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Foodie Friday- High Fructose Corn Syrup


I’ve known for awhile that high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is bad for you, despite what the corn industry says, but I didn’t know how to explain it.  It is hard for me to tell my family why they can’t have certain treats anymore, or to convince my husband to read a label to check for HFCS.  Why is it important to chose sugar over HFCS if you are going to consume something with sweetener?  Sugar is sugar, right?  Wrong!

According to Mercola.com, “(fructose and grains) affect the hormone insulin, which is a very potent fat regulator. Fats and proteins affect insulin to a far lesser degree.”  Furthermore, Dr. Mercola says, “research by Dr. Richard Johnson, chief of the Division of Renal Diseases and Hypertension at the University of Colorado and author of The Sugar Fix and The Fat Switch, demonstrates that large portions of food and too little exercise are NOT solely responsible for why you are gaining weight. Rather it’s fructose-containing sugars that cause obesity – not by calories, but by turning on your “fat switch,” a powerful biological adaptation that causes cells to accumulate fat in anticipation of scarcity (or hibernation).”

Not only does HFCS affect insulin, but it is largely produced from genetically modified corn.  This corn is created to be “Round Up Ready”, meaning it is genetically built to have pesticide as a part of its DNA.  In other words, no amount of vinegar or fruit and veggie cleanser will rinse away the pesticides on GMO produce.  It is in its DNA.  Gross, not something I want to consume.  Further more, if GMO produce isn’t produced for human consumption, it is produced for animal feed.  Either way, it ends up in our food supply.   The high price of organic grass fed beef doesn’t sound so bad, anymore.

Have you really read your food labels, lately?  It is pretty scary.  Almost all baby food, from yogurt to the little finger foods, to cereal, to fruit bars all contain HFCS.   And, this ingredient is usually one of the top three, meaning it is the biggest ingredient in the product.  Food producers have to list their ingredients most to least.  If HFCS is the first thing listed, it is what the product is mostly made of.

So I can be a big eater if I just watch my gains and sugars?  Yes!  And so can my kids.  In January I did an experiment.  I cut out wheat to see if cutting out the grain would make a difference.  I haven’t had any HFCS in months, except when I had some Blue Bell ice cream, and I haven’t had anything artificially flavored in more than four months.  I didn’t count calories, but I did limit my processed food consumption.  I lost eight pounds doing nothing.  This month, I am going to continue, but add sugar to my list of no-nos.  Once a week I will eat like poo, but six days a week I will eat only whole foods and limit my grains and sugars.  I am excited!  I have so much more energy simply from cutting down on my grains and artificial/processed food consumption.

So what pantry items don’t have HFCS?  My baby loves graham crackers.  But it is hard finding any without going to the super expensive organic food section.  I know I should shop there, exclusively, but my budget only goes so far.  I found that Nabisco Graham Crackers don’t have HFCS or anything artificial.  Please read the labels yourself, because I have missed crucial ingredients, getting distracted by my three year old knocking down displays or the baby having a blow out in the middle of my shopping trip.  And, products’ formulas change.  But, you have to read labels on even “healthy” foods.  For example, so called healthy yogurts for babies are filled with sugars and HFCS.  Yikes!  Is anything safe?  Is there anything you don’t have to slave away and make yourself?  Yes, but you do have to read labels.  And it is a pain when you are a busy mom or dad.

It is totally worth it, though.  Watch your children’s behavior change.  Watch attention spans improve.  It is not a quick fix.  It takes a lot of work preparing foods, reading labels and spending money on a higher quality diet.  The hardest part is getting the whole family on board.  Older children complain when you don’t allow them to have soda, sports drinks or certain juices made with artificial colors, flavors and HFCS.    They will cry when you no longer buy certain chips or let them eat certain fast food.  It isn’t fair.  Husbands buy what they want, like and what’s on sale.  But when you go the whole food route, attitudes get better, grades go up, and dispositions improve.  Seriously.  That is the magic formula, all natural ingredients.  🙂

My Daily Prayer:  Thank you God for second chances.  I pray that you continue to walk with me and help me to keep my eyes on You.  AMEN!

Daily Thanksgiving:  I am thankful for Easton who thinks he spells his name “EON”.  I am thankful for Baby Q who barks at my wiener dog slippers.  I am thankful for Syd who wishes her family was normal.  I am thankful that one day she will see that normal isn’t all that it is cracked up to be.

