Maybe it was because I didn’t get to bake or cook anything creative like I wanted to. Maybe it was because I didn’t get to ride Teddie. Maybe it was because my day was full of a lot of “hurry up and wait” scenarios.
Or maybe it was because I didn’t have a delicious bowl of banana soft serve with peanut butter sauce, figs, and walnuts until after dinner. I’m going with the latter, because that feeling has now left me.
This was something to write home about. Er, or in this case – to blog about.
Remember when I made sweet potato fries with raspberry sauce? It was actually a slightly different recipe – but what I’m getting at is that it won a blogger BSI that was hosted by Sarena. She was gracious enough to seriously hook me up with all sorts of goodies, too – which I received today!
Peanut flour has been sweeping the blog nation, and I have been dying to get my hands on some! Sarena made it happen.
And is it really that noticeable that I have a mild ginger obsession?! Haha…I think I tamed it a little bit this summer just because of the season…but going back into fall and winter, it’s bound to start back up. I don’t think the uncrystallized ginger, ginger syrup, or ginger chews are going to be holding me back any, either!
I didn’t realize right off that the ginger on front was actually a ginger character. Is this not the cutest marketing you have ever seen?! I only imagine, like…an entire building devoted to the ginger people.
I have some bars dreamed up for that ginger syrup 😉
Back track to this morning. It was Teddie pedi (aha…get it?!) day…the farrier was coming to trim his tootsies! My mom and I decided to drive in together since she had to get some stuff in town, and I would get Teddie taken care of, and then afterwards we would go to a big restaurant-supply store.
Naturally, the farrier, A and I spent all morning gabbing, and then even more once my mom got back! So, I didn’t get to ride…just lunged him a bit beforehand and did some ground work, and he got to graze the majority of the time we gabbed, the lucky devil. We finally bid our goodbyes at 11:45, which was much later than I’d bargained for.
So, we just did some quick shopping – and let me tell you, that store was sort of an eye-opener. I’ve been before, but never really paid attention to the quality of the food. Basically – it’s a big bulk store, but not like Costco…like, supply to restaurants. So big cans of tomato sauce, oils, sauces, dressings, etc. Basically…everything that consisted of pure corn syrup. It sort of skeeved me out, really.
But! hear me out, here…the main reason we go occasionally is because you can basically steal spices, seasonings, flour, and even some nuts and seeds. We made out with huge jugs of cinnamon and many other spices for about $5 each, which is pretty exciting if you ask me. I was bummed I just barely bought flour, though. If it was closer I’d probably go more often for stuff like that, but it’s sort of a pain to get to.
And of course, while we’re there, have got to hit up the produce. Some organic, some not. Some local, some not. Among many other things, I walked away with a new squash – a buttercup! Oh, the excitement 😉
And that would be why I was tired, hungry, thirsty, and hot when we got home. I made the quickest thing I could think of, and what I was craving: PB & J! Err… BBQ tempeh, raspberry-peach jam, and sunflower butter on homemade quinoa-millet bread. And a plum. And the aforementioned desserts 😉
The weather this afternoon was far too gorgeous to spend inside baking or doing school work. The ponies were calling for me and my mom was home so we could play with them…I just had to!
And if I had to boil something on the stove, then I had to be inside, and so I had to get some needed Nutrition reading done!
This was a fun chapter because it was all new to me – all about digestion. I really hate how they use the term “squirt” so loosely, though. Is “the pancreas squirts enzymes into the small intestine…” really that scientific? Some words just sort of weird me out.
Squirt is one of them. What’s some of your every-day terms that just weird you out?
Back to the rutabaga. A couple of you suggested mashing it…so mash it I did! I boiled half of it with a clove of garlic until it was tender, drained, and mashed. Added in some almond milk, olive oil, dried chives, dried dill, salt, pepper, and a big spoonful of garlic hummus and mixed it all up.
I really liked the rutabaga mash – but not so much the fritter. The carrot just way overpowered it. I’ve never had rutabaga (as mentioned) before so I was winging it on flavors, but now I know! I have some left that I’d like to roast, unless someone suggests something else!
Sweet Kale-Apple Saute
- 4-5 big leaves kale, torn into bite-sized pieces
- 1 medium sized apple, chopped
- 1/4 of a red pepper, diced
- salt and pepper, to taste
- 1/8 t. cinnamon
- 1/4-1/2 c. chick peas
- 2 T. dried cranberries **
- 2 T. chopped walnuts
- 1/2 T. maple syrup
- 1 T. dijon mustard
- 1 T. balsamic vinegar
- Place the kale, apple, and pepper in a large non-stick fry pan with a small amount of water. Cook down over medium heat, and season with salt, pepper, and cinnamon.
- In a small bowl, combine the syrup, mustard, and vinegar.
- Pour the dressing over the cooked-down kale, and add in the chick peas and cranberries. Allow to cook through.
- Serve with chopped walnuts
**this is even better with fresh cranberries, I just can’t find them yet! You might need to add a little bit more maple syrup to the dressing to counter act the tartness of the cranberries, depending on your preferences!
What’s your favorite way to have Kale?!
And, for your reading pleasure:
Ginger has been used as a natural remedy for many ailments for centuries. Now, science is catching up and researchers around the world are finding that ginger works wonders in the treatment of everything from cancer to migraines. Here are ten health benefits of this powerful herb:
Ovarian Cancer Treatment
Ginger may be powerful weapon in the treatment of ovarian cancer. A study conducted at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center found that ginger powder induces cell death in all ovarian cancer cells to which it was applied.
Colon Cancer Prevention
A study at the University of Minnesota found that ginger may slow the growth of colorectal cancer cells.
A review of several studies has concluded that ginger is just as effective as vitamin B6 in the treatment of morning sickness.
Motion Sickness Remedy
Ginger has been shown to be an effective remedy for the nausea associated with motion sickness.
Reduces Pain and Inflammation
One study showed that ginger has anti-inflammatory properties and is a powerful natural painkiller.
Ginger has long been used as a natural heartburn remedy. It is most often taken in the form of tea for this purpose.
Cold and Flu Prevention and Treatment
Ginger has long been used as a natural treatment for colds and the flu. Many people also find ginger to be helpful in the case of stomach flus or food poisoning, which is not surprising given the positive effects ginger has upon the digestive tract.
Research has shown that ginger may provide migraine relief due to its ability to stop prostaglandins from causing pain and inflammation in blood vessels.
Menstrual Cramp Relief
In Chinese medicine, ginger tea with brown sugar is used in the treatment of menstrual cramps.
Prevention of Diabetic Nephropathy
A study done on diabetic rats found that those rats given ginger had a reduced incidence of diabetic nephropathy (kidney damage)
Ginger – love it or hate it?
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