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Movie Traditions

Posted by terrepruitt on November 6, 2019

Do you have any movies that you watch over the Holidays? Or movies that you watch for specific events? Last night my husband came home and he said, “Do you want me to wait or should I start the movie without you?” I had forgotten the date so I didn’t know what he was talking about, then he said, “It’s the 5th.” As he was saying it I realized what day it was and what we were going to watch. We had talked about it on Saturday. So we watch V For Vendetta on the 5th of November.

I am listen to a book and their family tradition is to watch Planes, Trains and Automobiles on Thanksgiving. I know, from posts on Facebook from my friends that some people watch Love Actually over the Christmas Holiday.

What about you? Do you have any movie traditions? Do you have movies you watch on specific days or specific events?

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Chayote Part Three

Posted by terrepruitt on November 4, 2019

The internet says that chayote has a lot of benefits.  I am thinking a skin exfoliator may be one of them.  The condition my fingers were in after handling it was not good.  Took off a layer of skin.  Plus it left a sticky thick residue on my counter – AFTER I washed it off.  I had to use a scrubber to get it off.  I also washed my cutting board then stuck it in the dishwasher and it came out with that stuff still on it.  I had to scrape it off with a knife.  All of this really has me curious as to what it does INSIDE a body.

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The Healthline article continues on to state that chayote may help may help regulate blood sugar levels because of the fiber.  The fiber might also help promote a healthy weight.  The fiber and flavonoids might help with digestive tract health. Also going back to some of the nutrients:  the vitamin B9 might help with pregnancy and the vitamin C (antioxidant) might help fight aging.  Some research showed that compounds in chayote might reduce the risks of some types of cancer and slow the progression of others.  Test also suggested that the extract might help protect against fatty liver disease.

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Additional information I saw is that is it also called a mirliton squash – there is that word again. I was introduced to it as it being a common food in Mexican cuisine, but the information I saw did mention it being used in Asian cooking. Again, I was just excited because it was new to me. I understand that it is not exciting to some people because they have been eating it all of their lives. And just like years ago when I received baby bok choy in my produce box I hadn’t really thought about how I probably HAD eaten it before in Chinese Food. Could be the same with chayote. I know there has been some things I couldn’t identify before in my chow mien so that could be it.

Not everything I get excited about and share is new to everyone, but sometimes it might be. I am just hear trying to let people know about new things (maybe new to them, maybe not) and share when I discover (or am given) something new.

Now that I know I need to wear gloves when prepping this fruit, I would cook it and eat it again . . . it has a lot going for it!

What do you think?

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Friday Photo Close Up

Posted by terrepruitt on November 1, 2019

Here is a close up of Nessa.  While Teagan is a little more tolerate of photos being taken of her than she used to, Nessa doesn’t care at all.  Unless she is playing.  Once she notices the camera all play stops!

Friday Photo close up of Nessa.

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Chayote Part Two – Roasted Chayote

Posted by terrepruitt on October 30, 2019

As I said in Chayote Part One, I roasted the chayote just like I do all my veggies, although with this one, since I had gloves on I decided to put it in a bowl and toss it with the seasoning.  Usually I put the veggies on the baking sheet and just sprinkle the oil and seasonings on.  When I think of using a bowl I think of tossing with my hands and I never want to get oil all over my hands.  I used gloves to protect my hands from the corrosive enzyme PLUS the spikes.  I was able to hold the fruit-vegetable and cut it.  The gloves “protected” my hands from the oil when I tossed it all together.  So here is what I did.

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three spiky chayote
salt
balsamic vinegar
olive oil
Season All

Preheat the oven to 450° F.

USING GLOVES cut the ends off the spiky chayote, then cut it in half at the point of the seed.  Get out ALL of the seed.   Then use the knife to carefully slice off the spiky skin.  Salt the entire skinless fruit – letting it set a minute.   Then rinse each half off. Then slice it.

Put the sliced fruit in a bowl and sprinkle with balsamic vinegar, olive oil, and seasoned salt.  Mix the seasoned fruit well, making sure it is coated with the vinegar, oil, and seasoned salt.  Then spread the slices out on a parchment lined baking sheet, making one layer.

Put it in the oven.  After about 18 minutes take it out and turn over each piece.  Then put it back in the oven for anywhere from 15 to 20 minutes – depending on how you like your chayote cooked.

Then serve.