Kardashian Kash:  I would try laser body sculpting just ’cause.

Happiness Project Update:  I am working on my stand up routine and pumped to try an open mic night in March.  Despite an over the top set back the last few weeks, I am back and back on track.

Making Whoopie Flavor of the Day:  All of our products are all natural, with no artificial flavors, colors or preservatives.  http://www.makingwhoopieplano.com

 

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Foodie Friday- Coconut Oil


So I’m not a doctor or nutritionist.  That is my disclaimer if I botch up my understanding of the amazing properties of coconut oil.  My family has been using it for awhile for lotion.  I have been reading about its amazing dietary properties and have begun cooking and baking with it.  In everything I’ve read, we should be consuming (after adding a little at a time to your diet) three tablespoons a day.  Holy moly.  How do you consume that much coconut oil?  Why bother?

I have been reading that coconut oil, although a saturated fat, is an amazing super food.    According to the Natural News (www.naturalnews.com) is is one of the four super foods, next to avocados, green tea and I can never remember the fourth.  It will come to me later.  I’ll tweet it.  It is so good for your brain because of the fatty acids, the same in avocados, salmon, and almonds.  Studies have shown a link between coconut oil consumption and better brain function and memory in Alzheimer’s patients.  It helps with memory, energy, and even weight loss.  Who knew that a fat, a saturate fat, would be good for weight loss?  And has been linked in studies to preventing heart disease!  An oil?  A saturated fat?  Dr. Mercola speaks as to why this is helpful.  It makes sense when he discusses it, but I would be useless- here is his link http://products.mercola.com/coconut-oil/.

50% of the fat in coconut oil is monolaurin.  Monolaurin is a medium-chain fat which has anti-bacterial, anti-viral properties.  This is the same fat in breast milk that boosts babies immune systems.  I highly recommend trying coconut oil before a prescription, if you get sick.  What can it hurt?  It is natural, no chemicals and fairly inexpensive.  Plus, eating it every day will keep your body full of those anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties to help protect you if you do get a bug.  Can you tell I am not a doctor?  I just know this is good stuff.  I have a GALLON of it on my stove.  It is pricy at the store, so I just invested into a gallon so that I wouldn’t think about the expense.

I don’t want to just eat it.  It is good, but I want to incorporate it into my everyday diet.  Dr. Oz has some good smoothie recipes that include a tablespoon of coconut oil.  I saw a recommendation of a tablespoon of coconut oil and a tablespoon of chia seeds for an energy boost throughout the day.  Replace butter with coconut oil.  Cook with it- it has a high heat tolerance.  If you have to fry- fry with it!  I replaced shortening with it in my baking.  I am trying to cut down my sugar, so I want more healthy recipes than baked goods and frostings.  It does make an excellent base for my whoopie pie filling! I made Christmas popcorn and used coconut oil for my popping my corn.  I am going to use it in all of my cooking.  Oh!  I just saw a post where someone uses it as creamer in their coffee.  What a great idea!  I melts at 76 degrees, so it would be perfect in a hot beverage.

Here is where I am going to go next:  http://www.freecoconutrecipes.com/.  Make everyday tropical and healthy with coconut oil.  How do you use it, or how will you first try it?  I want to hear your ideas.

Daily Prayer:  God, please soften our hearts, have us treat others as we’d like to be treated and remind us that others are your children, too.  AMEN!

Thanksgiving:  I am thankful for when babies first wake up and are so happy, funny and full of delight and wonder.  I am also thankful for the quiet at nap time.

Kardashian Kash:  I want to travel and check out foods and food preparations all around the world.

Happiness Update:  I got up at 5:25 every day and never hit snooze.  I exercised Monday through Thursday.  I made my lunches, helped Syd keep up her room, and played with my kids.  I feel orderly and less stressed.

Making whoopie flavor of the day:  Carrot Cake QT cakes.  ‘Nuff said.  http://www.makingwhoopieplano.com

 

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Foodie Friday- Wheat. Miles and Miles of Wheat.


So I’m not a doctor, and I’m not a student of nutrition, officially.  But I do read several nutrition newsletters a day and read quite a bit about diet and exercise.  Everything I have read lately has encouraged me to give up the grain.  I do not have celiac disease, but I do suspect an allergy.  I am SOOO wiped out whenever I eat bread.  The wheat we eat today is genetically modified and has twice the gluten than the wheat of our parent’s generation.  The genetically modifications are enough on their own to keep me from my beloved.

