month... etc. You can also "snooze" your upcoming box/es if you're away on vacation.
The snacks are top-notch.  I thought this was going to be one of those times where I enjoyed a sample from a company and then ended my association with them... cut my ties.  But I can't see doing without these snacks any time soon, they are yummy and convenient.

If you're interested in trying the FREE 4 snack box, Use my Code:
You'll get the free sampler box and you'll also get your 5th 8 count box for FREE too!!  I think you will really enjoy them!  And you can stop your boxes anytime. 

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Words are like weapons...

I have recently been told some things that happened in my grade school days about which I was completely oblivious. I imagine I was oblivious about a lot of things in my teen years, it just kind of comes with the territory. But all in all, my school days went pretty easily for me. Not so for everyone it seems. Yes, I know... shocking, eh?
Hey, I did say I was kinda oblivious.
I got along with most everyone. I got along with the popular kids without actually Being one. I got along with the 'outsider' types though I wasn't an outsider. I got along with the 'Heads' (for you uninitiated... that's what we called the drug crowd) without ever trying drugs (in grade school anyway).
I was never the shy type but wasn't the performing type either.
I Was the artsy type and the language class type,
(5 long years of Español).
La escuela era 'pan comido' para mi.

At school and growing up in general, I was always told (from my earliest memories) that I could do whatever I wanted if I worked hard at it. Why would you tell anyone anything different?
So I was chatting with a school mate/very close friend and I found out that this person's high school days were not like mine at all.
The most important thing I found out is this... If you are a teacher, FOR GOD'S SAKE be careful what you say to an individual!!
That seems almost like common sense, doesn't it? Apparently not for everyone.
An offhanded comment might mean very little to you but it might make a lasting impression on that student.

Case in point, my friend was told not to plan a career in a particular field as they were 'not particularly talented'...

um, What? REALLY?!?!?!?

I was pissed!

Who in their right mind tells a young person this?
Okay, I can see telling an adult who is tone deaf that becoming the next Tony Bennett is probably not in the cards, but... come on.

This statement has followed this individual throughout their life and has nagged and eroded their self confidence the entire way.

I was so livid to learn this and totally flabbergasted. I just couldn't imagine being told such a thing at a young age, especially when it involved a beloved avocation.
My reaction was so forceful that my friend became very emotional, having realized that Someone now understood how damaging the statement was in this person's life.

Please, folks... be careful what you say to children.

"Words are like weapons... they wound sometimes."

Thursday, June 23, 2016

forever fermenting...

This is next on my To Do list for fermenting:

Homemade Lacto-fermented Mayonnaise


and This:

Lacto-fermented Herbal Tea

Has anyone tried home fermenting??  I don't mean beer and wine making, though those are great too.

I've been making milk kefir, water kefir, kombucha, and various fermented veggies (think sauerkraut) for over a year now.

Yummy and gut-healing!

Comment if you want to share or need info.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Wednesday, March 02, 2016

Mole asses...

I rarely find a 'superfood' that makes a real impact on my health (excluding Coconut Oil, of course, that stuff is da bomb!). But, I've been adding blackstrap molasses to my morning coffee for several months now and I've noticed a dramatic improvement in my usual fatigue associated with my autoimmune issues. It's not gone, mind you, but it is Noticeably improved.
If you think you need a boost in your iron level (or calcium, magnesium, vitamin B6, selenium, etc) you might want to give it a try. I know a lot of people are going to cringe at the thought of the taste of molasses. It IS pretty strong. Thankfully, I have a love for the flavor as my father would mix it with softened butter and spread on my toast and I guess that memory alone makes it a yummy flavor sensation. But it IS a very demonstrative flavor, to say the least. I'm so used to it in my coffee now, I crave the taste. I can also enjoy it in a cup of strong black tea.
I think it's good in cold milk (see article) as a milkshake or in warm milk. I even enjoy it mixed into plain yogurt or kefir.