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Because the video I watched stated that the enzyme was bitter and I didn’t do what it said to take it out, I was afraid it would be very bitter so I salted it first.  I also used balsamic vinegar to try to cut down on the bitterness.  There was NO bitterness at all.  In fact, all I actually tasted was the seasoned salt.  I didn’t get any flavor from the fruit at all.  The texture was nice.  Really if I didn’t know what it was I might have just said it was a turnip or parsnip.

Because of the benefits touted I surely wouldn’t mind eating this regularly.  I have never seen it in a store – but then again, maybe I have and just shrugged and walked away.  I would have never known what to do with a spiky green thing.  I just happen to be lucky enough to have been gifted three in order to try something new.

How have you cooked chayote?  What seasonings do you like on it?

 

 

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Chayote Part One

Posted by terrepruitt on October 28, 2019

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Ok, so that might be a bit dramatic, but . . . as usual I didn’t take a lot of time researching it. I looked it up quickly and saw that, as I said, the internet says it is a fruit eaten like a vegetable. The initial search return was showing it as a squash. So – squash, it can easily be peeled cut up and cooked. Well, I was forgetting that it is a fruit. So, my plan to quickly wash, peel, slice, and stick it in the oven on time bake before I left for class was quickly SQUASHED after I cut the ends off and sliced it in half. IT HAD A SEED.

ALSO, it was slippery as heck. I couldn’t actually hold the outside of it as it was spiky and my attempt to use my vegetable peeler failed. So I was trying to hold it on the exposed flesh. My first thought was that it would cook up slimy like okra because it was so slippery!

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I had to use a knife to peel the skin off and by this time I was using a towel to hold it because it was so spiky and slippery.  I ran out of time, I had to leave to teach my yoga class so I only managed to peel one. I put them in a bag and then in the fridge to deal with when I got home.

As I was getting ready to go to class I noticed my fingers were peeling. They were the same as when I use peroxide without gloves. They were cracked, dry, and rough. I decided I had better use gloves when I was handling those things. Looking it up now, FoodUniversity.com says that it contains an enzyme that could cause your hands to peel when eaten in large quantities. Well, I think that just handling it will do that.

So on my second go at this wily fruit I wore gloves. I tried to cut it in half using the seed as a guide, so cutting on the outside edge of the seed. Then I used a knife to cut the skin off. Then I sliced it.

The internet says it has a lot of nutritional benefits!

Have you ever had chayote?

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Sunrise

Posted by terrepruitt on October 25, 2019

I don’t usually stop to catch this.  I am usually up too late to get up this early.  But I managed to get to bed a little early since I HAD to get up early.  Then since I was up this early I decided to take a moment to catch this.

Friday Photo of a sunrise.

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Fear-Less

Posted by terrepruitt on October 23, 2019

I could have sworn I posted about this ages ago. I vaguely remember typing something up. I think the name had stopped me from posting about it in the past. Everyone I tell about it comments something to the effect, “Well, I’m not AFRAID.” So, I think the name is really off-putting. It could be some people might not equate being unable to fall asleep with “fear, anxiety, or panic”. I don’t know many people that want to admit feeling those things. And when we are unable to fall asleep we might not think of it as fear or anxiety or panic. Often times people just say they “can’t turn off their brain.” But to me that equates to anxiety. I am anxious that I didn’t get all that I wanted to get done that day. Or I am anxious about all that I have to do tomorrow. Anyway . . . I don’t like the name . . . I wish they would change it. I feel that they might get more people purchasing it if they gave it a different name. (But, really, I don’t know how many people DO purchase it, so that is a silly thought on my part!) I am talking about Fear-Less. It is a formula made from flowers from Flower Essence Services.

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Sometimes I just have a lot on my mind or I am not really that tired, but I know that I have to go to bed because I have to get up early the next morning. I just use a few squirts of this. Or sometimes I wake up in the middle of the night and an idea pops into my head and I could easily just start to choreograph a dance or plan a routine, but I know I should just go back to sleep, so I just spray some of it in my mouth. You can take it orally or spray it on you or around you, like on your pillow and sheets.

There are many reasons one might want to simply want to feel a little more calm . . . this might be something that could help*. It works for me.

Do you have any remedies for trouble falling asleep?  Or any remedies to help you feel more calm?