I recently gave up artificial everything, as much as possible.  I am a crazy label reader and try to only eat whole foods that I prepare myself.  I know it will happen from time to time, but 98% of what I eat is all natural.  And just knowing the consequences of consuming fake anything was easy for me to quit cold turkey.  I even gave up anything that contains high fructose corn syrup because the corn used to make the corn syrup is genetically modified.  I haven’t had a soda with HFCS in months.  I do occasionally have a real soda with real sugar, but mostly drink water, coffee in the morning and a glass of wine with dinner.  So why is wheat so hard to give up?

Wheat is in everything.  Gluten is used in chewing gum to keep it from sticking.  Flour is used in gravies, soups, cheese sauces, and of course baked goods and breads.  It is even in corn bread.  Crackers, some beers, and even meatloaf all have wheat in them.  Think about all the stuff that you add breadcrumbs to.  And pasta.  Have your tried gluten free pasta?  I have and it is MEH.  I even made gluten free pancakes and was less than impressed.  Wheat is delish and there is hardly a worthy substitute.  And, wheat is the foundation of our diet.  I couldn’t imagine going a day not being able to hand Baby Q a cracker or Gold Fish while I make dinner.  No Cheerios?  But, that is what I need to do, based on my convictions.

This is not for everyone.  Not every nutritional expert believes that genetically modified crops are harmful.  It took God a long, long time to perfect his creations.  When a scientist tweaks this and changes something in one season, I tend to be a little leery of the ramifications.  Besides, the whole point of genetic modifications is to create pest resistant crops.  What does this mean?  For GM corn it means Round Up in its DNA!  I am not up on my GM wheat research, but imagine the whole point of the genetic modifications is to make it pest resistant, like corn.  I like my wheat plain.  The same way the bugs like it.  Besides, if nothing in nature likes the GM wheat, then why should I?  If it kills or bugs are resistant to it, what is it doing to us?

One of my goals this year is to read Wheat Belly to get the whole picture.  The doctor who wrote the book was on Dr. Oz and explained that giving up wheat products will cause a person to lose at least fifteen pounds because of a chemical reaction in the brain that makes a person crave more calories than a person not consuming wheat.  There is a heroine like reaction in the brain, but instead of feeling euphoric, it causes the person to eat 300-500 more calories a day.  When it comes to bread, wheat is my heroine.  I can eat and eat and eat bread, waffles, baked goods, and not get full.  But, when I don’t eat bread, man, I fill up fast on good food and not empty calories.

I have been wheat free since the 2nd (I made corn bread to go with my blackeyed peas on the 1st).  I can’t wait to see if that makes a difference in my diet.  I am not going out of my way to count calories or eat perfectly.  Just cutting out wheat cuts out most sweets, gravies, cheese sauces, anything with breadcrumbs, fried foods and generally anything I shouldn’t be eating.  We’ll see!  I’ll keep reading, both from anti-GM sources and pro-genetically modified foods.  Until I have my mind changed, I will continue to eat my organic produce from the veggie co-op and search for lean, grass-fed animal proteins.  Yes, I am a hippie in training.  But, I do still shower daily.

Tomorrow- Saturday Happiness Project Update.

Daily Prayer:  God, I pray for guidance as to where to go.  I put one foot in front of the other and thank you for strengthening my faith that you will guide me down the path you have chosen for me.  I pray that I am who you want me to be and that you continue to help me grow.  AMEN!

Daily Thanksgiving:  I am thankful Jeff is such a neat freak.  It is very obnoxious that it takes him forever to get through his routine of putting everything up before joining us for the dinner I slaved to get on the table as he got home from work, but I am thankful that if someone dropped by, my house would be presentable.

Kardashian Kash:  Hair extensions sound like a really good idea right now.  I can not get my hair to grow much longer than it is.  I would love LONG hair, and that sounds like my solutions.  But, I want good ones.  Not cheap ones.  And, I want to keep them up.

Happiness Project:  I have made my two eggs, sriracha and avocado for breakfast all work week.  I’ve had my stuff ready to go by the door for the mornings.  I have worn full hair and makeup.  A coworker told me today that I looked rested.  Yep, that has changed me forever and I will never leave the house without full hair and makeup.  Mascara only apparently isn’t enough.  🙂

Making Whoopie Flavor of the Day:  Peanut “Bud”er.  Chocolate whoopies with a peanut butter creme filling.  http://www.makingwhoopieplano.com

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Foodie Friday- Out with the Artificial


It seems like there are chemicals in everything we eat and at least something artificial. It scares me a little. So, I am going to make a concerted effort to eat only natural and real ingredients and do the same for my family, as much as possible. But it’s not easy. Even yogurt has artificial flavors and colors. I don’t want my family to suffer, and I don’t want to pay an arm and a leg, so I’m going to have to get creative.

In the AM, I wake up and grab a cup of coffee and diet creamer. What I am going to do instead is go to Braums and pick up some no hormone or antibiotic half and half. It isn’t organic, but it doesn’t have the junk of conventional milk. I’m going to pour it into our current creamer bottle, so no one suspects a change, and add some pure vanilla flavoring and a little stevia. Thank you Pinterest! Easy, cheap, and it should taste better than diet Kroger creamer. And, there aren’t added calories from sugar. Stevia gives it a little added flavor boost, but it is natural and not full of empty calories. I’m also going to make sure my milk and soy milk are no hormones/antibiotics or GMO, respectively.

Did you know that your everyday cheddar cheese has food coloring? That is the only food that I just assumed was fine to buy store brand. Now, I’m going to have to read some labels and find an alternative. Cheese is expensive, and it is a staple in our home. We probably eat too much of it, but it is a good quick protein source for the kids when they don’t want to eat anything else or we’re in a hurry. And so many yogurts either have tons of sugar (including baby/kid yogurts) and artificial colors/flavors and aspartame. Even the Greek yogurts. I am going to find a Greek yogurt with nothing added. They are out there and pretty easy to find, it just takes a little label reading and hoping for a sale or coupon. Speaking of dairy, I switched to Smart Balance butter because I don’t want the artificiality of margarine and fewer calories than butter. But, after watching Dr. Oz, I learned that even though it isn’t margarine, it has “artificial flavor” which translates to a non-desirable chemical. Can I be any more vague? My take-away from his show is that “artificial flavor” equates a dangerous chemical that affects our digestion, brain chemistry, and other body functions. No thanks! So, I’m back on real butter. And hopefully butter from cows free of hormones and antibiotics.

Did you know that even Doritos have Red Dye 40 in them? So does the Kroger brand. I bought a variety pack and didn’t check every single variety label. Sydney kindly pointed out that the knock off Doritos had food coloring. Oops. Red Dye 40 is a big deal to me because it is linked to ADHD and mood disorders in children. Why pump our kids up with artificial crap that could possibly lead to their needing medication? I don’t want to take that chance. Just like I am leery of GMOs (genetically modified organism), and almost ready to go gluten free. But, that is a whole other post. Right now, I am limiting our wheat intake and focusing on artificial colors, flavors, preservatives and added hormones in our meat and dairy. Meat is hard because it is so expensive, but something I’d like to work harder on buying.

I am not a doctor, nutritionist, or expert. I am a concerned mother who wants my kids to consume less crap and chemicals and have the best diet possible. But, I have time restrictions, budgetary restrictions, my family isn’t picky, but doesn’t like a lot of change, and sometimes Blue Bell ice cream filled with Red Dye 40 and artificial flavors sounds just right. Yes, even good ‘ol Blue Bell!

So, Jeff and I have decided to not diet, per se, but to cut out desserts, fried foods and I am going to cut out the artificial stuff as much as possible, until Thanksgiving. The artificial part hopefully is permanent. I’m going to be a better label reader, make a few more items from scratch and get creative with some alternatives so the family doesn’t suffer too badly from Mommy’s “phase”.

My Daily Prayer: Thank you God for helping me with the items with which I struggle. I am thankful for opportunities to better handle those items because practice makes perfect. I’ll never be perfect, but have your perfect help always. AMEN!

Daily Thanksgiving: I am thankful for our new sleep schedule. Q goes down for two naps now for more than 15 minutes each, and I can put her in her crib and she whines twice, rolls over and falls asleep. Syd and Easton are in bed the same time every night, so there is little to no arguing about pushing out the time. I now have time to do a few things without the chaos of exhausted children under my feet. I hate having less time with them, but love having more quality time. Yea sleep!

When I Have Kardashian Kash: Chiropractor, masseuse, stylist, makeup/hair person, lawn care and hot pool boy, and cleaning lady. I can handle the cooking and driving.