 

*Keep in mind this site/post makes no medical claims. Anything you read here is NOT medical advice. I am simply sharing what works for ME. I am sharing so that you can be made aware of something that you may not have been aware of and it is your responsibility to consult your medical professional/health care provider in deciding what is right for you. No information on this site should be relied upon to determine anything related to your health and well-being. The information on this website is not intended as medical advice.

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More Food Innovations

Posted by terrepruitt on October 21, 2019

A few posts back I wrote about how I get magazines from a neighbor and a title on one caught my eye. I said I was thinking it would take me at least two posts to summarize the information. In continuing my read of the section in Eating Well about food innovations, it seems the very next little article is not so innovating. Maybe to some people it is or maybe in the way they want to do it, it is, but it talks about how science is just now figuring out that food is medicine. Well, it doesn’t really state that, it states that science is now looking at food as “whole food”. In other words how manipulating it to be one thing (gluten free, low fat, low carb as examples) takes away from the complexity of the food and so the food we eat is not giving us all the nutrients and benefits it could be. I guess, sadly, this is new news to scientist so it is a new area of science.

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All my life I have heard that the world HAS enough food, the problem is just getting it to the people that need it. Claire Babineaux-Fontenot of Feeding America states that “72 billion pounds of quality, nutritious food goes to waste each year”. She envisions smartphones could help solve the problem of people in need. They could use their smartphones to get notifications that would allow them to get food that would be wasted. The application could send them to the grocery store or restaurant that is about to dispose of the food. Seems like there is something like that, Y Waste, already being used in Australia.

Next is actual tracking of what is eaten. ACTUAL TRACKING, not a food journal. Food journals are unreliable for all kinds of reasons so Sarah Smith at Food Futures Lab talks about actual sensors that can track what is consumed. There is a research project going on at Tufts University where a small device stuck to a tooth tracks glucose, salt, and alcohol intake. As technology develops trackers might be able to track calories and other things to help in so many ways.

Well, this post will complete the information in one section, but there is another article regarding “GMOs” that I might want to post about. I started reading it thinking I could include it here, but it looks a little long. So I might just use it as another post idea. THEN . . . the next issue I received has an article regarding the microbiome (gut bacteria) and since I mentioned that in the first post, I thought that article might have some interesting stuff to share. I better get to readin’!

What do you think about these possible food innovations?

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Two Cats One Box

Posted by terrepruitt on October 18, 2019

I ordered something and it came in this box.  For a long while we were saving every box we received to use to pack up stuff, but after a while we felt we had enough so we have been recycling our boxes.  But this box is of great quality so my husband decided we should keep it and use it for stuff.  Well, it sat in the house long enough that one cat decided it was hers.  Then I turned it on its side and now BOTH cats have claimed it.  I move it around so it gets premium sunlight.

TWO cats and a box is this Friday’s Friday Photo

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Freezer Staples

Posted by terrepruitt on October 14, 2019

Not too long ago I claimed to cheat at dinner in my post about how I sometimes use a prepared meal or frozen entree (sometimes I actually use a side) to make up a portion of a meal. I am sure we all do it, right? Well, if not, I know I am not unique in doing it and it is nothing new. I was curious as to what you might have in your freezer as a staple. Here is what I like to have in my freezer:

a lasagna
Annie’s pasta bowl
Annie’s enchilada meal
meatballs
quiche

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I don’t have ALL of these items in my freezer at the same time, but hopefully I have one or two. With the lasagna sometimes I have a larger size and we actually eat it as our entree, but sometimes I just have a single serving and just use it to complete the meal either adding it to meat or sometimes pasta. The same with the pasta bowl. I might add meat to it or additional pasta or use it as a side to an entree. With the enchiladas there are two and we each get one and I add meat or veggies to make two meals. The sausages sometimes get eaten as an entree or I add it to potatoes and/or eggs, or pasta or put it on a tortilla and call it a pizza. It just depends.

The meatballs are sometimes the entree. Sometimes I add them to pastas, sometimes I put it on a tortilla and call it a pizza, it all depends. But I really like have a bag of them in the freezer. As I said, though, the last bag disappointed me. It was the same brand but the meat and the spices were different and they actually caused such a fuss in my oven that it shutdown. They are greasy and caused a lot of smoke.

The quiche is usually used as the entree and we can have it two nights. It is yummy and bakes up rather fast.

I can’t think of what else I like to have on hand to help with dinner, but I am sure I am forgetting something.

What about you? What do you have in your freezer that is a staple?

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