Making Whoopie Flavor of the Day: Jeffro Pie- chocolate whoopies filled with your choice of ice cream! http://www.makingwhoopieplano.com

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Foodie Friday- Turmeric


One of my favorite people in the world, up at work, is always preaching about how great turmeric is. I have it in my spice cabinet and use it whenever I use cumin, but I don’t know much about it or think to use it more regularly. It stains my white utensils yellow, and it is in most curries. That was the extent of my knowledge. Until now.

I wanted to know why it is such a super food and if I could use it for natural food coloring. I am going to experiment with the latter, but in my little bit of research, I found it to have curcumin as the active ingredient. It is not related at all to the spice I pair turmeric with, cumin, but surprisingly it is a relative of ginger. Curcumin can be found in turmeric or taken alone as a supplement. The benefits are that it prevents the oxidation of cholesterol in the body which prevents damage to blood vessels, thus reducing heart attacks and strokes. Also, looks like it fights and prevents cancer. Some folks rub it on the skin to prevent skin cancer and it looks like the rub can heal wounds and some skin cancers. It is an anti-inflammatory with less side effects than Motrin or Advil. In one article, I found that it is even being used to treat Alzheimer’s! It helps with weight loss, and can be used in a nettipot to fight sinus infections. Some cultures burn it and inhale the vapors to treat colds.

Here is my recent experience, I admit that this may be TMI, but it is HUGE for me and I need to share with others who suffer. I made the soup I spoke about last Foodie Friday. I have been using turmeric in many of my recipes, too. I had the least painful and lightest cycle to date. I can’t confirm that it was the turmeric, yet, but I will try again next month. I would love for you to test my theory and let me know what your results are! It is said to help with arthritis and any aches and pains. Everything I have read says it is completely safe and side-effect free, except for the yellowing of my favorite Pampered Chef scraper.

Turmeric can be bought at any grocery store in the spice section. It is in most curries and curry spice blends. You know the dot that Hindu women wear? It is ground turmeric mixed with lime juice! I did not know that prior to this research, and I had even been “dotted” in an Indian temple in Bangalore. I had no clue it was turmeric! I found whole turmeric in the produce section at Fiesta. I have not yet bought it whole, but will when I make my produce run today or tomorrow

I don’t find the taste off putting or offensive. It is mild and undistinguishable from the other flavors, to me. It is the yellow color that gets me. It is great in chili or soups, but I can’t imagine putting it in my every day dishes. I will, though. It stains my Tupperware and kitchen utensils. But, if it is such a super food, then yellow is my new favorite color. It is known as Indian Saffron. I saw a recipe suggesting it be put in chicken salad, and I would love to make a curried chicken salad, going heavy on the turmeric. I read another article that said the combination of cinnamon and turmeric promotes weight loss. I may just make a cinnamon turmeric tea! Just kidding, but I will be adding it to our diet. I will just encourage my family to use their forks to avoid staining their hands yellow.

Want some more info on turmeric? Here is where I got my information:
http://www.cancer.org/Treatment/TreatmentsandSideEffects/ComplementaryandAlternativeMedicine/HerbsVitaminsandMinerals/turmeric

http://www.naturalnews.com/024559_cancer_estrogen_supplement.html

Quick, Easy Chili:
Serves 4

1 pound of lean ground beef (or any ground meat of your choice)
4 tomatoes, diced
1 onion, diced (white or yellow)
2 cloves garlic, minced
4 jalapenos, minced (even the baby was able to eat this, but adjust according to your weenie factor)
2 C water or stock
½ small can tomato paste
1 tsp pepper
1 tsp salt
1 tsp chili powder
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp cumin
2 tsp turmeric
½ tsp cinnamon
1 tbl olive oil

In a large soup pot, pour in about 1-2 tbl of olive oil and turn to medium-low heat. Add your ground meat, salt, pepper and brown. You can remove your meat and put aside, or be lazy like me and maneuver around it. Add your veggies and cook until onions are translucent. Mix together well, add water or stock and all of your spices. Cook for about 20 minutes or until it isn’t soupy. The longer you cook it, the more the flavors develop, and the thicker it gets. But, it can be cooked quickly if you need something ASAP. Garnish with grated cheese and green onions. Enjoy your turmeric!

My Daily Prayer: God, thank you for answered prayers. I have faith that you will provide, and I thank you for when it comes to fruition. Your promises always come through. Thank you for helping me keep my faith strong, and not despairing! AMEN!

Daily Thanksgiving: I am thankful that summer is over and that my electric bill won’t take money out of my play fund any more, until next year.

When I Have Kardashian Kash: Grass fed beef, free range chicken (and eggs), wild salmon, organic non GMO veggies and grains- all the time, every day.

Making Whoopie Flavor of the Day: Lime- you put the lime in the coconut and shake it all around. There’s usually no coconut in these, but there can be!

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Foodie Friday- pork for three days


I love my family, but I dedicate most of my blog to them throughout the week. I am always Thankful Thursday for them. I write Whatever Wednesday about them most of the time, and my last book review was how to get them to sleep better. I am changing Family Fridays to Foodie Fridays. I cook almost every day, in addition to my bakery, and want to share what is delish, what isn’t so good, and any food trivia I come across.

This week is Pork for Three (or more) Days. I always throw a pork tenderloin in the crock pot with some veggies, but this week, I found one twice the size of my normal one.
Dinner #1- Pork tenderloin, black eyed peas and carrots. I threw carrots in the bottom of my crock pot, the pork tenderloin on top, season salted it, and poured a bottle of ginger habanera stir fry sauce on top and one bottle full of water (from the ginger habanera sauce bottle). Turn it on for 10+ hours and bam- instant dinner. I added some frozen black eyed peas about 20 minutes before I was ready to eat.

Night #2- Soup. I took all of the broth from the crock pot and put it into a Tupperware container and refrigerated. When I wanted to make some soup, I took out my stock, threw out the fat that had collected at the top and added equal amount of water to a soup pot. I added one onion, four potatoes, one HUGE tomato (two small tomatoes), chopped up carrots or whole baby carrots, beet tops or any green, chopped up pork leftover from that tenderloin, left over black eyed peas, granulated garlic and turmeric. Because it already had ginger undertones from my stir fry sauce, I didn’t add any ginger. This is my kitchen sink soup. Anything that needs to be eaten can be thrown into this soup. The whole family LOVED this soup/stew. We’re not huge soup eaters, maybe because mine aren’t usually awesome except for my chilies, but this was one that we ate all of the leftovers and everyone had seconds and thirds. Even the baby.

This soup is awesome because it incorporates most of the ingredients in a recipe for a soup that promotes better memory, less inflammation and pain, and healthy heart benefits. I will add celery, cumin, curry powder, saffron, bay leaf, chickpeas and a cinnamon stick next time. Most of that I have on me anyway.

Night #3- Pulled pork tacos. The meat was so tender you could shred with a fork, which we did for these tacos. We just heated up some corn tortillas, piled on warmed up pork, added tomatoes, cheese, green onions, white onions, sour cream and homemade salsa. But, I would continue the Asian theme next time I make this. I would make ginger vinaigrette coleslaw to go on top of these tacos in lieu of the cheese and tomatoes. Another option is to make pulled pork quesadillas. Pork, shredded cheese and tortillas cooked grilled cheese style. Easy and yum! For the salsa, I put three HUGE tomatoes, five habaneras, head of garlic wrapped in foil, and six large jalapenos in the oven to roast. Once they were toasty, I threw them in the blender along with some olive oil, salt and pepper, three dried peppers (any variety) that I let sit in water for twenty minutes, and I let ‘er rip. I thought it would be a little warm, but even the boy ate it. It is a little much for the baby, but I’m sure she’d love it, too. She eats anything. Except chicken livers. She’s not a fan of chicken livers.

Unless I am baking, and even then it is questionable, I am not good at following recipes or measurements. I eyeball everything, add ingredients until it tastes the way I like it and hardly ever make the same thing exactly the same way more than once. This is something I will most definitely do again, but next time it may have a Latin flare instead of Asian, or it may be Plain ol Southern style.

My Daily Prayer: Dear God, I pray for a spirit of tolerance, kindness and compassion. Please make me slow to anger, quick to assist my fellow brothers and sisters, and forever try to understand another’s feelings. AMEN!

Daily Thanksgiving: I am thankful for four family members who eat whatever I put in front of them, even when it didn’t quite turn out how I had planned.

When I Have Kardashian Kash: I think I will go to culinary school, just ‘cause. I would love to broaden my foodie horizons.

Making Whoopie Flavor of the Day: Sydster Special- Amish Paradise with candy pieces mixed into the crème filling. MMMMMMMMMM! Tasty.

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